Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Last week (Mon - Wed) we went to the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort down in Tucson. Mason had a teachers training/retreat down there. We got to stay in this beautiful resort for free!! It was so much fun!

Mason went to the meetings during the day while Boonie and I just wandered around the resort, relaxed, and had fun. I had never really been to Tucson before and it was beautiful! I think we were in a really nice area, but still... the resort up against the mountain overlooking the city was gorgeous. We went out exploring the city of Tucson after Mason's meetings each night.

On one of our adventures Boone and I found our way to the top of that tower covered in vines. We also went up there at sunset and watched all the Tucson lights come on. It was beautiful!

Every morning Boonie and I would go on a nature walk on a trail that they had in the back of the resort. It led up to a waterfall against the mountain. We saw different wildlife each time we went. Once Mason even saw a javalina! Crazy! Here we are at the top of the hike at the waterfall. Mason got to go with us one morning during one of his breaks.

A cute baby looking at the waterfall.

Washing off his dirty tootsies.

This was the first time I've ever been in a hotel with a baby and they were VERY accomadating! Of course we were staying in a high class resort, but still!! The first night was kinda rough as we got there at 11:00 pm so Boone was already exhausted. The crib that they had in the room for us was hard and looked very uncomfortable. After a night with newborn... he seriously woke up every two hours... I asked the front desk for a pack and play. Luckily they had one and he slept much better in it.

Funny story. So Boonie still takes 3 naps religiously and during those 3 hour long each naps I had to be in the room with him. He won't go to sleep unless he is left completely alone which meant I had to hide out in the bathroom. Lame you are thinking... but don't you worry!!! Our bathroom had a HUGE tub (I'm talking queen size bed huge!) and a tv in there too. So I was totally fine. Although we did realize that Boone's pack and play would fit in that previously mentioned giant tub so on the last night and following day naps he got to sleep in his pack and play in the tub. Sounds mean, but it really worked out nicely. I wish I would have taken a picture of him in there! It was hilarious!

Traveling with a baby is an adventure! I also accidently locked myself out of the room while Boone was taking a nap. That was an adventure too. Who would have thought there'd be so many things to do while your baby was sleeping and you couldn't go anywhere!? Here he is below sportin' his new BIG BOY stroller. He doesn't like laying back in his other one anymore.

We spent some time at the pool. It was a little chilly, but SO refreshing in that heat.

My friend Lindsey came over to visit and brought her little man Liam (3 months) over for a swim.

We found lots of entertaining things to do. Here is Boone watching the Koi fish that we were feeding. I think his favorite was the duck. He kept screaming at it with excitement.

What a fun little stay-cation!!


Lissa said...

How fun! When we moved to Hawaii, Jade was 1 and a few months and somehow our pack n' play got shipped in a crate with our furniture instead of coming on the plane with us. So for the first several weeks while we were in and out of hotels waiting for a house to be available on base, she slept in the bathtubs with a big blanket on the bottom! haha

Ken & Kristina said...

Wait, wait, wait... I got stuck on the "teacher training" and "free hotel" all in one sentence. WHAT!? That is great! It would never happen in ASD, but it's great. I'm a little jealous.

The Stanford Bunch said...

how fun! we almost always put our babies in the bathroom at hotels!! :)

xantogal said...

What a fun time! I want to hear how you locked yourself out of the room tho... ;)

Kara Miller said...

What a perfect getaway! Boonie is just the cutest little guy ever.