S: Spring Break 2009
FC: Spring Break 2009 Arizona & Mexico
1: Spring-Time Family Togetherness The great week of family togetherness began with a nice dinner at Enjoy! in Apple Valley -- everyone had seafood (except for Payton who had Mac 'n Cheese). We headed home to hit the hay early enough to be bright-eyed for our 4:00 AM wake-up call; and after an hour or so of last-minute scrambling, we were ready to call it a night. | Friday March 27, 2009
2: Our trip began relatively smoothly on the morning of March 28th. We were all up by 4:30 AM, showered, packed and ready to go. Our transportation – a LIMO – arrived a few minutes early, and after checking & re-checking the house we were off! What a smooth trip to the airport; plenty of room in the limo and a friendly driver. Due to Derek’s first class ticket we were able to breeze thru security (even tho the security guard admonished Derek for bringing two additional people thru the line with him).
3: After the strip-search that was MSP Security, we made it to our gate, enjoyed a quick breakfast of a variety of things and boarded the aircraft with time to spare. Derek gave his First Class upgrade to Ron, and it was appreciated. Back in Coach, Payton behaved himself, even when Sara managed to spill Diet Pepsi all over his lap. -- "don't worry about it, Mom." | Saturday March 28, 2009
4: We deplaned -- and Marlene, Trudy and Don met us outside of baggage claim. Unfortunately, all but one of our bags arrived. Derek was upset and said everything from “a first class bag should arrive first” to “you need to bring this bag to us in Mexico – because that’s where we’ll be.” Stressful. We took a side-trip to our house to kill time and get some lunch. Three hours later, we had our bag, and were on the bumpy road to Puerto Penasco.
10: After a quick stop at Gringo Pass for some duty-free goodies we proceeded past the border patrol -- with Trudy, Don, Derek & Payton in the rear-view mirror.f | An hour after crossing the border we arrived at Case de Baker & Smiley!
12: casa de la playa
13: a great weekend Our weekend in Mexico was filled with great food and family. We told stories, shared music, played cards, walked in the sand... ...and Sara caught up on sleep. Lots of sleep. We look forward to going back soon.
15: Payton and Lily quickly became fast friends. Exploring the beach, playing in the sand, and running from morning til night.. Good Memories. | Sunday March 29, 2009
18: As the sun set on our second day in Mexico, the wind picked up -- and waves were roaring onto the beach. Derek, Lily & Payton braved the cold water to join the dolphins who were frolicking just off-shore.
21: Wave Runner... | Wave Runner | wave runner...
23: ...making our way back to the border.
25: a day with the kemps | Tuesday March 31, 2009
26: party time
27: How do you celebrate a Tuesday night? With a birthday party & steaks, of course! Marlene's house was full of family as we celebrated Terry's birthday.
28: a nature walk
29: Trudy, Derek and Payton decided to take a hike on Silly Mountain. It was a very enjoyable day until a rattlesnake showed up. While Derek escaped, Payton learned how to capture a snake from the park ranger. | Wednesday April 1, 2009
32: play ball
33: Thursday April 2, 2009 | We had a great time at the ball park for one of the last Spring Training games of the season. Unfortunately, Ryan got sick and had to leave early, missing several innings. :(
34: Friday afternoon we met up with Trudy & Don at Waldo's for a little barbecue, and to claim Payton who had spent the night with his grandparents... ...then we returned to the house to get ready for date-night.
35: date night Payton & Sara spent Friday evening playing video games and watching a movie at the IMAX theatre, while Derek & Trudy caught a Phoenix Suns game, where Trudy got to see her favorite player -- Shaq! | Friday April 3, 2009
36: For our Saturday night entertainment, we went party hopping -- starting at the home of Candy's boyfriend, Dan. It's a gorgeous place, and we enjoyed exploring the house tremendously. Dan's son, Roger Clyne, is a musical favorite of one of Derek's friends -- so we had to get some pictures of the two of them together. After the open house, we stopped by two other homes for drinks, great views, and great food.
37: Derek & Roger | A Rocky Backyard | The Guys Chat | Dan's House | The Kitchen | Watchin' the game - w/ tunes | Saturday April 4, 2009
38: party hopping
40: cousins at play
41: Sunday April 5, 2009
42: adios Our last day of vacation was spent traveling. We enjoyed our trip and are looking forward to a return visit.