Monday, July 28, 2008

We have visitors from Virginia!!!

Yeah!!! The girls are finally here from VA!! We have my 2 nieces visiting for about a week. My kids are soooo excited to see them! too of course! So far, they have mostly been swimming and playing video games and hangin out with some of my sons friends.

Yesterday we went to the Wildlife Zoo in Campe Verde AZ....I thought I would post some of the pictures for you to was "pAWSOME"...
We got to go on a Safari ride and fee the giraffe carrots. Some of us even fed the giraffe the carrot from our get a giraffe kiss...this is one of the girls feeding the giraffe the carrot...she pulled away before the giraffe could "kiss" her....cant say I blame her that giraffe uses TONGUE!!! Grossss!!! But still quite an exciting opportunity all the same.

We saw a really cool tiger show....the tigers played/popped balloons and balls...they chased shoes and especially love a baseball mit. They are not trained to do the show..the keepers are only out they with the toys to get the tigers interest and then the tiger behave however they want...which is usually chasing the toys and the way...tigers run much faster then people so they always caught what they wanted. In fact at one point one got ahold of a trainers foot and would not let go until a couple other trainers came over and clapped and made noise to get her to release!

We even got to feed the tigers after the show....

This is my youngest niece....

This is her sister... also feeding the tiger....

This is my daughter feeding the tiger

This is my son feeding the tiger...of course my husband and I fed them also...

We saw lots of cool animals and had a good time....but for now I need to go...maybe I will be back later and post some more photos for you! Love and hugs!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What do you do when you are bored?

I am fortunate that I have a great job and boss. I have a flexible schedule and can pretty much take days off when needed. The prolem is that it is a job that is swamped one day and absolutely nothing to do the next. (especially slow during summer months since I work at a school)

Sometimes I bring a book and read. This works well when it is a good book. But today, I have a new book THE SWEET FOREVER by George P. Pelecanos. So far it is not bad, not really great either. It is making me want to fall asleep. Maybe this is because I read before I go to bed or maybe it is because I am just not too into it yet....I dont know.

I spend a lot of down time searching the internet. I keep an on on craigslist to see if I can help my mom find items she needs for her new house. But you can only do that for so long too....

so does anyone else have any ideas? I need to be able to stay at my desk to answer the phone should it ring and obviously it has to be something not distracting to others in the office.

So what do you suggest?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Do you like tattoos?

Hi all...Just thought I would post a picture of my new tattoo. It is on my right ankle. My mother-in-law and I got tattoos together. They are almost the same....the only difference is she had a small heart put on the chest of her "dragon frog".
Do you ask if it hurt??? HECK YES! Down low on the ankle where there is just skin on bone was a total shock. I had a tattoo before and it did not feel good but this one really hurt. The top half was not as bad as the lower half of the picture.

It all started a few months ago when I saw a picture of a frog with dragon fly wings. It was so pretty I had to send it to her and commented how it was a combination of both of us. I love dragon flies and she loves the the small tree frog found in her native Puerto Rico.

Well, next thing you know she decided she wanted to get a tattoo we scoured the internet to find the perfect picture. We found this little frog on this cool shaped plant....took it to "Quick" (our tattoo guy at Two Kats Tats in Phoenix) and he freehand added the wings. We both just love it!

Most people are surprised that I would get a tattoo with my it is illegal to get along with in-laws. I am very lucky to have a great mom-in-law!!

We were shopping at the mall yesterday and a complete stranger noticed them and complimented them. Of course then she showed us a tattoo she had that she did with her best friend.

We love the bright colors. It is about a week old in this picture and still peeling a tiny bit. It will get even brighter over the next few weeks.

I know some people think I am crazy for getting tattoos. I have two this one and memorial one for my Dad. I know my Dad would like my tattoo for him, but it would have been nice for him to see it. This way doing it while my mother-in-law is alive, we both get to enjoy it! I would have loved if I could have gotten a tattoo with my Dad...that would have been a hoot! I like the idea of putting something permanent on my skin to remind me of the people I love. My next one will most likely be two dragon flies chasing each other. One big and one represent my 2 children. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Just an FYI,
I've gotten a little sick of the gnome.
As such, there will be gnome more gnome pictures.
I put a slideshow with all the gnome pictures over on the right side bar.
Then look at all my public slideshows.
You'll find so many gnome pics that gnome one will believe it.

