Saturday, December 26, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Aiyana went through a phase where she hated her baths, but now we are back on track and she is really enjoying them. Actually, we have a hard time getting her out of the tub now. Dana bought Aiyana a basketball hoop and some balls for bath time and I think he gets the most enjoyment out of his new gift to Aiyana. She likes to watch daddy shoot hoops, but notice how she ducks every time he throws the ball? Too funny. Daddy's determined this little one is going to be a baller. I'm thinking she should follow in mommy's footsteps and join the dance and cheer team ;o). Actually... I don't care what she decides to do as long as she runs track ha, ha.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We had fun playing in the park by Zach and Mary's house. Aiyana especially enjoyed the slides. Here's a picture of my brother's family. Mason looked so cute and cozy in his bear outfit.
On Saturday we celebrated Christmas and exchanged gifts. We also attempted once again to get the two grand kids to pose in a picture with my mom. It wasn't easy, but here's what we managed to capture.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
What was wrong with me??? Here's this dog that I rescued from the Humane Society. I searched and searched for the perfect companion after my previous dog Pachelbel was put to rest. When I found Shiloh... I couldn't resist adopting him. Shiloh was my buddy for three years. I worked so hard to train him... he is obedient, he doesn't smell like dog, he hardly ever barks, his coat is beautiful and he loves, loves, loves people. Why wasn't I more upset? Well... now I feel the pain and now I am sad. I went through his things tonight because I want to give Rollis more of his stuff. I cried really hard when I folded the handkerchief he wore around his neck after his first bath from the groomer. I continued to cry when I saw his motorized Spiderman toothbrush and the collar with his name engraved on the tag. I cried when I went upstairs and saw that his body mold is still on the dog cot that sits at the foot of our bed and I am crying now thinking about how much more sadness is yet to come.
So why did I do it? Well... there are a lot of reasons, but mainly because I feel overwhelmed and I feel like I don't have the time to give Shiloh like I use to. Life was much different three years ago when I was single, living in an apartment, without a spouse and without children. Now I have a toddler, a five bedroom house to maintain, a full time job and a baby on the way. I did this for Shiloh, even though he loved Aiyana. I wanted him to have more walks and less time spent alone in a house. We travel so much and we are so busy. Shiloh no longer got the attention he needed and deserved. So I decided it was best to find him a home.
I love him very much and I will miss him dearly, but I know Rollis really appreciates his company and it sounds like he has it made with her. I couldn't have asked for a better home for him. She takes him for walks twice a day, sleeps next to him in the living room at night and takes him on many of her outings. She is home most of the day and when she does leave the house it is only for short periods of time. It's all too perfect for Shiloh.
King Shiloh was found battered and abused, left on the city streets to fend for himself. He was rescued and given a second chance and I am proud to say that I made a difference in his life. I hope Rollis will give him even more and he will live a happy canine life for the rest of his years.
Here are a few of the many pictures I took of King Shiloh throughout the years.
This picture was taken right after I adopted Shiloh
He is a handsome English Pointer
Yes... I took him to visit Santa, but he was sort of my child at the time.
This picture makes my heart sink the most... he loved Aiyana and she loved him. Her first word was "dog" and it was quickly followed by his name "Hi, Hi (i.e. Shi Shi)"
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
On a more positive note... Dana and I had a good time last weekend on our trip to Palm Springs California for his friend's engagement party. Check out the wonderful view from his future father-in-law's house. He lives on a beautiful PGA golf course.
This weekend we celebrated Dana's big 3-0. I pulled together a surprise birthday party for him at Maria Maria's Restaurant in the Tempe Marketplace. We followed up with a night of games at Dave & Busters. Might I add that Dana is the hardest person to throw a surprise party for. I won't even begin to explain how much work it took to keep this from him and to keep him at bay with the plans for his birthday. There were 18 guests and it was a wonderful evening. Here is a group shot of everyone who showed up. Derrick and Jen are missing because the Little Zahne is about ready to arrive so Jen wasn't feeling up to sticking around for dinner.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This fall I look forward to planting some Ocatillos in our backyard. My plan is to plant them on either side of the Washingtonias. I love the vibrant orange blooms on the ocatillos.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
1. Be one of the first THREE bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which then entitles you to a handmade item from me~something crafty or yummy, who knows?!
2. Winners must post this challenge on their blog, meaning that they will 'Pay It Forward,' creating a handmade gift~anything, for the first THREE bloggers who leave a comment on their post about this giveaway!
3. The gift that you send to your friends can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts.
My gift is a re-usable shopping bag with a coupon organizer. I use coupons so it is perfect.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
My dad came over to visit yesterday and as soon as he walked in the door Aiyana threw her arms up for him to hold her. Here's a videos of him swinging her around.
Last night we had our Third Annual End of Year Spine Unwind Party. This year was the biggest year with around 70 guests. A spine surgeon I work for puts on this party every year for the people who work on the spine team at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Here's a picture of most of us that work in the operating room, surgeons, physicians, technologists and nurses.
Here's a picture of the neuro spine team. Left to right: Dr. Jarrar, Me, Dr. Williams, Yvette Sabel & Zack Thompson. Mary McKay and Dr. Buchhalter were not present.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I know it seems so cruel to honk this horn around the little ones, but it is part of tradition and yes... typically they cry. It wouldn't be a Happy Joes birthday without the horn, though.
This is a diaper cake that my friend Tabby made for me.
In this picture, Mary is 32 weeks and I am 21 weeks pregnant