Things I Learned Over the Weekend

This weekend seemed like it was over in the blink of an eye. I hate it when that happens!

Friday evening we headed over to my in-laws’ house for the night (they live about 45 minutes away from us) to spend some extra time with them and drop off our dogs since they would be watching them for the weekend. We left Saturday morning to drive up to Show Low, a small town about 3.5 hours northeast of Phoenix. My nanny (my great grandmother) passed away last month, so we had a memorial service for her with that whole side of the family. She was just several days shy of being 105 years old when she passed away. It was a great weekend remembering Nanny and spending time with loved ones.

Below are several things I learned (or was reminded of) over the weekend…

Nanny was one of the most incredible women I’ve ever met.

I knew Nanny fairly well, but I learned even more about her from people’s stories about her this weekend. I always knew she was a hard working, positive, energetic, feisty lady, but I wasn’t even close to knowing about all of the hardships she overcame in her life. It takes an incredible woman to endure all of the things she did while continuing to remain so optimistic and joyful. Love you Nanny!


It was nice to have a change of scenery for a couple days.

The northern part of Arizona is so beautiful with forests full of pine trees, which is something you don’t really imagine when you think of Arizona. It’s pretty awesome that we can drive just a few hours and be in an entirely different landscape.

Road trips with Hunter = NO fun.

Ha! Just being honest here. The kid does not like long car rides. He’s a busy body who wants to be on the move and could care less about watching TV, so it makes sitting in the car for more than an hour quite interesting. Obviously we survived, but whew, I certainly wouldn’t call it fun! Good thing he’s cute!

Ghirardelli boxed brownies are heaven sent.

This was one of those that I already knew, but I was reminded of on Friday evening. I made Ghirardelli boxed brownies for dessert on Friday evening, and I think I about died and went to heaven. Seriously, you can’t get much better than those things. And now they’re all I can think of when I think of when I want something sweet. Good thing we bought the bulk box from Costco… Crap, I’m in trouble.


A no nap day for Hunter makes for a rough day.

Saturday we ran into a situation where Hunter couldn’t take a nap (due to the memorial service), and boy were we all feelin’ it!


I’m a really nostalgic person.

I kind of don’t like this about myself. It makes me sad, and I don’t like being sad. Our trip this weekend brought back a flood of memories from our trips growing up to visit my grandpa in Show Low. He moved to Arkansas a few years ago, so we don’t get to go visit him up north like we used to and I miss it.

Hunter needs fall/winter clothing in a bad way.

When I started to pack clothes for the weekend, I realized Hunter had little to no warm clothes! It’s significantly cooler up north, so he needed pants and long sleeves. He barely pulled off an almost-too-small-for-him top and some hand me down jeans. Guess we need to work on that! Good thing the cool weather is nowhere to be seen around here in Phoenix quite yet, so I guess we have some time.


I sure do love my family.

This one I definitely already knew, but I was reminded of it when we were all together this weekend. I’m so grateful we can live closer to be able to do weekends like this with them.

Note: A huge thanks to my lovely cousin, Kirsten, for the great photos.

Did YOU learn anything over the weekend?

Are you a Ghirardelli boxed brownies fan? (You better say yes…)

Are you a nostalgic person?

Moms: What are your favorite (affordable) stores to buy boys’ fall/winter clothing?