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March, 2013:

Easter Bunny Found Us

Happy Easter from the “So Big” Cooper Bunny

I am happy to report that even though we were not at our own house, the Easter bunny knew to find us all at Nene’s house. Each girl had eggs hidden in separate rooms by the Easter bunny and they later hid eggs outside for the adults. Cooper even had his own Easter goodies on a blanket, thanks Nene!

Fiona, Stella, Cooper and Daphne

Adult egg hunt outside with little girl helpers

We wrapped up the trip with one last attempt at a group photo and headed on our way. Thanks again for being the super grandma host, Nene! The full set of pictures from our Phoenix adventure are posted here.

Cousins Arrive!

Stella, Fiona, Cooper and Daphne

How exciting to have Cooper’s cousins come to visit us while we were at Nene’s house. In the morning we enjoyed some time in her backyard and the girls watered her plants. After that we packed up and headed out to all of the kiddos first baseball game. It was a spring training game between the Indians and Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. The full sun exposed seats, 90 degree heat, and no breeze, means we lasted an hour.

Full crew in the AZ sunshine at the spring training baseball game

We followed up the hot game with some fun family pool time. Cooper wasn’t allowed in the pool (2+ yrs old only), but he did get to dip his toes in the water for a brief minute. Everyone took turns being out of the water with Cooper and playing in the pool with the triplets. When we arrived to Arizona, Nene was set that she was going to teach Cooper to high-five. I didn’t think it was possible, but she did it with great success and it remains one of his favorite things to do. We have even had success giving Nene high fives over Skype when we returned.

Auntie Kari, Fiona and Cooper

Sister time with Cooper

First Family Desert Hike

Always looking for a new adventure, we decided to go on a real hike in the desert. We headed to the mountains to check out Estrella Mountain Regional Park, and did the moderately difficult, 3 mile long, Baseline trail. Yes, I want to give props to Nene and the rest of us for jumping right in to a moderate instead of easy hike for our first one 🙂 One thing about desert hiking is that there are no shady spots to providing natural resting areas so we would stop randomly in the full sun to drink our water.

Daddy/Cooper and Nene showing off the desert terrain of our hike

Cooper spent most of the hike sleeping in the Ergo carrier on Daddy’s back. Apparently it was a comfy ride.

Mid-Trail Hiking Group Shot

With all the dust from hiking, it was definitely time for a bath.

All soaped up

A clean and happy Cooper