Happy birthday Trey…..

Yesterday we traveled down to the valley for a doctors appointment for me.

Last two months I have been in terrible pain in my low back down my right leg. Tried a massage for relief but it still was there. Just knew it was more so after a consult and MRI the results came back with two bulging disc. So epidural time. The best place in the valley is Desert Spine and Sports Medicine. Dr Brad Sorosky is the best. He treats all the Phoenix Suns players.

After the injection I felt much better. We scheduled another injection in two weeks and I will set up some physical therapy.

After a delivery to the Cardinals and a stop at Costco it was celebration time.

This little boy, Trey, is turning 11. So it was dinner at Benihana’s. His choice!

With all family members huddled around the cook top we were all hungry.

As always dinner was sooooo yummy.

Goof ball Tanner at his best.

With dinner over, family photo time.

As you can see we have an extra dinner guest. Mikaila’s boy friend Orlando ( aka Florida is what I nicknamed him) joined in on the fun. What a first experience for him. This crazy family.

Speaking of crazy. After dinner Marcus started with a great picture of Trey.

Laughing so hard he started in on me.

Then Martin.

We couldn’t quit laughing.

Jamie or Marty who is it? Well I think the boobs give it away. Jamie!!!!

Ok this is a guess who moment?

Nothing like cute baby face Martin!

Then Shawna joined in on the other side of the table.

Shawna looks like she’s comfortable in a bubble bath!

And then there’s Marty!

Sexy, sexy, sexy!!!!

And then there is the cutest little Tanner!

We never laughed so hard.

Yep this is us! Our crazy family.

Now for the guess who, it was Marcus!

Till next time……

Joyce.

Ps I forgot two important people

The bearded lady Mikaila and her/his sidekick.

The is Flo-reed-a!

Holy crap I would lose my head if it wasn’t attached.

Till next time…..

Tears of joy….

Over Memorial Day weekend we spent time with family.

First stop Prescott. Baseball time!

Trey starts off playing catcher. He’s such a stud. He reminds us of his Daddy so much.

Brother Tanner watches while munching on Grammies watermelon.

Trey always comes over to say Hi when he has a break in the action.

Trey Trey he’s our man! If he can’t pitch it no one can!

As the baseball came to an end we traveled to visit some dear friends. Terry and Kelly Raymond live not to far from Prescott. It’s so nice when you can catch up with such nice people.

We headed back to the cabin we stayed in and here come these beautiful horses.

Right out the back yard!

All packed up we headed down to the valley. Yes in that crazy holiday traffic. Rrrrrrrrrr

Memorial Day is here and it’s Mikaila’s open house.

Jamie, Shawna, Marianne and I were on decorating duty.

Can’t help but tear up as you see how much this beautiful girl has grown up.

Shawna made her famous cake balls and so there were plenty of goodies for everyone.

Our grand babies will always be our babies no mater how big they get.

Proud grand parents!

Jerry and Marianne traveled all the way from California, to New Mexico, to Texas and to Arizona to attend Mika’s party. I failed to get their picture. Shame on me!

Graduation day is here.

It’s amazing how the student count has grown over the years.

Here she comes! Tears!

Within 2.5 hours they graduated 777 students.

And just like that it was all over.

Tatum and Mika have been friends forever.

Marcus and Jamie did a great job raising this young girl.

With all the fun and family it was nice to get home. With the weather warming up the plants are really starting to grow. The potato plant is getting big

The little strawberry plant is blooming.

A little rainy day here and there before the heat sets in.

My new project is the Cardinals Junior Cheer uniforms. A total new gig bring some new items. No itch sizing labels. I’ve always made custom uniforms so this was a new adventure. Size chart, pick a size, make it and ship it.

You just gotta laugh at this. Pie Town made the paper!

With the weekend free for me, I came up with this crazy project and my so willing husband built it!

No he’s not playing in the tree he’s bending rebar.

Its an arch for the grapevine to grow on. We have two plants so we needed two arches.

First one installed. Now it’s time for a party.

Patti and Ladd after 16 years got married so it’s celebration day.

Fun times! Fun friends!

Sunday morning is ride time!

Dead horse canyon! The spring flowers were everywhere.

John, Victoria, Martin and I take a look break

Time for a cookie and Kansas to leave her mark.

This girl is a hoot!

This loop we took was a beautiful climb. We made it to 9,000 feet.

Kansas was enjoying the fresh air!

