Our nephew, Ted, and his wife, Johanna, invited our California family and us over for a cookout today. Ted's younger three sisters live in Colorado. Ted and Johanna frequently host family get-togethers which is great because they seem to really enjoy doing it and have such a perfect home for entertaining.
Their daughter, Christina, and her boyfriend, Joe, were there. It was great seeing her again and getting to meet him.
Merl, our niece Judy, Johanna, and Rich enjoyed sitting OUTSIDE to visit. I had nearly forgotten how fabulous it is to be in a warmer climate for the winter. Judy is Ted's sister.
Our sister-in-law, Helen, is Ted's and Judy's mom. She stays wonderfully the same, never seeming to age.
Rich is watching Ted make his special beans...I hope he was paying attention because those were some darned good beans!
Time to eat...everybody brought something, Ted grilled the meats, and it was all delicious!
Hadouken, Johanna, and Brewski were winding down for the evening as we all got ready to leave. Their dogs get along great and had played all afternoon so they were ready to rest. Hadouken is Christina's dog and was so comfy sitting with "Grandma" that he did not want to leave.
This was our family, we shared holidays and lots of other family events, when we lived in California so I loved getting to spend a few hours visiting with them while we're here. Today is our last day here and it is clear that I planned this poorly. A week is not enough time to explore all the places that I would like or enough time to spend with the folks who were such a huge part of our lives when we lived here.
Lovin' Life ~~ And Family Ties