zoo day.

it's been HOT here. over 100 mostly the last week or so. that's hot for us utahns who expect lovely weather in may! last week when the weather forecast was predicting low 90s for saturday, we knew we had to take advantage of the decent weather. so we went to the phoenix zoo! lemme just say. the phoenix zoo is awesome. i've always enjoyed the hogle zoo, but now it just pales in comparison.
 fun little treehouse.
 the monkey exhibit was so fun! you get to go into the exhibit and the monkeys are all over the place right in front of you. so cool.
  harper living it up in the wagon. she pretty much downed that whole fountain drink.

 the petting zoo, which really should have been called the goat petting zoo. because there were no other animals. just goats. but it was fun, and serena especially loved it. she is a little animal lover.
it was lots of fun, and very beautiful. i didn't even feel sorry for the animals. the giraffe exhibit was great- unlike the warehouse and dirt patch at hogle zoo! and they have camel rides! serena has been dying to do that ever since she saw a picture of her cousins riding the camel. but she chickened out, saying "i'll go on it next time", so i guess we'll definitely visit again in the fall.


sunday conversation.

[driving in the car]

serena: Harper, did you know that Jesus died?
harper: Jesus died?
serena: Yeah, He died. But now He's alive again.
harper: Right there? (pointing at the window)
serena: In my window? No, Jesus died in Utah.
me: Jesus died in Calvary.
serena: Is Calbury far away?
me: Yes, it is.
serena: Is He still there?
me: No, he is up in heaven now.
serena: Up there? (pointing to the sky)
me: Yeah, up there.
serena: In that cloud?
me: Well, heaven is far away and we can't see it from here.
serena: Is it a house?
me: ...
serena: Can the fairies go up there?
me: ...
serena: Is it all filled up with stars?
me: ... Um, yes. (Sure.... ??)


happy mother's day.

 these two cuties make me one happy mama.

happy birthday, serena!

well we are here in arizona. finally somewhat settled. and yesterday we celebrated serena's 4th birthday!

before we left utah, serena went to the birthday part of a little friend in our ward and it was all she could talk about for a week before and a week after. when we would talk about her upcoming birthday, she would say, "I want to have a birthday party and invite Isaac and Kelty and Teagan. And I want to have my party at the clubhouse." it kind of broke our hearts to have to tell her that we wouldn't be in utah anymore, and her friends and cousins wouldn't be able to come to a party. but she surprised us, and seemed to have a happy birthday in spite of that. her grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins all sent cards and gifts and she was able to talk to many of them on the phone, so she was a happy camper.

the day included bike rides, playing with new toys, birthday cake, and a trip to the funniest dollar theater in tempe. just the four of us. and it was a good day.


life with these two.

our little family of four was supposed to be together in Arizona by now. but instead, we are still waiting. the three of us in Utah, husband down there. house number 1 fell through. house number 2 closes next week. and the waiting will FINALLY be over. i really reallyreally can't wait!! waiting is hard. but it HAS made me warm up to the idea of moving to Arizona. i think i'd up and move just about anywhere if it meant we could be together as a family again! we miss sean lots and lots.