Real Life

Well, we’re back on the road! Our precious time with the kids and grandkids is sadly behind us. Our time together was wonderful – lots of laughter, game playing, great food, and time to re-introduce ourselves to those granddaughters. They are all growing so very fast! It’s hard to believe that Ellie will be 6 in less than a month, Hayley is 4 and Maddie is one. They’ll be in college before we know it!
I have found that one of the best parts of the family photo taking is the “OK – everyone be goofy” shot –
Crazy Conrads 2009
And this one was no exception!
I love my family!
(When I have a faster internet connection, and a little more time to process the scads of pictures that were taken over the last week (both by me and any other random person who was checking out my camera!) I’ll try to get some additional pictures posted.)

After an uneventful (but full of (now disappointed) Ohio State fans heading to the Fiesta Bowl) flight from Columbus to Phoenix and a good night’s sleep in our own bed (yes, it was hard to say good-bye to the kids, but it was good to be home!), we set out for Yuma, AZ. Did you know that Yuma is the winter lettuce capitol of the world? It’s also got lots of citrus, broccoli, asparagus, cotton, peanuts and dates. But what it really has a lot of is RV parks to accommodate the over 95,000 winter residents who come here for the sunshine and warm temperatures. Today was sunny and 70 so I can certainly see why they come! We’re chillin’ out at one of the RV parks for a couple of days before we head to our January project. We’re planning a quick trip into Mexico tomorrow morning and then will be hitting the Arizona Marketplace – one of the largest flea markets in the state. But on Friday we will be pulling out of Arizona and moving to CALIFORNIA!!! Our January project is at Palomar Christian Conference Center on (you guessed it) Palomar Mountain (home of the Palomar Observatory). While it’s not too far from San Diego, it’s about 5000ft. elevation, so we’re not counting on many 70 degree days there. In fact, since they got 16 inches of snow a couple of weeks ago, it could give a whole new meaning to the phrase “winter project”. Regardless of the weather, we’re excited to be finally entering California and are looking forward to getting back to work.

Just think – California. And it only took us 4 1/2 years to get there!
I love this life! 🙂

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