Have I ever told you how great Camaron is at surprises? Just look at any of my past birthday posts and you'll see what I mean. He's so good at the details. I absolutely love being surprised (not in the scary way though. So don't even think about jumping out and scaring me in the dark. I will not be held accountable for my actions and the injuries they may cause in those situations). For my birthday this year, the surprise came a little late, but it was so great.
On my actual birthday, Camaron had to work, and everything was just really crazy, so we didn't really do anything big or special. And I was really bummed. It was a pretty big milestone birthday and nothing memorable happened. We got some free food, but then Cam had to go and I stayed home with the kids the whole day. So I whined about it to Camaron a week or so ago. Yep, I couldn't let it go. So Camaron decided to plan something fun for us. A surprise trip. It wasn't a complete surprise because I knew the date we'd be leaving and had a pretty good idea that Prescott would be involved (because Camaron had a work thing there that day), but Cam planned it out in a way that still made it really fun and left me in the dark for most of what was going down.
I woke up Friday to a vase of flowers on the table and a little note that said I would be needing to pack an overnight bag and to just take it easy until that afternoon, when someone would be coming over to watch the kids and then I would get my next set of instructions. I was so excited. Then I started overthinking and worrying about things (what always happens when I'm home alone for too long). I got really paranoid about who might be coming over. So instead of taking it easy, I cleaned the whole house and got everything ready for someone to stay the night and watch the kids.
That afternoon, my aunt and cousin showed up. They watched the kids while we were gone and it was such a blessing. I love having family close by. So I put my stuff in the car and discovered the next note. It was an address ...in Prescott. I had thought Camaron would show up when the babysitters came by and we'd go off on our adventure together. But a road trip all by myself would be a fun adventure too. And Camaron had packed road trip snacks and drinks for me -as I said, he's so good at the details. And, shortly after I started my drive, he texted me a Spotify playlist he had created for me to listed to on the way. It was awesome!
The haunted hotel we stayed in last time we were in Prescott ^^. I don't think it's haunted during Christmas though:) Oh, and did you know Prescott is "Arizona's Christmas City"?
When I got to Prescott, a lot of the streets were blocked off and there were people and cars everywhere. There was some kind of event going on and it was driving me nuts. I just wanted to see Camaron, but there was not a place to park anywhere! I had done a bad job of taking care of myself that day (I really wanted a nap, but I cleaned instead. And I forgot to eat because I was taking care of all the other stuff and was so excited for the trip). So I was kinda a wreck once I got to Camaron. Luckily, he had already gotten us a table at a really yummy restaurant right in the town square and was full of hugs. So I got over my bad attitude pretty quick. The event going on was Acker Night, which was basically a lot of local musicians performing all over downtown Prescott. It was really fun going into shops and hearing all of the different musicians. But I had not packed warm enough. I had even read that there was a possibility of snow that night, but I figured just my coat would be fine (I should have packed thermals, gloves, and a hat, too). I froze.
Oh, in the above picture, we're eating ice cream -because we're crazy -it was freezing! But also because we did the same thing last time we were there. I even got the same flavor (german chocolate cake).
I asked Camaron where we were staying and he told me he had found us a little cabin in the woods -because he knows I love camping, but it was way too cold to actually camp. As we were on our way there, Camaron was reading the directions and he mentioned something about Arcosanti. "Arcosanti? I think we studied about that in one of my art history classes. Is that where we're going?" Turns out it was! Camaron had never heard of it and didn't realize that was what he had booked (and I had hardly any memory of what it actually was), so that was a fun surprise for both of us. Arcosanti is basically a really neat artist community that has amazing architecture. That's the worst description ever, you should really look it up. It's really cool. Camaron had booked it on Airbnb and so we got to stay in a student's apartment. It had a loft where the bed was and it was very minimalist and had an amazing view (it's where I took the top picture from this post). We loved it.
The view from our window.
I spy a headless Camaron ^^
We totally got lost on our way there -because it's really in the middle of nowhere with hardly any lights. But it really is the coolest place and I really want to go there again. And the whole weekend was so much fun. I love getting to spend lots of one-on-one time with Camaron. When you're a parent, that's sometimes hard to come by. Thank you so much, Camaron! xoxo
p.s. yep, I'm blonde now.