Sunday, August 7, 2011

Flagstaff day trip

Flag day trip

This weekend was great and exactly what I needed to feel a little more in the groove of our regular life after being gone for so long.  Saturday morning we headed up to Flagstaff to the Cardinals Training Camp (yes, I married a sports fanatic), and although football isn't typically my thing, it was a lot of fun and the weather was beautiful.  I attended college in Flag at NAU, so whenever I'm up there I'm flooded with nostalgia as I look around at all the places I used to go during some of my most favorite years ever. This time Hank and I went to Crystal Creek for sandwiches to bring on the field, then headed up and parked by the dome. We watched the new quarterback and just enjoyed being in the fresh air and shady pines. It was beyond crowded though, so that was the only drawback.  After camp we headed downtown and explored for awhile; ate some gelato, visited some shops, and ended our afternoon at Dara Thai.

Oh, and while we're on the subject of football I also have to mention that this season I am actually going to attempt to get into it and partake in our tradition of Sunday football parties.  I grew up playing sports very competitively and really enjoyed watching too, but after I tore my ACL at the end of HS and didn't end up playing collegiate soccer, I think I avoided sports related things because at the time I felt too upset that my "future" didn't end up as I had pictured it all those years. (Funny how now I am SO thankful for how it did work out!).  But after staying away from sports for so long my avoidance turned into total disinterest.  Even now though if I'm in the right mood, I'll catch myself getting totally engrossed in games if I happen to sneak a peek while Hank is watching. I can't deny that I love it!  So this football season I'm all in - I'm even playing in a fantasy league with Hank. Those who know me will find this VERY laughable and I'm laughing too, but I'm attempting to have fun with it so we'll see how it goes!

Today was a good day too. We did a lot of grocery shopping to prepare for our cooking this week. Before vacation we were getting into such a food rut- we'd been eating and cooking the same things week after week.  We'd maybe tweak a recipe here and there, but ultimately we found ourselves eating the same thing over and over. Yesterday while wandering through the cutest culinary store ever we decided to just put our love for food to good use and branch out a bit. So last night we planned out recipes for each night and today got the fresh ingredients for the next few days.  I'm really excited!

Here are just a few photos from yesterday- have a great start to your week.


Flag day trip
Flag day trip
Flag day trip
Flag day trip
Flag day trip
Flag day trip
Flag day trip
Flag day trip

28 comments:

  1. Yay! you were in my new little town! glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Awh! Henry on Hanks shoulder is SO adorable! So happy that you're back! :)

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  4. Aw, how exciting! I grew up in Flag so it's always fun to see what other people liked about it.
    =]

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  5. I've always wanted to go to flagstaff, it looks beautiful!

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  6. I love all the pictures and the THAI food.. YUMMI !! :)

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  7. that third picture is adorable. henry looks so peaceful! love the pictures of the thai food mm..

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  8. my mom plays fantasy football and she usually does pretty well. patriots training camp is always so crazy i usually avoid the area once that all starts.

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  9. I hate getting into a food rut. I'll spend hours trying to find something amazing and I come up empty handed. It would be so neat to see what your weekly food menu is!

    I'm glad you feel a little more into the groove of things..

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  10. Yay for weekly meal planning! It's one of my favorite things to do now and has definitely gotten us out of our usual meal rut.

    http://noahbabyblog.com/post/8427647375/toddler-eats-gettin-organized

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  11. Looks like you had a fantastic weekend! I'm the same way when it comes to sports, I love going to the live games, but on tv, not so much. But if I sneak a peek & the game is really close, I'll watch it for a while.

    Have a great week!

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  12. Have to say, this is a really nice part of Arizona you live at! Your little boy is growing up so fast... Also, I think that you are going to have to share where you bought your sunglasses because there are awesome!! :)

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  13. I hear you re: the food rut. That happens to us at least once a month. And then I inevitably get so fed up with it that I exhaust myself trying six new recipes all at once. Ha.

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  14. Also, I have found the Pinterest has REALLY made recipe archiving easy. I "pin" things that look tasty all week and then cruise through their photos the next week and make whatever looks tasty!

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  15. I love that you married a sports nut Dani...me too!!
    When I was a kid in Thousand Oaks, CA we used to always go the the Dallas Cowboys training camp and I loved seeing all the huge players. The one I always remember is Too-Tall Jones. ;))
    Love you my sweet friend and hope your day is starting off fabulously! Thanks for the phone call yesterday. I'm glad you were born too :)))
    xxooo

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  16. I can't picture you being a sports fan at all! But you are so right, they are a lot of fun to get into! I'm more into basketball than football myself, though (my boyfriend is ALL about soccer, but I'm just kind of "meh" about it, you know?)

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  17. I am a fellow lumberjack as well!!!! I get all emotional whenever I head back up there. Just your pictures alone make me want to jump in the car, escape the heat and lay in the park all day long eating sandwiches!!! This post and the pictures were beautiful!

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  18. How fun! I recently drove through Flagstaff myself to get to California. :]

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  19. Man, I wish we had that view from our training camp in Tampa Fl :D

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  20. I must say that I'm glad Cardinals practice started late this year because the traffic is driving me insane!! Where did you find good gelato here, though?!

    It's weird to see pictures of your family in 'my' town, I always think of bloggers being on their own 'world'! haha

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  21. Loved this post and the pictures. Glad you guys are getting back into the swing of things. :)

    Also you should definitely help that poor boy from Haiti, looks totally legit.

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  22. i miss your posts like this! Keep them coming!

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  23. I absolutely love Flag. I used to go there all the time as a kid. It would be tons of fun to go for the training camp....if I liked football more LOL

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  24. we just moved here 3 weeks ago. so gorgeous. i like seeing it through another person's eyes.

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