How cool is this, Marlene gets to celebrate her birthday on Dec 27 and Heinz on the 28 of December. I am sure they both wish it was a bit warmer down here in COLD Arizona, but still warmer than in BC, and they had their boys down here with them.
Also, a big happy birthday wish to my friend Andrea Morgan, glad to hear that you had your son Ryan there to help you celebrate!!!!
We are having alot of fun, we cook together every night, and now are having a bonfire as often as we can. It is still really cool here, unseasonably so, but we are happy to be together as a family. So those of you who miss us, come and join as at the fire, we will leave a chair out for you, and greet you with a great big hug when you arrive.
Here we are freezing our butts off. Tonight it is supposed to be only 17 F, so we had chili, built a big white man's bonfire, and sat around and told all kind of tall tales.
#1 My sister in law Marlene and I. #2 The Bonfire
#3 Group Photo (missing Evelyne) #4 Marlene, Heinz, Gussy and Flash (missing Maggie)
Tonight we all drank a toast to Richard's Dad's. Herb Fahselt who passed away in Cranbrook, BC this morning. Eve and Richard are flying home on the 28th to be with the family and back here on the 31. We all send you our love and sympathy to Oryas and family.
Here we all are, the start of our Christmas get together. It was really cold here last night, 32 F, chilly. We couldn't even sit outside because of the cold wind. We are still waiting for my brother Werner to fly in from Cabo on Saturday, and Heinz and Marlene's boys are flying in from BC as well. Our friends Ilse and Franz arrive Friday, and the Harvey's arrived with Eve and Richard yesterday. This was the cool and cloudy sunset last night.
We now have dial up internet, so I won't have to drive to the Library in town and use our computer there.
Keep safe where ever you are.
This is Tiffy, we looked after her for 4 days this week while her human Mom, Ilse and Franz went to Fountain Hills. We called her Pebble's Paris Hilton Purse Pooch. She is really small. The dogs really got on well with her. As you can see it has cooled down here quite a bit as the dogs are wearing warmer blankets even inside the 5th wheel in the morning. Tiffy really liked Jim, she followed him around everywhere and sat in his lap as soon as he sat down.
Travel plans now confirmed, we are leaving here Monday 18th for Casa Grande. Eve and Richard are heading straight there and we will all be able to spend more time together. Let the "Leuenberger SouthWest Christmas" begin. Marlene and Heinz already have the the outdoor tree set up, just waiting for us to come and join them.
Miss you guys out there.....xoxo
Weather changing, getting cooler, but still way better than some of our friends and family are experiencing right now.
Thinking of you all.
I have such a good time taking photos of our "girls". Cookie and Pebbles are really enjoying themselves, they are healthy and happy just spending most of their days sleeping in the sun. Cookie at 12 1/2 and Pebbles at 10 1/2 are such great companions.
We will be leaving Yuma on Monday Dec 18 to meet up with my sister Evelyne and her husband Richard. We will be staying in a State Park at Parker, north of here, and it is doubtful that we will have wifi for 4-5 days. Then we will travel together to Casa Grande to celebrate Christmas together. Heinz and Marlene will be there by then, as they are already in Indio, CA. Werner is flying in from Cabo, and Marlene and Heinz's boys flying into Pheonix. Other friends will be joining us there for Christmas as well. Look some some fun new photos of the "Leuenberger's SouthWest Christmas." Keep those e-mails coming, I love keeping in touch. Keep posted!
Shane has many titles, but here as he is heading out in charge of the Austrailian Federal Police to help restore order to Tonga, he is Federal Agent Shane Austin. We had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with Shane and Laurie when they were in Bogota, Colombia. They were there for 3 years, and travelled all over SA, Central America and parts we have never even heard of. Laurie is currently in Canberra, re-establishing their home, waiting for Shane's return. She has always played a very important role, travelling with Shane and in many circumstances, managing the offices that he works out of. So welcome home big guy, Your man up North is waiting for news.
Here they are, my brother Heinz, his wife Marlene and 3 dogs, ready to leave after Marlene's 12 hour ER shift at Williams Lake tomorrow at 8:00 am. This is their new big rig, appropriately named "Brutus" The driveway is being plowed as I write this, the weather forecast gets checked hourly, and now, only after 11 months of planning, the guys are heading south to meet up with us!!!! So, you two, drive safely, and we will check in on your journey and have it on the blog for the family to read. Keep the dirty side down
Happy Birthday Christa. You look wonderful. I wish I could celebrate your special day with you, but we will have to be content with just talking on the phone. You have been such a wonderful and trusted friend since we started working together in 1984. What fun we have had over the years, the pranks we pulled, the stories we have shared. This friendship of ours is timeless.
You have so many people in your life that love you, your family, your grandchildren and the many special friends you call your own.
So, dear friend, celebrate your wonderful life!!!!
Today it is Cookie's day. Here she is doing what she does best...... resting. Not bad for a 12 1/2 year old gal. She was very patient with me as I put on a new scraf and completed the look with some of my new bling.
When she does move, she just turns her head and gives you one of those, "What are you doing?" looks.
So here's to all of you who have dogs in your lives, they touch your heart in so many ways, and they truly give unconditional love.