It takes a village

Monday, June 9, 2008

Bryce and I really enjoyed our weekend (Friday night - Sunday morning) away. The first thing I'm sure you're wondering is "How did they leave Princess C?" Well, that's where the title of this post comes in because it definitely took a village. My mom and dad came in town and were here until we got back yesterday; to help them care for all of C's medical needs, we had a nurse here from about 12pm-9pm each day and another nurse here from 11pm-7am each night - obviously, not something we can do often! And, thankfully, things went smoothly with the Little - we were worried that we'd get lots of frantic calls, but nothing like that happened.

Here's a little trip report - sorry in advance for the stock photos - I forgot the camera:( :

I got into Phoenix Friday afternoon. Bryce met me at the airport (he'd been there since Thursday doing work) and took me to see his firm's Phoenix office in the Collier Center. It was a very impressive tour; their offices are beautiful and the building is in a great part of downtown Phoenix, right next to the US Airways Center, where the Suns play.

Then, we had a truly memorable dinner at Barrio Cafe. A little background first: some people are big planners for vacations, planning every moment (fly in, get up early, go see this, hike that, take picture here here and here for scrapbook, eat where ever food is served, fly home). That doesn't sound like a vacation to me at all. I do make an exception though when it comes to local food. I almost always look into the food at a location because my time and my calorie count is too precious to waste on mediocre, touristy food. So, I looked around online on the CHOW Southwest msg boards and noticed that Barrio Cafe kept topping people's lists.

Because of its location in a let's just say interesting part of town, we passed this place a few times while trying to find it. But, once inside, this restaurant did not disappoint. It serves not so much Mexican, more like Haute Mexican. Our meal included: Lobster Quesadillas; Duck in Tamarind and Chipotle Sauce; Slow-roasted pork with Yucatan salsa, grilled veggies,and fresh corn tortillas; and, for dessert, the best churros I've ever tasted with goats-milk caramel and vanilla bean ice cream (see this page to download the full menu). Try to go here the next time you're in Phoenix.

Warning: more indulgence ahead.

We made the most of our time away Saturday by spending the day at our resort's spa. We got there first thing after breakfast (and by first thing, I mean 11am), and parked ourselves by the pool - we swam, soaked in the hot sun, sipped cucumber-lemon water, talked, read, and slept. After an hour or two of that, we went to the gym (I know, we're so diligent with working out:). Then, we treated ourselves to a couples massage. Gentlemen, don't knock it til you've tried it - so relaxing and luxurious!

After that, B and I seperated to the separate mens and womens locker rooms to lounge in their steam rooms and jacuzzis. We ended the day by the pool again for snacks and a final dip.

That evening, the firm hosted their Summer Sizzler, a dinner and casino night, from 7pm-11pm. We thought it would be a pretty long night, but it actually was really fun. The people that Bryce works with are great and were a lot of fun to get to know. We did participate in the gaming (it wasn't really gaming though - fake money) with blackjack, roulette, and attempted to learn craps. PS - that is a surprisingly complicated game - we were such rookies around that table, but Bryce did impress the partners at the table with his lucky run of the dice - hopefully that off-set our newbie behavior....

Anyway, we left Phoenix early Sunday morning, got home mid-morning to take over from my parents, and, just as we were getting the update about Caro's wknd, I looked over at our entertainment center and there was a new TV in place of our old one!

My Uncle Jeff surprised us (surprise is an understatement - we were shocked) with a Sony Bravia 40"tv. He thought it would be nice for us to put our old tv upstairs in the loft - that way when C needs to stay up there (to be on her non-portable humidifer and O2 concentrator), we have more to do. We thanked him already but can't say thank you enough. A great way to end the weekend!
I encourage everyone to plan a small getaway soon - maybe you too will come home with great memories, a tan, and a new tv (you never know...)!


  1. Now that's what I call a vacay! I'm so glad that you two were able to sneak away and enjoy your time so much. And the TV, now that's a topper, man! I can't wait to see your "refreshed vacation" face that people often have! :)

  2. Wonderful mini vacation. Couldn't happen to a nicer more deserving couple. It makes me smile and happy just thinking about it. I am thinking about posting a want list for Uncle Jeff. What a love he is! He loves you!

    Only thing missing from this wonderful blog, you guessed it, pic of Caro but I will keep tuning in. Love, Gma

  3. Yeah!! I am so green with envy, but so happy you got to sip fancy drinks by the pool and relax!!! I am happy you had a great time you two deserve it. Way to go B for participating on the couples massage. I am going to hint hint to J about that. Glad your home safe and sound.

  4. How fun! Had you been to Phoenix before? I never have. I find it strange that your Uncle Jeff didn't suggest that you give your old TV to your good friend Becca, considering how much he and I bonded when I visited you in DC. Oh wait ... that's right...he wasn't there. Guess I will have to find my own rich uncle.


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