~ Catching up ....

 First of all, I want to wish everyone a very happy first day of Fall... yay!!!

It's been a while. 
Blogging took a backseat this past summer. 

We decided to enjoy every bit of summer and make time for traveling and spending time with family.

 My sweet husband and I just returned from a wonderful trip to beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 If you've ever been to Santa Fe, then you know how beautiful it is. The architecture, the colors... it's all wonderful. 
I love the old doors, and the blues, and greens, and turquoise colors against the adobe and stucco colors. Look at the brick detail in the above picture... simply beautiful.
Did you know that the oldest house in the United States is in Santa Fe??
 This is the oldest house in the U.S.A.
There is a museum in the house, and you can see the way that people used to live back then.
One of the best things about Santa Fe, is that right now is chili season, and everywhere you go, there are chilis roasting. The entire city smells wonderful and there are delicious meals with roasted chilis as a main ingredient.
We brought home four containers of fire roasted chilis. I deseeded them and cut the stems off and froze them. Looking forward to having those chilis this winter... thinking about the delicious breakfast burritos, and chili relleno casseroles, and blue corn and chili cornbread... yum!
Driving through Utah, we saw some pretty country. This area is in the Monument Valley region. Utah is a gorgeous state!!

Back home, we are getting Fall~ish weather now.
The grass across the meadow is all golden and dry now, and the Fall storms make for the most beautiful sunrises.
Fall is my favorite time of year.... absolutely!
Though, I will miss our summer flowers.
My sweet husband and I are staying pretty busy... .so much for slowing down as one gets older... **haha**!
  We are now working two days a week in the Manti temple.
We are baptistry coordinators and that's keeping us pretty busy.
We're still making time to travel a bit, and we are working on projects around the house.
I'll have project updates soon, and show you what we've been up to.

*Attitude of gratitude ~
~I'm so thankful for this season in my life. Being an empty nester is the best!! We adore and love our kids, but having time together without additional distractions and responsibilities is wonderful!
~I'm grateful for the rain we are getting. It is sorely needed, and although growing season is about done with, it's nice to have the moisture and to take a break from having the sprinklers on.
~I'm so grateful for our safe travels. Each time we've taken a trip, we have been blessed with safety. No vehicle problems, or health problems, etc...  so very blessed!!


  1. Great photos, Kerin! makes me want to visit Sante Fe.
    Good to hear from you.

  2. Welcome back, Kerin. I was just thinking about you the other day and now I am the first to welcome you back. I'm glad you had a wonderful summer and were able to take some vacation time. I have been to Utah and it is a beautiful state. Your fall weather is looking beautiful and I sure am enjoying the change of season. It's so good to hear from you..Happy Thursday..Judy

  3. So very nice to see an update, Kerin. Beautiful photos from your travels. My husband would love all the dishes you plan to bake with your peppers. Happy Fall!

  4. Oh I was so glad to see a post from you. Sure have missed them.
    Interesting about the oldest house and what beautiful pictures.
    Sounds like you are busy but happy. : )
    I too feel as you do about being an empty nester.

  5. Sounds like a fun summer! I think I'd enjoy visiting Santa Fe, among all the other places my blogger friends have been. The smells sound wonderful! Happy fall to you...still feels like summer here, but this weekend that should finally change. :)

  6. Welcome back, Kerin! Thanks for sharing the photos of Santa Fe. It truly looks like a beautiful place to visit. Glad to hear you're keeping busy. Happy Fall to you!

  7. So nice to see a update! Your pictures are just lovely. I love how it looks around your house. Everything looks so pretty.

  8. Hi Kerin, I sure have missed seeing you here. We have had so much craziness going on here that I couldn't check on ya. :) I am glad you had a fun trip. Your pictures are great. And the Utah ones make me homesick for Logan. I love Manti too. That is so neat the you get to work at the temple. :)
    Happy Fall to you and yours.
    Take care, Janet W

  9. Hi Kerin, happy fall to you! It's still really hot here but I know fall is on the way. The leaves are beginning to change now. I see that we both had a blog break and it's good to be back in blogland.
    Your trip to Santa Fe sounds fun. I can't wait to go back to that area again. I also loved Utah, too. It's really beautiful there and so different from my state. I've really enjoyed seeing your photos!
    Take care and have a nice weekend, Cheryl

  10. Hidee Ho there! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my Sweet and Sour Lake Trout! It's been a long time and I'm hear you, blogging has taken a back seat for us. You do sound busy and no, life does not slow down as you get older and I am thankful for that. Our business has flourished beyond our dreams, if I'm not painting Retro Posters (that have been a hit around here) then hubby's farm tables are just a popular. It's hard to believe at this age, we have "deadlines" to meet! :) Anyhow, it's good to hear from you and yes, it's looking lots Autumny here in W. Michigan by the lake and I LOVE it! Have a great week! :)

  11. Lovely photos. My family loves to spend the day in Santa Fe It is one of my favorite places to take photos, all the colors are so beautiful.


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