Sunday, December 13, 2009

Getting ready for the holidays

To welcome Joelle to our home, Bob and I did a bit of decorating today.  We originally hadn't planned on doing any since we wouldn't be here, but then we got to thinking that we couldn't let Joelle show up to a house void of the Christmas Spirit.  Bob strung Christmas lights and I put out a few decorations.  It was a bit more cheery after we were done.  Hopefully Santa finds Joelle here, I am sure he will.  MJ

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Being thankful

There is so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving . . .

like being married to a wonderful man
or being part of incredible families
and having friends that are always "there", even if we are thousands of miles away
or making new friends, in a new place, that we just love
like waking up each morning and having a home, food to eat, money to pay for heat, a turtle to make you laugh, fish to watch and relax
a job that you are excited to go to each day
that we are healthy and able to do all the things we love to do, like hiking, walking, fishing
that God is always there.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

RTW 11/21

Mondays and Fridays are the two weekday mornings that I can sleep past 5:45 am, but with my head spinning think about all that there is to do over the next month, when 5 am came, well I was awake.  I tried falling back to sleep in the couch, but no luck.  So I decided to get up, have some coffee, a little computer time, a little workout and then get ready for work.

I don't like feeling icky - ugh - I cannot get sick!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Really? What a job I have . . .

Twice this week I got to ride in a limo to McDonald's for lunch.  Each year our school fundraises with magazine sales and one of the prizes they can earn is a limo ride to Micky-Dees for lunch.  I got to go because a staff memb has to be with them.  I only ate there once, that was enough. 
It was a hoot on this day, I went with a group of sixth graders and they are so fun.  I love their awe.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Gifts from the UP

Last week we received gifts from the UP . . . Uncle Jim and Aunt Dawn.
I don't think they know how much we love these treats from home.  Since we have been here they have sent us such treats and we savor every bit of them.  We even make the maple syrup last until the next year.  It's all so yummy delicious!  MJ

First snow at sea level - Winter 2009

We awoke to it on Saturday, November 14th.  It had been a couple of crazy, windy, stormy days.  We had fluffy white snow on the ground, crazy-strong, gusting winds, mudslides, avalanches, flood warnings, power outages, I am sure the list goes on . . .  But it is so beautiful.  I love the green on the mountains mixed with the white snow and a few blue skies.  See for yourself:

Friday, November 13, 2009

RTW - 11/14

"Did you dye your hair?"  "No, it's just got lots of different colors in it, why?"  "It's all shiney-silvery."

Takin' a break from facebook for a while.

Disney is paid for.  Dinner Reservations are made!

Five weeks until we leave for vacation!!!

Woohoo - LEGO League is moving along and looking good - excited for the Jamboree next week!!!

This week we learned "Candle Hands" at bellydancing.  The minute I heard what it was I knew that I had to try it - hello light candles.  I practiced in the bathroom and put the candle in a votive cup - I am not crazy!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

RTWs - Random Thoughts from the Week - 11/7

We both agree that even though we love baseball, it should not be played in November!

I like to laugh, it feels good.

Waking up to dog poo on the welcome mat is not very welcoming!!!

Snow tires are on - we are ready for snow.

The Jamboree is in 2 weeks, the Tourney in 5 - yikes!

This week we were taught "snake hands" at our Belly Dancing class, mine are more like "vicious viper spitting snakes", not "mesmorizing, smooth snake hands".  Luckily I have the week to practice.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween at Home: aka: Pumpkin Fun

Bob craving our pumpkins . . .
Watch the pumpkins as they disappear . . .
Bob carved our pumpkins Friday night after we got home from work, then proceeded to have a photo shoot with the pumpkins.  MJ

Halloween fun at 20th Century

Me with flare that Aaron lent me.




Thoughts from the week

We enjoy having a little turtle, she brings us much joy.

The smell of straw doesn't make me want to curl up in fetal position and cry. 

Bails of straw weigh more than I remember.