After the 2.5 hour ride we stopped for a burger at the Largo. Well I guess the forest service people were coming in because of a fire 2.5 hours away so it took us 57 minutes to receive our meal. Can’t be in a hurry when you live in the woods.

We came home with full belly’s and went straight to work and built the second arch. After making the first one yesterday this one went together easy peasy. Up it went, pooped we are! It still needs the copper wire wrapped on it but that can wait till tomorrow.

Till next time…….

Joyce

Helping hands….

Our neighbors Allen and Sue are trick horse trainers. Allen asked if I could fix this hoodie for their horse Ellie.

It was so holy there was no way so instead I traced off the pattern and made a brand new one. Heavier weighted fabric and doubled layer where it counted.

With finally receiving approval for the Cardinals Junior Cheerleader uniforms Martin got work creating the logo.

The Duck will be laying down the stones! With 225+ uniforms she will be quaking for awhile.

With the jacket fillins complete we were ready for the weekend.

Kansas met Pepe the donkey. He is old and slow but loves to be petted.

Kansas Met Gidget the horse and after being chased by Gidget Kansas wouldn’t even get close to her again.

Martin puts together the wind turbine pole while I dug a somewhat straight trench.

We were watched by the peanut gallery.

Martin and Mesonika put the turbine on the pole.

Then Martin drilled in these crazy anchors.

Next onto wiring and installing her devices.

Mesonika pushed while Martin pulled.

He spent the afternoon on his knees wiring up everything.

He was one tired puppy after we were done.

Next it will be time to raise the pole with the turbine. This will need the tractor and an extra pair of hands.

It is such a pleasure and brings so much joy to be able to help a neighbor.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

Happy Mother’s Day weekend….

Late Friday night Martin’s brother Jerry and sister-in-law Marianne arrived. Camping at Pie Town RV Park they settled in.

Saturday morning we picked them up and we set out for a full Pie Town experience. First stop the PO. Then we walked up to the toaster house. Touring the hostile is always an adventure cause you never known who you are going to meet. Then breakfast at the Gatherin Place.

With our belly’s full it was time for them to see the house. It is always nice to see someone’s face as they experience this creation we have built.

After the tour we had to have pie at the Pie-O-Neer. Yum yum.

Then it was fund raiser night for some dear neighbors. Tony is fighting cancer as always our little community comes together.

Sunday morning we had a break in the crazy weather so we packed up the razor and went for a ride.

John and Victoria joined in on the fun.

Marianne and I were cozy in the back seat.

While the boys were the R-Uber drivers.

We drove back on 6A about 22 miles and we found old abandoned house.

So sad that this home now only provides a home for critters that shit everywhere.

This old truck sets rotting in the sun. We would love to get our hands on this beauty.

I tried it on for size and loved it.

The scenery is just so beautiful.

John and Victoria are always a hoot to play with.

Can’t let Martin lead as with his racing experience he has a tendency to drive fast. Slipping and sliding in the mud was so much fun.

A few critters found us interesting!

Us girls love to play.

We stopped for a burger at Pie Town Cafe

Then it was off to see the array.

It was pretty amazing to watch this huge dish move and articulate.

Finally back home the guys went to build a ramp to help load our rat rod on the trailer.

Us girls started making a bottle tree.

Marianne put everything she had into drilling the holes. It started to rain so we had to stop playing.

After a short break for the rain the boys brought out more toys.

It’s always sad to say goodbye but it was then time to take them back to the RV park.

It was a great Mother’s Day to be able to share it with family.

Till next time…..

Joyce.

And the season begins……

With the kids heading home it was time for me to get back to work.

What!!!! Yes Cardinals Cheerleaders boots. One stop shop.

64 pairs of boots. That’s 128 logos that needed to be embroidered. And 20 pairs needed to be taken in in the back before they could be sewn. With draft pick happening it was a quick turnaround.

I always love special projects.

Martin bought me an off the grid pencil sharpener. Girl power no solar power.

Martin built these awesome foot lights for the Quemado School Play.

The Masked Canary.

I had the pleasure of costuming some of the students.

This play was a hoot. We can’t wait to see what they do next.

You know this little girl is no longer little. We can’t believe she is graduating from high school. Jamie created this invitation and we just love it. So unique!

We have been so busy trying to get these planter beds in. Martin had to figure out the height of the plumbing. We dropped in the liners. Then loads and loads of large to medium rocks. We loaded them into the tractor. Transferred them to the wheel barrow. Then unloaded them into the planter bed.

