Valley Christian High School Class of 2011

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It is hard to believe where all the years have gone…but May 26th we celebrated Ally’s graduation ceremony for Valley Christian High School! I had the privilege to make the commencement address and to be able to hand her her diploma. Pretty special night for a father!

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Here are three out of four of the most special women in my life! I am so proud of my girls. I am blessed with an incredible wife..and now these girls have grown to be women that I am so proud to be called their daddy! It truly does not get better than this.

 

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Here is my mom and Ally, the other woman in my life …she has always been there for me. She is a rock for our family! Mom, your family adores you!

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My Dad and Allyson, sharing the moment. It is rare to get a picture without coercion to get my Dad to smile. Which is funny because he always is smiling an telling jokes non-stop! Then of course, here are these two beautiful sisters!

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Darren , Denise and the Pitts family are always there for me. He is closer than a brother and always has my back! He has been my business partner for 15 years. Love this family!

 

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Kathryn has been there with Allyson through the ups and downs of grade school and High School.  She has been there every moment since the early days at Grace Community Christian School.  She is what you want in a friend. She models love.  No matter what, Allyson could depend on her to be there for her.   I am so excited these girls are heading off to Texas together to attend different colleges! They will continue their closeness as the suit-mates  that Ally is rooming with at Baylor are best friends with the girl Kathryn is rooming with at Blinn in College Station!

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What a blessing Grace Community Christian School was to our family. These kids, McKenzie, Chandler, and Jeff Reinhart have grown up together! I am glad they are part of Ally’s lives as they are some my favorites!

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Jeff , Kathryn and Ally, What a delight this young man has been to our family. He has made us laugh too many times to count over the past decade. Jeff, we are proud of you!

 

 

 

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VCHS Prom 2011

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Jeff Frost and Allyson all dressed up to go to the Valley Christian High School Junior Senior Prom.

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I am not really sure who these girls are in this photo?

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Kathryn and Allyson have been life long friends since second grade at Grace Community Christian School. Ladies you are definitely beautiful young women. Next year…college in Texas together!

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This is my favorite picture of the photoshoot. Kathryn, Ally and McKenzie…so proud of how you guys have grown to be such quality young ladies! You guys are beautiful on the inside and out!

 

 

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Flying Time

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I had the opportunity to go flying with my friend and Pilot Steve Sasso Saturday to enjoy a quick breakfast down towards Tucson.  I forget how much I enjoy altitude as long as there is no in-climate weather!

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This space seems more Man Cave than a hangar. Quite the comfortable and well stocked surroundings. I still think it needs a 50  inch HDTV!

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This was the mural on the restaurant wall…a valiant scene from World War I. The aircraft above are at a airplane grave yard, called Pinal Air park.  It is now a mothball site for many commercial airliners.In the picture below you can see an aerial photo taken before we landed…we flew over a Shopping Center that was one of our Cypress Equities developments in 2006. My partners and I did a built-to-suit for Mervyn’s. We sold it in 2007 at the top of the market before Meryvn’s went bankrupt. (Thank goodness!) We have now released it to two of our clients Hobby Lobby and Mega Furniture. I took this picture hanging out on the strut! Kidding ..I mean the window!

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Coming in for a perfect landing and a great morning!

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Father Daughter trip heads to New York City!

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Courtney and Dad head to New York City to watch some Broadway Shows and spend some time together. Courtney first passion for Theatre started with her all time favorite show Phantom of the Opera! Courtney gets the big call form her agent! “They want me to start when?”

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Hanging out in Central Park….Courtney looks like a natural here!

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If it were not for the guy in the ball cap…you would not be able to tell what year this picture was taken. The Carriage rides in Central Park are truly an adventure that everyone should experience at least once in the city.

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All Good Clay Smells Like Rain

On March 3, 2011 my family was invited to attend an exhibition featuring the Adele Cheatham Collection of Maricopa Potters at the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix. My grandmother Adele, (who has since passed away) would  take me as a child to the Maricopa settlements near the Estrella mountains South of Laveen on the Gila River Indian community  to buy pottery. As a small boy, I had the privilege to meet Ida Redbird (1892-1971), one of the most famous native potters. I remember being allowed to pick out several pieces for my own. I also remember being in awe of the native houses (Hogans) made of mud and wood and the quiet women who practiced the pottery-making process as it  had  been  for centuries. Each of the pieces were uniquely conceived and beautifully crafted.

The special clay for making pottery is dug from deposits in the ground, crushed, mixed with water, kneaded and cured.  The pot base is molded and the rest is built up from ropes of clay. The post are finished by smoothing and polishing. Firing takes place outside, using a metal container to minimize fire clouds, fueled by local woods, such as mesquite or cottonwood.

This glowing fire of coals was a live  exhibit to show the process. The Pee Posh (Piipaash) native Americans sang native songs and showed how to fire the pottery. Today the art is dying out with only a few artisans left to carry on the ancient practice.

One of the most amazing permanent exhibits at the Pueblo Grande Museum (pointed out by my daughter Ally) is the huge map that displays over a 1000 miles of canals that crisscrossed the Valley of the Sun dug by hand with prehistoric stone tools. The longest canal was 16 miles long leading from the Salt River. The deepest canals were 50 feet wide and larger than the current canals that are used in modern times by Salt River Project. The Hohokam were the only prehistoric group in North American to construct large irrigation networks to water their crops of corn, squash and beans.The red circles portray villages and communities that archeologists have unearthed and documented over the century.

My favorite story, is revealed  in the photo on the bottom right. Here on the display, was the community  that archeologists  today call Los Muertos. In the late 1870′s,  a team was sent out from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC to study these ruins. What they found was thousands of skeletal  remains in this location. The archeologists 130 years ago named the site “El Ciudad del Muerto.”  (The City of the Dead)   In the early 1900′s, the site was leveled and farmed. Today, it is the executive estate homes called Circle G Ranches at Price and Warner Roads in South Tempe. (I have several friends that live there.)  From the beginning of construction in the 1970′s, there were rumors that many of the  homes were haunted. Most homeowners have no idea the ancient townsite that their homes were built on.

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May 24, 2011 - 2:14 pm

Ron Carlos - I love the firing pic… Beautiful!
FYI: I was the potter doing the firing demo that night.

March 15, 2011 - 8:54 pm

cheatham - Dave,,it is like being there..so wonderful..thanks, mom

March 15, 2011 - 9:24 am

Nao - I love this post…the history, the photos…and the TITLE tells a story in itself! Thanks for sharing, Dave.

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