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Last weekend, as previously mentioned, was my birthday, and in true Awesome-Parent form, my folks flew out from Indiana to join The Aerobat and I in the Wild Wild West for some gun-shootin’, cow-wranglin’ fun.  OK, really we shot no guns and wrangled no cows, but we had a good time nonetheless doing some decently Arizonan activities.

Quick back story on the awesomeness of my parents when it comes to birthdays:  I have spent more birthdays away from home than at home.  Since I was a little pup, my birthday has always fallen near the end of October (and it’s never changed, can you imagine that?) which means, FALL BREAK! Until you’re done with all your schooling and then all of a sudden, EVERY DAY IS VACATION, WOOOOOO!!!! But allllllllll those years of trying to build my brain into something worth all the money they spent on my education yielded birthdays that fell smack dab in the middle of a vacation.  When I was a baby, I am told I had a very tantrum-y birthday in Disney World (one that my embarrassed grandparents will never let me forget…. “Remember that one time in Disney when you THREW YOURSELF ONTO THE DIRTY GROUND IN EPCOT, SLAMMING YOUR GIANT-SUCKER-CLUTCHING HANDS INTO THE GROUND SCREAMING LIKE A HOOLIGAN? Yeah, that was fun. We had to go to Germany to get a beer or twelve to deal with your toddler-psychosis.”).  I have spent many-a-birthday at our family home in Fort Myers, Florida, too.  One year I was even studying abroad in Rome, and those awesome parents of mine? They crossed the Atlantic to watch me blow out 20 candles. So, this year was no different that they trekked far and wide to celebrate with their second-born child. And as our birthdays get less “Birthdayish” because we are getting old and developing varicose veins in our ankles, it’s great to know that parents are still around to make you feel uber-special.

Mom and Dad arrived Thursday and from the moment they arrived until the moment they departed I had them bustling their butts all over the Greater Phoenix area like nobody’s business.  For someone who has only lived here 2ish months, I make quite a tour guide, thankyouverymuch.  They got me an awesome Nike outfit which will appear in 99% of the photos you see below (I’m the one that looks like the cousin to a tennis ball) and I haven’t taken it off since.  They also were super awesome and put Stockton and I up for a night in their hotel (Lola too!) which was especially fun when Lola escaped into the open-air hallway and ran from us with an attitude of “Try and catch me now, Bitches – Caged bird gotsta FLY!” Then? THEN I got to stand on said open-air walkway in my bikini (which, yikes… let’s just say I’m not staying fit for any upcoming nuptials anymore) holding a very naughty long dog while pool-goers stared.

We hiked, ate, hiked again, saw some nasty wildlife, ate lots more, drank some mai-tais, hot-tubbed, drove far and wide, got lost and ran out of gas (almost – you’re a luck man, Aerobat), and had a bomb time.  Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure, and Mom and Dad? Thanks for the awesome birthday gift – your presence was my present 🙂

OH OH OH! And remember this?? This is what The Aerobat gave me for my birthday!! (In addition to one other really huge gift that I can’t talk about yet, no I’m not pregnant.)  He’s the awesomest. I need to blog about stuff I want more often!

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