Archive for January, 2013

A beautiful desert drive

January 22, 2013

After two weeks of flu sickness in our house, Kent and I  decided to take a drive to the desert. Kent found a pretty remote dirt road and we drove on it for about 4 hours.

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Later on we stopped and got another shot of the “road.”

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It was so nice to slow down(we had to because the road was dirt!) and really look at the desert as we drove by. We saw lots of cacti and bushes etc. Here is one of the larger Saguaro( pronounced Sue wa row) cactus. They are beautiful and sometimes huge like this.To give you prespective…I am only five feet five inches tall. I look very short next to this one. Hah!

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We saw desert quail but not really a lot of animals. We kept a look out for the wild burros that we know are in this part of the desert. We saw signs they had been there but no burros today. Here it shows you that we were really on the Primitive roads. Hah!

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It was such a pretty day for a drive too.We drove up a mountain and climbed over 3,000 feet. It was a bit difficult on our little car but it made it.  Here is one of the scenes of the valley we got to see.

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The weather here in Phoenix was very cold last week. It was freezing temperatures for 4 days and nights. So much of the vegetation in the city has been hit hard. One of my coworkers was kind enough to cover my flowers.   Here they are all tucked in for the night.

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I was still sick in bed when the freeze happened. I am very grateful as the flowers survived! Praise the Lord. Kent and I are still recovering from this bad flu bug that caught up with us. But after being that sick, it sure makes you appreciate all you have been blessed with. So enjoy your good health.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our Christmas 2012

January 13, 2013

While we had 4 Christmas parties to go to in the weeks before Christmas, the one with our small group was a special one.

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 Most of the people we know here in Phoenix play a “White elephant game” at Christmas time. It can be lots of fun!

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BUT Kent and I were most excited about our Christmas trip to see our son Josh, daughter-in-law Teresa and only grandson, 7 year old Silas.  We flew on Christmas day.   We were as excited to see them as they were to see us.

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 It was so wonderful to have Silas come into our room in the mornings to wake us up. Silas is such a sweet little boy. Here he is goofing with me…

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On one of our first days it snowed. And then again more snow. We went sledding several times. Both Kent and I had our fun times on the sled as well as pushing and pulling them. Silas’ 4 first cousins live right next door and so we usually see lots of them too.

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Josh and Teresa have a new couple of friends. Otis and his family were such a delight to meet and get to know.

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Josh has run two half marathons in recent months. So one day while the kids and us were sledding, Josh went for a run.  Here he and Kent are standing watching the sledders.

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A week just flew by and it was hard to leave but especially hard to say goodbye.   We already look forward to our next visit….hopefully when it is a bit warmer. Hah! We are now again back in Phoenix.

Love Jan for the Roaming Reimers