Friday, August 23, 2013
Like the little nugget THAT BOTH OF MY KIDS ARE IN SCHOOL!! I know I say it all the time but I have no idea where the past 5 years have gone. I swear she should still be a baby not a crazy kindergartner who loves to do "flips" (an odd combination on a forward roll, handstand, and front walkover) and thinks that she is 5 going on 16. And my sweet boy, while still the gentlest soul you will likely ever meet, has flown all the way to 3rd grade. He is growing up everyday and it likely won't be long until he is as tall as I.
I hope to play a little catch up in the coming weeks.....only time will tell if I can manage to fill in the gaps of the past 8 months or so. I am hopeful that I will at least be able to get the big events before my slippery mind forgets all the good parts!
Here is to catching up and all the new adventures yet to come!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
2012 was decent year. It had it's ups and down's and while it ended on a not-so-high note, it provided us with much to grow on in 2013.
Top ten lists were a common sight in Christmas Cards this year, so here (in no particular order) is the White Family Top Ten List of 2012:
1. Alexandra turned 4.
2. Nathan turned 8.
3. Nathan started 2nd grade in July.
4. Alex learned her letters and their sounds (finally!) and is starting to read.
5. Both kids had their first dance recital in June. They killed it!
6. Our favorite neighbor got married and we loved being part of her day!
7. September was the White Family trip....a cruise to New England and Canada.
8. Grandpa-great turned 90! We love that guy!
9. We lost a dear friend when Jared died. This was really tough.
10. Disneyland full year passes.....wowzers!
We also had some wonderful visits with family (Zoe was here in December). Spent the year watching the twins grow in to crazy three year olds. Are still learning Chinese (well, Nathan is anyway). Filled out pre-registration forms for Alex for kindergarten (I cried). Spent the night at Grand America (Nathan has wanted to do this for ages!). And took the grandparents (all 3 of them) to Vernal to see the Dinosaurs.
With 2013 right around the corner, there are some big things on our plates. Alex will be starting Kindergarten in the fall, she is soooo excited to go to the "big" school. I am learning that my kids will grow up no matter how hard I try to keep them little. Nathan will hit 3rd grade. Amazing! he will continue in his Chinese immersion program. Grandpa and Grandma White are going to serve a mission for the LDS Church and while we are excited for them, we sure will miss them too!We are going to get some use out of our Disney passes....Greg and I will return this spring to Disneyland for our 13th anniversary and 1st trip to see the Mouse without the kids, since we had kids. We also plan to go to Disneyland later in the year with Gran and the Hadden's for the twins first trip. I am so excited for them. We will continue to pray for a baby for Mike and Stephanie, by birth or adoption (we aren't picky). Plus I am sure we will be visiting Grandpa and Grandma somewhere! Dance recital is in June and both kids are in 2 classes this time around.......my little performers.
So here is to 2013......may it find you happy and healthy!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I also HATE when those running for office tell me how bad their opponent is......I will do my own looking into your opponent, tell me about you! Tell me about your plan and YOUR ideas! Pointing out your opponents short comings makes you look shallow and mean, and I don't do shallow and mean. I also do not appreciate 5 million phone calls, this is particularly true when I am putting my children to bed, or after I have told you 65 times I will not support your candidate. (Mia Love, please make note of both these statements.) And if I ask to have my name removed from a calling list and your volunteer gets nasty, it sure doesn't win you any points in my book, whether you have paid for the add or not. You might consider that when you develop your platform, and who you seek support from.
That may all sound like I do not value my vote. My right to vote. My American status. You are WRONG. I am very deeply rooted in my roots. I am only a second generation American on my mom's side of the family. My grandparents did it the hard way. They came here (one on a cattle boat, thank you very much), established themselves, had a family. My Grandmother, even became a citizen after many years. I don't know about my Grandpa, I never had the pleasure of meeting him, he died when my mom was young. I very much value the rights and liberties I have, and am grateful for them.
