Friday, November 29, 2013

Buddy Strikes

Ben thought this was the fuuniest thing ever!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Buddy Snarfblast

I told the kids Buddy wouldn't come alive and start reporting back to Santa at night until December 1st. He has to hang out for a few days and get used to our family.  But Buddy must have needed a lovie because we woke up and he was lovin on Frank. I was sleeping but David sId the kids were so excited, like Christmas morning excited. They bust into my room a little after 8 yelling Buddy is holding Frank come see!  Holy moly, what has Buddy started?  It's so fun though and the kids are going to have a great time with this.  Hope you are ready for 27 more photos of Buddy!


I failed again on my grateful posts. Oh well. Moving on to the next thing. 

I've been hearing about this elf on the shelf thing for years. I finally decided to get one and the book for the kids. He came today and they were so excited. 

We read the story. 

We picked out a name. Buddy. 

Then the kids read Buddy the story. 

Buddy officially doesn't come alive until December at least in our house. But the kids have already made him notes promising good behavior. This should be fun!

Friday, November 22, 2013


For the first 33 years of my life, I lived in Phoenix.  Seasons don't exsist in Phoenix. It's either super hot or super nice. Moving to Prescott, I was looking forward to experiencing seasons. What I didn't realize was how much I'd love seasons. 

Today was rainy and cold and we turned on our fireplace. I'm thankful for this town we call home and the seasons it brings. 


I love my phone as much as the next person. Most nights, I've been doing these daily posts while David and I are watching TV after the kids have gone to bed. I'm also known to read email, send a text and play Candy Crush. Last night, I did none of those things. I just laid next to my husband in bed and held his hand while we watched Sons of Anarchy. I forgot all about my phone, my blog and my thankful posts.

So to make up for forgetting to post yesterday, I'm doing it now. Yesterday, I'm grateful that I can disconnect from my phone and the computer for awhile and not even think twice about it.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


David was out of town last night. I got to do the whole single parent thing. It's awfully hard and I don't know how people do it. It made me even more thankful for David, for my marriage.

I'm grateful I have such a good partner on this journey through life. He makes everything easier. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Liking Each Other

Most of the time, my kids get along pretty well. The disagreements are minimal which I'm grateful for.

Noah has this thing. If he lays on you, he'll fall asleep. I think this goes back to Kangaroo Care at the NICU. They have him lay on your chest skin to skin, so, he can hear your heartbeat and voice. On Sunday, David and I were watching TV. Noah climbed up on him. David rubbed his head for 2 minutes and the kid was out like a light.

Last night, the kids were watching Finding Bigfoot. Noah was scared, so he snuggled with Emily. Out like a light.
And doesn't Emily look cute in her glasses? She wears them like once every 3 months. She couldn't read the small facts they had about Bigfoot on the TV, so she got them out. She looks so grown up in that picture.

I'm thankful my kids like each other (most the time).

Yellow Belt

Ben had his belt promotion last week. I love that taekwondo rewards kids every 3 months or so with getting a new belt. It's a big deal and provides them incentive to keep going. Our friends have been taking karate here for a few years, so we knew what to expect. We knew he'd have to kick a board! He was so nervous when I told him, but I wanted him to be prepared and not freak out.

He was all ready to go.
When we got there, the teacher told him to warm up. Ben decided to meditate.
The did some warm ups together.
Then, each group of belt color had to get up and perform a 8 step karate thingy.
Then, they had to demonstrate some defense skills with a partner. Sometimes Ben can be the comic relief in class.

Then came kicking the board. There were 3 other boys who were white belts there that night. Two of them were twice Ben's height and weight. All 3 of them went before Ben and had a hard time breaking the board. Well, maybe not hard, but it took 2-3 tries to get it. Ben was so nervous. But, he got up there and did this:

His reaction was so awesome. I'm so glad he broke it on the first try. You could see the amazement in his face. Even the audience was shocked. Nobody expected little 50 pound Ben to get up there and break it on the first try.

Finally, Ben got his yellow belt and trophy.
Here's the whole group that got promoted that night.
We are so proud of him and even more, he's proud of himself.

Monday, November 18, 2013


This may sound silly, but at the top of every wedding or baby registry should be a Bissell steam cleaner. I see people wanting fancy dinner plates or a diaper genie and I laugh. You don't need those things. You need a Bissell. Ours has saved us so many times.  

A few months, Ben puked up chili in the middle of the night. It was in the carpet and soaked in his mattress. Bissell to the rescue. Our dog once peed on the kids bed. This week was tough for us.  Our dog Rocko got diarrhea in the middle of the night. Twice. Then, he puked.  All of it on our carpet.  Try getting dog diarrhea out of the carpet at 2 in the morning without a steam cleaner.  And if you don't have a lot of carpet in your house, it'll still come in handy for mattresses or car upholstery. The other day at school Noah climbed in the trunk area of the van while we waited for Ben and Emily. Then he told me he pooped a little in his pants. I checked when we got out of the car and saw a smear on his butt. Weird. Then, I was loading groceries in my car the other day and saw an identical smear in my van. Nice. I smelled it just to be sure. Yep, poop. 

