Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Time Out

Hello all, I've missed a couple posts lately, but it's for a good reason: my brother got married! This was a joyous event that allowed us to take a mini-vacation to Ohio and Kentucky to go cleanse our pores in the humidity and take in the changing fall colors. Here are some of the highlights of our trip.

The wedding was gorgeous, and we all had a great time. I am so happy to have another sister-in-law!!! One day all of us ladies will gang up on my four brothers and take them down. I used to be able to do this when we all still lived in Mom and Dad's house, but those days are long gone. Now I just have to cry when they come and jump on my back without warning.

I love going to weddings. Desert Boy was the ring bearer, which made the wedding a little more interesting. He missed his morning nap so was a bit cantankerous by the time the ceremony started. When I gave him the pillow with the rings to carry, he promptly threw it on the ground. Everyone in the back of the church laughed. He didn't get too far down the aisle before he decided it was too big a job, and then I got to carry him the rest of the way.

Desert Boy had the chance to dress up and reunite with his Uncle Andrew. This time around Uncle Andrew didn't go on any crazy hikes, and in fact he found out that keeping up with Desert Boy may be as difficult as hiking down into (and back up!) the Grand Canyon.

Nevertheless, all the attention made Desert Boy tired at times, wanting to hold onto Mama even when she was busy videotaping the riproaring dancing on the dance floor or the hilarious rendition of the Lumberjack song.

The long weekend provided a wonderful opportunity to see lots of family, including meeting the newest cousin. Desert Boy was quite enthralled and didn't even pull her hair or put his hands into her mouth (too many times).

Of course Desert Boy had to sample some of the Kentucky soil. Perhaps one day he will join Future Farmers of America and be an expert soil judge. He seemed to like the texture and taste of this soil quite a bit, for he kept eating it.

We showed him poison ivy, my nemesis. Just looking at it makes me itch. It usually takes me a week after contact for the rash to show up, so even though I'm feeling good now, there's still time...

We got to see cool creatures that we don't have here in the desert, like this big snail.

Desert Boy also had fun walking in the woods and looking at all the pretty leaves. 

It was a great trip but went by way too fast. Now we're getting reacquainted with our dry desert home, far from busy roads and traffic lights (and shopping!). 


Anonymous said...

cool slug picture!

Anonymous said...

whoops... snail, not slug

Coloradolady said...

Looks like you had a great trip. That little desert boy is just too cute.

Sounds lovely getting back home to no cars, roads, and traffic......wish I was there.

The Incredible Woody said...

Sounds like a great trip. They picked the perfect weekend weather-wise for a wedding! I am sure Desert Boy was adorable!!

Anonymous said...

In one post you've managed to hit several areas of your expertise: desert boy, plants, water, destination, wildlife (animal and human!) and even ranching (desert boy trying out new soils, always on the outlook for better ways to grow alfalfa). Just sorry I couldn't be there!


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