On the bus to gnomewhere.

Goodbye Gnome. Follow your dreams and let gnomeone stop you.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Family That Shoots Together................

As you might have noticed from some of my slideshow photos, my kids and I like to shoot archery. We're not hunters. We just shoot for fun.

My kids are both members of JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Developement) here in Glendale.
My son also works at an archery shop part time. What a cool job for a high schooler. I was stuck working fast food most of my high school years.
Once both of the kids got involved I had to learn myself. I bought a PSE Shark bow. I have it set at 60 lbs with a 30 inch draw length. Once I got the bow I started spending money on equipment. Because I'm nearly 40 I bought a Tru Glo lighted site. I have a True Ball Cyclone release, no finger shooting here. A nice stabalizer and a wrist loop and I was ready to go.
Here's a couple pictures of my bow:

I really enjoy archery as a family activity. My son is the most involved, working at the archery shop and all. He was the first one to get involved.
We found the JOAD program at a local archery shop. They have three class levels, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. You don't even need to own any of your own equipment. They only charge $8 per week and if you don't show one week, you don't pay. I was excited because most of the activities there are to get kids involved with make you pay a lump sum up front and if you don't show up you lose your money. This is great because they can take a break for a few weeks for vacation or some other activity they are doing and it doesn't cost a thing.
Kilter is in the advanced class now. He's been involved for about 2 1/2 years. He shoots a Browning Rage bow at 55 lbs and 29 inch draw (he's a big kid). The class scores once a month and he usually shoots around 210.
Even my 7 year old daughter has her own bow. When she was five and Kilter was going to JOAD every week she would come along. I asked the coach how soon I could get her involved and her response was "two years ago". So Luckygirl started out with a very small bow that almost looked like a toy. After about 6 months I bought her a real compound bow. A PSE Spyder with a draw weight around 15 lbs. She likes it but is not as in to it as Kilter.
Here's a picture of Luckygirl's bow hanging on her wall against the pink wallpaper:
Like I said, it's alot of fun. If you're looking for a family activity archery is a good one. It's something that the whole family can get involved in whether indoors our outdoors. I highly recommend it.
We're still working on SheBoss but I'm sure she'll come around.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Birthday America!!

I've been trying to write a blog entry about the 4th of July for a couple of days. Every time I get started I end up getting emotional and writing a lot of gibberish. I guess I'll just make a couple of points and call it good.

  • I am a veteran and a patriot.

  • I am very proud to be an American.

  • I would like to think that all Americans share my view but sadly I don't think that's true.

  • I support the war in Iraq.

  • I support the troops fighting abroad.

  • I don't understand why many people don't believe I could support both. It does not have to be a one or the other situation.

Those of you who have served in the military, whether in war or in peace, understand that, given the opportunity, our military could take on any foe, at any time, on any turf. Unfortunately, war is as much about politics as military strategy.

I have a few people I'd like to thank for my freedom and the freedom of my children and my country:

Thank you to the 4,445 Americans who died on the battlefield in the American Revolution

Thank you to the 214,938 Americans (both sides) who died on the battlefield in the Civil War

Thank you to the 53,402 Americans who died on the battlefield in WWI

Thank you to the 291,557 Americans who died on the battlefield in WWII (including 3,393 on D-Day alone)

Thank you to the 33,741 Americans who died on the battlefield in the Korean War

Thank you to the 47,424 Americans who died on the battlefield in the Vietnam War

Thank you to the 147 Americans who died on the battlefield in the Gulf War (Desert Storm)

Thank you to the 468 Americans who died on the battlefield in Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom)

Thank you to the 4,000 Americans who have died so far in the Iraqi War (as of 03/2008).

Thank you to all our nations service men and women for volunteering your service to preserve the principles our country stands for.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

Spec4-J, Saudi Arabia, 08/91

Here are my sources. For some reason the VA site didn't have any numbers on the two current wars going on right now so I went with Wikipedia.