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Mum likes reading, decorating, shopping with the girls, and Starbucks. She also feels funny writing in the 3rd person. Papa (also known as Sparky) is currently looking at me with a blank stare having asked him to add something about himself to the blog. (Now he wants to say something) The only thing he loves more in life than music and Coke is his wife and kids. (Awww...) :) Little Lotte is a genius on the computer and makes me fall over laughing every day with her quick wit. She loves computers and animals. Sweet Pea abandoned her family and moved to Phoenix for work and is now married as of 2/28/06. She is beautiful and smart and the most nurturing person I know. She gave me the greatest gift ever when she made me a grandmother. I am the proud Mum Mum to Andrew Christopher. There are no words to describe the joy of having a grandson!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My Secret Crush.... (Don't tell Johnny)

Monday, July 28, 2008


Little L Here. *COUGH**COUGH*

Today is mommy's BIRTHDAY!!! WOOHOO!!

To celebrate, here is OVER 9000 birthday macros!

And on made by yours truly



Little L

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

And I totally forgot to mention the volcanoes!!!

I wrote this little story for my sister to explain my lack of a birthday gift to her. Do you think she will buy it?! :-)

Picture yourself on a tropical island.
Now picture the waves gentle pushing against the sand.
Imagine beautiful seashells lining the shore.
You walk towards the sunset when suddenly you feel something sharp under your foot. You look down. It's bleeding!!! A stupid seashell has sliced through your big toe! Seagulls are gathering, ready to pick at your open, oozing wound!! You try to run but your toe is bleeding profusely! You limp, crying in agony, the pain traveling the entire length of your leg as you struggle with every step to get off the sand which is invading the cut and making it sting with the pain of a thousand bees!

You finally reach your car, only to realize you don't know where your keys are! Little children run scared, seeing the trail of blood you have left behind. You begin to feel dizzy. You stumble into the car door and bang your head, suffering a horrendous head injury that causes you to lose your memory.

You wake up in a strange hut, surrounded by natives of the island. They don't speak your language but they are licking their lips and there is a very large kettle on the fire. You scream and try to run but your toe is now the size of a small porcupine. The natives close in on you when you mercifully lose consciousness.

*** And that is why I am not sending you airline tickets to Hawaii for your birthday! I love you too much to do that to you!!!!! Love, M :-)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I'm a liiiiiiittttllle busy these days...

10 hour days are days when I leave work early! :-)

But I love it. I really do. I just have a lot to do. Opening the new school means I have to create or recreate everything that other people in my position at other schools already have in place. So lots of borrowing, copying, emailing, begging, more copying, ordering, advising, meetings, meetings, meetings, trainings, learning, learning, learning! Plus I am not just in the elementary school but I have 2 middle schools! I just found out the princip*l and the officer manager get a stipend for the extra load of the middle schools. I am thinking it's time to re-negotiate my contract!

Speaking of education, this sign was at the Phoenix Farmer's Market when we took Sweet Pea a few weeks ago.

Have you always keeped your eggs in the fridge?! :-)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Because there's nothing else to do in Arizona...

We know how to support the economy in Az. We are only losing one store! :-)

Starbucks by state
Here's a breakdown, state-by-state of the roughly 600 company-owned stores that Starbucks Corp. is closing in 44 states and the District of Columbia:

Alabama: 12

Arkansas: 8

Arizona: 1

California: 88

Colorado: 9

Connecticut: 5

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tour de France

I hate the fans. Seriously, hate.

IN fact, they are NOT fans or they wouldn't be in the way of the riders, waving flags that literally COVER the face of the riders, forcing the riders to duck and madly dash to avoid injury from some freak in a cape.

It's not a football game or Mardi Gras. I understand wanting to cheer on the team or rider, but they put the riders in so much danger. And to be out of the race that you have trained and trained and trained for, all because some nut job in a polka dot cap and giant finger "accidentally" WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FREAKIN' road, just SUCKS.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cah razy week

New job at school. I work with teachers. I work in the assessment/curriculum department at my school. I put in no less than 14 hours each day last week, with one day being from 6:30 am until 9:00 p.m. I was so ready for an ANDREW fix this weekend and that's exactly what we did!

