Sunday, October 18, 2009

October 2009

Well, I haven't done any better this year keeping up with this blog. But I am only noticing, not beating myself up. I do a more regular blog for our book club so at least I am consistent with that,ha-ha. I guess I am busy living life and only periodically stopping to report on it. The last weekend in May I went to Chicago with 6 of my book club buddies. We went to see the Harry Potter exhibit at the Science and Industry Museum and to enjoy the city in conjunction with Darby's Birthday. Do we know how to party or what? I was a little worried about traveling with more than 4 people, but it could not have been better. One of the best trips I have taken. The last weekend in July I met Karen and Brenda in Savannah for Karen's yearly event and we made a day trip to Charleston. That was one great trip also. Then, the first weekend in October Carla, Phyllis and I went to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta and a day trip to Santa Fe. The weather was gorgeous and the area was in full fall color. It was relaxing, exhilarating and inspiring!

Amberly is 20 months old. Unbelievable how fast it goes. She is walking and saying her first words. She laughs a lot and loves her Veggie Tales! I'm losing track of time but I think Kyle and Cascha have just finished their 2nd year in Sullivan, Missouri. They bought a house recently and really love their lives there. Lauren and Sean moved back to Austin this past December from their year in Buenos Aires. Emily is a Junior at UT.

And we are coming up on the end of another year. I've got my house up for sale. It feels the timing is right to "right size" my life. I've loved being in this neighborhood, in this home and I hate to leave it, on one hand. But on the other, it is too big, too much yard and needs work that I just don't have the time or energy for anymore. A smaller, newer place will give me more freedom and fewer things on my "to do list" for sure. I want to spend more time traveling and on my art and not so much tied to the obligations of an older home. So, life goes on and everyone continues to move through their phases and all is right with the world.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A New Year - New Travels

Well, I didn't do a very good job of keeping my blogs updated this past year. I just go so busy. I resolve to do better, but I also resolve not to persecute myself if I don't.

Karen, Brenda and I did hook up at the end of July in Snowbird Resort, Utah. Funny how all my trips were out west this year. However, everywhere I went was just gorgeous and Snowbird was no exception. One morning we hiked up to Cecret Lake which put us at 9,500 ft (we only hiked about half mile after driving to the entrance point). Others were also hiking. It was before 8 am because we all hoped for a moose sighting. But even 8 is not early enough. However, I kept hearing people break into "The hills are alive..." cause that is what it looked like. The snow had only melted in late June so the spring wild flowers were just peaking. It was incredible. Karen's company dinner was at a place called La Caille. It was stunning. Acres of grounds that were landscaped like some fairy tale European setting and we did other fun things like the Alpine Slide, zip line and a long hike down a mountain after we took the tram to the top. Now, I know why people use those walking sticks... and note to self... take hiking boots (not tennis shoes) to the mountains!

The holidays were awesome. Carla and I spent Thanksgiving in Tulsa on a whim. We'd been invited to a friends party on Friday. Booked a room at the Double Tree downtown on priceline for $50 and then Carla did something nice for the reservationists and we got upgraded to a suite. I'm just thinking how that must sound! ha-ha. But the reservationists had been promised the T-day buffet if they worked the holiday. But they weren't told til they got there that they had to wait until the buffet closed at 3. They were just feet away from the overwhelming smells of food and they were starving and cranky. Once we got our food Carla smuggled some food to them in her back pack and they were so grateful they upgraded the room.

I had some time off at Christmas and really enjoyed treating myself to all kinds of fun things including snowtubing down at the ball park. Kyle, Cascha, Amberly, Carla and I had a wonderful meal at the Skirvin Hotel, toured the Christmas lights and opened presents. Next year I think we may plan to spend the night downtown, it was so much fun.

January is my birthday month and I celebrated even into the first week of February. Did all kinds of fun things including seeing Christopher Cross at a small theatre and The Color Purple on stage. February is shaping up to be the same kind of busy. Amberly has her first birthday coming up so I am planning a short trip to see the kids at the end of the month. We had a couple of really nice, almost spring days this week, but today another winter storm of some kind is blowing in.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Grand Canyon

This year certainly is moving fast! April has been an excruciatingly busy month at work and part of that required me to take a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona for a work meeting. Brenda met me out there and we spent the weekend in Sedona and at the Grand Canyon before coming home. Northern Arizona is a breathtakingly beautiful place and I do believe that Sedona rivals the Grand Canyon - I'd be hard pressed to say which I liked best. Karen had planned to join us but got caught in the Amercian Airlines snafu. We'll hook up again at the end of July in Park City, Utah. Amberly celebrated her first Easter. My flickr blog has been updated with photos and you can access it by clicking on the slide show at the bottom of this page.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Weekend

My friend Carolyn's daughter, Ashley, decided to get married in Las Vegas Easter Weekend so Carla, Debbie and I decided to join her on the trip. We had so much fun. None of us are gamblers but there is plenty to see and do. The wedding was at Red Rock Resort which is lovely and west of the strip about a half an hour. Vegas has some really beautiful hotels, some awesome food, great shopping & shows. Something for everyone. Our refrain became, "if I come back, which I am not, I would do this or that." Right now I cannot tell you what was so funny but some moments we laughed until we cried. We did ride the roller coaster at New York, New York and were disappointed to find they no longer had one at the top of the Stratosphere. We had some great meals at Wynn, Belaggio and Paris. But surprisingly enough, I think our favorite meal was the BBQ combo platter at Harely Davidson's Cafe. We were not expecting that.

On another note - Amberly is one month old today. Kyle has updated her pictures on their web site and you can catch the link below. I noticed that Lauren has more photos on her flickr site and that link is also below. Hope everyone had a happy Easter.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Meeting Amberly

The trip to Sullivan to see Amberly was a quick one, but the immediate family is going up in shifts so as not to overwhelm the new family. Click on the link to your left to view more photos. She is very beautiful and very sweet as you might imagine and I know we're all going to love getting to know each other.

Friday, February 29, 2008

New Year - New Baby

She is finally here. Amberly Elizabeth Phillips born Feb 26, 2008 at 8:42 a.m. She weighed in at 6 lbs. 14 oz. There are a few first photos on the slide show below. I am off to Sullivan today to get my first peek so there will be more photos and story to follow! I am letting everyone know you can call me granny or grandma once. After that I will only answer to GiGi. ha-ha.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The New Year Brings Exciting News

While Kyle and Cascha await the birth of their baby girl in late February, Lauren and Sean have moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina! It all seemed to happen rather suddenly. They found jobs and left today (Jan. 16). Jamie has taken a great little apartment in downtown OKC and today started her new job at FOX. Emily is starting her 2nd semester at UT in San Antonio.

It has happened. Our kids are succesfully launched into their adult lives. It seems a little impossible and yet here we are. All the babies have grown up, having babies of their own, birthing relationships, careers, and education. Lauren and Sean have their own blog site and I've posted a link to that here so you can keep up with their adventures in South America. On the blog are links to their pictures.

I will happily post any updates on other family members as well as pictures if you'll send them to me. I think this can be a fun and easy way to stay in touch. With so many of us moving to various parts of the world it is harder and harder to get the group together.

I think that's enough for one day! ha-ha. Hope all is well with everyone else and that the new year is treating you kind.