Over mid-winter break we went to Scottsdale with our friends, the Lotts. Despite a minor hiccup in the beginning, we had a lot of fun and an overall fantastic time together. Great way to spend snowy February!

Suki tried to go as a stow-away, but no such luck

Goodbye, snowy Seattle!

First Stop: In-N-Out Burger

Upon arriving at our Airbnb, we noticed pretty quickly that something was amiss in the pool. No bueno for Seattleites escaping the snow and rain. Long story short, the owners tried to fix the problem, but were unsuccessful. They refunded us the remainder of our money and we scrambled to find a last minute deal and make lemonade out of lemons.

In the meantime the kids kept busy playing put-put

And the grown ups played some pool

We saved the day and got a last-minute deal on an amazing water-front place with a working pool!

Avery was so excited he jumped in the lake before checking the depth… which was only about four feet. Oops! Thankfully he didn’t dive and was alright. Lesson learned!

Chillin’ in the pool

Jonathan set up our hammock

We did a hike one afternoon

The kids: Brooklyn, Silas, Kieron, Layla, Avery & Hayden

Jonathan, Lindsey, Jacqui & Phil

Double date in downtown Gilbert

Pool fun


Kayaking around the lakes was

Jacqui and I took a day trip into downtown Scottsdale

Layla loved this little neighbor kitty who was very friendly. There were two who came and went during our stay. This one was very friendly and the other was more skittish. We named them Lost and Found.

More pool pics:

A merman!

A neighbor kitty came to say “hi”

A couple pics of our place…

Headed home

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