Since Derek was speaking on Sunday we headed down to Buckeye to hear him and meet up with all the family. It was the beginning of Fall Break so we decided to make it a little vacation and stay down for a few extra days. Kyle had to ref some games on Saturday night in Snowflake so we went down to Buckeye at about 8 o'clock that night and got there a little before midnight. It was a pretty uneventful ride and the kids practically slept the whole time. My parents ward meets at 8:30am so we were up nice and early to go to church. Derek spoke about being a member missionary and how easy it really is. He talked a lot about just giving out the invite and to love those you invite, even if they turn you down. He did a great job and I'm glad we got to go down to listen to him. We were all set to stay the whole 3 hour block, but their ward's primary kids were practicing in the chapel and our kids would've been bored out of their little minds, so we went home. We got some family pictures in, let the kids play outside, and then we got lunch started. All the Carbonneau kids were there with the families, Aunt Steph and Uncle David, Amber and Rainer, Grandma and Grandpa Bochat, Sarah Randall, Two families from Derek's mission, Seth and Tara Carroll and their kids, and Stormy and Spenser all game to hang out.
On Monday we had reservations to go inside and tour to newly built Phoenix Arizona Temple. The kids got to go to the Gilbert Temple Open House and loved it so we tried to make it a point to go to the Phoenix one. Macy was so excited to go, I'm not sure if she was more excited to go into the temple or to ride on the purple tour bus that shuttle people from the parking lot to the temple, but we'll call it a tie.
Every time the girls come down to "the far away Grandma's house" they insist on doing a craft- so while we were on our date the kids made Halloween countdown chains with Grandma. On Tuesday night their made some pretty yummy chocolate Frozen cupcakes and even got a story in with Grandpa before we had to head back to Holbrook.