Grandma and Grandpa Kelley just left this morning flying from Phoenix back to Nashville. They visited us for a full week and we had a great time doing a lot of activities. Actually, I think they were mainly here to see their new grandchild, Cooper Ace McClain. My sister lives about 15 minutes from us and she had a new baby two weeks ago. I think Cooper was the main draw and we were just a bonus!
We started their visit off with a trip to the Phoenix Zoo. It is advertised as being one of the “Top 5 Kids Zoos” in the United States. Unfortunately due to some tired kids we didn’t get to see the whole thing, but what we saw was very nice.
The next morning we decided to take a short hike. The hike up “Silly Mountain” was advertised as being an easy hike, but the loose rocks and steepness made it a little more strenuous than we thought. Hiking with a four year old, two 2-year-olds, and a newborn tends to slow you down a bit! But we still managed to hike over a mile.
Saturday was an Easter egg hunt in Tempe followed by an Easter parade. The hunt was pretty quick. It started and was over in less than three minutes. Sophie and Sawyer did okay, but it didn’t really matter how many eggs you found. All the kids turned in their plastic eggs for two small prizes.
On Easter Sunday Sophie and Sawyer woke up to find the Easter Bunny visited our house! Later in the morning, we went to a family Easter celebration in Wickenburg, a little over an hour away. Becky’s husband’s sister’s extended family have been doing an Easter party for many years. It was a potluck at a city park and they hired a band, had a train for the kids, the Easter Bunny showed up, plus they had their own egg hunt. They had over 1,200 hidden real and plastic eggs. Sophie, Sawyer, and every other kid who hunted for eggs walked away with a basket full!
Monday and Tuesday after Easter were much calmer days. We took the kids to a local park and out for lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. Otherwise we stuck pretty close to home. All in all, the week went by much too fast (as it always does). It’s always nice for us to get a touch of home and this was no exception.