Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Last weekend, Kayley and I made a quick trip to Scottsdale. My Godparents from Milwaukee were in town visiting my parents, so we jumped at the chance to see them. Who knows when we'll get to Milwaukee again.

It was a quick trip, but we had fun seeing them and my family. Kayley loved staying at my sister's house. We usually stay with my parents, but this time she got to campout with her cousins.

Saturday afternoon we took a hike in McDowell Mountain Ranch in North Scottsdale. It was a little warm, but it was a beautiful hike. I took lots of pictures. The AZ desert is so beautiful compared to the one I live in.

The group pic is my sister, Jennifer, "Maude" Gail, and me!



The view of Scottsdale was gorgeous!

















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