Thursday, January 26, 2017

More on Phoenix (December)

It is Christmas eve and look at the weather system coming in!
ALL the boys are loving the rain!
There's not too much going on so we bake some cookies for Santa:
And I prep for dinner as we have our neighbor coming over for Christmas eve dinner.  Oh, I can't believe I did this but after spending all that time in the grocery store buying ingredients to marinade pork loin, I come home to find out I had completely forgotten to buy the pork loin itself!!!

Anyhow, glad I didn't forget to put the presents under the tree for Christmas day! :-P

It's Christmas Day and the boys waste no time!!!  First, their socks:
So happy with the new selection of music CDs!
Lots of dancing around the house to the new Trolls soundtrack!
And yes, "Santa" decided that it was okay for the boys to get boxing gloves this year ;-)
Graham and Charlie are so patient and nice to each other. Why can't it be like this every day??!
Not wasting any time and getting right into their Christmas gifts!
In the meantime, I am trying to have the boys finish up some blueberries and cherries. Seems like the only way to get them to eat it is to make it into a pie. YUM!!!
We are off to our Christmas dinner.  Love the views around here:
Graham and Charlie are already fast asleep before dinner!
At the restaurant and it is packed!  We have our new tradition of popping Christmas Crackers now - that's where we get our paper hats from :-)
Unfortunately, dinner was just so-so and we had a waitress that was sort of having a meltdown in between our meal!  Anyhow, it is Christmas so we still give her a very nice tip.
Since being so far north of Phoenix, I wanted to show the boys what used to be the tallest fountain in the world when it was built in 1970.  The Fountain Hills fountain is now the 4th tallest fountain and it was only about 30 minutes away from the restaurant.  But sure enough, boys were fast asleep halfway through the ride!
Well, thankfully Charlie woke up just as we were about to leave!  With 3 pumps working under ideal conditions, it sprays water at a rate of 7,000 gallons per minute and reaches 560 ft in height!
The next day, we head up to Sedona to see some snow.  Graham especially really wanted to see it and with the storm system rolling through, there was a lot more in Flagstaff but traffic was quite busy going north so we opted to stop in Sedona instead:
It's so pretty around here:
We stop by the Sedona Golf Resort for lunch and the boys are just happy as can be, running in how ever little snow that's left on the ground!
We drive on and find a trail to hike.  Again, the view is spectacular!  
By the way, it doesn't normally snow here in Sedona so it is quite the treat for the locals too:
Happy Graham!
 Phoenix trip - to be continued...

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