It was sort of a spur of the moment decision. My husband mentioned that he would be going to Tucson for a week long conference. We lived in Tucson for 2 years while Justin attended the University of Arizona, and it sounded like fun to take the kids back to our old stomping ground.
We packed the van up and left Saturday night after dinner, and drove all through the night. The next morning when we arrived in Tucson, it was a little too early to check into the resort so we decided to take the kids to the Tucson Desert Museum.
When someone says “desert” most people picture miles and miles of bleak, dry, nothingness. But that’s not what the desert around Tucson is like. It has amazing mountains and foothills, so many beautiful colors, plants, and animals.
We escaped the heat for a while and went to watch an animal show in the air conditioned theater. Jude surprised me and volunteered to help during the performance. He’s the little guy at the end holding up the dolphin’s tail.
We stayed at a very nice resort and I was concerned about having three young children disturbing other people’s relaxing vacation, but everyone was so friendly. Total strangers would strike up conversations with me, play catch in the pool with the boys, and fuss over Eliza.
Most mornings we ate yogurt and muffins in our hotel room but Thursday morning I splurged for coffee and breakfast at Starbucks.
Because the heat was more than the children were used to, we took advantage of as many indoor activities as we could. The Tucson Childrens’ Museum was amazing. I forgot my camera so I don’t have any pictures but the kids loved it! We went and saw a magic show at Bookman’s Used Book Store and spent a good bit of time playing at the play ground in the Tucson Mall.
The week was almost over and I had not attempted taking the kids to the pool by myself, but we had run out of things to do in town so I decided to give it a try. The Resort staff down at the pool were wonderful. The kids fell in love with Miss Charity who worked the pool-side stand. She made sure the kids had plenty of water toys to play with, and treated them like they were her own.
It was an wonderful, exhausting, amazing, and memorable trip. It is one of the supreme pleasures of being a parent; being able to share new experiences with bright-eyed, eager young children.