So yes, I will vote. I have my mail-in ballot right here next to me on the table. And I will likely complain to someone (likely my politically chatty husband) about how the elections turn out. But don't for one second think I will not be so excited they are OVER!!! After all, someone will have to start campaigning again 6 months from now for an election 3 and 1/2 years from that time.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
We did our favorite quick getaway the weekend before Nate went back to school and ran to the Little America for a quick overnighter. The kids love to swim and just have the adventure of not being at home. No bedtime, no real rules. We even got a bonus of being able to see the fireworks that went off right down the street from our hotel. We settled in at the window and watched them in all our air conditioned glory. Sa-weet!
Nathan goes off track in just about 2 weeks and I will love having him home. He is so much fun. He has been reading Harry Potter lately and very much enjoying it. I never thought I would be a mom who was okay with a year round schedule and I am not sure I love it, but when you have a kid in a immersion program, it is more blessing than curse. And I have learned to love to be able to go do things on our off track periods when everyone else is in school. I don't mind traveling but I am not a fan of crowds or long lines.
We had one more milestone for our family in August. One that both thrilled us, and left (at least me!) in tears. Our wonderful, adorable, amazing neighbor got married. Courtney was 14 when we moved in and she and Nate bonded from their first meeting. In fact, I think she was the first non-family member to touch him after he was born. I love that girl and admit freely that she has saved my butt on more than one occasion. And while I want her to be grown, married and wildly happy with her sweet husband, Ethan, I am so sad to see her go. This is two-fold. First, I love that girl like there is no tomorrow. We moved to a house where I knew NO ONE and this sweet girl not only loves my kid(s) but takes the very best care of them and I can hand her a credit card and send her to the grocery store or beg her to bring me milk on her way home. And she not only did it, she did it with a smile. She was always excited to watch the kids and they LOVED when I would tell them Court was coming over. I don't think she knows how much she meant to me all those years. The second reason I am sad to see her go is this: if she can grow up and move on, so can my kids. That is a horrifying thought. I realize that I have a lot of years before that happens, but I am sure Court's parents, at one time, thought they did too! There are no words to thank her for all her love and care. You will always be "Our Courtney" and we love ya kid! Thank you for letting us be part of your special day.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The beginning of June brought our last 1st grade off track (well, part of May and June). It was bitter sweet and we got our schedules all messed up. A good holiday and loads of fun will do that to you. And then we smacked the middle of June, just as we went back to school, we had our very first dance recital. Times two! My kids are so stinking cute and I am so wildly proud of them. We spent two very long days at the Theater (yes, real theater...and all the way downtown too!) with both dress rehearsal and performances in two different shows on the same night. I saw this as a blessing and a curse. First, it was great because the kids got to see each other's performances. Which was awesome to have them cheer for each other. But wholly crap it was a L...O....N...G couple days for all of us. Three weeks later, I still feel like I am recovering a little. So that Thursday and Friday night were nuts, and then Greg had to work all weekend. When we finally rolled into Monday, we had our studio party at a local water slide park and that meant we were out late there too. But I am happy to report both kids *nailed it* and loved every second. Nathan has asked to dance again next year and Alex has informed me that she will be taking ballet AND tap/jazz.
I am proud to report that, as of the end of June, Nathan has successfully completed the first grade. In both English and Chinese. He is reading on a high third grade level and can do math in two languages. The kid amazes me. That means I have wrapped my year as room mom, and will be passing the torch to the next crazy person in line. It was a great experience and I loved Nathan's teacher, but I am looking forward to just being a party helper instead of a party thrower in the second grade. Alex wrapped up 3 year old preschool and asks daily when she gets to go back to school and when whether this is the year she will go to "the big school" with Nathan. One more year of preschool kiddo.
Summer is only three weeks long for us. Nathan goes back to school before July is out. Second grade is lapping at our heels. We don't really have anything exciting planned. I think we need some down time around here. We have a big trip planned for the Fall and the kids are begging to hit Disneyland again this Winter. So we will have to see what plays out in the next couple of weekends.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
We are in the middle of a doggy sitting jag. Conan and Roo made their appearance in late February and it looks like they will likely be with us until at least May. They are great dogs, great big dogs. They have made themselves at home. Conan has decided his favorite places are sacked out on the couch and my bed. My poor cream colored blanket was nearly grey from all the black doggy hair. I can vouch for the fact that German Shepherds only shed on days that end with a "y". Wholly dog hair batman! But they have been gems and we love having them. Greg had to work three overnights in a row, and I loved the piece of mind I had when I went to bed at night, knowing my big dogs were sleeping near by. There was also the added bonus of my cousin in the spare bedroom, and his highway patrol car in the driveway. I don't think I could be an "overnight" wife. Those nights were miserable and the days were miserable. Thankfully, remodeling doesn't happen but once in a blue moon.
