Every year on the day after Christmas, we pile the kids in the Suburban and take a road trip to Arizona to visit Derek's family. While we're there, the men and boys spend a few days riding their ATVs at the sand dunes, while the girls stay back at Grandma's for some quality girl time -- shopping, eating out, etc.
This year, we had the added bonus of a stomach virus that was making its way through the Arizona relatives. I thought we might get lucky and escape unscathed, but unfortunately, we were 3 for 5. Mallory, Derek and I all got sick. Somehow Parker and Alex managed to avoid it.
(Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that we had a wonderful phone visit with Nate on Christmas Day! He's doing great on his mission in Canada. It was SO GREAT to hear his voice!!!)
So while the stomach flu did slow us all down a bit here and there, we still managed to have a lot of fun with the fam. I didn't take as many pictures as I intended to, but here are a few depicting some of the highlights of our trip. One thing I don't have pictures of is our fun night out at the musical Annie. Mindy, Paris, Mallory and I went together to see it at Gammage at ASU. It was a top-notch performance. The only downside was I was starting to feel sick that evening, so my headache and body aches prevented me from enjoying it as much as I had planned. But that's okay. The girls loved it, and my uber-talented sister-in-law Mindy even sewed Annie look-a-like dresses for Paris and Mallory's American Girl dolls. :)
We had a wonderful vacation....and were sad to leave the family and warm Arizona sun. Wish we could have brought some of that warmth home with us. BRRRR. :)