Thursday, December 31, 2009
We got my beloved Ginger.
I got my beloved iphone.
We got our beloved new home.
Gracie turned 10. Yep, 10.
Logan turned 7. Yeah, I know, 7. (he'll be 8 in a few short weeks)
I saw Rob Thomas in concert. Really. Need I say more?
Moving on to 2010. Wow. 2010. Sounds so, I don't know, sci-fi?
Here's to making it great! B:)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
7:35 - hit the shower, no coffee yet....
8:15 chase dog around house, try to catch her to put her in her special kennel for the duration of my short workday today...
8:30 still chasing dog while answering phone call from out of town hubby
8:31 tell hubby what my morning has been like all while still chasing dog
8:35 off of phone, caught dog, found keys and in the car
9:00am at work....work...work... work, busy time of year for me at work while everyone else stares at me like I am an alien and I don't know what time of the year it is and then make their best effort to tell me that I should SLOW down and try to enjoy the season, hmmmm....I am and expert these days at self control...
11:30 meeting with not so bright salesman who apparently can't read our NO SOLICITING sign...more self control....
12:38 blogging about my busy day:)
2pm kids will be home, they will get 10 minutes to rest and put their backpacks away while I let the dog out and then....
Because I l.o.v.e to be busy, I will be off to the craft store to pick up fabric pens for a project in Logan's class tomorrow (I am his room mom), buy cookies for his party, put together goodie bags for his party, make snowballs for his party, buy teacher gift from the kids to the teacher for his party, and then go to his Christmas performance at 6:15 ....
Not to mention, I get to do what I l.o.v.e. over again on Friday for Grace!
I think I'll set my clock and get up on time...
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
The kitchen (yes that is a crock pot and it is in use, do believe it's a tri-tip-soon-soon-to-be-burritos), the living room, and the dining room (the rug is not pink, don't know why it looks like that in pics). So there you go...little by little decorating and living, decorating and living. It's been 5 months. It looks a lot more "cluttered" with the Christmas decorations in place...I'll post those pics later! ;)
I am especially excited, cause if it happens, my nephew Luke, will get his wish! He's too young to understand why we don't get snow here every winter and now this might confuse him even more, but I bet his eyes will be wide with the thrill of it!
Do you remember when you first saw snow?
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Believe it or not, the holidays do allow me more time than I usually have. I slow down. I don't want to miss anything. I try to take it all in...sometimes in my mind and a lot through the lens of my camera....I don't want to forget.
I love being "in charge" of our appetizers at our family Thanksgiving dinner (I inherited this one, cause one of you, you know who you are, moved away. I am not complaining... just miss you.)
I love our Christmas Tree Lane. I prefer to walk down it, but some years we drive. I love decorating for Christmas too...everyone is gonna help this year because we have sooo much more to decorate!! Sparkling lights just do something to my soul that takes me back to all the best memories of my childhood...Know what I mean? The smile on my kids' face and all those of my nieces and nephews while they enjoy the season in the best way they know. I love the reason for this season and I think that helps me slow down and take the T.I.M.E that He deserves....
Don't misunderstand. I will be busy, but it is so much more than that, it's the kind of busy that no one minds. So, be patient, my blogs will almost come daily (maybe twice daily) during the Holidays! Oh and if I forget....Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! B:)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Rob Thomas (kinda blurry, I know....but I have 169 photos and there is bound to be a good one in there, right?) anyway, his special guest, ummm yeah - Carlos Santana...I could have died....legend, really....
This is Carolina Liar - Yeah, they opened the show and then let us "hang" with them between sets...Amazing! Genuinly, nice guys. Polite. Manners...and, of course, they ROCK!
Kristin and I with OneRepublic in the background....doin' their thing...umm, yeah...ROCKIN'!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Muffins with Mom was moved to the beginning of the school year this year and we actually made it there in time to ENJOY ourselves. Don't we look like we are enjoying ourselves? There wasn't a mad dash for a muffin, or a juice, or even for the coffee. We took our time. We even had time to chat with friends....of course these days are very few and far between...so, when they do come along and I get a picture this blissful, I will be sure to post about it! B:)
ps. scanned this pic....extra white...did not edit....to bad....oh well....you got a picture....be happy
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
So my friend, Shea, put together a Crock Pot Monday Party.....Yes, I am a little late but trust me you won't be sorry....two ingredients and you are lovin' me.....
Shredded Beef Tacos or Burritos!
Oh fuuurrrr real! I missed this yesterday but hey - here ya go..
1 tri tip roast (frozen cooks all day, thawed cooks for 2 to 4 hours all on high)
1 jar La Victoria Salsa
I usually put this in the early morning and its ready to shred about dinner time and then it is the best shredded beef tacos or burritos....yummmmmmm
There you have it - better late than never!!!!
