New Years in Arizona

…Struggling to get caught up here but still making an effort, so picking right back up where we left off and bringing us into 2016…

After a lovely Christmas in South Carolina, Michael and I headed to Arizona to celebrate New Years and for Finn’s baptism.

Upon arrival, we first spent a few days in Phoenix just spending time with the Harpers.

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Finn meets Aunt Shannon!

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Colt cruising down “The Lane” (the Harper’s driveway) with Nana.

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Little pink nosed Finn.

One afternoon, Colt assisted Michael in picking and juicing TONS of oranges from “The Grove” (front yard area) to get the juices for caipirinhas!

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Showing off the oranges.

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Colt & Michael hard at work.

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Success!

After a couple days in Phoenix, we headed up to Hidden Valley where the Harpers hosted my parents, my grandparents, my aunt Sheryl AND Finn’s Godparents, Trent & Paige Hudson + their two girls Mailey and Coralie. We spent those few days enjoying the beauty of Hidden Valley, hiking in Sedona, playing on the tire swing, watching football, snuggling babies, spending time together and having a blast.

What a BLESSING that we have such incredible families who are awesome individually but also that they love getting together as well!! Huge thank you to the Harpers for hosting and to my family for traveling out for the visit and to the Hudsons for being such close friends that you are family as well. These were such sweet days.

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Colt & Papa Harper.

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Feeding & admiring the ducks.

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Trent, Colt & Mailey.

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Winter Fincher.

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Colt with his “2 Papas!” Grandfather Papa Harper & Great Grandfather Papa Fincher.

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He thought it was so funny that he had 2 Papas.

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Napping Finn.

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TIRE SWING!

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Colt loved it.

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Colt & Dad.

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Adding Mailey.

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MJ’s turn.

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Mailey, Michael & Colt.

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Little love birds. I miss this view being so regular…

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Great Grandmother Nanny Fincher & Baby Fincher.

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The Harpers’ new barn – it had just recently been completed!

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Lunch in the tree house.

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Finn & Nana Harper.

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Crew hiking in Sedona.

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Beautiful!

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My cute Dad & Mom.

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The hikers.

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Finn’s Godparents – Trent & Paige Hudson.

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Group hangout.

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Colt snuggling with Nana.

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Paige & I clinging on to Mailey & Colt as Michael takes us through the water.

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Next crew to take a ride – Harpers & Zaises and Colt goes again!

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Heading in!

After a wonderful time in Hidden Valley, we all went back to Phoenix for Finn’s baptism. Somehow I don’t have many pictures of the actual baptism (who was taking pictures?!?) but here are a few.

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Papa Harper & Colt twinning as we gathered for drinks and appetizers on our first evening back in Phoenix.

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Baptism at Brophy.

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So special having Father Reese perform the baptism.

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Finn wearing the 125 year old Harper family baptismal gown.

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Thankful for God’s grace!

After the baptism, the Harpers hosted a lovely event at their home for friends and family.

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Colt leading great grandparents Nanny & Papa Fincher down the lane.

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The following morning, 3 of Sharon’s siblings visited as well!

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Finn comfortable with Aunt Lise.

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Matching PJs for Finn & Coralie Hudson.

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Finn & Coralie again. Just lounging.

After all of the festivities were over and the visitors left, Michael & I stayed an extra couple days to give Colt & Finn just a little more time with the Harpers. We visited the Phoenix Children’s Museum which is always a hit.

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Joy.

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Climbing all over.

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Stopping to read.

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Noodle forest.

After Phoenix we headed to the east coast. The 4 of us flew to Washington D.C. together and while Michael stayed there for work, Colt, Finn & I flew on to South Carolina. Michael snapped this pic of us boarding the plane.

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That was my second time flying solo with the boys and, even though it’s a short connection, we were happy to be greeted by my parents on the other side!

 

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