Monthly Archives: December 2017


Since Christmas holiday Martin has been a busy little beaver working for me. We were asked if we could recreate the Suns 92-93 jerseys for the girls. With only 19 days to do it in.

Luckily last July I bought a vinyl cutter to help me with the endless butterflies I had to do for a dance. So with all the information gathered Martin began learning how to do graphics. Normally I would send these graphics onto one of my favorite persons but this turn around time is so quick. So we jump in with all we have.

With the 92-93 team roster and numbers, he created these. And the heat transfer order was placed.

During our vacation we had lots of visitors.

And when we were busy with graphics they came back to visit.

Three mommys and four babies.

With the graphics complete Martin finally had time to work on the bathroom. He put the floor in the shower and built the step

He also wanted to be able to shave so he put in the sink.

Running water……wahooooo!!!!

Now to alter the drawer. The plumbing is important so banging a drawer into it is a no no.

Will it fit? Will it work?

Hell yes it will. He’s my man!!!!

This cabinet is an old dresser we found at an antique store years ago. It has been in the cargo cabin but now it sets happy in its new beautiful home.

Till next time……


Merry Christmas to all!!!

It was a fun and busy holiday for us. Marty and Shawna were going on a cruise for their anniversary so we were called upon to be there to help with the boys.

The morning we left it was freezing cold. As you can see by the ice crystals on the roof of my car.

As I blew up the photo the beautiful shapes started to reveal themselves.

Mother Nature never stops to amaze me.

We arrived in the valley and first thing, get business done. Down to the arena we go. Rattlers fitting and Suns delivery. Check! Now it is all fun from now on.

Marty and Shawna left early and we were in charge.

On the way to school, Tanner discovered he could make skid marks with his bike.

After school we headed to Top Golf.

Too much fun and too much food. At dinner time we were still full so candy canes and chips were on the menu. Lol.

The next school day we rescued the boys out early and caught a bite to eat at Johnny Rockets before the Star Wars movie.

Friday was an all day fun day. Mik-Uber picked us up we had breakfast then shopping, shopping, shopping. Then more food at Famous Dave’s. Next stop Xtreme air.

We laughed so hard watching these kids jump, flip and playing tag. Sweaty and stinky we headed home to wrap the gifts ready for Sunday’s Christmas Eve. We are not done yet. Happy birthday dinner for Mikaila.

She turned 16 and now has her license. Benihana is one of our favorite places to celebrate.

Sunday morning we played foot golf. What a hoot.

Ummmm like mother like daughter.

Martin was voted best style.

Christmas Eve was a fun night. Playing games, eating and presents. Perfect evening.

The Treat JR Family were the only ones who got the memo from Santa to wear jammies.

Home now we are relaxing by the fire. All the groceries put away. Kitty lays on my lap.

Till next time……


The throne has a home…..

Yesterday we finally were able to install the shitter!!!

It was so nice not to have to walk up the hill to do business. Since the turds are officially frozen in the out house. With 9 degree weather in the weeeee hours of the morning it has been cold. Even the outdoor shower has been a challenge. Water left in the hose froze plugging it up. We had to break it up then flush it out. With that experience Martin’s solution was installing a Y at the faucet so he can drain the hose. Problem solved.

The bathroom is moving along. Ship lap on the walls complete the cabin look and feel.

We completed this one wall to the height we wanted to hang our towel holders.

We pressed the pause button cause we couldn’t wait to hang them. We bought these about 6 years ago at an antique flea market.

Just a touch of royalty!

Till next time….


Bathroom soon….

Bathroom what bathroom!!!! Who needs a bathroom I just go outside. No big deal.

Martin has been busy tiling and his favorite thing grouting.

As the ship lap goes up board by board it starts to look like a special place.

We used our old tile leftover from the Mandarin house and added a new tile for the border.

My cabinet is now useable. Martin’s cabinet still needs a facelift before we can install it along with the sink.

I found a sweet lady who use to teach massage therapy. Martin drove me out to the southern wilderness to her home. On our way back we encountered slow walking cattle. Do they care we are there? Nope.

I think this one was the herd leader. You can just read her/his mind. Like, “What you lookin’ at? Huh? Mooooooove on!”

We headed off to a Show Low to pick up a freezer we ordered. We had the best sunset to watch as we traveled down the road.

It changed with breathtaking colors.

Then on the way home the super moon lit our way. Rising higher with every mile.

Today is Tuesday. The turkey we picked up on the way home from a Thanksgiving weekend is finally defrosted so today was our first Thanksgiving dinner in our new home.

Made pies!

And of course the TURKEY ?!!!!!!

We even decorated our Christmas tree out front. This tree survived when we broke ground. This tree survived almost being burned down by the burn barrel. And this tree Martin said 10 years ago when it was a weeeeee little tree that it would be our Christmas tree. So here it is! All pretty with the ornaments that our children and grandchildren made at Thanksgiving.

It is very cold here today. The Low is going to be 15 degrees tonight and the high tomorrow will be 44 degrees. Still we don’t have all the insulation up and the door/window wall still has open spaces. So trying to stay warm is a challenge on cloudy days. Sunny days Mother Nature takes care us. Martin is focused on getting the bathroom done so till then we bundle up and hang by the fire.

Yep even Squirt hangs by the fire.

Kansas can be found snuggling in a blanket on the sofa. Lol.

Living our dream. Now if it would just snow.

Till next time…..


Thanksgiving week…

We started out for Arizona on Tuesday morning. First stop Riggs Elementary School. We finally had the opportunity to surprise the front office ladies at Jamies school with Pie Town pies.

Which one should we choose? New Mexico Apple, blueberry butterscotch, ginger peach, dark chocolate cherry, apple and one more that slips my old brains memory banks.

Jamie could be found in her office enjoying her pie.

Then we delivered costumes to Hamilton High. Now we are ready for cooler clothes. When we left it was 27 degrees and by noon in AZ it was in the 80’s. To hot for sweat pants and UGG boots.

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Charlie, Dean and newly married Devon and John. Always lots of laughter.

Wednesday brought lots of cooking. I made pies for thanksgiving.

And lots of English toffee.

We enjoyed watching the boys at karate and then off to dinner for Shawna’s birthday.

We spent turkey day with Marcus’s side of his family. Beautiful table set for 24 people. Lots of food and yummy deserts. And celebrated Marcus’s birthday. Just birthdays everywhere. Even our dear friend Paula had a birthday over the weekend.

Friday was a day of family. Played ball in the park and had a picnic. At home the children and everyone pitched in to make ornaments for our tree just outside the front of the house.

Mikaila, Trey and Tanner let their creative juices flow.

Papa, Marty and Shawna join in on the fun.

Jamie and Suzanne work their magic.

Saturday was game day. Mik-Uber was hired to drive the old people to the game so we could PARTY!!!

Mikaila kicked Papas butt in ping pong and then Papa kicked my butt.

ASU vs U of A. Go Sundevils !!!! ASU wins!!!!

Sunday Martin and I were invited to the Cardinals game.

Cardinals won in an exciting game.

Monday was a day of travel and shopping.

Hope all our friends and families had a fun holiday weekend.

Till next time ……..