Thursday, July 21, 2016

Arizona {Day 2}

Day 2 of our Arizona trip was my FAVORITE {picture overload}! We were up early and left the hotel by 6:00 am for our day of traveling. We went on a tour that took us around 500 miles and we were gone for 13 hours. 

Our first stop was in Sedona. We stopped to see the Red Rocks of Sedona and spent about 30 minutes in town. The rocks were just beautiful in person! 

While in Sedona, we stopped for a drink at Starbucks. Easton got whole milk in his Starbucks cup, but called it his "coffee". He thought he was big stuff drinking his Starbucks! 

The next area we toured was the Navajo Indian Reservation. It was this big area of untouched land, except for an occasional house which was more like a shack. Many people who lived there lived without running water or electricity. We stopped in the town of Cameron for lunch and shopping at a local shop. I purchased a piece of authentic Navajo pottery to remember our time there.  

The final destination for the day was our favorite part: the Grand Canyon! Words cannot even explain how beautiful it is in person. It is massive - 277 miles long. We stopped at various places to see it. I was a bit nervous. I'm not a fan of heights and I pretty much kept a tight grip on Easton.  

Right below this area, you could walk down to another area. Easton really wanted to try, so we took about 3 feet down the path when a lady told us to be careful because someone had fallen and died that same morning. We turned right around and went back to the safety of the fences. What a terrible accident for that poor woman. We saw it on the news once we got back home. 

I can see why there are so many accidents at the Grand Canyon. People took chances for photo ops that just wasn't worth it. This was the closest we got to an edge and I was nervous with it! 

The view was just amazing. The Grand Canyon was breathtaking!  

The only negative to our full day of sightseeing was the bus. It only had a fan that blew air - not cold air, but lukewarm air. It was 108 degrees that day and it was cooler at the Grand Canyon than on the bus. Easton was a trooper through the heat. By the time we got back to the hotel, it was time for a dip in the pool! We spent an hour or so in the pool before we called it a night! 

It was a full day, but just amazing to see how beautiful Arizona is! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Arizona {Day 1}

On Thursday morning, we woke up around 3:00 to get ready to head to the Nashville airport. Easton went back to sleep on the way there, which was great! Once we pulled in and parked in long term parking, a huge storm hit. It was thundering, lightning, and pouring down rain. We were completely drenched when we got in the airport (water standing in our shoes, etc). It was an awful start! 

We boarded the plane and were excited to leave rainy Nashville for sunny Arizona. 

The plane ride was long - about 3 1/2 hours total. Easton was great, though. He played with toys, read books, looked out the window, etc. 

Once we arrived at the airport, we got a taxi van to take us to our hotel. This was Easton's first ride in a taxi. He slept on the way to the hotel, but only got about 10 minutes of sleep.  

Once we checked in, we got settled in our rooms, had lunch (which was a late breakfast on their time), and then went swimming. The hotel had three pools: two for swimming and one that was a lazy rider with a slide for kids. Easton had so much fun swimming!

After swimming, we got cleaned up and then explored around the hotel after supper.  The hotel was gorgeous and all of the details outside were outstanding! 

The grounds were just amazing! We loved this area with lots of plants native to the area. 

It was amazing to see just how different the landscape of Arizona is compared to the south. It was beautiful!

By the time we went to bed (on Arizona time), we had been up for about 18 1/2 hours. It was a long day, and we had a big tour coming up the next day! Stay tuned for more Arizona fun! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Swimming at Mimi's

Before we flew to Arizona, Easton and I drove to Mimi's house. We wanted to fly out of Nashville with family instead of flying out of Atlanta by ourselves. 

We got to Mimi's house in time for some fun in the pool for the kiddos! 

These sweet kiddos had a blast swimming!