Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #28
13 Of The Christmas Movies I can't wait to watch!
  1. The Santa Clause
  2. Christmas with the Kranks
  3. The Polar Express
  4. A Christmas Carol
  5. It's A Wonderful Life
  6. Scrooged
  7. The Polar Express
  8. White Christmas
  9. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
  10. Frosty the Snowman
  11. The Little Drummer Boy
  12. The Year Without Santa Clause
  13. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and even though it's not a Christmas Movie
  14. Pirates of the Caribbean 2

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Here's what I've done so far. I'm going to try changing the background to either red or green, and then take a couple more pics. Using quick clicks is really fast and easy. The background,elements and word art I used Holiday Magic from the Shabby Princess, and the EZCard template Designed by: Marsha Zepeda.
Alphabet Meme
I've been tagged by Ocean Lady!
A - Available/single? No.
B - Best Friend? Tracy
C- Cake or pie? Cake.
D - Drink of choice? Winter time- Hot tea with milk and sugar, Summer time- Diet Pepsi.
E - Essential item you use everyday? My radio, I love listening to music.
F - Favorite color? Burgundy
G - Gummy Bears or worms? Gummie bears
H - Hometown?Costa Mesa, CA.
I - Indulgence? Chocolate Brownies with Hotfudge and Vanilla Ice Cream, whipped cream and a cherry on top.
J - January or February? February ~ my oldest daughter and the baby are almost 12yrs apart.
K - Kids & their names? Three girls Marissa,Katelyn, Lindsay one boy Joshua.
L - Life is incomplete without? Love, my family, adventures, and friends.
M - Marriage date?July 31st.
N- Number of siblings? 1 brother.
O - Oranges or apples? Apples.
P - Phobias/fears? creepy Crawly Spiders!
Q - Favorite quote? “The Serenity prayer!” God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference.
R - Reason to smile? When my kids are all playing nicely and are being super silly! My husband does or says something to make my day!
S - Season? I'm a Summer girl. Love the heat, but not when it's 120F!
T - Tag 3 people? Anybody is welcome to do this!
U - Unknown fact about me?I don't like Pumpkin pie!
V - Vegetable you don’t like? Green Bell Pepper.
W - Worst habit? I assume to much about things, and worry too much!
X - X-rays you’ve had? I thought I'd broke my foot one time!
Y - Your Favorite Food? Greek Gyros, Mexican enchiladas, Italian manicotti and Sushi.
Z - Zodiac sign? Cancer.
If you do this let me know, and I'll come visit yours!
With the End of The Year Quickly approaching, and I do mean QUICKLY, I've been looking back over the year at things I'm just amazed that my kids have done that really have touched my heart and have given me such joy. Starting with Josh, he is a whiz at the computer. He has been one since he was 3. Before this computer was all mine, we shared (me and the kids) it with my husband, and my husband really didn't like my son downloading any free games. One day my husband comes home from work and asked me WHY I had downloaded some games for Josh. Of course I didn't do it, Josh did! Another thing that amazes me is, I just found my husband's 2nd grade report card. The teacher noted that my husband needed to work on his math facts up to 20!! I remember when in K, all I needed to know was my ABCs, and counting up to 10. Now, my 3yo is counting to 20, and Josh is doing simple addition and subtraction and needed to count to 100 in K! Just blows my mind how much is expected of our children now adays to keep up with the world. What really touched my heart yesterday, and I don't even know how to work my cell phone except to answer it and take pictures, but my oldest, Marissa, she set my phone with a Christmas song ringtone, and a date reminder to what time she needed me to pick her up from school. So at lunchtime I got her message!! I wouldn't forget her, Well maybe not yesterday, but she knows I seriously need a schedule to keep up with everything! It's not any one thing my kids have done, but these are a few little things, that I'm so proud of them! For more PTT stories you can find them HERE!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Back to Monday! It's been a crazy morning. First I post a short Monday Memory, and then I have an interesting post about a Free Rose Bush, which as we all know, you never get anything truly for Free!!

Here's a picture from the Pyramid of the Sun outside of Mexico City. There are two pyramids with very steep steps as you can see. The view from the top is breathtaking. The Valley of The Kings is so green and lush. Very gorgeous. Nothing like the dusty border towns of the SouthWest.

Yesterday my husband was looking through Craigslist. He found someone posting some Free Rose Bushes. He knew I wanted some, so he told me. Now here's where the catcher is. I would have to dig them up myself, and the woman lives about an hour from me. I asked her how the ground around the roses was, and she said it wasn't Too Bad. There were 5 bushes, and she would help me dig them out! To know me, I don't like things of beauty to die, so I decided to go and SAVE the Rose Bushes. When I got there, she wasn't there. The ground wasn't at all like she described. It was covered in grass, and a couple of the rose bushes were dead. The ground was rock hard, so I flooded the one rose bush, that was worth saving. I made the trek out there, so I wasn't coming home empty handed. After about an hour and one mud hole later, I pulled it out of the ground. Just as I've got the rose bush in the van, the woman pulls up and I told her I was only taking one, because it was getting late, and took longer than I thought! With my rose bush in tow, I head home. This is definetly a 3 hour tour!! Just as I am exiting the freeway, something comes off my car and gets trapped under my wheel. I'm scared half to death and shaking! Get out of my car which is still running fine, I decide to drive the mile home and check it out when I get there. What it was, was my tire separated and the top portion came off! So the end of the story, my tire from the Van I just bought was a 2001, and I'll probably have to buy 3 more tires! Free rose bush= 4 New Tires! Oh well, at least I'll have something pretty to look at!!

