We’ve had our annual (but not so annual, considering we haven’t done a girls trip since I was still pregnant with Sloan) Hendo Girls trip to Scottsdale this last weekend. We’ve had it scheduled for a while and it creeped up on me considering we have been going nonstop the last few weeks. Jan/Feb have been crazy months for me – and March is going to be absolutely bananas for Zach.
We left Thursday morning for Arizona. We flew out of the storm covering Utah and arrived to sun and mild temperatures in Scottsdale. First things first: we ate. We didn’t even make it to our hotel. We had a late lunch at a darling little place that came highly recommended from Gina, Arcadia Farms Café.
Afterwards we made it to our hotel to drop off our bags and settle in. It was gorgeous and the grounds were seriously top notch.
We had a bit of down time before Gina had scheduled us all for hot yoga. Jeanene and I opted out [I’ve done hot yoga before and was mortified at the smell of the whole experience – myself included] and instead of getting our sweat on we went across and down the street from the yoga studio to eat at Shake Shack. Jeanene doesn’t even really like hamburgers. She is such a good sport.
Afterwards we went to pick up the rest of our crew back at the yoga studio.
The next day was spent at the mall. We shopped, we had lunch, and we shopped some more. We had dinner afterwards down town, grabbed some Spinkles Cupcakes, and then went back to our hotel for an in-room movie. We ordered some popcorn, sodas, and treats – which eventually made up for the totally depressing love flick we chose.
The next morning we were up bright and early. Some of us stayed up later than others watching said depressing movie. The “wear your sunglasses inside” kinda late…
We had a brunch and then it was time to trapeze. Yes, I am serious.
Our hotel conveniently offered trapeze classes. When planning the trip – Gina asked a concierge about nearby hikes. The concierge asked, casually, “and do you ladies trapeze?” It was game over after that and we were all signed up to get our swing on.
They didn’t waste any time. We were briefed, strapped up with harnesses, and then asked to climb the ladder. The first time was a little overwhelming. You are given commands – but when hanging and swinging it is a little harder to commit to those directions. Especially when swinging from your knees! But after a few tries we got the hang of it. We even advanced to the next trick – swinging and being caught by our instructor, Efe. Efe was hilarious, patient, and incredibly gay. It made sense – no straight man could bend like that, I am telling you.
It was honestly a total blast. I am so glad Gina singed us up – because I would have never in a million years done something like this if it were just Zach and I at the hotel by ourselves. Girls Trips will do that to you, I guess.
After freshening up – we made our way back to the mall. I even convinced a few more people to join us for Shake Shack for lunch. Again.
We had an early dinner afterwards at a great little Italian place down town.
Then we rushed off to our movie – Hidden Figures – at the nearby AMC. The movie was amazing and if you haven’t seen it, you must. It was the perfect feel-good end to our night.
Sunday we all met down in the lobby for our hike up Camelback Mountain. We made it up to the helicopter pad and Gina, Rachael, and I decided to attempt the steeper and higher elevation climb to the peak. It was a great little workout and the weather was a dream. I could live in Phoenix/Scottsdale area in the winter and be happy as a lark.
We showered up, had brunch at Olive and Ivy, and got pedicures and manicures back at the hotel.
Then we went to dinner at my favorite, Bandera. Even just the cornbread could have satisfied me. But their Macho Salad is literally life changing. We drove to find what we deemed the floating sperm (aka the strange art installation with flying/swimming fish creatures in the sky) and then made it back to our hotel for s’mores.
The staff sent us a plate of all the fixings and we put on some layers for the outdoor fire pit. By layers I mean some of us put on our hotel robes and slippers and made our way out in public to the fire pit.
The next morning we packed our bags, had breakfast, checked out of our hotel, and had one last lunch together before heading to the airport.
I am so grateful that the Hendersons make an effort to do trips together. Life gets so busy – and we have 27 kids between us! So getting to spend time alone with my sister-in-laws is a rare occurrence. I am so glad I got to have a weekend away with them, it really was fantastic.