Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Anyway, I posted this on facebook but since not all the grandparents are on FB, I thought I'd share it again.
Last night, I was telling Keith how a friend of mine was thinking about sending her son to private school. Sam grew interested in the conversation and wanted to know what private school was. I started a way too detailed explanation about how our taxes pay for public school and while I was talking too much, I saw Sam start to giggle. "I thought private school was for your privates." He said as he pointed to his parts. He thought it was naked school. Sam loves to be naked. Private school sounded good to him.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
My cousin Mary's daughter...
My friend Jen and my sister in law have little boys on the way. I am in trouble.
Just yesterday, I told Keith, again, that I think I am done with 2. Maybe we should get a puppy? (ha ha, then Keith reminded me I promised him no dogs with these floors.)
Then my sister posts a picture of Ayla and I change my mind again. Please, someone...help me decide. I am so tired of having the 2 or 3 question in my mind. Can't I just consider myself lucky and blessed with 2?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
While we were away in Palm Desert, I received a very nice comment on my blog from a Mom named Crystall who lives in Las Vegas. You can see her blog here. She honored me by giving me a Kreativ Blogger Award! Wasn't that sweet?! Thank you! I am still fairly new to this blogging world so I wasn't even sure what it meant. Then the skeptic in me thought the person who started this award system must be getting something out of it...is there Spyware in the award if I post it? What is this all about? After a little research it looks like it was started in some European country and there seems to be nothing cynical about it. You just award it to 5 blogs you enjoy reading and it continues to be passed on. So I am to list 5 blogs I like and send them a note letting them know I have given them an award. Then they can copy the logo from my site and post it on theirs. And then they pass it on. That's it. Just a way to spread some love.
And the winners are...
The Holmes Gang - Kayla is my cousin by marriage and a beautiful Mom and photographer.
The Joiner Family - Kerry is my sister and in the early phases of her photography career. She has two adorable girls and I love to keep up with them through her blog. (Now that you have this award, Kerry, the pressure is on to keep your blog up to date. ;0))
Welcome to Joshland - Josh found my blog one day by chance and left me a very nice comment. I checked out his blog and was hooked. He writes about his experiences and sometimes you laugh and sometimes you may cry. But he is honest and open and very inspirational. I thought one of his funniest posts was this one about double coupon day.
FavFamilyRecipes - This is the site where I found two very important things. The recipe for the Cafe Rio Pork salad. And a link to The Pioneer Woman's website. They always have lots of different recipes to try and I have added a few to our regular rotation.
The Pioneer Woman - She probably has 8 million of these awards given to her and probably doesn't even know it because she gets way too many comments and emails to go through. But I have to try to honor her because I love her writing, her pictures and her recipes. She inspires me to cook more, write more and photograph more and I am thankful because now I will have my blog to look at for years when I am old and can't remember what I was doing when I was 35.
Oh, one more thing. The winners are supposed to list 5 things they love too. So here are mine...
1) My family
2) My camera
3) Watching Medium by myself at night when the family is sleeping
4) My iphone
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We grilled and chopped up the meat.
Oh, and this is a new trick I recently found out about. We heated the tortillas right on the gas range. Quick and easy with nothing to clean up. You just have to have the heat on low and flip a lot or else they will burn, like these did when I was taking this picture.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Before this birthday trip to the desert we had explored many options for celebrating his 5th birthday. The first idea he came up with was having a dinosaur party. We picked out invitations and talked about getting a jumpy house, a dinosaur cake and we even came up with the guest list. I encouraged him to have a party this year since last year all he wanted was to go to Chinese food with his friend Ben. A few days pass and he tells me, "Mommy, I don't want a big party, I just want Ben and Andrew to come over for cake." I talk him into having Ben, Andrew, their siblings, Ella, and maybe Papa and Curly? That sounded good to him...for a few days. Then he came up to me and said, "Mommy, if Ben and Andrew come then it will turn into a wild party and I just want a quiet birthday with you, Daddy, and Elise." I was surprised at this request but I wasn't going to force him to have a party to relieve my Mommy guilt at the ease of his birthday wish. I mean, really, how many years am I going to get away with this? I have to take advantage of this while I can! A few days later we were offered a deal at a friends timeshare for his birthday weekend. I asked him if he would like to spend his birthday at a hotel and he was elated. We invited Papa and Curly and Aunt 'Lene and Jack to come along too. Since Papa and Curly were just here it was tough for them to get away again, but Aunt 'Lene and Uncle Jack flew down to help celebrate. Sam asked if it would be better than Disneyland.
At the end of his birthday, I asked him what his favorite part of the day was.
Was it waking up to a table full of presents?
Was it opening all the presents at the crack of dawn?
At the end of the day he responded "Mommy, it was everything. It was even better than Disneyland and Legoland...because I was with you and Daddy."
He made my heart melt. We love you, Sam! We are so happy you had a wonderful birthday.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
If you ever plan to to visit San Diego, and you want to see the sun, avoid May and June, it's basically our mild winter season. More about this week when I get caught up tomorrow...I hope!
Monday, June 1, 2009
After eating way too many french fries, we decided we needed to walk it off. In flip flops, we ended up walking the entire width of Coronado. The neighborhoods were so cute, before we knew it we were almost to the other side. I think we walked 5 miles round trip. That is pretty far in flip flops and with 3 little kids!I am bummed I didn't take pictures of the houses right along the water on the East side...some were so amazing. We looked at a flyer for a smaller house (not as cute as the one you see below) about 1600 square feet with an okay size yard around it for only 11 million dollars! I can only imagine how much the bigger, more amazing homes were that were on the same street. One after the other, dreamhome after dreamhome. I want to know two things. How can that many people afford these houses and what do they do? Because I want in.I finally thought to take some pictures when we walked by the more traditional homes in the neighborhood. I loved these houses. Every one was different and all the yards were kept so well. In Coronado there is some sort of team or commitee that grades all the yards. If you have nice landscaping, they place a blue ribbon by your front door. All it takes is a little blue ribbon and the neighborhood looks beautiful.
It brought back all the excitement, surprise, love and joy I felt when Keith proposed to me. Who doesn't love a happy moment like this?! Even with total strangers. Love is so fun to witness.