Saturday, January 13, 2007

Happy Children

We had a ball! We swam all six days. And, Katie learned to swim.

Swimming with Mike and Susan and the kids. We were freezing!

The temperature was in the mid-fifties, but there was a cold breeze! You can see in the top picture that the sky is overcast.

We went to a nice park where Andrew and Grandpa played basketball. The favorite thing in the park was the self- pushing merry-go-round.

We were amused watching Nicholas, who hooked up with a cute girl his age, named Sarah. It was a mutual admiration society for sure. They locked hands and didn't let go.

Nicholas shared the remains of his lunch with her and she offered treats to him and the others. They were instant friends and it looked like love.

You've heard the saying, "Parting is such sweet sorrow?" Well, it was true. I was afraid there were going to be tears, but we hurried and got a phone number, so the two can write and become pen-pals.

Ben made friends with Sarah's brother Tyler, and Katie played with Sarah, and all.

We packed three or four things into each day. Making cookies, watching cartoons and videos.

We went to Walmart where the three youngest kids spent the Christmas money we had sent them. They thought it would be fun to spend it with Grandma and Grandpa. Katie bought a doll. Nicholas bought some type of man figure doll, and a flute. Ben bought a car that turns into something else, and had money left over.

When Mike and Susan returned we went to a mining town called The Junction. We took a train ride, wandered around the town, ate ice cream, and watched a gunfight. Oh, I forgot, and Froze! It was a chilly 48 degrees, and Susan and I were miserable.

Later, they played with Pippen the dog, and air hockey at John and Sherri's.

Later again, we drove to the center of Mesa and saw the statues, (boys playing ball, a boy delivering newspapers, and lots of animals, etc.)

Later again, we went to dinner at The Old Country Buffet.

All in all, we had a great time.

Mike and Susan got lost coming and going, very unfortunate!