To say I have been slacking on this blog is an understatement, so I will try to recap August through most of December in a short a post as possible.
August was a hard month for the Bell Family. With the passing of Solon's Grandma Nellie, we ended the summer on a heart-breaking note. We took a quick trip back to Iowa to celebrate her life with the family, and got to spend some extra quality time with Papa Allen and Alynsia.
Quincy started his last year of preschool, and Paloma started her first year of preschool at Shadow Rock. Saying "I LOVE THIS PRESCHOOL" would really not be saying enough. This place is just absolutely FABULOUS.
Somebody got a "Big Girl" Bed!!
I got to go to California with Charissa to see Dave Matthews Band for the first time in about 10 years! It was wonderful. Thank you for inviting me Cha! We had some much needed girl time, and ate fabulous food, drank fabulous wine, and enjoyed a fantastic concert. A perfect weekend!
We went to a circus
And did a lot of painting
My grandma received her 70-year member pin from Alpha Gamma Delta!
We visited Gaga at her new home in Sun City
We took Tia Yolanda to the Phoenix Zoo
Had fun with our cousins
And got into the Halloween spirit!
We lounged around a bit
We went to "Neverland"
Uncle Jimmy came to visit from Iowa - we shared a meal and lots of laughs
We gave thanks for ALL our many blessings
Dinner with Mama Mimi
Meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus at school!
What a wonderful Fall we have had - filled with family, friends, love and laughter. We are certainly looking forward to 2014, and all the new memories it will bring.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Now that the AZ weather is in the 80's consistently, I figured it was time to finally wrap up our summer memories here on the blog. The highlight of our summer, truly, was celebrating the 90th birthdays of two of the important women in our families' lives. Solon's great-grandma Alice (Gaga), and my grandma Miriam (Mama Mimi). We had a joint party for the two of them at the end of June with our local family and friends. Here are some highlights...