Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Neil, Tricia and Alana come to visit!

Most of you know by now that my biological mother, Donna, found me last year in June. I have since been out to California twice. Once to meet her and the second time to meet my four brothers and their families. This is the first visit by anyone from my "new family" to Arizona. The oldest son Neil who is coincidentally born on my Dad's birthday and is only 17 months younger than me, brought his family to visit. They were able to meet Tim and Bryan and their families (pictures can be seen on B and Jenn's blog) and then drove up to stay two nights with us. We had a terrific time! It didn't take us long to show them the town, so after lunch at DQ the first day (my camera wouldn't work there!) we took them around town and then over to Snowflake. On Tuesday we drove over the mountain to Greer, stopping at the sled run near Sunrise. We had a nice lunch in Greer and then drove through Springerville/Eagar to come home. There they were able to see the largest wooden indoor football field in the US and our first home. Then back home. We shared lots of stories and we very much enjoyed getting to know them. We are so happy that they took the time to come all this way to see us. We are looking forward to more visits from our California family in the future!

Alana and Tricia checking out B and Jenn's blog

At Greer Lodge

Neil, Terri and Alana on the deck at Greer Lodge

We found Alana an "Arizona Cowboy". The good thing is that he is a great listener and doesn't talk back!

Alana was appreciative of this picture with her mouth full! Lunch at Greer Lodge compliments of Neil. We had wanted to treat them and he was much faster with the waitress than we were.

Thanks Neil!

Neil and family on the mountain. We wanted to show Alana the snow. Uncle Chris was happy to commandeer a sled for her, but she declined.

On the sledding mountain near Sunrise

Terri & Neil

Alana and Tricia are bundled up!

Neil, Alana & Tricia. Too many shadows from the tree on their faces!

Terri, Neil and Alana at the standard "first day of school" photo pose in front of the tree!