It was so nice.
It was so strange to leave the kids and it was a little surreal at first.
But after a quickie flight, we landed right here in Phoenix with this view from our hotel room: (my awesome camera skills at work ;)
One of the "must do's" on my list was to visit a Trader Joe's grocery store. It was seriously one of the main highlights of my trip. :)
And this sign?? vv I couldn't have said it better myself:
There was a fun little mini mall courtyard right across the street from our hotel, and we visited it many times:
And the saguaro cactus? Way cool. (there are waaay too many pictures of me in this post, but that is what happens when you have no children to pose for you).
It was incredibly beautiful and detailed.
We loved the experience there.
On another day, Jed and I wanted to go hiking. We searched on the internet for something not too hard but not too easy, and that would take just a few hours. But when we got up in these mountains.....we couldn't figure out where the trail head was for the hike we picked.
Well, we figured out soon enough that it must have been a favorite of the physically fit because it was no walk in the park. :)
But we hung in there.
(another one of my wishes for the trip was to admire cacti in the wild, and I got that wish on our hike day)
The hike seemed to go on forever, and just as you thought you reached the top.....there was more. This happened to us several times. Our workouts in the exercise room back at the hotel were no preparation for this hike. :) It was like eternal stairs.
(also I thought it was funny that in arizona you hike in your nice workout clothes and not your old grubbies, who knew?)
It was a very nice place with tons and tons of fish and different tanks.
Some other fun things we did:
-went to the movie frozen, and have received a lot of flack from our children for not taking them. ;)
-I,of course, cried because I missed my children. Once in the movie, and another time when we called them.
-We discovered that we can get so much stuff packed in a day when you are not with children. A crazy realization. ;)
-We watched the Food Network for fun--we're nerdy like that. ;)
-Jed taught me how to swim--at least tried.
-Got ice cream.
-Went on walks.
-Discovered our latest fast food fad, goodbye big Carl, and hello classic taco from Taco Bell.
-Drove around different cities like Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Tempe.
-visited a catholic Basilica that was close to our hotel.
It was so good to just be together, it was awesome.
I also learned my children are etched in my heart forever. I missed them so, so, so much.
It was so great to be all together again. :)