We decided a while ago that we needed to visit my sister, Nikki and her fam in Arizona and do a shoe party while we were there. So we finally had the time and made the drive out shoes in tow. The couple times we had been they were always quick trips and never got to really enjoy the desert. Let's just say that visiting in February (or probably March would be the best) was so nice! We were able to do something you would normally do in the heat of the summer. This little place grew on me to say the least.
But getting to hang out with Nikki's family probably made it all the more better. It is so nice having part of the family together, you are able to spend time together that wouldn't normally happen with the whole family around.
Here is the group. We ate outside this nice mall, listened to live music watched a water show and sat by a fire. Don't mind my daughter's tongue. She is currently at the least photogenic point in her life thus far. Oh and if you haven't tried the gourmet tacos at Rubio's be do so, you'll be happy you did.Then it was on to Dave and Buster's! What a fun place for a date/following 4 kids around. Camryn was in heaven driving the "cars." Here she is playing her oldest cousin Jake.
Ryan thought that I should try the virtual jump rope because he thought I would be good at it. Boy was he wrong! I think I was the worst out of the whole family! And what do you know Ryan was the best?! I think this was his plan all along. I should also mention that this was the amount of tickets he got for just one turn alone.
Hiking Pinnacle Peak. Such a pretty hike in Scottsdale. Pretty scenery and some amazing houses. And not to mention plenty of Saguaros. This one was probably the prettiest one we had seen. Man those this gross me out when they are all rotted with nasty holes.
Me and my big sissy. I had her friend do my hair while I was there. I love that we got this picture because while there so many people thought we looked so similar. Even Jake's friend said, "Dude, it is so hard to tell which one is your mom and which one is your Aunt." What is your opinion?
I feel like we have so many pictures of Camryn in the backpack but it wouldn't be right if I didn't post this one.
At the top of Pinnacle Peak. It had rained earlier that day and we lucked out with only minor sprinkles the whole hike.
Finally out of the backpack.
After staying with these guys for 5 days we headed down to Tempe and stayed with Kirby and Scott (more on that later). So one of the days I meet back up with Nikki ad Carter at a fun little Railroad park. Where we ate a yummy picnic, rode the train (Camryn had a death grip on me) and watch the kids play on the playground so we could chat. It made me want to have a sister close by so badly! So fun to meet up like that!
We had such a good time staying with these guys. Ryan loved getting to play with Wii with our nephews and having quality time with Carter; Nikki threw an awesome shoe party that was so much fun; And Nugget learn that if we ever give him up he will have a great second home. Thanks so much Watson's for showing us a good time!