Saturday, June 2, 2012

Allyson's Graduation

So . . . after a day of exploring all the new shops and galleries in Alpine, it was graduation time.  Our girl graduated with honors.  She's smart!
She's musical!
And she's beautiful!
Saturday was family day and I thoroughly enjoyed the day with all the kids even though Panchi was so tired after chaperoning the all-night party following graduations.  In spite of that, all the ingredients for a great family gathering.
Lots of family . . . grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, mom and dad.
A table laden with food and a great cake
And the guest of honor . . . a very happy, but sleepy Allyson!
Family, food, a reason for celebration, great weather . . . And yet there's more.  For entertainment, we had a curve-billed thrasher building a nest in a cholla in the back yard.
All good things come to an end and it was time to put this party to bed and put us on the train.  Panchi and Russell took us to the station and with only a few minutes to wait, I sent them home to get some much needed rest.

What we didn't know was that while Amtrak agents were telling us the train was only minutes away, a major derailment had occurred just east of El Paso.  Our train wasn't coming at all.  Not that night!