In The News

There hasn’t been much going on with us, but the world has been very busy this week! I just wanted to document some of it so we can remember this time in our lives.

Saturday SpaceX & NASA had a history making day!

The last time the United States launched humans into space from American soil was in 2011, when the last space shuttle made its final voyage into orbit.

Since then, NASA has relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to and from the International Space Station. That has become increasingly expensive and limited US access to the station.

“This is a dream come true. In fact, it feels surreal. If you’d asked me when starting SpaceX if this would happen, I’d be like, 1% chance, 0.1% chance.”- Elon Musk

Also on Saturday we had an early monsoon roll through and it was wonderful!! The temps have already been well over 100 degrees for the last week and a little rain is just what we needed!

COVID is still present and the Governor, CDC, and schools are tying to figure out how to safely open back up in the fall. Alayna is mostly excited that sports can resume and we’ve had communication already from the Jr. High that volleyball camps will be scheduled this summer! <3

There is still so much we are wading through with this virus. People are still fearful. We know we need to return to our lives but still be as safe as possible. This article was posted on a survey from some teachers in the valley. I don’t know how accurate this is however. Most of the teachers I know can’t wait to get back into classes and see their students.

These are some preliminary guidelines on what school “might” look like in August. Nothing has been posted by Gilbert Public Schools just yet. We are waiting to see what their official reopening requirements will be.

I made posole for the first time and it turned out AMAZING!!! My culinary skills are definitely improving during this pandemic. 🙂

Last week a man named George Floyd died. He was a black man who was being arrested and the arresting police officer used his knee on the back of his neck to restrain him and ultimately it crushed his airway and he passed away.

Since then there have been lots of protests. A lot of them have gotten out of hand and have turned into rioting and looting all over America.

Our Governor on Monday released an announcement for Arizona.

Businesses started boarding up their windows and prepared for the worst. In Scottsdale and Phoenix there were riots and looters that attacked Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and other retailers. There was chatter about them coming to Gilbert so San Tan Mall (pictured below) also prepared for whatever might come.

San Tan is the mall we go to often. It is eerie to see it like this.

President trump made an announcement on Monday on his plan to stop the violence and riots.

There have been protests that have remained peaceful and have been very moving too.

“In a city near Miami, a peaceful protest attended by hundreds on Saturday included a moment of prayer with police officers, CBS Miami reported. Powerful images from the demonstration show officers kneeling, heads bowed, in solidarity with protesters. Some protesters chanted “Black lives matter!” and “No justice, no peace, no racist police.”

Chiefs from two Miami-Dade police departments addressed the crowd and answered questions. “These gentlemen behind me stand for bringing justice, just like you’re asking for,” said Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press, according to CBS Miami.” -by CBS News

The one pictured below was one from Tuesday night in Phoenix.

There is so much heartache and frustration and anger over race in this country. We have so much more work to do and it requires listening. That is always the first step. Listen to hear and understand…not respond. Then being willing to learn from what is being said, and do our best to understand. And then, act! The biggest form of love we can give is change and doing better.

Tuesday a movement was created online called #blackouttuesday. People on social media changed their profile pictures to a black squares in an attempt to express solidarity, and freeing up the time usually dedicated to social media, for people to educate themselves on the Black Lives Matter movement.

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