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!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hello again

I really need to do better with this blog! What the hell happens? I'll tell you what happens, LIFE! I constantly assume nobody is reading this except for a couple of extended family members living 3000 miles away and then I log in and see there were 55 page views and I wonder WHY? HOW? ;)

I don't even remember where I left off last so I'll just start randomly.

I got the best birthday present in January! I picked out my Wolfdog pup :) She was ready to come home to us at 5 weeks old (the beginning of February.) For those of you who do not know what a Wolfdog is...they are also called wolf hybrids. It is the offspring of breeding a wolf and a dog, pretty simple ;) My wolf dog is timber wolf, arctic wolf (also called a tundra wolf) and husky. She's pretty great. She is 19 weeks old and in the throws of her "terrible twos" as I'm told. wolf dogs are highly intelligent, very "calculating" and have a mind of their own. They don't work to please you like typical domestic dogs. Why would I want to do this to myself? I know, some days I ask myself that too. Truth is, there is no love from a dog like the love of a wolf dog. They come into your life so young, they bond with you so strongly. We are her pack on a level that you just don't get with a regular domesticated dog. She howls to me (and yes, I answer back because that's what alphas do!) and is attached at my hip most of the time. Is she stubborn? Yes. Once we have all the pecking orders established, life gets easier. We went through a rough month but she's doing much better and listening MUCH better! Her name is Aspen Nyx and yes, I will post pics!

March was pretty slow, we didn't go anywhere for spring break since Aspen was so little. April was busy with making signs (I still have my little business going!) I did not sub at all until May. I didn't want to leave Aspen in the crate for 7 hours a day at her age. I'm really glad I took that time with her for those 2 1/2 months! I have done a few sub days since the beginning of May and she did well, you could just tell she had more energy to burn when I got home. I've missed subbing, I look forward to going back to that part time this coming school year. I was also elected as President of our Elementary school PTO. I did 4 years before, took 2 years off when Shane's dad passed. I guess I've had enough time off ;) Time to get back at it. Apparently I don't like to sit idle...ever!

Not too much to report for April, Shane traveled more that month than he has...ever. The kids were extra good, very helpful and took turns sleeping with me in case I got lonely *wink wink*

May!!!!!!! Mother's Day was really nice! I got beautiful cards and Shane took us (and my parents) to a delicious dinner at The Angry Crab. Amazing seafood!  

Cassandra had and broke up with her first boyfriend of her high school years. She seems to be doing better now, it took a few weeks of that WTF feeling but she finally is over the icky part. She was on the QCHS JV track team this year. She participated in shot put and discus. She did really well for her first year! Coach told her she's going to be on the Varsity team next year, not bad for 10th grade.

Savannah is finishing up 7th grade,  she's had an amazing year! Her grades have been fantastic with little pushing from me. She really got her organizational shit together this year and matured a lot :) She still loves anime, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Grimm, Criminal Minds, books...drawing and writing stories. I think she is ready and excited for 8th grade.

Griffin is in 5th grade, he's had a decent year. He has wonderful teachers but he seemed to hit that transitional school year where you're changing classes, juggling more responsibility and teachers. He didn't do it gracefully every quarter but I think he's finally got the hang of it just in time for 6th grade to be tapping on his door. His best friend is our next door neighbor, a year older than Griffin. They spend a lot of time hanging out and playing outside. He still is an XBOX junkie ;) He's doing some welding with my dad and enjoying that a lot!

Alyssa is in 2nd grade but I'm pretty sure she could skip a couple of grades and do just fine. I still worry about her at times with kids her own age, she seems so far past them . Most of her close friends are in grades above her but above all friends she prefers the company of her family. She's my little pajama wearing home body. I know she's excited for summer and "going nowhere, doing nothing" as much as possible.

Shane is great, working hard and lots of hours but he is a wonderful manager. The District is going through big changes, moving offices for the first time since 1929 and getting ready to celebrate their 100 year anniversary in 2016. Shane is trying to plan a big celebration for past and current employees which I think is pretty spectacular!

My parents are doing well, Dad is still at Intel (33 years) and my mom is back at NurseWise doing telephonic triage. She loves the schedule flexibility so she and dad can travel more since he's on a compressed work week. They are heading back to the east coast next month, I'm so excited for them! She just read me the itinerary yesterday and I'm so jealous! Dad traded in the Harley (he had been rear ended twice) and got them a Ford Mustang 50 year anniversary edition. They already tested it out on a trip to San Diego and I hear it was heaps of fun.  My sister got engaged at Christmas to her long time boyfriend. No date is set, they aren't fast to do anything but she's got the ring. 

I guess I've rambled enough. Time to post some pics! 

 Cassandra Today! Headed to her friend's quince party.
 Me and Alyssa chillin' last night, watching Dr. Pol on Animal Planet! Photobomber in the back
 Alyssa and Aspen, April 
 The kids hung out with Mimi and Gumpy on our date night ;)
 This is what happens when I leave my phone unattended
 Me and my Aspen
 Cassandra doing her shot put at the state qualifier
 Easter dinner at buca di beppos
 me and my mom at easter
 Cassandra and Savannah....easter fun
 Aspen, 2 weeks old
 Aspen, 5 weeks old (the day we brought her home)
 Alyssa and Aspen, 7-8 weeks old
 Aspen, 3 months old
 Aspen, 4 1/2 months old
My lovelies at Alyssa's 2nd grade performance!