Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More interesting facts about my beautiful state :)

Yes, in case you didn't get "Arizona overload" in my birthday post, here's more information about my home state :) Thanks to Gert who sent me this website with the info.

Here are some fun and fascinating Arizona Facts!

1. Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits—more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).

2. All New England, plus the state of Pennsylvania would fit inside Arizona.

3. Arizona became the 48th state and last of the contiguous states on February 14, 1912.

4. Arizona’s disparate climate can yield both the highest temperature across the nation and the lowest temperature across the nation in the same day.

5. There are more wilderness areas in Arizona than in the entire Midwest. Arizona alone has 90 wilderness areas, while the Midwest has 50.

6. Arizona has 26 peaks that are more than 10,000 feet in elevation.

7. Arizona has the largest contiguous stand of ponderosa pines in the world stretching from near Flagstaff along the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains region.

8. Yuma, Arizona is the country’s highest producer of winter vegetables, especially lettuce.

9. Arizona is the 6th largest state in the nation, covering 113,909 square miles.

10. Out of all the states in the U.S., Arizona has the largest percentage of its land designated as Indian lands.

11. The “Five C’s” of Arizona’s economy are: Cattle, Copper, Citrus, Cotton, and Climate.

12. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined, and the Morenci Mine is the largest copper producer in all of North America.

13. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, two of the most prominent movie stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, were married on March 18, 1939, in Kingman, Arizona.

14. Covering 18,608 sq. miles, Coconino County is the second largest county by land area in the 48 contiguous United States.

15. The world’s largest solar telescope is located at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Sells, Arizona.

16. Bisbee, Arizona is known as the Queen of the Copper Mines because during its mining heyday it produced nearly 25 percent of the world’s copper and was the largest city in the Southwest between Saint Louis and San Francisco.

17. Billy the Kid killed his first man, Windy Cahill, in Bonita, Arizona.

18. Arizona grows enough cotton each year to make more than one pair of jeans for every person in the United States.

19. Famous labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma.

20. In 1912, President William Howard Taft was ready to make Arizona a state on February 12, but it was Lincoln’s birthday. The next day, the 13th, was considered bad luck so they waited until the following day. That’s how Arizona became known as the “Valentine State.”

21. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today.

22. Mount Lemmon, in the Santa Catalina Mountains, is the southernmost ski resort in the United States.

23. Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch in Picacho, Arizona is the largest privately-owned ostrich ranch in the world outside South Africa.

24. If you cut down a protected species of cactus in Arizona, you could spend more than a year in prison.

25. The world’s largest to-scale collection of miniature airplane models is housed at the library at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.

26. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

27. Located on Arizona’s western border, Parker Dam is the deepest dam in the world at 320 feet.

28. South Mountain Park/Preserve in Phoenix is the largest municipal park in the country.

29. Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, located about 55 miles west of Phoenix, generates more electricity than any other U.S. power plant.

30. Oraibi, a Hopi village located in Navajo County, Arizona, dates back to before A.D. 1200 and is reputed to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in America.

31. Built in by Del Webb in 1960, Sun City, Arizona was the first 55-plus active adult retirement community in the country.

32. Petrified wood is the official state fossil. The Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona contains America’s largest deposits of petrified wood.

33. Many of the founders of San Francisco in 1776 were Spanish colonists from Tubac, Arizona.

34. Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply military post Camp McDowell.

35. Rainfall averages for Arizona range from less than three inches in the deserts to more than 30 inches per year in the mountains.

36. Rising to a height of 12,643 feet, Mount Humphreys north of Flagstaff is the state’s highest mountain.

37. Roadrunners are not just in cartoons! In Arizona, you’ll see them running up to 17-mph away from their enemies.

38. The Saguaro cactus is the largest cactus found in the U.S. It can grow as high as a five-story building and is native to the Sonoran Desert, which stretches across southern Arizona.

39. Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, grew up on a large family ranch near Duncan, Arizona.

40. The best-preserved meteor crater in the world is located near Winslow, Arizona.

41. The average state elevation is 4,000 feet.

42. The Navajo Nation spans 27,000 square miles across the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, but its capital is seated in Window Rock, Arizona.

