Monday, December 13, 2010

Its one of the worst I've been in...

Now I have to warn you...I've been a really bad mom, cuz my kids have moved around a lot...been in LOTS of school districts!  I know thats really bad! 

By the time Cayla was in 8th grade she'd already been in 8 or more schools.  I know PRETTY BAD!  But she always managed to do good!  It was because we lucked out and got great teachers!  I loved getting teachers that we got really closed with and that really wanted to work with us! 

It was the same with Josh...Hes been in 5 school, Not as many but still....

All these school have been in different school districts...Most of them NOT very good districts, Cartright, Pendergast, Littleton, Tolleson...We are talking some pretty bad districts.....


It is by far the WORST district my children have EVER been in!!! 

I know I'm venting...but if I can't vent here where else can I vent...oh to my hubby, to my mom, to my friend Teresa, to all my other friends, to my family...well I guess I vent a little tooo  much! Oh well, you all can just deal with my venting.  

But really, this last two years in Buckeye district have been unbelievable.  I can't believe some of the things this district allows.  If you knew what I knew you'd been in an uproar! 

I always thought that schools and districts where suppose to have the well being of the children at hand, not there own, but I'm learning first hand that thats not the way it is here.  They don't want any negative publicity so they don't do anything that might cause fire teachers if they can avoid it, or take care of bullying issues!  They have NO problem interview children with the police without calling the parents to notify them about it (yep happened to my kid when he saw someone selling drugs last year...thats only one things thats happened).  I'm telling you this district is messed up!  But I'm sure I don't have to tell most of you! 

Ok, I'll stop my venting, well for now!  But I'm sure I'll write more later, cuz I always do! 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thank you EVERYONE!!

 I just wanted to Thank everyone who helped in one way or another with the Wedding....
It turned out to be a PERFECT DAY with your help!!!

Some of you helped with sewing the dresses...A HUGE thank you to you all!!!!

Some lent us items for the would not have turned out as beautiful without your kindness in letting us borrow things...Thank you to you!

Some helped in Serving and cleaning up...Again, freeing me to be the mother of the bride!...
A Thank you to you!
And a Thank you to everyone that came to BRIDAL was crazy and fun with all of the support Cayla received that day...Thank you everyone!  (But you all didn't eat enough food!!)

And then Thank you to everyone for picking up the slack since I've been a CRAZED MOTHER lately! Your all wonderful to help in one way or another....

And the BIGGEST THANK YOU of all is to ALL of you who have had a hand in helping me raise such a perfect daughter!!! She is who she is today because of all the wonderful people she has had in her life!!

Thank you EVERYONE!!!

The Wedding....

Well the marriage between Cayla Janay and Craig Gassaway went off without a hitch! 
Everyone looked beautiful and the weather was perfect! 

Mr. & Mrs. Craig Gassaway

Its nice to know we can all clean up and look nice once in awhile!  

Cayla made the perfect BRIDE! 

My little PILLS are growing up! 

The wedding party

Yes, that is my little baby girl...all grown up and getting married!

Lets show a little SASSYNESS!!!
She just needed to sit down, so she did! 

In about a week or so you can go on line and check out more pictures from the wedding...just go to In fact you can check out there engagment pictures now, if you'd like to see more!

Thanks to EVERYONE who help make this day happen...without friends and family it never would have happened!  Thank you, you're all AMAZING!!!! 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

We did it...we did it!!!

One of two buildings we climbed

Katie, Teresa, Me and Windy

SO last week was the BIG VERTICAL MARATHON
for the American Lung Association...
and since I'm blogging about it...I must of lived...BARELY!!!
It was a very close call...whether I lived or not...that is!!

The vertical climb was CRAZY!!!  We did Great!!  Me, Teresa, Katie, and Windy!!  We worked hard and we finished something BIG!!  53 flights of stairs and OVER 1200 thats crazy!!!

Our team name...
Yep...that was me and Teresa...we were vertically challenged...Don't laugh, it was true.  We just knew that one of us would fall and drag the other one down with them.  It was just a matter of who was going to do the falling. 
With that in mind, we started training for this a few months ago....
BUT now its back to the gym to train for NEXT year...Anyone want to join was a lot of fun...for a worthy cause....
I know...

View from the top


One daughter...Two boys...THANK GOODNESS....

(photo by Chris at

Its November and the STRESS LEVEL is about as HIGH as you can go right joke it really is!!!  We are going 90 miles an hour at our house, as I'm sure everyone is at this time of year...cuz after all, just in case you didn't know...IT'S THE HOLIDAY SEASON!!!

But lets take the Hansen's craziness up one more level and add Cayla & Craigs wedding!!!  And WOW...My life is MORE NUTS then it already is...yes I know its hard to believe!! 

At this point I can tell you that I have gotten the flowers done...good thing...and all the invitations are done and in the mail...if you didn't get one...I AM SOOOOO SORRY, after all this is my mind we are dealing with and I can't remember my name let alone everyone else....BUT after the flowers and the invitations, I'm just not sure what to do!!!  It's all kind of a BLURR!!!  I'm not sure what I have and what I don't have...heck, maybe I have joke! 

