Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Our Trip to Phoenix

Well we had yet another adventure this weekend. We both needed a break from our "small town" life. Adam called me at 10:00 am on Friday and said where are we going? North or South? We figured since the weather was still great down in Phoenix and not too hot, we would head down that direction to visit Adam's brother Ryan, his wife Debbie, and their three darling kids Cameron, Jackie, and Danaka.

We are so glad we went. It was what we needed! By 12:00 pm on Friday we were out of here and on our way. We got into Phoenix right at 5:00 pm, perfect for five o'clock traffic. You know, I don't think I have ever been so excited for traffic in my life. "People!" I have decided this small town stuff just isn't my style.

So here are some pictures from this weekend. Friday we stayed at Ryan & Debbie's house in Mesa. We went to dinner and played games that night. Saturday we actually slept into 9:00! We were both shocked. Our master bedroom in our condo gets so light in the morning, so we can't sleep past 7:30 am. We got up and drove to Chandler to IKEA!! I was in seventh heaven. Adam just wanted to see this huge building and store that everyone raved about. I don't know if he was as impressed as everyone else is, but still enjoyed most of it. You can do it Utahn's. Only about one month until the one opens in Draper. YIPPEE!!!

Next was eating an In-&-Out burger for my dad. I just LOVE In-&-Out burger. I don't know how much a fan Adam was, but he ate it just for me. On the way home we stopped at Carl's Jr. just so he could get his Western burger. I am not so much a fan! We each got to eat the "burger of our choice".

Next we were going to the Chandler mall and saw a Harley Davidson dealer. There were rows and rows of Harleys outside, so we decided to go and look. I do have to say, it was really enjoyable. It is so much fun to dream!

We went to Chandler mall, went to Potterybarn, Nordstrom, Banana Repbulic, and again ... it was so much fun to dream. We really didn't buy anything special, just had a lot of fun walking around and being around the city folk.

We decided it was getting late and headed back to Mesa. On the way to Ryan & Debbie's house we went by Adam's house that he grew up in, as well as a few different spots of his significant childhood memories. He told me all about their adventures in the "alley" behind their house, showed me where he went off a jump on his bike and broke his tooth, and played tee ball. It was fun to hear him reminisce. It isn't the best of neighborhoods now, so we didn't get out of the car!

The house Adam grew up in

This is Adams Elementary School

It was between these two trees that the fourth graders were to meet the third graders for a fight ... the third graders never showed up. WIMPS! Gotta love being a kid! I think Adam's childhood was more fun than mine :)

Last but not least, we went to my famous Speedway Raceway go-cart driving track in Phoenix. Debbie told us to tend Ryan and take him with us so she could work on her talk for the next day (Sunday). The Speedway is in a warehouse in Phoenix. It is not your typical go-cart. These go about 30 miles an hour, and they are FAST FUN!

We came back, ate a little ice cream, played games till 2:00 am and went to bed. We decided to just go to sacrament meeting so that we could make it home before dark. We had such a great time hanging with Ryan and Debbie and we'll have to go back again soon! We were tired when we got home but had such a blast!
Hope your weekend was enjoyable too!

Adam & Mandy


Heather said...

Fun trip Mandy! My hubby is from the Phoenix area too, his parents live in Queen Creek now. I didn't realize how small Page is, although I do remember getting a KILLER cheesesteak sandwich at a little shop somewhere there. Anyway, now I have to go google IKEA and see what it is. Hawaii is way behind.

Granum Family said...

Sounds like fun! I'm so jealous of in-n-out burger... I love that place!!!!

becky said...

i don't know how you do the small city life, but i'm glad you get to "get out" every once in awhile! miss you...

Brady and Karen said...

Remember that time when Brian and Taylor rode their little bicycles everywhere--always coming to class with red faces. You should buy that Harley. That would make them really jealous.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun trip and I'm happy to see you got away for a couple of days. I just remembered my aunt lives in Page. Her name is Jeanine Hayes. Maybe she's in your ward.

Maria said...

Okay, so after hearing about your adventures makes me more excited to move there. Did you know we are moving to the Phoenix area at the end of May? I am going to Arizona State to get my MSW. We will be there for one year. I am so glad they have an IKEA. I first went to one in Orange County and have been trying to figure out a way to drive a truck from OC to Provo. Guess now I'll have one right in my back yard. Next time you go to Phoenix, you will have to track us down!!

Debbie said...

We had SUCH a great time having you visit! You're always welcome to come crash at our place (uh, don't take that literally-- I did see your recent posting of crashing in your garage!) :) j/k!
We will ALWAYS have those insane drivers & crazy traffic if you're ever cravin' something more than the slow Page lanes! :)
& I won't have to give another talk in church for a long time, so I promise to be able to visit more too instead of being stuck at the computer!!!
you guys were tons of fun! Cameron & Jackie (maybe Danika has too, who knows!) have been talkin' about you guys & askin' when you'll be back!
Maybe our light-blocking windows will lure you to come back so you can sleep in sometime! :)