Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fourth of July

 Gammie and the Brookies came to visit us over the 4th. We went swimming, went to the McCormick Railroad in Scottsdale, Bahama Bucks, swim meets, and saw some great fireworks with friends.
 The cousins had a blast having slumber parties, swimming, being together, and eating lots of treats.
 Finn and Macie showed moments of interaction especially when we forced them to :)
 Gammie and Macie cooling down. At this point Macie still wasn't keen on swimming but the week after they left she finally put her life jacket on and would swim all over the pool.
 Rowan and Levi helped make our patriotic cake.

 Fireworks at the Rigbys and then we watched really good fireworks from their balcony.
 What's a trip without a awkward photoshoot?!

Macie was fascinated with the fireworks!

Jeff's birthday

 For Jeff's birthday he wanted to have a staycation with just the two of us. Of course I obliged to his birthday wish;) We stayed a cool hotel that is built into the mountain in tempe. This is us excited that we just left our kids for 24 hours. haha.
 Enjoying the pool at the hotel without having to lifeguard 4 kiddos....so relaxing!
 The next day we came home, brought them sundaes and sang Happy Birthday.
 This was the first time we left them for a full night without family watching them. It was a young married couple in our ward. It all worked out great. Levi got his first bee sting when we were gone.  Jeff and I also hiked Camelback in the morning at 5 am! We had to go that early as to not get too hot. It was a huge hike, climbing over boulders that went straight up the mountain. It wasn't the hike I was expecting, but still i like that it was challenging and great views at the top. The night before we ate at Arrogant Butcher. A cool restaurant with a cool name.

summer shenanigans

 Paddle boating in Tempe. Jeff, Sydney, and Macie were on one boat. Me, Levi, and Jordyn were on another boat. The kids paddled for about 5 minutes and I paddled the rest. We had a fun time and there was a breeze so it felt nice.
a gorgeous picture of jordyn

 One weekend Uncle Ryan and Aunt Alison came to visit us. We played at the pool at lifetime fitness and they took you guys to Flipside for some fun.

 Swimming is always a big part of our summer and cools us off. At the beginning of the summer you guys went to summer school. You took some fun classes like cooking, ceramics, and crime lab.
 One saturday we went to the butterfly museum. Lots of butterflies to see and many landed on us. We learned everything to know about butterflies that day.
 We dressed up like cows and got free lunch at Chick-fil-a