We barely made it out of Utah after a pretty epic storm. We were fortunate that our early morning Thursday flight wasn't cancelled and in fact boarded on time. We did end up sitting on the plane for almost an hour waiting in line to deice but heck...I'll take it. This was Henry's first flight as well as my first flight with all 3 kids! And it went awesome. Several people seemed worried when I told them I'd be flying alone...I just wasn't worried. I guess I made so many flights between Iowa and SLC with Kate and Millie that almost always included a 4 hour layover in the Denver airport that I figured an hour and a half direct flight would be a piece of cake. And it really did go pretty dang smooth, thank goodness.
Last winter Phoenix won my heart as we got to ride bikes around our neighborhood and go hiking. But this year especially, maybe in part because now that we've lived here for over 18 months the kids have forgotten how to wear a big winter coat, maybe it's just with more kids...who knows...all I know is I have never looked forward to returning to the warmth of Phoenix as much as I did this trip. It was pure delight to return home and go play in the backyard, slip on flip flops and a short sleeve t-shirt and not blink. We had several tea parties and picnics while in Utah on a blanket in my parents living room...and today we had a picnic outside! We will be going to the zoo this week and have enjoyed playing at the park, drawing with sidewalk chalk and swinging in the backyard. I think playing at the park in January is one of my top 3 favorite things about living in Phoenix!!! The other two you might ask... being onlya 5 hour drive from San Diego and fresh citrus from the trees in January...and well let's see...proximity and ease of traveling to Utah is right up there too.
|I love Christmas cards! And love our door totally covered in cards from our dear friends!|
|Happy to be reunited with some of her Christmas gifts that we had to send back with Tim in the van|
|Swinging in the backyard|
|Play date with Olivia, one of Kate's best friend from her kindergarten class|
|Playing at the park|
|Kate with her friend Ellis|
|You know Princess Leia just helping feed Henry|
|Play at the hospital playground during a visit to go see Daddy|