Arizona or BUST! #CoffeeTalk

I’m so excited. Later today we leave for our family vacation to Arizona. We plan to stay for a few days at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch, a luxury resort where my husband and I stayed many moons ago when he was there on business, and then we will travel two hours north to Sedona, which will be our home base for the second half of the trip. We will drive out to see the Grand Canyon on Saturday, and on Sunday morning we have reservations for  Pink Jeep Tour, which is supposed to be one of the top 10 attractions the area has to offer. To say that I’m excited is an understatement of epic proportion.

I am almost ready to go. On Sunday afternoon, I went and got my first ever spray tan. They did a good job. It’s not too over-the-top, but it gave me a nice, warm glow.

spray tan

I can see this becoming addictive. I’ve always loved a nice tan, and while I can do a pretty good job with my favorite self tanning lotion, I can’t reach my back and other areas to create that coveted all-over glow. The spray tan looks pretty convincing, and I know I’m going to feel much more confident putting on a swimsuit with this added color boost.

I’m almost done packing. I’ve made my list and checked it twice, and I’m currently in the process of taking photos of each outfit, right down to the accessories, so I can make sure I have everything I need without overpacking. I wasn’t going to bother with that this time, and then I caught myself throwing waaaay too many “options” in my suitcase, and I decided to revert to the OCD approach. It’s worked well for me in the past, so I see no reason to stop now.

We’ve made our dinner reservations, and we have a loose itinerary planned. I hope we have created enough flexibility to enjoy some unexpected adventures, but enough planned that we won’t be floundering.

All I know is, the weather forecast is GORGEOUS. I don’t think I will be bored, even if I end up sitting in my room, gazing at the view of the Red Rocks out the window. 

If you want to follow along, I’ll be posting to Instagram. I will do my best not to flood my feed with cactux photos, but I know there will be a lot I want to share, so consider yourself forewarned. I also plan to post a couple Coffee Talk style posts while I’m there, as I often do when I’m traveling.

I need to download a couple movies and books to my iPad to keep me occupied in the 5-hour flight. I’m open to suggestions!

I’d appreciate any prayers for safe travels, and most importantly, that we have a good time and create happy, lasting family memories. In this age of the busy and digital everything, I fear we have lost many of the opportunities for family bonding that existed in bygone eras. I’m counting on this trip to expose my kids to new experiences and expand their horizons, but also to provide them with memories that they will cherish for many years to come.