Tuesday, April 20, 2010

5 Glorious Days in Arizona

April 15th:
  • Arrived at Sky Harbor at 9am
  • Dad picked me up and we went to Tonalea to say hi to mom. I got a hug from every kid in her kindergarten class.
  • Walked to Grandma Hazel's around 10am. I turned the corner and this is what I see - I guess she was so excited to see me that she forgot she was outside with her walker. She doesn't want to neighbors to see her "like this" and she would not be happy with me if she knew this was posted on the internet.
  • I drove my Grandma to Whole Foods in north Scottsdale because she loves to buy the same food that I buy.
  • We went to lunch at La Grande Orange.
  • Layed out in the sun and took a nap in the afternoon.
  • Went to the gym with mom and ran 3 miles.
  • Met Scott and Julie for dinner and then went to Oregano's for a pizzookie.
Brady looks just like his dad.
April 16th:
  • Got up early and hiked Camelback with mom and dad.
  • Got a little sweat on my phone during the hike and the buttons stopped working. Went to the Verizon store to try to get a new phone but they could not give me a new phone that they had in the store - it had to be shipped since it was still under warranty. It was quite nice not having work email for 4 days :)
  • Stopped at La Grande Orange and picked up lunch.
  • Went to Kellyn's class and gave them a geography lesson. Here is Kellyn with her 1st graders - she is a permanent sub for the remainder of the year.
  • Met Kathryn at The Gelato Spot. She had never been before.
  • Met Tim for coffee at Starbucks (although neither of us actually had coffee).
  • Went to dinner at Marcella's Italian Kitchen for mom's birthday (which was the previous Monday).
This picture made me laugh - they were all waiting to cross the street. Dad was on crutches because he had dropped an old TV on his ankle earlier in the day, Kellyn was leading Grandma Lois with her walker and Coby was holding on to Grandma Hazel. Ready, set, go everyone!
  • After dinner we came back to mom and dad's for dessert (Kellyn made brownies).
April 17th:
  • Total body conditioning class at the gym at 9:45am.
  • Went to Christine's to get my hair cut and highlighted. I still have not even looked for a hair person in NYC.
  • Stopped at Montana and Aubrey's for a short visit. I also needed to meet Charlie (their new puppy).
  • Took Lauren to dinner at Culinary Dropout for her 30th birthday. We then walked to The Gelato Spot for dessert.
April 18th:
  • Got up early and met Jenn and her friend Katie at Camelback Mountain for an early morning hike.

  • Went to church at Scottsdale Baptist. The picture below is with Mr. Mericle. I had him in 3rd grade as my Children's Church teacher, and my mom says he asks about me every week. He will be 90 in a few weeks.
  • Layed out in the sun for an hour.
  • Went to Nikki and Steve's wedding (the main purpose of my trip). The wedding was in Fountain Hills - it was so nice outside.

April 19th:
  • Went to see Dr. Deroin.
  • Met Jenn, Jaime and little Blake for lunch at True Foods. It was so good and we had a great time - it is great being able to pick up right where you left off.

  • After lunch, Kellyn and I went to the gym and ran for a half hour.
  • I mowed part of the yard (something I miss in NYC).
  • Mom had the grandma's over for dinner.
  • Left PHX for JFK at 10:20pm.
It was a great trip home and I never feel like I have enough time. I think that means I am meant to live in the west :)


The Beautiful Mess Aubrey Marie Photography said...

I think so too!

Mikele said...

I didn't even know you were here!

Janis said...

The time went by way too fast. It is always nice to have you home.

Kyle said...

Wow. You did a ton of stuff. I don't know if I am going to be able to get as much in on my five day trip to AZ but I will try...

Jennifer Paige Designs said...

I love all your pictures and your play by play of the days home. You are too cute! Miss you. Hope all is well in NYC and that the weather isn't too terrible! Have some Pinkberry for me :-)