Sunday, November 18, 2007

A moment to breathe

Today was the first day in 2 weeks that I had a moment to slow down. And it was nice. Aside from the busy holidays, there is nothing else on my plate till March. But knowing me and how my life tends to flow, some adventure will come up that I will not be able to resist.

The trip to Pismo was good. It was a weekend more of reflection and remembrances rather than a playful weekend, but it was good to be there with and for my dearest friend.
Saturday morning we took a short walk on the beach.Enjoying the warmth of the sun. Reflecting on friendships. Looking for sand dollars to bring back to her beautiful daughter.

Later in the early afternoon, we went to the Monarch Butterfly Grove with some of Danielle's other friends.Every year, thousands of Monarch butterflies flock to the California coast between October and March. The trees were filled with these beautiful butterflies.
It was a peaceful place, watching the butterflies flutter around, sometimes resting on eucalyptus branches, fanning their wings in the warm sun.

We watched the sunset from the hotel.All of nature's little details were on our side.

We left very early the following morning which gave me some time with Danielle's daughter to dance with the Wiggles and have a tea party with her Little Einstein dolls before they had to take me to the airport. Spent the next few days in Vegas with the parentals loading trucks and driving for hundreds of miles.

In just a few days, we'll celebrate Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. Usually we travel south for the feast but this year we're staying local and all the other brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and one cousin are coming this direction. We'll be a loud and crazy bunch.

Anybody have to-do ideas for the day after Thanksgiving that doesn't include fighting for parking spaces?


Lilli & Nevada said...

Mad, what a wonderful weekend you had, the photo of the sunset is wonderful. also i guess i didn't relize the butterflies would be out this time of yr, but then i forget your in warmer climate then me. Glad your back

Ragged Around the Edges said...

Mmmmm, may have been busy, but sounds like a wonderful way to ease into winter.

As for the day after Thanksgiving, I say watch movies and craft!

Ginnie said...

I knew you would have a spectacular time, Mad. You attract it to yourself! That's what I like about you. :)

Nan said...

I'm glad you're back.

I'm struck by how similar your photo of the butterflies against the blue background is to Phin's scrapbook page. You two must have been sending out strong vibes.

paris parfait said...

Gorgeous photos of your wonderful weekend! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your loud and crazy bunch! xoxox