Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fathers Day A Month Late!

I had a good idea for my Husband for Father's Day this year. I wanted to get him tickets to go to an Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Game.


I wasn't sure exactly how to do that. I was on the phone with my son, talking me through it, as I was trying to buy tickets on line! Normally I would just have my husband buy any tickets I wanted, but since they were a surprise for him I couldn't very well do that this time!


I was looking at the games schedule thinking I'd choose a game in June, but then I saw the Detroit Tigers were playing us in July! Score!


Since we lived in Michigan for over 8 years and our Daughters were born there, John's favorite team is the Tigers! He was pretty excited when he opened his gift on Fathers Day, even though he had to wait awhile to use them!


 On the day of the Game, we took the Light Rail down town, and to our surprise it was full of Tiger fans! Since Arizona was late to game of having a professional team & there are a lot of transplanted people in AZ, there tend to be a lot of fans of the opposing team at a lot of our games.


But this day there were probably more people rooting for the Tigers than for the Diamondbacks! But being Arizona natives, we kinda root for both teams! And are happy no matter who wins! :)


Our National Anthem was sung by Broadway's "Jersey Boy", who was here doing the play in Phoenix that week!


We had a great time Celebrating the worlds best Dad! Some people celebrate Christmas in July, so why not have Father's Day in July as well?! And to top it off the Tigers won! 


Going to the game brought back some great memories of when we lived in Michigan. We'd been to the old Tiger Stadium a number of times, and the new one was built & opened just before we moved away, so we were able to take our boys to see one of the coolest stadiums ever! Where we got to ride the Carousel made up of all Tigers! Good Times!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sisterhood Everlasting


I've just finished reading Sisterhood Everlasting by: Ann Brashares. It had been quite awhile since I'd read her Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Books, so to refresh my memory I watched the Movies made from those Books. The first Movie coincides with the first Book, the second Movie is kinda like the other three Books combined. They are about a group of 4 girls, who's Mothers met in a pregnancy exercise group, and have been best friends their whole lives. The summer before they turn 16 they find a pair of Jeans that miraculously fit and look amazing on all 4 of them, even though they are different shapes & sizes. So since they are spending the summer apart for the first time of their lives, they decide to share the pants, taking turns wearing them for a week & them sending them on to their "sister." The Books take us through the next 4 summers with the girls and their traveling pants. They travel, fall in love, meet people who change their lives, Graduate High School, move, start College, take jobs and start careers, all while sharing the magical Pants. That is until the pants are lost. The girls remain friends through everything life throws at them. And meet all of life's challenges together.

It's now 10 years latter. Lena, Tibby, Carmen & Bridget are on the verge of turning 30 and making life altering decisions, when this Author decided to revisit them. And if, like me, you think you know these girls and how they will turn out, then, like me, you will find out your were wrong! That's right. I'm not wrong often, especially when it comes to Books, but this once I was! :) I love it when a Book surprises me, and this one definitely does that! I didn't see what happens coming at all. And at first I thought I didn't like where it was going, but once again I was surprised. I enjoyed reading Sisterhood Everlasting. It's short easy to read chapters, that tell the story from each of the girls perspectives. And I'll admit it, I'm a sucker when it comes to Books on female Friendships! So, if you liked The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Books (though I don't think you necessarily have to have read them) or Movies, then pick up Sisterhood Everlasting & let me know what you think of it.


Now, I'm off to answer that most Loved and Hated of all Questions; What Should I Read Next? It's always fun trying to decide, as I have a pretty large To Be Read list!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Road Trippin



We took a long Weekend and went up to Page, Arizona 
where our son Zach is working and living for the summer. 


Our girls enjoying the car trip, with their Books! :) 


My Niece, Alarie came along for the ride as well. 


Arizona is such a Beautiful State!
You need to see it for yourself, if you haven't!


We surprised Zach! He didn't know we were coming,
though his Girlfriend & her family helped plan it! :) 


Though I realized when I got there I'd left my make-up bag at home,
this was all I had in my purse! 
Can you say Emergency trip to Wal-mart?! :) 


Page is really Beautiful!


Beautiful Scenery! 
There is so much to see and do there!


We did some Hiking and Sight Seeing!
Here's John, Erica, Lexi, Kendra & Alarie on top of the World!


We saw Horseshoe Bend in the Colorado River,
It is the most photographed spot in the nation!


