Our Family Vacation to Gilbert, Arizona

We had such a nice time on our family vacation last week. We rented a house in Gilbert, Arizona with Mal’s family, so we had quite the crew – 8 adults and 4 kids under 4 years old. At times, it felt like a circus with all of our crazy monkeys running around, but it was so much fun, and I know we all enjoyed the quality time together. So many wonderful memories were made in Arizona, and I know we’ll never forget this vacation. That said, I wanted to share some of my favorite highlights from the week.

A+ flights to and from Phoenix – Qman was awesome on both flights (6 and 4.5 hours, respectively). What a difference 1.5 years makes! One thing that especially helped us (besides having an older kid) was setting rules for the plane and making sure that Quinn truly understood them. Our rules for the plane: 1) Stay in your seat; 2) Listen to Mumma and Dada; 3) No tantrums. Then, in the days leading up to the flight to Arizona, we drilled them into his little brain! 😉 Hey, it worked! But, seriously, we went over the rules everyday and then had him repeat them back to us.

Getting Bosa Donuts for breakfast – I heard they were the best donuts in the area, and they didn’t disappoint!

Enjoying some quality family time – We seriously had so much fun with the Haupert clan! 🙂 Quinn loved showing Papi his favorite games on his iPad.

And bedtime was ridiculous – soooo many shenanigans! Haha! 🙂

Visiting the Railroad Park in Scottsdale – What a great place for kids! It’s a big ol’ park with a ride-on railroad, playground, carousel, museum, and more. And, my gosh, it was affordable. I don’t think we spent more than $10 for the three of us!

Hiking Hayden Butte in Tempe – Another great activity for kids! It’s a short hike, but totally worth it for the views!

Arizona sun definitely requires sunblock! Qman loved using his sunstick to apply his own – no fights!

Looking for snakes! 🙂

High-five for a sweet rock collection!

Discovering Bergies Coffee Roast House – What an adorable place! Both inside and out were super cute – and the coffee was delicious too!

Rediscovering my love for running – I went for a few runs during our vacation, and I’m not sure if it was the Arizona weather or what, but I felt really great. My first run back (since injuring myself around the holidays) definitely rekindled my passion for running! 🙂

Wearing: The NEW Launch 5 from Brooks Running 

And, finally, one of the top highlights from vacation…

The most epic rock photo shoot ever – Quinn found a rock that he really liked, so he asked Mal to snap a photo of him with it. The first photo spiraled into an entire photo shoot that Quinn completely orchestrated himself. All of the shots are 100% inspired by his own artistic creativity. Mal and I just stood by and watched things unfold.

Quinn told Mal exactly what to do with his camera. Haha! It was so darn cute!

Questions of the Day

Were you on February vacation last week? Do anything fun?

Any fun vacations coming up? 

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  1. How fun!! I’m from Scottsdale and the Railroad Park was a frequent field trip destination when I was a kid and now I take my little ones there when we visit my parents. 🙂 Love the Bosa Donuts.

  2. We are about to move there! So funny about Qman and his rock- my son brought home some rocks from there (he’s 6) on the plane last trip and security flagged him

  3. It was nice to know that you and your family enjoy the day trip in Arizona because of that you’ve shared some wonderful experience and a great photo of yours and your family. By the way, thanks for sharing with us.

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