Friday, April 16, 2010

The Weekend of My Getaway

AKA: "Celebrating My Soul Sister's 10th Anniversary of Her 30th Birthday" AKA: "Five Days of Adult Conversation Without Interruption" AKA: An Awesome Time!

We touched down in the Grand Canyon State on the Thursday before Palm Sunday.

We stayed at a swanky ALoft Hotel that first night...

Very Mod. Somewhat Masculine.

I Loved the Alarm clock. Instead of a buzzer, it had a light that lit up over and over. But it was the color and shape that really got me. Am I really going on about an Alarm Clock? There are much bigger items to cover. Sorry.

After picking up our smokin' bright blue rental car, we headed for Mesa for some lunch and shopping.

While it was about 2pm our home time, it was still morning there, so we went to Mangos Cafe and Bakery for Huavos Rancheros. Maybe it was because we were starving, but more likely because we were in Mesa, Arizona, but it tasted AMAZING.

Then we did a little shoppin' on Main Street - Domestic Bliss, Sweet Cakes (for cookies - YUM!) and The Glitter Box. Crys found a few things...

Then we hot-rodded it over to Scottsdale...

Old Town first to check out some Art Galleries... (and find a bathroom...)

And then to 5th Ave. District Shops (or something like that) for some more serious shopping...

I went all out and purchased - cupcake liners. Cute ones. What can I say. We were trying to go home with just "Carry-Ons".
I went to Z Gallerie for the first time. Boy, it's a good thing there isn't one of these near home. That would be dangerous. And the shop in the background is where we spent alot of time: Anthropologie....

After a very full day of shopping, we needed to refuel, and did so at the Green Restaurant in the same shopping plaza.

Day 2: Time to head to Tuscon. Along the way, we can across this delightful little cafe. All organic, vegan, and "raw" foods on their menu. It was so delicious we made sure to stop back on our way back to Phoenix the next day!

Have you ever experienced this tea?

I say "experienced" because from brewing to drinking is an experience. The teapot actually sits on top of the teacup and releases the tea into the cup from the bottom. It was so fun!
Our purpose for heading to Tuscon was THIS amazing woman:

Beth Moore.
The Event:

Bible Study Beth Moore style, my favorite kind. Music with Travis Cottrell...

And energized, intense, wonderful study of 1 Corinthians 15 with Beth.

Yes, studying the Bible with Beth Moore is FUN. For real. I wouldn't joke about that.

(okay, not the best selves portrait - let's just move on.)
So when we weren't being inspired by Beth Moore's teaching, we were here:

the Westin La Paloma

Doing a little of this...

On Sunday, we headed North. To Sedona. Is there anywhere else in the world you can meet a person named Journey? Just askin'.
Something about this mountain really scared me. I guess the awesomeness of it. I wonder if people who never see the ocean feel the same way when they finally go to the beach....

We did some shopping here

Tlaquepaque Village...

There was a couple getting wedding pictures taken here. A beautiful location for it!

We didn't shop here:

But Crystal did a bit of Birthday shopping here:

(That's our bright blue hot rod!!)

We also spent some time here - It was Palm Sunday, after all.

Chapel of the Holy Cross.

And then it was time to come home.
I think we are all caught up now!


  1. What an awesome trip!!! So happy you were able to get away with your girlfriend!! Arizona is a beautiful state, and Beth is an awesome teacher!!!

  2. If I didn't know better, I'd think you and Crystal are related! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

  3. If I didn't know better, I'd think you and Crystal are related!
    Looks like you had a wonderful time!

  4. Yes, we've been told that before!! And yes, I'd say we had a wonderful time!!!