43. The amount of copper utilized to make the copper dome atop Arizona’s Capitol building is equivalent to the amount used in 4.8 million pennies.

44. Near Yuma, the Colorado River’s elevation dips to 70 feet above sea level, making it the lowest point in the state.

45. The geographic center of Arizona is 55 miles southeast of Prescott near the community of Mayer.

46. You could pile four 1,300-foot skyscrapers on top of each other and they still would not reach the rim of the Grand Canyon.

47. The hottest temperature recorded in Arizona was 128 degrees at Lake Havasu City on June 29, 1994.

48. The coldest temperature recorded in Arizona was 40 degrees below zero at Hawley Lake on January 7, 1971.

49. A saguaro cactus can store up to nine tons of water.

50. The state of Massachusetts could fit inside Maricopa County (9,922 sq. miles).

51. The westernmost battle of the Civil War was fought at Picacho Pass on April 15, 1862 near Picacho Peak in Pinal County.

52. There are 11.2 million acres of National Forest in Arizona, and one-fourth of the state forested.

53. Wyatt Earp was neither the town marshal nor the sheriff in Tombstone at the time of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. His brother Virgil was the town marshal.

54. On June 6, 1936, the first barrel of tequila produced in the United States rolled off the production line in Nogales, Arizona.

55. The Sonoran Desert is the most biologically diverse desert in North America.

56. Bisbee is the Nation’s southernmost mile-high city.

57. The two largest manmade lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell—both located in Arizona.

58. The longest remaining intact section of Route 66 can be found in Arizona and runs from Seligman to Topock, a total of 157 unbroken miles.

59. The 13 stripes on the Arizona flag represent the 13 original colonies of the United States.

60. The negotiations for Geronimo’s final surrender took place in Skeleton Canyon, near present day Douglas, Arizona, in 1886.

61. Prescott, Arizona is home to the world’s oldest rodeo, and Payson, Arizona is home to the world’s oldest continuous rodeo—both of which date back to the 1880s.

62. Kartchner Caverns, near Benson, Arizona, is a massive limestone cave with 13,000 feet of passages, two rooms as long as football fields, and one of the world’s longest soda straw stalactites: measuring 21 feet 3 inches.

Hope you enjoyed these fun facts! :D
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

So long, farewell, Auf Weidersehen, goodbye

We are sad to say goodbye to a "family friend." This friend has been in our family since the girls were born. We have many fun and fond memories with this friend...long walks with this friend, trips out and about with this friend, funny stories with this friend. *sniff, sniff* Today, we said "goodbye" to...our quad Runabout stroller! :(

Pics of the kids with our "friend," one last timeJared wanted to be silly ;POkay, maybe the kids won't miss our "friend" as much as this sentimental mom - Ha! ;) It's been a while since we used the stroller. Maybe last year? As you can see from the pics, the girls have outgrown our "friend" ;)

We are thankful that we are able to pass on our quad stroller to a new quad family, the Tyks. The girls and I just dropped it off this morning. We got to see 3 of the 4 Tyk babies. They have 2 girls and 2 boys, now a little over a month old. Such cute little babies. That brings back memories! ;) Better yet, this new quad family lives only ~10 minutes (or 4 miles) from us. SO close! We hope they enjoy our "family friend" as much as we enjoyed it! :)

I guess these kids of ours are growing up...too fast in fact! The girls' turn 4 years old this weekend! Ack! How can that be?!?! ;)
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy 12th!

Today, Paul and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary! Man, I can't believe it's been that long! It feels like just the other day that we got married :)

We were able to get out for dinner before our anniversary. We recreated the evening Paul proposed to me :) , which included dinner at the Macaroni Grill and then a walk around the grounds of the Hyatt at Gainey Ranch. Wonderful memories of that proposal! :)

Then, today we exchanged cards and Paul gave me a sweet gift...even better that it was put together by the kids :) Awe! See some of the pictures below!

