Saturday, December 22, 2007
Pictures from October: Look how much Bear has grown! Two little princesses out trick or treating and a little girl that just loves her Jack O'Lantern!
Update at home is that Michael is working full time at Twin Lab in production. Lately he has had to work a lot of overtime. It seems that now more than ever he is finally learning a valuable lesson in hard work , budgeting expenses, and goals to work toward. He will be on probation for the next 6 years and plans to get his divorce in January. I feel he is doing exceptionally better and hope he stays on the right path.
We now have ceramic tile in our bathrooms! So much better than that icky linoleum!
Savannah had a little Christmas program with her preschool. The kids were all so cute and you can't tell how excited they are for Christmas at all. No not at all. This is just the beginning of the fun age, I think last year that she and the other kids her age just didn't really quite know all what is going on to really get excited. I am really looking forward to Tuesday!
Welp, and finally, I am moving to a new job after the first of the year. Half the commute time and something that will keep me busy and will feel a little more worth worthwhile in the time I do spend there. I have been miserable for at least a year so some change is due.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am sure wondering what the new year will bring us, hopefully better luck and success than this last year has given us.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
I think I ought to get some new glasses for myself and wear them too, besides I noticed my sight is/has gotten worse. Maybe after Christmas, I will make it a new year's resolution to wear them...my problem is I feel like such a nerd when I have them on. I just need to get over it or try contacts. I guess if Jacob can do it and not worry about what his peers will say then I have no excuse and can do it too. Funny observation for me that the tables can turn and your kids can influence you to be better too, not just the other way around.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
In my daughter's eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes
In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light and the
world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me gives me
strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes
And when she wraps her hand
around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about
It's hangin' on when your heart
has had enough
It's giving more when you feel like giving up
I've seen the light
It's in my daughter's eyes
In my daughter's eyes I can see the future
A reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she'll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I'm gone I hope you see how happy
she made me
For I'll be there
In my daughter's eyes
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Savannah was a princess, of course, and she thought that at every one's house she needed to go in and explore. Forget about the candy. "Can I come in your house?" She was so friendly but it's scary to know that she could be that easily led into a strangers home. I am glad the weather wasn't bad, Halloween is no fun when it's cold.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Thanks mom, I had a good time!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Savannah was very bashful when it came time to take the picture with one of the friendly clowns.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Speaking of Halloween, Savannah just can't get enough of her costume. She wants to wear it and play with it and show it to everyone, even passing neighbors on the street. She says, "You want to come see my room? You want to some see my costume?" This year she is going to be a princess. She calls her crown a "queen" and her magic wand a "bippidee boppedee" (I know princesses don't have magic wands but I couldn't resist getting it.) The dress is a little big for her but I planned that on purpose so it will last for more than Halloween since she loves to dress up.
Also speaking of Halloween, what is every one's view point of it? I have recently been influenced that is not right to celebrate however I don't think that what our culture, or at least not mine, is celebrating is the original Halloween derived from a long time ago. I do not feel as that we are celebrating death or evil spirits. For me it is about celebrating autumn time with silly pumpkin decorations, dressing up to be someone you are not, and candy. The witches and skeletons really have and never will represent anything morbid or evil to me. I just can't imagine a child never to experience their childhood without trick or treating, can you? I suppose if they never have, they will never know, but with all the commotion on around them such as neighbors, schools, and in the stores, how can they not be engulfed and intrigued by it already? I dunno. And in addition to the controversy about Halloween, I also think it's okay to read and watch Harry Potter and that wizardry is hardly anything to worry about for hurting some one's faith in God. Guess either I'm not a true Christian or have never really been exposed to anything harmful enough from these things to feel or believe there is harm in them.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Jake started driving range last night. Just like it was for me, Driver Education is his favorite class. I can't believe my baby boy will be driving soon! (Actually he's hardly a baby boy, he passed my height up a long time ago and shot up just like a weed. Kind of funny how he was short for what seemed like forever. Not anymore. But he'll always be my baby boy.) I've been thinking about handing down my Dad's brown truck to him and to let him put in his name when he graduates High School. I just really trust him to take care of it and it would be better that he use it rather than it just sit around collecting dust. Besides, isn't it an honor to be given such a sentimentally valued item?
