Monday, January 18, 2016

Cousin Time

For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we went to San Diego so I could dig through my grandparents' old photographs, which meant we got to spend a lot of time with Stan and Lillie. While I was digging, the kids played with my cousin, and Russ carved out a little time to go visit our friends, the Littles. We didn't get any pictures of that, although Paige and Eric made a pretty cool Lego stop action video. The kids were happy to have so much time to play, so it was a win-win.

Before we headed home, we stopped in at Charley's Famous Hamburgers for lunch with Grandma and Grandpa and cousins before the long drive home.

A shake so thick, you could barely suck it up the straw.

So what if they were annoying the other customers? They were having a great time!

All too soon, it was time for goodbye.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Bike Ride

Welcome 2016!

I can't seem to stop creating more traditions, and the more I create, the more I have to do each year. Sometimes it's good, though. We probably would have lazed around the house all day if we didn't have a New Year's Day tradition to go on a bike ride now. For some reason, this tradition makes Russ grumpier than any other... okay, I actually do know the reason. He hates having to try to stuff all the bikes into the car. We need a bike rack! At least we didn't have to worry about a bicycle for Kyle this year... last year's cram was so ridiculous that Russ just threw up his hands and went inside while Kyle and I finished the job.

Since we got a late start, we went somewhere close this year: a trail in Gilbert.

A few good bridges and canals are all we need for a fun time.

And a few unpaved areas to skate in just to keep it from being too typical. This one had it all.

Our original plan was to go all the way to another park, but once we hit one of the main roads, we voted to go to the waffle and frozen yogurt shop instead. Google promised us it was open, but alas... Google lied. We have such bad luck on New Year's Day! Just like last year, we ended up having doughnuts in a nearby grocery store.

On our way home, the sun was setting and the kids were getting tired.

But they were troopers, and we kept them going with promises of our traditional New Year's steak dinner.

Only this year, we know how to grill them to perfection. Yum!