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15 Sep

Jordan and I went to Chili’s for dinner (an impromptu date), and when coming out of the restaurant, we saw the most bizarre motorcycle that we have seen yet.

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Take a good look at them horns.

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Makes you wonder if those are real, and where they got them from.

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What a day!

21 Aug

Today was a very intense sort of day, from the time I woke up. Where shall I start? Oh yes, when I woke up!

I woke up with a dry, fuzzy feeling in my mouth, and as I went to explore what was going on, I experienced a very nasty flavor, and discovered I had an insect of some kind in my mouth. (I guess I was sleeping with my mouth open or something.) I got it out and threw it, and later found out that what I threw was a moth. Gross! Needless to say, I brushed ALL of my mouth that morning, not just my teeth. That flavor was so nasty! Never eat moths. Nutritious or not, they don’t taste good. I have no idea why lizards like them. Gross!

Then, later that morning, while on the phone with one of my friends from Florida, I was out walking the sidewalk with Lydia, keeping an eye on her so that she didn’t get into trouble, when I nearly stepped on the hugest, biggest, nastiest most disgusting grasshopper that I have ever seen!!!!!! I think I left out a few adjectives there.


Yes, this black, green and yellow…THING was sitting on my sidewalk. *shudder* I found out it was called a horselubber Grasshopper. (Or the people down here call it a Mexican General Grasshopper). So Gross!

So after coming back to normality (somewhat, as one can after having woken up with a moth in their mouth, and nearly stepping on the biggest grasshopper in existence), I went to go hang the laundry on the line, and stopped short in my tracks when I saw THIS hanging on my wall!!!


A bat! C’mon, seriously! As if I didn’t have enough to contend with, I have to worry about BATS hanging around my house. Gah!

After hanging the laundry on the line (and giving the bat a wide berth on the way back), I went to go calm myself in the garden. I am excited to say that I have a few watermelon plants growing.


My other melons are coming along nicely.


Two more.


The plant they are growing on.


I have more volunteer plants coming up. I don’t know what they are yet, but this is starting to get fun. Who knows what else will pop up out of my garden!


Jordan to the rescue!

20 Jul

We were on our way to the Homeschool convention in Phoenix, cialis and as we were passing through an intersection, medicine we heard the sound that everyone dreads, tadalafil the sound of squealing tires and metal crunching. Someone behind us had gotten into an accident. Jordan quickly pulled into a turning lane and jumped out to make sure everyone was okay. By the time that I thought to get the camera out, the rescue people had already arrived.

Here is the fire truck, with Jordan and the other people there. (There were a few that had also stopped to make sure that everyone was okay.) I think both the lady sitting on the ground and the lady in white squatting behind her were involved in the accident.

Sheriff stopping to check on things, as well as other vehicles stopped for the accident.

Here comes the Metro train. The turning lane we were parked in was right next to the tracks.

Wrapping things up, getting details from the people about the accident.

Here comes Jordan, checking for traffic before crossing.

The medics checking out the people. One of the people was really in shock.

Here comes the traffic on the very busy street where this happened.

Fortunately, we were all safe! No one was injured in the accident. We made it to the homeschool convention a little late, but safe and sound!

Yearly Branding at the Isaacson Ranch

30 Jun

This year the Branding was held before the 4th of July (As the 4th of July was a wednesday night.) If you remember, Jordan and I attended last year ***POST LINK TO PREVIOUS POST***  and we really enjoyed ourselves, and because we live right next door (literally) we decided to get there in time to see the actual branding part.

BTW…if My mom is reading this: You might want to skip this post if you don’t want to see pictures of the poor little calves getting branded.


As we pulled up, we saw the first attraction of the day…Donkey rides!

We arrived at the cow pen and saw that they were allowing the little guys to rope the calves! It was great!

“I think we roped one!”

Dragging in the calf.

Tagging the ear.

Preparing for the Antibiotics.

Administering antibiotics.

Branding the first part of the brand.

The first brand.

Branding the second part of the brand.

Dragging in another calf.

Even the girls are involved!

Wrasslin’ the calf to the ground. (he fought.)

Amid the clouds of dust, he succumbed to the stubborness of the greenhorn cowboy who wouldn’t be bested by a lil ole calf!