I started belly dancing this week.  I thought that it would be fun to do during these long, dark winter nights.  I knew that Tristan, Tracy and Jamie would be in the class, but I was also pleased to see another Tracy there, who used to work in the office across from me at Dzantik'i Heeni.  It is a fun group and I really think that I am going to enjoy it.  It's something just for me. I am becoming more comfortable in my body the older I get, but still not where I would like to be.  I also feel more comfortable with trying new things.  I am not sure if that is growing older or moving some place new and not having any preconcieved notions about what I can and should be doing.  I can be whomever I want here, no on knows any different.  This class will be a challange for me, since I don't have very good balance and I am a it uncoordinated.

Halloween is fun - I like to dress up.

I am not sure how cowboys wear cowboys boots all the time, my feet are killing me.  Maybe that's why they ride a horse, it hurts too much to walk.

A quote from E.Tate that has me cracking up (and sounds like something that I have said to Bob):  He wakes up, walks into the kitchen, he is staying at his Grandma's house (my mother) and says:  "You're up, I am hungry, where's my breakfast?"  His Grandma's reply, "boy, this isn't a resturant".  To which he says, "yes it is, it's Grandma's resturant".  I love that kid!  This would probably be better told by his Grandma, but she seems to have misplaced her blog.

I am concerned for my mother and that her job will continue to be there.

Big events to get through before coming home:  Harvest Fest, Jamboree, Rebounders/Hooptime Tourney.  Havest Fest is now coomplete two more big events and time to go to MI.  Woohoo!

I am content.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Harvest Fest

Tonight was Harvest Fest at Dzantik'i Heeni.  It was put on by Culture Club and Student Government (I am the adviser).  It seemed to be fun for our students.  There were cookies to decorate, crafts, games in the gym, food, a photo op, dancing and a cake walk.  I think that one of the biggest hits was the cake walk the kiddos were so excited about it and there were lots of cakes, cookies and cupcakes to give away.  Also, tug-o-war.  The sixth graders kicked tail and beat the seveth and eighth grade teams.  There is strength in numbers.  I will have a couple more pictures to post later from the photo op.  MJ

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Thoughts from the week

Things that caught my attention this week:

I rode the activity bus downtown after school one day this week and I was listening to one of our sixth graders tell me how hard it is to be homeless.  It really does put your life in prospective.  This kiddo has no home and I am wondering if I have enough $ set aside to go to Disney.

I am grateful that I feel appreciated at my jobs.  And that I enjoy all three of them!

I now work with a student that I knew from Dzantik'i Heeni on Saturdays at the theater - this kid made me laugh then and still does.  Our new superintendent has introduced a button and the concept of Connect to the community.  The idea is that we need to "connect" with kids.  Last week on break Matt asked me what I was doing on my break, I told him I was going to my truck to have a snack and read a book.  He asked me if he could go with me and I told him "no, that's weird".  But what I did tell him was that this Saturday we would hang out on our break.  That's what we did, we played Yahtzee and laughed.  It's important to "connect", not just with kids, but with everyone we meet.  Maybe if we all "connected" a little bit more, we'd be a stronger nation.

My husband is cute, but that cuteness wears off when he lays on the couch and shakes his glass at me to get him something more to drink - with that adorable little face.

I am getting quicker at typing.  When we first moved here, I felt like I would never be able to type at a normal pace, now I am a whiz.

I love baseball and that Bob and I enjoy it together - GO YANKEES!!!  MJ

Molly's Sunday Project

Friday, October 23, 2009


That's what my Friday has been . . . First, I love my job, it is such fun to go to work each day, there are challenges, but each day I am able to find some fun and successes.  Second, I had an extra practice for LEGO League.  After building and programming for a couple of hours, most of the team members had left and those that were left needed a break, so we went to the commons to run around, literally.  We played ball tag and it was a blast!  One of the boys said "I can't believe a teacher (that's me - they think everyone who works at a school is a teacher) is playing with us".  Are you kidding, it was so much fun.  We played for 45 minutes.  As the last two boys were leaving they thanked me for playing with them.  I also heard them tell one of their moms "that was so much fun".  After all that, the fun still wasn't done . . . I headed downtown to see one of our high schools preform "Little Shop of Horrors".  I meet the crew that went to Lion King and Julianna joined us, plus one of our counselors from school and seven young ladies, also from our school.  It was a special treat for them that our counselor arranged.  The play was wonderful and everyone had a nice time.  Bob couldn't make the play, he had to work late, so after Julianna, Kenny, Bob and I went to the Island Pub for some pizza and conversation.  Bob and I had a brisk walk down there and enjoyed good food and conversation.  Then we had a brisk walk home.  It's nice to be close enough to do that.  What a fun day full of play.  MJ

Flashback:  The first time that I saw "Little Shop of Horrors" was with Sheri and Momery.  We played hookie form school and went to the movie and I think the library.  It is a fun little memory.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

One year ago . . .

