Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sometimes brings the simplest of joys. Tonight as I was cleaning up the kitchen Paige appeared asking for ice cream. I told her when I was done cleaning up I would get her some. Do you know what that girl said? “Can I help you, Mommy?” Usually I am too hurried, too tired, to whatever and tell her no (I know, I know I should always let her), but tonight I decided to let her help. So I got out the stainless steel cleaner and told her I had a big job and I could only let her do it if she was really responsible. Of course her little eyes lit up as she assured me she could handle it! So I got down on the floor and showed her what the “grain” is in the stainless on the dishwasher. Then she got to work. She did a fabulous job! What was most amazing to me though was that when she moved to the fridge she noticed on her own that the grain went the opposite direction! Rick was impressed when she demonstrated what the grain was on the stove (and that it went the same way as the dishwasher!).
When she had finished and had her ice cream she went to watch a show while I mopped. When a commercial came on I asked her if she wanted me to fast forward it for her. Well, little Miss. Big says, “No, I’ll do it.” And she did. The things she knows just never cease to amaze me!
There are many, MANY days that I wonder what on Earth we were thinking to want a daughter so much! But it only takes a one tiny moment for that huge wave of love to wash over me and remind me how blessed I am. My little girl is beautiful, smart, loving, and carefree. People tell me all the time that they wish they could just squeeze her because she is so cute. You know what? I GET TO! Every. Single. Day. And not because she is cute, but because I love her so much!!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Uh, ahem, cough, cough... yes this was my house.
I posted these for all the world to see for two reasons. 1. To make you all feel better about the way your own house may look. You're welcome. 2. Because I'm quite proud of the end result. Which I'll get a picture of tomorrow.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Opening his gift from the grandparents - a LEGO set. Aunt Chris gave him $25 on a Target card. Rick and I decided a long time ago to get him his own laptop for his 13th birthday. So in early September we went shopping for the one we had decided we wanted only to find it had been discontinued. A week later we were able to buy the floor model - but the keyboard was broken. So off we went to another store that had the only other floor model. THAT one had blown speakers apparently. It was sent in for repair and came back a week later UNrepaired! So back it went and after three weeks we still didn't have it back. After spending all weekend on the phone with managers we were finally informed on Monday that the computer was being junked and our money refunded. Trace's birthday was on Wednesday! Talk about a stressful couple of days! In the end we found a new computer, wrapped it up and set up a scavenger hunt for him to find it. After a lot of laughs over the clues he finally found it. It was a great surprise and he loved it!
For his birthday dinner I made him steak (which he'd been begging for for weeks) and baked beans (which he loves) with salad and parmasean noodles. It tasted great!
Practice in the mud! Somehow this night it rained at Caden's practice but not at Trace's 5 miles away!
Carson was excited to try on his big cousin Caden's football gear! A little future CCYF player I think!
The great pumpkin launch! No one got it in the bucket, maybe next year.
The whole crew!
Paige is loving school this year! I suspect that most kindergartners do though. Her teacher has been great and makes a real effort to keep her challenged. Just today the teacher told me that they are still in the process of testing her reading level. At this point she has cleared first grade and still going strong! I’m anxious to see how close she is to my guess of 3rd grade. Yesterday I gave the teacher her homeschool math book to work with at school (now that’s a pretty receptive teacher!). We’ll find out on Halloween at our conference what the recommendation is as far as testing her to be moved to first grade. The teacher told me the other day that a lot of parents talk about how smart their kids are, “but this one… this one should definitely…” I believe she meant Paige should be tested for first grade, or maybe moved, I’m not sure. Fun, fun, fun!
Monday, September 26, 2011
I love this picture! It just seemed to fit the mood of this post too.
So, we’ve known for a VERY long time now that Little Miss was smart as well as a wise old soul. At two she would sit in a chair during a busy party and contentedly watch the goings-on. At three, Caden’s first grade teacher asked repeatedly what we were going to do with her. By four I was asking teachers and school administrators what we should do with her.
I’m so frustrated! I’ve researched and talked and asked and asked and asked again. I’m getting no where! The teacher smiles and says she’ll keep an eye on things, the principal smiles and says I’m just like a lot of other parents who think their kid is smart (in other words I’m one of “those” parents) and everyone who knows Paige says, “what the heck is going on?!” The answer is, I don’t know! I’m trying. At this point I’m balancing too many balls and trying to make too many people happy at once without upsetting anyone. And what usually happens when we do that? We end up miserable! I wish I was better at expressing myself. I do great in my head but not so well in person!
To be cont…
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Caden turned 10! Double digits? How did that happen? He wanted a LEGO cake so this was my rendition. It’s the best I could do without fondant (which my family hates).
Paige started kindergarten! Seriously – how does this happen? It just feels like yesterday she was placed in my arms with her little lower lip quivering. She is making friends and getting used to school and every day she goes skipping in.