Savannah started preschool yesterday. She was so excited to tell me about it even before she went. I think it will give her a good start that I wasn't able to offer to my other kids but get this; (and I love my husband for this) ever since I told him, Charlie has been so worried that we are pushing her too far too fast by letting her go a half year earlier than we discussed. I reassured him that at this age it's like a glorified play date with structure and that if she doesn't like it we would take her out. I love him for being concerned for her sake and not the money's sake, and I realize he's just as scared as I am to let her grow up too fast. I also love him for the fact that I know another person that was told by her husband she could not let their kids into preschool because "he" didn't want to pay for it. I see this comparison of Charlie to this guy as well as to my first husband's lack of interest or even desire to give an opinion on his kids and this is what makes him a true father. All the more to prove item #2 in my tagged list below. :)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Each person posts the rules before their list, then list 8 things about themselves.
At the end of the post, that person tags and links to 8 other people and then visits those people's spaces and comments letting them know that they have been tagged, and to come and read the post, so they know what they have to do.
(I am ignoring the rules, so please take it upon yourself to post 8 things on your blog for me to learn about you!)
1. I had my first child at age 16.
2. I have been married twice, this time it's a keeper...well, most days anyway. (Just kidding!)
3. I am half Mexican.
4. I have worked for the state government for 7 years.
5. I love freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
6. I have lived the life of a drug user was able to get out of it.
7. I have never moved out of Utah County or even the state of Utah. I want to.
8. My first job I worked as a seamstress.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Planting the flowering pear trees in the city strip. This was not as exciting to us as we didn't get to make the choice as we did with the others. The whole town has them and we were told to use this type of tree so just to mix things up we also planted a flowering crabapple next to our mailbox! Take that! (picture not shown.)
My favorite of all, the Linden tree. Funny how when we went shopping and I saw them at the nursery I really didn't want it but it was something that Charlie wanted so I decided no matter. Now I love it!
Backyard view of the Fruitless Mulberry. This one isn't so hot looking now, but we saw a full grown one at the nursery and fell in love with it. Looked like a good climbing, shade, and over all a "happy little tree."
Yes, finally after living here for 4 years now, we have trees! Just like kids and pets, we'll watch them grow. As we complete more and more on our house from when we got here and it was brand new, I think about all that we have done and yet to do as well as what I'd like to improve and I decided there are now only two things that I really dislike about my house the way it is now and they are:
1 - The commute. (this will get better in time though, the place is growing like a madhouse so of course it will fill out before the next 5 years and the fact that I work so far away is my own fault)
2 - My carpet. It was once beautiful and soft and luscious until we had a kitten, a baby, a dog, and now a puppy. I can't even stand to look at it or walk on it and to tell you the truth, I'd rather invite my company over when it's dark out and we are using candle light. Yes that is how embarrassed I am about it. Been thinking about getting hard wood flooring done or even vinyl...
The things that I absolutely love about my home:
1 - The night sky. Little to no light and you feel as if you are actually in the Milky Way.
2 - No sirens. No city crap. So quiet and peaceful. I especially love Halloween here. It's like I remember, all the kids in the streets at night getting all the loot they can. None of the "trunk or treat" stuff around here to make sure kids are safe.
3 - Our new backyard! I love having a fence and now patio furniture. We use our back yard like we never had. BBQ'ing has a whole new facade for me and it reminds me of growing up at home where we always ate outside as a family.
4 - My new vinyl floor in my laundry room! Thanks sweetie for putting it in and thank you Home Depot for having an awesome close out sell on those tiles. I love not standing on the cold cement any longer.
So you see I could probably go on and on even more with the stuff I love yet there are only two things I would like to really get changed...and you wait and see, they will! (Eventually, just as soon as those trees start growing that money!)
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I don't know what I would do if I ever lost my little girl. She has become a large light in my life since she was born. I stayed home with her yesterday and made quality time with her and cherished every moment of it. I try not to take life for granted sometimes but it can happen, so we spent the day hanging out together doing mommy-daughter stuff. We painted each other's nails, played her Dora video game, watched home movies of her when she was a baby, did puzzles, and made cupcakes. My heart just breaks thinking of the thought of her little spirit being gone again, even if it is for one second.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I think I'm finally starting to feel normal again at home. At first when we got back, I was antsy to not be there, but now I enjoy it again. We had some friends over for a BBQ on Saturday and it was nice to not worry about if the kids got out of the yard. I love our fence! I also had them bring their dog to play with ours, however it is a mastiff so I think we're a little premature in thinking Bear is big enough to play back. We also found a great patio set on sale at 1/2 off and now I can say I feel like I have a real back yard now.
