September has flown by for us. It has been a busy month, with plenty of catching up here in Colorado, a couple of medical emergencies involving our parents, (not to worry, all is well now), a drive to Denver, a flight to Phoenix, followed with a drive to California, Nevada and back to Arizona, then another flight back to Colorado, a drive from Denver, and home to get our house prepared for the arrival of Nathan and Himilce and 3 grandchildren. My sweet Hubs then took another drive to Denver to pick them up at the airport, and home again and two days later took another drive to Phoenix to take his Mom down there to stay with his sister (who was having some surgery), then a flight back to Denver, then here again… We are in need of our Chiropractor, and a couple of extra winks of sleep; but with that all done, and that all said, Steve arrived back today (happy sigh), the grandchildren are making the most wonderful noises in our house, the September weather is beautiful, our son and daughter in law are a wonderful refreshment to our hearts, we are blessed and happy to take a few moments of rest and joy with our family. We have some fun things planned for the next couple of weeks, some of it outdoors, some of it involves food (of course :0) )…. and perhaps a blog post or two will come out of our "happenings". I do have a few things ready to post… and have had them lingering in the draft file, waiting to be published, but haven't had the brain power to get them edited and finished until now; well I'm not so sure I have the brain power even now, but I do have a few free moments and am finding some restful quiet while Himilce and the kids are doing their school work. I have a few phone pictures of some of the highlights of our trip.
We enjoyed a wonderful stay in Santa Barbara, as Dad and Steve and I visited my Dad's sister Cathie and my cousin Phil, whom I haven't seen in almost 45 years… could that really be? We stayed in the lovely complex where she lives and explored the beautiful California country side together with Aunt Cathie as our tour guide. The trip was definitely a highlight to us; we had such wonderful time catching up.
Aunt Cathie was a model in the 1950's, and I had such fun going through her pictures and magazine clippings. I took quite a few pictures of her pictures and advertisements; I want to reformat and reprint them for her, and perhaps put them in an album or scrapbook; I am looking forward to doing that soon.
These are a few of the many clippings that she had; they were from newspaper and magazine ads. She was a lovely lady then and is still a lovely lady at the age of 88 (soon to be 89).
One of the little trips we took was to the town of Solvang.
It is a quaint little town that looks as if it came right out of Holland.
We had a great time going through the shops, and had a delicious lunch. Pictured above is my Dad o the left, Steve in the middle, and Aunt Cathie on the right.
Loved the beach in Santa Barbara. I realized that we have been coast to coast this last month… pretty crazy for us.
Next stop was Nevada, where we visited my brother Dave and his wife Elvia. We had a great visit with them.
September is almost through as we embark upon October. We are hoping to go out to the farms soon and pick our green chillies. Looking forward to some Mexican recipes that are inspired by those delicious green chilies. We are planning to take some walks and also a few field trips with Nathan and Himilce and the kids, as well as a little Colorado type of fun while we are all together. I hope these last days of September find you all doing well. I look forward to a little catch up with you all very soon. Have a lovely week everyone.