Tuesday, October 28, 2008

the cousins are here!

On thursday night, my sister, Unice, husband Stephen and their boys David and
Louis arrived in
Phoenix from D.C. They were followed by the arrival of brother, Mike and his wife Samantha and children, Grant and Brooke. The house was full of voices and toys. Leo was very excited to meet more of his family.

On Saturday night we had a belated 70th birthday dinner for my dad (aka Grandpa Abe) He was delighted to have 5 of his 8 grandchildren surrounding him. Its been a happy and exciting visit as I truly experience what it is to be a mother and a sister, daughter, aunt and wife. For the party, Maximo grilled steak and salmon ala parilla style. We got these fabulous cupcakes from Sweet Thang bakery. (see photo above) We were all over tired especially the "D.C. cousins" who were jet lagged and without a much needed nap.

We reconvened the next morning for a fabulous brunch at "Sanctuary Hotel." This is a breathtaking setting surrounded by mountain views and lush green landscape. An interesting note, Sanctuary Hotel was built in the 1920's as a sort of athletic club for Hollywood stars coming out to Phoenix for a bit of "r and r." We then paid a visit to the Scottsdale train park. A park complete with a train all can ride around the park.
At the end of the day, everyone started to drift off, exhausted from all the activity.

On Monday, we drove up to Sedona. We took a tour of the Sedona scenery while riding in the "pink jeep" tours. My niece Brooke and nephew Grant were looking like Joe Cool with their shades on. We ate lunch at L'Auberge de Sedona which is in Oak Creek Canyon.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Great Pumpkin

Halloween is almost here! I feel as excited about it for Leo as I did as a child. I remember my mom always having me wear a down coat over my totally cool costume which runied the look. The loads of candy obtained and sorting it out when we got home. Of course, the loose candy corns and raisins or apples had to be disposed of as "you dont know what could have been in them." After being in Argentina for 2 years (with minimal acknowlegement of the holiday) its good to partake.

Yesterday, we took Leo to a pumpkin patch in Scottsdale. They had some huge pumpkins and gourds. (It was Maximo's first time in a pumpkin patch too.) The First Christian Church organized it and gave the money earned from it to sponsor families from overseas to the U.S. There was a family from Burma wandering around the pumpkin patch who had just came to the U.S. afterd living for 10 years in a refugee camp in Thailand.

On a lighter note, Leo picked out a huge pumpkin. We will be carving it into a Jack o'lantern.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Leo goes to the Botanical Garden

Leo and his friend Noelle

Papi and Leo
A cactus from Argentina
flowering cactus

Maximo, Stori, Jenn and Leo in carriage

Viaje a Nueva York

Viaje a Nueva York