February 13, 2014
December 26, 2013
The gifts are all distributed, so it's time to share what Manda Claus crafted!
I made Mr. Cool a new red hat:
I made Lincoln a slightly off Spock Monkey,
For my dad, nephews, and friends I made fancy pillowcases--the blue cowboy fabric was one my mom and I had made together:
I knitted a hat for my ninth nephew:
December 15, 2013
Today would have been my mom's 63rd birthday--I loved her birthday as a child because it meant only ten more days until Christmas! I don't think mom necessarily loved having a birthday so close to Christmas, although it did lead to her name, Joy. Today in church we lit the candle of joy for advent--I misted up quite a bit--it felt like a birthday candle, and a reminder of her deep belief.
I have a little tree filled with ornaments mom made--this time of year feels very filled with her presence. Decorations, recipes, and dates are intimately connected with her. I think this will always be true, but hopefully the bitter will continue to leach out, leaving only the sweet.
November 25, 2013
On the advice of Mr. Cool's brother, we made a fairly short detour from Raton, NM to visit Capulin Volcano. I had no idea that that part of New Mexico had been rife with volcanos--and we had a great hike--we had the volcano all to ourselves! The volcano had a lovely shelter built in the 1930s, and a winding road initially carved out with plows and livestock. We managed three stamps in our National Park System passports this trip, and each one was amazing in its own right. I'm not sure if Lincoln will remember this trip, but hopefully we can show him the stamps and trigger a faint recollection!
Lincoln near the top of the volcano--overlooking the vent (and parking lot!)
November 23, 2013
The main part of our trip was spent relaxing in the best place to relax: a spot known for retirees!
We spent a lot of time in the pool--Lincoln swam for ten straight days!
We visited the Phoenix Children's Museum--Lincoln loved the forest made of pool noodles!
We rode a train and carousel!
November 14, 2013
I remembered stopping by this beautifully set cliff dwelling when I was a little girl traveling through Arizona--and I was pleased to find it as simple and lovely as I remembered.
This is the main building that remains--not huge, but well-preserved. And the ancient peoples who lived here picked a gorgeous place to live--and we were lucky enough to visit before all the sycamore trees had lost their golden leaves.
November 12, 2013
Once again, as the leaves changed color, we loaded up for a family road trip. This time, we decided to start with a park that none of us had visited--so we left at 4 AM for Moab, UT.
I was amazed at the beauty--I has not expected simple stone arches to be so peaceful and powerful--but I am learning that I am drawn to that timeless combination of stone and sky. I also loved how accessible each arch was--definitely within the wheelhouse if an anti-hiker and a 4-year-old!
Mr. Cool and Lincoln's favorite hike was through a narrow crevasse and sand to Sand Dune Arch, which awed us with its colors.
An easy climb led us to Windows and Turret--more lovely arches, forming perfect frames for sky.