We survived off-track. Nathan was a little disappointed that we weren't going anywhere this time. Considering the last 2 off-tracks have brought some big trips (a cruise and Disneyland) I can understand his expectation, and really I wish we had been able to go someplace, but with doggies, it made it necessary to stay home for a change. Maybe in next time we can have an adventure.
Speaking of adventures, the other day we had to take my Aunt home, she lives about 2 hours away, part freeway driving part canyon highway. On the way home, about 20 minutes into our drive home Alex informed me she had to pee. When I asked her if she could hold it, she informed me she could not, so I found a little place to pull over so she could pee on a tree. We all jumped out of the car, Nathan ran over to do his business and Alex looked at me like I was going to chop her arm off. I wanted her to WHAT? So I help (got her) out of the car and my mom was talking to her. Well, the minute I let go of her she ran and crawled back in the car and started crying and yelling about how she was NOT going to pee in the bushes. She is usually so adventurous, so I snagged her back out of the car, kicking and screaming (literally!) and hauled her over to the bushes so she could pee. Needless to say, she was NOT! going to have anything to do with this nonsense. So I told her she could hold it, she said that was fine, and we all got back in the car. Me, licking my lip wound from where she scratched my face while trying to escape me trying to make her pee on a bush. And she wants to go camping....should be interesting.
March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. And was over before I hardly had time to realize it.
Friday, February 10, 2012
We froze our butts off in December. Had temps that I would have expected now. About this time of year we have snow on all the lawns and in the field behind our house. It is not all this yucky uncovered ugliness. I feel like Spring is going to be very anti-climactic around here. Ya know, since it started in January.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Greg started the year still driving 65 miles round trip to work. At a store that he hated. With a crappy staff. But, being the Mr. Awesome that he is, he not only held it together, he was able to persevere and make it better. At least to a degree. We waded through crappy days off. But it all paid off in June when he was able to put in for a transfer to a store so much closer to home. We go the offer over 4th of July weekend, and six very long weeks later he was able to transfer to his new store. So August was a good month here. He has a great staff, that is super nice and he is back to a "normal" schedule. Which we are all so grateful to have. Greg didn't go to Alaska this year with his Dad, which has been the case for the past 6 years. This year the whole family went on a cruise to Mexico in September and it was so fun. Us, the kids, Greg's parents and his brother Mike and his cute wife. We had a wonderful time and I am sure we will be doing that again. Throw in some fantasy football (or 10 teams) and a whole lot of reading books (his new passion) and I think Greg would list 2011 ending on a high note.
I spent 2011 pursuing a lot of interests. I spent my 6th year on the Ronald McDonald House Gala Committee. I got the chance to work for the March of Dimes with March for Babies. A charity especially near and dear to my heart. And I also continue to watch my nephews, be a stay-at-home mom and also still work part-time as a pharmacy tech. My plate is plenty full and I am grateful to be able to do so much and have a chance to give back when I have so very much. Along with our cruise we also took the kids to Disneyland for a week in December. It was a truly lovely trip. We got to meet up with friends we adore and spend sometime with them, and also just relax and enjoy our children. I am also a room mom for Nathan's class so I have mastered the art of planning classroom parties. The end of December also brought a show of my natural grace when I stepped down to what I thought was the bottom stair (it wasn't) and I broke my left foot. I spent 4 long weeks in a boot, but am happy to report things seem to have healed well.
