I honestly can't remember the last time Monica and I had this much undivided time together and it was fabulous to catch up! She is now a first grade teacher and so now we have teaching in common too...:0 In fact, she sent me a whole pdf of all kinds of games she plays with her kids so I can see if any of them can be adapted to ASL (I teach adults but it is all language development so we play kids games--I have been known to play Simon Says, telephone, tic tac toe, etc. all in ASL!).
Anywho, while Monica was here we were jam packed with activities to include sightseeing, shopping, eating, walking, visiting my family, taking silly pictures and more eating! So here are some photos of what we got up to.
Sunday, after lunch at Joe's Farm Grill, we took a long drive and went to the Salt River Canyon. Here are Kathy, Randy and Monica at the top.
We also took her to the Grapevine to eat (one of my favorite places ever since I was a girl) to have Lavosh. It is an outdoor restaurant (you can even eat on the roof, but with the sun going strong (even in March) we chose to eat under the shady roof!
Randy and I took her to ride the light rail and eat at the Spaghetti factory for a late dinner. That is another restaurant that I have loved since I was a child. They have a "spaghetti tree" which as kids we really believed grew spaghetti! It is looking a bit under the weather these days. It is all in an old mansion type house and it gorgeous and spacious inside. We ate on the trolly...how fun is that? Monica left her phone there and we made it one stop down the light-rail when she realized it and we got off and got on another one going the other way to retrieve it! Luckily one of the waiters had it and she got it back!
Monica offered to fly Kelsey's quilt back (and she already dropped it off with Kelsey's mom) so I wouldn't have to pay shipping so I can't wait to hear what she thinks of it! Monica said she has hers in her guest bedroom because she doesn't want her dog to ruin it.
So Monica's visit was a whirlwind tour of the area with plenty of shopping and entirely too much eating! There were so many other places we wanted to go but had only so much time. We did show her the outside of The Phoenix Castle when it was all lit up but little did we know tours book MONTHS in advance! We will plan to see this next year and send Monica pictures because we sure aren't going through it in the heat of summer.
Today I am working all day (even now, lol my morning class is in a computer lab and there is no talking for me to terp right now!) until late but then I am hoping to get in some Saturday sewing. Sunday is Easter and we are having it at my brother's place this year. My Mom and Dad are moving again in a few weeks (yes this is the 6th time they have moved since I moved her 4.5 years ago) and with the new baby we figured it would be easier to just have it at Sam's. :)