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January, 2011....Our time is spent helping Mindy cope with life on crutches after breaking her ankle at work the end of December.....it has been a trying time for her as she copes with pain and immobility!  Kyle is a big help and an good driver on those busy LA freeways. UPDATE:  After 3 months of recuperating, she is back to work but still feels its effect.  Her plan is to have her "hardware" out in the Fall and then make a trip to NC for a couple of weeks.

February, 2011    See our Costa Rica pictures

March, 2011... Home to NC (Yep! snow/rain/frost/some sunshine !) Enjoyed visits from Prairie friends from MI....Glen and Beth !!  Also, Utica friends, Stu & Brenda visited for a few hours....a trip to Mt. Jefferson (our favorite place to take friends).  Spent time with friends, Tom & Janet, and meeting their new great-grandson, Reid !

   

April, 2011....Celebrating Easter &  Dave's 74th birthday at the cottage in New York.  Our grandkids are on their Spring break.  Easter spent with Parker & Card family; visited dear friends, Anita and Jane! We returned back to NC and greeted Jenette's 5 cousins from Rockford, IL! Almost like a Hoffman reunion.  Note the beautiful new "outdoor" fireplace of our friends, Roland & Sherry, who just built a home with gorgeous views in Ashe County. 

May-June, 2011....   Spring finally arrived in NC. More deer in our backyard than ever before.   . For the first time ever we spotted a bear in our neighborhood....crossing the highway right in front of us.  We think he came from the Mt. Jefferson State Park.  Jenette's 4 cousins from Rockford, IL visited us and what a reunion that was!! Unexpected short visit from Brenda Card while hubby Stu at conference a few hours from us in VA.   Then we pack up the car for the cottage in NY......Just in time for our grand-daughter, Jacque's high school graduation.  Oh yes, Jenette celebrated the "really big birthday" this month.... No, she doesn't feel it....or act it!  Yeah, for being 70!!  A picnic at Stu & Brenda's on the West Canada is a great way to start off "the summer.

 

   

           

 July-August-September, 2011...  Fun time with the family at the Jersey Shore.  College Classmate friends from Michigan (the Snyders & Lintons) visiting during "Cottager's Weekend". Gloria's son and family visited!  Doggie sitting "Morley"; and of course, our annual trek to Moffitt Beach & Sunday services at Camp of the Woods.  Thanks to Stu & Brenda for taking over the big Labor Day dinner !! Nice!

   

October, 2011... Beautiful Fall in NC.  Mindy, Sister Jo, and Dorothy (Utica) came to visit us in the mountains.  Enjoyed a few days in Hilton Head with Bob & Linda, cousins from IL. 

         

November, 2011..drove to Austin, TX .. met Esther & Phil (relatives of Pam & Fred) for a tour of the area...picked up Sister Jo and headed to Little Rock for THX dinner with Sister Judy and her family.  They took us to Hot Springs Arboretum for a Christmas light show.  After 2,600 miles with about that many "trucks", we made it back to NC to pack up for our winter trip to CA.

      

December, 2011 .  Sunny CA