Monday, December 29, 2014

The Marvel Experience

This year, for Christmas, we gave the girls tickets to The Marvel Experience in Scottsdale. We watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. together as a family every week, so this little adventure sounded right up our alley. Boy, was it ever! We had so much fun. The idea of the experience is that you will, "Join forces with Marvel's mightiest heroes on a mission to save the planet. The Marvel Experience is a first of it's kind attraction that covers over two acres and encompasses seven colossal domes. As S.H.I.E.L.D.'s newest recruit, you'll swing with Spiderman, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man in next generation hyper-reality as you prepare to face the forces of Hydra."

Getting ready to enter the top secret S.H.I.E.L.D. training facility in a field in Scottsdale.

Receiving our mission briefing from Nick Fury and the Avengers

Inside the main dome

Lots of cool Avengers memorabilia

The enemy - Hydra's Adaptoids!

Flying with Iron Man

Getting pounds from Black Widow

And a pat on the back from Nick Fury

Embracing her inner geek. In the dark, her shirt glows with the Hydra symbol imbedded in the S.H.I.E.L.D. symbol

 Carefully making our way through a laser field under Black Widow's tutelage

Paige actually got 4th place overall!

Hulking OUT!!!

After the main dome, we boarded a Quinjet and headed into a briefing for the recruits and then onto a 4D ride for the final battle. We had so much fun that I even bought the souvenir picture, which is now also the desktop on my computer. Another awesome HaggisFam adventure in the books!

A Fire Safety Demonstration

A few weeks ago, my sister was complaining that her apartment complex was checking their smoke detectors and sprinkler systems in December. Well, sis, THIS is why.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas 2014

With Christmas now behind us, and my newly reaffirmed commitment to keeping my blogs updated, I give you, Christmas at Casa De Haggis.

Tree Decorating

We got these ornaments as a wedding gift and every year, Den prays that when we open the box they will be broken. I happen to love them, so I make sure they are well packed!

All decorated and ready for the season!

Cookie Decorating - for the last couple of years, we have decorated cookies with our neighbors, but this year we went it on our own. It made a glorious mess and we had such a fun time with it.

Den was in charge of dough rolling because my inner Martha Stewart insists that dough is not rolled out correctly until it's thickness is perfectly uniform, no matter how long it takes.

There may have been some shenanigans involving flour going on in the dining room while I was baking in the kitchen!

The Charlie Brown Tree

Fault In Our Stars is apparently now a Christmas movie....

O Christmas Tree

Then, after all the hustle and bustle, Santa came to Casa De Haggis

These are gorgeous jewelry boxes that my brother in law made for the girls out of recycled lumber. I made sure to remind him that my birthday is in May. LOL.

I got some new Costas, which may be the best sunglasses ever made

And my best gift of all time - I will keep this forever.

The hair ties are not lost, I'm pretty sure the cat eats them

Paige painted this Lilly Pulitzer quote for Summer

We spent late morning to early afternoon serving Christmas dinner to on-duty TPD officers and Pima County deputies with other folks from our church.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!