Winter Events at The Phoenician

The thing about morning sickness is it takes you out of commission from doing anything other than what you have to do on any given day. That said, I turned on my camera for the first time in 10 weeks and found some pictures I forgot I had. These pictures were from a winter event at The Phoenician in Scottsdale. They do their “Up, Up, and Away” event every year and every year we love to take the kids.

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It’s free for the public (you don’t have to be a resort guest to enjoy the fun) and they have hot chocolate, cocktails for purchase, cookie decorating for the kids (and us too!), live music, and tethered hot air balloon rides. The kids and I went with my family and rang in the holidays … Arizona style. We ended the night with huge burgers and s’mores at Relish Burger Bistro.

Phoenician Holiday Event

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phoenician holiday event
The glow from the sunset bounced off of Camelback Mountain as we watched the hot air balloons inflate. The kids were giggling with joy as they rolled down the grassy hills of the resort’s golf course. It was truly such a magical day and a great event to capture the essence of the season.

phoenician holiday event

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My little baker took cookie decorating very seriously. Colton … not so much. He just got icing everywhere! But that just means that mom and dad had to eat all of his cookie mess (oh, darn!). It was a cute activity for the kids.

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Phoenician holiday events

I wanted to capture of photo of everyone. I succeeded! And just before the sun set. If you live in Arizona, try to attend this event next year. It’s worth it!

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My mother’s day surprise!

Rarely am I speechless, but last night I was. Ryan, the kids and I had a Scottsdale staycation at The Phoenician. We went to dinner at Relish (our favorite burger joint) where Colton was an angel baby. He sat in his chair the entire time, no screaming, no crying, and he ate all of his food (it was a Mother’s Day miracle).

Then we ran around on the putting green (shhh, probably not supposed to do that) before heading over to SURGE, their new splash pad. I told Ryan all about this splash pad, but I must not have explained it well because when he saw it he goes, “Wow. This is legit.” Just imagine how a Luxury Collection hotel would do a splash pad, and this was that.

Kelsey ran right in! When I asked her what the new splash pad was like she said, “Mom, it’s like a splash pad but with thunder!” The “thunder” came in the form of these buckets overhead, they fill up with water and dump water on anyone underneath. It was about 5 minutes in and I ran through the splash pad with Colton only to be completely dumped on by one of those buckets. Doh!

After grabbing a glass of wine and draft beer at the pool bar, we walked over to the main pool where they were getting ready to show the Disney movie, Brave. It was dive-in movie night and Kelsey was over the moon. While Ryan and Kelsey lounged by the pool watching the movie, Colton and I went upstairs to the Thirsty Camel lounge and danced the night away to the sounds of Jack Johnson, played by a local guitarist.

The night could not have been more perfect. Not to mention my gift!!! Ryan and the kids bought me a new camera. A new DSLR that is small (thank you!) and can take HD video (hallelujah!). He also bought a case, straps and a new pancake lens “just like Teri’s.”

I can’t even begin to explain how excited and surprised I was. I have never, ever, ever, ever been able to take a picture in dim light or indoors. Ever. And if you know me I complain about this every chance that I get. Well, folks, get ready because the Sony NEX-7 does just that! Here are some pictures (in dim lighting, thank you very much) with my new camera. Keep in mind that I literally just took it out of the box and started shooting so I still have to figure it out. Ryan even charged the battery so I could start shooting straight from the box (he knows me so well).

Happy Mother’s Day, best day ever!!!!!

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Up, Up and Away Winter Holiday

Colton is OBSESSED with Frosty the Snowman. We have an inflatable Frosty in our yard and every evening he begs, pleads and throws a tantrum to see Frosty up close. When we heard The Phoenician was doing a free public event this weekend with Frosty present … well, you didn’t have to tell us twice.

This event was so cute. It came complete with falling snow, Carolers, horse-drawn carriage, tethered hot air balloon rides, hot chocolate & cookies …. and Frosty! This night was such a great way for us all to extend the Christmas season a bit longer.

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holiday eventthe phoenician holiday event the phoenician holiday eventWe followed Frosty around ALL night. I kind of felt bad for the guy. Every time he turned around, there we were. And there was Colton … just staring in awe with his favorite Christmas character.