Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Summer Riding

Even though he goes at 8 in the morning in the summer, it is so hot! But he's having fun and learning new skills.
Riding backwards and trying not to spill a cup of water.
Side saddle and even leaving the arena for a short trail ride in the woods.


Monday, July 30, 2018

Hippie Skippie turns 3

We had a party of chicken nuggets for all!


Crazy Wind Storm

In the early morning hours of July 21st, we had a strom blow through with 80-90 mile per hour winds. It was around 2 am and I thought my bedroom window was going to blow in.
The next day, a walk around the house showed we luckily had little damage. In the afternoon we drove around town to see that others weren't so lucky.


Jared's dad's neighbor had a big tree that was hit by lightning and it took powerlines down. Power was out at our house too, but it was back on in 12 hours. Their power took 3 days to come back on.


Once it came on, it sparked something at the house with the lightning hit tree and it caught on fire. The people and pets were staying elsewhere because of the 3 day power outage in 100+ degree weather.

Jared took Canyon to his dad's to watch the firetrucks. I havent been back to see whats left yet, but the home was totalled.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Concert Goers

Sahara won concert tickets for Def Leppard and Journey on the radio.  She took me because I'm the reason she knows anything about 80's music.

It's her first ever concert.
She's just a small town girl!




We were up in the nosebleed seats, but we had a straight on view.
Def Leppard's show was great and they had a really cool laser light show.  Journey unfortunately is just not the same without the original singer even though the new guy is a dead ringer for Perry.  Also, their sound was off.  Lots of echo and distortion.  Hundreds of people starting filing out after the 3rd and 4th song.  


It was still a great time and experience.  
Thank you Sahara for taking me!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The 4th

Our 4th was mostly just hanging around at the house.  The day before, Sahara and Jared's air conditioner went out, again, so they had a sleep over.  We mostly just hung out here and watched TV.  Then they went to get some fireworks and sparklers.





For dinner we went to Jared's grandma's for ribs and then to Dardanelle's firework show on the river.
These were the best of about 50 firework pictures.





Then back home for sparkles and our own fireworks.



We all still have our fingers!




Furniture Upgrades

Jared's mom gave Jared and Sahara their wedding gift early.  New living room furniture!
Their old couch was broken underneath (fixed and broke again) so it leaned to one side.


These are so big and fluffy!


Then I found this orange chair and it matched my couches much better than the chair I found last summer.  So I did a swap.


Chloe approves.


Next, a friend was getting rid of a bed frame with storage so I snagged it.  I sanded it down and painted it red and black to go in Canyon's Razorback room.




Only the bottom drawers are storage but it's better than a mattress on the floor.  Also we are finally trying him back in his own room with his cpap.  So far, it's been going ok.


Friday, June 29, 2018

10 months

Jupiter is 10 months, 60 pounds, and neutered.


Ariport Fly In

At least there is some cloud coverage and a slight breeze today.
As far as the fly in it was disappointing. I guess you had to be there right when it started. The remote control planes were cool to watch though.


Hiking on Petit Jean

Well we tried anyway. So hot and humid. We tried to get to the waterfall but it was a 2 hour hike so we turned around.
The look on the peoples faces coming back up was painful. I'm glad we turned around.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

50th Anniversary Phoenix Trip

Yay!  Haven't been back to Arizona in a decade or longer!  Excited to head to the old stomping grounds and celebrate mom and dad's 50th anniversary!


The first morning there, Canyon was recruited by Papa to harvest potatoes.



We took the Light Rail to The Irish Center.




Jared wanted a saguaro photo with Southern Drift tees.


Lots of swimming. But not a lot of photos taken during swims.


We ran across some of my 80's records.



Getting ready to head out to the surprise party.


Yay!  Months and months of planning, lying, and secrets.


We had meatballs, sandwiches, pasta salad, crab salad, and cake.




We sat at the neighborhood table.  Otherwise known as the cool table.  :)



I'm so glad we had a great turn out and so many people were able to attend this special event.







Back at the house, device time.



They received a bunch of cards and gift cards, a travel quilt, sparkling wine and more.


Brunch at First Watch.


We took a trip over to Aunt Carol's house.


Chain massage going on here.


BBQ at mom and dad's.


Played two new games.  Roll for it and Spinners dominoes.


The Great Skate only looks somewhat familiar.



Some of the crazy family hiked on Thunderbird.  Canyon and mom stayed close to shade.


Our people are at the top now.

 

Flag captured!


Mary Poppins was at the Arizona Off Broadway Theater.


We had great food there and watched the musical.




Snap with the musical's family after.


Another flag captured.  This one was much higher and longer to get to.



We had lunch at Nana's favorite Mexican restaurant, Valle Luna.


And pizza at Pullano's.  Lots of left overs in the refrigerator!

Nana, Misty and Canyon went to the Odysea Aquarium.





The blue escalator hall.




This octopus was huge!



We saw a 3D show on humpback whales and whale sharks.


We also went on a 'ride' in an auditorium about sea life conservation.







Then the 3 of us went to Red Lobster for dinner.  Ha Ha, that's probably ironic.


While at the Odysea, the rest of the group opted for a Diamondback's game. The game lasted a longer than normal time.  They got back late.




Up at 6:30 to catch our flight.  The only seats left together were the very last rows.  We had an adventure getting home.  We circled Little Rock twice and couldn't land due to extreme weather.  They flew us to Memphis instead to refuel and make a plan. By then, the storm had cleared the area and we headed back to Little Rock.  

Once at the car, we had a nearly flat tire and an empty gas tank.  We went to Conway though to fix those issues and eat dinner (our only meal today!) at 7pm.  Getting to AZ was so quick, getting home took forever! 


Will we ever get to go to Arizona again? 
 I hope so.  I missed it!

And I loved getting to spend time with my family!