Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Parents Come for a Visit (Part 1)

November was filled with many visitors - something we love! My mom was in town the first weekend and we had Andrew's parents in town for Thanksgiving.
Part 1 is about mom's visit:
I worked 1/2 day on Friday, grabbed some lunch at our favorite noodle house, Doc Cheys, and then we hit Atlantic Station for some shopping. We found some good deals and were definitely worn out by dinner time. So we picked up California Pizza Kitchen and headed home.
Saturday we had a lazy morning before heading to the Botannical Gardens. I'll try not to bore you with too many pictures, but it was a beautiful afternoon and for the time of year, we were surprised how many flowers were still in bloom. There was a bride getting ready for her wedding wondering through the garden taking pictures. Beautiful setting!

Mom & I in front of the entrance

Pretty blue glass sculpture/fountain in the middle of the garden

The garden was featuring sculptures by Henry Moore. We know him from the sculptures there are of his in Kansas City. A common theme of his is with a mother and child. I liked this one the best of those.
I thought the pink of the blooming roses were beautifully contrasted against the orange of the fall colors on the tree in the background.

Me with one of the several frog sculptures througout the garden.

Orchids that were in the orchid room. I loved the beautiful colors. There were so many unique types!

Green leaves are pretty too - especially when bordered with pretty purple!

Mom snaps our picture while we try to take one of our own.

Mom & I by another fountain.

The kid in me wanted to go down the slide. . . ha ha! :o)

We ended the weekend by going to church. Mom got to see what we do when we help with Children's Worship & Wonder. It was nice to have another set of hands to help us out. I was sad to see her go so quickly - weekend visits are never long enough but definitely better than no visit.