****We love this. We enjoy it every couple of weeks! ***
Friday, September 18, 2009
***UPDATE*** Nevermind....it was taken already. :(
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I thought I would start with my blog and see if that helps set the mood. I am going to see if a pumpkin spice latte will help and then from there I am out of ideas....any help out there?
Oh yeah....Happy Fall Ya'll!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Anyway, I had to fly solo when I went treasure huntingn on Saturday...my sister was busy, my mom was busy and my aunt...well yeah, she was busy too...but I was going through withdrawals and need to go...so, I went...alone...all by myself...you can sing that one if you want...I do. BUT, LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!!!
Ok this sewing table, mind you I have been stalking blog land for sewing tables, $20. I have seen them online for as much as 99.99 - yep, just about peeeeeeed I was so happy. :)
This (still in the plastic) canvas that measure 36x40 (My sister and I have a special project in mind for canvas') $5, oh yeah, come to mama....very happy cause when I talked to the seller she wanted $10, I said I would think about it and she immediately dropped it to $5...oh yeah, come to mama!
Sorry about the pic on this, I tried to fix it, but....Anyway I loved this purse ($1). It was at an estate sale that the poor guy was trying to empty his mom's house and the tears were just streaming down his face...won't forget that....
Cute Cute Cute - both $3 - did I mention that they are Cauuutte
Now these have a little bit of history (although it doesn't involve me). The seller wanted $10 for the big one and $5 for the little one, I asked if she would take $10 for both and she said $12, I said sold and then she told me that she got them when she was in HOLLAND on a foreign exchange program....who knew? But they look fabulous on my huge porch! A little bit of history never hurt anyone, eh?
What do you think? How did I do? Let me know? Missed my peeps, but thought I did ok....On My Own. B:)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Have a great 4th of July and don't forget our troops and all they fight for! God Bless America :)
Saturday, June 27, 2009
“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little moreand thegetting it done a little less”(Anna Quindlen, Loud and Clear , 10–11; emphasis added)
Just thought it fit for these moments that I am going through right now... **sigh**
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
"Oh what a question! You see people see me almost everyday with my "mom" hat on and yet they see me everyday with my "professional" hat as well. I am living in the minority dream and that has no racial connections. You see, I am a stay at home mom, a professional helping to run a very successful corporation and I am a wife to the same man for the last 14 years. Of course, I didn't start that way.....but the long and short of it is that I wanted to be a professional. I loved my job and then I had our first child....loved being a mom but was torn about whether or not we could afford for me not to work. So I vowed by the time our second child came along that it would be my choice to work or not...along came the opportunity for me to work from home for a short time, then I was allowed to take my kids with me to work until they were of school age...perfect (for me)! I think we all can only do what we believe to be the best for our families and ourselves. When I was working from home I found myself a slave to my every inner notion of being a good mom and in turn over did it. Not that I turned into the wicked witch of the west. But I definitely was not doing my kids any favors. I am a better mom when I am feeding my need to be accepted as a professional, child rearing, loving wife. I didn't like fading into the background but I have learned how to do that when my husband needs to be in the spotlight....and he has learned to appreciate my juggling act. So I do very much so believe that it is what works for every family and their personality....Don't be afraid to be proud of what you are doing, and shout it from the rooftops if you must (or you can blog about it)....you are very much like my sister, it is her greatest joy to be a parent and would never dream of juggling the way I do....it is also, not to slight myself, my greatest joy to be a parent. My children, of course, come first - way before my job, but.... My job just helps me keep that in perspective."
I know this doesn't give the details of what I do or how I am able to do this, but I do think that every mom should be proud of their position in society....it's what makes this world go round....
Just thought I would share and see what ya'll think....
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
We did not think the seller was going to take our offer....it felt like it was taking forever to accept...even though it was about a week long process...but when they did, they called and we signed.
So to the details....lots of windows in a great house that I already have a lot of plans for, two story, wrap around porch, 4 bed, 3 bath.....two and a quarter acres, pool, circle drive, lanscaped.....
More details to follow.....
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Ummm, for those of you that don't know.....he BEGS me almost daily to go play with them. So this is unheard of for him to say no.....
Great, lets call Grandma. Grandma could be classified as a saint...for real...she cancelled her appointments with her clients to come and sit with Logan AND she played about 8 games of Candyland with him...sainthood her she comes.
So I was finally off to the courthouse. If you ever think about going downtown...don't. The only reason I EVER go downtown anymore is for baseball games....Go Grizzlies!.....anyhoo. I get parked in the underground parking....my claustrophobia sets in....run up the stairs....ahhhh daylight....see homeless guy playing the flute and the poor guy is awful, so sad...go to the jury room...."Um am I in the right place?" "No, go get your car, park in the FREE juror parking lot six blocks the other direction, get on the trolley, get off at the second stop. You need to be in civil court."
