Splish, splash. Someone had his first dip in the pool!
He loves bath time so he loved this too. Lots of splashing!
I bought this rashguard shirt with UV protection and it was great.
In the sunshine, we sipped prickly pear and jalapeno margaritas – yum!
That evening, all of the Great Harvest owners gathered for a Southwestern BBQ.
I was still full from lunch but I nibbled through this plate for dinner – more grilled foods in different flavors!
The best part of convention is simply talking to other owners and finding out what breads and sweets they make, what struggles and successes they have and more.
Plus the yearly reunion with Jeff + Janet of GH Charlotte!! Two of the nicest people on earth.
Mazen has done amazingly well with the time change. We’ve been putting him down for a late nap that has allowed him to stay up through dinnertime until about 8:30-9pm. Everyone loves playing pass the baby.
We dined outside for breakfast the next day
Fresh fruit, egg burritos and Naturally Nutty almond butter toast on Great Harvest Tempe, AZ bread! Note I tried 3 stripes of almond butter variety on my toast :0)
We spent some of the morning inside in sessions and some of it in the room for morning nap and some of it walking around the grounds for activity time. Matt soaked up as much business knowledge as possible while I split my time between convention partner and baby playmate
Lunch was a seated meal with an amazing strawberry + grilled artichoke salad
Pistachio chicken and roasted veggies
And a tres leches cake! I was still feeling partly full from the day before, so as much as my mouth wanted to eat everything I tried to keep my portions on the small side. I hate it when you never get hungry on vacation, but it’s such a hard cycle to avoid!
We were thrilled to win one of the “Top sales for a young store” awards at convention this year!!
We had more pool time in the afternoon and a really fun fiesta that evening with homemade tortillas, handmade guacamole and fish tacos. Everything tasted great, but the lighting in the ballroom was terrible so I left my camera untouched.
On Tuesday we woke to rain and freezing (as in 50* “freezing”!) temps. Boo. But by late morning the sun had come out a bit and M and I walked all around the grounds.
Our new Uppababy G-Lite stroller has been awesome to have. Our room was at the very far end of the resort – the opposite corner from all of our convention activities. I’d guess it was 1/3 of a mile walk for every meal and meeting! So glad we brought this stroller for easy transport.
We had a sandwich bar and salads for lunch and then the vendor hall where I had my annual taste test of all of the Naturally Nutty flavors – SO many delicious ones!!
Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower and Vanilla Almond Butter are my favorites, but add Chocolate Vanilla Almond Butter to that list! Katie and Tim send me home with a jar in my suitcase : )
After Mazen’s afternoon nap, we headed out in the shuttle for one last desert adventure –
An hour hike with Gina and Liv at Sabino Canyon.
We actually appreciated the cooler temps for this one
Convention concluded with a nice dinner, some cocktails, an AMAZING cheese display, dancing and a final night talking with other owners (some happen to write blogs!).
We had a few delay bumps in our travel day and were SO glad to get home to Cville (where spring is in full swing!) Mazen and I both had a really hard time keeping our skin hydrated in Arizona, and I’m so thankful for humidity. I know some people hate it, but I am not one of them!
That wraps up my posts on our trip out west – until next time!