Our Spring Break in Thatcher

Stephen's job has him traveling a lot during this season. Since Jackson is in school we never have the opportunity to go with him. When I found out he was going to be in Thatcher during part of Spring Break I immediately decided we too would be going. Plus it is basically a free trip since he was going for business anyway. The kids were Super excited about staying in a hotel and couldn't wait to go swimming. So I set out to find a hotel with a heated pool. I found one but once we got there we realized the hot tub was out of commission and that heated just means "not freezing" but the kids didn't care they swam anyway!

If you know me you already know my deep love of the Gila Valley Area/Thatcher/EAC! While I couldn't wait to visit the sites and go walk my old campus, I was most excited to see my good friends MaryAnn Palmer Layton who I met while attending school. She now lives there again with her husband and 4 kids who are so awesome!

Our drive up
I thought a ding-dong would be nice
but apparently not a great car snack
this was way worse than it looks-we had to stop and shake him down
The Hotel-
By far my kids favorite part of the trip, apparently we could go anywhere and stay in our hotel the whole time and they would be ecstatic.

Jumping from bed to bed

I just love her faces in these

Jackson wasn't feeling it at this time, instead he was getting mad that everyone was jumping on top of him

Hudson wanted to have his picture taken by himself
One morning we took a drive up Mt. Graham and found a place to hang out for awhile.

The kids had a blast climbing rocks

getting in the stream
( Pres insisted on getting completely undressed- which lasted about 5 min.)
finding Rocks
But the favorite was the splash game.
Throwing rocks into the stream to see how much you could splash everyone.

Pres chillaxing with her apple
Don't judge my parenting

if you look closely you can see the beautiful butterfly that kept circling Presley's head

Another great hotel pro was the key card doors
The boy were constantly racing there to open the door with the card!

While Steve was working we spent our time with the Layton family. They were so much fun, they fed us, entertained us & transported us.
Here we are at the Palmer farm
my kids love petting the animals and feeding the horses

The golf cart ride
Wii dance was the favorite
I have never seen my kids play it and had so much fun watching them
Jackson insisted I "Verse" him ( too cute)
I did and man that game is tiring
Pres with the girls playing

My dear friend MaryAnn
We had such a great time and I hope we can come back again!

On the way home I found a hole in my purse
Can you believe all the stuff that was in there. No wonder it was so heavy.
I was so excited I am notorious for loosing chapstick and when I saw that they have all dissapeared in my purse I was ecstatic.


March Madness

Hudson is the prime candidate for Hand me downs- he is constantly getting them, either from jackson or conway. To say he loves hand me downs would be an understatement. He is completely beside himself, he immediately puts the new stuff on and can't stop talking about it. Well the other day by mistake Hudson received these roller blades from Cons. The next day and a half wasn't pretty. He would NOT take them off- so much so that he was getting in trouble. He was falling down every second ( though nothing phased him he got right back up) running into people and things (OW!). He even tried to wear them to school and when I said no he tried to take them in his backpack. Needless to say when we realized his receiving them was by mistake I was MORE than happy to give them back. But at the end of that 36 hrs. he had improved a ton and they did make him sooo happy. Another time!

Kids Night Out this month was March Madness themed so the kids got to dress up in b-ball gear! They loved it and are way too cute.
I came home one night when Hayley had been babysitting, and I went to check on Pres but couldn't find her. I asked Hayley and she said she is in her room so I checked one more time and found her in-between the wall and her bed.
Pres and I in our matching outfits!
I am not a crafty person but lately I have been trying a lot more-meaning looking up ideas and tutorials and trying to copy as best I can.
I have been needing another hairbow holder for Pres and saw a cute one online so decided to go for it.
I found a $.50 frame at a garage sale.
painted it up nice and white
then distressed it

added ribbon to the inside with hot glue
layed down my material, batting and backing
taped it up with duct tape
and there you go, all nice and pretty for Pres!