Last month Rita and I had a unique opportunity to go on a short trip to Arizona with two of her sisters and their husbands. There were six of us: Rita and Brent; Stephanie and Wayne; and Pam and Shawn. We all stayed in a vacation home in Gilbert, which is in the Phoenix area.
The home was provided to us free of charge by Shawn's boss who owns part of it as a time-share. The house is in a gated community near a private lake and features a private pool, hot tub, and outdoor dining area. It's the house with the star on it in the picture below.
Rita and I drove to Gilbert from St. George, where we had been for the St. George marathon. Our kids stayed in St. George with my parents, who were kind enough to offer to entertain them while we went on our retreat.
We spent Saturday through Wednesday swimming, barbecuing, shopping, and dining in the beautiful Arizona weather. It was fun to relax and spend time with Rita's sisters and brothers-in-law. The highlight of the trip was attending an NFL game featuring the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Giants. (The tickets were also provided free, which was a great perk.) Attending an NFL game was on my "bucket list", so it was not only entertaining but also a life accomplishment.