Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pinning Weekend: Part 3

Almost 2 weeks later, I am finishing my recap on the weekend my parents visited for my pinning ceremony. The rest of the weekend we got to kick back and relax a little -- and had a great time!

Saturday we headed to the east side of Tucson to check out "Colassal Caves Mountain Park". This is something we've known about all 2.5 years we've lived in tucson - but Ryan & I have never checked out it.

So history lesson time:

Colassal Cave is considered a dormant/dry/"dead" cave. There are visible stalagtites and stalagmites, but they're just not dripping and live - they look more petrified. However, if the ice age were to return, and the area was underwater - this cave would come out of it's dormant stage.

It was "discovered" in 1879. However, during the discovery - they found artifacts to prove it had been used for many years prior. They found tribal Indian artifacts such as mortars/bowls and symbols throughout the caves. They also found artifacts from "old west" bank robbers/cowboys hiding. Things such as bottles of Whiskey, tobacco cans, etc.

In the 1930's the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) reconstructed the caves and made it "tourable". They opened walked ways, added small wooden bridges, and brought it stones for "stairs". It's pretty incredible.

It was very beautiful and mysterious and defintely spurred my interested in caves. Apparently there are a lot of caves around the Tucson area, and Ryan and I are seriously considering checking out some other ones!

Here are some photos from the caves!

Snapping a photo before going in!


Stalagtites and some rock formations. If you see this in real life - the formation looks like a witch's face. Kinda weird!





After walking the caves, we worked up an appetite. Since Mom & DAd were in Tucson - we decided some Sonoran-Mexican cuisine was neccessary. So we took them to our favorite mexican restaraunt in Tucson: Mi Nidito. (Spanish for "My Little Nest"). Many celebrities visit this restaraunt when visiting Tucson.

The rest of the day was spent just relaxing and catching up! Finishing the evening with a firey game of International Rummy! We really had a great weekend, and I cherish the weekend that get to be spent with family! They are so missed! Thank you Mom & Dad for a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Home Sweet Home

As I shared with you a few months ago, we have been in "House-Hunter" mode. We had made the decision to wait until January to buy. But we have still been spending countless moments together searching houses on zillow.com, TARMLS (the Tucson listings), etc......

We have spent many moments playing with our grand budget to make sure everything fits perfect. Well, Ryan plays with the numbers - I watch and ask him to explain it to me. Again, and again. I really wish I would've taken like...an accounting class or something? Or listened to my Mom when she tried teaching me back in the day

Well, we were driving around our "desired neighborhood" on Friday and stumbled upon Model homes for a new development.

Everything about this community is perfect (for our standards). Incredible mountain views, the houses are exactly what we want, and things just feel "right".

We can't get excited yet...

.....Because we still have the paper work to go through.

But, I wanted to share a little excitement from our neck of the woods! If you want, you could send some good vibes and prayers our way, too! If all goes through with the contract and what-not.....we will probably begin building late September-October and the house will be move-in-ready by January!

Besides spending Friday & Saturday meeting with the house-people, looking at different flooring/countertops/cupboards/etc at the Home Gallery.......our weekend highlights included:

  • Hitting up an Irish pub called Auld Dublinger to celebrate our excitement
  • Went to a comedy club Saturday night and saw Auggie Smith - check this guy out! He is HILAROIUS. We left the show feeling like we didn't pay enough for the level of entertainment
    • We got seated in the front row.....and Ryan & I got called on during the show. Which I will have to share with you all in another post. Very red-faced and embarassing!!
  • Saw a great (and free) Live Jazz concert
  • Ryan taught me how to play chess.....which was challenging (for both of us). I don't foresee this becoming a regular hobby of ours - but, it was good bonding time!
Have a great week, everyone! :)