This weekend we are finally seeing Harry Potter and going out to celebrate my recent salary increase I got at work. (I know, anything to make an excuse to dine out and have a drink.) Jacob finally got to see Simpson's last weekend, so at last, no more nagging. Eh, I'll wait to rent it.
And of course I gained about a pound and a half over vacation and have been worried that our WW at work meeting wouldn't start up without enough people to sign up but thankfully we are okay. I know if I hadn't this meeting at work, my chances are slim to none for going to them outside of work which would result in going back to old habits. To me that would be one more errand or chore that I don't want. You figure I leave the house at 6:30 in the morning and don't get back until about 5:30, depending on how long I visit with the sitter, so my week is shot for any extracurricular activities outside of doing dinner, dishes, bathing, and reading Savannah a book before I hit the sack. Saturdays are errand running days and chore days. Sunday is our only day to relax.
Anyway, enough of me rambling. I hope you all enjoy the slide show of our pics from vacation, I know I do!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
First we went to Seattle where we spent a couple days with my sister. I always love spending time with my sisters so of course that was great. She also took us to see the Locks and to the aquarium and some other places around town. We also went to Pike Place market to see the famous fish throwing scene. It is always fun to visit. The ferry ride was also fun, I loved the wind in my face and the seagulls that flew next to us.
After staying with my sister we rode down state and stayed in Astoria. We ate dinner that night at a cool place on the pier. It was a fancier restaurant and we just loved the atmosphere despite the cost of the items on the menu. After ordering and two beers and another half hour later we still didn't have our food, our waitress stated they would be taking care of our bill. I guess their chef wasn't there that night and the others that were there had a rough time making some of the recipes. What a nice surprise to know we didn't have to pay for our meal and the food was excellent. Worth the wait I say.
Next morning we went to visit the Flavel Mansion, climbed the Astoria Column, then headed off to Fort Clatsop. Along down our way to Waldport we stopped at Tillamook to spot the cheese factory and get some good food. We spent so much time sight seeing that day that we didn't get to our hotel until late that night. Jacob and Savannah treaded the cold waters in the pool there and I just couldn't do it. I must be getting old.
After leaving Waldport we headed down the coastline stopping to beach comb at one of the pull outs. We also visited the Sea Lion Caves and stopped at a place called Devil's Churn. I just loved the sound of the waves hitting the rock. It reminded me of thunder.
After arriving at our next stop in Gold Beach we went beach combing again. Savannah and Jacob just loved it! It was quite windy but nonetheless fun to spot the leftovers of nature in the sand. We found quite a few sand dollars to take home to our tank unfortunately they were not whole pieces, but we love them anyway. The hot tub felt awesome and the next morning the air was so crisp and the view of the bridge was awesome.
Next we stopped at the Trees of Mystery to see Babe the Blue Ox and the talking Paul Bunyan. Savannah had a good time climbing all over the boot and running under the Ox. We were also supposed to visit one of the Redwood forests but as we found out that there wasn't one entry for the national park as I had thought so I didn't know to turn out in one of the state parks.
Redding California was hot and the kids had a lot of fun swimming in the pool as Charlie and I watched. Savannah's getting to be a pretty good swimmer I must say. We found a nearby Chinese buffet that had much better food than Utah offers. It was fun to tease the coy in the pond there that would suck on your finger as if they were desperate for food. Pigs!
On our way to Reno we stopped at the Donner Pass Memorial. I've always heard the story from a different viewpoint, one that focused on them having to survive with the means of their loved ones who had passed. The memorial was different and didn't really go into detail of it as much as I remembered always hearing about. I guess it is morbid only if you look at it that way. Things on TV are portrayed so much differently than they need to be sometimes I think.
Reno was hellacious with what they call "Hot August Nights" where they have a car show every year I've been told. Millions of people but also a lot of really cool cars. There was no where to eat in the casinos without waiting for at least 2 hours. It was my brother's birthday and he wanted a buffet dinner, but instead of $27 and an hour and half of waiting we opted to go across the street to Ruby River. I know, I know, something we could have had at home, but we had a good time and the food was great. I didn't know we were going there so I missed out on getting a picture of him with his silly cowboy hat made of foam to celebrate his big 40!
Later that night Charlie and I took a cab out to the city. He used to live there and was curious to see what happened to some of the locals and so we ventured out and had a couple of beers and ran into a drunk lady at the Circus Circus who was a little too friendly with everyone there. Walking up the strip a ways before getting another cab, we saw many semi trucks in the parade. I knew it was a car show, but I thought it was neat that they fancied up those big trucks too. It was cool.
