August 15, 2016
The girls are I are back home in Joplin now. We got home around midnight on Saturday and are working on getting back into the swing of things here.
But, before I move along with Missouri things, I thought I would wrap up the last of our Arizona trip and pictures!
We got in so much time in the pool and sun at Grammy’s! We would head out around 10 and play until noon. Then we would come in for lunch and nap times! Sometimes I would head back out with my Mom for a little more sun, or sometimes I would work on other things. Either way, it was a really great daily routine and we all loved it.
Swimsuits, floats, pool toys, googles, sun screen, sun hats, and splashing. It was all well stocked and well used during our AZ stay!
Abigail was supposed to have swim lessons at the end of July/beginning of August that we missed, but it all turned out okay because she just absolutely took off swimming while at my parents. She was swimming across the entire pool, diving down to the deep end to get pool toys, turning somersaults over and over and over, and spending 99% of the time underwater.
You couldn’t ever talk to her because she was up and then under water again and then up and under water again. Crazy girl!
More fun stuff at Grammy and Pappy’s were tons of toys and games. We built so many Legos, Abigail learned how to loom and built some pot holders, Mabel fell in love with Mom’s Matryoshka dolls, and both girls played in the big pink princess tent that my Mom sets up in the living room for them.
My blog friend, Jess, sent the girls some toys to play with while we were at Grammy and Pappy’s. She sent Mabel her very favorite Leap Frog Picnic Basket and she sent Abigail the game Pie Face. I WISH I had pictures of us playing the game, but I just took videos and posted them to snapchat. It was SO much fun and I haven’t heard Abigail laugh that hard in a very long time. It was so great.
If we weren’t in swimsuits you could probably find us in PJ’s!
But occasionally we put on clothes(likely for church!) and got to try out a few restaurants while we visited.
Chompies is one of our very favorites! Abigail can’t get enough of their french toast and their giant dessert display case at the entrance.
And of course, just down the road from Grammy’s is a Starbucks that might have learned my drink order by the time I went home. #yolo
Oh! And let us not forget how just down the road from Grammy’s house is an In N Out. And actually, it’s basically the only fast food close by. So you know I was obligated to hit that up once…or twice…or five times while we were there.
On our last night we went to a restaurant in Cave Creek called The Horny Toad(apparently they’re famous for amazing fried chicken and a well stocked bar!) and had a great time.
I already think Phoenix is incredibly beautiful, but Cave Creek is exceptionally so! It’s always really fun to head over there for a visit.
And then it was time to say our hard goodbyes. Our flight left Saturday afternoon. Both girls did amazing. Fortunately it wasn’t a full flight either time, so we had the entire row to ourselves both ways(which is wonderful when you have kids!) Snacks and an ipad and the informational booklets in the pocket of the seat in front of us kept the girls entertained the 2.5 hours it takes to fly back to Kansas City and then we were almost home!
Just a short three hour drive from the airport(ugghhhh) back to Joplin and we were there. Mabel literally squealed with excitement when I started to unlock the side door and she realized that we were home. And her face when we went up to her room and she saw all of her books on the wall? Mercy. It was like the heavens had opened up!
We’ve hardly seen Abigail because she can’t stop playing with all of her toys and the girls are just so incredibly happy to be back home with Daddy.
It was a great, great time in Phoenix. It was very much needed, but now we’re needed back in Missouri and are looking forward to settling back in and starting school next week!
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