We spent the morning at the Schnepf Farms Peach Festival. We started off with breakfast, which consisted of fresh peachy pancakes. The whole motivating factor behind going to the festival was to go and pick fresh peaches out of their orchard and then can them at home. However, Will had another agenda in mind. Following breakfast, we took Will on a train and horse ride throughout the farm. I must mention that trains and horses are Will's all-time favorite things right now, and he is overly ecstatic anytime he sees anything train or horse related! So, let's just say he thoroughly enjoyed himself!!
We were fortunate enough to be able to attend a John McCain fundraiser this evening at our good friend's home in the East Valley. It was a very small and intimate setting, which made the experience even better. It was such an honor to meet Senator John McCain, a man who has dedicated his life to the service of our country. He spoke about the immigration problem and the Federal government's failure to act in securing our borders.
He cited some shocking statistics about the immigration problem in AZ
- Last year the Tucson border patrol confiscated over 1.5 mil pounds of marijuana (they anticipate they only intercept 1 in 5 shipments and up until they only prosecuted these acts if the smuggler was caught with more than 500 lbs)
- Last year Tucson border patrol intercepted over 240,000 illegal immigrants and it is anticipated that more than a million cross undetected
- Last yr. over 3,000 Mexican citizens were killed by the drug cartels who were infiltrating our borders.
- Several examples of the many victims of this infiltration, such as families that live near the border who's homes are being broken into, people being murdered, wildlife reserves being destroyed.
I am in such support of the new immigration bill that recently passed in AZ, and I truly believe it is one step in the right direction for us to help protect our citizens. I think everyone can agree that we are all immigrants to the US in our own ways and that cultural diversity is what makes America so great. However, does there need to be a problem with things having legal order?
He spoke on other intriguing topics as well. I feel so passionate about being involved with politics, and by being knowledgeable and involved with these things, I'm hoping to make our country a better place. I think the key is to really look into issues, and to not listen to the media.
Will got really sick this last week...he was throwing up, had a fever of 103 for a few days straight and wasn't sleeping through the night at all. So, we pretty much spent the entire week inside the house, including my birthday. Will was extra cranky from not sleeping and being sick. Bill had planned a nice date night for my b-day and we had to reschedule b/c of Will's sickness. However, Bill got me a wonderful gift and everyone sent me thoughtful messages, which made up for everything. We ended up celebrating on Saturday night with a bunch of friends...we went to Grimaldi's and then to see Iron Man 2. It was such a fun night. On Sunday, for Mother's Day, Bill made me breakfast in bed and let me sleep in. The bishopric took care of primary, and so I got to go to Sunday School and Relief Society. Bill helped to make an awesome dinner, and we got to talk to all of our family on the webcam. It was such a great day, and such a great ending to a not-so-great week. I am so grateful for such a wonderful family and friends that help to make these occasions so special and for the opportunity I have to be a wife and a mother to two of the most amazing individuals I know. Words really can't even come close to expressing how much love and appreciation I have for my boys!
Posted by Team Knowlton at 5/09/2010
Last weekend we went with our friends up to their cabin in Christopher Creek. It was SO nice to get away and spend some downtime with good friends. We spent the weekend riding ATVs, playing outside (including a game of croquet), making fabulous meals, watching movies and just hanging out. The icing on the cake was that it snowed the last day we were there!!
Posted by Team Knowlton at 5/07/2010
This little guy brings so much joy to our life, and a day doesn't go by where we think about how we couldn't imagine life without him. As he gets older, he continues to develop such a sweet, loving, and happy personality. His laugh and smile are so contagious, and he is so sensitive. If another child is upset, Will is upset for them...it's really cute. He loves to give hugs and kisses, which we take full advantage of. He LOVES playing with other kids, being outside, watching Shrek and Toy Story, playing on photo booth, and reading books (he is SO into books right now). It makes me laugh when he's done with his nightly tubby because he now yells, "Mama Towel." It's really funny.
Posted by Team Knowlton at 5/03/2010