Pardon the delay…we’re having technical difficulties.



Spanish Fork, Utah

Yes…I finally got an internet connection!

We made it. We survived the travel. We’re adjusting to the time change after staying awake for almost 24 hrs. OK, we had a catnap at the Daybreak Medical Center while my dad had a doctor appointment. People thought Tanner was in need of medical attention, but she was merely exhausted. It was kind of funny, the reactions. I was worried they would kick us out-thinking we were homeless. They didn’t, just acted concerned-even compassionate.

Today we slept in – way in; then we went shopping for the essentials for a really sunny, warm, dry place. It’s considered high desert here. Translation: desert with mountains and lots and lots of pretty flowers. I plan to soak up enough vitamin D to last all through winter, maybe two winters. People laugh at the fact that we are pretty toasty and it’s only 80 degrees. Oh well, we’re odd ducks and that’s just fine with us.

Our first vacation weekend-there will be a birthday to celebrate, a play to attend, and eating outside with NO MOSQUITOES. Eat your heart out Alaskans!


De Jong Concert Hall-above

Press image for play we’ll be attending-below

My sister is one of the directors-yeah that’s right-lots of talent in this family of mine.

A Wrinkle in Time

I better be tessering on out of here. Stay tuned for the continued adventures of me and my chickadees!





They’re BUGGIN’ me already!

Chickadees in the City 2012

They look so quiet, calm, obedient…but today it’s a whole different story. Chatty Patties they are. They are so excited to begin our trip. Who blames them. They haven’t left Alaska since they were 7 and 3 years old. They’re a little bit older now.

They are wacky  excited. Me too. I can’t even think straight. I have a list of things to do before we get on the plane. But-it’s all jumbled in my head. Shh! Don’t tell. I’m supposed to be the organized one-the level-headed adult in this situation. Ahhhh! We’re leaving tomorrow night!




T-minus 3 days

Today was the best Monday ever. I’m not a big fan of Mondays-as many of us aren’t. But today, it was good! It was good because it was my last day of work prior to a LONG vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I really, really, really like my job. I work in an Elementary School. I work with a great staff. I have the best boss ever. None the less I am more than ready for that summer break. 

Some people see the summer break of the educational workers as lucky or unfair to the rest of the working class. I disagree. After four years in the “system” I couldn’t disagree more.  If the people I work with are any indication of how hard the average teacher or support staff works in our nations schools…I’m all for them having a break. 

After all, who wants to mess with the least paid professionals in the Nation. OK, well they vie with Social Workers for the bottom of the pay food chain. Plus, many educational professionals have to get a second job during that coveted summer break just to make ends meet. 

Whichever side you are on in this subject–I’m glad I get my long vacation. I’ll be able to spend some much needed time with my kids, husband, extended family, and friends. I’ll rest, do a little extra work, write some blogs and stuff, hopefully earn a little money to cover my lack of paycheck for two months, and most of all recharge. The more I can recharge the better it is for everyone when I am working the other 10 months of the year. Really – I promise – it’s not purely selfish. 

My Second Home-Alpenglow Elementary

So-here’s to summer and relaxing and prepping for the next school year. I yeah, I forgot to mention that part of the summer break activities. Not exactly all fun and games, eh?

Alpenglow Elementary





Here we go…almost


This blog is all my daughter’s fault.  She wanted me to write it so I am. It’s not a big thing to listen to your children – sometimes they say amazing, insightful, funny, useful things. Fortunately, Aryanna is a very insightful girl-among other things. She is blogging her adventures in Germany and felt I should join in the fun. So here we go…almost.

My travel adventure doesn’t start until June 5th. I’m traveling with my younger daughters to visit family in Utah, thus the map. I wonder how many counties of Utah we can visit while we’re there. Two won’t be a problem. Beyond that…we’ll see.

I’m packed and ready to go. T-minus 4 days. Let the countdown begin!