And as always when we get together, things get silly!
That's Lexi on the bottom of Erica, Alarie, Kendra & Zach! :) 


They had a VHS player & we found this great old movie The Net! 
I had told my kids about it before,
and It was fun to watch it together!


We saw the Glen Canyon Dam on Lake Powell


And took the Tour
It's actually very interesting!


The Glen Canyon Dam Bridge


Just us girls on the Dam!


Kendra's Dad Pastors a Church in Page and asked John to lead Worship.
So we had a "Family Band" with John on Keys, John & Kendra singing, 
Zach on Guitar and Alarie playing the Djembe!


We spent a Beautiful Sunday Afternoon on Lake Powell!
It was perfect!
It was so nice to get away!
We had a great trip! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Miracle Worker

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. 
They must be felt with the heart” 

My Daughters and I went to see The Miracle Worker at Hale Theater. It's the play based on the Book written about Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. 

"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world." 

This is the 3rd play we've see at The Hale. It's an Intimate, local Theater that really puts on a great show! And it was so good! Probably our Favorite! 

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; 
but often we look so long at the closed door
 that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” 

Deaf and Blind, Helen must learn to communicate and make her way in the world. But in order for her to do that, Anne must first find a way to enter her world and reach her. 

 "Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it."

My Daughter Erica has been taking American Sign Language in High School and my other daughter, Lexi, will start ASL this year as well.


"I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."

Erica wants to become a Sign Language Interpreter. She has her life all planned out; after High School she will go to College to get her Interpreter's Degree, then become a Nanny for a family with a hearing impaired child or parent (and travel the world with them!) :) Then when she's ready to settle down and start her own family, she will start Interpreting! Pretty great plan if you ask me!


"Life is a daring adventure, or nothing at all."

Back in Elementary School, Erica had to do a project on a Woman in History, and she chose Hellen Keller. She dressed up as Hellen, played the part & did a great report. Little did we know back then that Sign Language would become such a big part of her life!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” 

We had a great Mother/Daughter night out! And if you ever get the opportunity to see The Miracle Worker, we'd highly recommend that you do! All the captions under my pictures, are quotes by Hellen Keller, so inspiring.

Friday, July 11, 2014

24!


My First child was born 24 years ago today!


His due date was the 4th of July :) but, he was a week late! :(


Kyle was always a fun kid! 


We've been through a lot of firsts together, including our first Tattoos!


Though this is his last Birthday at home, since he will be getting Married latter this year!


Happy Birthday Kyle! 
We Love You
and are so proud of the Man you have become!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The 4th Of July


I just wanted to show you are finished T-shirts my Daughters and I made for the 4th of July! We painted Fireworks on cheep white T-shirts! They looked really cute! 


My girls also made Patriotic Chocolate dipped Strawberries! They just melted White Chocolate, dipped the strawberries in & then rolled the ends in blue sprinkles. It's just the sugar crystal kind of sprinkles, like you would use for Christmas Cookies! They were so good and a big hit at our 4th party!



My girls, always fun and festive, (don't know where they get that from?!) :) got creative with their nails!


I even managed to appear crafty for a day! :) We had a great time with our Family and Hope you had a very Happy and Safe 4th of July as well, celebrating Freedom! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cause Baby, You're A Firework!

I consider myself to be Creative, but I am by no means Crafty! But lucky for me, my Daughters are! :) They wanted to make T-shirts for the 4th of July. So, they found some things on Pinterest. Gotta Love Pinterest for all the cool ideas you can find on there!


Since we Love Resale shopping, we picked up some plain White T-shirts at our local Goodwill on their 50% off day! We paid like $2 bucks a shirt! Both girls cut their shirts up, like Teen Girls like to do these days. :)


Then we needed little rubber fuzzy balls to paint Fireworks on our T-shirts. We found them in the Dollar Section at Target! Score! And we picked up some fabric paint at Joann's!



And this project was easy enough, even I could do it! :) We poured some Red, Blue and Silver paint onto paper plates and then you just dip one side of the ball in the paint and touch it to the shirt. And the effect is Fireworks on your shirt!



It was fun and easy! And the end result is really cute Shirts to wear on the 4th of July! To show off the Fireworks that we are! :) (I'll post pictures of us wearing them on the 4th later!) Have a Happy Day Celebrating the Great Country of our! And remember Freedom does not come free!