Caden started 4th grade. He was excited to get the same teacher Trace had in fourth grade. I’ve been amazed by how much he has liked being in a very uncluttered, calm and controlled room – he thrives in it!
And Trace started 7th grade! I can’t wrap my head around it. For some reason I keep telling people he is in 6th grade. He doesn’t have any of his old friends with him in class but it seems to be working well for him.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
While you’re busy, busy, busy!
Paige is constantly keeping us on our toes! One minute she is easy going and loving, the next she is disrespectful, stubborn and rude. Oh, who am I kidding – she pretty much sticks with the latter! We’re working on it though and there are the occasional moments where I see the sweet girl she can be!
Then we had Caden with his black eye right before school started! Cousin Katy chased him down to throw him in the pool. When she caught him he flipped upside down in her arms and hit his eye on her knee – what are the odds?! She tossed him in the pool and by the time his head popped back up it was already swollen to about the size of a marble!
The kids and I “celebrated” Chinese Moon Festival too! Over the years we have come to decide that we don’t particularly care for moon pies but Oreos make a great substitute. So we sat out on the driveway and ate our Oreos while looking at the yellow Harvest moon. We talked a little about what the mid-Autumn moon festival is about in China and about Paige’s first families who might be looking at the same moon with us. Then, since no celebration is complete with out friends, the kids took Oreos down the street to their friend Aly and across the street to Mr. Jim. After that we all ran, in bare feet, up around the corner to the Clary/Walker’s and surprised them with a chorus of “Happy Chinese Moon Fest!” We shared more Oreos before heading back home to get ready for bed.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Is my baby boy. He makes me laugh, makes me cry but mostly he makes me proud! Ten years. And what a ten years they have been! This last year has been possibly the hardest and yet most rewarding as we have navigated the murky waters of what makes him who he is. It has been frustrating and enlightening and my eyes have been opened so much. What a wonderful summer we have had! And what a wonderful kid he is! Caden, I love you to pieces and I am so proud of the young man you are becoming. I hope the next ten years bring you more peace and joy than you’ve ever known!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
A sweet, easy going kid. Always wants to please(unless it’s his brother or sister) and goofy as can be at times! He is such a joy to be around and I’m so proud of him!
Hanging out with little cousin Cruz.
Football gear pickup day – he didn’t want to take it off! What a nut!
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
We hit the road early Saturday morning, July 23. First stop was the Rice Hill drive in where they serve the best ice cream in the world! It’s one of those places you’d normally drive right past unless you know it is there. Mmmmmm – good!
Our next stop was the Oregon Vortex. A fun little place that – again, very few people know of. It is a natural phenomena where people appear to change sizes, bottles roll up hill and people appear to be standing at an angle when actually they are perfectly straight. The kids got a real kick out of it!
After a night of rest we hit the road again for LA. Shortly after we arrived my parents pulled in and Ed and Rick went to the airport to pick up my sister, Chris. With the gang all there we were ready to hit Universal Studios the next day! Boy has that place changed since I was there last! The boys loved it but there wasn’t much for Paige (which we knew). She did great though.
On Tuesday morning we headed to Disneyland bright and early. Over the next three days we hit just about every ride, a few of them multiple times! Space Mountain and Star Tours were the boys favorites and Paige loved Dumbo and Winnie the Pooh. Paige got a princess makeover at the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique and got to meet her favorite princess – Ariel. An absolutely exhausting few days but so much fun too!
On our last day at Disney the boys went to Downtown Disney to Ridemakerz where they got to design and build their own RC cars. They had worked hard for months to earn the money and said it was well worth it! They blew the rest of their money at the Lego store!
On Friday morning we got up early and loaded the cars. After dropping Chris at the airport we drove down to San Diego for a tour of the USS Midway. Rick was stationed on board the ship for a couple of months early on during his time in the Navy. That made it extra special for the boys to get to see it.
A stop at In-N-Out was a necessity before getting on the road again! Paige kept saying, “mmmmm this is a good cheeseburger!” Yes it was!
We wanted to get as far north on Friday as possible to make Saturday as short of a day as possible. By 10:00 we were in
beautiful dumpy um, functional, Lost Hills California. I was The kids were loosing it so we pulled into a nice little functional motel. Despite telling them there were five of us they only saw fit to provide beds for four of us! So after piling up the comforters and putting clean sheets over them I begrudgingly put Paige on the floor while praying there were no bed bugs or anything else that might crawl all over her! The rest of us collapsed in our clothes. I’d like to say we slept, but well, that would be an overstatement. The ice machine was right outside our door and, of course, people felt the irresistible urge to get ice at all hours of the night! The air conditioner rattled, hummed, stopped and started again until I came up with this ingenious idea to make it stop.
I considered putting an ‘out of order’ sign on the ice maker but didn’t have the necessary supplies to do it. We finally pulled in to our driveway at 9pm on Saturday. Everyone was exhausted but SO glad to be home. It was a great trip and one the kids will remember for many years to come – especially the “steeewpiid deeesk.” (you’ll have to ask them about that!