Hi all! Retriever's here again with another local trip report.
I am on niece #5, bringing them down in their mid teens, one at a time for a week with me right after they finish school in Green Bay. I am the only one who flew the coop in my family, to AZ of all places, and my not so secret agenda is to show them the special magic of our state so they will come visit me on their own when they can....
Disclosure: I am a wordy trip reporter and typically do this for their parents and my parents (especially my Mom) who like to know the details. I've edited it a bit, but not much. So here goes:
The long awaited day has finally arrived- She is here!
We had a couple of glitches along the way:
-she had to sit on the plane next to a smelly, bubble gum popping woman for an hour before leaving the gate to take off. Everything else was uneventful, as we like things to be on the plane
-I got the run around at the airport with both American Airlines and TSA to get my pass to get through security to welcome her at the gate. She’s the first 17 y/o to come down (she wasn’t that old when I bought it- and I thought a minor was under 18- sheezzzz) and despite having just turned 17, and never having flown on her own, they gave me a hard time. In the end I got what I wanted and was “that person” jumping, waving and trying my best to suppress a scream as I saw her face come out of the gate. Things have changed after 9/11, and this welcoming after getting right off the plane is one of my very favorite things ever to do- ever
We were immediately greeted by her golden retriever sentinels moving forward (while we’re here anyway) -Holly and Juno will be at her side, outside of her door and nudging their way into her space at every opportunity; They couldn’t even wait for her to take off her backpack upon first seconds of arrival!
We grabbed Jimmy Johns sandwiches takeout for lunch on the way home, dove into our refreshing pool time (already hot today by 11am) and then went to get our pedicures and her favorite things in the grocery aisles that I hardly every go down. I actually find this super enjoyable- asking them to get whatever they want for breakfast, snacks and a sweet treat for the week. It takes forever, but the agony of decision when “anything goes” for each of them makes me smile. (later, a layered fudge/oreo cream/brownie tower, cheetoes, double stuffed oreos, Reece's Puffs cereal, white cheddar Cheese-its and a 2L Dr Pepper filled my basket. I can say with honest face- this is the first time I have ever paid for any of these items... I also bought a bunch of apples to balance things out- just a bit)
It’s so hot (something that was definitely not lost on her) that I decided to test things a bit- and at 111 degrees- we were, in fact, unable to roast marshmallows (grabbed on impulse for a fun test at the store) on the ground, and an egg did not sizzle on the street- although it did bake itself in about an hour. That was fun!
We made homemade fettuccine pasta after watching Giada's tutorial from Food Network, garden salad mixings and cheesy garlic ciabatta and then decided we needed a post-dinner prep treat and went for some home-made, small batch ice cream at McMahon’s in Gilbert- not only YUMMY but today they had a customer appreciation free single scoop thing going on- WHAT?!?! Pistacio almond and Dark chocolate rocky road for me, chocolate and mint for her- NUMNUMNUM!!!
Picked up Mario’s famous meatballs from Vincentorios, cooked the pasta exactly 120 seconds and discovered that home made pasta really is better! and SPECIAL!
dinner and a movie- Secretariat in honor of Justify's triple crown win was a hit as was dinner and brownie tower
And then we crashed :)Edited: 17 June 2018, 23:57