We are sooooooo grateful for this week long respite each year in our lives. It really is the most beautiful spot in all of AZ, and it does much to fill our "wells" and get us through another year.
So, first I offer some pictures of "the burn".
Wish I'd gotten a better picture of areas with burned trees, and this neon/electric green grass growing all around it. When we were there it had been raining for weeks, and the combo of rain and all the ash on the ground made for the most stunning green grasses. The juxtoposition of burn and green was fascinating, and beautiful.
It literally burned down the mountain to the edge of "town".
This is sooo sad. A gorgeous house, just gone.
More insulting....the houses on either side of it, not touched. You could see where the fire burned UP to the house next door, and yet it's still standing. My heart breaks for the family that lost that home (well all the families really). This development is as "in town" as you can get. And right next door is a big resort. The fire burned right to the edge of the resort. Sooo many blessings that more wasn't burned.
Anywho...you know I'm long winded, and there are like 4 million things I want to show you and talk about. But, for THIS post, I'm just gonna show you family pic day. It was without a doubt our quickest and smoothest to date. Hooray!
I look at all these pics and they make me happy. I really do love this big crazy family of mine! They're the BEST!
As usual, click on pics to see them larger, if you so desire.
The entire Shumway clan in all our glory. This is first time in at least 3 years that literally ALL of us were there for the pictures. Hooray!
Jere insisted on ASU pride.
I told you, he's crazy about his school pride.
Max asks to wear that shirt every.single.day!
we took individual shots as well. Some inappropriate and some "straight."
It's so sad that they never have any fun.
The "men" of Greer
I'm not kidding when I say this may be my all time favorite picture EVER!
They were making fun of us women.
The ladies of Greer
My Mom is so cute
These are all the grandaughters.
Poor Breckyn, she was born only 15 years too early for the rest of them.
Well...this was ON picture day. I just happen to think it's a particularly good picture of Miss Sass and I.
Alright....that's done. Tomorrow I shall bring you Sunrise ski lift. Holy Beautifulness!
Smiles and squints,