We arrived at the airport at about 5:15, at first we were a little nervous, because we weren't sure what to do, but Check-in was easy because we actually checked in and got our boarding passes yesterday, so all we had to do was check our bags. Which for Jaq was very close to being expensive. She missed the 25 dollar fee by .10 pounds her suitcase weighed in at 49.90 pounds. We got through security without question and then walked down to our gate (ALL THE WAY AT THE END) but no one was at our gate so we went to Potbellys to get some food, who doesnt love warm subs at 5 AM? after we all got our sandwiches and took the moving walkways back to our gate where we saw Mrs. Christerson. She tricked Jaq into believing she could take her down on the runway next to the plane so Jaq could take a picture of her. Then we sat down in line and waited to board. We talked to Eryn and Timmy and said goodbye, then noticed that Skills from One Tree Hill would be on our flight. We all debated for a while on whether it was him or not and then it was time to board. Jaq sat by the window, I sat in the middle and Kat sat on the end. The flight was good, Jaq's ears bugged her towards the end, but other than that it was four hours of listening to music, eating, picture taking and laughing. During Landing, I tricked Jaq and Kat into believing numerous mountains and such were the Grand Canyon, and then decided to shut up considering everyone around us probably thought that we were crazy. As we got off the plane I couldn't find Grandma Angie's number to call her, but just as I was talking to Janel asking her For Grandma's number Grandma yelled WELCOME TO ARIZONA && we went down to baggage claim, which took a while but we got them alright. Then we were on our way to the condo. In the elevator Jaq and I noticed a weird humming noise but then it seemed to disappear until the car ride, where it was driving us all crazy until we got home, got out of the car and realized it was Jaq's electric toothbrush. We got into the condo and I showed Jaq and Kat around and then we took some pictures and headed to the pool, after laying out for a while and getting a nice tan we came back to lay down and watched tv, we were all so tired that we were about to fall asleep and then grandma told us it was time for food. WE ALL JUMPED ONTO OUR FEET. We ate dinner and then decided to watch Sky High. We set up the couch bed and laid down to watch it. There was a bit of a struggle to get it on but Grandma pulled through and we started watching it. We barely made it through the opening credits before all of us fell asleep for 5 hours!! When Jaq and I woke up Grandma asked if we wanted to go with her to the store to get whipped cream for the strawberries and maybe get some more snacks. We woke up Kat to see if she wanted to go but she decided to stay back. When we got to Frys we picked out some snacks, I yelled at Jaq about ranch dip and tried to get Grandma Angie to buy us some VINO and we all were laughing. We picked up some mini egg rolls, hot pockets, ice cream, and other things but guess what we forgot!! The whipped cream! We snacked for a little bit and then Maria came to visit. Kat and I walked down to the pool just to dip our feet in and we saw some cute boys haha. Then Jaq came down to join us and we grabbed our cameras. We took some pictures and then headed back to the condo. When we got back went talked to Maria and Angelina and then started to watch Sky High again. Kat and I got through the whole movie and Jaq went to bed somewhat towards the end. After the movie and all of the bonus features Kat and I also went to bed. Ending a very fun filled first day!!
ps. we alsonoticed a strange tan on my upper arms ( a reverse farmers tan--Jaq)
So I woke up this morning pretty early and grandma Angie was already up. She was going to church and then the nursing home. Kait and Val were still sleeping so i went on the computer. I emailed my mommy and told her what had went on the day before. Then i checked myspace and watched some t.v. Then Val woke up, because i decided to go lay next to her and make annoying sounds. I don’t like being the only one up. So then she got up and we watched some t.v. and got something to eat. Then Kait got up and she went on the computer while Val and I changed into our bathing suites and then Kait changed into hers. Then we walked down to the pool. There was only one other person there so we got our things set up. Put on the ipod, got our rafts, and then jumped in. Today we decided to go crazy with pictures. So Val took some of me jumping in and then got some of Kait and I in the pool and then I took some of them. It was very relaxing. While we were hanging out in the pool we realized where Vals wierd tan came from. The day before Kait had sprayed sun block on Vals arms but she had a t-shirt on so that’s were the weird tan came from! An hour or two went by and then we got out and decided to just shower by the pool. Then we went back to the condo and changed and just layed around until it was time to go to Maria’s for lunch. Angelina was also going to be joining us. We had peas with artichokes, green beans, and homemade Italian pizza. Everything was SOO GOOD! We also got to have a glass of wine which Val was very very happy about. I didn’t care for it too