For the record, it was a unanimous vote by all family members as we pulled out of Squaw Peak that we definitely want to go back to Phoenix next year, but stay a little longer.
Here goes the recap for all that is sacred about scrap booking and memory keeping!
We loaded up four suitcases (thank you Southwest for letting luggage still be FREE!) and an army of backpacks for our five night stay in Phoenix. One bag was nothing but gloves, baseballs, towels and swim gear. We actually used just about every single thing we brought which is pretty unusual.We checked in with plenty of time to get through Security and grab something to eat.
In all honesty, because we are flying more frequently my anxiety about flying has lessened quite a bit. I think once you do it without incident ten or twenty times, you start to believe maybe the old big metal birds are built for flying and not for crashing.
The one story I have to share about the flight to Phoenix was that on the first leg we all had to sit separately. One Southwest there is no seating assignment. You get to board the plane in the group you are assigned and then it is a free for all for seats.
On the first leg we were in the second group which we didn't think was going to be a problem, but it was. Plane was full to the max. Chip and Harry both got aisle seats across from each other so they could have held hands across the aisle if they wanted to, but Hubby was two rows ahead of them and I was two more rows ahead of Hubby. Harry is pretty savvy about flying and just locks into his PSP once electronics are okayed. Chip just sat there in complete silence for the hour and twenty minute flight to El Paso. Didn't get a drink or a snack, just sat there frozen.
Chip did not like this and I didn't either. Chip said "Mom, please don't make me fly alone ever again. When they made the announcement about putting on your oxygen first before helping children I didn't know who was going to help me." I had no idea he was worried about it, thought it was just me. I would have made someone switch seats if he had made a whimper in my direction, but he braved it out.
Broke my heart and for every other flight we boarded with families of young children. Chip was a little older than the minimum age, but I didn't care. We clung to each other after that. It was better.
We arrive in Phoenix in the early evening, relieved that we didn't drive and got there so quickly. (Maybe that was just me!)
We were all starving so we jetted through McDonald's drive thru, scarfed down some food and hit the bed.
We walked up to the little restaurant at our hotel. Look at all the cactus.
The view of the main pool at the resort water park from our table. Pure bliss for kids.
We strolled around here for an hour or so and then headed across the parking lot to the baseball game. We were going to see the Reds versus the Angels.
How long do we have to stay here? Do we have to watch the whole game?
The funny thing is that Harry just can't even understand why Chip doesn't want to stay at the ballpark for six hours. How can you not love this?
He doesn't remember back just five or six years ago when we counted ourselves lucky to watch 3 innings of baseball with him. He was always bored out of his mind until he hit about 10 years old. Then he became obsessed and there has been no looking back for him. Or any sympathy for his brother who is sometimes tortured by these events. Now Chip would play baseball for six hours, but sitting and watching. No thank you.
Our seats were under this lovely shade awning. Could not have been more wonderful.
Sick. Sick. Sick.
Supreme stomach issues that I already wrote about so I won't bore you with them again.
Let's just all recognize that it was a sorry, sorry day.
We hit the River Ranch Water Park first thing in the morning. This is at the Sport Pool.
I love little traditions at each college. These boys lined up like they were going to exercise in a big circle. Started clapping and stepping in.
No night swimming cause Chip barfed as soon as we got back to the hotel. Poor kid.
Me and Chip stayed back at the hotel. I was worried for Chip to try it with his weaken and unhydrated state. It was the right choice. It was not an easy climb.
Another gorgeous complex and ballpark. We has awesome seats again. All cushioned and comfy.
It was a wonderful wrap up to a terrific spring break Spring Training adventure.
Our flights home were uneventful and we are happy to have a full weekend to recouperate and relax at home. Although it wouldn't have been too bad to be hanging out at the Rocking River for a few more days.
We will definitely go back!