Thursday, November 26, 2009


This was a very different Thanksgiving for our family... Mom went with Bob and family to the Roper cabin up in Glennville, Marti and Ron had Julie, Sean, Andy, Lyndsay and girls and we went to the Howards to share Thanksgiving. I brought the turkey and a pecan pie and we had a great time sharing our little granddaughter Zoe. It is so nice to have a good relationship with Alisha's family and we really had an enjoyable time. My son Jacob is riding his bicycle somewhere in Argentina so there was an empty space for us but we are hopeful that he will be home soon.
Brad enjoying a turkey dinner

Justin, Barbie and Aubrey at the table

Aubrey racing grandma


Aubrey "exercising in the front yard"

Aubrey playing Soccer

First Thanksgiving for Zoe

We are full, content and so thankful for all of God's blessings on our family

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


After over three years without a functioning bathtub and over 2 years with just a hole in our Master bathroom where a tub should be, a new bathtub was installed on Monday!! Now I know some people wonder why in the world it took so long but there is a long involved story because we had insurance on the tub but they really didn't want to tackle it and in the end we gave up so the tub just said there, unable to be used due to a leak. Brad wanted to replace it with the same exact tub so the dimensions wouldn't change but you couldn't order it without a Contractor's license and then he wanted to install it and then we were told it was difficult and then, and then and then. You get the idea. Well, last week we decided to call the contractor and show him some bathtubs we'd found on line and in the meantime I went to Lowe's and found the exact measurements we needed. So...

We now have our jetted Jacuzzi tube installed!! We have to custom order the spout but we hooked up a hose so little Aubrey could christen the tub because she has always asked about that hole in our bathroom . In fact, we haven't had a tub since she was born but as you can see, she is certainly enjoying it now!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I graduated from nursing school in 1976 so that means I have been working as a nurse for 33 years!! Yikes, where does the time go? As a nurse I have done a little of everything from camp nursing, public health, home, hospital and then for the last 20 years I have been doing school nursing. The field of nursing has offered me opportunities to work per diem, part time, full time and just about any schedule I want if I was willing to make compensations elsewhere.

2 1/2 years ago I changed jobs from being a District School Nurse to working for the Superintendent of Schools as a Program Nurse where I've worked with Alternative Ed students, Pregnant and Parenting Teens, Cal Safe, grants, Migrant Ed., you name it and I do it. I originally changed jobs because I felt I had lost my enthusiasm for nursing in a district and had become somewhat apathetic about my job.

Well..... after working for the County I find I am no longer apathetic but I do find myself working longer hours, more days, spending hours on a computer,putting together State Reports, learning about budgets, personnel issues, grant writing, time-lines, teaching classes, developing programs.... and the list goes on. So, the job is interesting, challenging , frustrating and exhausting!!

Yesterday I held a Nutrition Workshop for 30 Child Development teachers and put together Power Points, agendas, evaluations, sign-in sheets, hospitality, prizes, set up computer, projectors, organized for stipends, downloaded music for the program , etc. I couldn't believe how much is involved in one workshop!! Thankfully, I have a very good consultant that works with me and did a fantastic cooking demo/nutrition education and two other young ladies that helped put together my Yoga demonstration and the "make and take" activity. All in all, the Workshop was a fantastic success and I feel like it was a great accomplishment.
OK, so now I'm going to take Monday off !!!! Haven't I worked long enough that I can retire and watch grand babies? LOL!!!

The "Nutrition Team"

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween

The Evil Ivy Halloween Witch ( our little hand-raised puppy is 1 months old!)

Elliana came to visit from Hawaii dressed as Stawberry Shortcake

Aubrey dressed as a Pink Kitty Cat

All was well to Elliana took Aubrey's bag of candy, lol, check out her expression
Mick, Gage and Ivy . Saucie refused to pose this year and let her daughter pose and Tess is just far to active to get into a costume and take her picture by myself.