Wednesday, March 14, 2018

He's Back and Bearing Gifts!

Dave got back this evening.  I was so looking forward to him being here.  Unfortunately, he missed his connection in Salt Lake City and was almost five hours late.  It is so good to have him here.

He brought me two gifts that are awesome, but one in particular means a lot.

The first one is a St. Patrick's Day t-shirt that says "Butteiful" and it is a map of Montana with the Shamrock right where Butte is.  I love it.

The second gift is the one that means the most to me.  Dave had told me that when he was in high school he was part of two state championship football teams in the largest division in Montana.  He said that he played safety and got in to games after the score was "good."  And as I told him, it doesn't matter, he was on the team and that is what is most important.

They received a gold-plated football for winning the championship. It says MHSA (Montana High School Association) State Football Champions 1967.  Although Dave is a little younger than I am, I graduated in 1967.  He had it put on a beautiful gold chain.   I will wear it near and dear to my heart!!  

I love both gifts because he knows what is important to me.  The football is something that he values and the fact that he gave it to me means a whole lot!!!

I have missed him a lot and I am so glad he is "home."

Here are pictures:

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Maria Shriver--Someone I admire a whole bunch!!

Growing up our family loved the Kennedys.  So much of my childhood memories have to do with politics because of my mom.  She was so excited that JFK became president.  I have posted a lot about it through the years.

I loved Bobby Kennedy. I recently bought the latest biography on Bobby Kennedy to listen to when I walk. I loved what he stood for and his caring for the underdog.  I loved how he evolved through the years and have read almost every book about him.  I believe that he would have made a wonderful president.

When I went to the ASCD Convention in Chicago a few years ago, Tim Shriver was there doing a presentation on the Special Olympics.  I went to  his session and it was at the end of the conference and very few people were there. I was in awe!

I have always admired Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver.  Over the last year or so, I have subscribed to Maria's Sunday paper and it is the first thing I read when I get up on Sunday mornings.  I look forward to it and her insight.  I often post one of her quotes (like the one above) on Facebook.

She has a new book out that comes from her Sunday paper.  I was intending to purchase it and then found out that she was going to be at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix.  I called Yaya to see if she wanted to go with me and she did.  So did Patty Montgomery.

So Patty came over and we drove into Phoenix to pick up Yaya and go yesterday morning.  I was so excited!

We got there and got our books and Yaya knows the owners so we were RIGHT IN THE FIRST ROW!

Maria is beautiful and she was so gracious.  I so wanted to talk to her, but know that would not have been appropriate! Maybe someday I will get a chance... I am an optimist and I have been able to do things like this in the past. 

She was here for an event at Barrows on Alzheimer's.  I love that she has done so much work on this awful disease. 

This quote was last week and I love it.  It speaks volumes!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Cruising in October.......

When Jessie and Elise were here last month, we talked about a cruise in October.  Elise let me know that she had booked one for October for a week to the Mexican Riviera.  

I sent the information to my dear friend, Leona, who is a travel agent (after retiring as principal, assistant superintendent extraordinaire).  She got us a fabulous deal for an entire week on a BRAND NEW SHIP with Norwegian Cruise Lines--The Norwegian Bliss.

We will have a room with a balcony on the ocean.  I have only been on one cruise and it was really fun.  Dave has never been on a cruise. I am not sure which one of us is more excited.

I keep thinking I need to pinch myself and that this isn't really happening to me....  But it is and I am very much enjoying everything and I am so happy that Dave has come into my life.  He is wonderful and I miss him a lot.  He will be here Weds. in time for my St. Patrick's Day party Saturday night, complete with karaoke!!

Monday, March 5, 2018


I have some cousins who are like sisters (and brothers) to me.  I love them and love having them in my life. Two of my California cousins, Ted and Jean, read my blog and sent me messages about being really happy for me meeting Dave.

I have talked with Cecilia about Dave quite often.  She was the first one I told about about him (other than Judy and my kids).  We talked today about finding a time for us to meet when Dave is back here next week.  I want to have her, Jay, Yaya and Pat over for dinner so that they can meet. I also texted my cousin Marion and asked her to read my blog earlier today. When I was in California, I told my cousin, Rosemary, about Dave.

Dave comes from a large Italian Catholic family which is much like or Irish Catholic one.  He also has cousins who mean a lot to him.  I met his cousin, Chuck and Chuck's wife, Maura, over President's Day weekend.  They were awesome and as I said in a previous blog post, I think we could be great friends.

