Wednesday, September 22, 2010


It was so wonderful having Mom and Dad here. I wish they lived closer. When they left this morning, it was very bitter sweet...more on the bitter side I guess. We had so much fun and enjoyed each others company so much that it was sad to see them leave knowing that I probably won't see them again until Christmastime. There were a few tears shed. But at the same time, it's good to get back to some sort of routine, even if it is only for a day before I leave for Cleveland.

Here are some of the highlights of the long weekend. By the way, Mom knows about this post, but Dad doesn't and I'd like to keep it that way. Giggle with me, but please don't share or embarrass Dad by telling him you saw this!

1. Dad burned his toast on day one. That's actually become his signature trademark in every place I have ever lived. When I moved to Dallas, he burned it so badly (at 6:00 am on a Saturday) that it set off the smoke alarm and woke my neighbors (they never did like me!). It happens in every house/apartment. And it's been the same toaster for 5 years. You'd think he'd figure it out eventually

2. I made a short timer's calendar for Dad's retirement. When Mom and I went to pick it up at Staples, we saw living irony:
That's right! It's a Salvation Army Donation-pick-up truck that reads "Give. Shop. Help Others" on the side. It was in a strip mall parking lot (shop) getting towed (help others). We had to laugh a little and take a picture.

3. We had some amazing meals. I mean REALLY amazing meals. I am still full. And I have the urge to eat every two hours and rinse it down with a nice glass of wine. That will pass!

4. The theme for most of the weekend was "who has a cooler app for that?" Between our iPhones and Dad's Droid, we had some fun with this. Dad has an app that will show you the star constellations overhead based on your current location. It was pretty cool...Here's Dad showing Mom on our way home from our wonderful (and indulgent) dinner out:
Aren't they the cutest couple ever!

5. We laughed A LOT! I mean all out giggle fest. On Saturday we cooked a turkey on the Weber grill and it was fantastic. We had perfect weather and our deck is in the shade. We went to Home Depot almost every day. Mom and Dad bought us a fire extinguisher for our kitchen. While we were cooking outside (boys) and baking inside (girls) Dad had some peanuts and a glass of wine and unpacked the fire extinguishers for us. Here's what we got:

I am sure none of you are surprised that he did that! I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! This is the picture I would ask that you please not mention to Dad... I'd hate for him to revoke my dad-blogging privileges!

6. We took a cog train to the summit of Pikes Peak (14,110) feet. It was amazing. And here's something that I'll bet you didn't know (or at least I didn't know!). The woman who wrote "America the Beautiful" wrote it after her awe-inspiring stagecoach ride to Pikes Peak. Here are a few of the photos we took.

You think that view's pretty fantastic, but here's my favorite!


  1. Great post and my lips are sealed. I can't wait to hear your mom's both have the story-telling gift/blessing. Enjoy your time with Angie:)

  2. Wonderful post. I, like Sue, have sealed lips. Yes, they are the cutest couple and NO, I was not surprised by your dad and this tee shirt!

    That Droud versus Iphone thing is a hoot, we are all into that comparing thing, but we ALL LOVE what we have.

    Sounds like a great visit. I am so happy for all of you, and Christmastime is not THAT far away.

    Hugs to Angie and family, safe traveling for you, enjoy yourself.

    OH, that eating followed by wine thing will really pass, but likely just in time for your visit in Cleveland.

  3. Jessica, if you can believe this, he actually peeled the sticker off of something and put it on his t-shirt...which makes it even funnier!

  4. That is the sweetest picture at the end! there a link you can share for the turkey on the Weber? Kyle's been super-charcoal grill man this summer, it sounds like something he'd like to try!