Annual #PrettyGirls Trip to Phoenix: 2016

It feels so good…to sit in the sunshine (rays hitting my face) on the patio of Starbucks and enjoy a peach green tea. It is that time of year – in Phoenix…my annual trip for Phi Mu Founder’s Day and finally, a spring training baseball game!

Seattle is growing on me (gosh, I cannot believe I am saying that) but I cannot, no matter how hard I try, make it through those doom and gloom months without either going stir crazy or getting away for weekend. Clearly,I opt for the weekend getaway and that weekend getaway has now become a tradition…we shall call it…#prettygirlsweekend. I escape to Phoenix to spend the weekend with Leana and some other great people that I have met from previous trips and attend the sorority’s Founder’s Day and a spring training baseball game (which we actually got to go to this year). Those are the two “must do” items on the list and we fill the rest of the time with anything that seems fun and exciting at the time. Side note: I love visiting/traveling with Leana because she plans everything and I just book my flight (for those of you who know me, know how great this is for me).

This year’s trip has been just the weekend getaway that I needed. Seattle has had a few sunny days lately but I needed more and Phoenix has not disappointed! I landed in Phoenix early Saturday afternoon and was greeted with sunshine and smiles from Leana! We stopped at Chicken and Donuts on the way home – we split a donut since we weren’t that hungry and enjoyed a few hours of conversation. I definitely think this is going to be a place we stop by again when our appetites are hungry 🙂

That night we met up with some friends of Leana’s and mine (kind of, I have met them on other trips here and adore them so they count as mine too, right?) to go country dancing/two stepping. We danced a few times – you know, the older men couldn’t resist asking me to dance 🙂 A few times, I wasn’t in the mood so I kindly offered up Leana and they were thrilled! When we weren’t dancing, I was happily people watching and once again, Phoenix did not disappoint! Few photos from that night:

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Before heading out…Me and Leana

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Oh no…the po-po…don’t worry, they weren’t there for us 🙂

The next day was the sorority’s Founder’s Day celebration at Seasons 52. This was my second year to attend the celebration in Phoenix with their alumni chapter and was excited to see some of the wonderful women I had met the year before. I was also excited to be there because Leana was slated for Alumni Chapter President – yeah, we are total opposites when it comes to sorority stuff 🙂 The luncheon, once again, was fabulous and the women were so welcoming and wonderful – I feel so at home with this chapter 🙂

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Me and Leana – Founder’s Day 2016

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Me and sweet Patti – Founder’s Day 2016

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All of the women who could make it to Founder’s Day 2016

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Annual fountain picture – ignore my neck disfigurement – ever since my wreck it happens when the muscle is tight…

After Founder’ Day, we went home with full bellies and relaxed a little bit and worked on our evening plan. We weren’t hungry but I could always go for a glass of wine, people watching, and patio time so we went to the Biltmore…fabulous choice, I might add. The wine was good and the people watching was great! There was a conference shindig going on so we placed ourselves on the patio near the fire pit with an unblocked view of the party. There was an awesome string trio playing a lot of popular songs (top 40 anyone?) which added to the entertainment. A nice, Alaskan fisherman sat down by us and we enjoyed some good conversation with him. Hearing his stories about work/life balance and his love for his job really was eye-opening and thought provoking. He is actually from Port Townsend, Washington, which isn’t far from Seattle so we had lots to talk about.

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Our view from the patio – so pretty

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Our fisherman friend for the night with the trio in the back (one day, I might learn to close my mouth in pictures)

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This *might* have been when we moved in on the party and blended in 🙂

Monday – was the beginning of the my favorite season (actually started Saturday but for me, Monday) – BASEBALL! This year, we were smart and got our tickets ahead of time (yeah, last year we didn’t think about it being opening weekend and a weekend game and couldn’t get tickets) and headed to Salt River Fields to enjoy some baseball, boys in baseball pants, and my first hot dog of the year (always has to be at a baseball game). The weather was delightful, the hot dog so yummy, and the lawn seating a new adventure for me. I could not have asked for a better way to spend my first ever spring training game – except if my dad had been there. I know, shocking,  hat me, the huge lover or baseball, didn’t get to a spring training game until I was 30!

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Baseball…such a wonderful time of year

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Woohoo! First hot dog of the year…nothing like a stadium dog!

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Me and Leana at the game…#prettygirls

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Me in my happy place

After the game, we headed to Blanco Taco for catching up and conversation with some of Leana’s friends. I had a triple berry margarita (the berries make it healthy, right?) and we shared chips, salsa, and guacamole…all of which were delicious. I would definitely go back there for a full dinner sometime. We headed home after that and watched some tv until we fell asleep. I slept in this morning, packed up, and am now winding down my fantastic trip at Starbucks while Leana goes to a quick work meeting. I have thoroughly enjoyed this #prettygirls weekend and am already looking forward to coming back in May for tubing, sunshine, and friends.

Until next time…xoxo…Julie

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