Goldfield Ghost Town

>> Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Yesterday was Memorial Day, and our friends the Campbell's wanted to go check out Goldfield Ghost Town in Apache Junction. We've never been and it sounded like a fun way to spend the day!

Here is a panoramic view of the town. Back in the 1890's this town was booming!! This mine was the richest gold producing mine in the nation in it's day. And the town reached 1,500 in population!! The mine was successful for 5 years until the the area was hit with a major Monsoon and the mine flooded. There were several unsuccessful attempts to reopen the mine, until the acting governor George Young brought in new mining methods and equipment. The town flourished again for another 5 years until one day they hit an aquifer and the mine flooded this day it is still underwater! We were told they pulled out a total of 6.2 tons of gold in all!!!

 These Wild West Buckaroos can't wait to strike it rich! :)

Maybe one of these jailbirds will sing like a canary!! LOL!

They had a little museum you could walk through for just a few dollars. They had all sorts of mining  objects and history you could read about. They also had biographies about several popular miners in the area. It gave you a pretty good idea of how they lived their day to day life.

A favorite past time! They didn't have television back then!! LOL!

We thought this was a pretty cool find!

Who doesn't love Doc Holiday?? :)

I've been dying to take the kids down to Tombstone for the past year or so. Seeing this really made me want to go soon. Maybe we can head down in a couple of weeks!! :)

It was a really nice day out but it's always nice to cool down a bit with some ice cold slushies! :D

We took a tour of the mine. It's not the actual stated above it's under water..but it's a nice little re-creation to give you an idea of what conditions these men were exposed to day in and day out. We were told they were given 1 gallon of water and 3 candles for a 12 hour shift. If either one ran out before the end of their shift they did without. They had an hour for lunch but since light was such a commodity they ate in pitch black! 

He also told a story of a man who was caved-in in the mine twice. On his second cave-in he was down there for 13 days!! All he had with him was his gallon of water and his 3 candles. He went in weighing 150lbs. and came out weighing 90lbs! That is a 60lb loss!!!! He survived by rationing his water and eating his candles. Back then candles weren't made out of beeswax (which you should not eat) they were made out of tallow which is basically animal fat. After that he retired from mining and moved to England. He was there about a week or two and then he was shot to death....crazy!!


Next we headed over to the train!

It's a 36 gauge train that takes you around a mile and half loop. It was a bit slow and the narrator was definitely ready for his shift to be over. There was zero enthusiasm..LOL! Eli said he really enjoyed it though! :)

It was almost closing time so we took some fun pictures as we headed out. 

Men....or Children....??? Hard to tell!! Cracks me up!! :D

If it's good enough for's good enough for them! Some of their faces are priceless! Hahaha!

Dara and I saw that they might need some new talent!

They guys must have seen us going in! :P

I've never seen them run so fast! Hehehe!

It was a fun day with great friends. It's been a while since we've gotten our families together. We need to do it again soon! :)


Walker's 6th Grade Graduation!

>> Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 It's been an exciting 7 years at Settler's Point Elementary School and today it all came to an end for one Mr. Walker Samuel Kitch!

The Invitation..

The Program...

All of the 6th Grade Parents, family, and friends piled into the Cafeteria and anxiously waited....
Class of 2018! The year they will graduate High School!
We were all on pins and needles waiting for the ceremony to begin! As I sat there the memories over the years just rushed into my mind and I thought about how much he has grown. Those years in Elementary School really shape them as a student. I thought about his first day of school, as I walked him up to the playground to meet his teacher. It is the first experience he had leaving Mom and Dad. It's scary and exciting all at the same time. Tears were shed by parents but not necessarily child, :)  and then the rest is history!

Walker has always LOVED learning. He has that God given gift of retaining everything he's taught, reads, and hears. He's been a straight 'A' student since Kinder! He amazes me daily with facts and information he's learned! He never seems to satisfy his hunger for learning! He's a genuinely kind, caring and compassionate young man as well. Every teacher has told us what a joy he is to have in the classroom. Walker is funny and outgoing and loves to make others laugh. He always puts others first and would do anything for his friends! I am one PROUD Momma! :)

OK..I'll try to stop gushing...:P

The waiting was finally over and the ceremony began.

Mrs. Anderson, his 6th grade teacher, did the honors of presenting his class with their diplomas. His name was called, "Walker Kitch!" It is official!
What a handsome guy!

