Friday, April 24, 2015


If I don't finish blogging this trip soon, I might not finish at all.  So I got a can of Red Bull, a raspberry 5 Hour Energy and 12 hours to burn!  Let's do this!*

Cindy's Birthday

Because we would be in Arizona for Cindy's actual birthday, we celebrated early in Florida before we left so my parents could deliver their obscene amount of presents, while I on the other hand, could open two boxes of Little Debbie red velvet snacks and phone in a "cake."  Don't be jealous of my ability to hack everything I touch.

In Arizona we took the ceremonial trip to Sprinkles bakery, which is a very uppity bakeshop in the very posh part of Scottsdale.  

Even Sprinkles has stinky garbage apparently...

Even though the kids were dying to have the experience of getting cupcakes
out of an ATM, we decided to go inside instead.
I figured it would be cheaper to build my own when I got home.

Should I get the lasagna flavor or sour cream and onion?

 Here is a blurry picture of almost the whole dozen we got- which consisted of a variety of flavors like coconut, vanilla, carrot cake, red velvet, marshmallow, baby squid, toasted pecan, dark chocolate and a few others.

I gotta admit, even though a cupcake is still pretty much always just a cupcake, these were actually pretty darn delicious.  The frosting was tremendous.  I cannot lie.  Well, I can, but right now, I am not.

 For Cindy's present, I got her some time with her Grandparents.  I think I did pretty good this year :)

*I don't actually have either of those things.  But I am currently not at work and have promised myself that I will stay off Pinterest for a few hours, so it's basically like the same thing.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tucson and The Reese Effect

The last day we had to spend in Arizona we drove down to Tucson for a visit with Nathan, Linnley and their dog, Reese.  

In case you were wondering, Tucson is very moutainy.  Just as much as Provo, for sure.  

While we there there, we ate Sonoran hot dogs....

Photo Credit
(hot dog wrapped in bacon, covered in pinto beans, tomatoes, onions, grilled onions, mayo, mustard and jalapeno sauce.)  These are a really big deal in Tucson.  And pretty tasty!

Outside of El Guero Canelo, which means "The Guero Canelo,"

Luke drove this old tractor:

After plowing 40 acres, I could sure go for a hot dog wrapped in bacon!

Played some Jenga.....

Toured the University of Arizona (where Nathan is getting his PhD)...

That Wildcat family is awesome! And those cats are pretty cool too.  

Does your finger need a foam finger?  

Hit up Golf 'N Stuff for some batting cage action.....

Poor Nathan.  He missed like, 3

....and some fossball.   

We found our Native American brother....

Narrowly missed getting hit by this swirling desert sandstorm....

This was so weird, like a microburst with sand

Drove by this restaurant, "Little Luke's" which has "Chicago style sandwiches" and yet has a picture of a hot dog on it..... (What is it with Tucson and hot dogs?)

No one takes a picture with a pole in it quite like me.  It's a skill.  

And secretly took this picture of Linnley while waiting for our BBQ dinner.  

But who are we kidding, the real star of Tucson was this girl!

The kids LOVED this dog.  She was the most patient and kind dog ever.  Please note that in all of my vacation photos, these are the only ones where Cindy was smiling.  It was ridiculous.  Ridiculously awesome!

The kids fed her approximately one million treats

Here is more evidence of the Reese effect:  Cindy was running. In the sun. Without complaining.  What planet am I on?


Thanks Nathan, Linnley and Reese!  
We had a great time in Tucson and can't wait to see Rees- I mean, everyone again :)

Take a picture with a dog?  Well, that's totally different.    

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Scottsdale Arizona Mission: The Musical

(The following post should be read to the tune of the Primary classic, 
"Oh, What do you do in the summertime?")

Oh, what do you do at the Mission home, where these two kids were seen?

Do you steal Grandpa's keys?

Or pick fruit from the trees?

Or ride all the mission biiiiiiikes?

Is that what you do?  No surprise!

Oh, what do you do at the Mission home, where this great tree is seen?

Do you smell lemon leaves?

Kill zombies with ease?

Or eat on the porch, waving Hiiiiiii!??????

Is that what you do? So did I!

Do you eat a small snack?

Or roll in soft grass?

Or give beating Grandpa a tryyyyyy?

Is that what you do? 
One more time!

Do you juice up a storm?

Get hugs that are warm?

Or play songs one thousand tiiiiimes?

Is that what you do? Lucky guys!

We got to spend 4 days at the mission home and were treated like royalty. We had such a good time hanging out, visiting Scottsdale and seeing a small slice of what mission life is like.  

The mission home itself is like Xanadu.  Fruit trees, soft green grass, flowers, a small path, large porch, on the lot of the church and right across from a beautiful high school- it is a sweet setup.  The kids will forever remember that as the coolest place they ever visited.    

Karl and DeAnne are so good to us and so good to those missionaries. They are so lucky to have them there.  We miss them every single day, but you can't really argue with their reason for leaving for a time.  I am so glad we got to make this trip.  Sixteen months to go!

Why was I making this face??!!  It makes no sense!!