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Summer Time!

My posts has have been too far and few between. I have good intentions of getting an update out there, but just doesn’t happen. We’ll, let me get you up to speed!

Most of you know my son Cameron started the Fire Academy in January. He graduated last month and did quite well. So much classroom time, P.T. time and out in the field training went into making him the fireman he is today.

Academy Graduation

He has so much more to learn and grow from. He will continue as a reserve for the Lakeside Fire Dept. He’s taking some pre-classes this fall and will begin Paramedic School in January. Lots of steps in this journey, but it will all pay off.  He also has a new girlfriend who just graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Nursing Degree.  We really like her family and they make a cute couple!


Olivia attended her Formal this year with a Disney friend and had a great time. We took pictures at the Hotel Del and on the beach. They turned out beautiful!

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School will be out for her in the next two weeks. She’s been busy with church small group, big group, and her Jr. High Friday Night group she helps lead. On Saturdays, she still makes it to her Figure Skating classes all the while juggling school and an occasional Disney trip. Oh, did I say occasional? More like “all the time!” LOL

Rich is still hamming it up! We painted his Ham Shack and have begun to pick out flooring, etc. I think that room will suit him well. Recently he attended a practice with the San Diego Firefighters Emerald Pipes and Drums group. Within a week, they’ve asked him to join and play the drums. Hearing the bagpipes when he’s practicing is very heart wrenching at times. But he’s picked it up so easily and the guys are impressed. Guess I get to see my husband in a skirt after all! Tee hee! 😉

As for me, I’m winding down the school year. This year has gone incredibly (and that’s an understatement) FAST!!! I still don’t know how I do all I do in the time I’m there each week. I even got to sub some classes this year and loved it. I’m not sure what my plans are for July (the only month I get off), but whatever it is, I hope it includes, water, sun, beach, and disney!

Just a quick update for now! Gonna start writing more often to chart my life’s events. It’s fun to go back and see what I was doing the year before! 😀

Until Next time….

It’s the Weekend!

This week has been somewhat calmer than the week before when we found out that Ryan Carter’s life was taken.  A 10 year old boy stabbed him while he was trying to defend another little boy.  The scuttle ultimately ended Ryan’s life.   Yesterday was the Memorial Service  (A Celebration of Life) at our church which was beautifully orchestrated.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the sanctuary.  What really made it hit home for me is when his teacher Mrs. Atherton got up to speak.  You see, had I decided to teach 6th Grade this year, Ryan would have been in my class.  I would have been the one up there to share what I knew of Ryan.  Unfortunately I didn’t know Ryan well.  But through Mrs. Atherton’s endearing sediments of him, I did get to know him a little more.  We may never know why this happened, but one day when I meet my Lord in heaven, maybe it will all be clear.  If you’d like to read the full story you can HERE.  Three of the little boys in this video were in my Math class last year and I’m so proud of them for remembering Ryan the way they did.

*Shew*  On a lighter note, I made the best baked potato casserole last night.  I kind of just threw the ingredients together not really measuring, but I could eat the entire dish!

4-7 Potatoes, cut in small bite size pieces
In a bowl, I combined 1 cup of sour cream with 1 cup of cream cheese with the following spices:
*salt & pepper
*garlic powder
*cayenne pepper
I stirred it all well and added the potatoes and tossed
I then sprayed a 9×13 dish with Pam and layered 1/2 of the potatoes on the bottom, then covered with a mix of cheddar and Mozerella cheese, then added the remaining potatoes and again covered with cheese.  Baked at 375-400 degrees for an hour or a bit more.  They were really yummy and I even used left overs for breakfast burritos this morning.

My husband has been asking what is up with me lately because I’ve been trying all these new recipes with great success.  I just feel he’s been so busy keeping up the over grown yard, helping coach Olivia’s soccer team, that I want to have a nice hot meal for him to come in to.

This weekend is all about purging.  I’ve been so interested in organizing photos from Pinterest that it’s motivated me to just clean out! EVERYTHING!!!  Today it’s all about my office.  Paperwork makes me crazy and I need to buy a new Scan Snap quick! I have my older PC version for sale for cheap if anyone is interested and I’ll even show you how to use.  Once you go paperless, you won’t go back to anything else.  If and when the office is done, I’ll move to another zone.  Probably the armoire in the living room.  It’s stuffed full of homeschool stuff that we rarely use anymore.

Speaking of purging, I am thinking of selling all of my stamps.  Most were originally from D.O.T.S.  If you are interested, let me know.

Hope everyone has a beautiful, productive weekend.  Please remember Ryan and his family as well as the family of the little boy that did this.  For all we feel a great sadness!



Happy Memorial Weekend!

I am so thankful for our troops!  I cannot imagine living the life of a military wife or husband.  It is such a thankless and dangerous job sometimes for them to risk their lives so we can save the freedom this country was founded on.  So from all of my family to yours we THANK YOU!

We are going to a pool party today for our group Wisdom for Moms.  We thought it would be great to have our husband’s meet.  I mean after all, we were meeting every Friday night for 3 months, I think the husband’s should know who we talk about.

Not much else going on.  Thank goodness.  Ever since I could start walking again, you’d think it was my first time.  I am all over the place trying to get things done.  I have over-done it a few days that’s for sure.  I have to try to remind myself that I won’t get better in the long run if I don’t rest at times.

Hope every one else has a great weekend! One last good note, I lost another 2lbs.  I am siked!