The “Interrupteds” are remodeling, which is a pleasant way of saying that we have ripped off the back end of our house and have been single-handedly air-conditioning the neighborhood for the last month or so.
Every American knows that the Fourth of July is Independence Day. If we’re honest though, the first thing that comes to mind is, “Sweet, I get a day off work.” We plan our social calendar with pool parties, barbecued burgers and homemade ice cream.
In the beginning there was dirt — and roads that were mere afterthoughts of other East Valley cities. For the most part, they didn’t lead to much of anywhere, as they dustily meandered west toward South Mountain.
When I was born my parents, who were by now naming their fifth kid and may have been out of ideas, opted to name me after my grandmother. My grandma, bless her oatmeal-raisin-cookie-baking heart, was awesome, but her given legal name was Bessie.
When you were a kid, did you ever think, “I want to live to be 100 years old.” Yep, me too. Well, I am fortunate enough to know someone very special to me that is closing in on that giant milestone, my grandma. She is 99 1/2 years old, she will be turning 100 in December and I am hopeful that she makes it. I’ve been telling my boys how lucky they are to have a great grandmother and all the amazing changes she has seen in the world during her lifetime. Imagine growing up without electricity, indoor plumbing, a car, television, computers, iPhones, and more.
I have experienced the Kyrene School District from many different aspects for the past 26 years. I was once a Kyrene kid and today I am a Kyrene parent and a Kyrene teacher. I proudly teach seventh-grade science at Akimel A-al Middle School. I have always been a Kyrene fan, but my loyalty and trust in the district has been strengthened immensely during this last school year. In November I was honored by the Arizona Educational Foundation when they named me one of their Educators for Excellence. In this role I have visited several districts around the state and met many teachers, administrators and parent leaders. The common theme when I meet someone new is how wonderful a district Kyrene is.
I have written this particular column many times over and over in my head, it was time to just sit at the computer and do it! Today’s column is all about teachers and what a fantastic job they perform. I found this quote on Facebook and thought it was perfect: “Teachers — not in it for the income — they are in it for the outcome. “
The Hollywood blockbuster “Noah” will hit the theaters later this month. It cost $130 million to bring it to the big screen and it depicts the destruction of everything on earth with a crisis of what could only be the original biblical proportions.
When I was pregnant with the oldest Son, Interrupted, my insurance covered only one ultrasound examination. Conducted relatively early in the pregnancy, the exam produced the standard 1994 fetal image of what I like to call “Still Life: Doughnut in a Blizzard.”
I have Olympic fever, I love the Winter Olympics and so far in the first week, I haven’t been disappointed. Since my dream of participating in the Olympics was nothing more than a pipe dream, I’ve decided to create my own. I’ve watched many Olympians that thank their mom (and dads) for all the support over the years to help them win a medal. Why should the kids have all the fun, why not have our own Olympics or “Mom Olympics.” We don’t need to worry about a winter or summer season since being a Mom Olympian is a year-round pursuit.