Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Staycation! :)

Last Wednesday we took a lil trip up to Phoenix (about a 2 hour drive) for a "staycation". Well, I suppose technically we went on vacation since we went to a different city. But I am from Phoenix and the hubby went to college there so for us it felt more like going home so we called it a staycation! I had TONS of stuff planned but when you are traveling with a 2 year old and 4 year old not everything stays on schedule. Which I have to admit is kind of hard for me sometimes...You know being the planner that I am! In the end we got to spend good quality time as a family and for that I am thankful!

So I'll give you some highlights on the stuff we did accomplish. Wednesday was kind of a loss we chalked it up to a travel day even though it isn't all that long of a drive. Do you know how hard it is to pack everyone up and get everyone on the road! Seriously it was a little rough!

Thursday we met my Mom for pedicures first thing in the morning. Grabbed some lunch for everyone on the way back to the hotel and headed out for a tour of Cerreta Candy Company!

Seriously I was SO excited. I grew up eating Cerretas and have very fond memories of going to my Grandma's house and eating Cerretas with her. She always had a little bowl of them ready! When I was pregnant my Mom would bring down a bag each visit from Phoenix because it was probably my biggest craving. But I scheduled the tour for the girls, right? Of course they'd have fun. Who am I kidding! I was more excited than they were!

We had a little tour which was the perfect length for a 2 and 4 year old. About 20 minutes! They gave us a bunch of samples and when we were done learning about the candy making the girls got to make chocolate pizzas!

Belle preferred the dump the cup method!
Hailey delicately sprinkled a few of each item on her pizza!
Followed up by a dumping drizzle of warm white chocolate.

And a good stir!
It's heavy!
When they were done with their pizzas we shopped their retail store and picked out all of our favorites.

Friday, we were headed to the Phoenix Children's Museum which is AMAZING! They have this massive 3 story high climbing structure on the main floor followed by two more floors of excitement and fun.

Reading labels....

I think Belle is going to make pasta for dinner!

Apparently we are having salad pizza?! ok...

The girls especially loved the grocery store and the pizza making shop. Bobby and I liked the climbing structure the best but the babes were a little unsure about being up so high.

And since the adults were not allowed to carry children through it we only got up to about the first story to hang out in a floating bathtub with wings!

Hailey was quick... I got about 10 of these shots! 
They also had a fun noodle forest which really is an ingenious idea! Thousands of noodles suspended and hung from the ceiling, huh? Go figure! It was so much fun to chase the girls through there! We spent a good 3 hours at the museum but could have easily spent all day in there!

We spent most afternoons at the pool and ate some really great food. Makes me kind of miss living in such an amazing city. Finally on Saturday we drove home.

SOOO...tomorrow no White Elephant Wednesday. I'm really excited about doing a guest post for Kelly at Sewing in No Mans Land! So, you'll have to come back and check it out!

Love and Hugs,


Veronica Lee said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time. I love, love the pics. The kiddos are soo cute!

Hi again! I'm now following your very lovely blog.

Chris said...

Im so glad you posted this! My family is moving to Avondale in a few weeks and I was so nervous that I wouldnt be able to find anything to do there, but this has given me hope! LOL It looks like you guys had a great time and Im sure my kids would love it there! If you have any other suggestions for places we should see I could really use them... Ive traveled a lot but never to that part of the country so I am at a loss!

Tracie and Jessica said...

Hey Chris! There is TONS of stuff to do in the greater Phoenix area. Shoot me an email and I'll give you a list of all of my favorite things to do with kids!

Love and Hugs, Jess

Chris said...

Thanks Jess... I sent you an email a few days ago... any help is appreciated!!