Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend in Sunny Arizona!

This year for Thanksgiving we drove 12 hours down to Arizona to stay with Darin’s brother Geoff, his darling wife Jadi, and their adorable kids Kaden and Kaylee! We arrived late Wednesday night, visited for a little while, then headed to bed.

Thurdsay morning their neighborhood does a yummy pancake breakfast which was so fun! Then we went to the park followed by lots of cooking and lots of eating! Jadi is such an amazing cook and hostess! Everything looked so cute—she even gave the kids little Thanksgiving gift bags with treats and toys! Lindsay got a doll and Matt got a Dinosaur—they LOVED it!

After dinner we headed to another fun park—Matthew sure loves his cute cousins!  Darin and his brothers kept trying to do tricks, stunts, and obstacle courses on these cement walls.  They were so funny!  We headed home, watched some movies and looked through the Black Friday advertisements.

I didn’t take any pictures from Friday (nuts), but we mostly spent the day shopping and going to the park.
Saturday Darin, Matthew, Lindsay, and I headed to Mesa to visit my wonderful Grandma Hodgkinson!  It was so fun to see her, and she had just redone her whole house—it was BEAUTIFUL!!  We wished we lived closer because my grandma is so much FUN!!  We went out to lunch, did some visiting, then headed back to Geoff and Jadi’s.

After the kids took some quick naps we went to another darling park, and even got a few family pictures taken.  The kids were still pretty tired so they didn’t cooperate too well.  This is the best one that we got.

And here is one of just Lindsay and me.
After pictures we went to the Mesa temple.  It was so pretty!  They do Christmas lights like they do on temple square, but you don’t have to bundle up!  We LOVED it!

The whole weekend was just PERFECT!  It was really relaxing, but it was really fun too!  Thanks again and again Geoff and Jadi!!  We love you guys so much and miss you already!  Thanks again!!


Vicki said...

So happy you had such a fun trip!

jpm1 said...

Sweet pictures. Love the warm weather. We were down there a month ago.

Jadi said...

We LOVED having you guys here and miss you already!! Thanks for coming and making our Thanksgiving weekend so much fun!! We can't wait to see you guys again. LOVE YOU!!!

tami said...

Fun to see your gma! She is so cute! Did you know I knew her? They were missionaries in Hawaii while I was going to school there...small world!

Sarah said...

I think you got wonderful pictures! I tried with my kids and was not at all successful! Ugh! Sounds like you had a fun trip! You are a trooper to drive all that way with 2 kids. I don't think I could have done it!

Adam and Cami said...

Looks like you had so much fun! I love your family pic! It's just so cute! My sister lives in Arizona, & we were down there last year & saw the Mesa Temple & lights! It is so beautiful! Fun!

The Johnson Family said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! We miss AZ so much, especially during this time of year. Looks like you guys had a great time!