Staycation

Sometimes, all you need is 24 hours and a few miles.

Jason and I left Kenton with my parents overnight for the first time this weekend. And… we escaped down the road a bit to a local resort – The Camelback Inn. It was only for one night – and the drive took less than 20 minutes, but that was all we needed. We came back refreshed and relaxed. Ahhh….

We also finally got to visit a restaurant I’ve wanted to try for about five years…

La Grande Orange pizzeria. I’ve heard so many great things about this place – but, for one reason or another, we never made it there. Well, our hotel wasn’t too far – so we stopped by for dinner on Saturday night. Isn’t is awesome when a place lives up to the hype? That pizza in the top, right of the picture, is possibly the best pizza I’ve ever tasted in my life. Roasted corn (with goat cheese, tomatoes and fresh basil) for me. Gladiator (with lots of different manly meats) for Jason, who also found a new favorite beer (bottom left – where you’ll also see a glimpse of their famous pimento dip that was TO.DIE.FOR). YUM. We loved it so much, we actually went back the next day for lunch – and ordered the same pizza. It’s a good thing we don’t live closer, we’d probably eat pizza everyday. We also perused their gift shop and picked up a little present for the new baby. 🙂

We spent some more time window shopping and gelato-savoring…

Don’t tell my doctor.

We even did something we rarely do now that we have a kid…

And I was inspired to try life as a spy.

Good times. Good much-needed times. And the kid survived! He actually cried tears of joy when he saw us (or maybe he was just sad to leave Grandma?!)… nope, tears of joy.

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.

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