That's right, one year ago Gram and Bob were in surgery.  I am so grateful that both of their surgeries were a success.  Bob says that he doesn't want to remember it at all, I don't blame him.  He did share his experience with a husband of a friend of a coworker of mine.  The husband is having to make the decision to have the same surgery as Bob.  That's what got us talking about this.  Thank you Lord for repairing Gram and Bob's broken bodies.  MJ

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Apple Crisp

This was a delicious first try at making apple crisp - I feel many more attempts being made - maybe a mixed berry crisp - yummy!  MJ

A trip to the "Pumpkin Patch"

Another wonderful Sunday . . . Bob and I went to the "Pumpkin Patch" today.  That would be Juneau's version, which means the front of Don Abel's Hardware, but it was fun.  They have a little spot set up with straw and pumpkins, Bob and I picked ours out.  The bonus was that they were .10 cheaper than at Fred's.  Plus we like this place, the people are friendly and it makes us feel good to spend our money here. 
We also bought a few seeds to plant Ursulla some food.  Check out her blog for further details.
We are enjoying our Sunday.  A little bit of shopping, cleaned our place, picked up our pumpkins and now a little relaxing.  Bob is going to be making me apple crisp, even though he doesn't like it, he's good to me.  MJ

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A lovely Sunday

It was a beautiful day in Juneau the sun was shining and it was warm.  What a lovely Sunday indeed.  Bob and I spent most of the day cleaning, grocery shopping, watching baseball,  and setting up a new space for Ursulla.  We have been very productive.
Steven went home yesterday, so we are back to just being us.  It's a good thing we both just love "being" together.  MJ

Saturday, October 10, 2009

There, all better

Well, at least it's in better order.  I would still like to find a good site with free templates so that I could change it out more often.  The chooses through blogger are pretty boring.  MJ

Friday, October 9, 2009


Well, totally screwed this up.  I thought I would try a new look to our blog and now it is all out of whack!  I have been searching for a site to download free templates, but the couple that I have tried, I just don't get.  Guess I am done for now, if you have any sites that I should try, post the link in the comment section.  In the meantime, enjoy the search for what you are looking for on this thing, I will fiddle with it more later.  MJ

TurtleLuve - Ursulla

Last night we adopted a turtle!  Her name is Ursulla and she is a three-toed box turtle.  I have wanted a turtle for a long time, but I am an el-cheap-o, so a turtle that needed a home was just for me. 
A kiddo I was working with the other day told me that I needed a classroom pet, of course she wanted me to get a rat, not - I don't like their tails!  That same day an email came around that this little turtle needed a home.  I was the first to answer, so she got to come home with us.  Later this weekend we will take her to school and get her all set up for Monday.
Today I will be going to Wee Fishe to look for a new home for her.  We would like to find out how to grow a bit of a natural habitat for her.  That was my thought, Bob was to evict her because the tank she is in is just exactlly what he has wanted for his fish!
Ursulla does have her own blog:  TurtleLuve.  Her blog will be all about her, a three-toed box turtle and also about her good times at school and summer break.  You can find her listed under our blog list to the right.  MJ

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bob - getting ready for game day

Seriously if you could have seen him dancing around to the Michigan fight song, oh my, I couldn't hardly take pictures I laughed so hard! Then they were blurry, which is something Bob gives me crap about all the time, which made me laugh even harder. I wanted to take a video, but he wouldn't let me. These pictures will just have to do . . . MJ

The little brother turns 30

When I think of my brother, I think of . . .
two beautiful children - both sassy and fun, John Deere green, skytrack orange, REDNECK, racing, hardworking, intelligent, sensitive heart, driving fast, LEGOs, hunting, video games, chew, Mama's boy (in a nice way), pool, snowmobiling, when he shows it - a heartwarming smile . . .
I miss him very much, even if he sayd he doesn't miss me! MJ