Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Fun Friday: Children's Museum of Phoenix

Welcome back to Summer Fun Friday!  So sorry we missed last week but we were too busy having fun and enjoying our last week of beautiful weather.  This week, we are living in a cave with the temps now into the 110-112F range...

This past Friday, we celebrated Gracie's 3rd birthday.  I just LOVE this age.  She is independent, and fun.  We've entered a new phase in our little family with no strollers or diaper bags required.  It's quite blissful!

If you've not visited the Children's Museum of Phoenix and you're anywhere in the area, you really should get over there.  It's super fun.  We used to have a membership, but let that go for a couple of  years when Grace was super little and the boys were too big to go in the baby area.  Now that they are all at the ideal age, we started our membership again.

Everything in this place is so so creative.  Every detail is taken care of.  I love that they have something new every time we visit.  Unfortunately we got there at the very end of the day, which meant limited time, but it also meant that the crowds were gone and we basically had the place to ourselves.

Our favorite spaces were the noodle forest, the fort room and the grocery store.  The kids had a fantastic time and are excited to get back a little later on in the summer!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Fun Friday: Camping

This past week, we took the kids on our first camping trip of the summer!  We love camping as a family and honestly, couldn't wait to get out of town!  This is the time of year that feels the most renewing for me and after a long school year, getting into nature is something that really helps balance me out. I also feel like the kids need that break from the city and the busyness of every day life.

We headed 3 hours north of Phoenix to hit up a local lake.  We were lucky that we could get up there on a Wednesday morning....we had our pick of camping spots and the place was very quiet.  We ended up at a small campground called "Sinkhole" on the Mogollon Rim.

We decided to stay two nights and with the highs in the 80s, we were thrilled to experience some relief of the triple digit heat we've had in the Valley.  We spent a ton of time around the campfire, exploring the little field and the nearby lake.  We also drove over to Woods Canyon Lake just a few miles away to explore that recreation area.

It was so awesome to be up there, relax and just enjoy each other's company.  It was so beautiful.  And in true camping fashion, we had a couple of things to make the trip a little more interesting!  While the highs were beautiful, we weren't quite expecting it to THAT cold at night.  The lows were supposed to be in the 40s, but it ended up being much colder! I thought we came prepared, but it was literally freezing by midnight.

We had to abandon our tent and crash in the van.  Luckily for us, we are able to fit one of our queen air mattresses in the back of our was comical to say the least, but at least we were able to turn the heat on every few hours!!

Comfy together!

Love that night sky

We also happened to pick up a little buddy named "Butters"...and of course the one most happy in the woods was our faithful friend, Molly.

All in all it was a fantastic trip and we are looking forward to more trips in the next couple of months!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer Fun Friday: The Zoo

We've had a busy first full week of vacation!  The kids are enjoying the later evenings, and tons of free play.  We are blessed to live in a community where we have kids nearby and they all travel freely between houses.  This week, they've spent a little more time over at the neighbors and it's been fun to hear them from afar...I'm sure our house will be the hang out place next week!

We have been members of the Phoenix Zoo for nearly 8 years now and really enjoy walking around.  It's changed so much in the few years we've been going and I'm always impressed at their improvements.  If you're local and not a member, you're missing out!

We realized this week that we hadn't actually gotten to the zoo since we went in November for Zoolights.  So, we thought it was time to make another trip.  This past weekend was truly our last beautiful weekend until October...those roasting triple digits came roaring back and we are all hibernating again.

The kids spent most of the time at the cavern splash pad.  The nice part about the membership is that I feel no pressure to see everything or to spend a certain amount of time there.  If we were paying full price, we'd literally spend every minute there that we could.

The central lake is quite lovely!

My little shivering Arizona babies

So far, we've crossed 3 big things off our list and will get our first camping trip in this weekend too!  I'm excited to get them back off the grid for a few days....I'll be sure to report back next week with the number of Ewoks we managed to find ;-)

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