Ride ’em cowboy! After the calf has been tagged, antibiotic-ed, and branded, they took a rope and put it around the calf’s middle, and let a little guy (or girl) get on for a little buckin’ bronco ride. It was fun to watch! The little guys loved it!

And he bites the dust!

Jordan had Lydia as I was taking pictures, and decided to let her ride the donkey.

I think she enjoyed herself! 🙂

The bull of the herd. They separated him out from the rest of the herd to make it easier to do what they needed to do. He looked very bored and disgusted at the whole process, and couldn’t be bothered. (Look at all of those flies all over his side!)

Creating a new ear tag for one of the cows.

The branding irons heating.

The girls helping out!

Oops! Got him by the hoof!

Another Greenhorn cowboy determined not to be thwarted by a calf! 😀

We ended up leaving the branding part early as I had food I needed to finish up. We missed the castrating of the calves (ha! not sorry!), and the rest of the immunizations of the bigger cows, but made it in time to bring the food. After wading across the very low river (won’t do that again!) we got to the picnic site and laid out our food. We enjoyed a nice afternoon of fellowship and food.

I wish I had emptied my camera pictures, as I would have loved to have gotten video of the mad scramble of kids when the pinatas broke open. All in all, it was a long, but very enjoyable day! I know better how to prepare for next year!

The garden (and yardwork) pt.3 – And company

2 Jun

Finally a free Saturday! Jordan decided to make a few measurements and such to get my garden going. Austin decided to take a brak and hung out with us so I put them both to work. lol Just kidding. Here Lydia is helping them figure out dimensions.

For those of you unfamilliar with such a tool, this is a post digger (I think lol).

This view is taken from the garden. The bedroom window is the master bedroom. That is the back of the house.

My tree trimmimg job.

Before and after raking  pictures.

Around on the west side of the house.

Lydia taking a break.

The back of the house.

btw…there are just 2 doors in the back. The door in the top picture (closest to the right) is the same door in the bottom picture (on the left hand side).

More tree trimming pictures. Demonstration 0picture of an untrimmed tree and of a trimmed tree.

Then later Jordan invited Steve and Esther Hyde over for dinner. They brought the two youngest, Adam and Lincoln. I had had a chocolate lasagna recipe that I was wanting to make, so I decided to go ahead and put it all together. It was supposedly a copy cat recipe of Olive Garden’s Chocolate Lasagna, but it didn’t taste ANYTHING like the real deal. I halved the cake recipe part, and here is what I ended up with.

Yeah, still a 4 layer cake! And the icing was WAY sweet! I need to find some better buttercream recipes to play with.

I do like the chocolate chips though. 😀

It was set to be a nice evening. We had pizza that the Hydes brought, and chocolate cake.

And…unexpected company.

Austin had noticed a mouse earlier in the day. The mouse came to visit at dinner. We were eating and talking about the mouse, when Steve looked over and casually remarked “oh, there he is.”

Commence shrieking and fainting and climbing up on chairs.

Okay, not really.

The mouse scooted under the refrigerator, and so the men all joined hunt.

Austin (leading the charge) started bringing out everything he could to get to the mouse.

Boxes, glue traps…

…Poles, etc. This must be a male dominated sport.

Most of us returned to dinner to finish. Meanwhile, Austin chased the mouse from the refrigerator to the stove, and managed to capture it after it headed back  to the refrigerator and out again. He trapped it in a box, and took it outside where he disposed of it with a good African tribal death…death by the metal pole pounding.


We all enjoyed the chocolate cake.

Poor Squeaky.


Not really.

Never too late for snow

19 Mar

I was delighted to have a chilly day, but even more delighted when it was overcast and snowy.

You can’t really tell in this photo, but the snow is over the horizon and barely snowing in my yard.

The birds taking roost while letting the weather pass over.

Snowing up closer.

Coming down harder.

A good picture with the snow.

The Huachuca mountains.

A closer look from the 2nd story of our house.

*sigh* I love snow. 🙂 At least this kind of snow. 😛 I don’t know how well I’d handle 10 foot drifts! 😮

The Doucettes and going home!