Next day we left and drove straight home. We thought about staying in Elko but really the only there would have been swimming at the motel. I think everyone was tired and didn't have much sleep so we all just decided to drive straight through. It was a long drive but I felt we made good time.
I sure have a lot of photos for my souvenirs. I didn't buy anything and didn't feel the need to. Photos are the best memories of all...here are some of my favorites:
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Savannah and Riley on the Jr. Speedway
Puff the magic dragon
Jake and Savannah at the Dinosaur Park
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Speaking of swimming we are going to head to Lagoon Saturday then spend the night in Ogden and the next day visiting the dinosaur park there. I am stoked. I need to get away from everything for a bit, even if we are going on vacation in only two weeks.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
The window well covers are now on all our basement windows and I have to say it's nice to not worry if Savannah or the dog will fall in. We will be getting our fence next month and I can hardly wait. Our fish tank and stand arrives today and slowly but surely you will see the progess made on it as we slowly buy the supplies for it to get it started. Of course it will all be documented with pictures. Now instead of getting the usual nagging from the overbearing husband for the tank, it will be all the goodies that go along with it instead. But when all is said and done it will be beautiful.
So I have been craving shrimp enchiladas from Mi Ranchito this week. Not sure why. I have been in this shrimp kick lately. It's either cause I've only recently indulged in them more than usual and now have a love for them or because they are so low in fat that I am so guilt free in eating them! (Not fried of course.) Mmmm it makes me hungry just thinking about! By the way, I'm still on Weight Watchers. I've gotten to a pretty slow speed of losing but am still losing nonetheless. I need to hop back on that treadmill but I am so lazy it's terrible. I do good to stay motivated to eat well, but exercise is something I need to be motivated on that Weight Watchers doesn't always teach you. What is good though is that they teach you to know your emotions and to recognize your eating patterns. It is good in that doing this does help keep and lose the weight, to be fully aware, yet I would like to get back to being active. Thing is the only thing that sounds fun to me is to go swimming. Guess cause it's so hot right now! Maybe washing the car could count as activity and cooling off?
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
We stopped to feed the ducks out by where Charlie works. And of course with that came the seagulls. They are vicious! Even more mean than the geese. Savannah loved it and I think we will make a picnic of it next time.
Sunday we went to my niece's birthday party who is turned 3. Savannah loves birthdays especially for the balloons and cake. She was a little too excited to give MattieJo her present though and unwrapped it as soon as we got in the house. Bear had a fun time too with all those kids to give him attention.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
So upon news that we're getting our loan next week we are going to go fence shopping on Saturday. I wish I knew someone that could give us a good recommendation for a local company. It is quite a big purchase and I really, really don't want Charlie to do it himself to save money. It would be nice to watch someone else do all the work for a change. I also want to get some trees and our flower bed edging finished as well and I also need recommendations on what kind of trees to get. I want good shade trees but also ones that will not create a mess in the spring with blossoms or in the fall with leaves (although that's probably impossible). If there's anyone out there that can help, I'd appreciate it.
Bear is making progress in the potty training department, but I can't wait for that fence! He was good to let me know he needed out this morning and the mornings he is always good. I think he is just like a kid in that during the day he gets to playing and is so sidetracked he doesn't even think about it and sometimes will just go when he needs. We've learned to take him out every 30 minutes and while it's aggravating, I keep my hope for when the day comes that he is finally trained.
Jacob has a job interview at Subway. He says he's excited and this being his first job, that's good. He applied at the closest pet stores in our area but since that didn't pan out, no hurt in trying for something else to give him some work experience and a little change in his pocket.
I haven't heard anything about Michael since two weeks ago. In fact the last contact anyone in my family had with him was when he dropped to dog off at our house. My mom has been on a cruise this week, so she's not home to get weird messages from his work or him stopping by for favors or to check on messages. I'm assuming they haven't gone over or my brother would have said something too. I have been wondering about him and how they are doing, but I have to hope for the best.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Of course the kids were ecstatic upon his arrival and yes, he is cute. But we really were not ready for another dog as we haven't clearly grieved Sheba yet and of all dogs especially a puppy. I've never had one of my own and have come to find out that I really miss Sheba and how easy it was to take care of her as she had a pattern and didn't always need someone or something to play with not to mention the fact she was completely house broken and didn't leave our yard. We couldn't bring it upon ourselves to take him to a shelter and my brother and his wife weren't interested in taking him so we decided to keep him. Thank goodness Jake is out of school and we won't have to leave him unattended and alone all day. He will be a lot of work yes, but I do picture him being a long time pal but I will miss the idea of a lap dog that can lay by me in bed, just as Sheba did. Now I really can't wait for that fence!
