Well I think I have finally adjusted back to reality. Laundry is all done, bags are unpacked, jet leg has subsided and tan is fading. We had a wonderful vacation but man did it go fast. I find thats how life is though – the things we look forward to with great anticipation always take (what feels like) forever to get here and then they fly bye.  The day we left was a crazy busy day for me as I attended “The Brand Bash” workshop during the day (which needs a post of its own) and then rushed home to grab my husband and kids and we were off to the airport.

cove at the airport

 

gray at the airport

 

tom and kate at the airport

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times we fly every time there is something that doesn’t go as planned. The one blessing about flying with kids is you get to by pass the long security lines and check through security fairly quickly. The flight to Phoeinx was a full flight with lots of children which always makes for a noisy flight. As for my children they did pretty good. My baby decided to come down with the gastro bug his sister had earlier that week mid flight and required two complete changes which are never fun especially in a tiny airplane bathroom but we arrived safely and so did all our luggage which is a blessing many take for granted until that fateful trip when your luggage doesn’t arrive. Within moments of getting in the van both my babies were sound asleep which was great since it was really 11 pm to their internal clocks.

Sunday we headed off to church at Scottsdale Bible Church which if you are ever in there area is an amazing church that I absolutely always love to attend when we are in Az. The sermon topic that Sunday happened to be on Foster and Adoption which is something is so near and dear to my heart so I was moved to tears when I realized how neat it was that God orchastrated the topic to be spoke on when we were there. If you want to hear the actual sermon you can watch it here www.ScottsdaleBibleChurch.com .

On Monday morning my sister and my brother in law flew in which was exciting for us to be able to spend the week with them. Once we picked them up from the airport we headed to our favourite breakfast spot, Butterfields Pancake House for some delicious breakfast. My choice is always the gluten free chocolate chip pancakes. They are so good and you get so many that I always have extra to bring home with me at the end which is such a bonus.

butter fields pancake house

 

 

 

The weather was amazing, (all week in fact) high 90’s which meant we spent a lot of time in the pool, after all my babies are water babies. I love watching how much my daughter has learnt over the summer when it comes to swimming. She is completely unafraid of the water and is becoming a really good swimmer. I am so thankful that both my babies love the water since we are around water often and since I love to swim as well.

walking to the pool

 

pool time

 

gray

 

cove and mommy

 

 

Even in the evenings my babies wanted to swim. So a couple times we let them (the other evenings we were shopping … told you I am a shopaholic) Once the babes where tucked in bed the adults snuck away to soak our weary muscles (from all the shopping) in the hot tub.

daddy and kids

 

gray swimming

 

sunset

 

 

While on vacation I enjoy not having to cook meals. There are so many delicious restaurants we love in Arizona so every night we get to enjoy a new place.  Of course we were sure to enjoy multiple trips to Starbucks, Paradise Bakery, Krispy Kreme and In & Out. In fact we hit In & Out on the way home from the airport after we landed. in and out food

starbucks

 

 

krispy kreme

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I still can’t believe our vacation is over already and yet we jam packed our 8 days away with so much fun and so many activities… stay tuned for more!

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