This last week I have been trying to adjust to the post-holiday chaos. We usually go to the Arabian Library, or occasionally the Mustang Library since they are closer to the house. Gigi was off school all week, so for something a little different I decided to take her to the Scottsdale Civic Center Library which is right near Old Town Scottsdale.
The library is definitely way larger and has a giant area geared towards kids. There is a big castle, huge murals and a larger play area than the other libraries. I loved that Scottsdale Civic Center Library had a large section of kids books in Spanish. What I did not particularly love was that it was right next to a jail. When we walked in there were a couple sketchy looking men smoking cigarettes that looked like they must have just gotten released.
There is also Civic Park Mall right next door. This is just a large outdoor area with a large water feature, sculptures and a big grassy area. There were several families walking around or having picnics. Of course I forced my child to take a picture in front of the big “Love” sculpture.
My mother-in-law was in town for a day on her way to Tucson, so of course we had to sneak out and get some Sweet Republic ice cream. She also grabbed a bag of their delicious bacon brittle to bring home.
The weekend was so much fun because on Saturday I did some photos with Rachel Fisher. She has taken pictures of me a couple times before and she is the best. She is young and so fun and talented. I am trying to up my photography game too, so she was nice enough to let me take some photos of her too. We took them at Gateway Trailhead which I have never been to before, but was gorgeous. We lucked out because it wasn’t too bright out and there weren’t as many hikers or bikers as I feared would be there on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. My husband came along to help wrangle my daughter, since her patience level is bordering non-existent. I didn’t think that a prickly desert landscape was the best environment for a toddler to be exploring solo.
Last night I had my holiday dinner for the barre studio I work at part-time. The food was delicious and it was fun getting to meet and talk to some of the people I don’t normally see. It made me feel very grateful to be part of such a warm and wonderful group of women (and one guy.) The owner Alyssa has fostered a really amazing environment and such a great group of instructors.