|En route to Ottawa from Val d'Or with Elder and Sister Rhodes|
|The girls in Phoenix on Mother's Day 2014 (mom's pic from Facebook)|
Regina: Excellent conference. I attended some great presentations - had some good conversations connecting with colleagues from across the country. Not enough time to attend all the sessions I wanted to see. Gave two presentations (which is part of why I spent my first day in Regina on the computer in my hotel room working on documents needed back at MRU and finalizing my notes and didn't get to visit the MacKenzie Art Gallery), but both were well attended and I felt good at the end of them. Loved the last night - Nancy found an improv show "Red Hot Riot with Jayden Pfeifer" and coordinated tickets for us. It was just a few blocks from the hotel and was an Improv/Talk show held in a renovated church, the Artesian. Hilarious! There was even a legitimate guest for the talk show - Lowell Dean, director of "Wolf Cop". And a musical act, Poor Nameless Boy. I bought his CD at the end of the show - if you get a chance to check him out, do so!
|Last night in Regina - Improv fun at the Artesian|
Phoenix: I arrived Sunday afternoon for a couple of days in the sun with just the Mom, Janelle and Madi. On Monday we visited the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens and saw the Chihuly exhibit!! I'm so glad I was able to see this. It's like I've been chasing Chihuly installations with a number of my trips. Missed it at Chatsworth. Missed it at Kew Gardens. Missed the first exhibit in Phoenix and left Arizona one week before this current exhibit with hopes to get back before it was packed up. This was now the last week before it was all over. Fantastic pieces and when you look around, there were plants in the garden that could be seen as inspirations for the glass works.
|Madi at the Desert Botanical Garden Chihuly art installation|
Red and Yellow Assymetrical Tower, 2013
|Sapphire Star, 2010|
We were then joined by Rob, Tanner, Sam and Jazz on Tuesday for another couple of days of fun.
An early visit to the new Gilbert Arizona temple.
Lots of pool time and I had fun playing with my camera settings.
|I took sooo many pictures to get this great shot!|
|Last night in Phoenix - the full moon|
Part one of my trip done... on to Ottawa and Val d'Or in the next blog post.