I'll have to take an after of my office. I pictured it with beautiful curtains and plates, etc. Hahahahaha. Good thing I had Monday to move in! :-) I have papers EVERYWHERE but I stole borrowed a filing cabinet from an empty office and will try to get all the papers filed some time this week.

I bought a book this weekend, "How Full Is Your Bucket" and I am excited to read it. I am an empathetic person and that can backfire on me if not handled correctly. I tend to want the person who is talking to me to feel like I hear them and I understand. But if they are being negative, that mirroring in our conversation can either sound negative or feed into their negativity. I am hoping this book will make me more aware of that and pause before responding so that I can turn it into a positive while still empathizing with the person.

Here are my favorite Baby Roo photos from the weekend as well as a beautiful picture of our campus. Notice the beautiful clouds on the moutains. We've been enjoying the monsoon rains!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Little L here! I made this video today during my oh-so-productive summer, and mom and dad died laughing. So mom insisted I post this video here.

This is the first thing I thought of when I heard Dory go "STOP!"

-Little L!

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Monday, July 07, 2008

My New Office

Some photos of before and during... not done yet so no after photos until the end of the week!

And then my husband did the most amazing thing. He showed up at my office at 5:30 p.m. with flowers for me (the pink ones) and flowers for my principal ( she got the yellow ones). THIS MAN KNOWS HOW TO SCORE!!!! She was beyond thrilled. We were all so tired, so exhausted - opening a brand new school takes all kinds of crazy energies and schedules. And my Sparky walked into her office saying, "Is the principal here?" Which was so cool because she naturally thought someone wanted something from her, as has been the case all day ( all year!) and then he pulls these flowers out and puts them on her table and walks away towards my office. She was so excited! She loved them! And I love mine. THANK YOU SPARKY!!!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!

Saturday, July 05, 2008


Friday, July 04, 2008

4th of July (Photos from trip to Philly, Oct. 07....)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Philly Sistah

Yesterday, Little L and I went to the movies to see Baby Mama. It's dollar day on Tuesdays. How great is that?!

We had a blast although I think I enjoyed the movie a little more than Little L did. The plot was cute and predictable but I like that. I love Tina Fey's sense of humor. She doesn't try to be funny, she just is. She writes the way I think. So I find it great comedy. Steve Martin was in the film and I started laughing before he even opened his mouth. His very PRESENCE makes me lose it and I was the only one in the theater holding my mouth so the laughter wouldn't spill out in loud echoes while everyone concentrated on what he might say that was funny. I have loved Steve since I was 14 and it never changes. He could have not spoken a single word in this film and I would have been in stitches.

Now my Sistah, Tina Fey is from Upper Darby, a suburb a Philly, while I am from Chester, a ghetto suburb of Philly. :-) The movie had lots of references to Pa....

Tastycake binges, a visit to get a cheesesteak, the Philly skyline and some other things. It was like taking a trip back home without the airfare! And Tina Fey has the greatest glasses and can dress like no ones business. She wears a lot of black and white, a few muted jewel colors. Classic heels and the perfect hair round out her look which I always strive for but never achieve. Oh well, it's good to have a role model to aspire to!

I know I am always talking about my Irish roots because of my grandfather on my father's side and my grandfather on my mother's side both being Irish but it has really stayed with me since reading about my paternal grandmother being from Philly and tracing both sides of her mom and dad all the way back to 1725 in Philly. That is a LONG TIME to be in one city! How I wish I could ask questions, find out where exactly they lived, how they lived, what they did for a living. I can't help but picture my paternal grandmother a bit like the character Rose from the movie Titanic. They way Rose was a little bit of a rebel and fell in love with a young, Irish lad. That is what my Grandmother Rebeccah Copple did! She married Thomas McNulty and they apparently moved to a suburb of Philly - Wallingford/Springfield. My father told me that she died in childbirth when my dad was about 3 years old. I don't even have a face -- a picture -- to assign to her but I think I understand her spirit.