Sooo, after we visited my cousins and Grandparents in California, in all of two days, we headed out through Palm Springs to Phoenix, where my sister and brother-in-law live.
I am totally ashamed to say that I did not get one picture with them in it while we were there (really? what kind of a sister am I? One who didn’t want to lug around a Nikon… hee hee.) Kevin got a lot of skateboarding in, and got to meet with some over-30 skateboarders from one of his skateboarding forums, which was really cool. Hannah and I, of course, took the kiddos, and really just kind of chilled out and got a lot of good conversation time in. It really is nice to hang with someone who knows and shares your history, yet still can offer different view points on things. Plus, Hannah is a pretty good listener as well, which is a trait I greatly appreciate these days. We mostly ended up going to parks and malls, seeing as this was Phoenix in the summer. Although, I do have to say that it was cool for them this time of the year, a lot of the natives we talked to there were thrilled because it was in the 90’s. Heh. When it gets that hot where I live, we start complaining! The parks had splash-pads, which are ingenious little fountain areas that the kids can run through and get cooled off.
It was interesting hanging out with Hannah, as she is in training for her body sculpting and had a competition coming up. Her diet is quite regimented. I have to commend her for sticking to it. But hey, she looks great!
(Photo credit Bill Comstock)
Her hubby, Darin, was just starting classes to become a fireman. Wooh! Exciting! We spent two nights as well, hanging out with Darin’s parents and sister, which is always a joy. Actually, the second night we gave the kids a choice between hanging with them, going to a movie or going to the Children’s Museum and they enthusiastically chose Darin’s family. Hannah also drives a nice little Jaguar, so she and I took it out for a little spin-that was fun. Maybe someday I’ll have one too (I will have to save up my own money though, Kevin has different thoughts on luxury cars, not that I blame him.) Saturday was our day to start our trip back home.
We were planning on making it a two day ordeal, stopping at Kevin’s dad’s again on the way through. However, as Kevin explained so well, a day of driving is still a day of driving whether is 6 hours or 10. So we decided to bite the bullet and take the 10 hour trip home in one day, and were glad we did. The kids did awesomely too through the entire trip, especially with the insane amount of driving we did. I was a little uncomfortable through the trip, but that is to be expected to some degree. I am really glad that Kev decided to be a little spontaneous and adventurous and do the trip. I imagine that after this little one arrives, this sort of thing will be hard to do again for awhile.