Friday, July 01, 2016

Summer of 2016

Maybe I should have waited until the 2016 NJEA Convention in November to catch up on this old blog.
It is fascinating to see what I wrote in November of 2012.

What's going on now:
Tom is looking forward to therapy following his torn meniscus surgery. The last few years have been a constant series of medical issues for poor Tom...from bladder cancer to knee replacement and lots more in between. Thank goodness for health insurance and Tom's good sense of humor and acceptance of the daily trials and tribulations of aging.

He just had his first golf outing in months yesterday and was so very happy to be back!

We had a slightly curtailed (as far as movement around Nashville goes) CMA Music Fest trip and are looking forward to our 18th Jamboree in the Hills in a couple of weeks. (Happy 17th anniversary to us on July 10th!)

Jennifer is most likely coming East to visit with Alex, the boys, and us before Alex moves back to England at the end of the month. (Since Jeff's death Alex stayed in Bethesda for awhile, then moved to NYC for a year after Nathan graduated.). Nathan took off to London after graduating, most recently has been working in Madagascar and will be going to the University of Rotterdam in the fall, I hear.
Jackson has finished his second year at Reed College in Portland, OR. I don't know what is happening with him for next semester, but he is currently in VT with a friend, taking a class.

Jennifer is a grandmother (Jassy had a baby, Anayah).
Zoe moved back to San Francisco (after two families' worth of nannying in NYC) to work at another nanny job there.
Caitlin has a new job outside of the animal world.
Cody graduated from college and is in Scottsdale now for his work at a start-up company dealing with a computer related service.

Samantha and Ross moved to Marietta, GA (from Austin, TX) and have three children, the two boys and the newest girl.
Roxanne and Craig are having a baby any second and live in Atlanta, GA. (I tried to get the two families together, but I don't think they ever made contact). There was a zika virus concern since the Forests had been in Brazil, but testing seemed ok.

Brad and Karey have Juni and we were happy to be able to visit with them for two parties, a year apart.

The Goffs: Jonathan still in Israel, working with lots of travel and postings. Sarah has a baby and is with husband Franklin far away, missioning. Isaac and Bethany have a baby and are in TX. Hannah is married to Seth and in AR. (teaching?) Mary Grace is missioning somewhere far away. The other kids are growing up fast, like Joshua with a license....Amy and Matthew (retired) are in AR living with his mother.

Jessica and Matt have Harper.

I am doing ok. :-)



Wednesday, November 07, 2012

And then it was two years later...!

Wow, I just came across this site again after all this time!

This year there is no NJEA Convention because of the terrribly destructive Hurricane Sandy.

We are in Myrtle Beach, having come down for Doug Brewin's wedding to the lovely Jo-Anne Rooney and hanging out in the cold weather here until week's end.

Much has happened in the last two years! Most recently, President Obama was re-elected after a seemingly endless campaign period. (I have to say how disappointed I was in some of my Facebook friends' handling of their opinions during the campaign....aside from the fact that I was floored that so many of them did not share my convictions.)

My brother Jeff, who had recently moved to the Washington, D. C. area with his English family (via Pellham, NY), died suddenly and unexpectedly in February. In April, as we were preparing to leave for CA for a second memorial service for Jeff, we learned that Tom's mother had passed away.
They held up her funeral until after we returned from CA and drove out to AR for her burial, and then on to TX for her memorial service with the Goffs. When we got home, Tom had a follow-up appointment with a urologist who informed us that Tom had bladder cancer. We decided to forego our two weeks vacation in Myrtle Beach to deal with the diagnosis as soon as possible. Tom had the prescribed treatments for the cancer, and by the summer was decared free of any signs of malignancy. He is continuing follow-up/preventive treatments for the next year.

Meanwhile, just when we were considering whether or not Tom could handle the driving and walking for our planned CMA Fest trip in June, I got a phone call telling me that we had won a sweepstakes and would be flown there and bussed to and from the hotel! Perfect!

We have a trip to Florida planned before tax season starts (although my hiring for HR Block is currently in limbo due to the drastic hourly pay rate they offered me. I hope things work out because I studied for months to take (and I passed!) the new IRS required test for professional tax preparers...and I passed two certification level tests, too!)

