Some of our dear friends live in Arizona as well, the Spindles. I was able to spend a whole day with them on this trip. We miss them so much!
On our way home from AZ, my mom drove with us all the way to Stockton, CA. She then caught a flight back to AZ. We stayed the night in LA before we got to Stockton though and on our way to the airport the next day we had a Semi blow out his tire in the lane next to us as we were passing, that was a bit scary! Then we got stuck in traffic and barley got mom to the airport on time! Phew, it was a close one. Then the kids and I stayed in a hotel in Stockton before we finished the drive home. It was a long trip, but totally worth it.