Yes, I have been a bit behind.
Since my life is documented through my pictures, I'm just going to post a bunch of pictures of our wonderful time with my mom's family and tell our story that way!
We left for Tucson the day before Thanksgiving to spend a couple days with our relatives there. My mom's whole family (parents, siblings and all their families) live down there within a few minutes of each other.
My Uncle Jerry and his motto coffee cup!
Jessie teaching my Uncle how to use our ipad :)
What are they all watching on the ipad??
Steve and Jon!! (the beyond awesome PianoGuys)
My techy Grandma!!
On Thanksgiving morning, my whole family (minus Anna) and my Aunt and Uncle drove out to Sabino Canyon to hike for a while....
Tucson's desert is so much prettier than Phoenix's!
Me: "PICNIC TABLE!!!!!!!! Hang on guys.....Jessie, go lay on your belly on it!"
My Aunt Lisa....from whom I inherited my name and obviously at least some of my love of photography! She has the same camera I do :)
My very sophisticated Uncle Jerry! Sabino Canyon has some gorgeous little areas there.
Back to my grandparent's house to clean up before Thanksgiving dinner...we took Annie with us, our beatiful 6 month old Lab pup. She is amazing!!
Thanksgiving without Martinelli's...really??
They call him Ricardo..... (I just liked this picture!)
My ever willing
I really love my grandparent's house!!!
Only Rich Mullin's fans will understand the next picture :)
Thanksgiving afternoon, we went over to my Uncle Tad's house (Mom's oldest brother). Had a wonderful time there catching up with the family and eating an amazing dinner.
Jessie and Uncle Tad inspecting the chiltepin peppers that my Uncle is growing in his salsa garden. And laughing....he could be a stand-up comedian he is soooooo funny.
And the camera went away for the rest of the evening :D
Next morning, my Aunt Lisa left a note on my grandparent's door saying she was cooking breakfast. She lives right next door to them, so we headed over there.
....plus coffee/hot chocolate....
....plus homemade whipped cream......
Lisa and Lisa!! (very confusing I must admit!)
Glory hallelujah!!! I actually came home with a picture of my gorgeous but very camera shy sister, Anna!!
Us with Aunt Lisa...
She had a dart board on her back porch that provided much entertainment...and amusement :)
Is she proud of her skill....or scared of it???
This is funny.....we were all sitting in my aunt's living room with our laptops and ipads. My grandpa wanted to read the morning paper, but in order to appear up to date with the rest of the technology in the room, he appeared to be playing on his ipad. (He didn't hide the newspaper very well, though!) LOL
In her backyard, my aunt has a coy pond. She just had it finished this summer and was very very proud of it. Every morning, she feeds the fish, and they all come to the surface and eat and you can see them so well.
Imagine our surprise when this feller flew into her yard!!! You hardly ever see Great Blue Herons up close...but this one was hunting fish!
He was extremely fun to photograph, but we got a call about a week after we got home, and there was only one fish left on the pond :(
Soooooo...............there was our Thanksgiving in picture form!!!
Will hopefully be posting pictures from Christmas soon...since the world didn't end yesterday!