Sunday, March 19, 2017
per usual, Ben got to play several late-afternoons of golf while we visited/shopped/napped/dinner prepped.
Mary & Doug are season ticket holders the the off-broadway performances at the ASU Gammage. When in town, they typically attend a performance every few weeks.
While we were there, they gave me 2 tickets to "Finding Neverland". Since Kaden typically gets to do everything (1st born), I decided that Owen might be better suited to this outing.
We had a WONDERFUL time on our date!
What an incredible performance!
Cheez-its at intermission
I couldn't help but snap a few photos of Owen during the performance:
always a trip to Trader Joe's...
... BIG breakfast (brunch) EVERY day
I was sick (flu & bronchitis) during a couple major training runs but was able to get the
BIG one (20 miles) finished in Scottsdale, early one morning.
just. so. beautiful.
I found a new favorite route that winds thought Paradise Valley...
Scottsdale Butterfly Wonderland:
more pool time at Las Tiendas
Vietnamese dinner at Slanted Rice
(crispy rice = family favorite)
beginning our drive home, toward Holbrook, AZ.
on Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Ever since I took Kaden on the Camelback climb (spring 2016), he has talked about it and it has been in the back of his mind as a BIG accomplishment. This year he talked about climbing it again and we decided that Owen might be able to hike it as well.
A great thing about climbing camelback EARLY is that you beat the heat.
The great thing about us living 2 time zones away is that we reap the benefit of getting up in the (Pacific time) dark but it feels like our normal wake-up time.
sharing the Camelbak ON Camelback
It gets quite steep at the top and Ben did a great job of coaching Owen and giving (literal) pushes up the sheer rock faces.
lizard hiding in the crack
Meanwhile, Gracie got in a workout with Mary & Doug's trainer, Sherry. ;)
enjoying our Cliff bar snack at the top
Dow Family (minus Grace) March 2017
on the way back down...
playing a good game of "would you rather..." to get his mind off walking as we made our way back to the bottom.
The final 1/2 mile (down) may not have been pretty, but he DID it!!
view from the street
After it was all said and done, Ben and I agreed that while it may have been a bit (too?) strenuous, he DID it. We all talked about it for the rest of the week (and beyond) and he was super-proud of himself.
on Saturday, March 18, 2017