Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas in Phoenix

We made the trek down to Phoenix this year for Christmas and then tacked on a trip to San Francisco to see Roger and Hillarys new house. Here is the Phoenix portion of that marathon trip. I was so relieved to not have anything on my plate that I didnt really take as many picture as I should have. We all got together for marshmallow roasting around the fire pit. I find it funny that my parents opted out of the pool this go round and put in a fire pit! (do you think they forgot they live in Phoenix?) It was actually a lot of fun and I dont mind not having a pool that the kids could drown in. I know Christmas is not about the gifts but how fun does that pile look! This was the night that we shared gifts between the sibling and parents. We also had some fun family games including our anual white elephant exchange.

Here is Grandma trying out Grandpas new gift. They built a fun sidewalk that surrounds the yard so we thought this would be a perfect gift for them. (I know they go out and have races when all the grandkids go home)

Grandmas best gift was the turbin towels for all the girls.

Christmas eve finally came and it was nice that it was just us and Grandpa and Grandma. Here is the traditional pajama opening that night.

We woke up the next morning and opened our gifts then headed out the next day. A few other things that heppened during the week, the trip to the Mesa Temple which turned out to be rainy and cold we were only there for about 10 minutes before we packed up and headed back to the house. We hate being left out of anything so when we came upon a large group of cars that had flat tires we joined right along by hitting the large piece of wood in the road which resulted in the need to replace the tire and the rim....again. We left grandma with one last gift from Abby, the stomach flu....SORRY!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Magical Week

Cassie and Jessie are not new to the Magical Kingdom so they were quite excited for our trip this year. Ryan had no clue what he was in for but caught on quite quickly. We had an awesome time and despie all the pictures of us standing in line we did little of that. I think that when we would finally stop to stand in line was when I would remember to take pictures.

We happened upon Jessie and an Army Guy so we had to say hi.

The Bug show is aslways entertaining and a great way for mom to get a break for a minute.

we enjoyed the new Toy Story Ride but after waiting in line for 40 minutes decided it wasnt worth waiting for again.

The girls were so excited to play model with the California letters.

Space Mountain was one of our favorites and we rode it quite a bit, but not nearly as much as the "Crazy Train" Big Thunder Mountain.

Jessie got picked to do the Jedi Training again and did a great job! She even got to fight off Darth Vader. All in all another great disneyland trip under our belts and I am already looking forward to next time when Abby can come!!