Seriously, three times this week we've said thank goodness for our Bissell!

Sunday, November 17, 2013


I remember as a kid my Mom would make homemade sauce and meatballs. She learned the recipe from my Nana. As soon as my Mom pulled the meatballs out of the fryer and put them on a paper towel to cool, the whole family passed through the kitchen and snagged a meatball. 

I learned the recipe from my Mom and my kids do the same thing I did as a kid. 

One day, they'll learn these recipes and their kids will be snagging meatballs. I'm thankful for meatballs and the memories they create. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013


I'm thankful for our good family friends.  We had our dinner and drinks at their house tonight. I'm grateful we have such great friends, and I love that our girls are besties 

Friday, November 15, 2013


Tonight, Ben had a karate belt promotion. I'll post more pictures and video tomorrow. For now I'm thankful my kids are all healthy and their bodies can do whatever they want to. Ben had to break a board with a kick. He was so nervous but did it on his first try. We're so proud of him. 


I'm thankful that we end just about every day together like this for 15-30 minutes. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


I'm thankful that I said I do to this wonderful man 10 years ago today. I can't imagine spending a day without him, and I'm thankful for each day I get to spend by his side.

Monday, November 11, 2013


I think I take a lot for granted in my life. Coming home after 48 hours of having a great time in Vegas with the love of my life, and I'm so thankful to be back to my home. My cushy pillow top bed. My perfect cup of coffee, exactly the way I like it made by my husband every morning. The luxuries of my life that I don't even think twice about.

Today is Veterans Day. I'm sorry to say, the only Veteran that I knew I talked to was my Dad and I was so busy rattling off stuff about my perfect vacation that I didn't even thank him for what he did 47 years ago.

Here's my Uncle Robert in 1965.

This is my Aunt Jeri who also served.

My Aunt Jeri was serving in Foot Hood, Texas and so was my Dad. My Mom went to visit her sister. She met my Dad and the rest is history. I guess I have more than one reason to be thankful for our military.

Tonight, I'll hold my kids a little longer and hug them a little tighter because I missed them. And, I'll think about the brave men and women who do a job that I never could who are missing their kids, their beds and their perfect cup of coffee.

All You Need Is Love

There's a reason why David has never been to Vegas, and I haven't been in 20 years. We don't really gamble and nightlife, well, we are usually asleep by 9:30. But there is so much more to Vegas. 

I'll start with the food. It's amazing. We went to a restaurant the first night that my friend on Facebook suggested. Hash House A GoGo. I didn't get my usual salad or burger. I got one of their legendary chicken and waffles. I had never had it and honestly it always sounded weird and kind of gross. Boy was I wrong.  Fried chicken breast with maple syrup is one of the best things I've ever had. In fact, I find myself thinking about them. I want them for breakfast. I want them for dinner. I want them right now. 

The pool here at The Mirage is over 5 acres. We sat for a few hours by the pool this afternoon. We went swimming and you could just swim and swim for what seemed like forever. People here think it's a little cold. We thought it was perfect. I think at any given time about 5 people were in that entire pool. The waterfalls were awesome too. 

Then, there are the shows. Comedians, singers, dancers (topless too). Vegas has it all. We have seen a few cirque du soleil shows and knew we wanted to see Beatles Love.  Hands down the best show I've ever seen. So amazing. The music, the costumes, the acrobatics. I LOVED it.  

Tonight, I'm grateful for this wonderful experience I had with my husband. All you need is love and everyday is a blessing. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Today I'm grateful for a getaway trip to Vegas with my hubby. After 10 years of marriage, we still have a great time together. It's been a fun day doing things so far from our normal daily lives. It's been an adventure and I'm grateful I get enjoy it with David.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Family and Friends

Today, I'm grateful for family. Mine and David's 10th anniversary is Tuesday. To celebrate, we are headed to Vegas this weekend. No kids. We've only been both away from our kids three times in 10 years. Once when Noah was born and I was hospitalized, once when I tagged along with David on a work overnight in Laughlin, and the other when we went for one overnight in Phoenix for a baseball game. That's it.

When we were considering a weekend away, our first thought was our kids. We thought of my Dad and Suzy. My mom. I know our friends Dakri and Ryan would watch them. My best friend Pam would do it too. We are thankful to have such great family and friends. My Dad and Suzy took us up on the offer, and we know our kids are in good hands. 

Which is great because it's time for VEGAS BABY!!!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013


It's the simple little things that I'm thankful for.  I rediscovered baths a few weeks ago. I don't think there is anything better when it's cold out. Well, there is one thing. This little guy likes to join me.

They were so excited because we were having cocoa with marshmallows for dessert tonight. Yep, it's the little things. 

