Friday, November 21, 2014

~Phoenix: Week 3~

Well, we are finally home, after 3 amazing weeks (for the kids and I) in Phoenix. It was wonderful to get away, enjoy the sun and heat and spend time with Grandma and Grandpa but it's also nice to be back home, despite the snow and cold.

Our last week in Phoenix was a little more relaxing.

One night we went to hubby's Grandma's for pre-dinner drinks and to check out all the renovations she had done at her house.

Leo having a refreshment

Afterwards, we went to Rio Mirage, a Mexican restaurant, which seems to be our Phoenix tradition. They have delicious food, yummy margaritas and it's always nice to eat a good meal with family and friends.

The kids were so well behaved- Audrey loved colouring and Leo just ate whatever I handed to him which kept him good and happy!

It was hard to not get my usual cheesy chimichanga so I had mahi mahi tacos which were so good and filling. I had enough food for 2 extra lunches!

One morning we took the kids to the Tanger Outlets for some shopping. Hubby and Audrey found some goodies. I didn't really see much that caught my eye- always looking for a deal or something unique. I could have bought more shoes from Nine West but I restrained myself! It's hard to buy sandals when I know I'll have to put them away for 9 months, even if they are a fabulous deal!

Carrying Mom's shopping bag
Sporting her new running shoes!

We took Daddy to the park. Audrey made lots of friends, including a girl that had to be 6 or 7 that she just dragged around the playground! Leo had a blast- going on the slide and swings.

Sipping from the water fountain

Taking Daddy down the slide!

Loving the swings!

We spent a couple more days at our friends' pool. Audrey is getting braver in the water and Leo loved splashing around and "swimming!"

The great thing about the golf community my in-laws live in is that you can drive your golf carts on the road. They are a little fancier than the carts you see on regular golf courses- they have lights, signal lights, seat belts and usually look a bit more luxurious than the regular ones. So a lot of people, including my in-laws, have a golf cart as a second vehicle since you can drive all throughout the community, plus cross a couple major roads and into shopping areas. Of course, the golf carts don't go super fast but it's nice to have a 2nd vehicle option when you don't need to go too far. We took the golf cart a bunch of times to our friends' house, the community centre and just for drives.

Audrey loved going in the golf cart, but she doesn't like having her picture taken!! I wish I had taken a picture of the golf carts since they really do look different!

Of course, we did a lot of just hanging out at home. It was a bit harder to get out every day because we were still tied to Leo's 2x a day naps.

His favourite letter is "Y"

"Reading" golf magazines aka tearing them apart!

He napped so well down there- in the closet!

"Mom, you should really roll those legs"

Checking out the little bunny! So much smaller than our big ones at home!

Another Arizona tradition from Hubby's grandparents is having a Ribs and Margarita night! Everyone loves those nights! His Grandpa perfected a margarita recipe years ago and I can't say no to just one!

The kids LOVED the ribs!! Leo has never sat so quietly and ate ever!

Hanging out with Great Uncle D

I continued with my running and had my best long run yet. It was still 9K but overall it felt so much better, my time was a bit better and mentally I just enjoyed it. My knee has been behaving so that's reassuring. I did have some mid back pain, from a massive knot, likely from tight glutes and hips. I did a bunch of stretching, hubby gave me a good but painful massage and it felt better. It hurt to even pick up Leo so glad that's gone.

The weather had cooled down so running was more enjoyable. Some days you had to wear a light sweater during the day because the wind was a bit cool. Certainly nothing like at home. It was still nice and hot in the sun mid day.

Hubby, Grandpa and Audrey went for a hike to the White Tank Mountains. They had a great time. Audrey "hiked" almost the entire time. She loved it- checking out nature and exploring!

Checking out the moss

Our flight home was relatively smooth but travelling with children isn't the most enjoyable thing! Audrey had the biggest tantrum of her life while we waiting to drop off our bags. She did not want to be in the stroller, yet she was getting into too much trouble so we strapped her in. She voiced her displeasure. I'm pretty sure the whole airport heard her. Finally, an agent felt bad for us and let us cut the line to hurry us up. I'm sure everyone in the line was praying they weren't on the same flight as us! I didn't want to be either!!

Thankfully she was on her best behaviour after that episode. We got some food while we waited to board our flight, and I got a Starbucks (Leo had a bad night the night before so I was so exhausted). Leo even charmed the barista into giving me the bigger size coffee!! I ordered a tall and they gave me a grande! Or maybe they saw the bags under my eyes...

The flight was similar to our flight down. Leo started to get fussy because it was nap time but there were too many distractions for him to fall asleep. He finally nodded off just after take off and woke up 30 minutes later when the beverage cart came by. He was fussing off and on so hubby and I kept passing him back and forth- I think he was just bored and tired.

Audrey was good- she played on the iPad, looked at the magazines and played with Leo's toys. She was as good as can be expected on a 3 hour flight. Everyone commented how well-behaved they were- especially considering that there was another baby on the flight that was not happy.

Travelling with children is not the most relaxing thing to do but we are so lucky to have the opportunity to go down to Arizona, escape the winter for a bit and spend time with family.


  1. LOVE all the photos! We go to Rio lots too! And those outlets are the best, though now I always find way more stuff for A that myself ;) White tank mountain is a good hike, we have done it a couple times. You are really making me want to head south in the new year now!

  2. Your kids are the cutest!

    I miss good Mexican food :-(

  3. Great family shots!! LOVE the kids and ribs!! SO fun. Looked like an awesome trip! WHY did you not take me again!! Geesh.


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