Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The boys and I were going stir crazy last week, so I decided to take the boys to see the lights on "Candy Cane Lane". It was so fun to get the kids bundled up for an evening in the chilly 60 degree weather :). Ryan and Blake found on particular house the especially loved...it had a singing and dancing snowman. It was so fun to watch then singing and dancing together.
Patrick and I (well mostly me) decided to not go to Home Depot or Lowe's to get our Christmas tree this year, but to drive to Yucaipa to get one of their beautiful trees. Hoping I would get some good Christmas card pics, I dressed the boys all in red. Blake and Ryan insisted on wearing their cowboy boots and since we only have one cowboy hat, we had to stop at Boot Barn to get Blake a new hat. I still can't believe I didn't get a picture of the boys in their boots...they are too cute! Anyways, here are some of the better pics I got. The tree is absolutely beautiful too and I will post when I put the finishing touches on it.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
So while the boys were away, mommy got to play! I was so excited to start decorating for Christmas. It has been so darn hot in the desert that I feel Thanksgiving has just crept up on us. I wasn't about to let that happen to Christmas....a few white lights will always put me in the holiday spirit. I have only scratched the surface...but this is some of what I have done so far.
Last Sunday Patrick took Ryan and Blake fishing for the day at Lake Hemet. It was great for them to spend some quality time with their daddy! The perk for me was a day spent with Evan and Christmas decorating! Yes I know it is a bit early, but I couldn't help myself. We are going to gone over Thanksgiving so I got a bit of a jump start.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This past weekend was the Sacred Heart carnival. The kids had such a great time and I have to admit it was very well done! The weather was actually dare I say...cold! Which I have to say made it that much more enjoyable. It is always fun to see my student's outside of the classroom...they love to see my kids and can't believe I actually exist outside of our classroom walls. A fun time was had by all and I hope and expect that it was a huge success for our school.
Blake's 5th birthday was on November 1st. I can't believe my baby is getting so old. I decided to not get a huge, expensive cake this year like I have done in the past. No one in our family likes cake and it just ends up rotting away in the refrigerator. So I found this cute little one in the market. Blake's comment when he sees it..."That is hugest cake I have ever seen in my entire life!" The tall candles must have thrown him off! My mom and I had to laugh...no more 40 dollar cakes for this kiddo : )! Happy birthday my sweet boy! I love you bigger than the whole world!
Friday, November 7, 2008
This week I have been feeling a bit more tired than usual, but I seem to be fighting off a bit of a cold. I am so grateful that Patrick will have four days off this weekend! The kids are really missing him, especially Ryan. Poor guy has been having some separation anxiety. He doesn't want to go to school in the morning and even at Grandma Sue's he is crying and wanting to be home. Sue took Blake tonight, so Ryan and Evan and I were able to have a "date night" and spent some quality time together. I am trying to remember that the kiddos need my undivided attention even more with Patrick gone, and that that one load of laundry can wait until tomorrow or after they go to bed. The problem is I have been falling asleep by 8:00 almost every night.
Tonight I am trying to turn my brain off and am not having much success...a good friend from work is getting married this weekend and I gladly stepped back into my wedding planning shoes. I forgot how much I truly loved helping brides and this whole process. It have been so much fun working with Tana and her family, and I am so glad I am able to help out such a wonderful, caring group of people. I will post some pictures of the wedding soon.
Well I guess I had better try and get some sleep...although I think I hear a child's cry...so much for that thought : )! Until next time...love to you all!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
So I have had three sick kiddos for the past week. Thursday I finally braved taking all three together to the doctors, not something I would ever recommend. Thank God my mom was there to help! Here is a picture of them on their very best behavior.
The Preschool always comes over to our main school for a Halloween Parade. This year even Evan got in on the action. The older kids love to see the adorable preschoolers parading through their classrooms. One of the perks of having the boys at the same school I teach at is that I don't have to miss out on these special moments!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I am so thankful fall has finally arrived in the desert! The boys had such a great time on Sunday dusting off their bikes, trikes, and razors. Blake is doing fantastic on his two wheel bike and can now start and stop without any problems. Ryan is amazing us with his balance and coordination on the razor. They had such a great time enjoying the the cooler weather and being outside.
