Friday, October 31, 2014

Around Our House

Last Monday, October 20th, my sister, Tammy, passed away.  She was 45.  She battled drug addiction her entire life and her body just quit.  I want to write a well thought out post about my sister, but I just can't yet.  It's been a rough 11 days.

So, onto other news around our house because the world keeps on turning despite my sorrow.

First, the kids got their report cards.  Emily got Prinicpal's List, all A's.

Ben got Honor Roll.  He missed Principal's List with only one B+ in expresses complete thoughts.  Funny, because I would think that would be an area Ben would get an A+ at, but I'd give Ben an A+ in everything.
They don't do assembly's for the kids until they reach third grade, so this was Ben's first.  He was super excited to get a ribbon.

And.....Ben lost ANOTHER tooth.  He lost six I think in about 6 months.  This one was almost tragic.  Ben had a pair of nunchucks in his mouth and Noah pulled them.  The tooth, which was already loose, came out and Ben couldn't find it.  It was lost in the sofa somewhere.  He was all worried the tooth fairy wouldn't come if we couldn't find the tooth.  I moved cushions very slowly and there it was, under a seat cushion.  Thank goodness it didn't fall any farther or we never would have found it.

He looks like a Jack O Lantern.

We carved our pumpkins last night.  My kids like doing this, but aren't super into it, so I bought two pumpkins.  One to carve, and one to keep out as decoration through Thanksgiving.  But, Emily had to have her own when she saw this owl template we had.  So, we carved them both.  The kids helped.

They helped for about two minutes.  Then, they went to watch Charlie Brown's Halloween and it was up to David and I.

Ben and Noah agreed on eyes, nose and mouth.  Noah is learning shapes, so he said he wanted the rhombus nose.  Impressive.

And here's Emily's owl.

Noah's classroom had a pumpkin party today before school.  Since David almost always drops them off for school, he got to go.  I was glad since I'm in the classroom often, and it's nice for him to go and get to be with Noah.

They were pumpkin parents for a day and had to take care of their pumpkins.

Tonight is Halloween, and the kids are super excited to dress up.  Ben is being Harry Potter.  Noah is a ninja turtle, same as last year.  And Emily is a gymnast.  I did not spend a penny on Halloween costumes this year.  I love that.

We are also having a fun night with our friends.  A chili and mummy dog party before.  Then, trick or treating.  Then, smores and a bonfire in the culd de sac after.  FUN!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Our Weekend

We had a nice weekend.  My Dad and Suzy came up and they took us out to eat for my birthday.  Noah looks done with dinner in this photo.

We went to church and in the kids program, they were talking about some of the amazing stories in the bible.  Ben was so intrigued in David and Goliath and Nebuchadnezzar (thank you Google) that he came home and wanted to make a lego Jesus.  Bens left eye is swollen.  Not sure what was wrong with it, but it's better today.

We usually have bacon every Sunday when we make waffles.  But on Saturday, Ben asked for bacon.  I told him we'll make it on Sunday.  To which he replied, "come on Mom, I won 52 packs!"  How could I turn him down?

 I found this picture on my camera from my birthday.  That was my yummy cheesecake David made me.  We halved the recipe and it looked more like a tart, but it tasted delicious!

We also went out to take our family photos with our friends.  Oh, this is always such a crazy time.  It's chaos and kids being crazy.  But, it certainly is pretty, and I'm always grateful that we took the time to take the pictures.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Great Day

My birthday on Saturday was such a great day.  We don't veer off our normal path too often, so a fun day in Phoenix was awesome.

We headed to my BFF's Mom's house to visit with Baby Keegan.  He belongs to Pam's sister, Katie.  This kid is just adorable.  Ben was freakin' out a little holding him.

Noah LOVES him.  After we left, he kept saying I like Keegan's little feet.  I like Keegan's little hands.  Keegan's little ears are soooo cute.  It's sweet seeing Noah being so sweet.

And Emily will have a babysitting business before too long.  She is so good with him.

Oh, I love this squeeshy kid.  David said he looks like the Gerber baby, and he does!

Me and my BFF, Pam.

Then, we took the kids to my Moms since she was watching them while we went to dinner and the hockey game.  There are some stray cats that live in and around her backyard.  My Mom feeds them.  This was a little kitty that my Mom named Pretty Pretty.  I think Noah played with those cats for hours.

We got to visit with my Aunt Bille and her boys Mike and Rory for a bit.  They were in town visiting and it's been ages since I've seen them.  It was a nice visit.

Then, we went to dinner and the hockey game.  Our seats were awesome!  It was such a good game.  We won in overtime!

Then, we got the kids and drove back up to Prescott.  We were home by 11:00.  It was a wonderful day!

I had seen on the news that Phoenix is getting fogged due to the mosquitos.  They are doing like 100 neighborhoods.  Each time, it's about a mile that they do.  Well, Saturday night, they were doing an area 1/2 mile from my Mom's house which was probably a good thing because this is what Noah's legs looked like the next morning.  He probably had 50-75 mosquito bites.

Ben had maybe 10.  Emily none, but she was wearing pants.  Ben wasn't outside much.  They really liked Noah!  He's better already though.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Noah's First Book

It's tradition when the kids bring home their first book from Kindergarten that I get them reading their first book on video. Noah brought his home today.

You can see Ben's first book here.

You can see Emily's first book here.

When I watch Ben and Emily's video, it makes me want to cry. They were so tiny. Especially Emily with her pig tails. Now, she's big and load and will barely let me brush her hair.

Friday, October 10, 2014


I turn 41 tomorrow.  Holy crap, how did that happen?  I swear I was just 11, like yesterday.

