March break was all about family fun with the Grandparents. Minus Eric who had to stay behind. First, we flew to Arizona to visit my parents, Spencer and Pam Piller. As always it took a couple of days to shake off the jet lag. And, of course, Connor had a major project, on the subject "Absolute Zero"? I don't know where they come up with these topics. We decided not to procrastinate and get it done so we could kick back and.....
Connor in full swing.
Wendi and Connor trying to keep their heads down.
Beautiful day. Thanks Daddy.
After a full day in the Arizona sun a Gelato run was the perfect ending.
We went back to the resort and and played around in the heated pool. And thankfully it was heated. It was quite cold outside. The next couple of days were full of non-stop fun at Legoland and the Sea Life Aquarium. Kelsey, my sister in law, who attends Whittier college in L.A for vocal performance, met up with us too.
Pearce tackling the Pirates Cove playground.
Pearce in the tunnel looking for Connor, who was running and climbing with a pack of big kids.
Almost the entire park is made out of legos. It's amazing. While Connor and Grandma Gayla rode the Dragon coaster, Pearce and I found Knights of the Round Table foam swords. This was the greatest find of the day for PP. He probably finished off over a thousand imaginary "bad guys" by the end of the day. Next, was Miniland USA.
Pearce, Connor and Grandma Gayla looking on the mini replica of Washington D.C.
They even staged President Obama's inauguration.
Even Michelle Obama in her gold dress.
The famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood
Hollywood, I mean Legowood.
Golden Gate Bridge
NYC, even the Nascar speed way....but no mini Hawaii?
Pearce in the Imagination Zone.
Pearce and Kelsey building.
Connor building a race car.
Pearce ready to race.
And mysteriously, Pearce's car comes flying off the track.
Picking a fight with Darth Vader.
Kelsey and I join in.
Pearce was in love with Lego R2D2. He begged that we take it home.
Pearce and I on a Safari Ride in the Explorer Village.
Connor and Kelsey.
Pearce shocked to see a Rhino.
While Connor and Grandma Gayla screamed around the prehistoric Coastersaurus. Pearce and I put our paleontology skills to work, and dug for skeletal remains of dinosaurs buried in over 30 cubic yards of sand in Dino Island.
A Boat ride through Fairytale Land.
The prince is talking on a cell phone.
Pearce driving a lego Volvo.
Connor and Grandma Gayla on a water ride.
Building a Lego sand castle.
The jelly fish tank was my favorite.
Pearce watching the sting rays....
.....and the sharks.
Connor in the middle of the aquarium.
One of the nights we celebrated an early birthday for me! The chocolate cake was delicious.
Connor, Wendi and Pearce.
Papa making a sharp turn, the babies look worried!
Joci and Pearce asked to get out! LOL.
Now in the boat...the babes are happier.
Papa David trying to dump us in the lake.
The babies at play. Callen, Joci, Pearce and Brinly.
Brin and Pearce.
Both Todd and Eric have been world-ranked waterskiiers since they were kids, competing in slalom, trick and jump. Eric was the youngest ever (11) to win the Western Regionals and at one time was ranked in the top five in the world. Both he and Todd won national championships on their collegiate water ski teams (Todd at Central Florida and Eric at ASU) and were All-Americans throughout their career. I think if waterskiing was an Olympic sport or at least offerred a more "sustainable" career, Eric would have kept going. I will stop there...Eric dislikes bragging.
Hot tub'n with the babies. Jesse holding Callen and Izzy, Joci, Todd holding Brin, and Pearce.
Callen, Jesse, Evelyn and Izzy.
Fishing off the dock with Uncle Todd.
Pearce caught one!
The boys building a fire for smores.
Pearce free bouncing on the trampoline at his cousins house. Pearce is 100% addicted to trampolines. If (when?) we get one, I think there is a very good chance he will stay outside bouncing until he falls asleep.
Visiting with more cousins. Lt to Rt: Kristin holding Corine, Calob, Gunner and Kari holding Bree, and Wendi holding Pearce.
Pearce and Gunner.
Kari and Bree. Beautiful Breezy is almost finished her Chemo and it's looking good!
Pearce and Bree.
Bathing with the cousins. Brin, Joci and Pearce.
At the Cubs Spring Training baseball game wearing Diamondback colors!
Pearce, Papa David, and Connor.
Our last night in Arizona was spent at GG Phillips house. She made a fabulous dinner for us. Connor helped mow her lawn.