Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Arizona Day 1!

We left very early (as in, we picked up Grandma & Grandpa at 5 am!) on the morning of Monday, June 8, Elise’s 9th birthday! She did not think that was a very good birthday present, getting up early, but she wasn’t too dismayed about it, considering she was flying on a plane on a vacation with her family & cousins and going to be staying at a VERY nice house with a pool for a week!


This is our airport “groupie” or “ussie” or whatever term you prefer.


The birthday girl & me on the tiny little plane!

We arrived with no delays and no lost luggage into the Phoenix airport and after a few little miscommunications were straightened out, we got picked up by two Logos vehicles and were able to meet up with my brother and his family. After a lunch at Chick-Fil-A, which holds some memories we prefer to forget, we arrived at the Logos Faithlife House in the middle of the afternoon. After a tour and some discussions about what to buy at the grocery store, everyone was ready for a swim!


First time in the pool! Everyone loved it!!


On the first day, the slide was quite popular.





Later on, that rock feature was the main attraction.


Dinner included watermelon (obviously) and brats & hot dogs on the grill.

And then we celebrated Elise’s birthday a little more…


…while sitting on the back patio being kept cool by the water misters above.


And of course there was some auntie snuggle time!


Foosball was the game of choice before our first movie night in the movie theater, (which regretfully, I don’t think we have pictures of?) where we watched the family friendly Monsters University.

Everyone oohed and aahed over the size of the house, and how it was never-ending, but we used every square inch over the course of the vacation. From the movie theater to the computer room (used for white board drawings, which we may or may not have erased) to the second living room (used for studying by my SIL and my oldest daughter) to the exercise room (used by several members for working out since it was too hot outside) to every bed and every washing machine & dryer (yes, there are two sets of those). Hm, I don’t think we used the formal dining room except for playing hide & seek and the scavenger hunt. The closet in the master bedroom is as big as my bedroom and the pantry is as big as my kitchen, so we truly felt like we had our very own little resort for the week. We were so blessed.

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