Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Posted by Cheela at 8:57 PM
Friday, July 20, 2018
Last night Dave took the pugs for a walk (which he does often). There was a deer across the road. I was afraid that Diego would think he was getting a venison dinner.
Posted by Cheela at 8:52 AM
Saturday, July 14, 2018
We went on a fairly quick tour of Butte and then went to Headframes Distillery. I wanted them to try what has now become my FAVORITE drink--Dirty Girl. We all had one and they enjoyed it. However, we each tried another one--my rhubarb with vodka is up there as one of the best ever, too!
Dinner and the casinos were really popular! I have gone to Vegas and Laughlin with Elise and Jessie several times. They love to play Keno and don't spend a lot a of money, plus they are lucky! They loved having all of the casinos close by.
My favorite story from when they were here was the afternoon that they decided to go for a walk and I told them some "routes" to go that are really pretty. In about 30 minutes, I got a text from Jessie. They had walked to the casino!!!! So we met them there a bit a later. I should have known that is where they were headed. We had a good laugh for the whole four days!!!
Wednesday we went up to see "Our Lady of the Rockies" at the top of the continental divide. It was absolutely amazing and beautiful. It is a tribute to mothers and women of all denominations. The story behind how it was built is unbelievable. It was nice in that Wednesday was Elise's mom's (Marge Littrell) 103 birthday. So she was able to honor her mom.
In the afternoon, we toured the Clark Mansion. Elise was amazed at the comparisons between Butte and Bisbee and Douglas. All of the copper mining history is so tied together.
Thursday we went swimming at Fairmont Hot Springs. It was so nice and the pool was warm. We stayed inside, even though there is an outdoor pool. But the hot tub was the best. It was almost hot and felt so good.
After that we went to lunch in Anaconda. That is where the smelter was when the mines were fully working. It is so similar to Douglas. We went to an Irish pub there. The food around here is so good and so reasonably priced!!!
We had such a great four days. Yesterday we just ATE (I may not eat another meal for a few days), went to some pubs and casinos and just enjoyed each other. It was so nice for Dave and Jessie and Elise to spend time together and get to know each other. Jessie and Elise are so important in my life and it is was so great to see how well they all got along.
They enjoyed having the basement to themselves and it is much cooler down there.
I took them to the airport at 5:15 a.m. We are looking forward to a possible cabin trip in September and we have a cruise booked in October.
They have been such good friends to me and I dearly love them. And it was so nice to have them here. They said they will be back next summer.
Posted by Cheela at 10:00 AM
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Posted by Cheela at 12:44 PM
Friday, July 6, 2018
Posted by Cheela at 8:32 PM
We visited a place called Fort Steele and then went to a brewery and I bought Kerri some beer from there.
All and all, we could not have been treated any better and had a more wonderful time.
I love Dave's friends and how they feel about him!
Posted by Cheela at 6:18 PM
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Posted by Cheela at 11:44 AM
Sunday, July 1, 2018
The past three years have been amazing back here in Gilbert and it has been so incredible for me to continue to be involved in education in different roles. I have done some work for ASU, subbed as a principal, and then ran for the GPS Board. It has been incredibly rewarding and I am so proud that I am up to 47 years in education. Still have a few more to go and I am hoping to "maybe" make it to the magical 50 year mark in a few years!
The past three years have brought many changes to my life, both sad and very happy. I continue to thank all of the people who have made a difference in my life during this journey. I have been so blessed with so many people who have been part of my life both personally and professionally. I am so fortunate to call so many friends and know that they truly are friends! Thank you for this wonderful ride. I am so grateful to the many people who contributed to the first 44 years and the many incredible people I have met these past three years. What a ride it has been and I think will continue to be!!! Not many people are as fortunate as I have been and again THANK YOU to the many people who are so supportive, kind, and wonderful!
Posted by Cheela at 10:21 AM
Sunday, June 24, 2018
What a wonderful day we had yesterday in the Yakima Valley where Dave spent the majority of his educational career!!!! This is what "greeted" us upon our arrival on Thursday. Both Dave and I were so touched by this!
Some of the teachers that he hired came and called him Mr. Uggetti. One is a very successful high school football coach who told me that Dave was so influential in who he is today. His wife and I talked a lot and she actually got teary because of how much they care about him.
One of his childhood friends from Butte lives close and he and his wife were able to attend. Gary told me that Dave was the leader when they were kids, but he was also the one who tried to keep everyone out of trouble. I told him that he had a VERY BIG job now trying to keep me out of trouble!!! I am glad he had a lot of experience in that area growing up!!
Before the party, we went for a ride and Scott told Dave to take me by Grandview High School. Here is what was up on their marquee!
Needless to say, this brought a few tears to my eyes. We were both so touched by this. Scott is the Athletic Director there and so he arranged it. Their principal also was at the party. She and Dave taught together.
We both can never thank Scott and Tammy enough for their incredible hospitality in letting us stay here for two nights and putting on the party. Tammy worked so hard. Their yard is beautiful and was the perfect venue for an event like this. It was absolutely amazing in every way.
Dave and I talked for a long time before we went to sleep. It was so wonderful to hear him so excited about the evening and how people feel about him. One of the other great comments that I heard was how lucky Dave is to have me because he deserves to be happy and be with someone to share his life in a positive way. I think that is absolutely happening to both of us.
I told a few people the story of my Aunt Teresa who I still believe with my whole heart brought Dave and I together!
It was a wonderful few days and an incredible evening!
Posted by Cheela at 5:05 PM