Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Oh Canada

Something that I've been noticing is that our blue lounge chairs are lightening from the sun. Generally I lay my swimsuit out in the sun to dry, but my green and white polka-dot swim top is fading. I guess I won't be laying them out anymore and we'll see how long it takes for the blue to fade to white from all of this sun.

Now, it's been a long time since I've been on here and there has been a lot going on to tell about. J's family was here for a week and a half. J's niece, husband and kids drove down his mom. While they stayed with the husbands father in Mesa, J's mom stayed with us. We took her to the top of South Mountain, over to Wickenburg, up to Payson and then to Canyon Lake in which we rode the Dolly Steamboat which was her first time on a boat. We ate at various restaurants and she saw other sights around our neighborhood, Uncle B's house, Saguaro Lake, Fountain Hills and all of the Arizona scenery. We had a pool party and BBQ one Saturday with his niece and family. A week later J's sister and her husband drove down to pick up mom and take her up to Las Vegas. They stayed for a couple of days and joined us on the steamboat ride. They took her up to see the Grand Canyon, The Hoover Dam and into Las Vegas where they will stay for 3 days. To be 75 years old and to experience all that she has in this past week and a half has been exciting. She battled a cold through it all too. We hope she can make it back down again someday.

The drive to Payson last Saturday was awesome! It's about 2 hours away from our house. It was such a beautiful drive up to Payson with mountains galore. Since the weather has been hot here in Chandler, over 100 degrees, Payson's elevation was high enough to cool us down for a day, a perfect 90 degrees. We cruised through town a bit, then ate lunch at the Bee Line Cafe. J and I shared a slice of apple pie for dessert. So far, that was the best apple pie I've ever had in a restaurant.

The Dolly steamboat ride at Canyon Lake was really cool. It was pretty educational since the lake has a lot of history. We even saw some wildlife there. It was a HOT 108 degrees which made it the hottest day we've experienced since living here.

One of my favorite things about summer is eating watermelon. My mom always used watermelon as a way to cool down coming in from the hot outdoors. J's mom bought us a watermelon from a lady who sells them on the side of the road. She's always in the same spot selling oranges or watermelons and there's nothing like getting fresh fruit. I've been munching on awesome tasting watermelon for a while now.

That about sums it up for our week with our company. I had today off from work since it's Canada Day and it was a very fulfilled, relaxing day. Too bad I have to go back to work for two more days.

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