Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cousins and Sunshine: Winning Combination


Unfortunately, Justin and Marie had to take McKenzie and Peyton home on Tuesday, so we didn't get as much time with them as we would like.  There was still lots of quality time with fish, and with Grandpa and Grandma.  

The cousin party was, as you might imagine, ongoing.  Here it literally turned into a dance party for a little while.


Jared managed to pull a bike down on himself on Grandma and Grandpa's patio on Tuesday.  It looked horrible, but it wasn't anything a popsicle and a couple of days couldn't fix.  It's a sad little injury, but I can't help being glad that he saved his accident until after we had had family pictures taken. 

We managed to get in a visit to Dan and Katie and Landon and Cade, before Katie and the boys left on a trip to Utah.  We also got to see Lashley and Tania and Sadie and Everett.  All of my pictures of the gathering turned out terrible, but here are the boys playing video games, as usual.  

The weather did get a little cooler later in the week, but it still felt warm to us.  We were relieved to have a chance to thaw out after a long, dark winter in Washington.  I'll give you one guess about whether or not this man likes to eat outside.  Shooing real and imaginary flies away from his food was his favorite thing ever.  "Shoo, shoo, shoo, shoo!"
Eloise wasn't too thrilled with the riding toy, but she discovered that it had some buttons that made music, so she hung out for a while.  
On Thursday we managed to go on a short hike at Sabino Canyon.  Jared donned his sunglasses for the occasion.  
Our stroller did not get a lot of use in Tucson, thanks to a mystery illness laying me out for most of the week.  We did break it out for the hike.  
Since Rachel has preschool on Thursdays, it was just the Knights +Grandma on this hike.  
At the end of the hike we came to a rare sight in Arizona: water above the ground.  You can tell it is early in the year because this wash still has water in it.  Jared jumped right in.  
Eloise was not interested in the water, so we sat it out.  She was a trooper on the hike, even though it was breezy, and the princess does not love wind.  She waited until we were within a quarter of a mile of the car to have her breakdown.  
It was a beautiful day.  I'm so glad we got out to enjoy the beautiful, scenic desert.  

On Friday we went to the zoo with Grandma and the Campbells.  You can read more about our zoo trip on Colette's blog.  Rachel fed the giraffes.  It's pretty cool to get right up there with the giraffes.  
The zoo has a new elephant exhibit with baby elephants.  Rachel was a much better sport about posing on the elephant's back than Jared.  He was hot.
Eloise spent most of the zoo trip lounging in the stroller.  She was hot, too.  Our bodies seem to have adapted to the northwest already.
Here are a few of the zoo's cutest specimens: two little monkeys girls.  


I'll leave you with this picture of Jared standing in one of his favorite places on earth: between the fish tank and the freezer full of popsicles.

The week was coming to a close all too quickly, but we had one more big celebration before we headed home. . . 



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