Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer Lovin'

I love all the fresh produce during the summer. This year I felt quite domestic as I canned my first jars of strawberry jam and froze tons of fruits and veggies. I didn't get pictures but I also had tons of Zucchini and from that I made 15 loaves of zucchini bread and i don't know how many muffins. Lovely!

I have gotten into crafting quite a bit and was able to attend Girls Night out hosted by Somewhat Simple, Lil' Luna, and My insanity. It was a blast! I didn't take many pictures-dang it! I did get a picture with Lil'Luna..love t hat blog! its hard to take a good picture when you are at least 6 inches taller than the other people taking pictures with you, but i still wanted to share the love. I also hosted a craft night at my house an we made the Flags on breadboard, so much fun and I can't wait to do another!

This summer the kids have been playing hard, learning lots, and growing butterflies. I love to see my kids do learning activities and love it.

Ezra has been doing a summer camp all summer which left Rylie and I time to ourselves 3 days a week for 3 hours. We had a lot of fun. Mostly we went to the YMCA but we did do some outing too. Here we met up with my good friend Amelia from Casa Grande and played at Toy Town in Ahwatukee. Totally fun. Its a small space but has a bunch of different rooms and spaces. Rylie loved the costume room, kitchen, and grocery store areas. I can't wait to go back, and hopefully see Amelia again! :) (hint hint)

One day while Ezra was at camp we took Rylie to the Temple. She loved all the pretty flowers and walking on Temple grounds. She also like going into the visitors center and looking at the statue of Jesus. I love to see my kids eyes light up when they see things of Jesus. Taking her there reminded me that we need to do it much more, at least once a month walk the kids on the Temple grounds. I want it to be a familiar place and a place that they are anxious to be able to go inside one day.
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Family outings!

The summers in AZ are HOTT! We have tried to keep ourselves busy so we don't think too much of the heat. To start of our fun family outings we went to Rawhide in Chadler. This is an old western setup and totally fun! The kids really enjoyed dressing up in their sheriff's outfits, panning for gold, the petting zoo, and riding the old train.

This summer my mom did a great job organizing a family reunion that was long overdue for the McGee family. Some stats from the reunion. Empy and Mamie have 360 direct decedents-with spouses we have 502! 76 missions served and 16 members of the military. Just a little family tree, right?!

During the summer we are able to attend certain museums for free because of the military, what a blessing! We loved the AZ science museum and I can't wait to go back. The pipes on magnets is something Ezra created all by himself to roll a marble down and go through the maze to get to the end... pretty smart kid if you ask me!

Love me some peaches! We drove all the way to Willcox to pick peaches with Aunt Anita. It was a lot of fun and very very hot! It was a lot of fun to see her, but next time we will chose an indoor activity in the middle of July!

After picking peaches we went to the air and space museum in Tucson. So fun to see all the huge airplanes up close. I'm glad we went, I have been wanting to go for awhile now. I love the big NASA airplane, also the Air Force one that flew president Kennedy is the top middle picture. Pretty cool stuff.
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