Today Dave stopped in Salt Lake City to have lunch with his cousin, Gary.  Gary sent me the absolute nicest message on Facebook. When I read it, I got teary (again).  I love getting to know his cousins and the fact that they want to get to know me.

Here is what Gary said--"Sheila, Dave is my first cousin. So HAPPY THE 2 of you met. We just had lunch in Salt Lake- it makes me so pleased you enjoyed your time together & are have plans for the next couple months. He raved about you. 👍 Hope to meet you soon. Cousin Gary."

Sunday, March 4, 2018

An Amazing Three Months..........

December 4th was the first time that Dave and I communicated. We only emailed and texted for the first few weeks.  After that we went out a few times and all was nice.  It was the towards the middle of January that we really started seeing each other a lot.

Today is March 4th. Today Dave left to go back to Montana. He was supposed to leave last Wednesday, but stayed for the meet and greet I held and to go with me to The Gilbert Historical Society "Night at the Museum."

We went last night and it was such a beautiful night out.  We sat with Wally and Nancy Delecki  and Brad and Liz Barrett. I went for the first time last year.  Last night was equally as good.

We had our picture taken there as they were trying to get everyone to take a picture.

Saying good-bye was harder than I thought. I would never have imagined three months ago that I would be in this place today.  I am truly going to miss him.  He will be back on March 14th for a week and I go there over Easter.

I  have really mixed emotions today.  I am happy in so many ways and I am happy Dave has come into my life.  I am a bit sad because I will miss him. I have looked forward to seeing  him after I finish something. And I never thought I would say these words, I will miss checking in to let him know where I am or what I am doing.

Dave is truly a good and kind man who treats me so well.  He totally accepts who I am as a person and my independence.  He is extremely respectful of me in every way. In a conversation the other night, we were talking about all of the news about all of the men who have been accused of sexual harassment lately.  I asked him his thoughts about it.  He summed it up better than anyone ever as far as I am concerned.  "These men let their urges get the best of their smarts and that is what you can't do!"  

We have our educational backgrounds and love of sports in common.  And to make it even better, Dave is a good Catholic and we agree politically!!!  I really care about this wonderful man!


Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Week Filled with Reading

What a great week reading to GPS kiddos!  I read every single day this week and still have a few more classes to catch next week.  I read to kindergartners and to sixth graders and all in between.  It was so fun! Of course, I have my favorite books that I like to share.

For the little ones, I read "Unlovable" which is about a pug.  I tell the kids about why I want to read about pugs and they love it. I also like to read "The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet" by my friend and favorite author, Carmen Agra Deedy as well as "A Fine, Fine School" by Sharon Creech.  This book appeals to all grade levels. 

The two books that I love to share the most are "The Last Dance" and "The Language of Doves." Both of these books are for the older grades.  I love to read these books and have complete silence as the children really listen to the message in both books.  It is hard for me not to get teary when I read them.  Many times, I see a little tear in the teachers' eyes as most are not familiar with them.  My favorite, though, was when I started to read "The Last Dance" for Kerri's fourth graders and she started to cry.  I had a hard time getting through it, too.  She knows the importance of this book and knows the story.

Although I had a hard time getting out of bed this morning, it was well worth reading all week.  Yesterday alone, I read 19 times!  Wow!!

I love being able to do this and love to get to know the teachers and kiddos in our wonderful district.  

I will say it again, I am blessed!!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!!

Yesterday Dave and I went to a Mariners vs. Cubs spring training game at Sloan Park in Mesa.  Sloan Park is the Cubs spring training facility and is really close to us.  I have not been to a spring training game in many, many years.  I knew that it had become really big, but WOW!  The park is amazing.

I love sports and it is fun to be able to go to games with Dave as he is a sports nut!  His team is the Mariners from his years living and teaching in Washington state. I have always liked the Cubs, but was absolutely for the Mariners.

He bought the tickets when he first came down and the seats were amazing!  We were about four rows from the field and many of the Cub players were warming up and talking to the crowd.  It was cool.  I got his great picture and you can see how close we were.

It was a beautiful day to watch a game. One of the Mariner players came up to bat and he only had a number on--no name.  And the board didn't show any of his previous statistics and he hit a grand slam home run!! I think that has to be what is so much fun during spring training--to see players trying to make the big leagues do something like hitting a grand slam!

Was looking forward the seventh inning stretch where the fans all sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." I took a video and it is funny but I can't get it to save on my blog.  Will keep trying.

When we got home, I fixed some chicken enchiladas for dinner.  I helped Dave post on Facebook (he is a bit technologically challenged).  Here is what he posted.  It means a lot and he has received several very nice messages about it.

 I am happy!