Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Got texts from Drew in the middle of the nite last nite that he was at the ER with an extreme sore and swollen throat.  He was diagnosed with severe strep and given antibiotics and steroids.  We are all falling apart.

Bath time

Ahi is such a good dog when it is bath time.  She stands perfectly still, gets a good scrubbing and then enjoys a good toweling off.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Grace took a knee to the back of the head while playing goalie yesterday and came out of the game with a concussion.

She went down and didn't move for a couple seconds and I knew something was more serious then normal.  We have a doc on the team who went down to the field first and while she continued to lay there I decided it was time for the mama to show up on the scene.

By the time I got down there she was getting up and walking off the field.  I asked the doc if she was oriented and she said yes.  I asked Grace if she lost consciousness - no.  I asked Grace if she knew what day it was - Sunday.  The doc asked if she knew the score of the game - 1 to 0.  I would have failed because I thought it was tied 1 to 1!

She sat down and we continued to check her out.  She for sure had a concussion.  She watched the rest of the game from the side lines and then we went home and watched her closely for symptoms.  She had headache, nausea, cognitive fogginess.  I checked on her in the middle of the nite and her nausea was gone but she was having trouble sleeping.

Today her headache is a little better but she is foggier and dizzy.

We are following the latest concussion protocol - resting the brain.  That means no electronics, tv, phone, reading or studying.

We will also keep her out of PE and soccer for at least a week.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mallard Ball

Drew and Amanda off to a dance that requires you to wear camo -- the perfect dance for them!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chile Rellano Casserole

Here is a long time family favorite that we try not to make too often because it is not even close to being healthy!  But boy is it yummy!   Mari asked for the recipe so I thought I would post here so we would always have it handy!

Chile Rellano Casserole

1 large can of whole green chilies
1 lb of shredded jack
1 lb of shredded cheddar
6 tsp flour
1 can evaporated milk
3 eggs
Heat oven to 350

Remove seeds from chilies, open them up and pat dry.

Mix together 6 tsp of flour, 1 can of evaporated milk, 3 egg yolks, cheese

Beat three egg whites until stiff and fold into the flour/milk/egg yolk/cheese mixture.

Alternate/layer chilies and cheese mixture in 9 by 13 casserole dish.  Bake 1 hour covered.  Top with salsa (maybe a cup?).  Return to oven and cook 30 mins uncovered.

Monday, October 13, 2014

U of A Football Game

The crown in the Zona Zoo

The U of A vs USC football game was the highlight of the weekend.  We sat in the Zona Zoo (the student section) and sat with Kayla and her family. 

Before the game we walked all thru the tailgating section which was huge.  And then we ate some dinner - which was a good thing because we needed the energy since we stood up the whole game - constant cheering and screaming!

View from the Zona Zoo

Parents Weekend - U of A

Missy and Drew

On the way to the airport
Our first Family Weekend at Universtity of Arizona was all we thought it would be and MORE!  We were in Tucson for a total of 48 hours and squeezed in as much as we possibly could. 

We started Saturday morning with a tour of Kayla's sorority house which was really nice and we were glad we got to see it.

Then we went over to the dorms to visit Drew, his room mate Luke and their "new" room mate, Chad, who us living under Drew's bed.  Chad, Luke and Drew all went to high school together and are having fun living together in AZ.  Chad doesn't really live there.  His room mate's girlfriend is in town so he is staying with Drew and Luke.  But they are having so much fun I expect it will be an on and off thing all year.  We told Chad's dad that we expect a rent payment.

Next, we hooked up with Chad and Luke's families and toured the campus.  We did some shopping, ate some lunch and walked around.

Then we split up with the boys heading back to their room, Luke's family going back to their hotel and us and Chad's parents stopping for a drink and some snacks at a Mediterranean restaurant.   Everyone needed to rest up for the football game.

Us, Chad's family and Luke's family

Luke, Chad and Drew

Seriously - why do I live with these tall people?

Tina, Kayla and Marty

We all traveled in a pack and stopped for lunch

Luke and Jim in the boys room

Took a little time to rehydrate

Kayla and Drew - friends since they were newborns

Chad and Drew - former soccer team mates

Notice Chad's bed located under Drew's bed


At Target

Marty misread the invitation to "Family Weekend at U of A" and thought it said "Go to Arizona and play dress up weekend"!  I don't understand the confusion.

At the game!

Guitar Lessons

William is getting guitar lessons.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Roy's 78th Birday

What's a birthday celebration without a little sushi and saki bombs.  Keeping with tradition, we went to Ariake's for Roy's 78th birthday,

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Licorice Update

Looks like Licorice is going to make it!  She is being matched with her person on October 28 and then will go thru training and graduate on Nov 7.

Lazy Susan

I love, love, love my new lazy susan made out of wine barrels.