Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Arizona Camping

A couple of weekends ago, Josh had the kids on his own, while I traveled abroad to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a couple of days with my girlfriend.  While I was away, Josh took the kids desert camping.  The kids loved it.  They played with bubbles, they cooked hot dogs and s'mores over the fire, they slept in a tent and they discovered wild animals in the desert.  It was an overall success minus Aiden's encounter with a cactus and the smoldering stick he decided to grab out of the fire. The kids cannot wait to take Mommy now that they are professional campers.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Queen of Copper City ... Bisbee, Arizona

Last month, Josh and I had the opportunity to get away for a "Couples" weekend with some friends. We had an amazing time despite some of the car challenges some of us experienced.  On our way down to Bisbee, we all stopped in Sonoita to indulge in some Southern Arizona wine tasting and wine purchasing.  After visiting three wineries, our next stop, on the way to Bisbee, was the Crystal Palace Saloon in Tombstone for a beer.  After fully enjoying the Wild West, we then headed to Bisbee for dinner at Table.  It was after dinner that Josh and I discovered that we had a flat tire.  So, in the dark by the light of his cellphone flashlight, Josh exchanged the flat tire for the spare.  One would have thought that would have put a damper in our night, but no, after we checked into and unpacked our suitcases at the rental house, we headed out to St. Elmo Bar for a couple more drinks and dancing.

The next morning Josh and I drove out early to the Sierra Vista Discount Tire to take care of our tire issue.  Discount Tire validated that our tire was slashed, not punctured, just as we suspected.  The attendant as Discount Tire said that slashed tires happen all the time in Bisbee.  "It's a thing."  We just couldn't believe that someone would just slash our tire.  Oh well, I guess there is a first for everything.  After an hour in Sierra Vista, we had our new tire, so we headed back on the road to Bisbee so that we could join up with everyone for breakfast at the Bisbee Breakfast Club.  The rest of the day was spent shopping, day drinking, exploring Bisbee, more day drinking, more shoping, a little ice cream, drinking at happy hour, a chocolate tasting event to benefit the Friends of the Copper Queen Library, an amazing dinner at Cafe Roka, and dancing into the wee hours of the night.  We can say that we thoroughly enjoyed and experienced Bisbee.

On Sunday, we all headed back to Phoenix after breakfast.  However, that was not the end of our adventure.  About an hour into our trip home, we received a call from the rest of our party. Apparently, it was Greg's turn to get a flat tire.  But, his tire situation was a little more complicated than ours.  He has run flat tires on the BMW and no spare tire in his trunk.  Josh and I quickly re-routed our travels to meet up with everyone in the very small town of St. David, Arizona, to assess the situation.  While waiting for the tow truck, it was decided that the ladies would head back to Phoenix leaving the guys to handle the tire situation.  The guys had the truck tow Greg's car to Benson, Arizona, because the truck's fee was over a $1 a mile and Phoenix or Tucson would just be too expensive of a tow.  It was at that moment the guys decided they would just leave the car at Walmart and drive all the way to Scottsdale to obtain the only run flat tires they could find in Arizona, then drive all the way back to Benson to change out the flat tire, and then head back home to Phoenix with a stop in Tucson for dinner.  Much to say, the last day of the vacation was anything but for the guys. However, Josh said it provided them some quality male bonding time.

This little weekend trip was definitely unforgettable, adventurous and fun!

First Stop ~ Southern Arizona Wine Country
Drinks & Dancing after Dinner Friday Night @ St. Elmo Bar
A Morning View of Bisbee from our Rental House
Our Rental House
Our Stoic Men
Day Drinking @ Old Bisbee Brewing Company
Being silly @ The Queen Mine
Greg's Car @ Walmart
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Madilyn's Rainbow Art Party!

On the Saturday after Madilyn's fifth birthday, she invited some of her friends over for a Rainbow Art themed party.  At the party, the children were given an artist smock upon arrival to assist them with their transformation into little artists.  Then, all of the guests were divided into four groups and assigned a starting art station.  All of the kids would eventually visit all of the stations to create different art masterpieces.  There was an easel painting station, a paintbrush person making station, a chalk art station and a necklace making station.  It was a ton of fun to watch all of the kids creative juices flow as they created all of their masterpieces which they would eventually also take home as their party favors.  After all of the stations were visited, we sang "Happy Birthday" to Madi and enjoyed some cupcakes.  And of course, the party could not conclude without Madi opening her presents.  The party was a huge success and I think the kids (and parents) really enjoyed themselves. Happy Birthday, Miss Madi!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

LEGO KidsFest

The LEGO® KidsFest visited Phoenix in February.  The LEGO® KidsFest is filled with interactive, creative and educational activities for the whole family.  It has hands-on educational fun for all ages: LEGO DUPLO Construction Zones, dozens of large-scale and miniature LEGO models and displays, LEGO Games, group builds, LEGO Master Builders, and much more.  Grandpa and Grandma Farrell invited our entire family to explore this event with them.  There were LEGOs everywhere.  It was like a mini-LEGOLAND. I am continually impressed with how they can construct these little toys into so many amazing things. We all had a great time, especially the guys. They all continued to disappear so they could play with all of the different kinds of LEGOs.  What a fun experience!

Playing with LEGOs
 Madi showing Grandma her LEGOs
 LEGO Cinderella
 Sitting in the huge pile of LEGOs
 Josh and Papa playing too
 Ninja Turtles
 LEGO Characters
 LEGO Racer
 Family Photo
 Josh and Aiden
 Creating LEGO race cars
 Burying themselves in the LEGOs
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day 2015

Hope you St. Patrick's Day was just as special as ours.  Much love!

 Enjoyed a traditional Irish dinner with our neighbors/friends -- The Hortons.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up

This past weekend was a whirlwind.  The Farrell-Landers family stayed very busy traveling from one activity to the next.  Our weekend included Tot Shabbat, soccer, dance, three birthday parties, a memorial celebration of life, and a spring training game.  And somehow, I was still able to complete four loads of laundry.  Here are some snapshots from our "jam-packed" weekend...

Friday Night:  Madi and Aiden marched their Torah around during the service
Saturday morning:  Aiden played in the first game of his second season of soccer
Sunday afternoon:  We all attended a Spring Training game at the Peoria Sports Complex with our neighbors, the Hortons.
 Sunday evening:  Celebrated Brandon's birthday with burritos, beer and cake!