Wednesday, April 13, 2011

These are the beautiful vistas that greeted us on moving day as we made our way up the Beeline Highway and climbed up onto the Rim country out of Payson, heading toward Heber and Snowflake.

It had snowed the night before, but the roads were all clear. We were so thankful for good roads after the storm.

We hired professional movers to help transport our furniture and appliances, but it also took a good many trips with small loads in our car, Rebecca's van, Melissa's van, and pick-up and trailer loads by Linda's brothers, Robert and Lynn Burnham, Terry's brother Clark and a final load with the use of Vineyard Ward member and friend, Marshall Everett's truck and trailer to move all our things from our home in Mesa, up to our new home in Snowflake.

Here are the Movers loading up their truck at our N. Orange home on March 22nd.

We will be renting our Mesa home to Marshall and Dawnelle Everett and family. We are very happy and pleased that they made the decision to rent from us. Marshall has been major help with the purchase of our home in Snowflake, as Senior Loan officer for Academy Mortgage.

March 22, was move-in day at the home we purchased in Snowflake, Arizona. It is located at the corner of Frontier Parkway and 7th South, near the Snowflake Temple. We are very happy to be the new owners of this 3-bedroom home and to begin another phase of our life in this pioneer Mormon community on the edge of the White Mountains.

March 16, was just another day of coaching the high school track team and taking care of other responsibilities in the busy life of our son-in-law Randy Ricedorff, until his wife picked him up from the school and brought him for a "quiet" dinner at the Native New Yorker restaurant in downtown Show Low.

Surprise, surprise, surprise! He found the place packed with family and friends wanting to help him celebrate his 40th birthday. Here are his two brothers adorning him with special reminders of his advanced age.

He took it all in stride. It was a fun time with pizza and birthday cake and the local Firefighter's bagpipe band, which came in in full Scottish kilt dress and peformed a Happy Birthday rendition in his honor.

Here is Beau Douglas, Gracie's big brother, honoring her on her birthday with a musical number he has learned to play on his "register."

I ask you, where do these grandchildren get all this talent?

March 17, we were in Linden, at the home of our daughter Ann, husband Steve Williams and family for birthday celebrations for their Gracie, 8 yrs old!

The mom and brothers Beau and Josh look on as Gracie opens her birthday gifts at the dining room table before breakfast and school.

Happy Birthday, Gracie!

After the All-State Choir performance we got this photo of Zachery with his grandma, Linda, and mom, Kelly.

We were in attendance at Higley High School's auditorium for the annual All-State Choir festival. Representatives from Show Low included our grandson Zachery Perkins.

He is there in the front row, looking right at us, standing just to the left of the woman at the piano.

It was an outstanding performance of talent by these 6,7th and 8th graders.

Way to go, Zachery!