(the above pictures are from our flight. we passed over what we believed to be colorado- and were instantly mesmerized by the snow-covered ground (that's way more than we have in ny right now) and mountain tops. the other image is actually the cover of the united in-flight magazine. it made me happy.)
we were excitedly welcomed with giant bear hugs and smiles. which also makes me happy. seeing niko, our little nephew, and a. together- was one of the highlights of my day. they were so excited to see one another. it'd been far too long.
most of the afternoon, niko and i played outside- spying lemons, riding scooters and rescuing lizards.
we found this poor guy in a bucket of cold water and thought he was dead. trying to keep my "brave tia" facade, i picked up the little guy to give niko a better look and put him somewhere peaceful. while holding him, my tough, brave image went instantly out the window- the instant he moved! that's right, the poor guy wasn't dead- but was freezing. so we moved mr. lizard to some sunlight and kept a careful eye on his recovery.later that evening we went to a friends house for dinner and games. we watched the sunset and christmas lights sparkle over the san diego skyline...wrapping up a wonderful day, perfectly. it feels so good to be home for the holidays.
this panoramic image is a new ap i found for my iphone. i'm not yet certain how i feel about it- though i'm pretty sure many of the issues i'm finding with it are due to human error.