Before the ceremony began, Mrs. Moore the Principal, asked that everyone wait until the end to applaud. The GIANT smile on Walker's face is because Grandma in the midst of dead silence yelled from the far back of the Cafeteria...."WAY TO GO WALKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" ....You gotta love Grandma...LOL!!

Our Graduate!!!

Let's take a closer look at that gorgeous diploma! :)

What an exciting day for our family! Walker we are so happy for you son! It's been an awesome 7 years of hard work and dedication! You are an amazing young man and we are thankful to have you in our lives. We love you!!! Now let's take that straight 'A' streak into Jr. High!! :D

Congratulations Walker!!!!

Walker's request for dessert was to have a really, really, really, awesome cheesecake OR a really, really, really, awesome pie. I think it's easier to find a great cheesecake than cheesecake won! :P Oh and according to Walker cheesecake should be called cheese'pie' cuz it has a crust...cakes don't have a crust! LOL! He cracks me up! So I guess he got BOTH!!! :D

The Diploma!

 Walker we know as this door closes behind you, a new and exciting one lies ahead! You are going to do great things in your future! 

Watch out South Valley Junior High....Walker is coming your way!!! :D


We've Got Joy!!!

>> Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The day has arrived and our little angel has graduated from her 2nd year of Joy School!!!!!

I can't tell you how much I absolutely LOVE this program. The curriculum teaches so many important and fundamental life lessons. They learn about obedience, how to make decisions, and how to be spontaneous. They study their bodies, how to share, and give service. They gain knowledge on how to keep things in order, set and achieve goals, how to be curious, and trustworthy. They learn how to be honest and express their feelings, use their imaginations and creativity. They are also taught how each one of them is different and unique. And they learn how important they are to their families and how much their family means to them.

 It gives the children the foundation they need so they can learn about themselves and build self confidence. They learn about each other and how their actions affect those around them. They also learn about this amazing world God has created for all of us. And most importantly, how they can have JOY each and every day! 

If you have to opportunity to do this program with your child I "HIGHLY" recommend it! I have been blessed to teach all 3 of my children now, and each time it has been an enriching and wonderful experience with each one!!!

Alayna has been waiting on pins and needles for this day to come! She was SOOO excited to get her diploma! :D

From left to right: Emma, Hailey, Emmy, Alayna, Lola, and Ava (who is missing).

 This was our J.S. Class this year..minus one. One of the girls was too sad J.S. was over she didn't want to go up and stand. I have to admit I agree with was bitter sweet!

These two girls are inseparable! They absolutely adore each other! I love how they make each other laugh! :)

After their performance and receiving their diplomas, the girls had donuts and muffins and got some time to look through the year books I made them, and signed each other's books. It was such a fun time! 

Watch out Kindergarten Alayna is heading your way!!! :D Congratulations baby girl! We are so incredibly proud of you!!!!!

Left to right: Lola, Hailey, Emma, Ava, Emmy, & Alayna
Here is a picture I took last week of all the girls together...No one is missing this time! :D


Walker Got Braces!

>> Monday, May 14, 2012

Walker has been waiting a very long time to get braces. He unfortunately inherited my horrible teeth. Our mouths are too narrow, and we have serious over crowding. I took him for a consultation about a month ago and the Orthodontist (who I LOVE and was my Orthodontist a few years ago :) ) said it was time!!!

I'm pretty sure he's been counting down the days since we left the office that day. He's been sooo excited to finally get them...and today was the day! :)



Doesn't he look great!?!!!! :D He's on his way to a wider, straighter, beautiful smile! 

The treatment plan said he'll have to wear them for 2 years, which is pretty fast! Dr. Frost uses a new type of braces called Damon Braces. They are free sliding and they do not use bands around the bracket.  Because of this there is less friction and the teeth move much quicker...and they don't hurt as much. :)

The Orthodontist also gave us a bit of cool news...he said he thinks the braces will open up his mouth enough that it will help with his lisp. We were SUPER excited about that extra news! :D


Walker's Academic Night

>> Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Walker has made it to Academic Night every year he was able to qualify! 

 This is his 3rd year in a row! 

Way to go you brainiac!! :D You should be proud of all of your hard work. We are! :D


Day 8...It's So Hard to Say Aloha!

We spent a magical week in Hawaii. It was blissful! But all things must come to an end and we had to say Aloha!

But before we left I captured a little of the beauty.....

Happy 15th Anniversary Babe! What do you say.....Italy next time???!!! :D


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