Happy birthday to my friends Rainie, Cassandra and Barbara today! And happy birthday to me yesterday!
We’re in Arizona for the weekend, visiting my Mom. We had a fun day yesterday visiting lots of relatives. First we stopped by my Great Aunt Edna’s house for a little visit, she lives in a neighborhood near my Mom. Aunt Edna is 89 years old and living on her own! Pretty amazing lady.
From there we drove down to Tucson for lunch at my Mom’s cousin Ellen’s house. My Great Aunt Mernie (Edna’s sister), Uncle Dan (Mom’s brother) and Aunt Cynthia, Ellen’s son Andrew and husband Richard were all there. And of course, us and Mom. I haven’t seen Andrew since our wedding, which was 15 years ago, and had never met Richard. We had a nice lunch! Ellen has lots of kid-friendly foods, Brandon chowed down. Ellen’s a first grade teacher so she must have known what would be popular. There was even a birthday cake and some singing for my birthday!
We had a very nice visit, and stayed longer than planned. It was great to see Aunt Mernie, but she was very self-conscious of her nose. She had just had some cancer removed the day before. She is doing fabulous at 86!
On our way back north out of Tucson, we first had to stop for me to take some pictures in the beautiful sunset light. The light was almost gone when we finally found a Saguaro cactus for the foreground in front of the Catalina mountains. Thanks to Mom for driving on the shoulder of the road trying to find me a cactus for the photograph!
We stopped quickly in Oro Valley to see Uncle Dan and Aunt Cyn’s house, and then were hustled out by Mom because we were late for dinner. Lillian (Mom’s roommate) had cooked us a wonderful dinner and Aunt Edna came over. We chatted for a while before calling it a day. Brandon had an exciting dinner, he lost another tooth! This one on the bottom. I’ll have to get a picture of that sometime today.
There was a lot of visiting, and Brandon did really well. We stopped at Target in Tucson to get him some Legos, because he just needed some kid stuff with all of the adults around.
A fun birthday overall. It was nice to be on a little break from work and to be in some warm weather again. Sandals and cropped pants – woohoo!