It's SO good to be back!!
I just attended three days of dental seminars from a nationally respected speaker. It was a good experience, and I have to say the weather in Arizona (although unusually cold for the area) provided a nice break from the deep freeze back here in Ohio.
Most of my time there was spent in a lecture hall, with some free time in the evenings to enjoy the dining and shopping in Scottsdale. Still, the frozen shores of Lake Erie were a welcome sight as my plane lined up to land in Cleveland. The view of the sunset as we descended was breathtaking (that's the frozen lake in the foreground):
When I arrived home the boys were waiting expectantly. Paul reports they were on their best behavior while I was gone, although Brutus never really stopped looking for me. Of course they gave me a warm, noisy welcome!
I really didn't spend much time in Scottsdale shopping for myself (remarkable, really), but found Paul a nice set of cufflinks, a few souveniers, and even a little something for the boys.
Why would she bring home Coyote poop??
Wait a minute - it smells like chocolate! Hmm.. Don't think we are likely to get any of this, Brute.
Now this looks a little more promising!
Oh, uh - Mason seems to have a monkey on his back!
Let me help you with that, big brother!
Haha!! Take that Mr. monkey!!
Gulp. Wait a minute - how did this happen??
What do you think I am - your pony??
Someone's gonna pay for this....
Argh!! Would you stop monkeying around already?!?
No more monkey business, got it?! You are gonna find yourself in the stuffie hospital pronto!
Regardless of how it looks, the boys are actually enjoying their monkey - his shirt says "I love Arizona", and he makes monkey sounds when you squeeze his belly. Have to imagine this is the last you'll see of him with all limbs in tact....
Not surprisingly, I am hopelessly far behind on everyone's blogs after 5 days. Please be patient while I try to catch up. I have lots to get posted too, including Brutus' Valentine gifts from his sweetie, Stella! Good thing it's a quiet week for me at work - gotta get my priorities straight, you know! (LOL)