Sunday, August 17, 2014

Show Low?

We took a trip to Show Low, AZ this weekend.

Yes, that's right, Show Low. Strange name right? We thought is was too. But its a real town up north about 3 hours. Its at about 6,000 feet elevation so it was great for getting out of the heat. Some of the people we know own cabins up here. Can you guess from this picture where it got it's name?




We went to a history museum to find out. And we found out lots of things besides. Like that the town was founded by Mormons (no big surprise out here). And that they did a fabulous job documenting everything, I mean everything. They even had a cool working miniature train exhibit. And Andy would have liked this one...



An entire display on old surveying equipment! We also had to ask about this very strange phenomena that we noticed right away at just about every street corner. Couldn't explain it but we had our guesses...



You probably guessed - this is a camera for catching people who ran the traffic lights (like I said they had lots of them). But why were they all covered up?

The curator confirmed our suspition...the police installed them but the town's people had such an outcry because they hated them. so they covered them all till they could figure out what to do. Oh well. Out for Mexican food in the evening (btw we have eaten more Mexican food in the last 4 years than we did our entire lives!)

We spent the night and then went to this wonderful recreation area called Fool's Hollow Lake (another funny name).









Really nice and had a great walking path that surrounded the lake. Even with the temperature being cooler (80's) the sun was still strong. So we packed up and headed home via Payson.

So did you guess? The name Show Low came from a card game - apparently some epic game to settle a dispute between two men over who would own the ranch they lived on. The game, seven-up, was to be used and went late into the night...until finally one of them supposedly said - whoever can "show low" will win. The deuce of clubs (also the name of the main street in town) has become the symbol in the town logo.

So they say this is the Wild West, then this must be how the West was won!


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Guess who had a birthday?

You'll never guess...well maybe you will when you see the pictures.










It was a festive occasion. We celebrated while we were in San Diego with our Small Group. They went out and bought the cake as a surprise, but they did check in with me to see what kind.

Can you guess what I said?
Yep, a perfect 10.
Both the birthday girl and the cake, that is!


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Monday, June 23, 2014

What? A real vacation?

We had a wonderful opportunity to get away on vacation this past week - to cruise to a place as enchanted as it was relaxing...Bermuda!



What can be said that would describe this week - perfect weather, beautiful beaches, terrific food, and no cell service!
















Vickie and I had the time of our lives; a virtual second honeymoon. It took a while for us to get acclimated but by day three we both relaxed and started to get in the groove. We sat down with the upcoming day's options in front of us every evening and found out how much we wanted to do or not. It was a piece of cake really, since we both enjoyed the dinner service in the restaurant so much we made that our top priority. The entertainment was also high on the list each day.

After three days at sea we arrived and started our excursions ashore. These we figured out on our own, and chose a different beach each day to visit. Each was different from the one before...we found everything from seclude snorkeling beaches, to popular wave filled locations. Each one was wonderful in its own right. The transportation was good on two of the days - but one day the ferries to Hamilton went on strike which made things a little crazy - we figured out alternatives and made it work just fine.














There were plenty of places to enjoy on the ship as well. we had an inside cabin so we didn't hang out there, but found the lounge chairs on the more secluded decks and the lounges with live entertainment the most relaxing. Vickie had the misfortune of getting a cold-type bug on the last day, so she spent most of that day resting, but by evening we were in the restaurant again eating and went to the show that night as well.









And now I sit on the plane writing this, anticipating 107 degree weather back home, and our next trip somewhere relaxing. But then again, people come to where we live to relax most of the year. So, no complaint today; only a grateful heart for what we were able to enjoy after 33 years...btw - anyone every heard of a 3rd honeymoon?




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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Travelers

We've been on the road lately. Really on the go.

First our trip to NJ for Joe's memorial and Christa's graduation (10 days). This week we were back in NJ for a work trip (4 days that turned into 5). That says nothing of upcoming trips - we know of 4 that will be happening and at least two of them will be more than a week long. Bermuda, Atlanta/Nashville, Virginia, Brazil.

Now if you are wondering what this looks like, it sometimes looks like this...



There are long hours on airplanes and in terminals. Waiting for your time to board, reading Harry Potter, waiting to use the restroom, crossword puzzles, waiting for your baggage, trying to do emails, free peanuts and occasional wheat thins, airport food or packing sandwiches, rental cars, piles of unread newspapers, trying to sleep in tight quarters, Newark Airport (especially when it's under construction). Not as glamorous as it sounds. But we are loving it...Sometimes.

Mostly because we get to be with the ones we love. To laugh together and just to enjoy time...something that seems more valuable every day. And we get to be with each other (we actually enjoy each other, imagine!)

And sometimes we get to stay at home too, and have others come here to visit.

See you soon!



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Friday, May 30, 2014

Mexican food

Out here Mexican food is as common as pizza in NJ. I'm not exaggerating. There are a plethora of choices. A few weeks ago we went to a place with a work friend and his wife that is famous for good Mexican food...very basic, just good and cheap called Carolina's.






I never said it was nice. I wish I had taken pictures of the hand written CASH ONLY signs all over the walls. And my friend said we really had to go during the day because of the neighborhood. He was right.

Today I decided to forego the 5 minute plank exercise and we went out to Mexican again, this time to a nice, new place near home called Cafe Rio.







This place actually was nice. The concept was pretty much the same at both...you walk up to a counter and order your food and pay. But at Cafe Rio you get a show as you wait, they are making the meals right in front of you as they do at Chipotle...right down to the tortillas. We loved it and will return.


Now, can someone tell me where I can find a decent slice of pizza for lunch tomorrow?





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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I...Phone

I don't even have one.
After all I've been the Apple lover all these years.
But guess who has one now...yep, SHE does!



Now I'm not jealous or anything...really I'm not.
I mean, I have an iPad, and a (very) small part of a Mac.
And I have an awesome, Samsung Galaxy Note II...need I say gigantic?
But there's something about this that's just not right.

So when the iPhone 6 comes out and SHE gets one, I'm...I'm...


Gonna celebrate!
Congrats, Vickie. You're now officially part of the smartphone revolution. I'm so proud of you!

(Now if someone can show her how to download her coupon printing app she'll probably kiss you!)



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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Amazing grace

Our pastor interviewed Jay Feely, kicker for the AZ Cardinals recently. This guy has an amazing testimony...but what makes it interesting to me is the fact that his life was changed by his own brother, who lived with a severe medical disability very similar to Joe's, except without the vent. Ironically he passed away at the age of 26, just like Joe.

Why this matters -
Jay's story is much like my own daughters, who grew up with this incredibly challenging situation in their own home. Others on the outside probably thought this would wreck his life, just like they thought it would wreck our own daughters' lives. But as we all heard this past month from their own testimonies, and as you will hear if you watch this interview, the results were quite the opposite.

I am so proud of my girls, I could just burst. They are so on track and amazing in so many ways. God gave us the best gift he could ever give in light of our own difficult circumstances...he used a very bad thing for good. Now, THAT'S amazing grace.

You will want to watch this for sure:
http://www.sunvalleycc.com/sermon/jay-feely/






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