Speaking of Nathan, where to start! He tried tennis in 2011. He was good at it, but didn't want to continue to play, so we have moved on to other endeavors. He broke his other arm this year, in February. So for those keeping track he has now broken BOTH arms. This time there was no cast, he broke it high up by his shoulder, and so we spent 3 weeks in a sling while trying to make a 6 year old take it easy. He finished up kindergarten with flying colors, and breezed right into first grade where he is in an immersion program learning Chinese of all things. At Fall parent/teacher conferences, he was reading on a late second grade level and doing well at everything but sitting still. Nothing new there. He has had the chance to speak to a handful of Chinese speakers, and they are always very impressed with him. The blond haired, blue eyed boy who speaks Chinese. He almost always takes them by surprise that he speaks so well with such clarity and accent. He has some great friends that he loves to play with and we spend our Fridays and Weekends taking turns with extra children or dropping him off to play. Also, Nathan decided to give dance a whirl (ugh....sorry for the pun) and he is taking a tap/jazz class at the studio where Alex is dancing. He loves the class and I think is looking forward to recital in June. Nathan ended the year with his seventh birthday and trip to Disneyland. And he is begging for our next cruise to be on a Disney ship.
Alexandra, as she does every year, started 2011 with a birthday. She was 3 and at our house 3 is much worse then 2. Most of the year was spent hanging with mom, but she did have a few huge milestones. First, she had her tubes out of her ears and the holes patched in June. Never to be "normal" after 25 months her tubes never fell out, so we had to have them pulled out by the ENT and then had to do a lot of praying that they healed properly. After 6 long weeks of waiting she was proclaimed whole and it has been great. No more ear plugs and her hearing has returned to normal (big collective sigh of relief here!) Top that off with no ear infections in almost three years and I am good! The Fall brought the start of preschool and she loves it. Her teacher reports that she is really quiet in class. WHAT?!?! Alex quiet? I am going to have to take her word for it. She learns so much different then her brother, I am still getting used to it. She also started ballet. She is so cute in her pink tights, leo and skirt. I totally admit to reliving my favorite times through her. She also loved the cruise and Disneyland, and was excited that Santa brought her a "waza" scooter like Nate's.
So let's see, 2 big vacations. Broken arm for Nathan, a little surgery for Alex, broken foot for me. Greg kinda got off easy in the personal injury department! Can't wait for the adventures of 2012!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
(A little blurry, I took a picture of our picture to post it here)
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Our second (third? after two days in one location) stop was by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Puerto Vallerta was green and lush and ohlala. I was smitten for the moment I saw it. Gorgeous. We had decide to splurge and give the kids one big adventure, so we booked the Pirate Ship adventure for the majority of the day. Ohmygosh! It was great. You have your own personal pirate for your party who takes care of everything from serving your food to bringing you drinks, to helping you with water sports. We had an awesome pirate, who was so good with the kids. We loved this because it was kind-of an all inclusive excursion. It included breakfast and lunch and drinks. The food was pretty good. And truly we had a ball. We got on board, had breakfast, got seated, watched an awesome little action packed show, which included the pirates jumping overboard while we were cruising along the ocean and shooting at each other. Nathan LOVED it. He was all over the place trying to watch everything. Alex enjoyed it too. We then got to spend 2 hours on a private beach. It was so nice. There were drinks. Some water sports, Nathan loved the boogie boards. And even a chance to go snorkeling and kayaking. Greg, Mike, and Steph got to go snorkeling, I got to be mom and hang with the kids, mostly because I didn't think it was fair to just ditch them on Grandpa, though I know he would have happily taken them. Alex, of that girl, she was happy as a clam to just float in the ocean. Literally. Once the snorkelers came back, she and Aunt Stephy went out up to Stephy's neck and stayed there until it was time to get back on board the pirate ship. We loved that adventure, I can safely say it was worth all the bucks I spent on it.
Our last 2 days were sea days and they got a little stormy, but we still had fun. The kids discovered that the loved the stage shows that went on every night. Nathan was in awe, Alex made it half way through and then crashed hard, and slept on mine or Greg's lap for the remainder of the show. We quickly learned to just put her in her PJ's before we went to the theater. We swan in the swimming pools, soaked in the hot tub, and lest I forget the water slide, which Alex rode all by herself. That child is fearless!
