As I mentioned before, my brother is a chef at The Barking Frog Grille, and The Cowboy Club. We had the pleasure of having dinner with Mark, Erin, her kids, & my parents in a private dining room at The Barking Frog. It was amazing!! Appetizers included, cactus fries, vegetable quesadillas, pancetta, fresh mozarella cheese, blue corn chips with fresh salsa, guacamole & queso. For dinner I had the most amazing carne asada--yum! This was my dessert--Mark's fresh made Tres Leches Chocolate Cake. Kate grabbed my strawberry and took a bite before I could take my picture. It was such a wonderful meal--the kind where you wish you'd never feel full because everything tasted so yummy and you didn't want to stop eating! :)
Kenzie was mesmerized by this beautiful tiled bench outside of the restaurant. This is actually one of two--facing each other.
My brother and his girlfriend live in one of the most beautiful places ever! They live in Oak Creek Canyon, just minutes north of Slide Rock State Park in Sedona. I was standing right by their front door when I took this picture. They have an apple & pear tree orchard right in front of their house. I told them that I couldn't live there, because I'd never get anything done! You just want to sit and stare at the beauty around you.
Part of the orchard right off their front porch.
This was taken as I walked back up to their house from the creek. So beautiful!!
Even though the water was freezing cold, the kids absolutely loved exploring in the creek. Next time we will bring water shoes to make it a little easier on the feet.
My brother Mark was a good sport to get in a little and help with Kenzie. Here they were looking at the little minnows in the creek.
Kenzie needed to warm up a little.
On the way to the creek is a wonderful tree swing! I wish we'd had more time to swing and explore. We had such a great time and the kids talk about it at least once a day. Kenzie has decided that she wants to move to "Arizonia" to live in Sedona with Uncle Mark. :)
My wonderful parents! Thanks Mom & Dad for driving back & forth from Flagstaff to see us! We love you and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Thanks Mark & Erin for your hospitality and patience with our kids--especially as they kept your dogs and cat running the whole time we were there! You guys are amazing!