We just got back from spending the long weekend with my family at the cabin in Pinetop! So, so many good memories here - and we are all relishing in the new ones being made by the kids.
In all honesty, it was a weekend of ups and downs. It is possible that the downs may have outweighed the ups. However, when you are with family you hardly notice the downs. And even a bad day with family in the mountains, is better than a great day without them.
Everyone else went up on Thursday, but we went Friday after work. We hit the road right at 4:30PM, promising Shyla McDonalds in Globe (the halfway point). Unfortunately, we learned upon arrival, McDonalds has been leveled to make room for an identically sized one located about 15 yards to the left. Anyway .... never fear - we grabbed some lunchables and milk and got back on the road, arriving around 9:30PM.
On Saturday we went to Hawley Lake. No one caught any fish but the big kids all got to ride in Grandpa's boat, Pancake tried to kill a squirrel and a dog that was supposed to spend the night with us, Shyla learned to go "farmer girl." She also fell in cow poop within 5 minutes of getting out of the car and we ended up driving 25 minutes away with Mike's keys in my camera bag. Chelsea burned her face, and it literally seemed to get more red by the minute and Harper got mad at anyone who foiled her plan of walking directly into the lake. It was an awesome day! Seriously. It was. The kids all had a great time and that is truly all that matters.
Back at the cabin, there was lots of fun to be had! We also spent a few hours at the rec center - which is really cool now and will be a great resource in the years to come. Here are a few of my favorite pics from the weekend:
We are already checking our calendars for another long weekend to spend in Pinetop. It is probably one of my most favorite places in the world.