Monday, November 23, 2015

Cassandra's Sweet 16

We just made it through Cassandra's Sweet 16th birthday party! She had a nice, mostly family party this year. She wanted Mexican food, chocolate cake and rum cake ;) Of course, we made all that happen! She had her three favorite girl friends over, her boyfriend and lots of family. Her birthday has been a challenge the last 3 years since Mike passed away. I don't think she ever knows exactly what emotion to go with...sadness that he's gone, excitement for her birthday, sadness that he's not here to see what she's doing and who she is becoming, guilt if she IS feeling happy. I know that she just misses him terribly as we all do. Anyway, here are some pics!

 The morning of her 16th Birthday :)
 Brunch at Village Inn to celebrate her birthday and Alyssa getting Student of the Month
 Gifts :) She made out like crazy this year!
 Cake number one...
 Snuggle time with Jake
 Visits from Uncle Doug are always a big deal!
Blowing out the candles was a little harder than she thought it would be!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween 2015 (and then some)

 Halloween with our awesome neighbors!
 Our fortune teller, Tokoyo Ghoul, Evil Warlock, Little Red Riding Hood and the (BB) Wolf ;)

 Griffin and Gumpy heading out for a day of Go Kart racing.
 Griffin and Aspen
 After the finish line for the Intel 5K!
 Aspen, 10 months old! Who knew we'd make it this far? LOL
 Savannah's 14th birthday part :)
 Cassandra and Aspen, snuggled at the birthday party.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 2015

How is it possible that we've been in school for going on 4 weeks already???

Time flies when you're melting in Arizona, LOL!!! But seriously, it's been a good summer. Very relaxing, very chill. Obviously not in the literal sense, it's been hovering between 108 and 114 for quite awhile now! We've had one major monsoon storm so far...I sure hope they are right about the predictions for a very wet winter!

It's hard to believe that have a  10th, 8th, 6th and 3rd grade this year! Everyone is settled into their school routines pretty well by now. Bus rides are shorter and overall, things are running smoothly!

Aspen is getting bigger and BIGGER! We had to upgrade the crate because she was too tall to fully stand in her old one. We've had a dog behaviorist work with us. I had a lot of high hopes as he was the curator of the wolf and coyote exhibits at the San Antonio zoo for over 7 years. He had some great suggestions and much like Cesar Millan, his suggestions worked immediately. GO FIGURE :D

Other than running the kids everywhere they need to be, I spent the first 8 school days subbing 6th grade math/science! I had a great time, great kids. It was a real learning experience for me because the teacher had left for emergency surgery...he barely had a classroom put together (not fully stocked) and had NO LESSON PLANS! I was very lucky to have solid help with a wonderful teacher we've had 3 times before. I'd have been lost without him :)

Enough babble...Pics....
 Greer, Arizona just before school started
 Dinner at the Angry Crab
 More North Woods hiking
 Hotel snuggles with my tiny girl ;)
 Carousel at Bass Pro Shop
 July 22nd, first day of 10th grade!
 July 22nd, first day of 6th grade, 3rd grade, 8th grade
 Aspen, 7 months old
Aspen and her best buddy
couch snuggles!

Sunday, May 31, 2015


I get so excited for summer break...hey,  having the kids home is the only good thing about "summer" in Arizona.

We kicked off our last day of school (May 21st) by leaving for Colorado as soon as the kids finished their half day!  We drove to lovely (ha ha) Winslow and stayed the night. Griffin and Alyssa LOVED the indoor pool!

Thursday we made it to Pagosa Springs. The weather was amazing, a little bit of rain every day. Temps in the 50s and 60s during the day, 30s at night! We visited Creede, the Leonard family plots in the cemetery, visited the Creede Mining Museum which was really informative and cool!

In Pagosa we visited our land, all that glorious snow Shane and I saw in January had made way for GREEN growth everywhere! The mountain was crawling with deer. So beautiful! We bought a couple of Aspen trees and a couple of Colorado Spruce and planted them. We met our sweet neighbor and he told us to hurry up and move up there! I wish that were the case....

We loved walking down by the San Juan River in Pagosa, we played at the park. The food does not disappoint in Pagosa. We ate at Kip's Grill and O.M.G.!!!! It was amazing food and spices...just a party in your mouth (yes, I just said that!) We spent a day in Durango, beautiful weather and a major bike race for kids was going on. Lots of little cuties on tiny bikes racing their hearts out!

Shane drove us to Wolf Creek Pass so we could play in the snow (on the way to Creede) and we loved it. I wish I had packed more "cold weather" stuff for the kids so we could have really enjoyed it longer but it was nice even to have the short visit there.

Boring rambling over...on to pics!

Picked up the last day of school...we're on the road!
 Getting a little restless and ready to get out of the car!
 Gotta love indoor pools!
 Met up with Rod in New Mexico as he was visiting family! We had a delicious pizza at Riverside Pizza :)
 First day at the cabin
 Ahhhh, cool weather soothes the savages!
 My sweet!
 Our property 
 View from where the cabin will be
 Hot tubbers at the cabin
 A great day for soccer!
 This was our lunch in Durango at the something Belle restaurant. They had live music and the food was tasty but slow as molasses!

 Wolf Creek Pass
 Creede Cemetery
 More Wolf Creek
 Loving the snow
 Shane planting one of our baby Aspens
Up to no good!