There is really nothing better than Arizona in March.
Scratch that. There’s really nothing better than Arizona anytime.
We just got back (read: a week ago) from a great getaway to visit my parents in Arizona. We try to do this every spring (and Henry and I also snuck away in the fall last year). It’s always a blast and this year was no exception. It’s probably more exciting since we just got through THE WORST WINTER EVER IN THE HISTORY OF ALL TIME.
I’ll be honest with you – flying with a toddler blew. It was horrible. Our flight out was already super late and then was delayed two hours. Which meant we arrived at 2:30 am our time. Which is … sort of after Henry’s bedtime.
But he refused to sleep. Screaming … screaming, he could do.
Hold me. It was so bad.
But the week of sunshine, family and relaxation was enough to (almost) make us forget the LONGEST THREE HOURS OF OUR LIFE. And he was an angel boy on our flight home. So he tried to make up for it.
Let’s just get to the fun part – looking at my vacation photos. What? You don’t love looking at other people’s vacation photos? That’s weird of you.
Going on a vacation with a toddler changes things. We tried to find fun things for Henry to do to keep him entertained.
My awesome friend Michelle alerted us to the Ultimate Playdate at the Scottsdale Public Library one of the first days we were in town. We got there right when they opened and had HOURS of fun.
Talk about an amazing event. There were dozens of things to do and thousands of kids.
And there were plenty of things to keep a young toddler busy, which is awesome.
Henry had a blast. We lucked out that we were in town for this.
We also took a quick stop at The Orange Patch in Mesa. Look – a cute kid picking an orange.
We LOVE the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. (This gem was introduced to us on our last trip with Michelle and Adrienne.) We brought grandma this time and had a blast. We could have come here every day.
Then there’s the Phoenix Zoo, which is always a winner.
We also spent lots of time hanging out in the yard and nana and papa’s house. Henry was adequately neglected, clearly.
Ryan and I also got to have a date night and a full day trip to Sedona. (I’ll share the Sedona photos separately because I know you can’t get enough.)
Plus – I got to spend a whole afternoon with Michelle, who is a true tank-filler. She is just an amazing friend to have met through the blog and we talked for about 7 hours straight. (No lack of conversation with the two of us.) I wish I had gotten a photo of the two of us – but here’s a picture of her at the table at Postinos, which may be one of my very favorite meals of all time.
What? You want a picture of my bruschetta. Okay, fine. You’re so demanding.