Sunday, September 11, 2016

Eat It or Wear It


Spent a couple days in Southern CA on our way home from AZ.

Got to be there for Ellis's birthday and participate in all her birthday requests,
which conveniently are some of our favorites too:

Beach Break for Breakfast
Sprinkles for Cupcakes
Chik Fil A for Dinner

We were too full/ran out of time for her lunch request of That Pizza Place.

The swimming portion of our day included our long-lost friends, the Laytons.
So happy to see them again and spend the afternoon at their community pool.
Kids picked up right where they left off 3 years ago.

Shout out to Chik Fil A:
The one thing Sally wanted was a fruit parfait and that was the one thing they forgot in our order.
Didn't notice the error till we got back to Errin's.
Called and within 1/2 hour they delivered:
a parfait, 2 warm choc chip cookies, and vouchers for 2 free meals.
Chik Fil A needs to come to Monterey.

Too full/tired on E's birthday for cake, so that happened Sunday after church.

As did games of Spoons.

And then Errin introduced us to...
Eat It or Wear It
How it works:
Create an assortment of disgusting and not disgusting foods/condiments.
Number each one.
Put coordinating numbers in a hat.
Kids draw a number.
Then decide if they want to eat a spoonful of the item that matches the number they drew...
or get the entire contents dumped on their head.

Our tray included:
Soy sauce
Lime juice
Worcestershire sauce
Canned chicken
Spicy avocado hummus

Most of the items, the kids would've totally eaten,
but the idea of it getting dumped on them was more fun.

Please enjoy many pictures:

My personal favorite.

The boys' clean-up wasn't too bad,
but Sally and Ellis had expired spicy avocado hummus all in their hair that didn't want to come out.

Watermelon > All of the Above Items

Not pictured: Took Drew, Jones, and Auggie to Scooter Farm and the 
Clairemont Skate Park in San Diego.
Drew had been looking forward to visiting both places forever and was probably a little let down.
Scooter Farm was tiny.
The skate park was super crowded with too much cussing.
He was wishing for Kids That Rip the whole time.

Summer in Arizona

We traveled to AZ this summer.
And went into shock over the heat.

Visited our favorite spot along the Salt River.

That's me, Drew, Sally, Auggie, Jacob, Rachel, and Penny down there.
Tubing down the river from our cliff jumping spot to the parking lot is my favorite.
Owen took this picture.

Went to the Diamondbacks vs Giants game with Erica.

We got super cheap tickets through the military and ended up in the nosebleeds.
Owen was legitimately freaked out from how high up we were.
Getting separated from Erica, who was trying to find her friend, didn't help his situation.

Eventually all of us relocated to the ground level bleachers.
And the Diamondbacks won.
Fun that they won being the underdogs.

Found my parents, some cousins, and cooler weather at Camp Lomia.
This mission (as the camp caretakers) is so perfect for them.
And also us, who still get to see them.
We took over the camp, which was closed for 4th of July.

The Wonder Trail has inspirational quotes about women and ends up at a beautiful statue.

Abbey and Emma volunteered to menu plan, shop, and cook for the whole trip.

Hiked Tonto Natural Bridge.
Who hikes in AZ in the summer?
Not us ever again.

Blue Ridge Reservoir was our favorite part of the trip.
Kayaked and cliff jumped all afternoon.

Payson put on a good fireworks show, but we were all too worn out to go.
Sparklers were as fireworky as we got this year.

Most of the kids slept in the YCL room.
Crazy that it had been 20 years since going there for camp myself.

Morning glories.

The gator = the little boys favorite.

Errin brought out a stash of candy.
This is the longest the kids sat still the whole trip.

We met Justin's dad for lunch at Tiny's Restaurant in Payson.
I cannot recommend the restaurant, but I can recommend the company.

Back for more at Blue Ridge Reservoir.
Justin had to fly home early for work so it was just the kids and me from here on out.

Went to Karen's for swimming and haircuts.
And poolside pancakes.

Drew had been waiting the whole week to go to Kids That Rip.
It was basically his dream come true...way better than any California skate park we've been to.

KTR is right by my favorite high school lunch spot,
so the kids got to go down memory lane.
Ned was even there to add to the nostalgia.

That and some shopping at AZ Mills rounded out our week in AZ.

Not pictured:
A visit from Danna and her kids (got to meet new baby Pavel). 7/6
Dinner with Lindsey, Debbie, and Becky B at Sauce. 7/7