Sunday, April 22, 2018
Posted by Cheela at 10:55 AM
Friday, April 20, 2018
Dave also reminded me that my birthday is the 10th (January). Hadn't thought about that!!!!!!
Posted by Cheela at 10:51 AM
Monday, April 16, 2018
Despite the some times rough go in Douglas, there are very many people down there that I care a lot about and who were very important to me in my role as superintendent and in my life. I was thinking about a way to do something there so that those people could meet Dave.
Dave and I are going to Bisbee on May 9 and staying until Saturday, May 12. Our dear friends, Craig and Gloria, offered us their rental which is on Brewery Gulch. I love Bisbee and I want Dave to spend some time there and see some of the other parts of southeastern Arizona.
Last week I talked to my former secretary and still absolutely dear friend, Carol. We talked about a reception of some kind. Knowing that it was going to cost some money, I talked to Dave about it. That was a first for me as I have always made decisions on my own. But being the wonderful man that he is and knowing how important it would be to me, he was totally agreeable.
When we had Teresa's Douglas funeral and burial, we had a reception after at the Gadsden Hotel. It was perfect and was very reasonably priced. I called around to a couple of places and determined that the Gadsden would be the best. Plus they have fixed up their outdoor patio on the second floor and it is beautiful. We will have it privately.
Yesterday, Judy sent me a text that they had paid Teresa's income tax and there was a little money left over. I had completely forgotten about that and so it came as a surprise. She will be bringing me a check later this week and it will more than cover the reception in Douglas.
To me, this is one more sign that she has her hand in this. When things were not going well down there, she would always tell me that she didn't know what to do other than pray. And pray she did--a lot! She always said my mom would have been the one to "take care of things" but that she just didn't know how. Well, I think she is doing a DAMN FINE JOB!!!!
Posted by Cheela at 1:47 PM
Friday, April 13, 2018
Tuesday night at our board meeting, I took a lot of "harassment" from Shane and Reed over my screen saver. I have Dave's and my picture on it and they were both relentless!! I am going to have to change seats and sit between two other people!!!!
Last night GPS had the Educator of the Year Awards. This year, it included an administrator and support staff in addition to teachers. It was an incredible ceremony!
I was able to be on the stage to greet each nominee and to have our picture taken. I was also asked to say a few words. I don't have a problem speaking in public, but I absolutely know that there is no need for a lot of words. So I spoke about how honored I was to be there. For me, it was personally even more amazing. Several of the teachers and support staff had worked for me during my 39 years in the District. And one teacher was a former student at Patterson and another was the wife of one of my students at Patterson!
I also knew so many people and got so many hugs and thank yous!! It was a great evening.
I came home and tried to unwind. I had a small issue with my stomach and didn't feel very well. I decided with everything going on, I should probably get it checked out with the doctor. I am glad I did as it is nothing serious, just too much going on in my life right now. I need to slow down a bit!!
But I did say last night that I now had 47 years in education and wanted to make it to 50. For that to happen, I will have to run for another term. It is a good thing Dave is so supportive of this. I am so thankful for this wonderful man!!!
Posted by Cheela at 2:41 PM
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
However, he needs to have a procedure done on his back before he can come to Arizona. The most important thing for me is that he isn't in any pain. The second most important is that he gets here really soon! I miss him tons.
The week in Montana flew by fast. I absolutely love Butte. It is beautiful and everyone was so friendly and so nice. It reminds me so much of growing up in Douglas and the influence of the copper mines, etc.
I got to meet a lot of his friends and family. What touched me the most were the things that were said about Dave to me and how lucky I am to have him in my life. I knew that, but it was so nice to hear anyway.
We did a couple of tours of the town. One evening, one of his teacher friends from Idaho and his wife came into town. We went to dinner with them and had fun.
My dear friend, Patty Montgomery, and her husband, Don, spent Monday night with us. We did another tour and then went to have a drink at this really cool distillery. We went to dinner Monday night at Metals Sports Grill, which is an old bank and watched the NCAA basketball game.
Normally when I do a vacation, I try to write each day. For some reason, that didn't happen.
Tuesday we went to Fairmont Hot Springs to swim. I was not really thrilled to think of swimming when there is snow on the ground. They have an outdoor pool and there were actually people swimming in it! WOW!!
We went to the indoor one and it was amazing. The water was so warm and it felt so good.
Another cool thing is he went to Butte High and they are the Bulldogs, just like I was a Bulldog from Douglas High. Here is a picture of their football stadium.
Posted by Cheela at 9:22 AM
Sunday, April 1, 2018
I got to Butte Thursday early afternoon and Dave was waiting for me as I came off of the airplane. It is a small airport so there aren't the hassles of trying to pick someone up. It was so good to see him! I had really missed him even though it had been just a week since he was in Gilbert.
It was REALLY cold, but we got to his house and I was nice and warm. His house is older, but is very well taken care of and has an incredible view of Butte and the mountains.
Dave told me that he had made a reservation for us to go to dinner at the restaurant at the Copper Kings hotel. He had told me about it and with so many of the similarities between Butte and my southern Arizona copper roots, I was glad to go there.
