after the princess party, we opened our awesome rental home (it has a tree growing through it!) to everyone and anyone. it was quite the facebook experiment. we put out an invite on facebook and waited to see who would show in person. to say it was amazing is an understatement. we saw folks we hadn’t seen in years, including a friend who drove over from chicago to see me for the first time in probably 13 or so years. what was most satisfying about the whole get together (of about 60 friends and family) is that everyone is doing well. it’s hard to tell via facebook if people are really well or just posting only the good stuff, but in person everyone was giving off a great vibe that they seemed happy and well. que was again manning the camera doing a great job. we didn’t get a shot of the crowd, but it was crazy. what he captured instead are great moments. all of our friends and cousin’s kids playing together. nia and the princesses having a ball. bradie mugging for the camera. these are super special.this get together really reinforces to us that our family and friends are really one big happy family that we cherish. we love you all and we loved seeing everyone. hopefully another handful of years won’t have to pass before we can do it again.
we spent last weekend in homer, alaska. not only was it the 4th of july, but also our fifth wedding anniversary. above is our group shot. zach and i’ve have had our picture taken each year on our anniversary. so far so good, but one year it was a poorly lit selfie of us already in bed under the covers.
a wonderful lunch of po’boys and sausages[/caption]we had the good fortune to once again spend time with our friends gary and susan. they have a lovely little cottage in homer. it’s so nice to visit places they live as gary and susan are wonderful at really taking advantage of everything a town has to offer. although we have visited homer before it’s nice to get a new perspective and a local one to boot.while in homer we camped. it was our first camping experience as a family since zelda has outgrown the pack ‘n play. let’s just say she’s a bed hog, but also a great space heater. all in all a pretty successful camping adventure. the 4th was full of fun activities. we visited the carnival and zelda got her face painted, played games and had pie. then it was off to the beach for some tide pooling. and finally off to the parade where there was CANDY! probably the highlight of zelda’s day. she got to eat two pieces at the parade and by the time we stopped for dinner she was fast asleep.what a great weekend and i’m sure we’ll return to homer. zelda loved the beach, the boats and well, pretty much everything.
well, better later than never to get to doing today’s blog post. the summer weather is back after a lot of much needed rain so this morning i dedicated to getting the garden in. with a little help from zelda this afternoon, i’m happy to say the garden is complete. we also couldn’t resist and spent the rest of our afternoon on a bike ride.
these photos from arizona are a combination of photos from my phone and zach’s camera, well one of the camera cards. it is a pretty big set of pictures and in no particular order. i’ll grab the other photos this week and post a round 2. also if you make it to the end of the post, there’s a video.
we started in tucson where we stayed for about 5 days, then north to the grand canyon and finally we concluded our trip in sedona. it was a really enjoyable time.
zelda may have found her calling. she loved the fire engine and ambulance a the tucson children’s museum. click on the link to see her in action. warning the siren is loud! IMG_7175.mov
plane tickets have been purchased and we are registered for this 1/2 marathon. we are really looking forward to this trip and the race as both are on our bucket lists. throw in 5 days in tucson and it’s becoming quite the nice vacation in early may. the cherry on top is a weekend with ebgma at the grand canyon and sedona.
those gorgeous images are getting me excited and are helping me forget about the soreness i’m feeling right now after 3 days of yoga and 2 days of running.