Thursday, July 29, 2010

'Redneck Surfing!'

My sister-in-law Christina invited us to
join her, Fletcher, and Tanner to enjoy
what she appropriately named "redneck
surfing". Who knew irrigated fields
could be so much fun!?! :0)
Ty has a few crushed toes, which I'll
explain another time. For just using
his heal of his left foot, he was amazing!
Fletcher was the motorboat all day.
He gave endless rides to all the kids,
including Summer. She was there,
I just missed her with the camera.
Thanks for introducing us to Arizona's
version of surfing....or our invention of
surfing in 2 inches of water. :0)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Cabin...better than Disneyland!

Hanging out with all of the cousins, aunts,
uncles, Grandma & Grandad makes the
cabin beat Disneyland as the happiest place
on Earth! We love spending time there!
Ty, Bridget, Katelyn, and Levi
Sydney and Maddie always have the
best time together. We have the
best extended family ever!
Jason has been teaching Ty the secrets
of horseshoes. They could spend hours
doing this...if it wasn't for the 4-wheelers.
Ty is truly addicted! He'll sit on the green
4-wheeler all day just waiting for someone
to come along and take him on a ride.
Luckily Scoop came along to help
entertain him every once in a while.
Notice: this is the RED 4-wheeler....not Ty's
favorite. Why? Because of the color. He is
WEIRD! Notice the couch cushion on the
back for the little bums. Genius! I think
that was Grandad's idea.
Fletcher brought his new bird Kiwi to the
cabin. Sydney was like a magnet to that
thing. She never wanted to let it down!
Aunt Jenny wasn't a big fan of it.
I love her body language in this one.
For the picture, we had Sydney sneak up
behind her and put it on her shoulder.
If it weren't for the cameras aimed at her,
she may have lost it. We love Aunt Jenny!
Kiwi is one very well trained bird.
Fletcher holds it over a trashcan and
says, "Kiwi, poop!" While it was on
Summer's head I jokingly said, "Poop,
Kiwi, poop!" Oops! I forgot how well
trained that bird is. Sorry Summer!!!
We always enjoy delicious food at
the cabin. Jenny and Jen Rose treated
us to homemade Chicken Fingers and
Coke Cake from Cracker Barrel!
Our silly boys! Thanks to Uncle Earnest,
at least someone looks cute in this photo!
Tate and Summer smeared bat
guano all over their faces after they hiked
through a cave. Yummy! :0)
It was mud.
Thanks for the fun time Stewarts!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Some of my favorite pics!

Now for the photos without my braceface smile.
These represent some of my favorite photos
from the trip. Enjoy! The Colosseum was quite the experience.
They are currently housing a gladiator display
that had weapons, costumes, & the remains
of many of the animals that were killed there.
What a horrible period in history....
which fascinates my children! :0)
Pompeii was incredible. It is amazing that
ash from the volcano covered and preserved
these buildings that date back to BC!
Pompeii was such a vast city, too. This photo is awesome. These are some of the
columns of Pompeii from BC surrounded by
grapevines. I just spent $65 to get this one
enlarged to go over my bed. I love it!!!

Jason gets credit for this one. He took a

chair lift to the highest point on the Isle

of Capri, Italy. This was a straight shot

down the backside of the island (just

opposite of the blue grotto). He is so

high up, he is above the clouds! Great

shot Jason!!! I was busy shopping. On our train ride through Northern Italy,

we passed so many of these beautiful fields

of sunflowers. It was breathtaking! Nothing gets better than the Eiffel

Tower at sunset!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

One-armed-photos :0)

OK, we've all done it. You grab the camera,
extend one arm, and SNAP. You take the
infamous one-armed-photos. Here are ours:
This is on the double-decker tour bus (they
are so much better in London). Total waste
of money! We were headed to the Vatican
and I am on the tail end of the flu. Cute, right?
I know, this one isn't a one-arm shot,
but don't feel too sorry for me. At least
I had the flu in the comfort of our 5 Star
Hotel (The Rome Cavallari). It was sooo nice!
Notice how hot and sweaty we are in this one?
That's how we looked and felt the entire trip.
We are in the row boat inside the Blue Grotto
in this photo. Yep, still my favorite!!!
Jason looks like he drank too much Lemoncello
in this picture, but I promise he only had
Coke and water (the expensive European water).
I never thought I would pay over $75 for water!

This one is in our room on the train. While we
were at dinner on the train, our attendant
prepared our bunks for us. It was a pretty
sweet deal. I was impressed.
Last one! We made it to Paris and we were
on our River Cruise. Becky and Brad had
suggested it and I am so glad they did. It was
a great glimpse into Parisian life (including
g-string wearing old guys laying out).
Yes, I have a picture to prove it, but
I'll spare your eyeballs!
You're welcome! :0)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

MY top 3 excursions in Italy and France!

I didn't fall off the face of the earth. Really!
Jason and I celebrated 15 years of marriage
by hitting some of the most romantic places on
earth. Other than Jason getting his Ipod stolen
and me getting the flu, it was as romantic as we
had hoped. Here are my top three experiences:
We opted for a tour through Rome on Vespa's!
Our adorable Italian guides showed up at our
hotel ready to go. We enjoyed 4 hours of 1 on 1
time with them...just the 4 of us. They were
both life-long locals and they truly spoiled us with
their personal tour of Rome. My driver, Antonio,
even set up Jason and I for a romantic lunch
at his friends restaurant afterwards. Now, you can't
get better service than that! It was AWESOME!!!
I took this one while driving down one of the
crazy Roman streets. Drivers are crazy there!
That is one place I would never want to rent a car.
Everyone drives tiny cars or Vespa's...and now I
know why! Antonio was driving the cutest 1957
Vespa that was in mint condition. Fun! Fun! Fun!
We took a tour of the Southern Coast of Italy.
Capri, Italy is officially my favorite place on earth!
It is beautiful!!! One of the biggest tourist attractions
is a place called the Blue Grotto. Only 30% of the
people that come to see it actually get to. It is a
small cave off the Mediterranean Sea and you have
to lay down in a small row boat to enter...which
means the tides and sea must cooperate. I'm not
exaggerating when I say that I almost got my
nose scraped off when we entered the cave. That
opening is small! Once inside this pitch black cave,
this is what you get to experience:The water literally glows from underneath.
It is the most beautiful teal blue you can imagine.
Summer was mad that I didn't bottle up some of it
for her, yet I don't think it would glow in a bottle! :0)
This one is a no-brainer. Of course the Eiffel
Tower (and Paris, in general) are in my top 3!
We had lunch IN the Eiffel Tower...which was
delicious! What an experience. All in all,
we are very spoiled and had a wonderful time!
I made sure to touch Point Zero in Paris,
which is supposed to assure my return
someday. Kids, pack your bags!
Mommy wants to go back!!!

We're back!!!

This will be one boring post since I have no pictures
yet. I will kindly direct you over to my moms blog
so you can see what the kids were up to for the past
two weeks. Their Hunger Games theme was a huge
success. My parents are stinkin' amazing!!!
click here