So what have we been doing while we've been waiting (not so patiently) for our family to expand? A lot, actually! We drove up past Payson, AZ to a couple nice lakes and spent some time hunting for crawdads and splashing around in streams.
|This studious little kid quickly turned into...|
|...this sleepy little kid. He'll make a great college student.|
The drive was only two hours and it was totally worth it. Beautiful scenery on the way there, and some gorgeous view from the Mogollan Rim.
|That's not bad, eh?|
|Lake + fudgesicle = extreme happiness|
|Little J tried his hardest to free the fishes, but to no|
avail. Either that, or he thought that was a
Last night we had some great adventures too! Some friends invited us on a flashlight tour of the Desert Botanical Gardens and since we had some free passes through the library, we took them up on their offer. We had some dinner first at a fantastic Indian place in Tempe called the Dhaba Cafe. Apparently since you ALWAYS need a reservation (according to the hostess), they didn't have room for us at first, but since Big J had struck up a conversation with the owner a few minutes previous, and were becoming fast friends, they made some accommodations. That's something I love about Big J; he can talk to anyone about anything, and find something in common. Also, being a GIANT pregnant lady can usually score you a few sympathy points too.
|Little J thoroughly enjoyed the rickshaw out front.|
He also thoroughly enjoyed and ate most of
my chicken makhani. :(
|Totally gorgeous, no?|
|Little J and his friend ready to enjoy the night life.|
There were great little educational kiosks about geckos, snakes, agaves, saguaros and toads. Little J had the best time playing with the flashlight, and the adults had a great time taking in all the scenery. And speaking of toads, we also spotted this little guy: