Sunday, February 28, 2010

World's Tallest Fountain and Loudest Pizza

A few weeks ago my parents had some long-time, missionary friends staying at their house. It is tradition in our family to take all out of state visitors to Fountain Hills to see "the World's Tallest Fountain". They happened to be going on a Monday so Claire and I got to go too. It was a beautiful day, perfect for playing outside and enjoying the warming weather. Fountain Hills park has changed quite a bit since the last time we were there. (It is also important to note that we discovered that a taller fountain has been built so it has lost its claim to fame)

There was a nice park with fun new things to play on. Here is Claire brushing her hair off her forehead. She does this CONSTANTLY and freaks out if hair is in her eyes. She HAS to have a clip at all times and because of this phobia she hates windy days.
We ate a picnic lunch and then Claire and I went to feed the ducks. Once again, ducks were scarce but coots were everywhere. Gross.The fountain went off at the top of the hour and it was so windy we all got misted. There was a big turtle in front of the park and of course we had to take a picture of her on it. Organ Stop Pizza is another tradition we have and we always take guests there. I love Organ Stop. I don't really know why but my brothers and I have fond memories of going there as a family when my grandparents were still alive. They would make us get there at least 45 minutes before the doors opened and we would wait with all the other snowbirds outside. As soon as they opened, my brothers and I would run in and save the tables on the main floor right in the center. Then we quickly filled out our request cards and see who's songs would be played first. I think we liked it so much because my grandparents liked it so much. I loved the way they would sing to the sing-a-longs that are totally for the people in their 60's and 70's. And who could forget the motley crew of dancing marionette cats? Yes, good times indeed.
Josh and Michelle are not as impressed with it as we all are. Apparently, Josh has had bad experiences there and claims that the people upstairs spit on the people below. I've never seen that happen. Claire was in awe of the place.
She danced and clapped to every song. She couldn't have loved it more. Then these guys came out....
This is her face she makes when she thinks something is so cute and goes "Owh!
Like "owh, look at the baby" Or "owh, puppy sleeping" She also likes to meow when she sees kitties and did so for a very long time after they were gone.
It was a fun night of old traditions with new people.

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