Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Arizona Vacation

Oh, sweet vacation! We were blessed with a week with Grandma Margaret and Grandpa Paul in AZ where they spend 1-2 months each winter in a retirement community called Venture Out. My Grandpa and Grandma Bredberg started going in 1976 so this was my 4th or 5th trip. I had such a special time with my Grandma Bredberg, Uncle Don and Aunt Jan, and Uncle Wayne and Aunt Judy. They all took care to spend time with us, feed us, and love our girls and that was a gift. It was extra special to have Becca, Rory and Ivar there too! My Mom and Dad are so helpful with the girls and that means so much to Jedd and I. So we rested and relaxed too. There were lots of tears when Becca and Rory went back to MN the day before we left. Sonna cried for several minutes and worked through her sadness by talking/crying it out with Grandma Margaret (while riding in the golf cart). Such sweet sorrow.

Even Svea went swimming one day. I think she was a bit chilly, even though the pools are like bath water, but the wind was a little cool. We were fortunate to have sunny, 70 degree weather everyday!
Family pictures. Tricky. Even frustrating at times with a sometimes uncooperative 3 & 5 year old, but Mom was victorious with these two! Thanks for taking pictures, Mom!

Some Auntie lovin'.

Jedd and the girls picked grapefruit from Loretta's tree (a friend of Grandma's). Oh, delicious citrus fruit! Grandma Margaret made Lemon Meringue pie for us twice. Mara was a big help making one of the pies.
I am so grateful that my children know my Aunts and Uncles. Aunt Jan spent time enjoying them and appreciating their vivacious personalities. It was mutual.
Uncle Rory and the girls had fun decorating grandma and grandpa's front walk.
We had a fun picnic in the desert at Usury Park. The playground was a big hit.
There was a lot of cuteness in AZ since baby Svea and baby Ivar were in attendance! Ivar's new nickname is 'Smiles A Lot'. He is such a smiley baby!

Grandma went to the library so we'd have a good supply of children's books to read. So nice!
My beautiful sister and I had a blast together! It is so fun to see her as a Mom too.
Walking over to Grandma Bredberg's for a visit.

Grandpa Paul doing double duty.


  1. Shoot! I had such a beautiful picture of Svea and Grandma Bredberg admiring one another and somehow I managed to delete it while adding captions to some of these pictures. And when I went to download the pictures (or is it upload?), I realized my camera disk/thingy holding my AZ pics is in AZ plugged into my mom's laptop. Later. I'll add said picture later. But for now, I hope you enjoy these as much as I am!

  2. Looks like a wonderful time with great memories.