On Sunday March 12, we set our alarms and loaded up the kids at 1am to start the drive to Mesa, AZ. After 12 or so hours of snowy roads and a pit stop in flagstaff for an hour at Aunt Kim's we arrived at the Brimley's. This is where we got to meet our new niece/cousin, Adam and Michelle's beautiful baby girl, Moqui. She is two weeks Charlotte's senior and hopefully they will get to be great friends! What a darling pair, they immediately took to eachother, staring and smiling. Sunday evening I was able to see my cousin Jill and her husband Kevin, my dear friend Lindy and her family,my high school friends Bryce and Diana and their baby girl Ava who is 2 weeks younger than Charlotte and is darling too. It was a long, fun, exciting day for us. Monday Emily and Brandon flew in from Oklahoma-Emily is my only sibling besides me that doesn't live in Mesa. Okay and Ted who is in the MTC.
Tuesday morning we woke up and drove to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico where many childhood Spring Breaks were spent. We had all the Brimley's except Ted, even Grandma and the family dog.This year was a little different since we stayed in a house at Playa Encanto instead of the usual camping at a beach much closer to town. We had tons of fun enjoying the delicious food, sandy beach and wonderful company. We tossed a frisbee and played card games and got to spend time with all the cute kids. Kaleb, Ethan, Moqui, Gabe, Chandler, Jackson, and my youngest siblings Spence and Claire. It was a little crazy and noisy at times, but how cool to get to spend that time together, it's pretty rare. Especially all under one roof for the night. Tucker esecially enjoyed picking up shells, flying his brightly colored bird kite, building sand castles, and sitting on a boogie board on the sand next to his cousin Jackson, who is less than a year older than him. He also liked climbing the sand hill behind the house, which he rolled down a couple times and managed to swallow a shell! I'm not quite sure how that happened.
Wednesday at about 7pm we headed back to mesa while the rest of the family stayed one more day. Thursday morning Trent interviewed with The Will Cardon Company. We got to spend time with our Powell cousins and Grandma and Grandpa and had tons of fun. Friday Tucker and Trent spent most of the day at Bart and Dusti's playing on their four wheelers, golf cart, and playset. Charlotte and I, Blake and Andrea, and Wes and Terrie all met there for a fun dinner and get together. This is Kolbe holding Charlotte. All the cousins loved her.
Saturday morning I got to see Abbie and Jake (my bestest cousina and her husband) very briefly, but it was much needed. They got to see my kids and I got to hang with them for a bit. Too bad we didn't have more time. Then we had family pictures with the Brimley's at candlelight park, grabbed some Ned's Krazy Sub and headed back to the Powell's to finish packing up. Wes and Terrie were heading up to Utah for a skiing trip, so we even got to caravan with them halfway. They stopped in Page for the night and we continued into the wee hours hitting another storm on the way home.