Sunday, September 25, 2016

Around Our House

I know it's been awhile since I blogged when I get the text from my Mom. Then, the very next day, my Dad calls and asks where I've been. And I know my mother and father in law check daily. It's nice to be missed.

Not a ton has been going on around here.

Rio is happy to interfere with Emily's homework.  He really is a great cat.  We are all enjoying him so much.  He's funny and mischievous and full of spunk, especially at 3 AM. 

We saw this at Sam's Club the other night.  Is it a dress?  Is it a mannequin?  Is it a Christmas tree?  I don't know.  And for $100, I don't have any idea what kind of person will think this is a must buy; maybe in New York City's Fashion District, but not in Prescott Valley.

Our church had a "county fair" last night.  Full of water slides, without water since it's about 65 at night right now.  But, they were still fun and there were obstacle courses and this bungee thing that Emily loves! 

Noah liked the cotton candy.  So did I.  I love cotton candy.

Ben got a snow cone.

After all the inflatable slides and bounce houses, Ben got on the bungee jump.  Noah didn't want to do it.

Next weekend, we are headed to wet n wild with friends.  Then, we leave for Newport Beach for fall break in 12 days!  Can't wait.  My feet need the sand.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Around Our House

I've always loved cats. The only cat David has ever lived with was our cat Max, who was anything but nice. You pet him the wrong way and he'd bit you. He'd attack you out of no where. He wasn't the most loveable cat, but we loved him just the same. We haven't had a cat in about 6 years, so my kids have never really known or remembered having a cat around. Rio is such a character and a really great cat. David tells me some funny story about what Rio did that morning almost every day when I wake up. David shuts the bedroom door when he gets up in the morning, and all I need to do is get up, go to the bathroom and I see his little paws reaching for me under the door.

I love watching everyone become cat people.

A big project that we've been putting off is moving our shed.  When we put it up, we didn't level it, just put it on the rocks and put some 2x4's where needed.  Well, now, they've swelled up and are rotted and the floor was never level in the shed.

So, we bought pavers and decided to move the shed onto those. David had the good idea to put the pavers behind the shed and just move it onto the pavers.  This way, we only move it once.  Genius.  So, that's what we did.  He got it cleared of rock this morning.  

Together, we got the pavers laid.  I went through with a little rake and got each square foot as flat as I could.  He came along behind me placing each paver.  We wanted it done right, but it didn't need to be perfection.  It was only holding a shed.  So, we didn't bother with sand or anything to make everything level.  Compared to what it was before, it was 100% better.

David got the last one in place.  

We emptied the shed and borrowed some techniques from the Alaskan Bush People.  We used some old round tree steaks as rollers and rolled the shed onto the pavers.  It worked perfectly!  Four good pushes and it was in place!

And just like that, a project that we've put off for about two years is done!  David hosed out the shed and moved everything back in.  He also hung over the side of the roof and sprayed a hornets nest.  It was a productive day!  

Friday, September 9, 2016

A Fun Day

We're not very spontaneous people. Pretty much everything is planned ahead of time. We didn't have much going on for Labor Day weekend. It was Sunday. We were all sitting around. I saw a gift card for Olive Garden in my wallet. And thought, let's go! So, we did!

We headed to Target first to spend Noah's birthday gift card from Aunt Pam. Oh, Pam, he had a blast! He got some tsum tsum's and Darth Maul for his video game. He loved it. Thank you!

Then, we headed to Olive Garden with a gift card from Gwynne! Thanks, Gwynne and Enrique!
Emily always wants to go to mini golf, but it's like $5 a person.  On holiday weekends, they always do a .99 promo.  So, we went! 
Noah hit like 5 hole in ones.  Emily was trying so hard and couldn't get one.  She was getting so mad at him.  Every time, we turned around, he was doing a victory dance for another hole in one.  I think my Dad needs to take him golfing.
Ben was more interested in climbing on and in everything around. 
 I think he's too tall for this mini house. 
Then, they all had a free attraction coupon from good grades at school, so they all choose soft play.  Which is like a 3 story tall fun house. 
And that was it.  I figure we are good for awhile!
It was a nice way to spend the evening, and it's good to mix things up sometimes. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


