Monday, July 21, 2008

Celebrating Web's BDay / Seli & Ralph's Anniversary

Buca de Beppo is where we all gathered for Web's BDay / Seli & Ralph's anniversary.

Web stood on her chair while we sang Happy Birthday.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, AZ on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. Named for a pioneering Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus, the Mission is also known as the "place where the water appears" as the Santa Cruz River (which runs underground) surfaces nearby. The Mission is situated in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Tohono O'odham (formerly known as Papago), located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River.

The AZ Flores' (& fam) packed up our bags & caravaned down south to Tucson AZ. For many years my Father had wanted to go visit this historical landmark but for one reason or another never had the opportunity. We changed that today unfortunately, the exterior is undergoing renovation restoration but it is still a sight to be seen.

Outside, San Xavier has a white, Moorish-inspired design, elegant and simple, with an ornately decorated entrance. No records of the architect, builders, craftsmen and artisans responsible for creating and decorating it are known. Most of the labor was provided by the local Indians, and many believe they provided most or all of the artisans as well. Visitors entering the massive, carved mesquite-wood doors of San Xavier are often struck by the coolness of the interior, and the dazzling colors of the paintings, carvings, frescoes and statues. The interior is richly decorated with ornaments showing a mixture of New Spain and Native American artistic motifs.

The floor plan resembles the classic Latin cross. The main aisle is separated from the sanctuary by the transept or cross aisle, with chapels at either end. The dome above the transept is 52 feet high supported by arches and squinches. At least three different artists painted the artwork inside the church. It is considered by many to be the finest example of Spanish mission architecture in the United States

Deric's 1st Photo Shoot

Friday, July 4, 2008

Deric's 1st 4th of July

We were thrilled that Grandpa & Grandma aka "Lola" Parkman drove down from California & spent the 4th of July weekend with us.

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