Now, at this point all I want to do is go back to bed and try to start my day again. Anyway, I go back to the underground parking....the homeless, awful flute player is still playing and note collecting any tips....the claustrophobia sets in...I speed out of there (thank goodness I was parked less than fifteen minutes or I would have had to pay $3. Yeah, $3 for anything over fifteen minutes, $9 if you stay longer than 2 hours, ridiculous!) I make it over to the FREE parking lot and I make it to the trolley. I get on the trolley with a guy who thinks he needs to educate me about the swine flu. Really. Then there was a lady who drove all the way from Reedley and said she was going to get in trouble with the judge cause she is late. Here I am almost 45 minutes late and I am thinking, uh oh. Well, thankfully the bird flu guy got off on the first stop (remember I am getting off on stop #2). Myself and the Reedley gal got off the trolley at our designated stop #2 and proceed to walk across the street and into the court where of course there is a metal detector. Do I make it through? Fat chance. "Mam do you have any belts on?" "No" "We are going to have use the wand on you" "Excuse me?" "To see if you are wearing any weapons"
Now if you had seen what I was wearing you would have thought "no way." But they get out the wand. Apparently my bracelet is made of stainless steel. Who knew?
I made it to the jury room. Late. Orientation is over. All orientations are the same. No big deal right? Orientation is important later....stay tuned....Anyway, I text a few people who are going to help pick up Grace from school. I text the husband and let him know what's going on with Logan and then the Judge comes in.
He explains something about a questionnaire...blah, blah, blah....the clerk passes them out and we are supposed to fill them out....who you know, how you feel about the judicial system, basic stuff....after you turn it in you are free to go for the day, but be back at 9am SHARP. Wonder if he has ever road the trolley system? I digress....I fill out the questionnaire, trying not to laugh at some of the questions. Finally get to the last page and woohoo....I am done. Out the door I go and back to the trolley stop, get picked up, get dropped off....In the car, making phone calls and checking on Logan with Grandma..."he's fine," she says. Parking attendant asks for my jury pass, don't have one, get lectured about how I should know that's how they validate parking for jurors and that's why I should pay attention during the "ORIENTATION!" So, instead of barking back at him about how I am just trying to do my "civic duty," I stay tight lipped and try not to blow a gasket.
Home at last, I pick up Logan and take him to work....he seems fine....work was C.R.A.Z.Y. busy. Although, it's like that a lot! Which is a good thing, I know.
Back at court the next day: I loathe the trolley. That's all I am gonna say about that. I wore pants. The day before I wore capri pants and a blouse, oh yeah, and the stainless steel bracelet. Anyway, I don't make it through the metal detector again. Seriously. Then they make me lift my pant legs to make sure I don't have a knife or ankle gun. Really. I am wearing sandals. (Good ol' Cali weather) You can laugh here, but as I walk through the detector and pull up my pant leg the other officers are laughing at me. Apparently they thought it was funny that the "new" guy thought I was suspicious looking enough to warrant a pant leg check. Ha Ha very funny guys.
Back in the jury room. Roll call. Please rise. Enter: the Judge. He proceeds to have everyone sit and then asks if there is anyone who wants to be excused for a hardship. Hardship...does not having a babysitter qualify? Can't hurt to ask, right? So I raise my hand along with about 20 other people. He takes us into the jury deliberation room and one by one we get to lay out our excuses for him....luckily, I was the second wanna ditch jury duty loser person. I plead my case and felt kinda weird cause I felt like he was gonna yell at me that I was a liar and trying to avoid my civic duty. But, he was calm cool and collected and appreciated my situation and told me that I would be dismissed but would like me on one of his summer jury's.....So line up the babysitter. Wow! Can he do that....time will tell....
So for the record, uhemmmm......this is how my plea went...."Judge. You said yourself that this if going to be somewhat of a lengthy trial and probably 6 weeks or so long. I could probably juggle my kids for about 2 weeks to different friends and family members, but not for 6 weeks. My husband works out of town A LOT."
His response that I mentioned earlier was not what I was expecting, but YAYHOO! I got dismissed.
So off to work I went. Not paying attention to what day of the week it is. THIS PART EITHER WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OR GASP.....maybe both....I had told my kids that if I got out of court early I would be picking them up from school, if I didn't I would have either Grandma, Auntie Meg, Kristin or Laurie pick them up. So again remember I forgot what day of the week it was and mind you Wednesdays are early release day at their school. (I have a total beef with early release days, but I will save that for some other time.) Sooooooo you can probably guess what happened....yep! I forgot to pick up my kids early! I was truly working along, getting a ton of stuff done and my cell phone rings and it's my dear, sweet friend Laurie....."Ummm is everything ok? Your daughters teacher called me and asked where you were and if I am picking up your kids!"
I DIED!!! What a great loser mom moment I had.....correction loser mom week!
