Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

We went to my grandparents place in Pine, AZ for Friday and Saturday. My grandmother was raised in Pine and this is the property that she lived on. It is right off the main highway. The house she grew up in is no longer there, but they put a 3 bedroom manufactured home on their four acres and they use it as a summer home. There is also a little cabin that was built for my Great-Grandmother, who used to live there. My Grandpa is 89 and my Grandma is 84, they continue to grow a big garden on their property. I think that is what keeps them so healthy and young. They stay in Pine from May to October (they have a home in Phoenix), but do come down to the "valley" often for baby blessings, baptisms, etc... I am one of the older grandchildren, number 7 to be exact, but there are 62 grandchildren and great-grandchildren continue to climb. I forgot to ask my grandma how many there are now, but I believe it is in the 100's. My grandma was so cute this weekend because she was telling me different stories, but was having trouble remembering all of the great-grandchildren's names, she said "I can't remember them all", I told her she was doing great because I mix up my own childrens names :) We really enjoyed ourselves and my grandparents enjoyed the kids so much. They didn't go with us to the fireworks in Payson because my grandma has trouble getting around because of a bad hip, but they waited up for us and enjoyed the stories about our adventures.
This old workshed is original to the property and use to be right behind the old house. They use it now for food storage. They don't build structures to last now like they used to!

My grandparents have some old apple trees on the property, so I decided to take some photo's of the girls. Ariana's picture was taken at the park because she was too afraid to sit on the limb of the apple tree.

The honey man has a stand right next to my grandparents property. This honey is the best. I highly recommend the whipped honey. It comes in different flavors and is delicious on toast or pancakes.

We waited about 3 hours for the fireworks. It is packed in this park in Payson, so you have to come early in order to get a parking space.

It rained off and on while we waited, so my brother Sean pulled out his rain cover for his tent and we put it over us to keep dry. I'm sure people thought we were crazy, but we got a good laugh out of it!

It was beautiful at the park and we enjoyed watching the fireworks right over the lake.


hillari said...

Those pictures of the lake are so pretty! That looks like a lot of fun--I love small town stuff. You're so good at getting good pictures of your cute family!

Dominguez Family said...

Sounds like fun! The girls are so photogenic.

Sarah & Eddie said...

You guys seems to have such wonderful get-a-ways! I am so jealous. Your girls are absolutely beautiful!

Kandice & Rob said...

Awesome pictures of the girls! And I totally want to visit the honey stand.

Brandi Jo said...

Sounds like you guys had a really good time. I love the pictures of your girls. And, I do have to agree that they really don't make buildings or much of anything like they use too. Everything it too disposable now.

Andrew, Amy & Evelyn said...

It looks like you had such a great time. That property is beautiful!