Friday, December 25, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! ("Our 12 Months of 2009")

December 25, 2009

Hello To All Our

Dear Friends & Family -

This year has been sooooo wonderful!! BUT, all our travels have kept us so busy that the only way to bring you our now customary “12 Months of 2009” is to go to the other side and send it electronically. So – here on our blog - is your Christmas/Holiday letter from us aboard the Magic Bus traveling around the west.


January – There was much Skiing, Sundance and the Freestyle World Cup with lots of family and friends.

February – We celebrated our niece, Deme’s, seventh birthday in Scottsdale - along with sister Barb’s and Mother’s birthdays - and cousins Julie and Mike’s anniversary (also got to sit for cousin Baby Bear!).

Deme enjoying her birthday celebration

March – This is the month we loaded up the Navion and headed east to Beaufort, SC to see the wonderful and amazing triplets - and their Mom and Dad (cousins Bethany & David). Along the way we saw many long-time friends - Kacy and her family, the Clemens, Art Molter & Wendy, golfed with Jim & Rebecca along the Robert Trent Jones Trail, lunched with cousin Dodge!

One of the triplets was enough to wear Gary out.

Elizabeth can handle two with aplomb.

On the Robert Trent Jones golf trail in Alabama.

April – Headed back west through the Badlands and Mt. Rushmore - also found the Cowboy Chocolatier (see our blog below for his address - worth a look!).

After the fog finally dissipated at Mt. Rushmore.

May – Back to Phoenix for a Jimmy Buffett concert, 3-mile cancer walk with sister Barb and niece Deme on Mother’s Day and Deme’s DoReMi presentation of Alice in Wonderland. Elizabeth and Mother Dorthy set sail for an Alaskan cruise while Gary visited his Mother Eloise and daughter and granddaughter.

Walking for the cure in Phoenix.

Elizabeth and Dorthy in Alaska.

June – Lots of golf - despite the rain!

July – GRANDDAUGHTER’s (Haley Erin) FIRST BIRTHDAY celebrated in Park City! Around that was more golf and outdoor concerts with friends.

Haley hittin' 'em with gramps.

The Hengsteler's (Shannon, Heather & Haley).

August - More golf, including the club’s men’s tournament - the Kemosabi - where Gary and his guest (Jim Stinson) WON their flight! Also, a month of visits from many friends - AND, we took delivery of the new and improved Magic Bus!!

The Last of the Mohicans (it is a long story) finally win their flight before crashing and burning in the finals.

September, October & November – September 5th we loaded up the Bus and headed North to Glacier National Park, our first stop in our THREE month road trip that included Glacier, Waterton National Park, Banff and Lake Louise, Whistler, Vancouver Island, Oregon, Central CA, Santa Clarita CA and Phoenix, AZ!! (ALL the details of this trip are given below in a blow by blow description on the BLOG!) We thoroughly enjoyed EVERY part of this trip whether it was the beauty of our many National Parks or the warmth of the friends and family we visited along the way.

Grillin and Chillin'

E & G enjoying Glacier National Park.

Black Bear enjoying the berries of Waterton.

December – Loaded up the car to drive to Beaver Creek, CO, to attend the World Cup ski races with friends. Then, loaded up Magic again and headed for CA and AZ for Christmas. We began celebrating with our first Christmas on the 20th in Lemoore with the Hengsteler (daughter’s) family - Gramma and Gramps (us) gave Haley the pink chair.

Haley enjoying her new chair (climbing gym?).

Then moved south in the state to have Christmas day dinner in Magic with Gary’s Mother, her husband Tom, the Hengstelers and Elizabeth’s Mother, Dorthy.

Christmas Dinner in the Bus

Four Generations

Then over to Scottsdale to celebrate one more time with Sister Barb’s family on the 28th! We will also have the opportunity to visit with many more cousins while in AZ and hope to ring in the New Year with much family and lots of friends there.



Lots of Love – Elizabeth Biaett & Gary Dickey

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