Yes, can we say stressed out about reception and food...YEP...that would totally be me!!! 

Thanks to everyone whos offered to help, but to be honest, with school, church, marathon, and everything else (long story), I'm not sure about how it's gonna look! 

If anything---Cayla will look beautiful...and the flowers will look SO-SO and well...everything else will be...ummmm....well....Just there =)

I'm just glad I only have one daughter and two boys...Thank goodness!!!  

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bridal Shower for Cayla...

We're just weeks away till

Join us for an
her BIG DAY!!!

(photos by        

November 20th

From 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m

At the Hansen Home

24754 W. Jones Way
Buckeye, Az
(photo by

Come and laugh, eat and spend time with Cayla before her BIG day!! 
(photo by
Hosted by:  Jerrea Wilson and Suzi Hansen

Registered at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond! 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Twilight Zone...

Yesterday was the TWILIGHT ZONE day....

These stories are real, the people in them are real, the faces are real. 
If it could happen...and I don't mean in a good way!!! 

So it started out as a typical ordinary day.  I woke up, got the boys up, got dress to go train for the vertical marathon that I'm training for in November...yes, I am really crazy and have lost my mind!!...and headed out the door!!

At the gym, Teresa and I start our stair climb.  You see that's what a vertical marathon is.  53 flights of stairs, 1,272 steps...and we are doing this for the American Lung Association...yes we are CRAZY!  BUT we have made it to 74 flights of stairs...1,5000 steps...oh yeah baby!!!  WE ROCK...and we both have BAD knees...she has had hers re-done and I've broken if we can do it anyone enough on that...well maybe not...but for now! 

So we are at the gym and while we are working out we are talking about all the problems we are having with always seems like we have things happen on Tuesdays and it drives us crazy.  Teresa informs me that we got a bunch of bounced checks back from our fundraiser...ugh...teachers are wanting things about our up coming carnival...ugh...our t-shirt guy completely changed the design we wanted for our carnival t's...ugh...just everything was going wrong...but we were taking time for ourselves and working out!

So we finished early on Tuesday so we could go and order our bountiful basket...cuz the run out fast in Goodyear...then I go and shower.  After I shower I was heading over to a friends to discuss wedding stuff, was running a few minutes late and when I got there she wasn't bad...but while I was there, I get a call from Naomi at the school...Josh got hurt, again, in PE (it's always PE), and they wanted to let me know, cuz it looked kind of bad.  He jammed his finger.  So I told them I wasn't in the area, so could the tape it, ice it, give him drugs and see if he would be ok.  And there you have it.  Off he went to class.  Well I headed over to the school and the called him up front and while I was looking at his finger it doubled in was kind of cool...I called my resident DR...aka...Teresa (flight medic) and she said if it swelling still I should take him in, better safe then sorry.  So off we went to Urgent Care. 

After x-rays...he broke it...not jammed it like I thought, right above the growth plate, in the joint at what they call at 30% brake, which means...we need to see a  much fun! 

Then, Cayla shows up that night to pick Seth up from Cub scouts and drop Josh off at scouts cuz I have meetings and she has a heating pad on her neck and informs me that she hurt herself at work while playing...ready for it..."Duck, Duck, Goose"...she got "Goosed"...she works at a place called the "Little Gym" and when you get "Goosed" you do a roll out and when she did her neck locked up and she couldn't move it and she said it was the worst pain she ever felt...she wanted to scream and cry at the same time, but she was being evaluated and could stop or do anything.  It was pretty bad.

But to add to the whole twilight zone night.  My friend Teresa...She was at football practice for her soon Austin with all her kids when her daughter Syd'a fell riding her biggy until later when she tried lifting her scooter up and she couldn't...Teresa and Ryan (dad) looked at her wrist, cuz she was crying at this point and realized that she might have broken it!  At that exact same time another parent came up to then and said hey your son Austin just got hurt, he jammed his finger.  They ignored the finger, thinking it was no big deal.  So they took Syd'a to the Drs and yep...its broken and they have to see a specialist...then they got looking at Austin and decided to take him in and guess what!!  Thats right...its the exact same break as yep...they have to go see as specialist. 

Well, that leaves two of our kids...Seth and Brenna that didn't get hurt yesterday!  We really feel the need to rap them in bubble packing tape and lock them in a padded room so they wont get hurt.  

Poor Josh, today at school, hit his finger and head and felt it pop...went to the nurse and got more drugs and ice...then tonight...oh boy did he done do it good...I'm thinking they might have to take more x-rays...his whole hand is big now...and he can't even move the tip of his finger now...Seth hit his hand and it took him down!  Oh boy was it bad!!  Josh screamed and Seth felt bad, everyone was crying...Josh is hand is now purple!  Tomorrow at the specialist should be interesting.....

Then I went to church yesterday and...thats a whole nother story that I really can't share...BUT I will's a good thing...THE CHURCH IS TRUE!!   

And you have now LEFT...THE TWILIGHT ZONE!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Funny thing...

