She loves their dogs!
Gorgeous mesquite tree and wishing well.
And she'll hope to borrow Ted's Corvette again too (and no, she didn't let me drive!)
Ted and Laura took us out for lunch to one of their favorite restaurants. When we arrived at the Kierland Commons shopping center, the parking lot was completely full and there was a line of hundreds of people on the sidewalk across from the restaurant. Turns out the famous Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, was doing a book signing gig at Sur La Table (a fancy kitchen store). We did manage to get a table at the restaurant and had a fun, fabulous time at lunch; then we girls went shopping while Ted picked up the kids from school. Oh, Crate and Barrel, I do love thee! All their fall displays were backed with Marimekko yardage in a pumpkin print called Kumina. I searched in vain but they were not selling this in the store. It was stunning. Then we spent a great deal of time in Anthropologie, where I fell in love with all the embroidered dishtowels, reproduction glass ornaments, kitchen kitsch, silk robes, cashmere scarves, and the Tokyo Rose perfumes. Erica acquiesced to her Aunt Laura's wishes and consented to be bought a gorgeous dress and divine coat from the sale room--a big thank you to Laura for her usual generosity.
We took a tour of Chez Erica before we headed home from our lovely and too short trip. We spotted some bobcat tracks behind the main house on the property, which backs up to a wash. I'm sure she will see javelina (wild pigs) and maybe some coyotes and definitely birds. I spotted a wild bunny both mornings in the walled courtyard. She hopes she doesn't see many scorpions, but Uncle Ted has promised to buy her a blacklight and long tongs for hunting them.
Bougainvillea, palo verde and mesquite trees.
The saguaro in the center will someday develop arms.
Don't know what this cactus is but love the matte green finish.
...and already feels at home (i.e., she's ready to decorate the place!). Though we will miss her a lot when she goes, it's wonderful to know she will be near very loving and supportive family and only a quick plane trip away from us.