Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Where Have We Been??

WOW!  Hard to believe we have left you out there wondering what we might be up to?!?!?  Last we left you it was Halloween;-)  This, of course, means we had a very Happy Thanksgiving at Barb's house and several Christmas events at all of our houses - too much fun to contain in one spot.

Then a new year - 2014!  Can you believe it has been 14 years since that Y-2-K 'thing'?  Seems we have all survived it just fine.   The first of our year brings lots of birthdays.  Barb, Deme and Dorthy all celebrate another year in the month of February - along with those important Presidents.  So, we gather for lots of Birthday Banners and Birthday Cake.  And, for some reason, Gary's also seems to follow quickly even thought his famous day is not until April.

Happy Birthday to you...

Happy Birthday to you..too!  Dorthy got a baseball game AND.....

....A Red Carpet Academy Awards evening;-)

What a beautiful group!  We were all wearing.......dresses;-)

Happy Birthday to you..too - Gary was treated to a BBQ at friends, the Stinson's
When we were done with the birthdays - Gary and I celebrated a 20th anniversary.  Gary got toys and Elizabeth got jewelry.

First flight of Gary's Anniversary present, a quadracopter with out NSA.
We also fit in a couple of Spring Breaks.  First was the end of March where we took niece Deme in the Bus up to the Cottonwood area.  There we hiked, rode horses, paddled kayaks, photographed wild animals and ate!

I need spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle.

Puebloan food processor.

Planned a couple of hours, stayed the whole day.  Pleasant surprise.

Hold on there little doggie.

Whew, we made it!!
Then a brief trip to Lemoore for Gary during granddaughter Haley's break -

Haley guarding the hood.
In between all the family activities, we attended both the Waste Management PGA Tournament just down the street and the Accenture Match Play Tournament in Tucson (thank goodness it did NOT snow on us this year!).  We also managed to play golf our usual 3 days a week - even in Tucson where the javalina were intrigued by Elizabeth's pink ball - which E decided to let them have.

Javalina trying to eat Elizabeth's golf ball right off the tee.
We also enjoyed - immensely - the desert in the Spring.  The hiking was beautiful, especially when the cactus were in full bloom.  And, what we didn't see on a hike we were sure to see at the Desert Botanical Garden, which we visited frequently.

A mushroom rock along the Landslide Trail. 

The desert was in full bloom.

You really do get to pick your favorite color of blossom during the spring here.

As mentioned earlier - Gary and Elizabeth celebrated their 20th Anniversary this year.  Doesn't seem possible.  We decided to celebrate with a couple of days where it all began - Big Sur.  AND, while in the area, we toasted to each other on the 18th green at Pebble Beach.  Guess this trip was definitely in the cards as the weather was very unlike the Monterey Peninsula - the sun smiled on us the whole time;-)

Our view from lunch at Pebble Beach, overlooking the 18th green.

Sunset in Big Sur.
And, as the sunset on our trip and on our 7 months in Scottsdale - it also set for cousins Vern & Betty.  After living most of their lives in the Phoenix area, they are picking up and moving to NC to be closer to their triplet grandchildren.  So - a fond farewell ----

A farewell to Vern & Betty.

After this wonderful spring in Scottsdale, the thermometer is creeping up.  So - it is time for us to hit the road again in Magic and see what might be in store for our next adventure.  We will be in Park City for a bit.  BUT THEN - the real fun will begin and you won't want to miss a thing!  Stand by for a journey to Nova Scotia and places in-between.

More to come - E & G ready to hit the road;-) 

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