Zoe graduated from college and moved to NYC with a job as a nanny, although we haven't had an opportunity to visit with her on the E. coast yet. Sue is coming in on the 16th so we are hoping we can head to NYC after her visit with us en route from Washington and the Kayes to Zoe in the city on her whirlwind trip.

Thanks to Sue I am learning to actually understand wordpress website creation and maintenance. I made a practice site in her honor!



Sunday, October 31, 2010

And then it was a year later......

So here I am again, and the Convention is coming up next week. I had a good time last year and intend to go down again by train on Thursday.
This is going to be a busy couple of weeks, actually (so what else is new? When did I ever have time to go to work all those years? LOL).
The biggest fun activity is going to be when we head for Nashville and the CMA Awards show. I won this trip when they picked my name out of thousands of entries from the Greased Lightning booth entered during the June CMA Fest. We are so excited!!!
I'm still doing HR Block ....now third year and a gazillion classes later (Love HR Block and their continuing education!) and CONTACT, and dancing. Now I'm on the Eastampton Recreation Committee, too. I still do the BCEA Website and started a side one for DEA for fun, as well as keeping up with my old colleagues and family with websites. Facebook is huge for keeping in touch as well. I have my own website too.
My other blogs on blogger are: http://teamsallee.blogspot.com  and http://www.rosallees.blogspot.com and another, too.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ending the first decade of the second millenium

So now it is fall of 2009....I went to the NJEA Convention last week--day trip via train--- and had big big fun. My main daily activities these days include tax classes with H&R Block (second year) and phone room volunteering with CONTACT of Burlington County ...oh and let's not forget Facebook....what a trip getting back in touch with fifth graders of yesteryear, now fully grown!

Tom and I love to dance and go to Prospectors frequently. We have a couple of vacations coming up, but not to interfere with tax season (last year Florida, a Carribbean cruise, and three weeks in Hawaii took the foreground, pre-planned, took the bite out of my tax season. We'll see what happens this year)

Jeff and the other London Kayes live in New York now. :-)

Jessica is getting married in March.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Quick jump to July.....

So now it is July and we are embarking for the Jamboree in the Hills next week. How time flies!

We did everything I spoke of in the last post, and have been having a great life! (The stock market is worse than ever, though, sad to say and so is the economy. Gas prices have skyrocketed (currently averaging $4.00 a gallon here in NJ) and home sales have plummeted.

We have plans for Myrtle Beach in August, Jennifer coming East in October, a week in Florida followed by a cruise in January-ish...........three weeks in Hawaii in March-April, and a week in Las Vegas in late April (for the national bowling thing again). We need to figure out a place for like June to do with our banked points in RCI. ...then it will be JITH again...and our tenth wedding anniversary (in 2009) Wow.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Jan. 2008 now...time flies, eh?

I am leaving for Prospectors in ten minutes.
Since my last post, we have been to Myrtle Beach, San Francisco, and Orlando.

We are going to NYC Saturday for a day trip to meet up with Oregon Marc for dinner and a show (and we are bravely taking the train!)
Jan. 26 we head for Ft. Lauderdale for the Prospectors crowd cruise Jan. 27-Feb. 2.
We still need a flight, but we plan to be in Miami Feb. 29 to March 7.
Then a weekend with George and Dor (and Laura and the h.s. too maybe) for Tom's birthday in April.
April will also be Phoenix/Albequerque.
May brings us to Myrtle Beach (and so does August).
July, of course is back to JITH, but this time George and Dor will be there too.
Nice retirement! Love this life! (knock on wood, please!and knock on the stock market, while you're at it!)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Day 3 Jambo

Toby Keith was the highlight of an entertaining and sound filled Jamboree kind of day I had a lot of visits and comments from other JITH attendees as I sat in the sun reading my Harry Potter book (no, I still haven't finished it).
We caught up with the Michelle and Dave crew again, and also the Bill, Jeff, Patrick (without Patrick) crowd. A really nice part of annual attendance at the Jamboree in the Hills is reuniting with all the wonderful people we've met over the years.
Tomorrow is the last day. It goes so fast!
Hello to Doreen, George, and Sam in Disney World!