Yesterday we decided to visit Mount Lemmon (near Tucson) with Allan’s sister, Laura, her husband, Marcor, and their daughter Emmalyn.
The drive took 3 hours! My kids were really unhappy about the drive. They didn’t cry or anything like that (well, Payson cried the last ten minutes or so) but my gosh they complained most of the time. Payson kept throwing his elephant on the car floor and then loudly asking, “eh eh! EH EH?!” and wanting us to pick elephant up and give it to him.
He did that nonstop the entire drive. Not fun.
Needless to say, we were all pretty happy when we finally stopped and got out of the car.
The first thing we did was unload our picnic lunch. It was 3pm by the time we got out of the car so there were lots of growling stomachs all around.
My girls had such a good time hanging out with their cousin. They hadn’t seen Emmalyn in over a year since Laura and Marcor lived in Utah up until earlier this year.
Emmalyn had a lot of fun exploring the area.
Payson spent his time eating, eating, eating and occasionally doing goofy faces for the adults.
I really love my neice! I’m so glad they live in Arizona now!
After they’d eaten their sandwiches Allan let them have this bag of chips and they were pretty thrilled about it.
Marcor really likes pushing down dead trees wherever they’re around. After working on this one for a while, Allan went over to help and this is what happened…
It took a lot of muscle to get that tree down!
Meanwhile my girls haven’t left Emma’s side.
And Payson hasn’t left the food.
After we had eaten we went on a hike.
Payson was happy he got to hold Laura’s hand.
Emma was really adventurous and full of energy. She kept running the other direction from wherever we were walking!
At one point we stopped to rest and the kids piled on Allan’s lap.
And then Marcor took a family picture for us.
And I took one of them. Laura is pregnant with their second child and she’s only 3 weeks behind me! Our babies will both be born in October 🙂
For a couple pictures I’d accidentally switched my camera setting to vibrant. I still don’t know how that happened because I hadn’t pushed any buttons! So weird. I’m glad I noticed, though, because vibrant is a horrible setting to use because everyone turns orange! I 99.9999% of the time have my camera on neutral.
Back at the parking lot, after we’d buckled our kids in the car, Allan took a couple pictures of me and the belly.
We split up with Laura and Marcor at this point to drive home. Allan and I stopped at this one really pretty view point and took a couple pictures.
And then we had a miserable 3 hour drive home, fed the kids as quickly as possible, got them to bed, and collapsed on the couch with frozen pizza. Whew.