Monday, January 20, 2014

A Day at the Zoo

Today we headed to the zoo with my friend Sara and her daughter, Tyler.

Clara is representing as a true Phoenix child with her coat and sun glasses... in 60 degree weather.


The kids really liked watching the orangutans...



Up close with the monkeys...


Clara still sporting her coat, it's probably in the upper 60's at this point.  Aiyana is leaning back on the bench so she looks shorter than the other two.


The kids got to feed the giraffe.  I had a hard time taking pictures of each of the girls because Clara was terrified and I was trying to keep her calm while capturing the moment.  I did manage to get two good pictures of Aiyana feeding the giraffe.



This is the giraffe that we got to feed.  She is a grandma to some of the other giraffes at the zoo.


How many kids can you fit on a sit and stand stroller?


It was a beautiful day.  We've always been to the zoo in the summer months so it was a very pleasant experience being there in cooler weather.  Thanks for the passes Sara!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Clara's 1st Day of Preschool

Guess who started preschool...


Sporting the new backpack that she got for Christmas...


No crying from this little one, she was so excited to start school...


Okay... so she looks a little scared here, but I think this was a "stop taking pictures" face to be truthful ha, ha.


Found her cubby...



After school, Clara was excited to hit the books.  Here she is practicing the number for the week, number 9.


This is what we are doing most weeknights these days.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Clara's 4th Birthday Party


We celebrated Clara's 4th birthday a few days early.  This year Clara knew who she wanted to invite so I left the invite list up to her.  I think it is so cute when they start to form their own ideas about their parties.

The girls waited all day for people to show up for the party.  First one to arrive, my mom.  Watch how excited Clara gets... 


She's not happy or anything...


The girl's friend, Tyler, enjoying her pizza.


We taught the girls how to do the limbo...




The little stinkers cheated...


Opening gifts...



A dress from Mommy, daddy and Aiyana...



Another Mini from Nana...


The girls with two of the guests... Tyler and Makenzie (Alexis and Joeclyn are not in the picture).


Singing "Happy Birthday".  The poor thing cannot blow out her candles.



Sneaking some frosting...


....and they all follow suit


It was a fun evening for all and so nice to celebrate with friends and family.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Our Last Days in Colorado | Days 5 & 6

We decided that since it was so close to Clara's birthday, we should celebrate with the Cummings family while we were all together.

Here's Clara putting the sprinkles on her cake...


Clara LOVES the color blue so, of course, we needed to get blue frosting.  Since there were 27 people at the cabin, I also made a gluten free vanilla cake.


That afternoon we headed to Pagosa Springs to jump in the hot springs.  This is the view from the building looking over the springs towards the San Juan River.


The springs have various hot water baths that are anywhere from 88 degrees to 111.  It smells of sulfur, but it's very relaxing to sit in them.  If you were to use the springs properly, you should go from the cold water of the river into the springs (back and forth) to get the blood flowing through your organs.


We went out to dinner that evening and came back to the cabin for some cake.


Clara was anxious while waiting for everyone to gather and sing so she started singing her own birthday song.


Love this... The kids are just eyeing that cake.


Singing Happy Birthday to Clara...



Getting the frosting off of the candles...



The next morning, we packed and headed home.  This is the view from south of Durango Colorado, close to the four corners.


The four corners... where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.



This was a travel day for me so don't judge me by my messy hair and makeup-less face ;o)




Representing...


Although Colorado is beautiful... The very southern part is not.  There is about an hours worth of driving that is just plain... well... brown.  I swear that there is no other color that exists on the southern border of Colorado.  It is still pretty and interesting terrain, but I could not get over how brown it is.  This is a picture of southern Colorado from the four corners area.  If I turned around (which I should have done) and snapped a photo, you would see the red rock plateaus of Arizona.  Off to my left where the buttes of Utah.


Heading south towards Kayenta Arizona.  These are called Baby Rocks.



Just north of Kayenta... I thought that this rock formation was interesting because most of Arizona has the red rock plateaus.  This is a brownish green colored rock, known to the locals as Church Rock.


We traveled from Colorado, back home to Phoenix in 8 hours.  In one day, we watched the outside temperature gauge (in the car) go from 1 degree to 67.  Ahhh... Good to be back in warm weather.