Monday, January 18, 2010

Play Station 3

If you are wondering where Josh & I are....look no further than our living room couch.  My Mom generously donated funds to buy a new play station 3 for Christmas and have been busily inventing characters and landscapes in Little Big Planet or looking for treasure in Drake's Fortune.  Best of all, is the Netflix streaming video.  I LOVE it.  I've been watching Season 1 of Dexter.  Between that and our books and magazines, homemade lasagna and brownies, we have just been relaxing after a very busy holiday season.  This is our first really peaceful and relaxing weekend in well over a month.  We soaked in every minute.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

ATC Production of Ain't Misbehavin'

Picture of the cast from ATC production of Ain't Misbehavin'
(Arizona Theatre Company photo)

My Mom and I had the opportunity to see the latest high energy musical from Arizona Theatre Company: Ain't Misbehavin'. The voices and music blew us away. With never a dull moment, we enjoyed this boisterous musical and its cast of characters. What a neat show!!!! You still have plenty of time to see it in the coming week.

More about the musical: Bright lights. Glamorous gowns. And finger-snapping, toe-tappin’ music. The joint is jumpin’ and we’re taking misbehavin’ to a whole new level! Travel back to Harlem’s sassy, swinging ‘30s with this riveting, Tony Award-winning musical —exuberantly performed by a quintet of irresistible talents. Spend a joyous evening partying with one of the greatest jazz songwriters of all time, Thomas “Fats” Waller. A composer and pianist with a legendary lust for life, he created jubilant melodies, soulful ballads and gleeful love songs like I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Honeysuckle Rose, I Can’t Give You Anything but Love and, of course, Ain’t Misbehavin’. This is one show that may just bring the house down! One never knows … do one?

My Mom enjoying a chai latte before the show.

In addition to the show being wonderful, we were there during the "Girls' Night Out" promotion. Have you heard about this neat package? We entered to win fun prizes, ate lots of good appetizers from Restaurant 1130, had some champagne and we each got an excellent hand massage from the Red Door Spa. WOW, it was a treat!

Chili & Cinnamon Rolls

Today, I am making my favorite chili & cinnamon rolls for my family in Arizona. Chili and cinnamon rolls are a tradition that most Montanans seem to enjoy. Mmmmm! Tomorrow, we say bye to Mom. It has been a nice trip. I'll post details when I have more time.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Queen Creek Olive Mill

I had heard quite a few nice things about the Olive Mill in Queen Creek, Arizona. My Mom flew into the smaller airport in the east valley. I figured that this was a good chance to get over the Olive Mill and check it out. It was fabulous. We learned all sorts of neat details about olives. Did you know that olive trees live for thousands of years? Wow! 1 ton of olives makes about 30-35 gallons of olive oil. And, black olives are not naturally black and are treated with lye in order to tame down the actual taste of the olive. This so makes sense, but I guess I had never really thought about it before.

From Wikipedia:
Olive trees are very hardy, drought-, disease- and fire-resistant, and can live for a very long time. Its root system is very robust and capable of regenerating the tree even if the above-ground structure is destroyed. The older an olive tree is, the broader and gnarlier its trunk appears. Many olive trees in the groves around the Mediterranean are said to be several centuries old, and in some cases this has been verified scientifically.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My mom is coming...

My mom is visiting from Montana for a long weekend. Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

James and Christina Oehler's wedding

We were blessed to spend extra time with Josh's wonderful grandparents to and from the wedding. At close to 90 and 92, they are still very mobile and wonderfully entertaining.

Josh and I

Josh's brother James and his bride Christina.

Josh's parents

Christina and James

Josh's brother Jody and his girlfriend Meredith.

Josh and his brother James.

Josh with his brothers and father.

We spent a lot of time in the car over the past few days. With Grandpa Wally in Sun City West, Grandma Evelyn in Scottsdale and the wedding in Tucson, Josh was really behind the wheel a lot. Like I said, it was a blessing to get the extra time with his grandparents. I think that they really enjoyed getting out and about. The wedding was in Saguaro National Forest, which is such a neat place. There is a sea of saguaros, which each one can sometimes live more than 150 years. It takes 70-80 years to develop a side arm. What a neat plant?! Click on the first picture above to see the view from the wedding site. It was pretty nice. Josh and I really enjoyed seeing his immediate and extended family all in one place.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

James & Christina

Today, Josh and I are headed down to Tucson to see his brother get married. Congratulations and good luck to James & Christina.


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