We had a new adventure as a family for spring break this year: we drove from our house to Tempe, AZ on Friday the 6th but we didn’t begin our journey until after Russ got off work. We have never done this before and we weren’t sure we would make it all the way (because we are wimpy when it comes to driving at night) but we succeeded. We just really wanted to have as much time at our vacation location as possible. We got away around 4:45 pm and arrived at 11:15 pm. We were grateful it went well.
Russ’s niece and her husband were so kind to let us come and stay with them for our trip (thanks Mike and Heidi!). Saturday we enjoyed the Aloha Festival where we got to (try to) learn the ukulele and make paper leis and eat some good food.
We then enjoyed an incredible park (Riverview Park) where I got to climb to the top of a 50 foot climbing tower and the kids enjoyed the splash pad and the zipline and all sorts of other fun toys. I definitely recommend going there if you are in there area with kids (actually, even if you don’t have kids I would just pretend like you do because it is such a fun park). There was even someone there painting faces.
On Sunday we went to church and I was very glad we weren’t home trying to get to church at 8:30 on the first day of daylight savings. The kids actually didn’t have to adjust to daylight savings until we needed to wake up for church the following week. We enjoyed a relaxing sabbath day with a nice walk around the neighborhood, a delicious kebab dinner and some games.
Monday morning Russ and I left the kids and found a pool and did some lap swimming, which was really great, even though I can’t go for very long before my legs are rubber. Later in the morning we did some shopping while Heidi and Melissa watched the kids for us. Then we went to lunch at Raising Cane’s and got dessert at Slickables, both of which were very tasty. The kids enjoyed some time in the hot tub swimming pool and we watched Big Hero 6 that day as well.
Russ and I deserted our kids again (I am sensing a theme here…sorry to make you babysit so much, Melissa, Heidi and Mike!) and did some more shopping and dinner. The kids got to watch another movie while we were out – Wreck-It Ralph (which Russ and I haven’t seen) and enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Heidi.
Wednesday we did more shopping (yet another theme that has to be present whenever we leave town since we have little access to shopping at home) before enjoying lunch with everyone at Chick-fil-A (another first, for me and the kids, at least). From there we parted ways and hit the road for home. We had an uneventful return trip (other than losing an hour) and were happy to be home again at the end of the day.
Saturday we were thrilled to be able to celebrate Connor’s 3rd birthday. This was the first time we have been home for his birthday and it was wonderful. We needed to clean our rental, so we took the kids with us and they played at the school playground across the street while we worked at the rental. We got things taken care of there and enjoyed the rest of the day playing with the kids. Connor is such a fun boy. He loves his older brother and sister and playing right along with them. He loves to be silly and really enjoys riding his bike. He is a good worker and is great at sharing. We are so glad he is part of our lives.
Russ turned a year older on Friday. Jessica was kind to babysit for us in the morning so Russ and I took a motorcycle ride south of town and went on a hike and then went to lunch at the new Chinese restaurant in town. That night we had pizza, watched “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ and enjoyed strawberry-lime shortcake with coconut cream. I had a fun day and hopefully Russ did too!