Our Trip to Arizona!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Before we knew I was pregnant, Brian and I planned a trip to Phoenix to celebrate the end of what was sure to be another grueling tax season for him. We bought the tickets two days after we found out, and we truly looked forward to the trip every day following. During ridiculously cold winter days (during which our pipes burst, our furnace stopped working and we froze on train platforms for weeks on end) and the overwhelming emotions that came with finding out our big news, we looked forward to the end of April, when our babe would be more of a babe, and B would be home for more than eight hours a day. And maybe it's because we went into it knowing this might be our last trip as a family of two, but it was as blissful as we had hoped and imagined. We've been home for a week (and it has rained almost every. single. day), and I'm ready for those red rocks and that blistering heat again. 

Typically Airbnb enthusiasts, we opted to stay at a resort this time to make the trip as relaxing as possible. We stayed at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, which is where I stayed with my family four years ago. We'll be back on our Airbnb tour next time we travel, I'm sure, but I always forget just how amazing hotels are. Fresh towels! Pools! Room service! Your bed made! By someone else! Breakfast! Lunch! Dinner! Sure, you pay for all of that, but I get it.

B and I met in Arizona because I was in Seattle for work until the trip, and I was so giddy to see him and get the trip started, I was up with the sun on our first day. I'm sure he wasn't thrilled, but we had the lazy river to ourselves and a quiet, slow breakfast, so no regrets. Also, despite the most exquisite breakfast menu, Brian opted for three types of cereal in one bowl and a sprinkle donut each morning. Sigh. 

My parents recommended we make a reservation at Cafe Monarch for dinner, and I'm so glad we did. We've made it a tradition to treat ourselves to a lavish, fancy meal each trip, and this one topped the charts. We had five slow, beautiful, delicious courses, each better than the next, with service better than we've ever experienced. It was one of the most special nights, and I'd go back in a heartbeat. 

Also, I love that Brian's shirt has numbers on it. It's as if J.Crew designed it specifically for him, ha! 

Brian surprised me with a Mustang convertible at the airport, which wasn't entirely (or mostly or at all) for me, but it made the trip so fun. It was almost 100 degrees all three days, so it was very welcomed, sunburn and all. 

We spent our second day hiking around Sedona (Fay Canyon, Soldier Pass and Little Horse), and while we did all moderate or easy hikes (I've always been a scaredy cat when it comes to heights and hiking downhill, but now even more so), we were both wiped by the end of the day. We also went to Montezuma Castle on our way, essentially a 20-room high-rise apartment nestled into a towering limestone cliff from years 1100-1425, which was so wild to see. 

There's no better meal than a post-hike meal, and Tortas de Fuego did not disappoint. At all. I'm not sure we said two words together as inhaled our meals. We decided to hike again after, and by the end of the day, we were absolutely exhausted. We wanted to stop for burgers on the way home but didn't even have the energy for a drive-thru :)

On our last day we walked around Papago Park and Old Town Scottsdale, scheming how to keep the Mustang and make vacation last forever. I know our lives are only going to get better, and we'll look back on these days feeling as though something was missing, but these days have been and are so special to me. I've loved this stage of our lives so much. The past nine years have been the best of my life, and there's no one I'd rather take the next step with. I'm so excited for the next step, but this space has also been oh so good to me <3 


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