Thursday, February 26, 2009

Birthday bash...giveaways!

I'm a sucker for giveaways....and I have won a free things before...onesie for Kendall, scrapping I had to post about the birthday bash that this cool site is having! Check it can win shoes for your kids, dresses for you, a vacuum, eco-friendly kid/baby gear...keeping my fingers crossed for sure! :-) Happy Thursday!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Monday!

Check out this cool site! :-) Makes your photos look old!

Back to school here...the boys were, not so much... we had a nice week off...parties, playdates, trip to visit Kim & Amanda, dinner with Nana & Grandpa, hanging out, bowling, it's back to the grind.

Look, ma, I can stand! I'm 10 months old!
New House Resolutions:
I really want to change some things, and moving into a new house seems like a good time to do this. We are going to take family walks everyday, or at least every other day. Started today. We live near the creek bike path, so that should be fun to walk. Also, going to do one new recipe a week to expand our horizon. Kim gave me a great recipe for chicken cous cous. Might try that this week. I'll post the recipes that I try.

Also, want to do one project a week with the kids. Not sure what this week's project is, but will post that, also. Have some ideas...
That's it. for now. Facebook seems to be sucking away my blogging time...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


We've been busy here! We celebrated Valentine's Day with my parents coming over with a heart shaped pizza! Then we had Joe's parents over for sausage and peppers the next night. We've been off of school this week...getting things unpacked, up on the walls, taxes Lance Armstrong came to town for the Amgen Tour of California. We walked over to one part of the race route with my mom and Joe's sister and family. Spencer and Jake were excited, but it was over so fast, and they were disappointed. "That's all?" they wondered. I got a shot of Lance, it's not very good, but it's him! There was a big festival downtown, but we didn't venture down there. I kind of wish we did, but I know it would have been packed!
Maddie strolling Kendall.Lance is in the yellow and black helmet.Lance's profile...he's in the helmet, next to the green racer.
KK with Grandma.
Tomorrow the kids and I are heading to the Bay Area to visit Kim and Amanda, and then have dinner with Grandpa and Nana!

Congrats to my friend Charlotte on the birth of baby Tyler! He's adorable!

Prayers needed for two of my friends who have been diagnosed with cancer: breast cancer, thryoid cancer. They both have small children, and one just found out she's pregnant! Please keep Erin and Shelly in your prayers.

Project 365 pics:
Spencer at his Valentine's party at school.Daddy reading Captain Underpants. Our family pic on Valentine's's hard to get a good one with all 5!
Papa loves his Kendall.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine's Love

Decorating his cupcake...


My valentine!
Mailboxes from school...

Today Cooper and Kendall had Valentine's Day at school, and I got Grammy to sub for me so I could go...aww, the perks of having a sub in the family...and it was fun! Coop was so excited I was there, he held my hand the whole time. Miss K was sleeping the whole time...We had a nice heart lunch and decorated cupcakes. Cooper was thrilled with his mailbox of goodies and looked through it all afternoon.
The gifts for the teachers...says "You deserve a hand. Happy Valentine's Day!" Being a teacher, I know it's nice to get chocolate gifts, but it's nice to get useful gifts, too. And who washes their hands more than a teacher? So they are getting some good hand cream. Saw this idea in Family fun magazine.
Also, best wishes to Victoria and family on the birth of Sadie! Congrats!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

i do have a blog, but I think I'm boring...

...not much to say...busy with boxes and kids and putting things away and school and stressing over next year...will class size reduction be cut? Will I have a job? Will I have to switch schools???? Noooooo....saying lots of prayers right now....

but anyway, what's new with you? Are you feeling the pinch at all? This crazy did it go from so good to so bad so fast? Can I use "so" anymore? I'm not shopping much...trying to stay away from Target, luckily our new house is far from Target, so that's good for the pocketbook.

The house is far from many things....the grocery store, for example. BUT we are about 2 min. max from my in-law's, so that is nice. I can just drop by for sugar or an egg! And our neighbors all seem pretty nice. It's a nice neighborhood, but the house itself is taking some getting used to. I'm still warming up to it...literally. It always seems cold! We had the heater checked out and found out the kids' rooms were not being heated at all! My poor babies! And we're having a cold spell right now.

My classroom heater was on the fritz for a while, too, until I wrote an email about how ridiculous it was that my room was always freezing and sent it to my principal and vice principal. The district brought in space heaters that day and fixed the heater the very next day. The squeaky wheel gets noticed...

OK, enough babbling, right? Here's some recent pics! Realizing there are NO pics of me yet so far this year. Hmmm....time to hand over the camera! Not that I particularly want a pic of me, but for posterity reasons...:-)

It's hard to get a pic of 3 this b/c you can see which two will probably be fighting in a few years...hee-hee
Future tomboy, I am predicting...Her baby...she loves this doll...don't try to take it away from her.Mr. Pancake Eyes

Sweet K in her tutu from GrandmaThis is her "I-just-woke-up-and-Mommy-wants-to-do-a-photo-shoot" look. Sleepy eyes...

Sunday, February 08, 2009


My green stroller is a hybrid! :-)

Pana and Riley
Super Bowl Sunday...making the guacamole, the boys always make it!

Grammy playing with the kiddos!

So we're in the new house....enjoying it! Everyone loves it. It's freezing, though....the heater needs to be fixed in the bedrooms...thank goodness it's a rental! So we're bundled one seems to be as cold as me, though!

The major stuff is in and unpacked, now it's all the extras....oh, so tired of unpacking....anyone wanna come help????
Joe is getting ready to start his video production company...on the side. He NEEDS a creative outlet and misses his video work a lot, so he's all computer and software and now he needs work! :-)
My 10-month-old girl is fussing...nap time! Better go!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Another tag!

This is hard to do without being able to explain some of the answers, but you just bold the yes's and don't bold the no's. TAG, YOU'RE ALL IT!
Have you...?
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (I was in an airplane!)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise ( wasn't sailing...)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (Not yet...can't wait to go to Hungary someday!)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Where's Amy?

I'm here!!!! Sorry...been gone too long. Part of the problem is my computer does not have internet access, so I'm using Cindy's enjoy the updates without pics...sorry, Joe!
1. We are in the process of moving. We are working through the boxes....slowly. We have too much stuff, I think! We are still camping out at my in-law's. Easier with a baby.
2. Like the new house a lot. The floor plan is great, even better than our old house. The house has 1 less bedroom, but more square footage. Joe and I are using the dining room as our office since it's tucked off the kitchen and the family room. Wish the kitchen and flooring was more updated, though. The backyard will be fun for the boys! And we've met 2 neighbors so far, and they are great! One has a 16 year old daughter for babysitting. The other is good friends with my mother-in-law.
3. Watching the commercials, I mean the Super Bowl right now. Joe is rooting for the Steelers, and Spencer and I are rooting for the Cardinals. No reason in particular!
4. Up to date with Project's fun to take pictures everyday. Trying to take pictures of everyday stuff, too, so we can remember what life was like for us in 2009.
5. Maddie is the BEST at helping! She came over and was cleaning my house like crazy yesterday, and baking beautiful cakes for her mom in between.
6. My sister had hand surgery Friday (Jenny) because she sliced her finger pretty deeply cutting an avocado! She is doing fine, but will take a while to recover. She is wearing a huge cast on her arm, too! She and Justin are heading to Colorado in a few weeks to see their nephew. My mom is "babysitting" their dogs in San Diego....nice job! :-)))
7. OK, that's it for now. We get internet on Thursday, so I'll update with pictures of the house and my kids!