My Trip to Arizona | Monday Musings

 My Trip to Phoenix, Arizona | Monday Musings

It's been a whirlwind few months! In January Nathan and I visited West Africa, then at the end of February I headed to Charleston with friends for a retreat. Just a few days later my younger sister and I flew to Phoenix, Arizona, during her spring break to hang out and visit our grandma. Now I'm back at home, with wedding travel on the horizon. It's been fun!

 My Trip to Phoenix, Arizona | Monday Musings

Monday was our travel day, so not much exciting happened there except the renewed realization that airport food is far too expensive. Paying $5 for a bag of popcorn is not my idea of a bargain! Our connection between planes was so tight that by the time we RAN to the next gate the plane was boarding, but we made it in time.

 My Trip to Phoenix, Arizona | Monday Musings

My internal clock doesn't let me sleep past 5:30 these days, so the next morning I was up bright and early. We spent the morning at the world famous Musical Instrument Museum which had instruments from every country imaginable, split up by regions. We wore headphones so whenever we walked past a particular country the music from there would play for us. My favorite part was the more modern exhibit which had everyone from Toby Keith to Taylor Swift to Maroon 5 and the Black Eyed Peas.

 My Trip to Phoenix, Arizona | Monday Musings

That afternoon we hit some nearby stores to go shopping. I am determined to find a cute romper and a jumpsuit this season, so I had an eye out for those. We ended the night with a nice steak dinner and some relaxation.

The next day was all about some hiking! We went to White Tank Mountain State Park and hiked the waterfall trail - which ironically was so dry there was no water on it after all. But the views were gorgeous and I enjoyed being outdoors so much. After a quick trip for a sushi lunch, we headed back to relax for the rest of the day.

 My Trip to Phoenix, Arizona | Monday Musings
 My Trip to Phoenix, Arizona | Monday Musings
 My Trip to Phoenix, Arizona | Monday Musings

Thursday was an all day shopping extravaganza. If you know me, I burn out after just a little shopping but this day I lasted a lot longer than normal. I found some great and unexpected deals and finally found two items I'd been eyeing for a long time: a jumpsuit (two actually!) and a romper. Wearing these is like wearing fancy pajamas that are acceptable to dress in while in public, so I am completely on board.

After a trip to the pool (how can you not in 80+ degree weather?!) we headed out for some authentic Mexican food just because we were in the Southwest. My sister quickly found out that the white sauce served in our Plaza Aztecas back home is indeed not authentic. Who knew? ;)

Friday we traveled home, landing in Richmond late at night for me to drive back and crash on Saturday. Before we went, though, I couldn't help but get a few sunrise pictures, because watching the sun come up over palm trees, golf courses, and lakes is truly a beautiful experience.

Here's to my next adventure...wherever it may take me!

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 My Trip to Phoenix, Arizona | Monday Musings
 My Trip to Phoenix, Arizona | Monday Musings

Maria Grace Photography

My name is Maria, and I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, but I am always excited about traveling. I love families who truly enjoy spending time with each other and living life together. I love couples that are looking forward to their wedding day because they are so excited to finally be married to.