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!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Griffin's 11th Birthday

Griffin had a great birthday party on Saturday! He kept it low key but entertaining ;) He was sure easy to shop for this year, everything was Xbox...Xbox....Xbox!   We had the usual crowd and glorious weather! We ended up with a wonderful thunderstorm that brought us much needed rain and cooler temps. We ordered Serrano's for lunch as Griffin requested. He wanted to break the boring cake tradition with root beer floats for his sweet treat. I think everyone had a great time.

I can't believe this kid is 11. He loves motorcycles, muscle cars, big trucks, Xbox, nerf guns, a wide variety of music (even Richard Marx...I'm so impressed), Legos, math, science, snuggling, farting loudly and harassing his sisters. He also likes to snuggle with Alyssa and have camp-outs in the play room with her. Those freckles and beautiful blue eyes get him out of some hairy situations...he knows how to get to me. He also knows how to push my buttons so I guess it's a 50/50 split on how much trouble he gets into and out of. He is his father's son in many ways and I love the moments that those shine through.

Without are the pics!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


September is half way gone already! Griffin's 11th birthday is coming up on Sept. 24th. I can't believe this tiny boy is an almost 11 year old 5th grader! He is excited for his party :) No real theme, I guess he's too big for that but he did request Serrano's food for his party lunch. I am excited that I am actually subbing his class on his true birthday. I'll get to spend half the day and lunch with my little buddy ;)

I'm happy to say we've had a lot more rain this summer than in the past 20 or so. We actually had major flooding in the valley. Freeways were shut down, schools were closed down, it was a real mess! We've had some cooler days and gorgeous cloudy days. The nights are getting longer and the nighttime temps are coming down into the upper 70's. That's a real break for us! I hope we have seen the last of the 105+ temps for 2014 but I'm not positive that is the case. For the last 5 or so years it's been at least 105 for Griffin's birthday. Maybe this year will be the breaker! I remember it was stormy and cool on the night he was born. Maybe we'll get lucky and have that happen again! Have I mentioned how I can't believe how big this boy is getting!?

The kids are doing well, plugging along in school. Cassandra really enjoys high school. She's going to her first Homecoming game on Friday and the dance on Saturday. It is very different than when I was in high school...she doesn't have a date, she's going with a group of girls. We went dress shopping together with her friends and moms. Her dress is beautiful and I can't wait to show off pics of her this Saturday!

I guess there isn't much else to tell...we are just on auto pilot as we cruise through the next few weeks on our way to fall break! Those are two weeks we are ALL looking forward to! We are headed to Colorado for about a week and then have our second week of break to do nothing but relax at home! I have my fingers crossed for good weather in Arizona but I KNOW we'll have gorgeous weather in Colorado, rain or shine!

Here are some kid pics and some pics of projects I've been working on...I'm in full holiday decorating mode!

 Me and my Alyssa ready for the QCE sock hop!
 Shane and Savannah on their way out for their date night to see "The Giver"
 Griffin in his new Harley D reading glasses!
 Some vinyl projects I've been working on....

 The new buffet for my beloved seance room ;)

 Halloween wreath for a neighbor

 "home is where my heart is" painted sign :D
 Halloween subway art
 Griffin and his First Lego League team!
 More vinyl projects!