7.17.2012

4th of July in Arizona

BEWARE- marathon post!
Liam has this new thing for planes ("anes" in Liamese). You can imagine his fascination at the airports.
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We stayed with my grandfather & Alba while in Mesa. All four of us shared a bed. Ironically the smallest members of the family took up the most room in the bed.
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We got to watch the parade in front of our old house. It was fun...but I have to admit- just not the same.
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My mom, Max & my old young woman's leader Sister Gleeve. So good to see her! In hindsight, I wish I would've put away my camera & chatted more.
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More of my sleeping babies.
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Nelson Resevior & our rental car- probably the sportiest thing you'll find us in for awhile. You know you're done for when you begin to comment on how good looking different minivans are.
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The dome. This is where all our high school sporting events took place. For me that meant burning lungs & double the laps for the events I ran in track.
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Shannon took us here. It was a neat little museum & beautiful landscape.
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Little known fact, I worked for the Apache-Sitgraves forest service for three summers while in college. I worked with my sister & cousin for two of those summers. We worked primarily up near Big Lake. Last year there was a forest fire that wiped out much of my forest. It was unbelievable & sad to see with my own eyes.
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...and this is the visitor center that I worked at. We (my cousin, sister & I) always got a kick out of people thinking we were "real" forest rangers. (I was just some random girl studying home economics at BYU, my cousin a city girl from downtown Kansas City & my sister a recent high school graduate). Little kids would look at us in awe & men would ask us for fishing advice. If only they knew who they were asking. But I do look at my time there as a gift from the Lord. The job opened up for the first time when I just happened to be needing work for the summer. Then later when I no longer needed the summer work, the forest service budget dried up & this job was eliminated. I'll forever remember the good times with my sister, cousin & others of the forest service, the summer rain storms, & my cheesy night programs (they were on bears & plants if you were wondering).
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Near the trailhead for Mt. Baldy.
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See any resemblance? I personally don't see it, but the majority of people seeing Max say they see my dad.
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My dad took us on the ice cave hike in Lakeside.
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Liam LOVED this cave! Major tantrum getting him to leave it.
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Driving down to Mesa again through the Salt River Canyon.
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I'm not sure what Liam was dreaming about...or Max, for that matter, but he somehow ended up asleep with his thumb in Max's mouth.
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Liam also won the award of best bed head.
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Max's first time swimming. We went with my cousin Brooke & her family. We actually tricked them into hanging out with us the majority of the day. Fun times. Wish we lived closer.
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My grandfather & Alba. They just got married in May. I just adore Alba. I used to work with her & just always loved her. It's fun to get to know her even better now. She loves the Lord & it radiates in her countenance. She's taking good care of my grandfather and took good care of us while we stayed with them. I'm still craving the crepes she made us!
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2 comments :

  1. Hey that's a fancy car you rented! Great pictures, looks like you had fun!

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  2. Oh Michelle,

    great pictures. I especially loved the ones inside the dome; burning lungs for sure. That double lapped track sure made real track meets easier didn't it?

    I understand your saddness sitting infront of your old house. When I drive by our old place now'a days, I get the same mixed feelings.

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