Sunday, December 31, 2017
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Monday, December 18, 2017
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Saturday, December 16, 2017
When I walked in to Mesquite, I was greeted by Toni, the receptionist at Mesquite. Toni worked at Gilbert El and she is truly one of the nicest and friendliest people I know. She showed me the door that they decorated and she had put a picture of a pug on it. I was being "bribed" and we had a good laugh.
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Monday, December 11, 2017
Our cousin, Maggie, made arrangements for her to go to confession one afternoon at St. Anne's. So I took her. Since it was not the regular time, I gave the priest a donation. I so wanted to listen in to see what on earth Teresa could have confessed. No such luck. Just paid the money and took her home.
Later, I found out from Maggie that Teresa told her she was worried because in May she had missed mass because she had diarrhea, the wonderful priest told her that WAS NOT a sin. As I said, she never said a word to me about it.
I MISS HER!!!
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
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Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Our weather has been rather warm this fall, but today was actually chilly. It has been overcast all day. The Gilbert El campus is absolutely beautiful and there are picnic tables all around the campus. It still was nice to sit outside with the girls.
I thoroughly enjoyed talking to both of the girls. They were excited to have lunch with me, as I was with them.
Tiger Buddies is a program that we started in the early 90's at Gilbert El. It is kind of like a big brother/big sister program. Adults mentor students who need a little extra TLC.
It is nice for me to be able to give back to a kiddo at my old stomping grounds! I love Gilbert El. It was such a big part of my life for the 21 years I was the principal there. It is always nice to see friends who are still working there!
I am blessed!
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Monday, December 4, 2017
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Sunday, December 3, 2017
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Saturday, December 2, 2017
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Friday, December 1, 2017
The year that we lived in Germany in the late 70's, I was able to visit Dachau, which was a concentration camp near Munich. It was so sad and disturbing. I actually could feel the evil there. It is hard to explain what that felt like. The only other time I felt evil at a place was when I went into the drug tunnel in Douglas in the early 90's. Both were evil in very different ways. It is mind blowing to me that something like this could have ever occurred.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
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Saturday, November 25, 2017
I hate to watch that game because it is so hard to watch. I am just hoping the Devils can prevail!!
A little history to this rivalry...... My entire childhood, my mom was such a die hard ASU fan. I knew right from the beginning that when I went to college, U of A was NOT an option. I could go to ASU or NAU. NAU was still Arizona State Teacher's College until the year I graduated from high school (I think). I knew that I didn't want to go where it was cold so ASU was the only choice. And I was fine with that!
The reason my mom disliked Arizona so much had to do with ASU wanting to become a university, which I think was about 1954. The Board of Regents, which was predominately U of A graduates, blocked it. As a result, it had to go to a vote of all of the people in Arizona to make Arizona State Teacher's College--Tempe to ASU. My mom always said that was so ridiculous that anyone would block progress like that. So I was not "allowed" to go to the U of A!!
Just a footnote--ASU beat the University of Arizona!!!
Friday, November 24, 2017
When I went to Sam's on Wednesday, I went by the very large table of pumpkin pies. In the past, I always bought two them because Cameron loves them. I didn't this year. It will be the first Thanksgiving without him, too. He and Patrick are going to one of Patrick's friends for dinner. I am really glad that they are together and that Patrick has Cameron there for this holiday.
We had a very nice dinner and after called Patrick and Cameron. Did a toast to Teresa. Last year we had dinner here at my house as it was the day after Thanksgiving that we took her to live in the group home. So last year's Thanksgiving and this have been bitter sweet.
I was hoping to sit outside with a fire, but it was still rather warm. I put the turkey "carcass" in the big pot and will cook it over night for the annual turkey noodle soup that we will have tomorrow night. It will cook overnight and make the house smell so good!!
I am thankful for many thing in my life. I am so thankful for the my mom, Teresa, Johnny, Judy, Kerri, Patrick and Cameron and our extended family. And I always thought I was so fortunate to have my mom until I was 53 years old. My Phoenix Scott family and Sacramento Park family lost their moms when many of them were very young. And to think that I had my "other" mother, Teresa, for 68+ years is absolutely a blessing and another reason for me to be thankful!!
I am also thankful for my many wonderful friends and the incredible career that I had as a public school educator. I am grateful that I am still able to serve the wonderful children, families, administrators, teachers and staff of GPS. I am blessed!!
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Below is the story from Channel 3 about this game. The video is wonderful but i wasn't able to download it onto this post.
None of the players who took the court were star athletes, but they still showed plenty of passion finding the open shot.
The teams were made up of special needs students like Kiley Christiansen, who was getting a chance to show fans that their disabilities won't keep them down.
"It's kind of like showing off," said Christiansen. "It's like hey, we can do this, too."
"I always had this as my dream," said student Daniel Pizano. "I always dreamed of being on a team and now it's coming true."
This year's Unified basketball game was a back and forth battle between Mesquite High School and Desert Ridge High School, with parents on both sides... bursting with pride with every pass and drive to the hoop.
"They don't get a chance to watch their kids and share something like this," said special education teacher Angela Olberding. "We just wanted the kids to have that moment - have their kids at an event where the school is behind them."
"I thought it was amazing," said grandmother Tina Verdugo. "It was just amazing to see him play, to see all of them play, and all of them get a chance to do what most kids can do. It's their dream."
The game ended in a tie, but nobody seemed to care about the score. Both teams felt the thrill of victory in a game most players will never forget.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
This particular nun had a limp and she told the class that she had a wooden leg. So my mom "pinched" sister's leg to see if it was true and it wasn't.
After her "punishment" was over and she returned to her desk, she passed a note around the class telling the other students that Sister did not have a wooden leg because she had pinched it. Needless to say, the note was intercepted.
Our grandfather was called and went to Loretto. My mom told me that the principal asked her to leave for a few minutes and then had her come back in. At the time she didn't know why, but years later found out it was because the principal and Grandpa Scott got a bit of a laugh out of it. Having been an elementary principal, I can tell you there were many occasions when this happened!
What spunk she had all of her life!!
Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Later after I became an administrator, several of my admin buddies became "Dirty Daisies"--Connie, Nikki, Jill, Sherryl--just to name a few. One of the funniest times was when we were at an administrators' picnic and our wonderful supt, Wally, burned one of our t-shirts!!!
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Makes me proud!!