Monday, January 16, 2017

More 2017

Does anyone out there know how to change the blog background? The method has changed and no online searches have helped :(


Anyway...more pics













Hello 2017

What a kick in the ass it's been for 2017!

We had a wonderful Christmas! We celebrated with our family and extended families throughout our two and a half weeks off!

Prior to Christmas, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We also enjoyed a week on Coronado Island for Shane's water conference at the Hotel Del Coronado. That has got to be one of our favorite places in the world.

I successfully campaigned for a seat on the QCUSD Governing School Board. There were 3 seats available, 6 candidates. It was an ugly race but we won! I was so thankful to have so much love and support throughout the whole process. I was sworn in at the January 10th Board Meeting and have enjoyed my board member training with the ASBA and look forward to my Board Retreat at our school district office this week. We have a lot to face with overcrowding and hypergrowth in our area!


The kids are great, Cassandra is 17 and a junior, Savannah is 15 and a freshman, Griffin is 13 and in 7th grade, Alyssa is 9 and in 4th grade. Cassandra got her license in October, over fall break. She's doing great driving! She drives to school daily with Savannah and to work. She's signed up to take the ASVAB test this month also. Exciting times!

The dogs are doing well. Kira is doing awesome on her meds for her allergies! She still LOVES snuggling and cuddling whenever possible. She has hilarious short bursts of pure puppy fun (although she's 3 and had a hard 3 years) to mix in with all that cuddliness!  Gypsy is 9 months old, we just survived her first heat (OMG) and she's still in obedience training every Friday. She's doing well, she's super smart and starting to be more confident. Major improvements! Dean is 6 months old and just a moose right now. He's in EVERYTHING and despite training, listens to NOTHING at this point. I just keep working with him but it's obvious that he will need more extensive training in the near future.

I'm going to stop rambling and just share some pics now!

 Baby Dean 3 months old
 Dean 3 months, Gypsy 6 months
 Dean 5 months, Gypsy 8 months, Kira 3 years
 Shane and Alyssa for the Daddy/Daughter Dance at her school
 Griffin, Alyssa and Gumpy for the middle school Veteran's Day celebration

 Home from work!
 The hotel del coronado




 Seaport Village







Monday, May 9, 2016

MAY 2016

HELL YES! It's MAY! 8 school days left! I do not know who is more excited, me or the kids ;)

We've had a great spring, some beautiful weather (we've teetered on the edge of over 100 degrees already but then dipped back down to some nice temps) and lots of blooming flowers! Blooming flowers, blooming kids, the world just keeps on turning faster and faster at every blink of an eye.

Cassandra is still working. She's getting between 16 and 35 hours per week in addition to school. She's busting her ass! She's working on driving still, I have high hopes that we will really make some great progress this summer when we have an abundance of time together and much more flexibility in our schedules. She's loved at her work, they are constantly calling to ask her to help with extra shifts. They always make a point to tell me how much she is liked and respected for the work she does! She is wrapping up her 10th grade year beautifully. Can I just let you know that I'm  in shock that she'll be a JUNIOR ?? WTH?

Savannah is doing awesome! She is super excited for Comic Con in June! There are so many actors and writers she is interested in seeing! She's had a great year despite all her illness/absences. She's caught up her grades every time and is getting two awards on the last day of school. One for math and one for language arts! She doesn't know she's receiving them, I am so excited to see her face. She's reading the Hobbit in class, she used her saved up Xmas money to buy the movie trilogy and she's got me watching the movies with her. I love it because she loves it and her enthusiasm is contagious. There is a drawing class for the summer that she is very interested in, I hope we are able to get her a spot in it! It covers a lot, including anime which she is dying to get more direction on. She'll be at the high school with Cassandra...I don't even know what to say other than I'M GLAD they'll have each other!

Griffin is doing well! His grades are good after ups and downs due to absences. We've had a bitch of a year all around for illness. Stomach bugs, upper respiratory, sinus infections...we got it all, multiple times! He pulled it together and had a great year. We will sure miss his time at his current school. He had his teacher for two years in a row as the teacher went up a grade level with his class. It's hard to leave a great teacher, harder when you've had them for two years. He's improving on his long board, I don't know how much practice he'll get this summer with the heat but perhaps it will entice him to get  up early a few mornings each week to ride it. He's looking forward to a baseball camp for three days in July and trying out for the track team for 7th grade.

Alyssa is doing amazing in 3rd grade. Her year has flown by! She's settled in at her new school since December and you'd never know she was the "new kid" by the way the students and teachers greet her! It really makes me all the more positive it was the right decision to move her, what a great environment. She LOVES Minecraft! Her birthday is June 14th and she's already let me know that her party will be Minecraft themed. Thankfully Pinterest is loaded with party ideas!

Shane is busy busy and more busy! His ankle is healing well and he's getting back to his old activities which is so good to see. I've got some sign orders that he'll be cutting wood for me. He's working a lot of hours but doing great things for the District. He is taking us to the Alton Brown show this Thursday, we are so excited!

I'm doing well, subbing has been BUSY but wonderful! I've been volunteering in the special ed class as well which is always my happy place. I'm running for the school board, I start collecting signatures tomorrow. This will be an interesting adventure!

Everything else is moving along, I hear Shane and Cassandra getting  home from work so I am off for kisses :)


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

March and April 2016

March flew by! We had a wonderful spring break :) We spent the first week relaxing and doing some spring cleaning. The second week we spent 4 days in Pinetop! The weather was gorgeous, we swam daily, did some very light walking (I was keeping a close eye on Shane's recovering ankle!) and fishing. We had a killer game of Horseopoly, Shane is so cutthroat when he plays that game! It was really relaxing and made me realize how much we needed that as a family. We had not traveled since the previous summer which is not like us but Shane's ankle had been so bad...I'm just so glad he's back to feeling and moving so well.

Easter was wonderful...it always throws me off when it's so early! We had our 3rd annual Italian Easter (as Shane's step mom calls it) at Buca Di Beppos. My parents, my sister, Shane's brother/wife/family and my sister in law's parents came to dinner. We had a wonderful time and ate entirely too much!

We are back at school, testing is throughout the month of April and then Cassandra and Savannah will have final exams in May. Never ending testing...pisses me off! I feel so bad for kids today, it feels like all the teachers are pushed to do is test and teach for tests. We need change, fast!

Cassandra is doing great with her driving, she's logging the hours like crazy! Work is going well for her and she's keeping up her grades too, score!

Savannah is excited for the upcoming Comic Con in June :) Griffin is looking into basketball camp for a couple of weeks this summer. Alyssa is excited for the Alton Brown show in May, Comic Con in June and possible drawing lessons this summer ;) I'm just looking forward to NOT driving to all our schools and sitting in line every day! HA

I won't bore with more typing...let's roll some pics!


 Griffin, Mimi and Gumpy at the Irish 4 K
 Spring Break camp out :)
 I fancied up the front porch for Easter
 Cuddling Griffin on the drive to Pinetop
 Breakfast at Darbi's Cafe
 Savannah and I opted to snuggle on the picnic blanket while the others fished
 Remember when her favorite show was "River Monsters" and every sentence began with "Jeremy fished....."
 Hot tub cuties!
 Permit time, CLEAR THE ROADS



Easter egg fun


Monday, January 18, 2016

Making signs!

I sometimes forget to share that I rarely post about the signs I am making!

Here is a sample of some I have been working on....check me out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arizonahomesweethome/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel