Monday, January 12, 2009

the day we had the most fun!!!

During winter break my mom took me (Sarah), my brother , my friend Rachel, and my brothers friend Caleb ice skating at the new ice skating rink. we had like the best time. it was calebs first time but the rest of us had been so much more times.
sarah's version

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Did you feel that????

4.5 or 4.9 or 5.0 on the Richter scale at 7:49pm (different reports from different sources).... quick and strong... All is well!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fruit for Thought

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

Happy New Year to my door bell ditcher!

Thank you so so so so much to whoever you are that dropped of the extreme basket of Happy New Year goodies on my doorstep!!!! We love everything :) Happy New Year to you too!

Friday, January 2, 2009

I already need a do-over!!!

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

Where did December go???

Wow - December flew by fast!!! I'll sum it up with a quick entry....
Smores with the Parks...
Mission Inn in Riverside to visit my friend Tami & her family while they were in town for her grandma's 90 something birthday :) The mission was incredible... well worth the trip even if you aren't going to visit a special friend!
Christmas at Mike and Melanies in Fontucky...

Christmas at Autnie Peteranne & Uncle Walts in Monterey...
On the long drive home.....