Yeah, it's been a while. My vacation has been really nice so far. My sister works 4 or 5 days a week, so a lot of my time is hanging out at her house with her kids, but we have had grand adventures on the weekends! Last week, we went to visit my sister Jaime in Arizona. She lives in Gilbert, which is about 30 minutes away from Phoenix. The first day we just hung out, and the second day we did a bit of antiquing (as much antiquing you can do with 4 very uninterested kids) and then had frozen yogurt. We ended the night by watching the Christian Bale version of Little Women because my sisters were appalled I had not seen it yet! The next day we drove up a mountain called South Point and took in the view, afterwards we drove through downtown Phoenix, and then we got hungry! My sisters wanted Mexican so we Yelped some local Mexican fare and ended up having a delicious, reasonably priced, and hugely portioned late lunch. Afterwards, it was sadly time for my sister, Nikki, and I to head back to Vegas.We hope to visit her again while im still here!
This was the view from Arizona headed toward Vegas. Gorgeous sunset!
This past weekend was also a lot of fun.
We went to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and looked at the cool displays. They had an ocean themed display with tiny baby sharks and sting rays!
I went on my first hiking trip! Well, a very short and abbreviated version of a hiking trip. We didn't end up finishing the trail for a few reasons. First, we had a 3 and a 5 year old. Second, I left my brand new tennis shoes at my other sisters house and had to make do with very flat sneakers. And lastly, my sister didn't turn where she was supposed to, so we ended up hiking on a more advanced trail than we originally intended (the information called the trail strenuous and advanced). Nevertheless, it was extremely breathtakingly beautiful and gorgeous and wonderful!
I know I'm not wearing anything remotely vintage or vintage looking, but I was hiking and am also living out of a suitcase for a month.
This was Mount Charleston, and I was skeptical at first because who would want to go hiking in 100 + degree weather and in the desert! I was pleasantly surprised; nay, amazed at how different it is from the surrounding Vegas. As we drove up, the temperature dropped 30 degrees and became cool and refreshing, the scene changed from scrubby desert to beautiful pine forest, and the air was invigorating!
It was a wonderful first hiking experience (despite improper footwear, and two little ones). I want to go again, minus the kids and with some real shoes!
We ended the day with a trip to the thrift store and cupcakes from a delicious place called Retro Bakery. I got a cupcake called "Milk and Cookies" and boy was it good!
Meanwhile, I am really tired, so goodnight!