We don't usually plan a lot for my birthday or David's birthday.  We just want to hang out with our kids and maybe have one of our favorite meals and cake.  That's what we planned to do with my birthday on Saturday.

But, we won that bacon contest a month ago, and part of the win was a free pair of Coyotes tickets.  They are the hockey team in Phoenix.  We finally got our package on Wednesday and the tickets are for Saturday, my birthday.  Gee, talk about short notice.  We weren't sure if we'd go or what we'd do with the kids, but I knew my husband would never pass up center ice 15th row seats to a hockey game.  They are $125 tickets.  Each!  And even though a hockey game is not my most favorite thing in the world, spending time with my husband is.  And dinner and a hockey game alone with my husband on my birthday is a great way to spend the evening.

We are heading down early to visit my best friend Pam for a bit.  Then, my Mom offered to watch the kiddos while we went out.  So, we'll drop them off at her house and then head out for our night of fun.  

That meant that David had to make my cheesecake last night, so we can have an early piece today since we'll be gone almost the entire day on my birthday.  Here is the during.  Noah had to help of course.  

Homemade cheesecake is always my favorite!

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Today, I woke up and the recycle bin was overflowing.  I made a mental note to take it out after I did some work, cleaned the kitchen, started laundry, fed the kids and the dog and got myself a cup of coffee.  But, then my kids got creative and took one of my chores off my to do list.  They made robots at the museum we went to over the summer, and they wanted to do that again.  So, they gathered whatever they could find out of the recycle bin. I plugged in the hot glue gun and they were off.

Noah's kept having technical difficulties and limbs were coming off, but I'm impressed he did it all on his own.

Now, I wonder what art they can make out of my disaster that I call my bathroom.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mickey Mouse

Ben wanted Mickey Mouse ears for his trinket from Disneyland.  The second we got home, he went straight to his dress up bin and created this creation. He even cut out a round nose and buttons from construction paper and taped them on. He's a creative genius. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cali ~ Day 7, Newport Beach Part 4

You'd think the kids would get bored after 4 beach days in a row, but they don't. I think we could this every day for a long long time before they said, "The beach? Again?" I guess we'll never find out though.

This morning started with sending the boys out for donuts to this little Mom and Pop place. It was just about the sweetest donut delivery I've ever seen.
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It's a good thing we didn't try this place until the second to last day or we'd be getting donuts every day. Needless to say, we are getting them tomorrow before we leave. They are so good. I was telling Emily in bed last night that at 12 years old, I went to work every weekend making and selling donuts. I went to school Monday through Friday, and I worked usually 6 AM to 2 PM every Saturday and Sunday. It's hard to believe I was only two years older than her and I was working.

We headed to the beach for more fun in the sun.
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The waves were much bigger today and David and Em were catching everything they hopped on.
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Then, they got too big for my girl.
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Noah didn't eat all his bread from lunch, so they fed it to the birds. Then, they had so much fun doing that, they sent me home for all the leftover bread in the house!
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David was helping Ben and Em catch waves. I felt better with him out there with them since the waves were crazy big today.
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We played some frisbee.
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Noah loves when David swings him like this. It makes David want to puke.
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There is always a wrestling match, even in the water.
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David won.
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Some loving. I wish they could be sweet like this to each other all the time.
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We went home, showered, made burgers for dinner and took off on our bikes. Three miles down the board walk there is a pier with a Ruby's Diner at the end. That means milkshakes!
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We stopped because the waves were HUGE. I've never seen Cali waves this big. And I got in one photo just to prove I was here besides a few iphone selfies.
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Then, if you turned around from where those two pictures were taken, you'd see this. Newport Beach Elementary School. I guess that's where all the rich kids go. Talk about a view!
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Em got a banana split. David got some sundae. The boys and I got milkshakes.
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Then, we rode home. The board walk was way less crowded, so that made it easier than the other day.

We head home tomorrow. Nobody wants to leave. Seriously, we could have months here and be okay with that. Oh well, we'll get donuts in the morning to console ourselves. :)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cali ~ Day 6, Newport Beach Part 3

I tried to get the kids to go for a walk to the end of the pier this morning. They didn't want to. They just wanted to go to the beach. So, we did.

The boys hit the sand looking for, well, I'm not sure what they are doing.
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Noah ran and ran and ran up and down the beach. It was still super crowded, so we had to watch him like a hawk.
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Then, David dug a big hole.
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Noah helped.
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Then, we were eating lunch and Ben lost his front tooth. That makes one for Emily and one for Ben on this trip. They are making the tooth fairy work overtime trying to find us.
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Ben was bummed and said he hopes his teeth grow in before Christmas because he doesn't want his two front teeth for Christmas.

This hole was really great. You could sit and put your feet in. It was so comfy.
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And, if Noah misbehaves, we have a place to put him.
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Then, these people came and set up their huge set up right in front of us. It's called beach etiquette people. If you have that much crap with chairs and everything else, you don't go 15 feet right in front of someone, especially when nobody was 20 feet to our right. My perfect view of the water and my kids looked like this. Can you find my kids? Yeah, me neither.
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Assholes. Then, they started smoking. I was livid.

So, we moved all our stuff 20 feet to the right while I cussed them out under my breath for about 10 minutes. Then, I felt better and I'm most certain that beach karma will get them. Oh, and to make matters worse, they started playing in the hole David dug! Jerks.

Tomorrow is our last day at the beach. I'm going to set up our spot and then put a towel every 10 feet down to the water. And as the tide rises in the afternoon, I'll just grab another towel and work my way back.

I'd rather have sweet cheeks next to us any day!