DJ comes in this morning and tells me that while he was working the ASU game last night, as a cop mind you, something funny happened...And let me tell you while he was telling me...I did laugh!! 

So he's standing in the street, directing traffic, watching people leave the game...and he notices that some girls are going the opposite way of traffic, back towards the stadium...NO BIGGY he thinks, their not doing anything wrong.

A few minutes later...he has a college student kind of leaning against him...and she looks up at him and asks..."Are you married?"  Of course he answers right away "AH YES!!!"  She says, "thats too bad cuz your really cute!"

Insert me laughing so hard..."laugh*laugh*laugh*laugh"...wait one more laugh..."laugh!!" 

DJ says he looked a little shocked that a college student was hitting on him...and then she walked away! 

After my initial laugh...I said at least my hubby still has it!  Really after all these years, college girls are still looking at him...or was she dared...lets just believe that my hubby still has it!!! 

Have you ever noticed...

...Or maybe you haven't and it's just me (more then likely thats it)...
but have you ever noticed that when your unhappy with yourself...your unhappy with the world! 
 Well, I have cuz thats the state I've been in for a while!!!  Somehow I need to work on my own happiness so that I can find joy around me! 
 Easier said then done!!! 

I really hate being in this funk and I'm sure I'll get out of it...just need to find a better way to deal with my stress then the way I've been dealing!  Cuz the way I'm dealing with it, is why I'm unhappy right now with myself! 

I'm sure everyone gets this way at some point...But then again maybe not...but this is my time (again)...just gotta work my way out of it somehow and work on my self esteem...cuz right now, it's petty much gone!

Thanks for letting me have myself pity party...needed to get it out and now I'm good!! 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Remember when...

...the Prophet said to plant a garden...and remember that is what we did...
Well, here are picks of a garden...I was so excited to get all the food...and we still are...Summer is over and its still going...I LOVE IT!!!  Can't wait til its time to plant again! 

We had cucumbers growing out of our ears....

The pumpkins were growing in the was pretty cool!

Isn't that the cutest little pumpkin you ever did see! 

We had every color of pepper you could think of growing...this is only two was a rainbow of colors!

We're all together...

Its been a few years since the whole family was together....
Theres been times that everyone was up at Kims...except us...
or Kim was down here in Phoenix...but no Dan!  Or visa versa...
So even though it was a sad thing that brought us all together...
It brought us all together! 
Dad, Mom, Kim, Me, and Dan! 
Wish I could see them more...all of them! 

The new addition to the family...

...NO, I'm not pregnant!!!  Are you crazy!!!  How could you even think that. 

Well for those of you that know we have a dog, a black lab...his name is Mickey and well, he's getting pretty old...almost 18 years old.  He's still alive and kicking but we do worry about him....
Soooo we decided to get a second dog...We've always had a lot of dogs until a few years ago, so Mickeys been kind of he has a play mate...
Her name is see we name all our animals from Disney characters and Mia is from Princess Diaries....
She is a little cutie...but I don't think she will ever learn ANYTHING...She drives me batty...oh wait, I'm already batty!

Don't let her cuteness fool you...shes CRAZY and WILD!!

Big Papa!!

Another major event that took place this summer was in June...My grandpa, the kids great-grandpa past away!  James Carroll, know by everyone as Jim past away on Wed., June 2.  The kids have always called him big papa and he was always my boodia.  He was an amazing grandpa who loved his grandkids and great-grandkids to death.  When little kids saw him they always thought he was Santa Claus cuz he had the big beard and even bigger belly. 

His funeral was very special...we got to see something that not many people get to experience...a 21 gun salute...Grandpa use to be in the Navy, so my mom was able to arrange for this to happen. 

Here is my Uncle Denny, Uncle James, my brother Dan,
my cousin Anthony, DJ, and my dad.

It was very hot and bright out...but I think the
glasses help hide the tears.

Ok, I know hes sideways, but I didn't rotate the pics before I added them...sorry!
The playing to Taps!!! 

Here they are explaining the purpose of the 21 gun salute

Again I didn't rotate...sorry

The 21 gun salute

The folding of the flag

Presenting it to my Grandma

Now I don't recommend having funerals to anyone...
But it was a very nice family reunion...
just about everyone in the family was able to come and
say one last good-by to boodia.
Grandma and Uncle Denny. Denny came down from VA

Aunt Carrie (down from WA), grandma, Aunt Stacy, Mom and Uncle Denny...
Uncle Mark and Aunt Robbin couldn't make it...they were missed

Josh and Tristin...
Josh has taken grandpas passing very hard...
He still gets upset every now and then.

Kim was able to make it down from ID

Seth and Caleb

Grandma with best friend Dawn

Two sisters...stricking a pose

Kim with her favorite neice...wait isn't Cayla her only neice on this side of the fam...hummm

Mom and dad...
Mom was so stronge during these last few months with grandpa. 
It was a very hard time for her.

Trish, Caleb and Dan were able to make it down from WA

Ahhh, I really do love my baby brother....