Next we headed off to San Francisco... Pier 39 (yummy clam chowder in a bread bowl), Golden Gate Bridge, a trolley car ride to Union Square.... and of course on of the highlights of the trip was the talking/self washing public potty... it was very new and exciting to the kids :) I remember being equally excited when I first discovered a similar potty in France many many years ago!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
He opted out of the class trip to Magic Mountain and somehow he and his friend Caleb talked Caleb's mom into taking them to Knotts Berry Farm for a day and talked me into letting Shawn cut a day of school... They had a great time :)
Shawn & Sarah departed for 2 weeks with the grandparents on Sarah's actual birthday - June 15th. I took them to Ontario airport to put them on a flight for Sacramento. I was shocked to find out that once they are 12, they no longer considered unaccompanied minors and can just check in and get on and off the plane with out any adult anywhere!!! So, technically, I could have just dropped them at the curb :) But I went in with them anyway - this time.... The airline guy showed Sarah how to get her ticket from the machine and check her bag, then I let her find our way to the gate... That was fun for her... she was so excited to get on the plane with just her brother.... he thought it was pretty cool too... and on the other end they found their way to baggage claim where the grandparents were waiting... I felt a little okay knowing that Shawn has his cell phone -- but so freaked out that given the opportunity, they could just jump on a plane and hit the road anywhere at any time! Good thingthey don't have any money :)
Anyway, Sarah will be in Auburn with Mike's mom Dianne for 2 weeks and a couple of my friends will pick her up to hang out a little and Shawn and Mike's dad David are hitting the road for a trip to Canada... a literal road trip, camping on the way... Both should have a great time and I will have some great peace and quiet..
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
In April we went to Auburn with Mike and Melanie (kids dad & step mom) to visit the kids Grandparents. I stayed with Tami one night and Cynthia then next. Cynthia & I met up with Denise for a visit in Colfax. It was a great time... much too short of a visit. Oh and we did a totally fun treasure Easter egg hunt on Easter for the kids :)
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Anyway, with my cut hours, I have to take a whole extra day off each week, which may sound great in theory, but when its without pay - its a huge problem :( And of course during this personal economic crisis I have to have a dental crisis - of which my portion costs as much as a house payment! And this week I took off Wednesday off and didn't do much of anything except a few errands and of course laundry and go back to work on Thursday and get a call in the morning (couldn't have happened Wednesday when I'm hangin at home) that Shawn is sick... so off I go again... to the ER again for head trouble (loss of peripheral vision, numbness in face and hands, sever headache, loss of balance).... which they say is just a post-concussion migraine... from the "minor" concussion he got way back in December...and could happen for up to a year or longer after the initial concussion... and they did tell us he could have headaches for a while after he first got the concussion... and he's had plenty of headaches since then, just none for about the past month and none nearly as bad as this one! I'm hoping this was just the grand finale freak headache.... and we're done with it :)
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Today at work while I was rushing around doing a bunch of different things all at once I was outside walking around our unbelievably beautiful grounds and noticed that all the citrus trees are full of ripe fruit! It amazes me that so many delectable things just grow right here... all ready to eat! I picked 2 little oranges for my afternoon snack and they were so sweet and wonderful :) These trees are amongst so many other magnificent plants, palm trees and flowers that I get to stop and smell all the time too!!!!
Lovely day...that's all I've got! Off to soccer....
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
New Year's Day started out great... we finally got around to having our graham cracker/gingerbread house contest... I loved them all and couldn't pick a winner! Then I took the kids ice skating and they had a great time...
Then it was downhill from there.... being soooo busy I hadn't had time to clean the house in I don't know how long - so I announced in the morning that I would need their cooperation for about 45 minutes when we got home in the afternoon.... Anyway - after all their fun... the games began at home when I attempted to ask them to help out...and then they got all mad and as usual think I'm a nag because I have to ask them over and over and over and over to do their tasks and then I get upset and everyone thinks that I hate them and don't want kids. Seriously I never expected this parenting thing to be such a challenge....nobody warns you that you might have kids who call you names, tell you that you suck, yell at you, throw things, slam doors, kick holes in walls, break things when they are angry, constantly fight with and antagonize their siblings and lay on the floor screaming and crying while kicking their bedroom doors (okay... I do happen to have one specific memory of myself doing this exact thing in my bedroom with the pink carpet back on Aeolia Drive) - but the rest was pretty much unexpected!!!! And it doesn't mean I hate them for crying out loud!!!
Anyway - I'm very lucky to have been blessed with these specific children as they are very tolerant of all the time they have to spend alone and all the stuff I require them to do.... and I'm doing the best I can - but still I'm taking a do-over for the New Year and work harder on being a better parent! Wish me luck :)
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Christmas at Autnie Peteranne & Uncle Walts in Monterey...