We are in Arizona, on our annual Spohr Family Trip. Mike, Annie, and I drove out on Friday. Annie did surprisingly well on the seven hour drive – much better than I did on my seven hour drives to and from San Francisco a few weeks ago. She was able to watch videos and play games, while I said a lot of, “In my day, we had to look out the window” and other things she didn’t care about. I get bored, I get car sick, where is that Star Trek beam-thing? I would really like one.
Annie did have one of those, “Are we there yet?” type questions during our drive. Every few minutes she’d say, “Go see KAAAAAYLA!” Kayla is what she calls my niece Michaela, and she knew that Michaela and her brothers would be in Arizona. Never mind that we live twenty minutes away from each other in California – seeing each other in another state, in a hotel no less, was too exciting for words. When Annie, Michaela, and Danny found out we had adjoining rooms, their heads exploded (Spencer is now a jaded, seen-it-all seven-year-old who is unimpressed by adjoining rooms and other such things).
The kids have had a lot of fun walking between the rooms, entertaining each other and playing with new toys. They’ve also had some epic bed jumping/pillow fighting, lead by the bad example of a certain adult:
look Monica, I can still flip onto the bed like old times!
Luckily the only one that got hurt was the adult.
Danny, my five year old nephew, has discovered that the girls will follow him around like ducklings, and is loving it. The three of them are together constantly, it’s pretty cute. Danny is also very interested in my camera, so I let him take some pictures with it.
Of course, this set off the, “It’s my turn! It’s my turn!” chain reaction…
Later today will be lots of swimming, and the ten of us will also attempt going to a baseball game. That’s going to be pretty interesting…especially since yesterday Annie and Michaela didn’t want to get out of the pool at ALL. I don’t think they will care that their parents want to watch baseball – they just want to swim, swim, swim. Or as Annie said yesterday, “Mama, Annie and Kayla go in pooool and swim and be mermaids.”
The best thing about being a mermaid is that it’s extremely exhausting.
The picture of Annie trying to look through your camera’s viewfinder cracks me up. Hope you have a wonderful vacation!
One can’t be a mermaid without their trusty wobble!
I’m so glad you got to get away!! It’s ALWAYS soo nice to go away!!! I must admit when I saw the picture of Mike doing his “trick” & seeing the two little girls on the bed in the back ground, it brought back immediate memories of Maddie playing with Spencer & Danny in a hotel room. I’m sure you guys have many amazing memories being in Arizona over the yrs. I hope this yr bring even more awesome times and many more amazing memories for your family!!
Have lots & lots of FUN & ENJOY the pool, sun & amazing weather!! Love, Jenn xo
Good times! And the last picture gets a huge Awww!
Welcome to Arizona! Hope you have a great time!
Yay for Spring Training! I went a couple weeks ago with my mom, and it was a great time. It’s so fun going to games out there. Last year was the first time I went, and it’s our tradition now, too. (My mom actually went to the last year at Dodgertown in Florida! She’s hardcore.) I am 95% sure I actually saw you at a Dodger game last spring but I didn’t want to seem like a stalker. I hope your trip is/was great! Baseball and cousins is a great combo.
…are a great combo…??
I wanted to say welcome and was going to invite you for a playdate but sounds like you have that all set with the cousins!!! Now maybe a babysitter so the parents can go watch the games….although I’ve heard the play parks at the ball parks are AWESOME!!!!
I’ve always wanted to visit this area of the country. Looking forward to more photographs of the countryside!
Looks like a great vacation so far. Enjoy!
I hope you are having fun! Swimming in the pool sounds fun, but so does baseball. I have always ALWAYS wanted to try that bed trick thing but never had enough guts to try it mabe someday. ( how hurt did mike get? )
Have a great time! I lived in the AZ for three years and LOVED every second. When we moved home to Ohio, I cried the whole way back. Then it rained for two weeks straight! AZ has so much to offer, I hope you get a chance to do some exploring!
Melanie B says:
welcome to AZ! It’s been pretty nice weather lately so you should have a nice trip. Have fun