I can't believe this sweet girl is 12.  I know I say it every year, but where is the time going?
I took her on a shopping spree for her birthday.  Here are a few of her favorite things.  She bought 3 navy shirts.  Are you super happy about that Aunt Pam?  There was a time when every shirt Pam owned was navy.  She's following in your foot steps Pam.  I learned that her style is flowy and pretty. 
And just when I think she's growing up and getting mature, she wants a cute panda shirt that says hello on front and goodbye on back.  It's actually her favorite thing.  I love that she's still little in some ways, even if she is almost taller than me.
I made her favorite meal, roast beef, carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy and rolls. She saves her potatoes for last.  Best for last she says.  My gosh, that's what Aunt Pam does.  :)
Even though she went on a shopping spree, I wanted her to have something to open.  Noah made her a cute card too.  She got some a video game and some little tsum tsum thing.  It's like a blind box and you don't know what character is inside.  Wouldn't you know it, she got Bambi, which is the one she wanted.  Lucky grab on my part.  I was feeling through the bag trying to figure out what it is, but I had no clue.  Glad I got lucky.
And I made her favorite pumpkin roll.  It's so labor intensive, so I tried to talk her into a box cake, but she wasn't having any part of it.  So, I made it.  She's worth it and I just want her to feel special and loved. 
I don't know what she wished for, but I hope all her dreams come true. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Call Me Penny

So, I pretty much think I can learn anything from youtube.  It's full of so much info and has helped us learn how to cut hair, fix the car, anything.  It's a wealth of knowledge.  But, there are some things that should be left to the professionals.

I can cut my hair and have for years, but I should've drawn the line there.  I've been getting a lot gray hairs, especially around my temples and in my part.  It would drive me nuts.  I hated pulling my hair back as it was even worse.  I bought headbands which help, but also make me look like a 10 year old.  So, I did some research and found that henna is a great way to color hair red naturally.  Now, I've always thought I had red hair, but after this experiment, I realize it's more brownish, blondish, red.

So, I got the henna hair dye from Amazon.  Check.  Watched a few videos.  Check. Check.  And, I'm ready.  This was my before.  I look like my father more and more; or rather my Grandma Palma.

And holy shit, this is the after!!!!!!!!!!

Wow!  I now have red hair.  Seriously red hair.  I actually kind of like it, but it needs to be less red.  It was also orange in a few places yesterday after I did it because the under part of my hair is brownish, the top has a lot of blonde from the sun, the temples were almost all blondish/white.  So, those parts turned orange.  The rest turned red.  Really red.  

The only way to get henna out of hair is time, a buzz cut or olive oil.  So, I've done 2 olive oil treatments.  They say 3-4 will usually do it.  The picture above is after 2.  What I notice is the orange parts aren't as orange anymore.  Thank God.  But, it's still red. Really red.  

Did I mention it's really red?

You can't go to the salon and color over it.  After you've done henna, it can make chemical dye wonky.  Like turn your hair green wonky.  That would just liven everything up a bit!

Dakri didn't know what henna was.  It's the things the Indians (dots, not feathers) use on their hands and body that look like tattoos.  It's really pretty and I thought that's the perfect color! A brownish, nope just red.

Did I mention it's really red?

So, I'm doing olive oil treatments daily.  My hair smells like the Olive Garden and I'm hungry for a salad.  The good news is it feels great and super conditioned.  

Now, if I had ever dyed my hair in my lifetime, this probably wouldn't be so shocking. But, I've never done anything to  my hair.  Ever.  So, it's quite a change.

I look like The Little Mermaid.  Or better...Jessica Rabbit...Or maybe just like a brand new copper penny!  And well, you can't see my grays anymore!

Traveling Slumber Party

Emily is part of this great foursome of friends.  They are all best buds.  Three of them have August birthdays, the other is late June.  So, what normally happens is every weekend in August is a slumber party.  The girls are exhausted, take a full day to recoup, and it's right back to school.  It's exhausting.  At least for the parents.

So, I had a brilliant idea.  :)  Let's do a traveling birthday party.  They can go to each house for a "shift".

