Phoenix Discoveries…

I spent last week in Phoenix visiting my parents. My daughter came too (of course!) and had all kinds of fun being spoiled by her Nana and Poppy. We’re paying for the over-indulgences now, but it’s all good. The sun, the swimming, the ice cream, and the family time make it all worthwhile. Turns out I learned a few things over the course of my stay in the Valley of the Sun. Here’s what…

-My daughter looks great in orange. Also, she’s extra adorable when giggling.

-It is far too hot in Phoenix to run outdoors. At 6:30 in the morning it was 87 degrees. I tried once, then wised up. The next morning I hit the air-conditioned fitness center.

-Almond milk is yummier than regular milk. It also has fewer calories and more calcium. Who knew? (Thanks for introducing me, Mom!)

-Three novels and a nonfiction are too many books for five days. I did get through two though (Room and Bird by Bird). They were both excellent.

-CBS’s Big Brother is better when watched with people who are ready and willing to slam it. (Ugh… am I the only one who hates Rachel? Am I the only one who watches even though I’m super embarrassed about it?)

-A girl can never have too many swimsuits.

-Dairy Queen’s Peanut Buster Parfaits can be made at home with vanilla ice cream, good hot fudge, and Spanish peanuts.

Naartjie carries the cutest kids’ clothes ever. Why oh why can’t there be a store closer to me? (Actually, it’s probably best there’s not. :))

-Parents flying with preschoolers should not expect to get any legitimate work done. Instead, prepare yourself for loads of coloring.

-Editing is way more fun when the comments in the review field are funny/spot-on/complimentary/honest/thoughtful/helpful/sprinkled with smiley faces.

-I didn’t actually discover this while in Phoenix, but it’s worth repeating: My daughter is my very favorite person. She constantly makes me smile.

What have you discovered this summer?


26 thoughts on “Phoenix Discoveries…

  1. Yahong says:

    You and your daughter are oh so adorable! Love that kids’ clothing shop. 😛 And almond milk! Haven’t heard of that one before. Does it taste like almonds? Is it made from almonds? *scratches head*

    • katyupperman says:

      It tastes faintly of almonds. It’s really good with cereal. And yes, I guess it’s made from almonds. There are a few other ingredients too (I read the label!), but if you get the UNSWEETENED version it’s quite healthy.

  2. Lynn Rush says:

    I live in Phoenix!! LOL. It’s been a bit hot and muggy here (muggy by our standards, anyway.)

    Love the pics. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • katyupperman says:

      Yes, it was definitely hot, and surprisingly muggy. I love the heat though, so it was all good. Next time I’m in town, I’ll be in touch. 🙂

  3. Kari Bradley says:

    I have never tried almond milk and am now intrigued for sure. 🙂 Claire makes me smile…I wish she would go ahead and start loving me, already. But one thing is sure, she LOVES you and you two are peas in a pod!

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