Surfing at the lake

Surfing at the lake

We went for an awesome weekend with Kevin’s friends to go surfing on the lake. It was a good challenge to figure out how to position yourself, to balance, etc. It took me quite a few times to figure it out and I still only stayed up for maybe 15 seconds, lol....
Sycamore Creek

Sycamore Creek

We took a long, rocky dirt road to Parson’s Trailhead and hiked down to Sycamore Creek. We found an awesome swimming hole with a sandy beach.
Learning to Change a Tire

Learning to Change a Tire

I had to replace my brakes, so I took the opportunity to teach the kids, especially the almost 17 year old, how to change a tire using the car’s jack as well as a hydraulic one. They had fun taking turns removing the bolts and lifting the jacks. All along the...
Gelly Ball Wars

Gelly Ball Wars

Our kids had been playing with Orbeez (knockoffs) the whole week and our oldest had mentioned that she wanted to try paintball so when I found out they had Gelly ball wars at Be Wild in Cottonwood, we had to try it out. They had a great time. The 8 year old got hit...
Rock Climbing at Be Wild

Rock Climbing at Be Wild

At Be Wild in Cottonwood, AZ they have a rock climbing wall (and all sorts of other fun stuff). So Josh (left) got to feed his rock climbing bug again for a minute. It’s so fun to watch him because he almost looks like he’s made for it.
Virtual Archeological Dig

Virtual Archeological Dig

They have a virtual Archeological dig system set up in the children’s adventure room at the Verde Valley Archeological Center in Camp Verde, AZ. The kids loved moving the sand around to see artifacts being uncovered.
Scarlet Macaw Demonstration

Scarlet Macaw Demonstration

We went to the Verde Valley Archeological Center and they were doing a demonstration about scarlet macaws because they were found to have been brought to the US and kept in the ancient Native American villages in Verde Valley. Tyler was in heaven watching their...
The Pool is Open!

The Pool is Open!

The Sedona public pool had their grand opening today so we got to go swim for free. The kids met some new friends and had a blast jumping in and going down the water slide.
Garden Planning

Garden Planning

While we waited for an oil change, we wandered around the garden section of Walmart to see what kinds of plants and flowers we should get when we get our gardens set up.
Custom Door Design is Coming Along

Custom Door Design is Coming Along

The door that I designed for our entryway is finally done! It has sidelights as well (not pictured). We’ll change the knob to a satin nickel look one as well. Super excited to get it installed 🙂
Verde River Tubing

Verde River Tubing

Tubing down Verde River is one of our new favorite activities. Most of the river is pretty tame but there are several spots with mild rapids to float through that make it fun. We park one car at the end and then drive to the beginning.
Sycamore Canyon Exploration

Sycamore Canyon Exploration

We took the long dirt road to get to Parson’s trail head and hiked down and found a great swimming hole. The bottom was very fine sand and soft plants. The water was clear until we stirred it up with our feet. The water was chilly but tolerable.
Playing Chess at the Library

Playing Chess at the Library

They offer a drop-in Chess club at our local library so the kids have fun attending that and learning from the very skilled leader. It was so good for him to learn to slow down, take his time to look through his options, and make an informed decision. For someone with...
Colorful Wooden Blocks

Colorful Wooden Blocks

The younger two had a fun time building this wooden block structure together in the kitchen… in front of the fridge… for some reason. They had cars and characters and a whole story line going. It was cute to watch.
Origami Bat

Origami Bat

My 8-year old loves Batman and bats in general so he asked if I could look up how to create an origami bat. He did most of the first steps but it got pretty complicated when he had to push certain edges in or tuck a point into a pocket, so he had some help. This is...
Garrison Park veteran memorial

Garrison Park veteran memorial

After my kids had had a chance to play on the playground for a while, I took them over to the veteran memorial area. There was a few different areas in memory of different people involved in service to their country, including one for service K9s who gave the ultimate...
Family Cup Tiles

Family Cup Tiles

I had some 4×12″ tiles that the previous owner of our house left to us and I bought 4×4″ tiles for each person in the family. I hot-glued the small tiles to the back of the large tiles and added vinyl lettering for each person’s name. Next...

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