Jack, David and I got back from Arizona last Sunday and we had such a good time, as always!
Flying with little kids is never fun, and our flight to Arizona left late at night. I'm cheap and never want to spend extra money on luggage or a carry on so this is how I roll - double stroller, three overstuffed backpacks, a purse, and two toddler sized backpacks. It's not too bad except when I have to go to the bathroom in the airport and have to get all of this stuff plus two kids into a bathroom stall. Also, getting all of this stuff onto the airplane without the stroller's help while coaching two kids on where to walk makes me sweat really bad. But we survived!
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We landed at 2 am Iowa time and luckily Jack and David fell asleep before that. It is miraculous that I got two sleeping kids and five backpacks and a purse off of the plane all by myself :)
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Jack and David loooooove "Nana's house". We spent most of the week just swimming in the pool, eating good food, and hanging out at my parent's house.
"Fishing" with Papa
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We swam just about every day. David was crazy and learned how to do flips off of the diving board and finally figured out how to swim by himself the very last day! (Though he still stresses me out when I take him swimming! haha!)
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Rides on the lawn mower:
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I'm glad my mom saved a lot of our old toys (even though my dad isn't ;)
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Other things we did in AZ:
  • Last Chance (Nordstrom on major clearance) trip! This time I was hoping to score new Nike shoes for Jack and David but no luck. David, however, found some Stride Rite Star Wars light up shoes that were three sizes too big and HIDEOUS but it was love at first sight for him! He insisted on getting them and he wore them everyday (sock-less and stinky since I didn't pack socks) for the rest of the week. He sure loves what he calls his "starburst" shoes :) He says that they make him go fast :) Here is a selfie he took of them in the car :)
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  • Introduced Snap Chat filters to my parents. Their face swap was disturbing.
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  • Ice cream and diet coke runs
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  • Bobas, of course
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  • A drive out to the Phoenix temple
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  • The Secret Life of Pets (and our first experience with reclining chairs at the movie theaters!)
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  • Open water swimming with Chelsie at Saguaro Lake (these two guys started their workout the same time as us, took a picture with us, and then Chelsie found it later posted on some AZ Triathlon facebook group! haha)
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  • Dinner with my roommate from freshman year at Utah State! I love Elizabeth and could talk to her for forever!!!
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  • Breakfast and splash pad at Downtown Gilbert.
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  •  Cafe Rio and gelato with Krissy, Katie, and Chelsie! Our friend from high school, Ben, ran into us at the gelato shop and ended up staying and talking to us for an hour or so. Totally random but fun!
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Jack's Arizona Highlight: Scorpion hunting and torching with my dad :) They went out 4 different nights and killed 62 scorpions total! (not including the babies on this mama's back!)
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David's Arizona Highlights: flips off of the diving board, his new Star Wars shoes, and frequent visits upstairs to Isaac's room to see the "cweepy cwown" - Isaac's new addition to his huge Halloween decoration collection. (I somehow didn't get one picture with David and the Creepy Clown, just some ridiculous pictures of me with the Creepy Clown when I was trying to convince David that the Creepy Clown wasn't so creepy :)
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It's always sad leaving Arizona :( Until next time!
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I wouldn't say that the flight home was easy, but it was definitely the "least hard" of all of the flights I've taken alone with my kids :) We were all happy to see Spencer. We wish he could have come too!
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Friday Favorites

Today, I'm linking up with NarciErika and Andrea for Friday Favorites!

Favorite hair: David's morning hair :)
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Jack and David's favorite time to fall asleep (but not mine!): 4:45 pm in the car

It is SO HARD to wake them up once they fall asleep and then they never go to bed at night!
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Favorite screenshots this week:
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Favorite activities these last couple of weeks: family museum, John Deere Pavilion, Splash Landing, and play dates with friends.
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Favorite meal this month: free chicken nugget entree every Wednesday night in August from 5-8 at our local Chic-Fil-As. No cooking plus anything with Chic-Fil-A sauce is a favorite for me!
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A favorite picture of my sweet Grandma Wirthlin that my dad took this weekend at my cousin's wedding: 
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Jack and David's favorite thing that happened on Wednesday: the quarter collector guy at the mall turned the rides on for Jack and David to ride after he collected the quarters from each ride. They got four free rides and I just stood there a little embarrassed and feeling like a beggar.
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My very favorite thing: Arizona bound tomorrow!!!


Things I'm Loving

  •  The fact that Spencer took Jack and David to the gym tonight. (I am sitting here blogging on the couch in complete silence at 6 pm :)
  • The River Bandits baseball game! We had seats right next to the corn ;) #onlyiniowa
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 David wanted to ride the ferris wheel and Jack didn't (he was still scarred from the last time we went and got stuck on it in the pouring rain!) so I took David and Spencer and Jack stayed behind.
I don't know how this boy got so big!
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 Not a bad view from the ferris wheel.
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  •  David's first birthday party without Jack. He was so excited and kept telling Jack over and over that he couldn't go to the party with him because he was too big :)
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 Jack was fine about it until we dropped David off and he saw all of the cool decorations - he felt better after an ice cream date :)
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  •  The Bix7 (seven mile) race this Saturday. This was my third time racing and I PRed with a time of 57:16. It is such a huge race and every year I can't believe that people come from all over the world to race in Davenport, IA :) I stole these pics from the internet to give you an idea of the crowds. I think over 10,000 people participate each year and it's shoulder to shoulder racing for the first mile of the race.
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 Each year it's hilly and hot and humid but I always have so much fun because there is so much energy and excitement and people. I was bummed Spencer didn't race this year because of his plantar fasciitis but I was happy to see these guys cheering for me at the finish line :)
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#instagramhusband ;)

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  • Post race food! BBQ pork Nachos and a Swiss Almond Chocolate malt (my second favorite ice cream in the world) from Whitey's with a baby spoon so it lasts longer :)
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  • This quote from our ward bulletin from here
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  •  I did not love the possum that got caught in our groundhog trap but Jack and David did :/
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  •  I liked this cute deer family a lot better :) 
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  • Harry Potter's birthday, this Harry Potter Snapchat filter, and the new HP book that I can't wait to get my hands on!  
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  • My favorite quotes from Jack and David this week:
Jack: "When all the people die, will the dinosaurs come back?"

David, as we drove by a tractor digging dirt: "Mom, is that tractor digging for worms?"

And Jack, after explaining to Jack how proud I was of him for not hitting David back after David slugged him: "Mom, there is nothing David could do to make me stop loving him!"