much just because it was very strong. Then after dinner we all sat around and talked. Then Maria started making espresso with baileys and we all decided to try some. It was very good! After our big lunch we went back to grandma Angies and we watched UNDISCOVERED in grandma Angies room while she had her friends over for rosary. After the movie and after all of the people left we just decided to lay around for a bit. Kait and I watched t.v. while Val went on the computer and wrote the journal for the day before. Then around 6:00 we left for Crackerjaxs. Before we went there though we stopped at a street to take pictures of Camelback mountain and the praying monk. It was so pretty especially because of the lighting, because the sun was setting. Then we got in the car and Val had noticed a huge cut on her leg. Val had a werid stick with thorns on it in her shoe and she had rubbed it against her leg and it left a deep cut! Then we were on our way to Crackerjaxs. The place was so cool. Inside was an arcade and then outside there was batting cages, golfing range, 2 mini golf courses, water bumper boats, large and a small go-karts and 3 sand volleyball courts. And there was some cute guys playing vball when we walked over to the mini golf course. Grandma Angie kept saying that she was going to ask them if they needed any other players. Its was pretty funny. Then we started playing mini golf. It was pretty funny. We all played horrible at first but as the game went on we all seemed to do better. It was pretty funny. Then at one of the holes there was a kids slide to go down to get to the bottom and Val tried to go down it but she got stuck so she didn’t go down. It was Super funny!!! We continued our game till we came to another hole which gave us a new problem. At this hole when you hit the ball it goes down a hole to a smaller hole…well the balls kept getting stuck! So it took a while but we finally got the balls to come back down. Then the game was over before we knew it! It was so much fun! Then after returning our golf clubs we were trying to decided whether to go on the go-karts or not. We decided not to and to just go in and play some games. So we went in and got some tokens. First game was air hockey. I played against Val first and the game was close but Val helped me win. It was a fun and exciting game because we both kept giving each other points. Then Kait and Val played and that was a funny game all together. Kait took her anger out on the puck and hit it off the board. After we went to go see if the DDR game was open but there was two little kids playing so we just looked around for something else. Val and I decided to go on a Wave runner game but it didn’t go fast enough so I just quit and tried to find something else. Then Kait saw this picture both were you could get your picture put on a small piece of medal. We all decided to get in on the picture and give it to Timmy. So after that we noticed that DDR opened up so Kait and Val ran to that to get on. They cleared all the rounds and did a pretty good job. It was funny to watch. And while they were playing this really cute guy who looked like William of the Academy Is… After they played DDR Val and I decided for a rematch in air hockey. I won again but it was all luck. Kait then got our attention and told us to look at the guy who looked like William over at the DDR. He was doing the hardest level and was winning!! It was CRAZY!!!!! He was super good. After our game of air hockey we decided to hit the road. On our way back grandma Angie was going to show us where Island of big surf was but because it was dark out we couldn’t find it, but we did end up finding the drive in! which is super cool and we hope to go to before we leave. Then we headed back and Kait and Val went to the pool to put their feet but I decided to stay at the condo because I was pretty tired. So then I just heated up some mashed potatoes and wrote down what I did for the day. Then I talked to grandma Angie for a bit and then got ready for bed. And then put on my dell and fell asleep!! The day was awesome and I cant wait for tomorrow!!!!!
(when kat and i went to the pool, i decided to walk on the edge and fell in, getting my clothes completely soaked, so I made kat come in too :-) )
It was a Tuesday, and the morning started with the three of us conversing over awkward dreams from the previous night. Mine was rather a nightmare than a dream. After an excellent meal made by Grandma Angie Val, Jaq, and I peeled off the clothes and put on the suits that only lead to an enjoyable time at the pool. It was the first time we had the pool to ourselves! So we blasted up the speakers that was connected to Val’s Ipod, I of course smothered on the sunscreen, and the three of us continued our way towards the pool. For a while we danced around and waved to ongoing visitors and then laid out on our hot pink, yellow, and green rafts. The water was a tad bit too cold for our liking so we carried the rafts on to the hot concrete surface to gain savage tans J . I lie we didn’t get savage tans but hey, its only day 3. O! and Val went into the deep end! For those who don’t know she is scared L . Now after showering up we stopped over to the house to get ready for Angelina’s. These are the foods she had created for us.
