an unexpected snow day
















today was monday.
martin luther king jr day.
a holiday from school.
not a holiday from work.
but with his parents in town, dave took the day off work.
and we were ready for an adventure.

we planned for it to be a hiking adventure.
in sedona.
so we loaded up the car and drove away…


…and it was a LONG drive.
around 2.5 hours.
but the littlest munchkin had plenty of attention….


love this photo of her holding hands with grandpa (left) and grandma (right).

the drive to sedona is beautiful.
and inspiring.
and boring.
all at the same time.
as you drive to sedona, you see lots and LOTS of saguaro cacti.
and then you climb this rise and all-of-a-sudden there are ZERO saguaro cacti.
or you’re driving along and you see brown dirt.
and then, all-of-a-sudden it’s RED dirt.
it’s cool.
but those are two brief moments during a 2.5 hour drive.

it’s also pretty sudden that you see things like this:


cool rock formations in the sedona-famous red dirt/rock.

but something else even CRAZIER is this:


don’t get it?
he wore PANTS.
this has happened TWO TIMES since school started.
and today is ONE of those two times.
that come all the way down.
not shorts.


silly cowboy munchkins:

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making music on the streets:

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cool street art:

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walking through town…

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ready to eat lunch.
yelp recommended this place as having good food AND a gluten free menu.
the GF menu was “enh” at best.
and the food?
two people had to send their food back.
and it was EXPENSIVE.
we won’t return.



two kid’s meals:


after lunch, we wandered around town a little more before piling back in the car for a drive to a hiking location….


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as we drove INTO Sedona,
a certain munchkin got RIDICULOUSLY obsessed with snow.
wanted to touch it.
wanted to play in it.
counted the months/years since they last touched snow.
or played in it.
or lived somewhere with snow.


but upon arrival to a “sea of snow,”

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(^^^^ a seriously amazing backdrop for the snow, yeah?! ^^^^)

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(^^^ in love with this photo ^^^)

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snow much fun!
they didn’t mind that we left home without gloves.
or hats.
or mitten.
or snow clothes.
they had so much fun!

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(^^^ that giant snow glob may have been thrown at daddy’s bottom! ^^^)

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this place looks so different with snow!
we’ve only been here in the summer before!


i think i should frame this one for our wall:


this one’s pretty fun, too:



in the old apple orchard harvesting facility,
dad found a piece of his own history.
he learned to drive on a tractor like this:


i can’t get enough of that “dimple:”


after wandering by the water, we found a trail and braved the snow and mud:




(^^^ cacti in the snow…. not a common sight! ^^^)

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saw this amazing sky sight as we got back to the car:


isn’t that sky AMAZING!!!

then we did a quick drive-by of the Church of the Cross:


before spotting a wild JAVELINA:



(^^^ i KNOW you can only see a blurry picture of his backside.
i’m SORRY.
i had camera issues….
my car window was up.
then the lens cap was on the camera.
then the camera wasn’t on.
then the lens was locked in place.
and during all those moments where i had to “FIX” something, he wandered across the street and away from us. we even TURNED OUR CAR AROUND to take a photo and that’s the best i could do. i failed. i apologize.


and then we headed home.
with some traffic.
and a pit stop at a drive thru for dinner for the kiddos
(grown ups decided to eat at home – late).

and we still made it home in 2 hours.
and now the munchkins are eager to play in the snow again.
and i don’t blame them!

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