A Stop at Aztec Ruins

We were on our way to Ouray, Colorado after spending a night in Albuquerque. This place looked interesting, so we stopped. Got rained on and almost skipped it, but we persevere through the weather and cranky Yoash – my baby in sweatshirt.

We saw a snake in one of the chambers. My husband and I thought it was a green rope. Whew. It was a long snake.

My kids + Yoel who isn’t here

Gone to Houston for the Day

I drove 9 hours round trip to Houston last Thursday for a hearing. Hearing lasted an hour. Still, it was a nice break from my routine. Too bad my Houston friends were busy at work and I could not stay past 5pm because I have work the next day.

I almost finished the audiobook for DEFENDING JACOB. Made it to chapter 32, but then my loan period expired. I will have to wait to get it back and listened the rest of the way. Was Jacob pronounced “not guilty”? I do not know because I did not make it to the verdict part of the story. So, is there really a murder gene? And the book mentioned that once you’re accused of murder, you might not be found “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” but there is no finding of “NOT guilty or innocent beyond reasonable doubt.” What you have is the prosecution unable to prove that you are “guilty beyond reasonable doubt.” So unfair. The stain stays.

That’s me below, in my daughter’s car because it was my carpool day to pick up 7 boys. My husband had to do it because I am pretty sure I would not be back in time for my carpool

Below, my 10+-mile detour from highway 45 because of an hour slow down. What a scenic route it was. I might drive there around fall to see if the leaves on those trees changes color. It was handy because once my detour put me back on 45, it was the exit to Bucees. Gas, beef jerky, and roasted cashew. Clean restrooms too.

After my hearing, I went to this shopping center where there was 4 Filipino stores. Went to all four, got lots of goodies, ingest tons of calories…Gold Ribbon and their fantastic carbs. Jollibee is next to it – Chicken Joy, peach mango pie, and adobo rice. My daughter’s boyfriend Joey was thrilled I carted those things back to Dallas.

I left Houston with these skyline and much traffic on the highway. Still, it was a fun drive and a productive one. I hope I won that case. It is right at the edge of yes/no, I am curious how the judge will decide.

Came home to Dallas with these skies and an almost empty fuel…also with much traffic.

First of September

A month of mix blessings. There was a death of a beloved son 2 years ago and 5 birthdays – 2 of which are my children. Two years ago, it was a death, a 19th birthday, a funeral, and then a 15th birthday. To say that it was a difficult month of 2016 is an understatement of epic proportions.

Back in late June to Early August, we went on a family trip of five-thousand-plus miles. Visited and drove through 11 states, walked around and visited at least three National Parks.

Walked and swam in the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco.

After Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountains, and Yosemite stops

At Sutro Baths — beautiful day for walking

Hiked and got bitten by freaky huge mosquitoes in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite – hike through the re-planting forest – where we took turns taking pictures. Our Abba flew back to Texas for the Yosemite portion of our trip.

Drove up Rocky Mountains National Park where I was a little scared of the railing-less mountain road. Going off-road up there would mean a certain death or at least very mangled.

Abi and Yossi at the highest part of Rocky Mountains. We could not persuade Yoash to climb up the last few feet to this peak.

Saw Texas version of Stone Henge – not bad at all.

Last stop before home — we had fun with sunset silhouette shots

We saw beautiful land formations after visiting Mount Rushmore. We saw a lot. Even cows who huddled together as if it is a mortal sin to stay further than a tail-length away. This from the states of Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Cows were scattered away from earth other in Wyoming and Colorado. We did not see cows in Utah or even Nevada.

A very nice lady took our picture when we were at Mount Rushmore. First stop we did…we had to sleep at North Platte Nebraska before making it here. We drove through Oklahoma and Kansas. It was still worth the drive