Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
We stopped at the Cibola Vista Resort near Lake Pleasant in Peoria for 2 nights on the way home from the cabin. We had a 2 bedroom suite with 2 baths and 2 kitchens. It was a nice place and had a huge pool with a waterslide. The kids were very excited to go swimming. Brett attended some meetings the next day and the kids and I went down to the pool and went swimming for a couple hours. I put the baby down for a nap so that made it a little easier to manage. Alana was the only one tall enough to go down the water slide but she didn’t want to go on her own then Addy needed to go to the bathroom but wanted me to go with her so that was the hard part because I can’t leave the other kids on their own in the pool. We had fun playing red light green light and I gave Alydia and Allden shark rides. We had some lunch then we had to go to a time share presentation and we put the oldest 3 kids in the child care place and the presentation seemed to take forever! Of course we didn’t buy anything but had to listen to it all….we feel bad saying no but the numbers just don’t make sense to us.
Saturday morning we checked out of the resort early at 7:30am and headed to the AZ Science Center for the United Way Intel event. They had breakfast and we could get into the planetarium and the IMAX theatre until 10 am. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed to the planetarium it was cool but the kids got bored about half way through. The next show was a 3-D IMAX show about the waves in Tahiti. That one was really cool the kids were holding their hands out trying to grab the fish as they floated by and it felt like you were in the movie as the waves were pounding down and the surfers were surfing. We need to go to Tahiti sometime it looks beautiful! After the show we wondered around the science center for a couple hours and let the kids explore the different exhibits. It’s a fun place for kids and adults. Everyone was hungry so we went to lunch at Kwan’s SamPan in Mesa. It’s a chinese restaurant and Alana says it’s her favorite. It’s old and reminds me of Granny….I remember taking her to dinner there. We had fun looking at the different animals we were depending on the year you are born. After lunch we headed home. We unpacked and cleaned out the car and started on the laundry.
The cabin was open for 4 nights so we headed up before the kids had to go back to school. Summer is the best time to go to the cabin but it is also when we rent it out the most.
We spent one day out on the Rhino’s, my parents rented one and we rented one. I put Anden in the little pouch and he sat up front with me. Then we had 2 kids in the backseat and 2 kids in my parents backseat. We made a big huge loop and really enjoyed the beautiful countryside and scenery. I think this is as good as it gets. It started to pour down rain the last 15 minutes of our ride and it was freezing! I love riding the trails throught the aspen trees and meadows, it's so beautiful!
Brett had to work some more but my parents and the kids and I went down to Bryce in the suburban for the day. When we got there it started raining but stopped long enough for a picnic lunch. Then we went to the visitor center and hung out and watched the movie about Bryce Canyon and looked at all the animals until the rain stopped. Then we drove to the Bristle Cone trail and the hike only took about an hour it was really easy. My dad hiked with Alydia and I hiked with Anden. It was a beautiful hike with nice views.