So Unsatisfactorily Satisfied

Friday Sept 15th – 


We got up and relaxed, drinking our coffee, visiting and eating waffles, which were specially requested and made for the smallish humans and enjoyed by all sizes of humans πŸ˜‰


The girls got to go out to the zoo with there grandparents and us ‘older’ girls got to go out shopping.

It was fun to be together but none of us LOVE shopping. We do it with a purpose and when that purpose isn’t fulfilled, it becomes work😏

Lunch was the most looked forward to event and it was delicious.


But delicious 😜 Continue reading “So Unsatisfactorily Satisfied”

Intermediate Level Adventuring

Wednesday Sept 13th –

We, the parents and one set of siblings headed to Sedona, where Devils Bridge was the main motivation for going there.

After some lengthy traffic delays, we finally arrived at the start of the trail and off we went.



Mike said flip-flops would be fine for the hike and they were, minus the powdery red sand that then coated my feet πŸ˜©πŸ˜–

We trekked in 3.5 kilometres, enjoying seeing green around us, opposed to the desert browns that had been filling our systems for the last week 😜



By the last bit of the hike, I was getting a little out of breath but I blame the minute amount of elevation, which for a prairie girl, is a lot πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹

When we finally got to the bridge itself, the winds picked up, rain began falling and dark clouds gathered overhead and all around.

As I have no clue when, or where, monsoons hit in Arizona, all the stories of their treachery were immediately reeling through my mind.



All rules of what to do if caught in a monsoon? Non existent πŸ’πŸ»πŸ˜œ Continue reading “Intermediate Level Adventuring”

Resort Life Vibes

Monday Sept 11th –


We drove into Phoenix to meet up with some family friends for breakfast.

Just prior to this trip, I had said how I wanted biscuits and gravy and as I glanced over the menu, guess what I found πŸ˜‹

That decision was made easily and then sad coffees sipped and pleasant conversation shared.

(It ruins so many experiences to have to drink bad coffee, after you’ve experienced GOOD coffee 😞)

Anyways, the food was good, my biscuits and gravy enjoyed and then we went our separate ways.


Since we were further into Phoenix then normal, we tossed around some ideas until the Tempe mall was decided on and used up many hours (and dollars) of our time πŸ˜œπŸ›πŸ’³πŸ˜Ž

Mike and I got a delicious cucumber mojito from ‘Paradise Splash’ 😁


It was super fresh and tasty and the others I’d sampled were all really good as well, the ‘carrots and cream’ especially being a sweet surprise 😏πŸ₯•

The end of our purchasing came and one mission pre going back to the house, was leftπŸ˜‰


Read about it under ‘Jem Moments’ πŸ’ŽπŸ˜‰

Tuesday Sept 12th –



It was the first morning we got to sleep in without setting an alarm for the next day, since we arrived almost one week earlierπŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ˜ŒπŸ˜‹


Mike and I had the opportunity to make use of an offer to use our newly acquired sisters, parents pool, so we took it πŸ˜Žβ˜€οΈπŸ’¦πŸΉ

It was like going to a private resort πŸ’πŸ»



Lemon and lime waters were sent out with us, pool floaties available and a snack of watermelon brought out later on, before a chauffeur ride back to our houseπŸ‘ŒπŸ»β›±


(The tasty basil and garlic olives were purchased at World Market πŸ˜‰ )



It was all much appreciated and we did feel slightly guilty…but also very thankful to be spending a 42 degree day, poolside πŸ˜¬πŸ’•

We then readied ourselves to go over to a friend’s house for dinner πŸ‘«πŸ‘

We arrived and a spread of ribs, salad, pasta, baked peppers, bread and ginger lemon tea filled us to the max πŸ₯—πŸžπŸΉπŸ΄πŸŒΆπŸ‘ŒπŸ»


Or so we thought, until the coffee and ice cream came out 😏

We spent the rest of the evening visiting and it was an entertaining time, yet also so odd to actually be at a childhood friends house with  her now married and living in Arizona and me and my European husband and family visiting her, because my brother-in-law, married her sister-in-law.

We never cease to see that it is indeed, a small world 😏

Jem Moment: Cupcake ATM

Jem Moment: Cupcake ATM



I’ve wanted to go to a cupcake ATM for a while now so you can imagine my excitement when I found out there was one in Scottsdale!

So, thanks to my travel companions for being ok with detouring to get to it post shopping one day, the dream was finally achieved πŸ˜‰πŸ’•πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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Simultaneously With And Without, A Hitch

Saturday Sept 9th –




Early Saturday morning, we had a guest stay with us for a couple of hours 😏

The newly arrived niece wasn’t tired at all, so we took her for a little while in hopes of giving her parents a chance to sleep but I don’t think it really helped 😜


Once morning dawned, I was pressed into service.