Then the small rock was added on top to a specific depth.

Then a layer of sand to another certain depth.

And the last step is dirt.

And plants!!! I’ve had my little seedlings waiting to spread their roots in fresh dirt.

Martin and I had to go to Show Low to fix my tire that got a screw in it. Well it couldn’t be fixed so I see new shoes in the future. In anticipation of completion of the flower beds we filled the back seat with new plants.

The last two flower beds are each 21 feet long.

This one is so close. The cut over, sand, dirt and plants.

This one needs a little bit more work. Big rock, lots of small rock, sand, dirt, the cut over and plants.

And poor Martin will have to finish them himself as I’m back to work.

After a weekend of work like this we moan and groan as we stand up. So close yet so far.

Till next time….

Joyce

Oh my where do I start…..

Easter weekend the whole family came up to visit.

Luckily we just finished the green house walkway.

We ate a lot.

We played a lot.

The boys were caught watching TV so Grammie told them to get outside and find a tree to build a swing in.

Martin and Marty helped with the task and Ta-Da.

Yes little Tanner knows how to drive the gator. And Mikaila got to test her skills in the Razor.

So then we were off for pie.

It is always nice to sit at my table at the Pie-O-Neer. The best place in town.

With Aunt J driving the gator, Tanner got to ride in our make shift 4 seater.

With Easter you gotta have a scavenger hunt. Heck we’ve got 33 acres to have fun with.

Clues were hidden along with treasures.

In the end I’m not sure who had more fun, the adults who planned it or the kids who played it.

It’s always a thing to do here. Shoot guns. Kids and adults.

One thing is for sure that family is special. And time spent is priceless.

Till next time….

Joyce

Wait, wait, wait…..

Monday morning we headed back to Gilbert. Kansas was so happy to see us. We had a great dinner with great friends, Devin and John.

Tuesday we just enjoyed the warm weather. Did a little shopping and a little work. Measuring the new Cardinals Cheerleaders.

Wednesday was family time. Dinner with the Treat family.

And of course Frost! Then it was baseball time.

Little Tanner is Grammies favorite youngest grandson.

Thursday was full of doctors appointments and driving. Kansas was so excited to know she will be sleeping her own bed. We got home very late so it was not an early start to our day.

As I wrote this blog I just got boomed!!!!

Marcus sent me a picture of the new sign just posted at volleyball facility.

And then BOOM, another one.

Do you think if I shaved Kansas legs and dressed her up in a dress and a hat she would pass?

Till next time…..

Joyce

Wait, wait, wait…..

Monday morning we headed back to Gilbert. Kansas was so happy to see us. We had a great dinner with great friends, Devin and John.

Tuesday we just enjoyed the warm weather. Did a little shopping and a little work. Measuring the new Cardinals Cheerleaders.

Wednesday was family time. Dinner with the Treat family.

And of course Frost! Then it was baseball time.

Little Tanner is Grammies favorite youngest grandson.

Thursday was full of doctors appointments and driving. Kansas was so excited to know she will be sleeping her own bed. We got home very late so it was not an early start to our day.

As I wrote this blog I just got boomed!!!!

Marcus sent me a picture of the new sign just posted at volleyball facility.

And then BOOM, another one.

Do you think if I shaved Kansas legs and dressed her up in a dress and a hat she would pass?

Till next time…..

Joyce

Final day of racing…..

Race day brought a special treat of being down on the start line for some interviews.

The announcer was a hoot.

The mascot was one hot dude.

Greg Anderson …..

Steve Torrence….

A little sticky track walk.

Martin and I had a blast all weekend.

Met interesting people.

We made it all the way to the finish line and back with our shoes still on!

These were my picks for the weekend which landed me on top again for the second week in a row in our fantasy league. What a way to end the weekend. Being a winner! And beating the boys.

Martin finish 3rd!!!!

Till next time…..

Joyce

A little bit of Vegas……

Saturday was more rumble racing.

But first stop Pawn Stars. We love this show.

The store looked the same in person as it does on TV.

We even ran into Rick there. He didn’t have much to say.

We still had little time before we wanted to be at the track so we did a little antiquing.

After an afternoon of racing we headed out to Fremont Street.

You talk about weird people well you can find them here.

Yum yum time. Martin wasn’t impressed but I enjoyed my little bites.

As the sun went down. The lights came on.

So it was time to get horizontal. Just like when we were younger. When the street lights came on it was time to go home. Aka hotel!

Till next time…..

Joyce.