We just spent a WONDERFUL week in Arizona. Before I get to those pictures, here are two pictures I forgot to post earlier (from Adam’s phone). First, a family picture that Adam took when we just happened to be hanging out on the floor in the playroom (I love all family pictures!) and second, a picture of Luke right before we headed out for trick-or-treating (with his tiger hood on).
And now – Arizona! We are lucky because the kids are AWESOME travelers. Jace insisted on running to the end of the check-in counter to watch our (five) bags disappear along the conveyor belt. And then we took way too many pictures on the plane because Luke was so smiley, Jace wanted a picture of him pushing buttons, and then Adam cast his electronic device spell and got Jace to play on the iPad (which he refused to do the entire way to Alaska).
After a quick layover and a bunch of moving walkways, we were on our way again. We got a family picture (seriously – I love family pictures). When we landed, both kids were awake. By the time we got to the gate, Jace was sound asleep (Luke, was very much awake). Poor Jace! It was after midnight our time, and he’d been awake the whole time. I was really happy Adam was there to help me carry kids. He carried Jace to baggage claim and set him down on the bench – and Jace stayed asleep. Pretty cute. He barely woke up on the way to the hotel and was happy to go straight to sleep once we got to our room.
The next day we were ready for some baseball! My parents rented a minivan, so we all got to ride together – which was awesome. The kids had fun seeing their grandparents. Luke was all smiles. Jace loved running around on the kid-sized field. We got some baseballs. And then ordered pizza and watched Game 7 of the World Series in our hotel room!
The next day we were ready for some more baseball! Jace ended up with THREE baseballs – which was great, because he was much more interested in playing catch with Grandma than he was in watching the game. Which was fine with Grandma.
After the game, we met up with Stephanie (Staphne). She and I got pedicures. We were supposed to head to a night baseball game, but it got rained out. So we went to Jump Street instead. Jace had fun climbing and jumping and exploring (note the picture of him climbing the wall – such a little monkey!). Luke even got into the action on the big trampoline. We topped the evening off with Freddy’s and yummy custard cookie sandwiches.
The next day it was time more…. MORE BASEBALL! We caught a day game AND a night game (no picture of the night game, but you should definitely check out the video).
“Take Me Up to a Baseball Game” – video
Jace loved the 7th inning stretch. He really liked singing along. I wish I’d caught the 1, 2, 3 strikes portion of his song. Maybe I’ll try to have him sing it again. Anyways, he’s adorable and we love his songs. (Another great song? “Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. When you see an alligator, stop and say hi.”)
We had a rough start to the next morning. Luke had been fussy and feverish, but his fever really spiked overnight. We took him to Urgent Care where they determined he had two ear infections and needed antibiotics. Poor guy. Medicine seemed to help and after a few days he was back to his smiley self. After Urgent Care, we picked up Stephanie and drove to Rock-a-rama, a gem and mineral show. There was a playground right next to the show, so that’s where we hung out.
We left the show and headed for delicious pie. On the way, we ended up at a parade. And it was great! Jace was very excited, there was TONS of candy to be had, and we happened to be standing in an area without many other kids, so Jace didn’t have much competition for the candy. Fun, fun, fun.
Next, we went to the Fall Stars baseball game. As usual, Jace had a wonderful time playing with Stephanie. And we got another family picture!
No baseball games on Sunday, so we went to LegoLand! The kids liked the Duplo farm area a lot. There was a lot of cool stuff to look at – and interact with – throughout the whole place.
There were a few rides at LegoLand. Jace liked the Merlin’s Adventure ride the best. He convinced Grandma to ride that ride about 15 times in a row. Not even exaggerating. Better Grandma than me or Grandpa – we were dizzy after just one ride. But Jace and Grandma loved it. Jace also though it was hilarious to play peek-a-boo with Grandpa from the Lego Duplo house. He was all smiles.
Other top attractions? The Earthquake Zone (build a tower and then push a button to start everything shaking) and the race tracks (build cars – or just send wheels – and see how far they go). We had such a good time that four hours flew by. Adam got out of his movie (Doctor Strange) and came to meet us. And brought popcorn.
It was a nice night, so we drove to the park. We fed the extra popcorn to ducks, rode the train around the park, took the kids on the carousel, and played on the playground.
The next morning we went to the SeaLife Aquarium. It was nice and very kid-centric. They had a lot of areas where you could crawl under an aquarium and stand up in a glass dome for a 360 degree view. The kids liked seeing the fish through the glass floor.
After the aquarium, we headed to the airport. Our awesome little travelers lived up to their reputations. We landed in Pennsylvania and the kids were happy and smiling. And fell asleep the second we got home!