The note said he goes by the name of Max but Jacob named him Bear since he reminded him of the bear cubs we saw at Bear World last month. He's very cute and playful. We think he may have some husky in him with his curled tail and fuzzy fur, but we aren't sure.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
We'll miss you Sheba. :(
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
And how cool is it that my sister from Seattle will be here tomorrow? My mom is flying her in for her Mother's Day present to herself. Now how can I compete with that? BTW, what do you get a mom for Mother's Day that has everything she needs? I'll come up with something though. I always do. My other sister is having a Cinco De Mayo/Mother's Day theme BBQ at her new house on Sunday so that sounds like a lot of fun.
Jacob is working hard to finish his year of 9th grade. He gets to go to Lagoon on Friday to play all day...fun! He has also been applying for jobs at the local pet stores and is zealous to find something that will help him in the field of work he has a goal to get a degree in. Can you picture my Jacob all grown up working as a Veterinarian?
Savannah is growing too fast. I wish I could pause and freeze time sometimes. My little girl. I cherish every moment I get with her. She now has learned to ride her three wheeled tricycle and is getting pretty darn good at it. She said her first prayer last night too, it was so cute! She's been able to complete her floor puzzle that she wasn't able to do before and I was so surprised! She did such a good job, she's even helped me with my Tigger puzzle and amazed me at all the pieces she fit together (not including the one she chewed).
Well have a happy Mother's Day everyone!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
We visited Bear World, I didn't want to at first because the weather was so cold and wet, but I'm glad I did. I can't believe how many bears they had and never knew that bears could climb and sit in trees! I want to go back when the weather is good and we can all see it since Charlie didn't go as he was asked by our church to be involved in a Praise & Worship for the homeless at the shelter in Salt Lake. After we came back Savannah was so excited to see her Daddy, yelling, "Daddy! Daddy!" Monday night as I was getting her ready for bed she bluntly stated out of the blue, "I want to go to Marty's." It was so cute! Thanks Marty for having us stay!
Jacob and Savannah in front of the Yellowstone Bear World...
Got a good photo after getting lost off the exit in Idaho on the way to Marty's house though!
On the way home we also visited with my sisters, it was a lot of fun. I hope our family can get together soon. We didn't have a reunion last year, but maybe, just maybe we can get together sometime this year all at the same time and call it one. Mom could get her family photo finally done too.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Yep, we bought a new car! I love it but isn't it sickening that I'd rather not drive it to keep it new? It's so fun. When the guy at the dealership tried selling us a car, it felt as if we were driving the one we already had. You'd think he'd listen to me tell him, "I want something different! I'm tired of cars." But he insisted we take it for a drive anyway, no go though, not until we heard about this manual 2WD that came with a price that tapped out just under the maximum limit we would spend. Our other cars are up there in mileage and soon Jake will need a car himself. I told Charlie that if we went window shopping we would find something we like, but he didn't believe me. I swear they put pheromones in those new cars that make you instantly sign the paperwork to take them home!
Monday, April 09, 2007
Easter was fun, my friend and I took the kids to an Easter egg hunt at my church and then later that day we colored eggs. What a mess! You should have seen how colorful her kitchen got! Jacob found more than eggs at the hunt as you can see from the picture above. I told him to make sure and bring it out after the kids got done finding eggs otherwise they wouldn't be too interested in them and will want to pay attention to the snake instead.
We went to moms for a nice dinner with the usual ham, potato salad (gotta use those eggs up somehow) and all the fixins to go along with it. I wished the weather would have been nicer since she had a new badminton set for us to play with. Since we weren't in a hurry to leave for church Sunday morning you'd think I'd remember to have taken pictures of the kids in their Easter outfits, but I didn't. And of course only 5 minutes had passed before Savannah got hers so dirty you wouldn't have been able to tell she got it for Easter at all! I will get some and add them later along with the ones of them and their baskets once I've downloaded them. It seems that not only am I behind in blogging but also in getting my pictures onto my computer. Guess life is hectic and the last thing I want to do when I am at home is to get on the computer.