Phoenix was great.  It was our babymoon/sixth anniversary trip and based on the amount of sleeping we did, we really needed to get away.

I just took a walk down (blog) memory lane and sorted out that our last vacation-vacation was in 2011 when we went to the Bahamas on a cruise.  The friends were fun, the weather was terrible.  And before that, we went to Hawaii in 2010.

So sitting by the pool and drinking pina coladas was very overdue.

We stayed at the JW Marriot Desert Ridge because they had one saltwater pool.  When we checked in, after some further discussion with the concierge, we learned that ALL of the pools including the lazy river were saltwater.

I haven’t been in a lazy river in 15 years because of my chlorine allergy, so it was HEAVEN.  We floated, and floated, and floated some more!

We did some very casual hiking on Camelback (with absolutely no intention of making it to the top!) via the Cholla and Echo Valley trails.

I ate my favorite Whataburger breakfast each morning – a Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit on a Jalapeno-Cheddar Biscuit with Hashbrowns, Coffee, and Spicy Ketchup.  It really is a high-quality breakfast for being fast-food and I am deeply sorrowful that we don’t have any here in Minnesota.

We caught up with Allison, and HRH, and Scott over dinner one night at Arizona Wilderness Brewing which was really nice, especially since I cannot make our girls’ trip later this summer.

Even though the weeks leading up to our departure were emotional because I didn’t want to leave Critter (I had terrible separation anxiety from Marcus at this point in my last pregnancy and it manifested itself in many tears as I left him in Las Vegas), it was so good for us to be away. I got to watch two whole movies on our flights (Hidden Figures, Secretariat), I finished one book and started another, we got to do things together without worrying about any sort of schedule.  It was good to have the break. By Saturday night I was more than ready to come back home.


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