It’s official. We’re moving.

Mr.S&P passed in his signed offer letter last night. We will be Arizona residents by year’s end.

This weekend’s trip went very well. Got into Phoenix around 9pm Friday night, headed to the hotel and then back out for a drink and some nachos. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery at the Chandler Fashion Center was delicious and at 10:30 at night we got to sit outside in the warm 70 degree air. (It had snowed when we left Boston. This was a real treat). They next morning we were at it early. A quick stop at Starbucks and we were fueled for the ride. We checked out Val Vista Lakes and some of the northern communities. Then headed down to Power Ranch and Seville. We loved the lushness of Val Vista Lakes, but also loved the peace and quiet of Power Ranch and Seville, which are further out-of-town.

The need for a car charger for my iPhone brought us to San Tan Village, an outdoor shopping area with all the typical stores. It’s so different from malls in Mass because everything is outside. No more being locked inside an ugly mall. Shopping in Arizona is so much more glamorous! We also hit up Paradise Cafe & Bakery, which apparently they have in Boston. It’s really like the Panera of the West. My sister recommended it and it was delicious.

After a quick trip back to the hotel to regroup, we were back at it and off to Scottsdale for dinner. We checked out Old Town Scottsdale and the arts district then settled for dinner at RnR, a rowdy, but fun bar with more outside seating (everything is outside!) A couple of delicious Spicy Mango Margaritas later, we headed back to the hotel. A long but fulfilling day where we covered as much ground as possible.

Sunday was another early day and we headed into Phoenix. Like Boston on a Sunday morning, it was very quiet. Seems like downtown Phoenix is mostly a business district. After circling the city, we headed up the highway to check out north Phoenix and Paradise Valley, which is gorgeous. We sat outside in a park for a while and chatted about this impending move. There is so much to do, and we’re trying to not be overwhelmed. It’s exciting and scary all at the same time.

After driving around a bit more, Mr.S&P dropped me off at Sky Harbor and I was off back to Boston. The ride was quick and I was happy to see my family at the airport. So much is in the works now. Time to sell our place and really start looking at houses in Arizona!

While Arizona doesn’t have the ocean or the lovely charm of historic homes, it does have great weather, palm and orange trees, and cheaper homes. I feel like we’ll be able to make a quality life for ourselves there. Can’t wait to get started.

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