We find ourselves in Arizona wrapping up some last-minute business stuff this week in prep for our #RVhoneymoon! Mark and I have 2 investment properties in Arizona that we rent out as vacation rentals and we are looking at buying a third! To say the least, the rentals are successful and our renters love vacationing in our homes! We’ve had some nightmares.. the neighbor ran her car into our sun room, some renters threw all the outdoor furniture into the pool, a broken AC in the middle of an Arizona Summer.. but the highs greatly outweigh the lows.
car.. sun room.. not great
It is sometimes stressful managing a property remotely especially with a 3 hour time difference but I love hearing how much our renters enjoyed their time in our house and how they appreciate the small attention to detail that we put into the houses! Anyway, we flew out early Thursday and went straight to the house we are potentially buying. It is in the middle of the desert, literally where the black top ends.
because *right here* seemed like the natural breaking point for this road.
It is a gorgeous setting and I could look at the mountains all day so I was in heaven. We meet with a few contracts to guestimate some costs to make sure the numbers will work with this investment. It all looks a go so we will mark this trip a success! Naturally no one wanted to meet with us on Sunday so we had the day to relax. It was a hot 108 in Scottsdale and Mark somehow managed to get himself a nice little sunburn in the 27 seconds he spent surveying the backyard yesterday, so laying by the pool was out of the question. sigh. We packed (water bottles and sour patch kids, watermelon) and hit the road to Prescott, AZ- a 2 hour drive north. It was approx 15 degrees cooler here and it was on a ton of google searches for “day trips from Phoenix” so it seemed as good an idea as any.
Mark and I get super lucky 99% of the time when we just randomly decide to go somewhere. This time was no different as it just so happened that Prescott, AZ was celebrating its 150th anniversary and the city was filled with street festivals. Our favorite. We spent the day walking through the street fairs, indulging in “whiskey row” & relaxing at Watson Lake. Perfection my dears.
Sunset Point where we stopped when I had to pee about 15 minutes into the drive.
Part of Whiskey Row!
Sorry my headband is beyond ridiculous but my hair needed washed about 4 days ago and I was desperate to cover it up. Sippin’ some whiskey before noon because we can!
When in Rome, right?!
But seriously, gorgeous.
sorry not sorry. #purebarrelife
That is all for now! If you get the chance to visit Arizona. DO NOT HESITATE. From downtown Phoenix and its skyscrapers to the middle of nowhere with desert dirt roads, we could not love this state more!
Mark celebrated his 31st birthday while down in Turks and Caicos. He started the morning off with a lovely surprise massage arrange by the world’s best wife (me). We lounged around all day as per usual and then I had arranged for a private beach dinner at one of the other resorts on the island. We had done a beach dinner the last time we were here for my birthday so we decided it would be a little “tradition” if you will. Celebrate birthday in Turks and Caicos = beach dinner. I couldn’t remember where we did the dinner at the time before and we all know Mark’s memory is worthless for things like this so I turned to my trusted Google. Search… “dinner on beach + turks and caicos + tiki torches” because that is literally all I could remember. I called the first place on Google and asked the same basic questions and it sounded like the same place so I booked it! Turns out it wasn’t the same place, but it was delicious and even better than the place we went to last time! Score!
Here are some pictures from the night!
The dinner set up – fancy eh?
my hubs – sorry the lighting is weird but I loved my dress
our names were even printed on our menus!
love cute birthday desserts
And then the wine hit us. Hard. I cannot bring myself to upload the pictures in their entirety but the collage sums up the rest of the night quite nicely. Wine & selfies by the hotel pool. We put ourselves to bed soon after. Hope you had a wonderful birthday my love!
Feeling nostalgic as of late. Probably considering our wedding is FAAAAST approaching. I normally don’t participate in #tbt (Throw Back Thursday) because I’m far too lazy to find pictures old enough to be considered a throw back. I’m talking baby pictures from Mom & Dad’s house. One day I will remember to just scan a lot of them when I’m there and have a backlog of them ready for every Thursday for the rest of my life. I could throw back some middle school pictures, but wait, no, way to awkward looking. [White eyeliner and glitter on my cheeks, yikes] or high school, but wait, no, way to awkward looking. [heavy black eyeliner and refusing to wear anything but inside-out-hoodies and sweatpants to school, yikes again] I could Throw Back some college pictures, but I fear my future in-laws will judge me in a very negative way. Also, these college pictures are still prominently framed in my office and I refused to acknowledge that my college days are now enough in the past to be considered Throw Back.
So on this fine Thursday, here are some Throw Backs of Mark and I. As much of a Throw Back as you can get from only knowing each other 2.5 years.
Throw Backs from: the dinner after Mark proposed, the first time I took Mark to THE Ohio University, our first (and only) time skiing, a holiday work party, a dinner date at Gervasi Vineyards, the actual proposal, my favorite picture of us of all time, a picture of us climbing some bamboo trees in Hawaii, us at the Grand Canyon, a night out at Velvet Tango Room in Cleveland, us at a comedy show in Chi-town, a picture of us being slap happy in Arizona, a casual stroll along the beach in Malibu, The eve of New Year’s Eve, a Jason Aldean concert at Blossom, a picture from a spontaneous birthday trip to Florida, us posing for a picture while on a safari in Africa, and finally, a picture from a party we had on Dec. 21, 2012 (End Of The World Party). The End. Happy Throw Back Thursday everyone!
P.S. Sorry for all the pictures but it is fun to take a stroll down memory lane sometimes!