Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fall Ball!

David's fall baseball season is in full swing.  They have had several practices and clinics, but yesterday was their first game.  It was a beautiful Arizona morning, with cooler temps, a beautiful blue sky, and a gentle breeze.  Gorgeous weather!  This was a beautiful field right next door to the University of Arizona baseball stadium.

Joe was trying to show Isaac and Joshua where David was........kind of hard to understand when all the players are wearing the same clothes!

Here is David up to bat - he got several good hits and has really improved in his skills since last spring.

David started out in left field and then got moved to first base.  He and another teammate had a really great play and got the opposing runner out!

Group can tell it was windy.  My goodness, hasn't David gotten tall and broad?

Now, the little boys were weary of watching the game, uh...........playing in the dirt, so once the game ended we walked over to the park and around the lake for a bit. It was a beautiful day! What a sweet picture of the little boys - and wow, there is green grass!  Quite an opportunity for a photo shoot!

Heading over to the park -  Joshua was worn out already and needed help from David!

We walked around this beautiful lake and I just had to take another picture of my tall son!

Isaac had no fear in walking across the rocks of this waterfall with Joe.  Joshua was scared to death, and much preferred watching from a nice comfortable rock!

To wrap things up, we walked through a lovely rose garden.  However, I think the roses were suffering a bit from the heat of the summer - but they were still beautiful to look at.  There was a lady there collecting dead petals to give to the nearby zoo.  Apparently the elephants and giraffes love them and the zookeepers use them as "candy" to help get medications down.

That wraps up our Saturday adventure!  We got pizza on the way home, watched the last ten minutes of the Alabama game, and then David watched a re-run of the Nebraska game.  I would say it was a very good day!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Arizona Beauty

Arizona has beautiful weather much of the year, but with only eleven inches of annual rainfall, the foliage is........................uh, rather sparse.  Being midwesterners-at-heart, we long for the green grass, changing fall leaves, and beautiful bushes and flowers.  However, there is one bush that does so very well here and it is gorgeous.  Meet the Mexican Bird of Paradise!

This is a gorgeous bush that blooms most of the summer.  Its blooms are just now beginning to fall off as we get "cooler" temperatures.  But the intricacies in the blooms are amazing!  And the bees seem to love them, too.

I am thankful for the little bit of color we get during the summer months and will look forward to seeing theses bushes bloom again next year!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Grand Canyon Adventure!

Joe and David had a marvelous time at the Grand Canyon and really enjoyed some much needed father-son time!  They came back with beautiful pictures.....................enjoy!

Yes, my thoughts exactly!

David took this looking over the edge.  That's quite a drop off to certain death!  And yes, people still die while visiting the Grand Canyon - most are trying to get a dramatic photo shoot.

They met quite a few people on the trail - most were from other countries!

Great sign!  I'm sure I could get down a bit.............but back up?  That's the hard part! Joe and David had some serious sore leg muscles the next day!

One of my favorite pictures that David took - good photography, my boy!

A great picture of my sweetie!  Thanks for taking David on such a great trip!