Needless to say she was kind enough to take my kids to her house and I picked them up from there. But my day was far from over. Baseball and Soccer all in one night coming up.
Now, remember I said Logan had an upset tummy on Tuesday. Baseball is Wednesday (note to self: Wednesday is also early release from school) and he said he wasn't sure he wanted to go....here I go, workin' on "mom of the year"....I load him up with some Pepto and tell him he has to go to either to baseball or go sit with me out at his sisters soccer practice.....nice, huh? Anyway....off to baseball he went and I told his coach (who also happens to be a family friend) that he wasn't feeling well and that if he doesn't want to play for him to call me and I would come pick him up. He had the best game ever.....and, I missed it. Karma? Maybe, if I believed in it. Long story short, I took him to the doc on Thursday, just to be sure his cough and tummy ache wasn't too concerning.....Doc said he needs an inhaler. Hmm. Short term. Hmm. Just until he gets over his BRONCHIAL IRRITATION. Hmm. Mom of the Century....here I come.
Did I mention that I forgot to go to my daughters Honor Roll award ceremony on Monday?........How about how my friends find it hilarious to tease me, relentlessly I might add, about me forgetting to pick up my kids?......they knocked on my car door window this morning and said, " hey don't forget what time the kids get out of school today, looks like rain." Roaring laughter. Nice. They love me. I think.
All of this chaos ensued over my schedule being disrupted because of my Civic Duty......
It's Friday, and I have never been one to celebrate TGIF....but, seriously.......T.G.I.F.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Ok. Selfish me is done. I'll continue with my work, go get my adorable children from school, get them ready for their events tonight (cause they both have to have something on the same night), be extremely excited that the husband is coming home tonight, in the midst of all this not forget that Ginger is a puppy (cute as can be cause she got a bath last night) and can't open doors so she has to be taken out to potty; and do it all again tomorrow while still contemplating the whole Calgon thing.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Don't get me wrong, my kids have not shown any amount of jealousy, in fact, it's just the opposite. They can't leave her alone. They play with her every chance they get...after homework, after dinner, after baths and everywhere in between.
I don't know how to reassure my Gracie without putting it in her head, cause I don't know if this is just coming from me and my own guilt or if she has any animosity or resentment for the New Baby Girl?
ps. I already know that our other dogs, Sally and Buzz don't care for her right now.....I think they are jealous cause she is and inside dog and they have always been outside dogs. Drama.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We went to the coast last weekend, had a great time with our friends Shona and Danny and their son, Blane. We got to see my good friends Stacey and Brandon (used to be my neighbors here but moved to the coast about 2 years ago). It was crazy to see how their kids have grown. Mckenzie has matured so much and Zach is absolutely adorable. Always crazy fun with the Pauley's. The beach was 80 degrees, no wind and not crowded at all....perfect....loved it...need more weekends like that. Grace missed her friends and tried to mope around about it but then we remembered that her friend Sara was there! Whew, dodged that one.
Now we are back and planning a party for Logan (with all the fixin's), started Grace's science project with her girlfriends (this involves mealworms and the girls are truly girly, so guess who is in charge of this one), started and need to finish by Friday morning, Graces mission model (the quarter wraps up this Friday and she needs the extra credit)....hmm, oh and I still need to get Logan a birthday present. Any suggestions?
I really want to do some scrapbooking and I am trying to schedule a weekend in February, anyone interested? My house, all weekend, no kids (expect Grace and Isaac)......hmmmm, It has been almost a year since I sat down and worked on any albums, it's time.....but it keeps slipping away....
on a side note: I am supposed to fit in a dentist appt and coffee with my peeps! :)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
My sister had her baby and I can only say that he is adorable from the pics that I have been able to look at. And she is doing well after enduring her first and last c-section (tied her tubes too). She hasn't been able to go home though...she is staying with my parents right now due to the fact that her other 3 kiddos have this horrible cold/flu/rsv and she and the baby can't be exposed to it. Her family is on the way to recovery, but she doesn't want to take any chances with the baby getting rsv. I know she misses her kiddos and they miss her too, but the family will hopefully be reunited by the end of this week. I am also hoping to be better by the end of the week so that I can see/hold/smooch my new nephew in person. Hmmm what to do?
Well for now I will try to get rest and try and get healthy so I can stay that way for a while. That's kind of my New Year's Resolution. Get healthy and stay that way. I know everyone tries to turn over a new leaf every new year, this year it's my turn to say it and for the most part I have the mind set to do it. Wish me luck or whatever...cause for me, I pray that I can utilize will power and schedule the time to exercise and get the blood pumping! Yeah! I'm all over that! Wish I still had my gym membership so that I could go back to spin classes. Loved that. Yeah! Blood pumping! Yeah! Make me sweat! Yeah! Maybe I'll join again.....maybe not. But I do miss it. So, maybe.
Anyway....Happy New Year?