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Thursday, January 20, 2011

January Recap

Wow, I have missed you bloglets so much!!! I have been itching to do a post for so long now. A lot has taken place for us since Christmas. My apologies for the blogging hiatus.

Let me summarize how January has been for us so far. We attended our favorite annual New Year’s Eve party. We worked like crazy people to get ahead so that we could take a week off for vacation. We flew to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the BCS National Championship game (in case you haven’t heard our alma mater, Auburn University, played in the game and WON). And, we both caught the flu and are still recovering nearly two weeks later. I think at least one of us had a fever every single day were there. We didn’t let it ruin our trip though. Nothing could have ruined that trip.

Yes, there were some major ups and downs so far for us in January. I hope that it is not a sign of a roller coaster type of year. :)

The rest of this post is a recap in mostly pictures of our trip to Arizona. You can view our full album by clicking here.

Day One: In Old Town Scottsdale we ate some amazing Mexican food at Frank and Lupe’s

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And we checked out “The Fiesta” that was set up as a party spot for football fans in Scottsdale.

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Day Two: Judd and I took a beautiful 2 hour drive to Sedona.

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As the elevation in Sedona increased, we went from red rocks to snowy mountains.

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While in Sedona we ate cactus fries. They were really good.

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We drove up to Airport Road in Sedona to catch a glimpse of the view.

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This was yet another breathtaking view in Sedona.

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While in Sedona and on the way back to Phoenix we saw so many varieties of cacti. I liked these pink ones.

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We pulled over at this lovely establishment to get a few pictures with the saguaro cacti behind the building.

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I’m 5’10’’ so imagine the scale of this cactus. Enormous.

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Then we drove off into the sunset and back to our hotel.

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Day Three: We took a 4.5 hour drive to the Grand Canyon with some special AU friends.

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Have you ever seen a mesa?

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The Colorado River running through the Grand Canyon.

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El Tovar Lodge at the Grand Canyon.

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On our way back to Phoenix we stopped in Bedrock City to visit with the Flintstone’s.

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We drove through some major snow on our way back while passing through Flagstaff.

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Day Four: We saw Auburn quarterback, Cameron Newton’s, Heisman trophy on display in Scottsdale.

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We also saw so many Oregon duck fans dressed in really crazy outfits. There certainly was a difference in what the southern Auburn fans and the northwestern duck fans consider game attire.

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We also attended the Auburn “All In” party that night and ran into a FABulous friend.

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The food at the party wasn’t so great. We decided to make a trip to In-N-Out Burger instead.

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Day Five: We tailgated in Glendale at Westgate and then attended the best game of our lives.

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Judd caught my favorite souvenir of the whole trip at the Under Armour trailer. ROAR.

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The flags in Phoenix were at half mast for the victims of the Tucson shooting that occurred while we were in Arizona. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the victims and their families too.

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We fought our way through the crowd to get into the stadium. To say there were lots of Auburn fans would be an understatement.

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When we made it inside, I got a little emotional about actually being there. I was so proud of Auburn for even making it this far. It was an amazing feeling to be in that stadium.

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The game was a real nail biter.

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But then, Auburn’s kicker, Wes Byrum, kicked a game winning field goal. The tigers won!!!! Judd and I shed some tears of joy over what the win means for our beloved school.

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We’re number one. It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!!!

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Judd and I feel so blessed to have been able to take such a fabulous trip and share in such a special time for our university.


  1. Loved looking at the photos again! I hope you both can get rid of that flu mess soon!!! Everyone around town seems to be coming down with it, so I'm hoping the shot I had comes through for me. Cross your fingers!

    Oh, and is that Tripp??? He looks great!

  2. PULEASE tell me something got TP'd out there after!! Toomers certainly did! Did you see the time elapsed photos of that night?

    Get well soon! We've been playing colf/flu/crud catch around here too!!