This year for sping break we headed to Arizona to spend time with my sister Emily and her family. While not one thing turned out the way we originally planned, trip ended up being one of the best we have taken for many reasons. We headed out on Friday afternoon. The plan was to be on the road by 1 PM. When does that ever happen?? After stopping to check out all the kids from school, stopping to say goodbye to Abuela and Abuelo, and having to go apply for a replacement SS card for Alyssa, it was 4 before we got on the road. We went only 5 minutes before we hit terrible traffic due to an accident that required 2 life flight helicopter to land on the freeway. It took us 90 minutes to go about 3 miles. My "glass half full" thoughts on this very long delay.....we wern't the ones in that terrible accident!!! We ended up not getting into Vegas until 11 PM. We were just too tired to look around so we headed to bed. We had to be up pretty early the next morning in order to make it to Phoenix for the baseball game and the kids had talked Dave into a breakfast buffett so we were up checked out by 8 AM. Here is the funny "Mom" story! Have any of you heard of a "Saturday" champain brunch? Well they have them in Vegas. For a split second there I knew how mom felt all those years ago. Here we are in line and Dave says, "Hum, champain brunch on Saturday?" I felt my stomach drop. We had already promised the kids we would go and we were pretty hungry so I just sighed and tried to ignore the $80 ticket for greasy buffet food. The kids loved it as I sat there thinking of Mom...not konwing if I wanted to laugh or cry!!! It seems like to said the same thing about her expeirence. After breakfast we headed to Phoenix, stopping at the Hoover Dam. This is the first time the kids have been there. They really enjoyed looking at it. We did learn something new....Tyler is a little afraid of heights. We had no idea!
We arrived in Phoenix with enough to eat dinner....thanks Em.....and head to the Dimondbacks game. Our first experience at a professional baseball game. We are hooked! The kids just loved it. Actually, I am not so sure if it was the game itself or all the junk they got......food, souvenirs, etc! For me it was seeing my extended family for the first time in many, many years!
My cousin Bobby and his little boy Bobby. What a cutie and about the most mild mannered baby I have ever seen. I don't think I heard him cry once all week!!
Most of you know my uncle passed away right before we left for Arizona. We ended up attending his funeral while there. That was a little hard. I had not seen Carl for many years but he is family all the same and I was so worried about my Dad. Most people don't ever have to experience finding someone who has died.....let alone twice in 6 months! I am very grateful I did not have to go through that. Anyway, the Toombs family are big baseball fans....especially Carl. He LOVED the Arizona Diamondbacks. We had all planned on going to the game that Saturday night. We decided to go ahead and attend the game and the Diamondback organization paid this tribute to Carl and his family. It was really nice and REALLY emotional!
The Toombs side of the family.
Me and my Grandma Toombs
We decided to go swimming on Monday afternoon. It was in the 80's and that is pretty darn hot for us Utah people. I am pretty sure that it was snowing that same day back home....YUCK! Alyssa enjoyed the sun so much she began to look for houses. Since she has has no luck getting us to move, she has decided to seriously consider ASU for college!
The kids High School Musical impersonation!
We were able to go up to Pinetop, Arizona and stay in a resort for two days. It was a lot colder then usually for this time of year but the pool was heated and we were a little used to cold weather so we played outside anyway. Brandon is not great at tennis! He kept hitting the balls over the fence into the woods and making me go chase them. How does that work??? He told me it was my turn since he has to chase them for his older brother and sisters. He thought that one through for sure!