4 Dec

After going to Fort Desoto, we headed up to the Doucettes to spend the night there.

One of my favorite sights…the Baby Grand sitting in the front room.

The dining room…

…and the kitchen. (I LOVE their house…always have!)

Ben playing with Lydia.

Sister Suzanne and Leah working in the kitchen.

The Living room.

L-R Sis Suzanne, Becki, Ben, Leah, Hope, Lydia and Hannah. 🙂 Thank you so much for your hospitality! It felt like old times! 🙂

Aunt Ruth had bought Lydia an “Original” Piglet from Winnie the Pooh series, and she was enjoying playing with her new toy on the way back up to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

And…finally…waiting for Seth to pick us up at the airport! We skipped the flight from Phoenix to Tucson as we did not want to step foot on another flight for a long while! Home sweet home! 🙂

Helicopters and Cannons

1 Dec

We headed up to Tampa from Clearwater to go stay with some friends, and ended up detouring along the way. We headed to Fort Desoto, only to be sidetracked by a vision of a helicopter hovering over the water. We pulled into a resort parking lot to where we proceeded to watch the helicopter hover over a boat in the water for probably 10 minutes. We don’t know how long it had been there, or how long it remained there, as it was still hovering after we left.

The resort seemed to be very pretty, with a Cabana…

…a Marina…

…and the beautiful water line.

We stopped by Fort Desoto, a little outpost near St Petersburg. As I have been to the St Augustine Fort, I was not expecting such a modern fort. It was used during the Civil War up until WWI if I remember correctly. They have some artillery there that is the only known remaining pieces of that kind.

Jordan goes into one of their ammunition rooms.

They had HUGE chains sticking out of the wall. The chains had rusted into place (or were saudered to keep people like myself from seeing if they moved). The chains were probably 1.5″-2″ thick.

They had a total of 8 large cannons, 4 in each section. At this point, they only have 4 remaining on site…2 in each section. They rotated a full 360 degrees, used 83 pounds of powder for EACH shot, and the projectiles were 1,000 pounds!

Look at the spring system on the cannon!

The inside of the muzzle.

After admiring the Fort (build into a mound), we walked a path to the Gulf, just a few hundred feet away.

A very romantic sand drawing by Jordan!

Jordan with Lydia waving hello.

Admiring the Ocean.

Getting a second look at the water.

Me walking barefoot along the water.

Seashells washed ashore.

Oh yes…and the Direct TV blimp. 😀

Gulf of Mexico

30 Nov

We spent a few days with my younger brother Isaiah and his wife Katie down in Clearwater. Katie took us to a spot at the beach. Unfortunately, we had picked the coldest day of the year so far to go to the beach!

Here we are huddled together for a family shot.

Jordan walks the beach with Lydia.

One of the beautiful resorts beside the beach.

Jordan sheds his shoes and socks for a cultural experience…

…walking Lydia in the surf.

I love water!

Jordan deciding it’s a bit too cold to be doing something like that!

We piled back into the van to stop by Isaiah’s place of work, passing by the elegant houses beside the water.

There were some oriental men fishing on the pier…

…with several birds standing by!


25 Oct

Finally the day arrived which was long anticipated…moving from Tucson to Hereford (Sierra Vista).

After many days of packing, Jordan went and rented the largest U-Haul they had (26 footer),

…and 8 hours later we had loaded everything we owned (almost) into the truck and were on our way down to our new place. I guess I needn’t say that it took MUCH less time to unload than it did to load? (try an hour and a half to unload compared to 8 hours of loading.) Fortunately, we were blessed to have our next door neighbors the Garcia’s come to help us unload. A huge thank you to Bro Ricardo, Sis Mary, Amos and Caroline Garcia for your help with welcoming us and helping us unload!

The cute part is that in the middle of trying to get some of the essentials unpacked…Lydia decided she wanted to help unpack the silverware…

…one piece at a time! 😀

The only bad part was she was just taking them out of the box and just putting them on the floor.

She thoroughly enjoyed climbing up on the boxes and rummaging through them to hear the bags rustle and to see if there was anything that she could pull out and chew on. 😀

We still have many boxes to go, but things are coming along much better! It always helps when your kitchen is mostly together…or the essentials at least.