Michael graduated this weekend! It felt like such a huge accomplishment, and we are all so proud of him for finishing at the top of his class and so happy to be moving on to the next stage all at the same time.
Since we had our parents in town visiting, we asked Michael’s parents if they’d be willing to watch our babies for a day so we could sneak away for a bit of recharging time before Michael starts work Monday morning.
It was the first time we’ve gotten away together without the kids, and it was heavenly. We didn’t want to waste precious alone time on a plane or spend hours and hours in a car, so we opted for more of a “staycation”. It was really fun to explore some hidden corners of the cities around us together. We caught a matinee of The Avengers movie in a movie theater we were pleasantly surprised to learn had 100% recliner seats. We ate several great meals around the valley, and we stayed at The Arizona Grand Resort overnight.
I’d chosen the Arizona Grand because of it’s in-house water park (yep!). We always love laying in the sunshine and reading, so it sounded perfect for us. Plus, the lazy river was calling my name, and Michael was excited about the big waterside. The guest reviews are wonderful, and it looked like the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Mother nature decided to play a funny joke on us and greeted us with the chilliest May day I can remember since living here. It wasn’t freezing by any means, but it was pretty breezy and overcast. We decided to brave it anyway, changed into our swim suits, opened the door, and… sheets and sheets of rain. So…scratch that plan.
Instead, we holed up for a few hours with books, some snacks, and a few episodes of Castle. When the rain stopped, we made our way down to a hot tub (there were so many pools and hot tubs everywhere!) and soaked in the warm water for a while, talking. We didn’t feel like straying too far for dinner, so we opted for the Lobby Grill on site and enjoyed an awesome steak sandwich with frites (Michael) and a gorgeous Cobb salad (me). They had a few fire pits going on the veranda, and it was just a great way to have a real-life conversation!
A little over an hour of dinner and talking, we climbed in our big soft bed with a bag of kettle corn, a few chocolate bars for tasting, and watched a little more Castle before reading and falling asleep.
There were several families around, a wedding party celebrating, and plenty of vacationers. Despite the fact that the resort is huge and the grounds vast, we never felt crowded. I could easily see us going back again sometime as a family for another little getaway–I think our kids would LOVE the water park–but it was a perfect place to get a little bit of time together before life gets crazy again on Monday.
THANK YOU to Michael’s parents for watching our babies and another round of thanks to Arizona Grand! This crosses off #33 on our 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days list.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. We paid for our room and really enjoyed our stay. I love sharing things we love!