Thursday, February 27, 2014


What a great week Elena and I had in Arizona!  We've experienced an approximate 70 degree change in weather over the last 48 hours but other than that it's good to be home.

I've determined Arizona is my happy place.  Not only does the sunshine and perfect weather do my body good, but I have so, so many happy memories in my parents' house.  I've been visiting out there ever since I was a little girl when my great-grandparents owned the house.  It's a place where life really does slow down.  

I left a crazy, busy and COLD winter behind for a week and literally enjoyed an entirely stress-free time.  I knew I would be coming home to chaos, so I just tried to savor each moment of peace!  We spent our days taking Elena to swim, where she was the loudest kid in the pool.  Or we opted to go shopping.  The rest of the time was spent outside on a walk, at the park or simply sitting on the porch doing a crossword puzzle.  I seriously could retire.  :)  I had In-and-Out Burger three times (had to get my fill for the next year!).  I enjoyed my Momma's cooking and, I must admit, it's nice to have someone else do the cooking AND cleaning up of the dishes post meal!

So, as you can see it was a pretty boring trip, just what I needed!

We flew home Tuesday and have immediately been thrust back into reality.  We're closing on our house and moving to the new digs all before the week is up.  Though we've been packing for a month, there's still much to do.  But we couldn't be more excited to be starting this new chapter in our lives!

Too much fun in the pool!

We missed Pete so this lil guy had to fill in.

 Showing off all her presents from Gramma....literally from head to toe!
 Pretty much sums up our week :)
Porch time with Gramma

And while we didn't get any pictures with Grampa, I assure you we thoroughly enjoyed his talented renditions of "Old McDonald" all.week.long!  :)