we stayed in scottsdale for russ' 40th birthday and here's what we learned.

**staying in the casitas at the camelback inn is the way. to. go. (note to self: re-think your hatred of cacti in the use of landscaping. but ONLY if you have full-time gardeners on staff.)

**climbing to the top of camelback mountain makes you a BAD ASS. if only in your own, 40 and nearly 40-year old minds.

**it IS possible for man to live on chips, salsa, & guacamole alone.

**taking the tour at taliesin west is SOOOOOO worth the 38 dollars a piece.

and that frank lloyd wright was a GENIUS.

**yes, the sunsets in the sonoran desert are all they're cracked up to be. especially if seen from the spa pool.

**also, it's best to see the desert nightlife from a comfy chair surrounding a fire pit. (even better? a dude playing acoustic guitar.)

**dinner at a swanky steak restaurant for the big four-OH! can be lots of fun~

**there are many, MANY sides to forty. but i think russ enjoyed the 40 separate gifts that i prepared and wrapped and gave to him during the day.  he knows that i would only make this much effort doing something so labor intensive for the one i TRULY loved.  and he was right.  i love this man.  he is my family and my protector and my safety and i will always remember this magical trip.  i wanted to make it special for him because he's more than earned it.

**you can, indeed, go through a whole vacay and only take one. single. photo. together.

**note to self: THIS was the song of this trip--sung two different nights out by the fire AND at the piano bar. we had never been particularly fond of it before this trip.  now it will always be the song we fell in love with while falling back in love with each other in scottsdale.........


Lydia said...

It warms my heart when I see others enjoying AZ as much as I do. Glad it treated you well.

tammy said...

Why I love AZ.

Even though I don't have my own sommelier either.

Or my own guitar player in the backyard.

Happy 40 Russ!

Vanessa said...

Your makeup is looking especially exceptional in the last photo. Oh, and Russ doesn't look half bad himself. (for someone that is now 40 and is almost dead...I'm quoting the CB commenter)

Looks beautiful, and I'm not really a desert lover, but I'm liking the cacti as well.

Suze said...

oooh..I love Scottsdale! So glad you guys had a good trip!

Tiffany said...

My favorite part is the text directing us to where you reclined. It's the little things for me.

Glad you had a great time!

kami @ nobiggie.net said...

Does that look like a relaxing weekend or what?! I'm with Russ, that is how I would want to celebrate the big 4-0.

ps. Russ has great teeth...random, but true.

tiburon said...

Looks like you had an amazingly superfantastic time.

No need to be sad.

You had your own rockin weekend.

And the RBC is happy - and that is priceless :)

alex dumas said...

Your monitor must be HUGE. Is that because you're 40 and can't see the little print anymore?

Mia said...

Sounds/looks like a fantastic weekend which you both deserved!

Plain Jame said...

Now that made AZ look almost appetizing to me... ALMOST.