Monday, October 22, 2018

Hello from Arizona!!

                                                                           

                                                                      Well, it's been a while
                                                                 since I've been here! So much
                                                            has happened this past year I don't know
                                                        where to begin. We FINALLY bought a new
                                                   computer which is the main reason I haven't been here.
                                              It was so painful to do anything on our old computer so blogging
                                         was just not possible. But I'm happy to be back!!





                                     Steve's dad passed away a year ago. Steve was on his way from California
                                 to Dubai and received a call during his layover that he should come to Boston
                              as soon as possible. He made it to the hospital on the Cape just in time to say good
                           bye. A few weeks later we were all headed to Cape Cod for the service. It was a
                      beautiful send off. Bill we love you and  miss you every day.




                                                                    Just a few months later
                                                            Steve's mom also passed away.
                                                       We all flew home to the Cape again and
                                                   celebrated his beautiful mom taken too soon
                                              from Alzheimer's disease. In the midst of our grieving and
                                         sadness we enjoyed being together again with Steves family. Jessie we
                                   love and miss you every day too! (photo above of all of Jessie's grandchildren)







                                                               We took advantage of being on the
                                                          Cape and made a quick overnight trip to the
                                                     Vineyard. While there, Steve threw me a beautiful
                                                 birthday dinner with my family. I turned FIFTY!!!!

           


A few months later we were flying to
Miami to celebrate Stephen's graduation !



Stephen had a fantastic 4 years at the U!
So proud of you!!



Griffin turned 9!!
So thankful for facetime!!



Oh! We also got a puppy!
Now, before I get comments about
how I've given two dogs away..
Coco is staying!
We love her!
She is the sweetest thing.
We got her right before Christmas and she just
turned one a few weeks ago.
:)




Steve started a new job within his same
company last January. He commuted back to 
California every weekend while we decided whether or
not to move again.
After a lot of family discussion we decided to make the 
move to Arizona. 
We are still getting settled and although it's not far from
our home in California, it is SO very different.
The pictures above are from Joshua Tree National Park
in California. We took a drive through when driving home
from a house hunting trip to Arizona one weekend.
We decided to rent here...
we found a great house with beautiful views and 
lots and lots and lots of
wildlife. 
Scary wildlife.





I was so saddened by the death of 
Anthony Bourdain..and Kate Spade.
This is one of my favorite quotes of his.





We flew to the Vineyard for a quick trip.
Not as long as we are normally there but
I was thankful to be able to go, even for a 
short time.


Saying goodbye to our family and 
the Vineyard and home to California to
pack up!



The moving company took such great
care of my hundred year old farmers table 
from France!



Will turned 16 on the Vineyard.
It was the first time
I wasn't with him on his
birthday.
He stayed with my sister and
worked all summer.
He loves being there.
I bought my first ever lottery ticket the
other day.
Will said if we won we'd fly to
the Vineyard and celebrate
with our family there.




Hannah started her Sophomore year
at Northeastern University in Boston!
She has a great apartment and loves her 
roommates! We miss her but so happy she's
happy and healthy!!



I think we will have an 
abundance of
grapefruit soon!!
I need a juicer!



We took Griff to the traveling
production of Les Mis recently.
He's still humming the music.



Watching for snakes.



New car
New job
New apartment
He's a working man now 
in California!



Our morning walks can
be pretty scary!



Joined Book of the Month
and I love it!!



:)



Decorating for fall
even though it's 85 here.


My neighbor in California
found this tray for me.
I love it!
L'hotel duMont



Poor quality iphone photo but this
is her favorite spot.


I'm flying to Boston
on Thursday!
Parents weekend at 
Northeastern and I can't 
wait!!!

It's great to be back
blogging
:)












8 comments:

  1. Welcome back!! I missed reading about your family adventures! Your children have grown! Such a beautiful family.

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    1. oh thank you Dini! Have a wonderful Holiday season!

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  2. Hey! You're back! That was a great update; so much has happened.

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    1. Hoping to be here more after the holidays. Thank you Joni! Enjoy the season!

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  3. I follow you on Instagram so already knew most of this! I just found out yesterday that my brother and his family are relocating from NC to Arizona for his job, I immediately thought of you and know you really don't care much for the desert life...I'm super worried that they're going to hate it there but trying to think positive!!! Happy belated 50th! I turned 50 this year also!

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    1. Thank you Victoria! And Happy Birthday to you too!! :)

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  4. I have missed your adventures so much! The 50's are the best, I'm almost to 60 and can't believe it. Celebrating you and your family, be blessed~

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  5. Welcome back. Greetings from Italy.

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