Friday, January 22, 2010

Good Times with Ali and the Girls!

We were treated to more wonderful visitors when Ali Lund and her darling girls, Ella, Sophie, and Faith came for the weekend. We had a great time shopping, lunching, and visiting the zoo.  The best thing about good friends is that time can pass and you pick up right where you left off.  Here's hoping they move closer!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Year's and New Fun with the Stremels

Mom and Dad Stremel came out to visit us after Christmas, and we had such a great visit with them! We took them out for Cafe Rio upon their arrival in Phoenix--a must for any visit! We headed back down to Tucson and spent the next day or so relaxing, cooking, and just enjoying all being together. The first day after they arrived, Jason, Sue and Amanda spent most of the day in the kitchen, doing prep work for some of the yummy meals that were planned for the next few days. Mom and Dad Dillon joined us for a New Year's Eve dinner that we had planned using lots of recipes from Jason's new cookbook.  We had a fabulous time and ate until we were all stuffed! On New Year's Day, Jason's cousin Kevin and his wife Sherry, who have recently moved to Phoenix, joined us, and we all headed out to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. We had a great time and hope to see more of them now that we live so close. The next day we ran a few errands and saw Sherlock Holmes at the theatre, which we all enjoyed. We had hoped to head down to Tombstone this trip, but we couldn't quite make the drive work, so we went up to Mount Lemmon instead!  We walked through the snow, took in the beautiful views and had a lovely lunch on top of the mountain.  We closed out the trip with a fun dinner at PF Changs with the Millars, some great family friends of the Stremels. We loved having the Stremels here and thoroughly enjoyed their visit. We can't wait to see everyone again at Ryan and Erin's wedding in April!