Well, it's June already. I mentioned in my last post that I would share some interesting things at Jess' house while I visited for a week in So Cal. I stayed with Nel the first part of the week, and with Jess the rest of the week, and on the drive to Jess' house, we all stopped at a popular Mexican restaurant. It had a fun atmosphere, and the food was delicious. There was a mural outside the restaurant that was so bright and colorful.
uncle b. bought the girls coloring books, and it was a special time for grandma and Francesca to color together. Coloring books were actually one of my favorite things to do as a kid, along with creating with paper and glitter and glue.
Jess has a patio area that's so charming, and there is a jasmine bush, an aloe plant, a strawberry plant, and a salsa garden. It consists of tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro. Also, there sits a little chair with painted rocks. The ladybug was my favorite.
These vibrant pink flowers were so pretty. Jess just bought them, and they are coming along nicely.
Francesca has a variety of Barbie dolls, and with them are Princess dolls, which the other grandma gave her. I had the best time playing Barbie's with her, dressing them up with clothes and accessories. I told her that I only had one Barbie when I was a girl, and I think she remembered that cause she mentioned it to Jess when I was on the phone with her. Once a Barbie girl, always a Barbie girl.
*the long brown hair braided doll was Jess' when she was a little girl.
We did many things while I was there for the remainder of the time. We went to Francesca's school, and the three of us went shopping while the dads watched the kids. Home Goods, Barnes and Noble, and World Market, to name a few.
Jess prepared a lovely tea party for all of us with sandwiches, fruit, croissants, cheese and crackers, and chocolate. This picture of the three generations I treasure the most.
And just like that, it was time to go home. Brian got up very early and drove me to the airport, around 4:00 am, which I appreciate so much. On my flight, I had a window seat, and talked with a sweet young woman who was born in Rome. That was interesting for sure. She was visiting her friend and was going to do some backpacking in the mountains. We have some of the finest trails here for hiking.
We are supposed to get rain this week, thunderstorms! I made a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Homemade cookies are always nice on a rainy day.