-Chicken and meatball soup
-Sausage peppers and potatoes
-Espresso with Baileys
The meal was tasteful and filling and after it all we drove over to Old Scottsdale. Which I might add is beautiful J . We bought many gifts for loved ones. Most were only to deliver a few laughs. O! and before we went to Tmobile to get Val a new phone. There was a lot of struggle in getting it but after a long fight Val got it! Along with some pretty rad ring tones J . Now back to Old Scottsdale. We went to the Sugar Bowl and got shakes and Banana Splits. Mmmm. The place was adorable! We took a picture in one of the pink booths because of how cute the place looked. Its kind of hard to describe. Anyways, when we got out there was a dust storm. We were a little too amazed so we took pictures in the storm. After our drive home we got into our pj’s and drove over to the drive in theatre to see the Omen. Val and I danced around while awaiting the movie and JaJa took pictures. Side note: WE TOOK A LOT OF PICTURES ON THE TRIP J . The movie was suspenseful but knowing us thrill seekers it didn’t satisfy us in the “scary” department. O well. When we got home JaJa and Val took a walk to the pool to have a chit chat and I called up Timmy, man I miss that boy. Then I wrote a little and once Jaq walked in the room we hit the lights and went to bed. Val stayed up a little longer and then went to bed…??? When she went to bed J . Alrighty I think that’s about it. Later Loves!
& PEACE… KAT
Today I woke up by myself for the first time! Yay. When I woke up everyone else was already up, shocking for Kat to beat me, but not so much Grandma or JaJa, because Grandma had to go to the airport at 5 am to drop off Maria, and JaJa just always wakes up early. So anyway I woke up, and Grandma made us French toast and bacon. MMMMM. So good. Then we all got ready, packed the cooler with some water and string cheese (bad decision) Kat wrote the journal for day 3 and we headed off on our own to Island of Big Surf water park in the 107 degree heat, while Grandma did a perm for a friend of hers. We were there for about 2 hours, went on every slide, everyway imaginable (me and JaJa, and Kat by herself; Kat and JaJa, and me by myself…etc.) and took a lot of pictures with our waterproof camera. It cost 22 dollars to get in per person, and all of us thought it was quite the rip off. Especially since we were done with the slides in an hour, then we sat in the wave pool and chatted for the rest of the time. We got hit with a few waves and that got the lifeguard above us laughing. We actually had a lot of the lifeguards laughing just because we are such dorks. The water park was fun because we made it that way, all of us just have sooo much fun together that we don’t need a lot to entertain us. The only real downside to the water park was that the ground was so hot it was burning our feet! So after the 2 hours of that we decided to come home. We got back and grabbed some snacks and met Grandma’s friends. We decided to head down to the pool and did the usual pool stuff, finishing up the water camera and having, of course some more fun! After we got tired we headed back to the condo and decided to just relax for a little bit. We all took our turns taking showers and got ready to go out to dinner. As we were driving to the King Buffet (all you can eat Chinese…. MMMMM) we noticed some dark clouds and when we got in it began to get extremely windy and rainy YUCK. We all ate a lot of food, and JaJa and I went outside for a breather. When we got back we got our fortune cookies, but mine didn’t have a fortune!!!! So we told the waitress, but she seemed to have forgot , so we told her again and she came back with 6 more cookies! We all read our fortunes and then left to relax at the condo. JaJa and I decided that we wanted to get the first 6 rolls of film developed and the 3 of us drove to Osco to get them developed. The guy that was working the counter said that it would take till 930 and we decided to kill some time by going to the 99 cent store. As we were heading there this crazy guy walked out of there screaming, he had a large black backpack (like for hiking) on his back and he threw a pot that was sitting outside and broke it. He was yelling about being disrespected by the people going through his backpack, and when I say yelling I mean at the top of his lungs. Everyone that was around just stopped in their tracks and looked around to see everyone’s reactions, when the three of us thought the yelling stopped we started walking again but he just started yelling “NOOOO!” again, finally he stopped and we went shopping. I bought some gum, care bear fruit snacks, a nice sequined belt (for 99 cents! Its awesome!) a really good techno cd from 97 and then we decided to just go home. We were home for about 5 minutes when we got the call to pick up the pictures. We picked them up and we were so excited to look at them that we sat in the car and looked at them. When we got back we sorted them out and I colored a pretty picture in the new coloring book I bought and then it was time for MARGARITAS by the pool!! We drank them up quick and just talked with Grandma for a while. We were all tired so we walked back. Jaq and I finished the string cheese and check our mail and then she went to bed. Kat and I stayed up and watched Celebrity Deathmatch! (how old school!haha) and now I am off to bed! Goodnight!