Hair doing of the grandmother of the groom, mother of the groom and sister of the groom fell to me, as well as doing my own hair πŸ˜‹

So the morning passed quickly and then a breakfast spread put out by the sister whose house we stayed at, enjoyed 🍴


Some left for rehearsal, some to shop, all having time to pass until the wedding began later that afternoon.

A snack was of course, mandatory πŸ˜‰


Some hasty wardrobe changing took place at the hotel/venue and then we (the family of the groom) went out for some group photos before settling in and finding our seats to await the ceremony’s beginning.


How to spot the European men via footwear and pant color only πŸ˜‰


The ceremony began and there were a few humorous moments, a few serious and in the end they were wed and the new ‘Mr and Misses’ presented.


Much like most weddings πŸ˜πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹


We thought the time between would be spent chilling at a coffee shop or some such, but by the time all Mikes acquaintances were said hello to, introduced to me and caught up on how he was liking Sask and how we were doing etc… it was reception time 😏

We found our prime seating spots at the reserved, table number one and thus got to eat first… and also wait years for seconds πŸ˜‹


But it was enjoyed, we were served drinks, given stroopwafels as favours (like Mike and I had at our wedding πŸ˜‰) and the volume level rose to that of a building filled with a couple hundred people 😏

The flowers and decorating were done up nicely with an air of simple sophistication, yet still keeping a looseness about, hinting of fairy tales πŸ˜‰


Speeches, songs, photos and all the things some of the couples most treasured people do, were done and then a typical, sparkler send off.




After the Hubster’s visiting finally wrapped up and all family members returning to Anthem area were gathered, we called it the end of a successful day and headed back to our house.

The family grew by one and all were thankful for the day having gone without a hitch, accept the hitching that was supposed to be done of course πŸ˜‰






Sunday Sept 10th –



How lovely it is when a wedding hairdo withstands not only the day of the event, but holds up enough for the day after πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜œπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

After having wedding favour stroopwafels for breakfast, we filled the van once again and headed to church.



During pre service, the late night the evening before was causing drooping eyes and overly relaxed postures (I speak for myself)…but thankfully the sleep symptoms disappeared once the service began πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

After church, we went out to eat lunch.

I’d planned on advising everyone to go to a highly recommended Mexican place but it wasn’t accepted and instead a make your own burrito type place was went to 😏😜

Where the long line had Mike and I quickly turn and go to the restaurant next door to order, eat and finish eating, before the others were even halfway through their ordering line πŸ™ˆ


An iced caramel macchiato with an extra shot of espresso was ordered to battle the post wedding tired/headache and then to the house for a lovely nap 😴

An evening walk was taken with my mother-in-law and littlest niece and some of the sunset watched from the golf green surrounding where we are staying β›³οΈπŸ˜œ

We may or may not have sat on the putting green to rest a little and the mother-in-law may or may not have said that if someone came and told us that what we were doing wasn’t allowed, she would speak in Dutch πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‹


The hubster and father-in-law brought back pizza for our supper and it was delicious in all of its bready, greasy, cheesy goodness.


My Own Personal Trip AdvisorΒ 

Thursday Sept 7th –Β 

I got ready for the day after being awoken at 6:00 am by the sunny daylight, streaming though the wall to wall windows on one side of our room.


I then woke up Mike, so he could get ready too… and so we could go to a close by Starbucks for morning coffee πŸ™ˆβ˜•οΈ


Coffee was ordered and enjoyed at a table outside, where it was sipped between Mike and I, while I blogged πŸ’»


We then went to Safeway to get some groceries to have at the house and then we returned and ate breakfast with everybody.

After which I painted for a few minutes before we left to meet up with the family of whom this trip was in part, for πŸ˜‹Β Β The sister-in-law to be and some others, (including all of us of course) drove on to check out some stores before a lunch date at Chick-Fil-AΒ πŸ˜ŽπŸ—


I really wonder how much I could eat there before feeling OVER sufficiently stuffed 😜

Back at the house, a trial hairdo for ‘mother of the bride’ took place and then Mike and I went to check out the nearby outlets.


The kind of outlets that are still too much money for me, even with the sales going on πŸ˜‹Β So we continued on to check out a few more stores, also futilely πŸ™„


‘Twas then dinner time and another restaurant was checked off our list 😏

Hello In-N-Out…it’s me πŸ”πŸ˜Ž

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