Months ago we decided to spend the Easter holiday with the Arnolds in Phoenix. But boy did Easter sneak up on us this year. Between moving, working, and planning for the new house, our lives have been completely chaotic. So, in anti-Arnold fashion, we only packed for the trip the night before.
5:00 AM – My alarm went off at 5:00AM and I quickly made my way to the apartment gym for a quick workout.
6:05 AM – When I returned, John was up finalizing his packing. While I got dressed, John got dressed and woke up George.
7:05 AM -We departed our place bound for IAH.
7:45 AM – We arrived at the airport and parked in the SurePark section of the garage. Because we only had carry-on luggage, we breezed through security in 5 minutes.
8:00 AM – We settled into the United Club where George had a breakfast feast.
9:00 AM – Before long, it was time to board our flight to Phoenix. George got settled in with his blanket and iPad.
9:40 AM – We had an on-time departure. Shortly thereafter, a light breakfast was served.
10:15 AM – We spent the rest of the flight relaxing and watching movies.
10:00 AM (Time Change) – We landed on time, rented a car, and stopped by a local grocery store to buy a few items for the weekend.
11:00AM – When we arrived at the Arnold’s house, we dug into a very nice lunch spread that my MIL prepared. Afterwards, George and I settled in for a two-hour nap.
3:30PM – Once we were up, we spent some time visiting and playing before I began prepping dinner.
6:00 PM – We had an alfresco dinner and it was glorious. A cheese and fruit plate was on the menu for appetizers, and tuna noodle casserole and a fresh salad were on the menu as entrees. For dessert, my MIL prepared a bunny cake.
8:00 PM – We got George ready for bed and it was pretty much lights out for him and me. John stayed up to visit with his family.
6:00 AM – We slept later than I thought we would – especially given the time change. My MIL prepared a nice breakfast and we had a leisurely morning.
9:00 AM – We ended up meeting one of John’s cousins and her family at the Phoenix Zoo. One of the highlights was the camel ride that John and George took.
11:30 AM – After we had our fill of heat and animals, we made our way to Si Senor for a New-Mexican style lunch. We were so proud of George – he devoured the spicy chips and salsas.
For my entrée, I had the tamale plate. It was delicious.
1:30 PM – George and I took another glorious afternoon nap.
4:00 PM – Once we were awake, it was time for more visiting and playing outside.
6:00 PM — For dinner, my MIL grilled steaks and served a smorgasbord of sides. Everything was so good!
8:30 PM – After a day of sun and fun, all of us crashed hard.
6:30 AM – We slept a little later that morning and George was excited that the Easter bunny found him in Arizona. He meticulously unpacked his basket.
7:30 AM – While the Arnolds ate breakfast, I went out for a 4 mile run – it was glorious. Peaceful, relaxing, and just what I needed.
9:00 AM – After everyone was dressed, we had a nice Easter egg hunt for the kids.
George cleaned up with his haul.
10:00 AM – Later, we posed for a few family photos before leaving for Easter mass.
12:30 PM – Once we got home, we sat down for a fabulous Easter lunch – complete with ham, baked mashed potatoes, green beans and salad.
We also an amazing chocolate and red velvet cake. My MIL always really out does herself. I mean, look at this pretty table-scape.
2:00 PM – Before long, it was time to head to the airport. We returned our car and easily made it through security.
3:30 PM – We boarded our flight and took off on time. Once the flight was underway, snacks were served, but George preferred the Lunchable I brought for him.
7:15 PM (Time Change) – We landed on time, but were exhausted once we got home.
We are thankful for our quick Easter trip to Arizona. It was great to see family, relax, and to celebrate the holiday together.