Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day at Roosevelt Lake

We spent Memorial Day at Roosevelt Lake and it was perfect.
The sky was overcast, so it wasn’t too hot…but the water was the perfect temperature for playing!


It took a while to find a place to set up.
The water was extremely low, so the beach areas we normally go to were far away from the water and everywhere was just rocks!
Eventually we decided to just set up on a boat ramp (it was closed since the water was too low for the boat ramp to be used!), and it ended up being perfect!


The water at the end of the ramp was shallow enough for wading, and Riker loved being able to float out and have the waves push him back in!


And of course we brought the jet skis with us.
Riker was so excited to get to drive on the jet ski…just as long as it didn’t go too fast!


But Olivia, our little daredevil, wanted to go faster and faster!
TJ took her out one time and said she was squealing with excitement the faster he went!


Riker and Olivia both had the best time, which is good since we are planning a week long trip to Lake Powell this summer!
Hopefully they love that lake as much as they loved this one!


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Camping (for reals!)


This weekend, TJ took Riker camping.
Not in our backyard (been there, done that!)…this time, they went off into the desert with some friends and went camping for reals!


For days leading up to the camping trip, Riker told everyone who would listen that he was going camping with his dad.
”Not mommy and not Livvy, just Riker and dad!”


He wanted to climb trees and find sticks and dig in the dirt.
And based on the pictures (and the amount of dirt I washed off him when he came home!), it seems like he met all of his goals.


Of course, not every moment was perfect.
Life as a three year old is tough and sometimes there were tears.


But the number of happy moments cancelled out the number of sad moments, so it seems like the trip was a success.


TJ was so impressed with Riker’s rock climbing skills.
And of course, you have to scream as loud as you can when you reach the top!


As they were getting ready to sleep (in a tent! outside! in a sleeping bag!), Riker told TJ that he loved camping with him and that he always wanted to go camping with just the two of them…
the moments of frustration were forgotten and the whole trip was worth it.


Definitely not the last camping adventure for these two!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Another Day… Another Splash Pad

We go to the splash pads a lot.
We like swimming pools too, but when its just me with two non-swimmers I am much more confident in my abilities to keep them alive at the splash pad.
Today we ventured to the Gilbert Water Tower Plaza. I’ve heard about this one from several people but haven’t ever gone.
But you best believe we will be here more often…its closer than most of the other parks we go to and smaller (smaller in this case is good…less areas for the littles to wander, making it easier to watch both at the same time!)


Riker loved it, which is good.
On our drive over, he asked if it would have a playground and when I answered no he seemed disappointed.
The other splash pads have a playground right next to them, so the kids can go from water play to jungle gym play.
Luckily, once we got there Riker didn’t seem to miss the playground!


Olivia probably would have enjoyed it more if she had a nap first.
But since she’s decided that she only needs one nap a day, her mornings are usually a bit cranky and whiny.
She would have been happier had I let her carry her Cheerios around, but since I didn’t feel like cleaning up soggy Cheerios she had to learn to cope.
And she liked it just fine…until the fountains would pop up in her face and freak her out. Then she would run to me, sit on the towel for a bit whining for a snack, and eventually waddle back out to the water.


All in all, another fun day playing in the water.
And if you are in AZ and ever need a buddy to play at the splash pad, we are in!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Life Lately…

I just realized it has been almost month since I blogged.
I clicked through all my pictures to try to remember what we’ve been up to lately and realized that we haven’t been doing much.
Well, we’ve kept busy but we’ve done a whole lot of little things and not many big “blog-able” moments.




Diamondbacks games


Splash Pads


Sending silly pictures to daddy


Getting stuck in the McDonalds play place


Playing at the mall

Its getting hotter and hotter so our activities are limited to the pool/splash pad or indoors.
We have a couple fun trips planned for this summer
(Washington and Lake Powell!)
so that’s definitely something to look forward too!