A trip

My husband and I did something this month that we haven't done since before Tiger Lily was born: go on a trip alone together. My parents came for an entire week so we could have a nice long trip to Arizona. Everyone there thought it was cold, but we enjoyed the 50–60 degree weather.

It was a true break: long enough and a complete change from everyday life. There was no work to do and nothing to worry about.

Once we got to Arizona, I was unprepared for how much I would like cacti and desert plants. They're so different! I couldn't stop admiring them, so my husband took me to Saguaro National Park and a desert botanical garden. We also visited a musical instrument museum, shopped at a bookstore, saw a play, walked the grounds of four(!) LDS temples, and ate lots of yummy food. I did get food poisoning one day, but I got over it quickly and enjoyed watching the Olympics while I was down.

All in all, I feel that I was thoroughly and completely spoiled! I'm grateful to have had such a thorough break, and I'm happy to be home again, feeling refreshed and ready to tackle my regular tasks again.

The Gilbert Arizona LDS Temple

Cactus at Saguaro National Park


  1. Ahh! We should have been in AZ at the same time. I lived there for 9 years, and was never too crazy about the landscape. I like green. Also, I only knew of 2 LDS temples there- Gilbert and east Mesa. Where are the others?

    1. Temples were built in Tucson and Phoenix (north) in the last two years! I loved the landscaping around all the temples. A missionary at the Mesa temple said we could pick the grapefruits from the trees if we could reach them, so we got some for breakfast the next day.

      I like green too so I was surprised at how much I liked the landscape! It might also have to do with the weather: I'm sure I would like it less during the hot summer.

  2. When I lived there, the east Mesa temple was the only one. The Gilbert temple was built a bit after I came here. My aunt and uncle live in Gilbert and went on the opening tour for the public. I think it was 10 years ago or so.

  3. How lovely for you! My husband and I are contemplating a trip alone in the near future, but our last effort at a night away was so fraught with disaster that it makes me kind of panic. I'm glad your trip was refreshing adn rejuvenating. :)