I was so nervous for Patrick all day. Every time I looked at the clock I said a little prayer for him. As 6:30 approached I began to really get nervous...they were supposed to done at 5:00. Thank God for Ashley, Josh's wife, who called feeling just as worried as I was that she had not heard from him yet. About ten minutes later I got the call. I asked him how he was feeling and he told me he was dying a little more as each minute past! He said that it was far worse than he had imagined, but he made through and was in the top 20 or so of the class. He said every muscle in his body ached. The more we talked, the calmer he seemed. I just pray he gets a good night sleep tonight.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sometimes I think my mom can read my mind. She gave me a call this week to see if she and my dad could take the kids for the day. It was perfect timing! With Patrick leaving for the academy next week, it gave us a nice quiet day to spend together and get organized. The boys had a wonderful time, and of course my mom had lot's of pictures to share. My dad also stayed the next day to watch the kids while Patrick and I went to the academy orientation. We are so lucky to have my mom and dad there to help whenever it is needed. I don't know what I or the boys would do without them. Thank you Grandma and Grandpa!! We love you.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
This morning we looked out our front window and noticed our street was lined with police cars. About an hour later, the park across from our house was setup for a big community event sponsored by the police department. We took the boys over for some Pels (frozen lemonade) and face painting. The boys were so excited to see the police dog demonstration, the police cars, and the police motorcycle. The boys can't believe that their dad will soon be an officer with his own police car.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I am so proud of Patrick...we found out today that not only did he get hired as a Riverside County Sheriff, but he also starts the academy in two weeks! We are so thankful this long process is finally over, but not quite prepared for him to be gone for six months in two weeks. Blake and Ryan are so proud of their daddy. Ryan is now saying he wants to be a police officer too!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Abundance and gratitude are inextricably linked. By living with gratitude, you open yourself to life's immense abundance.
If you are a little bit thankful for this, and a little thankful for that, just every so often, you'll have glimpses of abundance. When you enable and allow yourself to be continuously thankful for every big and little thing, your life will be immersed in abundance all the time.
It may seem strange to feel thankful for those events in your life that appear to be negative. Yet it is precisely by being thankful that you can identify the opportunities for transforming the setbacks and obstacles into successes.
You may not think it's worth the time and effort to be thankful for all the little, seemingly insignificant things in your life. However, without the little things there would be no big things.
Seek to develop a depth of gratitude by seizing every opportunity to be thankful. Make genuine gratitude a constant companion to who you are, in all that you do.
As your gratitude grows deeper and more all-encompassing, life's abundance shines more brilliantly for you. Be truly, constantly thankful, and there is no end to the level of abundance that you will experience.
-- Ralph Marston
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Evan is growing by leaps and bounds. These last couple of days he has started clapping his hands, shaking his head yes and no (instead of just no), and is trying so desperately to talk! In his mind he is speaking in full sentences...to us it still sounds like babble.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I have been feeling a bit nostalgic lately seeing my boys changing so much. Everyday is something new with one of them. I have stepped into my mother's footsteps, because it is simple times like these that I find myself rushing to find the camera. I want to save all of these sweet moments in life just like she captured Amy and mine. We are truly blessed to have all of our memories documented in pictures and I want my boys to have the same.
Monday, September 1, 2008
We spent Labor Day picking raspberries at Riley's Farm in Oak Glen. The weather was beautiful and so was the scenery. The boys had a lot of fun with their cousin Olivia who was visiting with Auntie Kathy and Uncle Mike. Ryan had an empty basket when we were finished because every raspberry he picked went straight into his mouth and Blake of course only picked the very best, most perfect raspberries. Me on the other hand could only think about all of the snakes that had to be hanging around. After raspberry picking we went to the cute little town and the kids got to go on a pony ride. We ended the day with ice cream and caramel apples...absolute perfection! The best part, the kids slept the entire way home.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The family just got back from a wonderful trip to the Central Coast. It truly is our home away from home! Every time we go back, the harder it is to leave! We had a very busy five days and managed to make it to all of our favorite spots...Montana de Oro, Avila Pier, Avila Valley Farm, Grover Beach dunes, San Luis, Cypress Ridge, and Cambria.
We stayed for the very last time in the Bungalow. I can't tell you how sad I am to see that dear old place go! Talk about wonderful memories! My Uncle Denis (whom by the way is the best uncle a girl could have) let me stay there when I first moved to the Central Coast...what a once in a lifetime opportunity. One 19 year old girl on 400+ acres of an old dairy farm soon to be golf course. What a lucky (not to mention brave) girl! Anyways, Patrick and I really are going to miss the Bungalow (thank you Auntie Lulu and Uncle Denis) for our Central Coast getaway.
Unfortunately, Denis and Leona were on a month long road trip, so we didn't get to see them. We did get to see Patrick's sisters and their families. Laura just had her fourth child...a precious little girl they named, Sophia Rose. Between the three families we had eight kids to enjoy and entertain us...Brooks (16), Bailey (13), Olivia (5), Blake (4), Ryan (2 1/2), Ava (2), Evan (1), and Sophia (3 weeks). What a special treat for us to see all of the cousins together!