Dakri (Alanah's Mom) got the pizza and movie part.

Then, she dropped them at Steph's (Alissa's Mom) for the slumber party.  Alissa doesn't like to sleep anywhere but her own bed, so it was pretty clear who was going to get the lions share of this party.

 They did a lemon eating challenge.

And started the night sleeping on the trampoline.  Until the thunder and lightening came, and they quickly moved inside.

Steph made them hot cocoa in the morning and shipped them off to my house.

We are known for our breakfast, so we made hashbrowns, chocolate chip waffles, bacon and sausage.  They played soccer while they waited and Rio played too!

Then, Heidi (Ava's Mom) took them to lunch and to the mall to shop. It's so silly...we give Alissa a $20 gift card somewhere or buy her a $20 gift and then, she does the same for Emily.  And that's how it works for all the girls.  So, each Mom gave their girl $20 and they got to go to the mall and buy what they want.  Which they all loved Claire's and Bath & Body Works.  Except Emily. B&BW makes her sneeze.

These silly girls.  Who would think they are 11 and 12?

I think it all went great.  Then, for the big birthday party all 4 of the families are going to Wet n Wild in a few weeks.  They'll have a blast!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Our Week

Emily was sick on the 6th day of school. How is that even possible?  Luckily, she had Rio to keep her company and she was better in a few days.  

David and I donated blood on Tuesday.  I literally hate donating blood.  I'd rather get a pap smear and a mammogram than sit there for 10 minutes with a needle in my arm.  But, when push came to shove and I needed some plateletes when I had Noah, I was thankful someone had donated theirs.  I took this pic of myself and then I went to take one of David, but my alarm had started going off, so the guy came to adjust my needle.  And then, I almost fainted.  I've done that before.  But, I'm eating low carb on some days and apparently, that's not smart when you give blood. Oops.  So, I got cookies and chips and whatever.

I volunteered at school for the first time this year.  Those poor teachers at the beginning of the year could use my help for weeks on end.  I did what I could in 3 hours, but it's never enough.  But, I spotted this outside of Ben's classroom.  Future cop?  What?  Really?  Since when?  I'd rather him be Spiderman.  Cops...God, that's a dangerous job these days.  Stick to being a comic book writer. Please. 

My girl and I went out shopping today.  Emily really hasn't ever cared too much about clothes.  But, she's starting to now.  She doesn't need to be trendy or the most fashionable.  She just likes what she likes, so gone are the days of me picking out stuff for her.  I had nothing for her birthday next week.  Not one thing on a list.  So, we decided to go shopping.  And boy did we shop.  

We hit Kohl's, TJ Maxx, Ross and Target.  And Starbucks, of course!  She is now a huge fan of TJ  Maxx.  She used to like Justice, but she'd get a $100 gift card there and be able to buy 3 shirts.  She was surprised to see Justice stuff at TJ Maxx and we bought so much stuff.  We spent $190 and she got 18 new things, everything from PJ's, to shoes, to a piano recital dress to 10 new tops!  She's super happy with all her stuff.  She now only wants gift cards to Ross and TJ Maxx.  That's my girl!  Seriously, it made me so proud.  There are lots of things I want my kids to learn from me, but shopping smart is high on that list.  We work too hard for our money.  Why spend more than you have to?

I told her I needed to wrap it all for her birthday, but she said no way.  She wants it now, so whatever.  Who am I to say no. It's her birthday. It was a fun day with my girl.

Next weekend, her friends are having a 4 way slumber party for their birthday.  They all have summer birthdays (3 August, 1 June) and it just seems silly to have a sleepover at someones house every weekend for 3 weeks in a row.  Plus, us Moms get tired of the attitudes when our girls don't get enough sleep.  So, we are trying something new...the girls are going to Dak's house for pizza and a movie.  Then, she will drop them at Steph's house at 10 for the sleepover.  Then, we get them when they wake up for breakfast and whatever.  Then, the other Mom is taking them to the mall for some shopping.  Instead of my giving one of her friends a $20 gift card and then they give us one, each Mom is giving her kid $20 and they are going to the mall to buy something.  So, that's our 4 way slumber party.  Hope it works out!