I've spent the last several weeks going through all the kids toys. We just have too much and need to lighten our load. I've sold several bigger toys this week. Our play room looks empty. But, the kids don't mind.  Emily likes the extra room to do gymnastics and Ben and Noah love using the room to run around. Simple is better.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Family Vacations and Cute Kids

Okay, I know that I take photos of my grocery trips probably all too often. But, today was a haul. I got 141 items in all.
You can't even see all the stuff. It was an overflowing shopping car full for $49.35. I saved over $300. I was pretty happy. I don't get hauls like this very often, so I'm grateful when they come along. I'm stocked up on some stuff for 6 months to a year! I'm grateful that I found couponing 3 years ago. Because of that, I found a part time job that I love doing and my hobby is saving money. It's truly been a blessing. I know that it's grocery trips like these that afford us the luxury of great family vacations. And for that, I'm thankful.

And just for kicks, that's my receipt taped to the right side of my fridge. It's easily 7 feet long.

And now for Grampie, who likes pictures of the kids, here's more of Noah. I'll have to take some of the other two soon. Noah's just with me all day and he makes an adorable subject. Noah sits with me at karate and watches Ben. This little girl, Addison, is always there and Noah wants nothing to do with her. Yesterday, he decided maybe she wasn't so bad. They watched movies and shared goldfish. It was adorable.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Staying Home

Being a stay at home Mom is pretty wonderful. Sure, sometimes I want to sell my kids to the gypsies and floor my mini van all the way to the beach. But, those days are few and far between. Most days are wonderful and it's the little things that make me stop and smile and be thankful that I get to spend this time with my kids.

Today, I was working and Noah was watching a movie. I glanced in the living room and spotted him relaxing.
I'm also grateful that we have possibly the worlds most tolerant dog. Rocko rocks!

Monday, November 4, 2013


Anyone who knows me knows that I love to sleep. It's one of my favorite things. I have friends who never let their kids in their bed. We don't mind. As I write this, all five of us our laying in bed together watching TV.  Yes, we put them in their beds at night, but sometimes things don't stay that way.

Emily and Ben sleep together most nights. They find comfort knowing the other one is there. Noah is on his own. Last night, David slept in the guest room because he couldn't sleep. Noah woke up at 5:30. While walking to our bedroom, David headed him off. He pulled him in bed with him and cuddled. Noah loves nothing more than to be in your arms while you rub his head. After 15 minutes, David had to get up for the day. He put Noah on the sofa in our room thinking he'd fall asleep. He didn't. Five minutes later, he was crawling up in my bed going "Mama?"  I pulled him in my arms and rubbed his head until he fell asleep. I was wide awake. But, I loved the time I got to spend with him first thing in the morning. 

Later, I asked him if he enjoyed waking Dad and Mom up this morning and getting double love. He just smiled.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Lazy Sunday

Today was great. We didn't have anything major planned. David made us waffles and bacon for breakfast. I helped Emily clean out her doll and Barbie stuff. David and I watched a movie. The kids just played all day. I did a little work. It was relaxing and wonderful. I love lazy weekends.

We ended the night with some reading time and ice cream is up next. My tank is full and I'm ready to start the week!
That picture was just for you Grampie.

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Is it bad that I'm thankful today for Craigslist? I mean, I haven't even said I'm thankful for my kids, but I am...every moment of every day! They will get their day. Just not today.

Craigslist. For parents with young kids who constantly have toys that are no longer being played with or too much stuff, Craigslist is a gift. I've been on a major cleaning out spree lately. My kids have too much stuff. Emily no longer likes Barbies and Noah has outgrown anything that is babyish. Ben doesn't like to part with anything. He's a future hoarder. I have lots to sell. I've been posting stuff and selling things like hot cakes. 'Tis the season!

I added up my 2013 sales. It's $824. Plus, I have $400 or more listed right now. I couldn't sell that much stuff if I had a yard sale every month. Craigslist is fantastic.

On Friday, I pulled up at Robert's market. It's a local gas station that everyone knows about here. I was meeting 2 people. I sold a lot of boy clothes, and the next lady came to buy some toys. I was there for 90 seconds and drove off with $50! It's a total win/win.

And I'm thankful that my husband mops my floors!

Friday, November 1, 2013

My Blog

It's November 1st, and I've seen the challenges on FB and on another blog. Every day, post something you are grateful for. I did this last year. I can probably just dig up those posts and repost them. I almost didn't want to do this challenge this year. But...

I think it's good to try to commit to blogging every day. It takes 30 days to form a habit, or so they say, and I know my blog gets neglected from time to time. So, what better way to reconnect with my blog than to write something I'm thankful for daily.

So, here it goes...

Today, I woke up. Well, I'm grateful for that. But, I went on Facebook and a friend was asking if she should start a blog. Of course, I raved about blogging and the perks and how I love having all of my kids experiences written out. Our vacations are documented better than any video or photo book. We've made so many memories, and because I wrote about them, we won't forget.

I've had friends that have blogged and then stopped blogging. I've felt like stopping the blog from time to time. I originally thought David would write too since he enjoys writing, but he wrote one post in 5 years, when Forest (our dog) died.

I looked back at a few posts from the beginning in June of 2008. Five years I've been keeping up this blog. I have over 1,000 posts to my kids, and I realize what a gift it will be for them one day. I mean just look at this post from November of 2008. Love, love, love.

Today, I am grateful that I've never given up on my blog.