Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Meet the teacher

Today my baby met her Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Cammack. She is sooooo excited to start school. My little girl is all grown up, almost. I'm not just a teacher anymore...I'm a teacher with a child going to school now. I'm excited too.

Sitting in her desk. She's in the 2nd row for now.

Sitting up tall. We practiced.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Catching Up

Ok, so I've been HORRIBLE about updating this blog lately. I guess motherhood keeps me busy among my other callings in life. Updates on the family....Jake is still working as a Network Administrator, hates the commute but it pays the bills. He's redoing our sprinkler system in the backyard before it gets too hot in the Arizona summer. He just got a new calling in church as the 13 year old Sunday School teacher. I, Alisa, am in my 13th year of teaching. This is my 7th year teaching 2nd grade, but am excited to be moving to 1st grade next year. Looking forward to a challenge. I have two new callings in our ward, well one is just an "assignment" which is to be on the Girls' Camp Committee, and my official one is Cub Scout Committee Chair. It's quite funny because when I got released as Primary Secretary I said I would never accept a calling in YW or Scouts, well after several months of having no calling look at me now. I'm actually excited for some change in my life. Zowie is just growing sooooo fast. Just recently Jake and I were talking about how much her vocabulary has increased and how much of a talker she has become. She has made leaps and bounds since she has become a part of our forever family. We love her so much! She wants a baby brother or sister so much and prays daily for them, without our mentioning it. I asked her one day if she asked Heavenly Father when her new baby brother or sister was coming. She said, "Yes, he said "Behold, be patient."" She loves having the missionaries over for dinner, loves loves loves her chickens, and loves singing primary songs. She says that one day she's going to marry Peter Pan, in the temple. She says the cutest things.

We got some new baby chicks born on March 17, 2011. We got 9, crazy I know, but so fun. 3 New Hampshire Red, 3 Barred Rocks, and 3 Buff Orpingtons, all brown egg layers. We'll be extending our current coop where 2 full grown hens live right now to make room for more.

Zowie's first sport other than dance. She had a short 7 week soccer season, but she learned a lot. She really came a long way from a stander and starer to a runner and trying to get the ball. She was sad when it was over, so we'll be signing her up again in the Fall.
Zowie kicking the ball

For Zowie's 5th birthday, I made 2 cupcake cakes. I started running out of time and had to finish them pretty quick, so they aren't as good as I wanted them to be. This one is a flower with skittles and licorice.

This one was suppose to be a turtle, but couldn't make the shell the way I wanted to because of time so used skittles instead.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Breakfast with Santa

Our ward had a Breakfast with Santa. We had yummy pancakes, sausage, doughnuts, muffins, and bagels. It was very nice. They had several teams doing a gingerbread making contest. Zowie helped of course......eating the candy. She does that very well!!!

We got to wear our jammies!!

Waiting in line to see Santa. She got impatient.

Finally!!! This year she got more into Santa.

Telling Santa that she wants a Barbie truck, one that she can drive herself. Not gonna happen, it will be much smaller....for her barbies!!

My beautiful girl!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010


We went to Trunk or Treat Saturday night this year for Halloween. We did the "Wizard of Oz" theme this year.

Dorothy and the Wicked Witch

The cutest Dorothy EVER!!!!

Toto and Dorothy

Jake wasn't able to get the Tin Man costume put together in time, so he's the "Wizard"

Zowie wasn't scared of me and she even kissed me. That was a surprise. Who would want to kiss this face?!?!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Our chickens are getting bigger!! One of our Rhode Island Reds started laying eggs!! Jake and Zowie were taking a nap. I went outside to check on the chickens and found our first egg. I was soooo excited that I woke Jake up and showed him. When Zowie came down from her nap, I told her about the egg. She got dressed and went outside herself to go check the chickens. She came back inside excited and yelling, "Mom, I got an egg." Sure enough, there was another egg. She loves checking to see if there are eggs. We'll see how long that lasts.

This is Chicken Nugget, the one that's laying eggs

Chicken Nugget is in the back. Lady Speckles is the Gold Laced Wyndotte in front of her.

The white one is Freckles, the Delaware. We have another Rhode Island Red named Toodles.

Here's the first egg!!!

Land Owners

We bought almost 41 acres of land in St. Johns. We've never made an investment like this before and it's exciting!!! There are large Juniper trees, but no pine, bummer. Oh well. It's at 6000 feet elevation and it gets some snow in the winter. A nice place to get away in the summer.

We saw this huge hole in the ground. We think rabbit, but not sure.

There was a game trail through our land also. We saw elk/deer/cow droppings and foot prints everywhere.

There's also a ton of Indian pottery everywhere!!! I love it.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dance Class

A gal in our church who lives close by teaches dance classes for the little ones. So we decided to put Zowie in it and see if she likes it. We want to expose her to many sports and activities including music (my husbands area) and see what she likes the most. Miss Lindsay teaches her once a week for about an hour. I love that she teaches her ballet, tumbling, cheer, and tap all in that same hour. It keeps the kiddos interested with their attention span so small. So far, Zowie seems to enjoy it.

the warm-up


uh oh, she caught me, more ballet