A Mid-Winter Break

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I’m not even sure where to begin my blog tonight.  The girls and I took a mini-vacation to Arizona these past four days and we had such a good time that I just want to talk about it all, but that would be way to long for one night of writing.  So I will split this up a little, so as not to bore you.

We left Thursday afternoon and headed west to Surprise, Arizona, where my parents live.  The city was founded in 1938 by Flora Mae Statler, who named it Surprise as she “would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much”.  Well…it certainly has.  According to Wikipedia, tens of thousands of retirees moved to the city in the 1990s and early 2000s to live in Sun City Grand, an age-restricted resort-like community, with homes built by the property development firm Del Webb.

Mom and Dad greeted us at the airport, we grabbed a little dinner then headed back to their place to start visiting and getting caught up with each other’s lives.  It was nighttime when we drove in, so pictures didn’t start until the next morning.  The girls literally were in their pajama’s the next morning out on the patio, absorbing the sun and taking shots of the palm trees while sending them to their friends back home, who were in school at the time.  No time to waste!  It’s exactly what were hoping for.

Pajama shots!

Pajama shots!

okay, I took a few as well.

okay, I took a few as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their palm trees have gotten so big!

Their palm trees have gotten so big!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once our coffee and breakfast’s were finished, the girls and I took a walk around the neighborhood.  We saw a golf course, citrus trees, many cactus looking plants, oh…and mountains!  Quite a bit different scenery than when we walk around our neighborhood back in lovely Burnsville.    I wonder if Nate would enjoy golfing here for golf league? ha~

I really wanted to steal a bagful of these & bring them home.

I really wanted to steal a bagful of these & bring them home.

White Tank Mountains in the background.

White Tank Mountains in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mom & Dad’s house.

Mom & Dad’s house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was starting to get really warm and the girls wanted to get some tanning and pool time in, so Grandpa drove us over to their fitness club where we found an indoor & outdoor pool.  Dad was crazy enough to ask the girls which they’d prefer…umm, the outside one Grandpa!  What a gorgeous complex.  It was a like being at an all-inclusive resort.  They have everything anyone would want.  Tennis courts, lap pools, walking tracks, lazy river (thought of you Sheri), outdoor games like lawn bowling and bocce ball, and any club you’d want to join, you name it, they have it.  These people really stay active, and that was wonderful to see.

My pretty girls enjoying themselves.

My pretty girls enjoying themselves.

For you Sheri...just need an inner tube~

For you Sheri…just need an inner tube~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were so relaxed and absorbing that sunshine.  I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt to be laying on those chairs in January.

I need to win the Power-Ball & have this lifestyle.

I need to win the Power-Ball & have this lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laying out in the sun can make you hungry…at least it did for us.  Dad took us over to the Grand Cafe at the Sonoran Plaza (which is connected to all of this) for some outdoor eating  in their courtyard.  We had a tasty light lunch, then ruined our figures by indulging in their soft-serve ice cream.  It was worth it!

The people do not skimp! This was only $1

The people do not skimp! This was only $1

 

Grandpa loved having two pretty girls around him the whole time.

Grandpa loved having two pretty girls around him the whole time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My dad took us for a tour of this entire complex and we enjoyed the architecture of these buildings.  The builders made good use of windows when they knew they had the view.

beautiful~

beautiful~

We saw some gorgeous rooms inside as well.  One of them was this grand ballroom.  When Dad opened the door and we peeked in, Kelly’s eyes went straight to the stage…then so did she!  Megan and I loved the chandeliers.

Grad party here Megan?

Grad party here Megan?

 

Always ready to perform!

Always ready to perform!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would love this to be my reading nook~

Would love this to be my reading nook~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we finished the inside tour, Dad took us across to one last building.  When we walk in, the wall in front of us was all windows looking out onto Desert Springs Golf Course.  What a view and we just had to walk out there and enjoy it with the sun on our faces.  Dad said that this building used to be the main office and next door were the model homes that they looked at when deciding to move here or not.  This was the view that sold them.  He said to me, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Relaxed just looking at this.

Relaxed just looking at this.

 

I needed to capture him in his favorite spot~

I needed to capture him in his favorite spot~

 

 

He’s right...it is a great spot.

He’s right…it is a great spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

See all those windows?

See all those windows?

 

 

 

Love the terra cotta color.

Love the terra cotta color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well that’s about all I have time for tonight and I’m getting sleepy.  Traveling and time changing can mess with you and I know work is going to come early in the morning.   This was a wonderful start to our vacation and I have lots more to talk about!

Posing in the front yard under the pineapple tree~

Posing in the front yard under the pineapple tree~

 

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Lovely!!! You must have had wonderful weather. We are not in shorts here in Myrtle Beach!
    It kind of looks like the perfect place to retire, so glad your mom and dad are happy there. Can’t wait for the next blog.

  2. Well I can understand why your parents moved,imagine just living on a beautiful resort all year long.I am sold for my retirement ,that lazy river and the mountains in the background its a done deal.
    Now that’s a perfect stage for Kelly.how fun for Grandpa to share it with his girls.
    Looking forward to your next installment.

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