Mostly this trip was a great way to reconnect, not only with the 3 most important people in my life, but also with Greg's family. I am so lucky to have such great in-laws. Both his parents and his brother and sister-in-law. I love that we can spend a week together and not be miserable. So here it to our next adventure, where ever it may lead!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Anyway, the eight of us jumped on a boat (ship....big old honkin' ship) and made our way down the coast. First, let me tell you that I was a little concerned to be sailing with 2 small children. It was not ever as bad as my mind made it out to be. The SHIP (Carnival Splendor) was more then ready for them and they were beyond taken care of, along with the rest of us. Everyone we had one on one contact with were awesome with the kids. Our room stewards and wait staff were amazing. I think it helped we had a ocean view stateroom. The window was really quite large and the kids loved to crawl up in the opening and just stare at the water.....this is especially true of Nathan (and Greg). Our room was large enough we were not stepping all over each other, and it also helped the Greg's parents were right next door and our rooms connected. Score. There also was the magical thing they call Camp Carnival. I suppose you could look at it as a kind of glorified daycare, but for my kids, it was there chance to get away from us. To go play with the other kids and do all the fun things the staff had planned for them. Everything from movies to art projects to towel creations to video games. They loved it. Nathan asked to go nearly everyday, and by the mid part of the week so was Alex. Greg and I are not big partyers (a shocking revelation I am sure) so we never did the paid part of Camp which ran from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and I will hold my tongue as to my feelings on the whole thing, because I really didn't need to use it. I was lucky enough to have 2 other sets of parents on board for my kids, should they be necessary. And, I suppose I did use them, on a number of nights we tucked the kids and grandparents into bed and went out to the movie, or the show or bingo. But I would not likely have done that had my wonderful in-laws not been there. But the kids were good, they loved the trip. Heck the tooth fairy even found Nathan when he lost his top tooth while biting into a burrito the first full day of the cruise.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Just over a year ago, my sister-in-law's sister died. She was a unique soul who was much different than I, but one I cared for, nonetheless. She was a good friend. And a loving person. She was spunky and had a sweet tooth that would rival anyone you ever knew. She was not afraid to have ice cream for breakfast, or lick the frosting off the cake that had been sitting out for 8 hours. Here are my thoughts for her this morning:
Just over a year ago you made your choice and I hope it has brought you peace.
I wish you were here to get to know my little girl. I think you would enjoy her. She is a piece of work. Spunky and crazy and so fun. She wears ribbons from your collection in her hair all the time and it makes me smile.
I miss you and hope you that you are whole again.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Next week Alex will start preschool. She is so excited. Yesterday I registered her for her first ballet class. She is so excited. The girl does everything full on, so she is always excited.
Nathan has been in school for just about 3 weeks now, and he continues to amaze me. He can count to 8 in Chinese, and I swear his Chinese vocabulary grows every day. I just stare in awe. He is able to pronounce things so clearly, and he loves it. I am excited that we have found such a fun and challenging program. I could never imagine having done what he is going at this age. But I am excited for him to grow and to learn such a unique language.
Greg FINALLY transferred to his new store. Oh, the luxury. He is 15 minutes from home. Went from a 65 mile commute to 15 miles. I think we got a huge raise just based of the gas $$ we will be saving. Plus his new schedule is much more our style and his new 2nd pharmacist seems like a super nice guy.....as opposed to the gems he had been working with. He is looking forward to working to get to know his patients and his staff. Ya Greg!
Me, just mom and chauffeur. Always something that needs to be done.....dishes, laundry, bedrooms, bathrooms. You name it I clean it. I did get to love on some brand new puppies yesterday. Oh my are they sweet. And no we are not getting one.
Monday, August 8, 2011
I said something about the fact that Alex slept through the smoke alarms this past week on facebook. Most people thought it was funny. If it had someone else, I probably would have thought it was funny too. Oh, wait I do think its funny and it is my kid. What I think is even more hilarious is that they now make smoke alarms on to which you can record your voice. I saw them at the store but gave them little thought. I thought about it again when my aunt mentioned it. Speaking of funny...........who in the world would think my children would wake to my voice as opposed to a screeching alarm? Certainly not I. I am pretty sure that my voice is on a pitch that my children cannot hear at all. Something akin to a dog whistle. After all I have to say NO to things at least 4 times. And if I ask them to do or not to do something, it must be repeated at least twice. I hope one day that my kids feel compelled to call me and apologize like I do with my mom.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Walking out the door to his first day of FIRST grade 2011-2012!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
As thing stand right now, there is a lot that is to come........the most pressing of which is that Nathan will be starting FIRST grade in less than a week. How the hell did that happen?!?! We are really excited that he is going to be joining the Chinese immersion program at the elementary school he attends. Both we, as his parents, and Nathan are excited for this awesome program and awesome challenge. He will spend half the day learning from an English speaking teacher and half the day learning from a Chinese speaking teacher. He has a friend who lives in a different school district that has completed her first year in the program and has loved it. We look forward to him having to put some work into learning. We all agree it is going to be one crazy adventure!
