At least haven't found Benny hog tied to his crib or anything... yet!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The house was beautiful and in an awesome community. Here is the view from the deck on the back of the house.
We spent most of Saturday just walking around the community and hanging out on the deck soaking up the sun and the much cooler temperatures then we've felt in months!
At about 2:00 the clouds rolled in and the thunder started to rumble. We held out on the deck as long as we could, but when we felt the temperature suddenly drop about 5 degrees and could smell rain in the air, we figured it was time to head inside.
I must say the highlight of the trip was our dinner adventure on Saturday night. We went to the Mormon Lake Lodge east of Flagstaff. It's an old west style restaurant that serves steaks and various other meats. Andrew decided to be adventurous and ordered Elk ribs in a prickly pare marmalade. They must have been really good because he took them down! The food was so good, and we had a nice time without any children to tell to sit still and behave! When we left the restaurant it was dark outside. The restaurant was back in the woods so the 7 or so mile road leading to the restaurant was pitch black. The clouds had cleared so we had a clear view of the night sky. We decided to pull off the road and do a little star gazing. Holy cow! I'd never seen anything like it. It was like we could see every star that ever existed. We could even see the Milky Way. It was incredible. After we got back on the road, we were talking about catching glimpses of wildlife out on the side of the road. I had just finished telling Andrew that I never see anything, when there is bambi on the side of the road, ready to cross the road right in front of us! We even had to stop the car to let her cross. It was so exciting!
On Sunday we had breakfast at this great little local place called Mike & Ronda's The Place. The food was incredible, and SO big! After doing some more relaxing on the deck, and taking a little ride in the Gem Car...
We decided to start making our way home. Since the house was right off of the 89A, we decided to take that way through Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona instead of just heading back down the 17. We stopped at a scenic overlook on the way. It was so beautiful. It's amazing to think thinks like this are only 2 hours away from home!
I just thought this sign was kinda funny...
We had a great weekend away, and are so grateful to my boss for opening his home to us.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Ben (holding up a carrot on his fork): "Mommy eat carrot too"
Mommy: "Mommy's carrots are all gone, Benny"
Joshua (putting one of his carrots on my plate): "You're welcome to have one of my carrots, Mommy."
What a polite little boy. Sometimes it's hard to remember that he's only 4!
Another moment from tonight: Josh says to me "Mommy, I'm never going to stop loving you." I sure hope not, buddy. I just had to post this so I can look back at it during those teenage years!
He is doing even better with learning how to read than I thought he would (and I always knew he would rock the house). I am so proud of him and can't wait for HIM to read ME the bedtime story!
Saturday, September 05, 2009
We would like to make this a monthly thing, and start taking advantage of more of the freebie workshops and crafts available around town. Sure can't beat a free morning of activities!
This little girl was probably a day or two away from blooming. The petals were fully developed and were starting to separate at the top. Unfortunately, it had grown on one of the weaker vines, which ended up snapping a couple inches above the bloom. Ooh, so close! But it does give me hope that our vines are getting mature enough to bare fruit, and I'm starting to see a lot more female blooms getting started, so I'm hoping in a couple weeks we'll actually have a female flower open so we can finally start growing a pumpkin.
I'm not holding out much hope on actually getting any butternut squash. The pumpkins seem to be overtaking everything. Just one vine (from one single seed) is about 7 feet long. Here's a photo of one from a couple weeks ago.
They're each about 2 feet longer now! My garden is only 4' x 3', so needless to say it is already bursting at the seems. We'll see what happens!