Bulbs for Maria! Flowers are my favorite! :)Time to plant! First, some rocks for drainage on the bottom of the potNext, some soilNow it's bulb time!Last, some soil on top of the bulbsBrielle taking a look at the finished project/gift :)We praise God for His blessing on our marriage and pray that we continue to keep Him the center and focus of our marriage. In that, we can be the Godly and holy husband and wife He wants us to be!May we continue to love and respect one another and "do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value 'the other' above 'ourself,' not looking to 'our' own interests but each of 'us' to the interests of 'the other.' " (Philippians 2:3-4). We cannot do this "apart from Christ" (John 15:5) but " 'we' can do all this through Him who gives 'us' strength." (Philippians 4:13).
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crazy Hair Night!

Jared's mid-week Bible study/discipleship group at our church had a crazy hair night for the kids this evening. Of course Jared was up for the hair challenge ;)

It turned out pretty cool! He was proud of it :D
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Jared Runs

Both this year and last year Jared participated in his school's after-school program called Running Club. No, his parents aren't runners! Probably far from it ;) It's always been his choice to participate! We are proud that he wants to run in the club!

So, for ~12 weeks, 2 days each week, the kids run around the school field after school. They train themselves to run 1 to 2 miles. Then, those that qualify can run in the races. Several of our school district's schools get together and the kids run against each other in the race. I think it's been about 400 to 500 kids racing (from ~4 schools). That's a lot! Jared got to run in 2 of the 3 races. This last time, thankfully, I remembered to bring my camera - Ha! ;)

Here are a few pics of our racer! So proud of him to run (and WANT to run) and compete! All of these kids are pretty amazing to run 1.53 miles! Uff, that's a lot! ;)

The race goes off in "pods"...6th grade boys then 6th grade girls, next 5th grade boys then 5th grade girls. And so on and so on down to Kindergarten (yes! even small little Kinders!). Here, the 3rd grade girls are up at the line and Jared's 2nd grade boys group is behind them.2nd grade boys taking off!Jared off running. Go Jared!Jared on the race pathHe finished! Yay! Jared enjoying an after-race treat, a banana :)Again, we are proud that Jared has taken up this sport, all on his own, and enjoys it! :)
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

MoM What...

I had to post this on the blog. I grabbed this from Facebook from a fellow MoM (aka, mother of multiples). So true! - Ha! ;)
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our Valentine's Day 2012

We had a good Valentine's Day today! The kids really enjoyed their class parties and receiving all of the cute valentines in their box/baggies. The girls, especially, have fun looking at the pictures on the cards :D

Here are a few pics of our day!

I lucked out! We had this cereal in our pantry. Hey, it works for a fun Valentine's Day breakfast :) (***fyi, they taste just like Honey Nut Cheerios! Mmmm! :D )Arizona celebrated its 100th birthday today, 2/14/2012. So Jared's school said the kids could dress up in fun cowboy clothes today. Here, Jared is striking a pose and giving us a "cowboy smirk" ;)The girls all decked out in red, pink and heart shirts :)First, Mama hits the girls' preschool class for their Valentine's Day card exchange and such...here, Suzan with NathanAnna (Bethany and Suzan in the background)Brielle with friend, EddieThe girls made and brought home these sweet Valentine's Day crafts for Mama and Daddy :) ...Suzan'sAnna'sBethany'sAnd Brielle'sHere's a close-up of the cute "roses are red" poem that was included on the craft - Ha! ;)The girlies REALLY didn't want me to leave their class :( Sadly, I had to in order to go see Jared. Next, I attended Jared's class's Valentine's Day party. Jared, here with his classmates, decorating their valentine boxes.Jared, already checking out what valentines he received (along with what candy he got too ;) )The kids enjoyed MUCH of their Valentine's Day candy when we got home from school - Ha! For dinner, we had a little something special for the kids...chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, eggs and chocolate milk for dinner. Man, are we stuffed! ;)

Both Paul and I are blessed by our 5 little valentines and enjoy loving on these gifts God has given to us! :)
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Happy 100th Birthday Arizona!

**updated with a picture of Jared in his cowboy garb. Yee Haw! ;)
Today is our state's 100th birthday! Ah yes, we are the "Valentine State" ;)All of the kids at Jared's school get to dress up in western wear. Jared has few items to wear. He'll look cute! :)

In honor of my state, here's a quiz for you ;) Good luck!

