Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011 from the Moores

015Our Christmas Greetings arrive to you this year from Arizona where we rang in the year back in January! Our travels took us to 13 states this year. In the spring we journeyed through New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri on our way to visit family and friends in Iowa. A summer trip brought us through Illinois to be more family, into Indiana to seeing fellow traveling friends and into Ohio to see old Army friends. This fall we headed over to South Dakota and Wyoming and then down through Colorado, New Mexico and back to Arizona. It was wonderful to spend time with our family and friends this year. Our sons Brent, Eric and Josh and their beautiful families are thriving and active and our moms, Joanne and Dolores, are both doing well. All are pictured below.

IMG_1138In Back; Eric & Cheri Josh & Sarah w/Julianna. Middle; Ryan, Alison, Isaac Jan & Chuck. In  Front; Jessica and Lexi in July in Illinois. 014In Back; Stephen, Brent, Donna and Katie. In Front; Anne w/ Madeleine, Libby and Michael in May in Iowa. 003 (2)Jan & Chuck riding the George S. Mickelson Bike Trail in the Black Hills while attending a Boomerang (Boomer group gathering) in August in South Dakota
003Chuck & Jan a mountain view south of Payson, Arizona 008
Chuck with his mom, Joanne in Yuma Foothills, Arizona
Jan & DoloresJan with her mom, Dolores in Carroll, Iowa

This year allowed us to have some grand hiking adventures from the Ogilby Hills in California to the Rocky Mountains near Buena Vista, Colorado (picture at the top of the page), to the Mogollon Rim and Devils Chasm in Arizona (below). We enjoyed lots of biking and walking and also, some fun gatherings with Boomer friends. Another high light was getting to attend the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM and crewing with Pirates Treasure and Clown ‘n’ Around.

Above; A group of Boomer friends who came over to help us celebrate Christmas last year.

Below; Chuck & Jan and friends Bruce & Dee on a very challenging but rewarding hike to the Sierra Ancha Cliff Dwellings in Devil’s Chasm near Roosevelt, AZ 022

071037Above and Below; pictures from the Balloon Fiesta.017  

As this year slides into history, we’d like to wish everyone many of Christ’s blessing during this holy season and through out the coming New Year. Merry Christmas and have a great 2012!!           Chuck & Jan

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