Sean's grandma has a beautiful, open, airy house near Phoenix. We spent the week there relaxing and enjoying the sun. The house has amazing light ... I took advantage of this and the great window shutters. I also took advantage of the constant sunshine and took many (too many!) photos of our girl outside. As I type this post, it is literally dumping buckets of rain oustide. So glad I have these pictures to remind me of warmth and sun!
Part II: Family
We spent the week with Amy, Harv and Roderick. Sean's cousin, Blake, was also there. And of course, Sean's grandma. The boys went golfing, the girls went shopping, we went to an art show, enjoyed the sun, went to the zoo, did a little hiking, ate lots of great food but mostly... we just enjoyed each other!
Part III: Phoenix Zoo
Anyone who really knows me, knows that I don't really like the zoo. I didn't enjoy going as a kid (weird, I know) so I definitley haven't enjoyed going as an adult. Needless to say, I was not overjoyed at the thought of going to the Phoenix zoo but I did not want to miss out on seeing Kennedy's reaction to the zoo. I am glad I decided to go because it was SO MUCH FUN!!! I really had a great time. It is true that having kids changes everything and this is just one simple example of that truth. The Phoenix zoo is rated 4th in the country and it really is cool. The best part was the awesome petting zoo- Kennedy was absolutely thrilled to see the goats and sheep and of course, pet them. She had a huge smile on her face the entire time! I think my negative feelings towards the zoo are gone and I am excited to hit up the local zoos this summer! The only downside to this great day was little Roderick's allergies. Something in the air triggered them and the poor little guy had red, itchy eyes and a runny nose. Looks like he will get out of yard work when he is older. :)
Amy and Harv offered to babysit one evening so Sean and I could go on a guided horseback ride in Cave Creek. I LOVE horseback riding... it is, hands down, one of my favorite things to do. The ride itself was pretty low-key (in Sean's words.. "lame") but the scenery was beautiful! We were hoping to go on some cool trails but we pretty much stayed on the same road (we even passed a few moms with their baby joggers which tells you how basic the ride was!) It was a peaceful ride though and a fun "date night" for the two of us!