I’m not even sure where to begin my blog tonight. The girls and I took a mini-vacation to Arizona these past four days and we had such a good time that I just want to talk about it all, but that would be way to long for one night of writing. So I will split this up a little, so as not to bore you.
We left Thursday afternoon and headed west to Surprise, Arizona, where my parents live. The city was founded in 1938 by Flora Mae Statler, who named it Surprise as she “would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much”. Well…it certainly has. According to Wikipedia, tens of thousands of retirees moved to the city in the 1990s and early 2000s to live in Sun City Grand, an age-restricted resort-like community, with homes built by the property development firm Del Webb.
Mom and Dad greeted us at the airport, we grabbed a little dinner then headed back to their place to start visiting and getting caught up with each other’s lives. It was nighttime when we drove in, so pictures didn’t start until the next morning. The girls literally were in their pajama’s the next morning out on the patio, absorbing the sun and taking shots of the palm trees while sending them to their friends back home, who were in school at the time. No time to waste! It’s exactly what were hoping for.
Once our coffee and breakfast’s were finished, the girls and I took a walk around the neighborhood. We saw a golf course, citrus trees, many cactus looking plants, oh…and mountains! Quite a bit different scenery than when we walk around our neighborhood back in lovely Burnsville. I wonder if Nate would enjoy golfing here for golf league? ha~
It was starting to get really warm and the girls wanted to get some tanning and pool time in, so Grandpa drove us over to their fitness club where we found an indoor & outdoor pool. Dad was crazy enough to ask the girls which they’d prefer…umm, the outside one Grandpa! What a gorgeous complex. It was a like being at an all-inclusive resort. They have everything anyone would want. Tennis courts, lap pools, walking tracks, lazy river (thought of you Sheri), outdoor games like lawn bowling and bocce ball, and any club you’d want to join, you name it, they have it. These people really stay active, and that was wonderful to see.
We were so relaxed and absorbing that sunshine. I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt to be laying on those chairs in January.
Laying out in the sun can make you hungry…at least it did for us. Dad took us over to the Grand Cafe at the Sonoran Plaza (which is connected to all of this) for some outdoor eating in their courtyard. We had a tasty light lunch, then ruined our figures by indulging in their soft-serve ice cream. It was worth it!
My dad took us for a tour of this entire complex and we enjoyed the architecture of these buildings. The builders made good use of windows when they knew they had the view.
We saw some gorgeous rooms inside as well. One of them was this grand ballroom. When Dad opened the door and we peeked in, Kelly’s eyes went straight to the stage…then so did she! Megan and I loved the chandeliers.
Once we finished the inside tour, Dad took us across to one last building. When we walk in, the wall in front of us was all windows looking out onto Desert Springs Golf Course. What a view and we just had to walk out there and enjoy it with the sun on our faces. Dad said that this building used to be the main office and next door were the model homes that they looked at when deciding to move here or not. This was the view that sold them. He said to me, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”
Well that’s about all I have time for tonight and I’m getting sleepy. Traveling and time changing can mess with you and I know work is going to come early in the morning. This was a wonderful start to our vacation and I have lots more to talk about!