Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Project Life 2014 ~ November 15 to 24

Project Life 2014

November 15

Today we went to Frankie Avalon's concert at South Point, one of his famous tune is Venus, but my favorite of his is one from the movie "Grease", Beauty School Dropout.

We came home and discovered that Papi finally break through the gate we put up between the dining area and the living room to prevent him for going under the couch, DH put 4 bricks to hold the gate and managed to keep the gate up for a while, but Papi finally break his way through today, naughty boy Papi, naughty boy.....

November 17

We got news that Dan was in intensive care, so DH leave for Iowa today

My friend and I supposed to sit in for the new adult Chinese/Mandarin class at Asian American Group today but we got the wrong time and the class won't start till evening, there was a fruit carving class going on instead in the afternoon, so we attended that just for fun.

the one on the right is my very first carved radish, not too bad for a beginner huh?

November 19

We went out for dinner this evening and received the bad news that Dan had passed, we came home right away and then made a decision that we are driving to Iowa instead of flying. There are so many reason for doing that, first of all, DH doesn't like to deal with people at the airport and on the plane, that is why he is traveling less and less for work recently, the other reason is that we love traveling in our car instead of have to think what to pack, we just dump everything we think we need into the car, that makes thing easier, the biggest reason is that I can take Papi along with me, our neighbor Diane is no longer a good option since the last trip, we knew that somedays she just came in for like 9 minutes, twice a day, that is too little for Papi, even though we paid her more than we would pay if we sent Papi to a pet hotel, Papi didn't get much time as we wish for and that is sad.

Papi is always a good traveler, he would just sit on my lap or something just next to my feet.

We left home at 10 PM, drove 4 hours and rest for the night at Flagstaff, Arizona.

November 20

We continue to drive through New Mexico and stopped at Los Cuates at Albuquerque for lunch.
Drive through Texas and then stopped for a night at Wichita, Kansas for the our 2nd night.
Papi is very well behaved with all that driving, we let him run a bit whenever we made a stop, and when he is thirsty, I just give him a cup and he would drink from that cup, and then make us laugh by trying to look funny. Whenever we get to a hotel, he would first pee and do his business on the pee pee pad, and he never even dirty any other area in the hotel room

November 21

Today, we drive through Missouri and then Iowa, stopped at Iowa City for DH's favorite pizza.

We finally arrived at Cedar Rapids, Iowa late afternoon. 23 hours of driving, and Papi has been good all the way.

November 22 

It is the funeral of Dan, we are all very very sad.

after the funeral, we want to hang around just in case Marilyn needs any help, she wants to go home and have a rest, so DH and I took Papi to my brother-in-law Steve's house to play with their dog Bailey. It was funny to see how the two met for the first time, Bailey is a big dog but she is a big chicken according to Steve, but we knew that Papi is a bigger chicken, he just cling on to me all the time, and when I put him down on the floor, he would just freeze when Bailey is close. After some time, when Bailey lost interest in Papi and lay down to sleep, Papi start going around Bailey to sniff, as though he was checking if Bailey is still alive, so so funny

November 23

Sunday morning, we went to Marilyn's place and stayed till noon, and then we started heading back home. DH decided to take a different route through Colorado so he could see his daughter Sarah. We drove through Iowa, Nebraska and stopped there for lunch, continue to drive to Denver, Colorado for a night. Just one more day of driving tomorrow! Yay!

November 24

It is such a wrong choice driving through Colorado in November, we were stuck on the road, driving 5 miles an hour due to snow storm near Vail, Co.

our car is made for Vegas weather, it just too dangerous even we drive 5 miles an hour on icy roads

the scenery outside is beautiful though

my baby is sleeping soundly, it is cold so I wrapped him up with a big towel, he seems very comfortable on my lap, just like a baby

I am so glad I bought this flask form Target, it is so good that keeps the water warm in the flask for nearly 24 hours, so I have hot water almost all the way in the car.

by the time we reached Mesa and Grand Junction, Colorado, DH is in such bad mood that he decided not to stop, the Colorado route supposed to be 2 hours shorter than the southern route we took on our way to Iowa, but because of the snow storm and icy roads, we were delayed 3 hours instead, he was so pissed at himself making the bad decision and that we will be home much later then we planned, we skip seeing Sarah and drive straight home. 

we finally got home near 11 PM, ahhhh.... good to be back to Las Vegas!


Diane said...

Sorry to hear about your lost Kirsty. Glad that you made it safely back home from your long drive.

Best of the holidays.


Greta said...

Love the neutral colors you use for the pages, Kirsty. so hard loosing our loved ones--the world just doesn't seem the same. I have to smile, though, when you write about Papi. I especially loved his meeting the big dog--how cute! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

your sides are wonderful
Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas

Tieva Design said...

Thank you for all those wonderful pictures and layouts!!!

Ros Crawford said...

What a lovely post this is ... It was a sad occasion but I felt I was with you all the way ... I'm so glad Papi was with you too

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Your pages about your brother-in-law are very precious! I am glad that you included them! I am sorry to hear that one of the people that you trusted to take care of Papi didn't do a good job!! That's so wrong!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Just like Greta I love your neutral palette here and it's always a joy to get a peek into your PL Kirsty so thank You for sharing!!

Ira Huberts said...

These were difficult times for your and your family Kirsty, not all memories are sweet ones... alas... But I do love Papi with his cute hat though ;-)

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Wendy Green said...

Awwww, Papi is so cute!! Look at that little hat, so funny and sweet.
I'm sorry Kirsty that you and your loved ones have to miss Dan, take care sweetie. Big hugs xxx

Stella said...

It is such a sad occasion to travel but it also gave you memories to cherish. Not all of them but it must have been great to have Papi with you.

Andie Miller said...

Your layouts again address wonderful. I like how you add so much. Sounds like the drive was extremely stressful. I've been there, glad you made it o.k.

Audrey Pettit said...

Beautiful pages, Kirsty! I especially love the photo collage of Dan. What a lovely tribute. And loving your last pages with the scattered snow title and snowflakes, too. So sweet!
Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas, my friend!

Audrey Pettit said...

Meant to thank you for your beautiful card, too!

Lady Lilith said...

Wow. the melons are amazing. Just breathtaking.

Denise van Deventer said...

Gorgeous spreads again Kirsty! Life is certainly eventful and many things are constanly changing and happening! PL is such an easy way of documenting it all! Love your PL work! ;-)