Thursday, January 27, 2011

Four Years

My Dad died four years ago tonight. Mom, Ted, and I were with him. He was the first person I had seen die. It was peaceful and strange at the same time. He was 85 years old, and he acted about 20 years younger.

I think he was in his 20's in this photo.

He adored the women in his life . . . . . especially my Mom. Every woman should be treated as good as he treated my Mom!

I miss them both terribly, and I know I always will . . . . .

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Yep, we got it!

Luckily, the roads are okay. Kids got a break from school yesterday, but went back today. I had to laugh at all the kids playing outside in the snow yesterday afternoon. Two kids were carrying around a rack from the bottom of a dishwasher. I have no idea what that was about!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Arizona Hiking!

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a beautiful area in Scottsdale (14,000 acres) with lots of hiking trails.

Ted spent the morning after Christmas hiking about 9 miles through the McDowell mountains while I went shopping for after-Christmas sales!

Then a couple of days later, we both returned for a four mile hike. It is a popular place with lots of people walking their dogs, and even those brave enough to ride on the trail with bikes.

This is what happens when cactus die!

Here we are moving out of the way for a couple of guys on bikes.

There are so many different types of cactus, but the hills were full of these teddy bear chollas.

That tiny little peak above Ted's thumb is called Tom's Thumb, and he hiked all the way up there when he did his 9 mile hike. My Eagle scout hubby loves a good adventure!

It was so great to see him in his element, and really be able to relax and enjoy without worrying about work!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Brand New Year!

We had a wonderful Christmas in Arizona. There is nothing nicer than seeing the sun shining and not having to pile on twenty layers of clothing to go outside.

I also loved seeing all the blooming bushes in December!

We spent our time visiting friends . . . . . .

Eating delicious food . . . . . .

Enjoying the beautiful sunsets . . . . . . .

And knowing we made the right decision on where we will eventually semi-retire! There are some great hiking trails not far from our new home. Ted ventured out on a 9 mile hike one day, and we both went for a 4 mile hike - I'll share those pictures later in the week.

Wishing my blogger friends a happy, healthy, fun-filled 2011!!