So this morning i woke up very early! I was up at 6:30! It was crazy. SOOO when I woke up I decided to sort out my pictures that I had gotten the day before. After that I just turned on the t.v and watched a couple of episodes of Saved by the Bell. Man how I love that show! Then grandma angie woke up and I went on the computer while she took a shower. Then kait and Val woke up. We all ate what was in the kitchen for breakfast and got ready to go to Arizona Mills. Arizona Mills was so nice. There was so many outlet stores there and it was HUGE! There was one store that it was hard to get Val out of considering that some of the workers were pretty darn cute!!! it was Zummies and since we left all we kept hearin from Val is how she wanted to go back! For lunch we went to Johnny Rockets. the food was excelent! we all got a burger and a kait and i got shakes, val got a malt, and grandma angie got a rootbeer float! we all left there with our stomachs full!! after we did a little bit more shopping and then started to head back to the condo. When we got back val and i started to put pictures in our photo albums that we bought in mine and kaits room and kait started puttin pics in hers in the front room while she was watching t.v. After we all just talked for a bit, val and I colored, and we all just wanted to take it easy for the rest of the night. Then we turned on the t.v and started watching MTV. Then at around 9ish the MTV movies awards came on so we watched that, had some popcorn and margaritas, and just enjoyed the rest of the night. I started to get really tired but Val and grandma angie made sure i didnt go to bed early so then i could sleep in in the moring! then Val went on the computer, i started writing this journal, and kait is still watchin t.v. Well its off to bed for me!
So day 6 already… and once again the girls and I woke up to a delicious breakfast made by Grandma Angie. After the meal we went to the pool and threw around the football for a LONG time J . Even with the knowledge that without sunscreen on my face I burn, I didn’t put it on and consequently received a look that mirrors only a lobster or a tomato or… well you get the picture. Thanks to “Insurance” face gel its fading fast. JaJa and Val got a little red too but I think I won L . We then showered and went off to climb the mountains. Well not on hands and feet but we drove up to Fountain Hills to see… the fountain J . It was beautiful and after taking some photos to remember the moment we drove to Oreganos. THE FOOD WAS SO GOOD! We had cheese bread , salad, BBQ chicken wings, pizza, and the best dessert (a melted cookie with vanilla ice cream on the top). To conclude the night we took pictures at Tempe Lake and sat and talked for a while. Later on in the night Jaq and Val went back to take pics but I just stayed home to rest since I didn’t get any sleep the previous night and talked to Timmy for a while. Well I think that’s about it? O no! I also watched “Under the Tuscan Sun”. It was a cute movie about life and one quote I really loved… “Never loose your childish innocence, it’s the most important thing”. When the day was done what do ya know… we went to bed! Uhuh. Later Loves.
so, like the title says, today we spent our last full day in Arizona. BOOO. It went by so quick. Today we woke up kind of early and picked up Arline and Angelina and headed off to Mesa's flea market. On the way there the girls and I just listened to our ipods (or dells) and watched the sights flash by. We found good last minute but still with a lot of thought gifts for everyone and then headed home by 1130. We spent the day kind of relaxing, watching tv, packing up our stuff and laying around, I had quite the headache so I took some advil and rested as well. Then before we knew it it was time to get ready and go to church. We picked up Angelina on the way, and walked into St. Daniels. We sat and whispered before mass, and the when it was time I had Jaja and Grandma on either side of me and both were singing. And boy let me tell you, it was not pretty. haha. After mass we talked to the priest for a short while and then went to pick up our final roll of film from the Osco down here. We came back and got our photo albums together while Grandma Angie finished prepraring dinner. When dinner was done she called us over and we all basically ran. She made us ribs, creamed corn, rice, salad... mmm... sooo good! We were all like DEAD SILENT and eating for majority of the meal. Then we talked about some interesting topics such as politics and religious issues, gay marriage and abortion. Next Kat Jaja and me sat down in the back room and watched Degrassi, we all pretty much love that show. I played some Slingo for a little bit too. THAT GAME IS SOOO ADDICTING!! After Degrassi was finished we decided to walk down to the pool and dip our feet in like we did pretty much every night. After Kat dropped the keys in the pool I jumped in and got them and we walked back so I could change. When we got in Grandma Angie woke up from a short nap and we asked her if we could finish the bottle of margaritas, because there was only a little left. So we headed down to the pool with our Strawberry-Lime Margaritas and the three of us talked about anything and everything, until now when we got extremely exhausted and decided to come back. We even talked about how we would love to bring everyone down here because its just way more relaxed and if we had the people we loved we would have everything down here. but oh well, we will see them all tomorrow, and we said we can always come back down whenever :-)