Spring Break in Arizona!

March 20th - 28th

Jed and I embarked on a road trip with my mom and two little brothers from Idaho (with a pit stop in Utah) to a small town in sunny Arizona to visit my sister... and a whole bunch of other family too!  Here are the pictures to prove just how relaxing and fun it was.


::  Sunshine and 80 degrees
::  Shorts and sandals and sunglasses required
::  Playing at the park
::  Walks and shopping with my sister
::  Snooow Cones
::  Feeding the ducks
::  Mexican food, Fresh fruit, Trifle, and Spicy Chicken Sandwiches
::  Pedicures!!!  (Massage + Pretty Toes = Happy Women)
::  Mini Photo Shoot
::  Chatting outside well after the sun set
::  Movies every evening
::  Seeing so much family!  Grandparents, aunts, cousins, and more...
::  The kids going crazy to "I'm Elmo and I Know It".  Hilarious!
::  Babies with the cutest fat cheeks and smiles.  I just want to squeeze 'em till their eyes pop out!
::  Eating at Tepanyaki, a fancy cook-with-fire-in-your-face kind of a meal
::  Uncles Michael (11) and Ryan (8) entertaining Jed on our looong car trip
::  Many hours of Elmo that kept Jed happy on our looong car trip.  Jed is OBSESSED.
::  Talking, laughing, and talking some more, of course!
::  It felt like SUMMER!


::  Contracting a hideous cold: stuffy noses, scratchy throats, and a cough
::  Lots of pollen = allergies in full force.  Poor Carter looked like he got socked in the eye!
::  xoxox  Missing my hubby  xoxo
::  A sick, hurting, whiny, and clingy child who wouldn't take any medicine 
::  Traveling with two boys who like to make looong pit stops for a restroom and food
::  Taking the wrong 89A, turning a 12 hour road trip into 15 hours!

Considering that the highlights of our trip far outnumber our lowlights, I have to say that our trip to Arizona was completely worth it.  Family is always worth it!  We had a ton of fun!  I love my sister, Lauren, so so very much!  And I love my cousins like sisters.  I'm glad they're family because it's a legitimate excuse to stay in touch forever.

Thanks for the fun memories!  And thanks, Mom, for making it happen and spoiling us along the way.  Let's do it again sometime.  (Except maybe I'll travel by jet plane and Jed won't break his other leg.)


  1. Haha I like the last sentence. I love you so so much too! I had lots of fun! And the picture of Jed and carter in the bath are so cute. I might steal it :)

  2. So jealous! We woke up to snow this morning, it was crazy. I'm totally craving some warm weather

  3. Jessie! You were at the Bean Museum! Will and I go there all the time, especially in winter time! You SO should have called me ;).

  4. I'm so glad you came! You were so brave to make that trip! It was so great to spend time with you. Sorry to hear about your wrong turn. I did that once when it was just my mom and I driving home from Utah. She fell asleep, and woke up saying "I didn't know there were pine trees on the reservation." Haha! That really stinks when you have kids with you though. Maybe next time, we'll just come up to see you. :)

  5. Just found your blog through the Girl Party! Love these pics :)



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