Tuesday, November 10, 2009

February 14 - 28

Jack, Mia, and I went to Tucson for a visit with Grandma and Grandpa Flynn

February 14: The Dam Bathroom:

On the way to Tucson, we stopped to walk over the Hoover Dam. Of course Jack had to visit the bathroom.

Tucson Zoo

February 20

Mia ran off tonight while mom and I were making dinner. My parents live in the south-west out-of-city-limits part of Tucson. Lots of hills, cactus, coyotes, javalinas, and other wild animals and dangerous things. Jack and Mia were playing on the back patio with my mom's little yorkie, Duchess (small dog that yaps a lot). Jack came in to use the bathroom, and when I came back, Mia and Duchess were gone. After running all over and enlisting several neighbors to help look, we finally admitted defeat and called the police. Mia had followed Duchess down to a horse stable that we had gone to earlier this week, and was found by a neighbor who then called the police. The entire ordeal only took about 20 minutes, but I was panicked by visions of horrible things happening to my sweet (albeit rather energetic) little girl. Needless to say, Jack will be passing the "leash" down to Mia.

February 22

Yesterday morning my dad had meetings at the house, so mom and I took Jack and Mia back to the Desert Museum to finish our visit that had been cut short by the need for nap time. We saw hummingbirds, snakes, prairie dogs, and all sorts of desert animals, but Jack's favorite was the lizard that was on the trail in front of us. We stopped and watched him for a minute before he ran off into the bushes. My favorite part was when we stopped to look at the mountain lion. There were a bunch of Korean young adults who crowded around Jack and Mia as if they were the attraction. They didn't speak any English, but they learned their names and had to touch Mia's hair. They gave Jack and Mia "high five" as we left.

Last night we went to eat at Sweet Tomatoes, dad joined us for the first time this week. He said this is the busiest week of his entire life (work and Bishop stuff). He left after dinner to go to a youth dance, while the rest of us went to an old west gun show. There was a "native american" who sang and did a hoop dance, then there was a skit with gun fire and explosions. Jack and Mia loved it (except for the explosion - we were on the front row). After the show Jack got his picture taken with the "bad guy."

Today, mom and I left Jack and Mia with Dad after all his meetings were over, so we could practice the song we're singing in sacrament meeting. When we got back, he was walking with the kids and the dog out to the mailbox. The walk to the mailbox is about 3/4 mile on barely paved road, and my dad was not going to take any chances on losing someone. He had tied everyone together with a rope. After I parked to car, I grabbed the camera and ran out to get some pictures.

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