Sunday, December 12, 2010

Glendale Glitters

Last night I went to Glendale Glitters with Joyce and Carol. It was so fun. I have lived here for over 14 years and have never gone to this! There were so many families out enjoying the food, the lights, the music, the dancers, the stores and a movie in the park.

Monday, November 29, 2010

So Grateful!

I have the most amazing co-workers. I am so grateful for them. I spend most of my days with these ladies and they have seriously been my rock this year and last year. Have you ever met someone or had a friend who accepts you for exactly who you are and where you are in your life?
My co-workers are angels. Thank you my sweet friends.
Carol and I. I met Carol about 14 years ago when we shared a Head Start classroom here in Phoenix. We hit it off right away. She was there when I was pregnant and would toss my cookies at work. After Jack was born, she came over to my house and held Jack so I could take a shower because I was just learning how to take care of Jackie. Over the years we would get together for lunch and now we are working together once again at Washington High School.

Carol left this Christmas tree outside of my house on Saturday night. She must have been inspired because I was dreading decorating for Christmas. I was trying to gear up and decorate for Jack and was having the hardest time. I cried when I saw it on my porch. Thank you Carol.

Joyce, me, Collie and Carol- The wonderful ladies I work with. Love them.

Four Eyes Once Again

After about 10+ years of not having to wear glasses... my lasik has worn off. Dang.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

That is so many levels of....

I had to turn the heat on today! What's up with this crazy Phoenix weather? Or maybe I'm just being a wimp? Anyways.... here's the Jen and Jack update:
* I went to Las Vegas last weekend with one of my friends to see the Bodies exhibit and we also went to see Phantom of the Opera. I missed Bodies when it came through Phoenix so I was super excited to see it finally. It was amazing. I'd go see it again. Our bodies are just incredible. I had never seen Phantom (but have been listening to the music for over 20 years) so that was awesome as well.
* My friend and I were walking through the casino and this guy was talking on the phone and we heard one of the best lines ever. So hopefully I don't shock anyone when I write this... those of you who know me well know that I swear occasionally, even though I really try not to. (this is the swearing warning.... ;) This was the line.... "That is so many levels of shitiness!" We just laughed when we heard it. So funny.
* Jackie is now playing three sports at one time... thankfully football is almost over. He just started varsity basketball and continues to play baseball.
* Jack and I were supposed to go to Utah for Thanksgiving but the weather in Utah was horrible and after waiting in the airport for 6+ hours with no end in sight, we decided to get vouchers and go another time.
* I hit the wall (not literally) about two weeks ago with all the doctor appointments I have to go to. I considered just stopping all my meds and just let fate take over. I just became so overwhelmed with everything. But... I am still taking my meds and going to my appointments because I am a "smart" girl and stopping would be extremely stupid. So- onward....
* After almost a year sabbatical of not regularly working out I am committed to exercising once again. I have never gone this long without exercising and I'm feeling it. I'm ready to feel stronger and just keep myself busy working out.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Baby Owen

My newborn nephew Owen!!! He is absolutely darling, just love that little guy. Here he is with T, his sweet mama.

Big sister Mimi

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More "Old" Pics

Jack and Aunt Beth playing in the leaves on Christmas morning.
Jack, Nana, and I in Central Park

At our 6th Ave. house

Jack and I one Christmas

Jackie at Seaworld

My mom, Jack and I in Cold Spring, NY. That's the Hudson River behind us.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


So I know this is a totally silly post, but here it is anyways. My hair. I have been growing out my hair for a year now. I've also been going blonder and blonder. I am really wanting to cut it off. Just don't know what to do. Serious dilemma. (not really) Whatchya think? This summer (July 2010)

October 2010

November 2010

I was going to go to Jack's football game with my hair like this but thought it might embarrass him (and possibly myself) so I switched to braids. (see above pic.) The thing is... when Jack and I were driving home after the game he said, "you look like a ten year old with your hair like that." Maybe I should wear braids/or pigtails in the privacy of my home!

Jack's Cheering Section

It was one of THOSE weekends where Jack had a football game and a baseball tournament. Brian is so wonderful to go to ALL of the games! (I went to one football game and one baseball game) On Saturday there were 2 baseball games and one football game and so far today (Sunday) there has been 2 baseball games with the potential for 2 more. In case you all didn't know... we love Jack.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Farm

Here are some pictures of our trip to the farm. Sorry I couldn't post any of the kiddos. This is one of my favorite field trips. So fun.

Corn Maze (I'm a shorty)

It was such a beautiful day.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

What's Going On?

Here's what is going on with Jen and Jack...

1. School is back in session. We started back the beginning of August and the year is just flying by. Jack is playing football (pictures below) and playing on a club baseball team.

2. We are going to Utah for Thanksgiving to see my mom (who is still on her mission in SLC) and my brother and his family. I'll also get a chance to see my Rick's friends. Can't wait.

3. I've been reading some teen literature lately. (I guess it's teen literature), Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Animal Farm and the Chocolate War and loving them all.

4. I seem to be somewhat stabilizing (keep your fingers crossed) with my Scleroderma treatment. Thank heavens for the Mayo Clinic. I seriously owe them my life.

5. We have to decide soon on a high school for Jack...I am sooooo nervous for him to go to high school.

That's it for now. We are happy, grateful, and have the most wonderful people around us. Wonderful.

Pop Warner Football 2010

Jack is playing Pop Warner football this year. He plays for the Bears and today they won their playoff game. Here is he on the side line. He caught a touch down pass and also caught an interception. Good Job Jack!
Brian helps out with the chains. He had a shirt made with Jack's number, so cute.

After the game, the two '34's.

Me and Jackers.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rock Climbing

We went rock climbing with our friends, Brent and Addie. Here are some pics of our fun day.
Jack, Brent and Addie

Brent and Addie getting ready to climb the ropes

Jack is getting so tall!

Here I am belaying (hope I spelled that right) Jackie. Jack had no fear and tried so many walls.
That boy is strong. He would even jump to the next foot hold.

All of us tried climbing the ropes.... they looked easy, but were deceiving! Jack made it the farthest, climbing about half way up.

Jr. Life Guard Olympics

Jack was on the Jr. Life Guard team at the Washington pool this summer. Here are some pictures from the "Olympics". Jack won gold medals in CPR and the Passive Relay. Jack loved being in this program and said he was sad it was over. Lots of red swim suits, new pool skills, and great new friends.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Beach and Pool Pictures

Here are some pictures from years past of us swimming or at the beach.
Jack fell in the ocean and we let him run around au natural... shhh... don't tell him I posted this!

Playing in the sand at the ocean

Starting to build a sand castle

All done

We were in Vermont, freezing- I think

Newport Beach


At Luigi's after a day of swimming at Mission Beach in San Diego. Sticky, salty beach hair and everything!