Come a little farther into August and Alex will also be going to school. This will be her first year of preschool, and for me that means 4 hours a week to myself. I have not had that in almost 7 years and am not quite sure what to do with myself. I am both excited for this time, and a little sad to think my baby girl has grown up so fast. Trust me, she has no qualms about kicking my butt to the curb so she can go do her thing at school. She thinks it is about freakin' time she gets to go to school too.
Greg should soon be starting his adventure in his new store. If they ever get the transfer completed, we are now at almost 4 weeks and counting. But it will be so great to go from a 65 mile commute to 15 miles. And we will be going back to a schedule that our family deals with much better. We are greatful for his job, and looking forward to all that is to come, but mostly getting rid of that crazy commute.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
We, as a big old extended family, were lucky enough to have both of my cousins home for the fourth of July weekend. This was a big deal because Zeke and his brother (and twin) Max are both active duty in the Army and have been for many years. Zeke just barely got home for a nearly year long deployment in Afghanistan and he and Max are both stationed in the same place for the first time in a long time. So when they asked if they could do a family party at our house, there was not doubt that we would say yes. Of course in 2011 we had only one day over 100 degrees in the entire summer and it was July 3rd. So it was hot, but we are fortunate to have a great back yard with lots of grown trees. So we had lots of shade. A lot of great food and wonderful family and friends. I have made it a point to figure out how to entertain massive amounts of children and have decided a bounce house is always a hit. And if it is over 100 degrees and you can add water to that.....you might just find gold stars on your forehead. These kids had a great time. And so did I. I am happy my cousins are safe and sound on US soil. I am grateful for what they do every day that allows me to do what I do. I could not be more proud of those 2. And I will have a party for them ANYtime they want.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Friday, December 3, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
okay, now what happened? and what is her name?
shefellandhitherheadanditisreallybleeding. (breathe) Alexandra
your doctor doesn't have anything right now, can you see a different provider?
YES, SHE IS BLEEDING! I DON'T CARE WHO SHE SEES!
how soon can you be here?
five minutes. I just need to put pants on (because she needed to know that?!?!?)
keep in mind that during that phone call, I put on a bra and a t-shirt and calmed down my kid, no wonder I only breathed twice! So I threw poor Lex into her car seat, towel behind her poor head, and off we went (FLEW) to the doctor's office. Of course this is the one day they decide to have traffic on the major road by my house down to one lane and no left turn at the light the Dr's office. So as I muttered many four letter words to the poor street workers (under my breath with the window up) I flipped a u-turn half a block later and got princess parking at the Dr's office. Go me! We ran in the door, signed the "treat me, I will pay you form" and filled out the injury report form and were in a room in less then two minutes. Then the party really got started. First we had to irrigate the wound. So for all you keeping score, we have a scared, injured 2 year old and we are now going to hold her down and shoot water at her ouchie. Not going to go over well. And in fact, it did not. But I did manage to hold her down and sure enough, there was a gaping inch and a half long split down the back of her head. We both knew right away, that as I had suspected, we were going to have to close that sucker. And for better or worse, the Dr said staples were easier, faster and less painful. All of those were good enough for me. So I tried to hold her down, we ended up needing a nurse to hold her head while I pretty much laid on her legs and arms to keep her some kind of still. Jabbed her a few times to numb things up (ya for lidocaine), stapled her HEAD four times and we were done. Okay, that is not completely true. We have, by far, one of the best doctor's offices in existence and they did check her out fully. Including to see if she had bit her tongue (never occurred to me) and make sure she did not have a concussion. We were both pretty sure she didn't. And then, we were released with an appointment for the day after Thanksgiving to have her STAPLES REMOVED FROM HER HEAD!!! Wholly crap! So as I am breathing deeply and sighing relief on the way home I hear a voice from the backseat say....Mommy, I still want apples. So screw it, I turn into the grocery store, march in, with my uncombed hair and unbrushed teeth, and buy the poor kid some apples. The rest of the day was long. She got cranky and finally feel asleep in her car seat on the way home from school. And she woke from her nap about 5 levels past cranky. But she will be good as new, in 9 days. When they take the STAPLES OUT OF HER HEAD! Really I am surprised it took her this long, Nathan had stitches 3 times by the time he was 2. But I was never alone with him when he go hurt (witnesses are good!). I would like to NOT do this again. And, I am pretty sure I am going to make Greg take her to get the damn staples out! Sheesh!
