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My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.

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Phoenix Botanical Gardens

Hello from Arizona! Tim surprised me for the long weekend and scooped me up for a baby-moon. I think we both needed a little get away, with out the pugs and the kiddo. I love them all to pieces, but it was really nice to have a break. He thought it would be a good idea because who knows when we will be able to even get a date in, once the new baby comes in November.  So, we hopped a plane to Arizona.

I am actually pretty impressed, that he even suggested the idea and do something just us because he doesn't really do surprises. We mostly swam in the hotel pool, got fruity drinks with umbrellas and even went to the movies (Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy, yet?), but it was the best.  Our lives are so full with so many things, that it really makes me appreciate when we can steal a moment away.

One of the days, we decided to go to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens and it was pretty beautiful, but it was freaking hot.  The gardens were just lovely, and there were so many different types of cacti and little desert animals.  There were lots of different water features, since it is smack dab in the middle of the desert and anytime I saw water, it felt like an oasis. I dunked my pregnant puffy feet in several of the fountains and loved how quiet the park was.

This vacation was just what I needed and probably Tim too! I feel so much more relaxed after this quick trip. It's funny because I realized how much more energy I have, when I don't have to chase around a toddler, but I missed her so very much.

17 comments

Maywyn Studio said...

Beautiful photographs
Its good to get away and rest. I'm glad you two had a good time.

Erin said...

Haha, you summed up Arizona perfectly: "It was beautiful, but freaking hot." My cousin lives in Phoenix and has nothing but good things to say about the landscape and the people and the sunsets...it's just freaking hot. I've only been to Tucson, but next time I'm going to the Botanical Gardens! Glad you two got to take a breather together. Good husband!! xo

tina bumblebee said...

I LOOOOVE Phoenix and I love its heat!!! Next time I'm there I'll definitely have to check out the botanical gardens. Also, how cute is a babymoon!!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

So glad you had a great weekend! I still haven't seen Guardians, but I was just hearing this weekend that it was really good!

Sarah said...

What a sweet surprise! I'm glad you got to take a little break from "real life" for a while- I hope the rest sticks with you a while!

Rachel @ Love, Rachel said...

Stunning photos!!!

Anne Hill said...

so fun! enjoy your baby moon time! arizona is gorgeous!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

So awesome. Such a great idea. Love it.

Eena said...

Ooooh I love cacti and succulents. :3

Glad you got a quick trip in. I think we all need a break every now and then from life.

Create/Enjoy said...

Gorgeous pics! I love that landscape and definitely have nostalgia for it since I was born there and visited as a kid... but yet, it is its own kind of ridiculously hot!

http://evaetsandra.com/ said...

What an amazing place! My kids will love it ;)
It sounds like a nice break !

Lauren said...

Brilliant idea for both of you! And ahhh, that desert heat. Quite a bit different from your PNW, hmmm? Really made it feel like a getaway. Happy for you. XO

Tori said...

I'm glad you had a good trip Erica! It looks amazing there :).

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

what a nice surprise! i have never been to arizona, but have wanted to go since i saw the brady bunch episode where they go to the grand canyon.

Amanda said...

How fun! My in laws live outside phoenix and last year we tried to go to see the chihuly exhibition there. still bummed we missed it but i definitely want to see the garden anyway!!

rooth said...

What a sweet surprise! I'm glad you got a bit of an escape before the madness (it's going to be good madness though)

Mrs. Pedersen said...

Lovely images!! (=

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