I have always wanted another cat particularly a fluffy gray cat and I always knew that her name would be Cecil. I never got one though because I didn't know how Emillio would react. I still don't really know, but last weekend I took the plunge anyway and got Cecil!
I got her from one of my mom's cats that had kittens and I fell in love with her the first time I saw her. Even Andrew comments that she has a cute face. ;) She's adjusting well to being a house cat and has warmed up to us. She is still a little nervous of the parts of our house that she hasn't been in, but we're working on that. As far as she and Emillio go...Emillio knows she's there, she hears her and smells her under the door of the guest room where she is staying. Yesterday we had some hissing, but I'm optimistic that over time, she'll love Cecil as much as we already do. :)
Emillio and Cecil are now the best of friends! It took us about a month to slowly introduce them, but now they wrestle and play like they've been together forever. :) Having 2 cats is lot more work for me, but I also love having 2 cats because one or both of them is always with me following me around the house or sitting in my lap. I love that the most. ;)
Andrew's birthday fell on a Sunday this year and he wanted to go to SLC and eat at LongHorn Steakhouse, but since he likes me to make him a birthday dinner, I did that the night before. I made him shepherd's pie with a lemon meringue pie for dessert. For his presents, I gave him a Pepsi can cake, a USU alumni license plate holder, an iTunes gift card and told him he could renew his second pole fishing license. He loved his Pepsi can cake and still hasn't wanted me to take it apart. ;)
I didn't do so well this past month at getting any further along on my cross stitch project. :( I did get a bit more done at craft night last Tuesday though, which is the reason we get together so I can't feel too bad. :) Here is this month's snippet
pic of how far I've come!
Also, a few of us decided we wanted to start swapping again so we've decided to swap a vintage dish towel at next month's swap! Can't wait!
My side of the family has begun to move all over the world...literally...so we all decided that we needed to get together as a family and spend Memorial Day weekend together. We choose Lake Tahoe as sort of a central spot, but also because none of us had been there before and we thought it would be fun to check out. :)
We began Friday morning and though we had thought about flying there, it just didn't work out so Andrew and I decided to rent a car to save the miles on our car and also to make the long drive to Lake Tahoe more fun! We reserved a full size car, but when we got to the rental place they didn't have any so they went to upgrade us to the next step up and couldn't find the keys to the car they were going to give us so they asked us if we wanted to have a red Ford Mustang that rents for $150 a day! Umm...yes!
Then we were on our way! We met up with my brother's family in Wendover for lunch and then caravaned the rest of the way, which also made the time go faster since I got to spend extra time with my nieces and nephew. ;) That night Andrew and I had reserved a king room at The Ridge Tahoe, which is also where we would be spending the next 2 nights in a two bedroom suite with my sister Leisa and her family. Super nice!
Saturday morning we decided to see the town of South Lake Tahoe and hit Harvey's Casino for a little gambling and lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. :)
Then we headed back up the mountain to check into our two bedroom suite!
View of Lake Tahoe from the drive up to our condo.
Door to Leisa's king bedroom and bathroom.
Doors to our king bedroom and bathroom.
I was obsessed with how gorgeous it was so I took pictures of it all. ;) Also, each bedroom and the living room all had access doors to a huge patio with a barbecue. It was great!
Sunday morning Andrew and I went back to South Lake Tahoe and parked our car at one of the casinos because we wanted to walk along the road and look at all the little shops.
We crossed over into California on our walk. ;)
Andrew saw that we could take a horse carriage ride so we decided to be spontaneous and jumped in! It was actually really fun! We learned a lot from our local driver and got to see Lake Tahoe from the beach. The water was so blue and gorgeous!
Crossing back into Nevada to get back to our car. ;)
From there, Andrew and I had booked a sightseeing cruise on Lake Tahoe! This was something I had been wanting to do since we decided to go to Lake Tahoe so I was excited! Our ship was the M.S. Dixie II and she is a paddlewheeler. :D
View of the dock.
Being on the water with the mountains on the banks reminded me of being in Alaska...except the beautiful blue water. It wasn't blue like this in Alaska!
The sightseeing cruise took us across the lake to Emerald Bay where the lake's only island is. On the banks of Emerald Bay is a castle built years ago by a very wealthy woman. She also built a tea house on the top of the island and every day a member of her staff would take her and one of her guests on a boat over to the island for afternoon tea.
Other side of the island.
Such a fun mini vacation with a lot of family time thrown in in the evenings. My entire family was there including my Grandma Cole from Washington. :) So happy to be in the family I'm in. I couldn't ask for more and though it might be at least 3 years before we are all together again, we'll have these memories forever!
Uncle Andrew lit the fire in our condo for Will and Mayci one night. :)
The princess crown that Uncle Andrew made for Kinley out of glow sticks one night. :)