Family time

We had a lovely visit with our daughter. We packed in as much as we could during her short trip. I especially loved our visit to the Desert Botanical Garden to show her the Chihuly Installation. Because it’s more than one hundred degrees outside, we opted to go for the last hour it’s open — from 7 to 8 p.m. It was gorgeous.

I’m so glad we became members because we are learning so much about desert plants like the many species of cacti, aloe and agave. There’s a butterfly garden, wildflower garden, bee garden and my favorite — a shade garden.

Tomorrow our son comes to visit. It’s wonderful to spend time with our kids, even if their trips are short! Just having them under our roof and hanging out together is blissful.

Here are a few pictures from the botanical garden:

Chihuly exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden.
My favorite Chihuly installation at the Desert Botanical Garden.
mountain view Desert Botanical Garden
A view of a nearby mountain.
bright pink wildflower
Chihuly at the Desert Botanical Garden.
More Chihuly. This one was too big to fit in one photo.
lavendar wildflower
More wildflowers.
Chihuly glass
bonsai elephant food.
Elephant food bonsai. We have a lot of these plants in our yard. I didn’t know the name before.

Chihuly at night.
Chihuly glass lit up at the entrance to the botanical garden.

What are your favorite things to do when your kids or friends and family visit?

12 thoughts on “Family time

    • I’m pretty sure Chihuly comes from the Seattle area. But I don’t know for sure. I have a friend who owns a company that is authorized to set up, take down and clean Chihuly glass. I’ll have to ask him.

    • It’s wonderful indeed. I was happy that my daughter finally enjoyed the new house. The kids were so upset when we sold the downtown Palm Springs home where they grew up. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

  1. I’m sort of homeless at the moment and living in one of my kids’ homes where I am doing my best to stay out of their way until my new home is available in a month. My other daughter will be moving to Tucson where I got to visit some old friends on my relo road trip. That short visit gave me a new appreciation for and interest in the surrounding desert. I have seen several Chihuly installations and had begun to feel that “if you have seen one you have seen them all.” Your photos moved me away from that a bit so thanks for that.

    • I was familiar with Chihuly going to the UW in Seattle. One of my college roommates married a man whose hobby was blowing glass. He turned it into a career. They’ve made me more in tune or fascinated with glass.

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