Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Much Needed Break

Last week Aric and I headed to Arizona to check on our rental property. We have some new renters we wanted to meet (they are awesome) and a couple house things to take care of. It was the perfect get away...

We stayed at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. It was AMAZING! This was the view right outside our door:



We ate and ate and ate! We only eat at places we don't have here. One of our favorite places is Rubio's. The fish tacos there are sooooo YUMMY!




One of our favorite restaurants is Carrabbas. Since there are none where we live, we decided to eat there twice this trip. I am in full blown marathon training right now so every meal we ate I was finishing before Aric and eating just as much as him. He was finding this quite amusing...



We got to meet up with our lovely friends Ryan and Natalie. It was Nat's birthday so we celebrated with a yummy lunch at a Mongolian Grill. It was great fun, our time was way too short :(



Did you catch that I mentioned that I am training for a marathon?? Yeah, I am. So I had to run 14 miles BY MYSELF while we were there. I have never ran that far alone. The first eight miles weren't so bad but the rest was so BORING! I did call my friend Cami at mile ten to try and make the time pass faster. I listened to my tried and true "running" playlist which is fantastic, by the way, and I also took some pictures:




This is what the end of 14 miles looks like on me...not so pretty.



My cousin Ammon is currently serving a mission for my church in Mesa. So we decided to check out his area. First we went to the Mesa temple. It was a beautiful day...



There is this crazy piece of petrified wood on the temple grounds. We had to get a picture of it. Aric wouldn't pose so I had to...








We didn't tell him we were coming we just decided to drive around with our Garmin and found his apartment complex.



We spent a couple hours looking for him but no luck.


We did a little shopping and Aric found some great deals. He got a $950 suit for $80! He also got some nice work shirts and ties.


The best part about the trip was hanging out with Aric with out kids interrupting or school and work and house projects looming over our heads. We never knew what time it was. We went to bed when we felt like it and woke up when we felt like it. It was so relaxing and fun.


My two most favorite moments of the trip was first, being the only people in a park and sitting on a bench just sitting there in the sunshine soaking it all up. The second one was sitting in the pool after my 14 mile run and reading...in the sun.

It's so crazy to think that a little over three months ago we were on a beach in Hawaii soaking up the sun. I felt a storm was coming and boy did it ever come! It has been an exhausting and heavy few months. When I booked the flights, I made sure that we didn't have to get up very early. I even made sure that I didn't stay up too late packing but the minute the plane was in the air, I was asleep. I woke up when we were landing. It was so weird. I did the EXACT same thing on the next flight! I couldn't believe how tired I was. I had no idea my brain was so fried. I am so grateful for this chance A and I had to regroup and finally exhale. Hopefully this much needed rest will keep me going until my life gets under control or at least until the sun decides to start permanently shining in my neck of the woods.

7 comments:

calibosmom said...

Looks like you had an amazing time. So glad you got away for a bit! MARATHON MAMA!!! Way to go! You can totally do it!

Lauren in GA said...

You are amazing. And 14 miles of marathon looks great on you. I'd have to have an IV pole and a defibrillator if I ran 14 miles. *CLEAR!!*

Nat is beautiful.

We have a Carrabbas here. I'll get your room ready.

I know it's been very heavy for you lately. I admire how you are doing all you can to stay healthy mentally and physically. I know it can be so hard to regroup...great job doing hard things, my dear.

Lindsey said...

Glad you had time to decompress girl! Love you!

Nurse Graham said...

I have to admit I'm a little bit jealous of your time in the sun. I'm glad that you and A had an opportunity to just relax & regroup. Isn't amazing what that can do for a person?

Cami said...

Yay for couple time in the sun...no more 14 miles alone thats too long to run by yourself..completely impressive that you did it!

Natalie said...

So fun seeing you guys! Glad you had a good time and got to take it easy. Next time I will stay influenza free and hopefully spend time together sans children;). Love you guys! Xoxo

Ashley C said...

That sounds amazing! I want to go on vacation ASAP. I don't even care where it is. I just need to convince Nate. :) I'm glad you guys had such a good, relaxing time.