Weekend in Phoenix!

I went to Phoenix last weekend for Gracie’s bachelorette weekend, and I had a blast! I was flying standby, so of course I missed the non-stop flight I had hoped to catch. I got to the airport at the crack of dawn and missed the flight I wanted by one seat. So it goes! I got the next flight out and had to change planes in Oakland, CA. I wasn’t expecting it, but at least I got to see the Golden Gate Bridge from the sky! (It was smaller than I expected.) I landed in Phoenix and took a $70 cab ride to the spa that the rest of the girls were at.

The spa was amazing. I got into my bikini and put on a fancy robe and found the girls at the rooftop pool. They had saved me my lunch, which was great because I’d only eaten a Fiber One bar since about 4 am and was starving. We hung out at the pool and tried out some of the hot tubs. All the girls were super friendly. Of the 9, Gracie is engaged, 2 are single, and the rest of us were married. All of the married girls had kids, except one that was pregnant. So it was a fun group to talk to!

After the spa we hung out at the house. We had snacked all afternoon, and before we knew it, it was super late! We decided to get ready and go to a nearby casino, and we had a late dinner once we got there. One of the girls won $100 on a slot machine, but everyone else lost everything. I was smart and only lost $20!

On Saturday we hung out in the morning, and Brittany made bacon and eggs for everyone. Seven of us went on a hike, while Gracie and Beth stayed at the house because a friend from college that lived in Tucson was driving down for the day. The hike we took was supposed to be easy, but we took the “extremely difficult” trail instead and it about killed all of us! It took two hours to do the whole thing, and I wanted to give up a few times. Once we got to the top we all felt like superhero’s though! It was pretty amazing. After the hike we went back to the house and Gracie brought us all In and Out burgers. Nothing tastes better after a crazy workout than a burger and fries!

We hung out by the pool until late that afternoon when everyone started getting ready for the night. We had Gracie’s lingerie shower at the house and then went to dinner at a fancy Mexican place for dinner. Gracie was wearing a “Bride to Be” sash and we got a lot of attention. The bartender brought us out free drinks, and after dinner they brought out another drink and desserts on the house. After dinner we went to the “hip” part of town to a club/bar called Bottled Blonde. I wasn’t expecting much, and then we pulled up to this insanely crowded huge place! There was a line at the door, but Brittany walked us right up to the front to the bouncer, and he let us right in! It was pretty awesome.

Once inside, we had to hang on to each other so we wouldn’t get split up. There were people everywhere! It’s what I imagined a club at Panama City Beach to look like during Spring Break. We found a group of guys that had a corner to themselves with table service and they let us hang out with them! We could dance and hang out without being attacked by creepy people. We didn’t get home until 1 am, and I had to get up at 5 to go to the airport.

I rode to the airport with Becca, but we were on different airlines and went separate ways. My first flight was to Vegas, and it was wide open. I had two seats to myself and tried to sleep during the short flight. Once in Vegas I realized all the flights were oversold, and I started to panic that I was going to get stuck there. I was tired and crabby and just wanted to get home to Joe and the kids! At the last minute, they realized a seat was open and I literally ran onto the flight to Seattle. When I finally got to the house, Virginia and Luke were sitting in their window waving down at me!

I was so glad that I got to have a weekend away, and that I could meet all of Gracie’s friends before the wedding. They were all so sweet to me! It made me a little sad/jealous that I didn’t make friends like that in college. But I met Joe, so that is all that matters! Joe was amazing with the kids and they had a great time. Will was in town for the weekend to go to a Seattle Film Festival and stayed at the house. He wasn’t around the whole time, but I think the kids managed to wear him out when he was at the house!

As usual, it was nice to get away, but I missed my family! After I’d been home a bit, Virginia looked at me said (in an angry voice) “You left me! I missed you!!” I tried not to laugh and told her I missed her too, but kids weren’t invited on the trip. She’s a cute kid.

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