When we got there, our table wasn't quite ready so we sat at the bar and had a drink.
When we got to the table, we had just started looking at the menu when one of the ladies who worked there, came up with a camera and asked him if he was ready. I wasn't sure what was going on, but Dave handed me a wrapped package. I opened it and in it was the most beautiful rose gold Claddaugh ring. Dave got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. The ladies took pictures and clapped and I (of course) cried.
I knew that there was a chance that he was going to ask me, but it truly caught me by surprise.
The ring is absolutely beautiful. It is rose gold which is made with copper. And the fact that it is a Claddaugh means more than anything. It was too big and he wanted me to pick out the stone so on Friday morning we went to the jewelry store. I picked out an emerald to go on it and I am just hoping that it will be done before I leave on Thursday.
Of course, I called my kids, Cameron, Judy and several other family and friends. I have asked Patrick and Cameron to give me away and Kerri will be the maid of honor. Judy wants to be the flower girl so I am thinking Diego and Seamus can be the ring bearers and Judy came bring them on the leash!!!!
We called Shawn McIntosh and asked him if he would perform the service and then Dave called Shane and asked for my hand. It was great. Shane said as long as we didn't move to Montana.
I am still wondering if I am going to wake up and this will have been a dream......
Here is some information on the history of the Claddaugh and why it means so much to me that it was what he picked out.
The Claddaugh is the traditional Irish ring that represents love, loyalty and friendship. The hand represents friendship, the heart represents love and the crown represents loyalty. They are most commonly used as engagement and wedding rings.
The ring is worn with the intention of conveying the wearer's status. It is worn on the left hand with the heart pointing towards the finger tips when the wearer is engaged and then is changed to the heart pointing towards the wrist when the wearer is married.
I love that Dave did what he did and was so romantic and continues to be one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met.
We have tentatively set May 5 as the wedding day. We are hoping to have everything at our house in Gilbert. Will do more planning as soon as I get back.
Dave has to get his marriage annulled through the church which is very important to him. He has already talked to the priest and set the wheels in motion. I had mine annulled years ago and I am good to go. Our plans are now to get the marriage blessed here in Butte as soon he gets it annulled.
I love this wonderful man with all of my heart. I never expected to feel this way and never dreamed that it would happen to me. We have so much in common and I absolutely love being with him.
We will keep his house here and spend time here in the summer. But the majority of the year will be in Gilbert. He wants to be able to golf as much as possible and the cold in Butte is bad for his back.
I absolutely believe that this was not a coincidence and I believe that my dear Aunt Teresa may have had something to do with it!!
What a gift I have been given! I love you, Dave Uggetti, with my whole heart and soul and I am so thankful that you have come into my life!!!!!!
Posted by Cheela at 3:08 PM
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The week went fast as opposed to the little over a week waiting for him to get here which went very slow. I am trying to keep busy for the next few days, which isn't hard for me. Today I am heading to read in a first and fifth grade class. I missed two of my dearest friends during Dr. Seuss week and will make it up today.
Something that was really important to me was for Dave to meet my Phoenix cousins. I want him to meet several of my cousins, but the ones here were of the most importance right now.
On Tuesday after my noon board meeting, we headed over to Yaya's house to meet Yaya, Pat, Cecilia and Jay for lunch. Yaya lives in the Roosevelt District and there are so many places to walk to there now.
After we got our lunch, we did a toast and talked. I had warned Dave about what might be asked....... He has already been through a few of these before. Well, the first thing Cecilia said to him was "Thank you for taking Sheila off of our hands, Dave." Of course!!!! The conversation went very well and they hit it off and I got their approval!!
After that we went to pick up two of his friends at Williams Gateway Airport. Dave's friends were coming in from Washington to golf. He taught with Larry and knows Gary well, too. Both are retired--Larry as a teacher and Gary as a Lutheran Minister. I promised Dave I would behave, but there were no worries as they are very fun!
They took us to dinner and then we drove them out to San Tan Valley to pick up a car. Because of spring training, etc., it is hard to find a place to stay that is reasonably priced. Larry had found an AirB&B, but was a bit worried about it. I told them that they could stay with us, but the toilet downstairs needs to be fixed.
We dropped them off and got home. Around 10:30, I got a text from Larry. The place they had rented was pretty bad so they got a hotel room for the night. Larry told me that he was good at plumbing and could fix the toilet.
So yesterday they came over with all of their gear. They went golfing and I took Dave to the airport. I had a Town Hall at the district so had to go, but got back to a great steak that they had barbecued!
In the course of our conversation, Larry told me about his niece who lives here in the valley. Turns out she works in the same office as Cecilia's daughter, Annie, at Phoenix Country Day. Annie thinks the world of her! What a small, small world it is!!
Gary and Larry are currently fixing the toilet and then going golfing later in the day. I am heading out in a few to read to kiddos!
My life has always been filled with many adventures. However, I am really liking this one!!
Posted by Cheela at 10:49 AM