More about our trip to Albuquerque ...
TravelingAll three boys were excellent travelers. Nathan was a cheerful rider, as long as we kept handing him different toys to hold.
While we did have some fun outings on our trip (see the last post), the majority of our fun memories together were made at or near Grammy and Papa's house.
The BackyardThe weather was just beautiful, so the kids were able to play with balls, vehicles, and other outside toys together.
Fun with Water ...In the warmer afternoons, it was fun to play with water, like in the sprinkler ...
One day after it rained, lots of snails came out. Cody and Ryan were especially interested in these.
The PlaygroundWe made a few trips to the school playground a block away from Papa and Grammy's house. The kids had fun climbing, swinging, and sliding.
|Grammy was swinging with Ian|
|Abby and Ryan wanted to bring their newly-strung bed bracelets with them to the playground|
EatingOne thing our family loves to do is eat! Each family took a turn making a dinner meal for everyone else. We got to celebrate Papa and Aunt Amy's birthdays while we were together. We enjoyed some yummy pineapple upside down cupcakes that Amy made for Papa's birthday.
FireworksBefore Jason, Amy, and boys headed back home, Uncle Andrew busted out some of his fireworks, including sparklers and poppers for the kids to try. Everyone was excited about this except for Ryan, who was really bothered by the yucky smell of fireworks and kept his hand over his nose most of the time.
On the evening of 4th of July, Uncle Andrew had quite a routine lined up for our family and the neighbors.
|Notice that Ryan is on my lap, plugging his nose|
|Andrew and Abby preferred to watch the fireworks with their animal masks. :)|
Planned ActivitiesSarah, Amy, Grammy, and I had come up with some activity options for the kids as well for some of our "down time." Some of our activities included ...
digging for buried treasure (beads and candy),
|X marked the spot (in the garden)|
a nature scavenger hunt,
Adult TimeWe also treasured our time in the evenings after the kiddos went to sleep and stayed up late into the night talking and playing games. One night the guys played video games.
Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent, and Cousin TimeAnd, as expected, lots and lots of our time was just spent playing together!
|Nathan's first bite of an Otter Pop|
|playing King of Tokyo|
Thanks for being wonderful hosts, parents, and grandparents, Dad and Mom! It was fun to celebrate YOU by just being together. We love you! :)