Saturday, January 31, 2009

Conversation

This conversation occurred as Eli and I walked into the Women's Restroom of a church today...

Eli: (sniffing the air) Mommy, I smell it.

Me: What do you smell?

Eli: The flowers...

Me: (thinking... what in the world?) What flowers?

Eli: (Points to the flowered wallpaper) THOSE flowers!!!

(He then proceeded to sniff the wall up close the rest of the time we were in there... I was glad nobody else came in to witness my son smelling the flowered wallpaper, but it was sure funny!)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Education Protest at the Capitol

About 2000 educators, parents, students, and community members attended the rally/protest today on the lawn of the state capitol. It was a fantastic time of coming together and supporting a cause we all believe in: our kids. Hopefully we were heard today by legislators, and will continue to be heard in the coming weeks. We do have a major budget crisis to solve here in AZ, but our solutions need to be a bit more creative. Everyone will need to cut back, and everyone will need to sacrifice, but education should not be bearing the brunt of this.

Dr. Gary Nine (Florence U.S.D. Superintendent, aka: my boss), protest organizer, gives the final speech of the day, motivating protesters to continue to contact their legislators and keep the pressure on...

Eli enjoyed his first-ever protest (ha!). He was amazingly well-behaved despite the fact that this 2-hour event overlapped his usual naptime. He loved when people would shout "Boooooo," and would laugh and loudly chime in, "MOOOOO...."

Micah was shocked at the beginning of the rally when Dr. Nine asked him to open it with a prayer! Ha Ha! Good luck Micah! No really, he did great under the pressure :) Talk about being put on the spot by your wife's boss.

All in all, a fun day! If you are local, watch the news... just about every major station covered the event. It will be interesting to see how this all goes down in the coming months...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Time for Action!

True, the state of Arizona has to make spending cuts next year. But cutting $900 million in funding for education for a state already ranked 49th in this area, is absolutely CRAZY. This proposal, should it go into effect as written, would hurt K-12 education, as well as higher education in drastic ways next year. The layoffs would be astronomical, and AZ's economy would likely hit rock bottom.

Oh, and not to mention, where are the KIDS in all of this? Why should our children have to pay the price for the mistakes of adults? They shouldn't.

Nobody is saying that cuts should not be made in ALL areas (education included), we all do need to give a little to get ourselves out of this budget crisis. But the current plan, authored by John Kavanaugh (Fountain Hills) and Russell Pearce (Mesa) is simply unacceptable.

Please join me on Sunday from 1-3pm at the AZ State Capitol for a "picnic protest." The public must take action, and we must be heard.

Read more about this at AZCentral.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sheep

Although I sometimes feel like we live out in the middle of nowhere (I guess it's true), I love the fact that we are surrounded by farmland and nature's beauty. I spent my high school years living in Gilbert, Arizona which, at that time, was a similar atmosphere to where I live now. Like everywhere else around here, the farmland is disappearing and more subdivisions are popping up, but until that happens I will continue to enjoy the views.

Every year on the farmland across from our neighborhood, a flock of sheep is brought in by truck to graze. I guess they are like snow birds?? The tend to arrive in the fall and leave in the spring. We have a lot of fun watching them each year, especially after the baby lambs are born. The other day we took a family bike ride around the farmland and said hello to "our sheep." I can't say that they were very happy to see us. They actually would stop and silently stare (it's very weird to have hundreds of sheep staring at you at the same time) and then one sheep would let out a "baa," and pretty soon there were "baa's" echoing throughout the flock and sheep were running wildly in all directions. It was actually quite funny, but we felt bad for "torturing" the poor things. They just had no idea what to do or where to go, and seemed to just follow the sheep directly in front of them, hoping that one knew the way.

I couldn't help but think about how often God compares us to flock of sheep in the Bible... hmmm...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy Face :)

I have enjoyed scrapbooking for a number of years, and this past summer I invested in some digital scrapbook software. During my time off over the last two weeks, I was able to finish a digital scrapbook of our summer vacation (better late than never), and experiment with various features of the software. I love how you're able to save the pages you create as jpg files! Now if I could only get around to finishing Eli's "first year" scrapbook... hmmm, with child #2 coming I better get on that in the near future. In the meanwhile, here's a page I worked on today....