What do you know about Arizona?
Test your knowledge of Arizona. Take this simple quiz and find out if you've got what it takes to stand up for the 48th state to be admitted to the union. Select an answer for each of the following ten questions and then click on the "How did I do?" button at the bottom of the page. All of the answers can be found here at NETSTATE Arizona.

Start now...
1) What is the capital city of Arizona?
a. Phoenix
b. Tucson
c. Prescott

2) What famous Mexican labor leader was born in Yuma, Arizona?
a. Berta Lujan
b. Mangas Colradas
c. Cesar Estrada Chavez

3) What is the figure depicted on the Great Seal of the State of Arizona?
a. A Native American
b. A miner
c. A pioneer

4) What is the highest point in Arizona?
a. Granite Peak (12,799 feet)
b. Gannett Peak (13,804 feet)
c. Humphreys Peak (12,633 feet)

5) Who was the designer of the Arizona State flag?
a. Charles W. Harris
b. Mrs. Julia McAlmont Noel
c. Mrs. Sanford Hutchison

6) Monument Valley, home to some of the most striking land formations in the southwest, lies in what Arizona land region?
a. The Basin and Ridge Region
b. The Colorado Plateau
c. The Transition Zone

7) What is the official state fish of Arizona?
a. Apache Trout (Salmo apache)
b. Greenback Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki)
c. Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Salmo clarki henshawi)

8) Which of these is a nickname for Arizona?
a. The Golden State
b. The Silver State
c. The Grand Canyon State

9) Which of these rivers does not flow through Arizona?
a. The Colorado River
b. The Gila River
c. The St. Johns River

10) What is the motto of Arizona?
a. God enriches
b. Labor conquers all things
c. Nothing without providence
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Thank you Grandma Carlson!!!!

We want to thank Grandma Carlson again for the clothes! We really appreciate (and wear) it much! We talk and talk and talk about our wardrobe a LOT! ;)Love, Anna, Bethany, Brielle and Suzan :D
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Suzan decorating

I found this silly and sweet girl doing this today. We were outside, just before this, and so she picked the flowers from our yard.

Suzan "decorating"The end result :)I went over to where she was doing this and she said to me "mama, what do you think? look at the decorations i put up!" I said "oh! that's pretty suzan!" to which she replied with "mama, don't touch it. and don't throw it away, mama." Ha! O-kay then ;)

She's cute! :D
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Monday, February 06, 2012

Celebrating Our 100th Birthday!

As an Arizona native, I'm pretty proud to see the kids and their school's celebrating our state's 100th birthday. Last week, the girls' class celebrated all week long, learning about cowboys, cowgirls and the "wild west," brought home cute little horse crafts, making cowboy hats, dressing up as cowboys/cowgirls and taking pictures with a stuffed horsey (I'll have to scan those in once the teacher hands them back - way cute!) and more. So today, I had to take pictures of the girls' "Arizona" crafts they made at school and brought home. It makes this native pretty proud of my little girly natives ;D

Bethany's and Anna's cacti they made. Cute idea using toothpicks for the cactus thorns!Brielle's and Suzan's cactiThen a coyote, cactus and beautiful sunset (we have LOTS of awesome sunsets here!) Bethany's and Anna's creations.And Brielle's and Suzan's. Yes, Suzan wrote her own name. How awesome is that?! What a smart little girly :)Technically Arizona doesn't turn 100 until the 14th (yes, we're the "valentine state" ;) ). The girls' school is having a little birthday party for Arizona this weekend too, with games, food, bouncies and more. We're planning on going to that with all 5 kids.

Yes, this native is proud of her state! Why not? It is an amazing state filled many beautiful creations from God (remember, we're also the Grand Canyon State!), has wonderful weather (hey, at least we have air conditioning in the summer months ;P ), great schools (I can't say enough about the girls' and Jared's schools!) and many job opportunities (did you know Intel is building a brand new Fab, or factory, here which President Obama toured a few weeks ago?). So, as you can see, Arizona is an awesome state and it's pretty awesome we get to celebrate its 100th birthday :D
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