Dinosaurs and Monsters

Lately...there have been a lot of dinosaurs and monsters lurking around our house. According to Will, they are hiding under the couch, are in our beds, and are even in the kitchen making oatmeal and mac n'cheese. We often have to take cover under a blanket or whatever is nearby if we're afraid the dinosaur or monster might come get us.


Arizona Grand Resort Water Park

We went with some friends to the Arizona Grand Resort water park today. We spent the majority of the day playing in the wave pool, going around the lazy river, and just hanging out. We all had a blast! It was so much fun to hang out together as a family. So much fun in fact that we all came home and took a 3 hour nap!

Fun in the sun!!

Ice cream!

The wave pool!

Small Spaces

Olivia has the funniest way of getting herself caught in really small spaces. Over and over, I'll find her stuck under a chair, her exersaucer, the bed, or any other small and awkward space.


Backyard Water Fun!

When all else fails...fill up the pool in the backyard and have at it kiddos! And so Summer has officially begun, and we are now finding alternative ways to have fun so we started with some backyard water fun and otter pops. The kids loved it!

Beckham loves to feed Olivia, and Olivia takes full advantage!

Just a cute pic of Liv...


Saturday Fun

This past Saturday, we had nothing going on and so we decided to take the kids to Freestone Park to ride the rides and feed the ducks. As per usual, it was a smashing hit for both kids. Olivia rode the carousel for the first time and loved it!

Later that evening, we went out with the Boltz and Miner's...such a good time!


New York

Bill and I went on a trip to New York City this last weekend. It was incredible! We got to spend some much needed time together and saw a lot of amazing things New York has to offer. We took the red eye flight Thursday night and arrived in New York at 6AM. We both slept a little bit on the flight, but we were so excited to be there that we checked into the hotel and were off to begin touring the city right away!

We started off with breakfast at Norma's at the La Meridian Hotel. It was definitely the most amazing meal that Bill and I have EVER had! We had this fresh squeezed orange juice that was to die for. Bill ordered the eggs benedict with smoked salmon and I ordered the Waz-Za waffle, which had fruit inside, fruit outside and this crackly brulee on top.
We then headed downtown to go on the Staten Island Ferry. We saw the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge fairly close.

We then walked through Battery Park, Wall Street, the World Trade Center grounds and St. Paul's church. We couldn't leave this area without a visit to Century 21 department store, which was a major disappointment...the shopping selection was incredible, but it was so incredibly packed with people that you couldn't even move.

We were both so exhausted from not really sleeping the night before that we went back to our hotel, a Marriott in Midtown East, for a short nap. After our nap, we went to Madison Square Park for dinner at the Shake Shack. we had "shack attack" burgers and frozen custard. Shake Shack had a really cool ambiance, and it was so nice to just sit outside and relax without having to worry about being anywhere at any particular time.

Saturday morning we started off with breakfast at Cafe Luxembourg with some of our best friends, the Becks. Clay is finishing up his MRED at Colombia so they have been living there for the last year. It was so good to see them!! We miss them dearly! Many people had suggested we stop by Levain Bakery because they have amazing cookies. It did not disappoint! We had the most delicious chocolate peanut butter chip cookie...it was pure heaven.

We walked over to Central Park, rented bikes, and rode around the perimeter of the park. It was AMAZING weather the entire time we were there, and so we really lucked out.

I think Bill had the street hot dogs for lunch every day we were there...he couldn't get enough of them.

Next stop...Soho and Canal Street. So fun to walk around and see all the aspiring artists and talent that aspires in cities like this. We hit the jackpot with jeans on Canal Street after visiting our friend, Baba.

Saturday night we had dinner at a really fancy Indian restaurant, called Amma. After that, we walked around Times Square and then went to Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam theater.

Sunday morning we walked through the Highline Park. The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan's streets. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park, owned by the City of New York and operated under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park.

The Highline dropped us into the Meatpacking District

We then hopped back on the Subway and headed over to 5th Avenue. Of course we had to go into the infamous FAO Schwartz, and then we just meandered down 5th Avenue window shopping and enjoying the ambiance.

FAO Schwartz

Mister Softee's Famous Ice cream

Serendipity - forzen hot chocolate

Last, but not least, we took a break at Bloomingdales and had a little blueberry frozen yogurt at 40 Carrots. I don't even want to know how many calories we consumed in just three days, but I can honestly say it was worth every single one.

We returned to Phoenix late Sunday night. Our good friends, Eric and Lauren, stayed with the kids and spoiled them! They had so much fun that they didn't even miss us! It was so nice to know that they were being so well taken care of, and just made the trip so much more enjoyable!! Thanks Eric and Lauren for taking care of our babies!! It was such an amazing trip, and the best birthday ever!!

Goodbye New York...until we meet again!


Will's Mother's Day Gift

Will made a Mother's Day gift for me today at preschool. (Not pictured...I was also given a ring pop that said, "I wish I could buy you diamonds, but this will have to do! I love you!") It is honestly the cutest thing I have ever seen, and I will treasure it forever. There is nothing in this world that's better than being a mother. I love my little babies with all my heart, and feel so blessed to have them in my life.


First swim of Summer 2011

We went swimming for the first time today. It felt SO good and the kids had a blast. The weather was perfect (not too hot, but warm enough to swim) and the water temp was so refreshing (still a tad chilly) Olivia completely shocked me. She was not phased one bit by the water and dove right in! She loved it. When we would try to pick her up, she would fuss because she wanted to be in the water so badly. She didn't even care if she got splashed or anything. It was so cute. I think we have a little fish in our hands. Will is more and more fun at the pool too! He's starting to get really interested in playing games and is so independent around the pool. I love the pools in our community because they are perfect for kiddos...thank you Willows!


Preschool Updates

"K" is for King

Finger painting fun..creating Easter Chicks!