Friday, November 5, 2010
The pre-trick or treat group shot
Alex, Alyssa, Nathan, Mari, Katy
Tinkerbell, Barbie Mermaid, Hook, Annie, Kitty Cat
Tink and Hook before school
Answer the questions using the first letter of you middle name!
1. What is your Middle name -- Meredith
2. 4 Letter Word --- Meow
3. Boy Name -- Michael
4. Girl name -- Millicent
5. An Occupation -- Mother (pays hugs and kisses)
6. Something you wear -- mullett
7. Beverage – milk (chocloate of course)
8. A Place – Mountains
9. Something you shout – Moron!! (usually while driving)
10. Color – Magenta
You can play along by posting this on your blog too!!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
1. turn down the freakin volume. there are currently 5 children under the age of 5 talking/yelling/playing.
2. i am warm for the first time in days. this has an impact on me, because i am rarely cold.
3. why in the world would you make child size gloves that are not waterproof. duh!
4. laundry never ends.
5. despite my love of winter, i am not ready for SNOW! so the 3 inches in my yard better melt fast.
6. i cannot get used to Greg's new work schedule.
7. wow wow wubbzy makes me want to shove a sharp object in my ear.
8. dishes never end.
9. i want to make cinnamon rolls and cannot find the motivation to do such.
10. a nap would be so nice. too bad it is all a fantasy.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
In the gray here on the left we have my sista-cousin Amy, her bestie Jodi, that would be me in the purple, and last, but not least in the polka dots we have Heather, my BFF. I am not one who usually buys the pictures that they take at these places and charge a ridiculous amount of money for, but since we all looked pretty darn good in this one, I forked out the eleven bucks. And really I am glad I did, we had a hard time getting pictures of all four of us. This was lunch on Tuesday at Cabowabo at Planet Hollywood. That place had the most ah-mazing poblano cream sauce I have ever tasted. It was so good we were dipping our chips and fries in it. Our waitress even made us ice water to go.....super nice. We enjoyed the buffet at the Paris (twice) and Cheesecake Factory, only because Jodi have never had the chance to indulge there before and Chinese at Chin Chin as NYNY. Lovely! We had a ball. Found the best place ever to stay.....just off the strip and the pool was open until 11! The hot tub was amazing after a day of walking. Oh, and how could I ever forget the Premium Outlets.....got a little something at Kate Spade and Dooney and Bourke. Ahhhhhhhh!
Now is it back to home to dishes and laundry and carpool. But I am good. I had a chance to spend a few days with some of the best friends a girl could ask for. Maybe it was Vegas, or maybe I am really just that lucky.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
enie mennie miney mo catcha a tiger by the fish (I have no idea where a tiger's fish is... I guess you could catch a tiger WITH a fish, but not by one)
I was singing "You are my sunshine" and she told me she was taking the sunshine and leaving with it.
Friday, September 24, 2010
So, off-track. I feel like I have spent the last 2 1/2 weeks fighting an invisible monster (school schedule) and just allowing the kids to be kids and do kid things. I have tried to keep them on track with bedtime and meal times and all that, but at some point I think you gotta go with the flow. We have been lucky to have Daddy home the whole time until just this past week, so that has been nice. And we have had the chance to do a few big things. We went to Red Butte Gardens with my mom. And Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point, where we rode the ponies. We bought ice cream from the ice cream truck. And we have made so many laps to Richmond's house (down the street) and back, that I am pretty sure there are tracks in the asphalt and the concrete. Tonight we will end our 1st off track ever with the mother of all kid events. The sleepover!! Nathan and Katy and Alex are so excited. We chowed the pizza. I ordered waaaay to much as usual! And now they are off playing before we pull out the popcorn and movies. Ahhhh kid heaven.
