72 degree January days easily make up for the few month’s of 110 degree heat. It’s laughable when people ask how I can bare the Arizona summers. I don’t have to shovel snow, break my booty on ice, worry about getting to work, lose my electricity and freeze, or any of those other glorious weather related problems many suffer from every winter. I’ll trade summers in air conditioning and swimming for cold weather any day. Picnic anyone?
Despite her lack of enthusiasm, I can assure you this kid is a thrill seeker! I was excited to find this new little treasure right in the heart of Phoenix. Enchanted Island at Encanto Park. We’ve been cooped up inside for far too long this summer and Rylie and I are ready to get out and be adventurous. With the cooler weather coming, my guess is that we’ll be spending a lot of time at this fun park geared toward littles of (mostly) her size. We just need a few more inches to get on the “dinosaur” (AKA dragon roller coaster).I think this is a good first step toward the fun we’ll be having next month on her first trip to Disney.
By the end of the night, her hands were in the air… unprompted
On Saturday I attended a benefit for The Shine Project. This amazing organization helps at-risk youth to earn money and scholarships to go to school. Through their jewelry company Threads, they employ these students to make fabulous jewelry while learning to be self-reliant, hard workers. Did I mention how fabulous their jewelry is? Oh, yeah… I did.
The Shine Project also does bi-weekly service projects with inner-city kids, teaches them leadership skills and encourages them to make the world a better place.
Listening to the kids stories was inspiring. For many of them they are or will be the first in their families to attend college.
It’s not often I get out for an evening of pampering but I’m glad I was able to escape for a few hours. They did my hair (thanks Salon 7000), nails and eyebrows, and bonus, I got to hang with some really great women!
I encourage you to check out Threads and support The Shine Project.