Hello from sunny and hot Phoenix!
I have a love affair with Phoenix, AZ. As in adore. Amour. Love. And thankfully, so does the rest of my family…my parents and my in-laws both winter here, and it’s also the dream of my hubby & I to do the same. There’s just nothing like this desert. It’s hot…like a blow drier in the face kind of hot and I love it.
The wildlife and plant life are amazing, the weather is amazing, oh and the shopping! My word, the shopping…there is just so much more variety here as compared to at home. Really, I just love everything. If I could, I would move here in a heart beat.
But for now, we will take holidays and soak up the sun, and at this very moment that’s exactly what we are doing! If you follow me along on Instagram you have seen a lot of these photos already, but I wanted to share them on my blog because we are just enjoying ourselves SO much! (And because I’m addicted to iPhone photos…no really, I am…can’t get enough. It takes all my willpower not to post on Instagram every 5 minutes. But I don’t, I promise!)
We spent the first week of our holidays with my parent’s and we packed in quite a few activities during that time! We went to Cave Creek for THE best Peanut Butter milkshake on the planet. It really is, trust me. Creamy with big gobs of peanut butter. Yum. And while we were there we explored all the cute little shops full of so much great stuff – I wish I could take so much more home with us! Then we headed out to Tortilla Flats because when you are here you just have to go there and eat lunch in their money covered restaurant. And of course there’s A LOT of pool time…and trash novel reading. Ya, I go to the pool to read and sit in the hot tub…my hubby goes in the pool with the kids, ’cause that’s how I roll.
There’s been a lot of eating out…mmmm Chipotle…we don’t have these in Canada so we get our fill when we come down here! And we have fun trying out new restaurants. My Mom & Dad took us out to Maggiano’s – have you been? SO good. So so good. Oh, and I can’t forget Sofrita’s. Best Mexican restaurant ever. Their Street Shrimp Tacos are the best…oh and the Pineapple sangria…to die for.
And of course I’ve been busy snapping photos of all the cactus’s and skylines and desert wild life…I have over 400 photos…I’m not kidding! There’s just something so amazing about seeing cactuses and creatures we don’t have at home! Oh, did I mention my husband saw a tarantula on a little walk we took?! He may have screamed like a little girl… We’ve been scorpion hunting at night too. This is always so fun and creeeeeepy to do…if you walk around at night and shine a UV light around on the ground you can see scorpions (they glow under this light)! It’s really quite amazing!
Anyway, we’ve been enjoying our time here so much. It’s been a long time since the 5 of us have spent so much one-on-one time together and it’s been really really good for us. But we are savouring our time here together before we go back to the snow and cold (which I have to say, I’m kind of looking forward to too!). For now, I’m off to the pool…and shopping…and eating…oh my.