Monday morning will be interesting to say the least. I will have to let you know how back to school goes. For now, I think we will enjoy the weekend. Daddy is off, I have a trip to get ready for, and no matter what, Monday will come all too soon. Until then, maybe we will do what we have done for the past 3 weeks. Pretend that it is not waiting in the wings.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Sweet Talese. I wonder if you know the wave you have made. I am sure you have no idea how far reaching this is. How many people you have affected. An insignificant moment, but, it is said that the beat of a butterflies wings can cause a hurricane. And boy has it. We will miss you. We will love you. I will keep in my heart my memories of you. The last, most vivid, you sitting at a long table with a cake in front of you. No utensils to be found, but that did not stop you. You dug right into the frosting and told me to come have some...it was pretty good. You always had a sweet tooth. I pray that you have found peace. And that your friends and family will too.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Nathan had his last day of swimming lessons today and he has already asked me to sign him up for some at the rec center. I guess I had better look and see when the new lessons start! A smooth day! Guess I will go finish cleaning up the family room, the way I want with no little monsters following behind pulling out all that I put away!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
It is officially the dog days of summer. And that is especially true around here! A little over 4 days ago, we were delivered 2 very large, very young, very lost pups. Big, black German Shepard pups. Conan and Roofus. 10 months and 8 months respectively. Their people are my cousins, twins none the less, who are both in the Army. One flies helicopters, and is on a training assignment, the other is being deployed (again). Their trips were not supposed to over lap. Max was supposed to be home before Zeke left, but that is not the way it turned out, so these pups were left a little high and dry. So what could we do with our 1/3 acre fenced yard. We offered to doggy sit from when Z leaves until Max gets back with his 60 million dollar office. As I am sure the offending terrorist read my blog (hahahahaha!) I won't disclose too much, but to say that Z is going over the pond, to the land of sand. Max is somewhere stateside, as if I can keep track of them, I can't even find my checkbook at present! And I am no longer capable of remembering things like which company or unit they are with. Once upon a time, I knew that information, now I am a looser and just know they are in the Army. Which is probably a good thing, that way I manage to worry a little bit less.
Anyway, back to our house......Nathan is terrified of the dogs. Doesn't help that the first thing he did was take off running and one scared pup tried to coral him. Which just freaked him out more. Alex on the other hand could hardly care less. She does startle when they bark at her...hello they are as tall as she is! But she is constantly running to their treat box for a milkbone. I swear we are going to go through the whole huge box in a week at this rate. Maybe she has learned the most valuable doggy lesson....bribery is good! So things here are crazier than usual, but I am not complaining. Taking care of dogs seems so minor when compared to what my cousins do. They make our country a little safer. It is because of people like them, that my family is able to enjoy such amazing freedoms. Every day, as I feed and care for their pups, I will make sure to whisper my prayer for Max and Zeke to be safe and come home soon. Take care guys, and know that your pups are being loved, and so are you!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
This is our last official summer before we have a school aged child. The boy starts kindergarten this year. I am shocked and awed and a little weepy at the notion that my baby is about to start his school career. I am sure there will be tears on the first day (and make no mistake they will be mine and not his.) He is going to half day kindergarten and then two days a week he will continue at Learning Dynamics with their kindergarten enhancement program. I am sure that is when most of the learning will take place. Seeing that at the Kindergarten meeting earlier this spring, they encouraged us to make sure our kids knew the letters in their names......sheesh my kids can read and write his own name and simple books, now what??? We shall see how this goes........
Speaking of the boy, I asked him what he wanted to do this summer, his answers were so funny. He wants to see the beach and have lots of fun. I told him we would see about the beach and I am sure we could get do the fun thing. Right now they are out playing in my garden, glad I have not got it planted yet.
So we are off and running for summer. I will keep you posted (ha posted) as to how it goes!