Everyone have a great Monday!

I'm still working on my Christmas card, but I figured them out to cost $6.00 total with postage. I'm using Marsha Zepeda's EZCard #2 . I haven't decided on a background, and I still need to take 4 pics of the kids, but I thought this would be a great way to do my cards this year!!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Christmas Cactus Flower Detail, Washington, USA

Christmas Cactus Flower Detail, Washington, USA Photographic Print Wild, Jamie &... Buy at AllPosters.com Hope everyone had a Wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, food and FUN! We were all stuffed. Nana put on a spread and announced this would be her last time cooking, so she went all out! She makes the best stuffing, and her Turkey, Great Grandpa said this was the best one EVER! It just fell off the bone!! She made whipped poatoes and this awesome green bean/onion with cheese casserole. There was fresh fruit, and I made a Pomegranate Salad with mandarin oranges and walnuts. For dessert we had apple and pumpkin pie. My MIL feed the baby who just loved the mashed potatoes. Lindsey ate half her plate!! She also took a very long nap! Which was a plus for the Momma, who is just loving this 4 day weekend! Yesterday my Mom came over and baked cookies with the kids. I went and rented Monster House and The DaVinci Code. I was surprised that Monster House was PG!! I really wanted to rent CARS, but I was too late! Katelyn was a little scared, so I put on Little Einsteins for her! Marissa and I watched the DaVinci Code. It was good, I liked National Treasure better! Tom Hanks is great! Then we just kicked back the rest of the weekend! No GTS post, but I've been digi scrapping again, and I'll post a Christmas Card layout I've been working on later. Sometime next week, I'm going to take the kids Christmas picture!

Cacti Decorated for Christmas, Phoenix, AZ

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

One hundred and nineteen
Have you ever changed a flat tire by yourself?
No, but I remember when my husband was showing me how, and I just let him change it! I'm not very good with tools!
Do you have an "innie" or an "outie" belly button?
Innie. I had it pierced until I was expecting. Then I had to take it out!
Name a new paint color and describe it.
Steel Blue. A bright greyish -blue, very cold looking!
Main Course
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
There are so many to just pick one! The kids favorite would be decorating the Christmas Tree.
If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be, and why? White Chocolate Macadamia nut! You are what you eat, and they are my favorite!!
Just to let you all know, Josh is doing just fine now!
Thanks for helping me feel better!
We're off to get Stuffed at Nana's house.
Wishing everyone a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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Happy Thanksgiving!
I just wanted to let you all know how Thankful I am to have you for Great Support, your wonderful comments and kind words, really help me get through my day! Yesterday was a very hard day with Josh, but we got through it. In the middle of the night, he must have tossed and turned really bad, because his pump got knocked out. He was fine after dinner and at bedtime, but when he got up yesterday morning his blood sugar was really high, and he felt really sick, so I'm sure he probably went all night without getting any insulin. It just upsets me that these things are out of my control. I was telling my MIL, that I worry so much about him, she said that was good, I'm supposed to worry about my kids, but that's not really what I meant!With him more so beacause he can't take care of his diabetes by himself yet, and I'm trying to take care of. It's under control for the most part, but there are days, I feel so helpless! Knowing that he was sick while he slept, and there were no signs. He slept quietly, and I'm supposed to protect him against the unknown! I had no control over that, and that's what scares me. When he gets older and reads this, he'll probably laugh and blow it off, and tell me I just WORRY too much! That's OK, I'm his mother, and that's my job, right!! ;-)
You all have a good night and a good day tomorrow!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Kelly at Pass the Torch, started PTT for bloggers to praise our children, or another child we see, for the good things they have done or are doing. Whether it be something small, or something out of this world, it's something we're proud of! I've mentioned before that my daughter Marissa, plays the violin! She's had a couple concerts I've been meaning to post about, and this post would fit how proud I am of her! Last year, was her last year in Elementary School, and she had to pick out her classes for Junior High. As the Summer came to an end, and she was pre-registered for her Fall classes, all of the sudden her best friend did NOT want to be in Orchestra! So what do you think my daughter wanted to do, She wanted to Quit with her friend! I was a little upset, because she is very talented, more than I ever was! I'm good at Math and English, she's artistic and very musically inclined! So I gave her the speech about NOT QUITTING, and WHAT IF her friend moved, she'd be giving it up for nothing! What it really came down to is my trying to change her class with the counselors, but because it was so late and all the other classes were full, she'd have to take Orchestra anyways!Last week she had a concert, and she told me she was glad she didn't quit! I'm relieved she didn't either. I'm hoping she continues and one day can get a scholarship, and thinking how great it would be if she was in a Symphony! I love listening to classic music, and I love listening to her practice. It is one thing that calms me down, believe it or not! HERE and HERE are a few of the pics from her concert! They are a Mariachi group! Isn't her Sombrero gorgeous!

Carnival, Memes and More!

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The Carnival of Family Life's Thanksgiving edition is up at Thrifty Mommy's!There are lots of great stories and articles for decorating and Great recipes too! I submitted my story about the Missing Turkey! Which she thought reminded her of the movie A Christmas Story! I haven't seen it before, so I'll have to watch it!
I found this over at Catch's ! It looked like fun.
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?He wraps them!s ! 3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? colored
4. Do you hang mistletoe? No
5. When do you put up your decorations.. after Thanksgiving!
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? My grandmother's homemade Stuffing! Nobody can make it like hers!
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:The one year my Dad bought me a PogoStick. I couldn't stop bouncing on it!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Is there something I don't know?
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes, at my SILs. 10.What kind of decorations are on your Christmas Tree?Bulbs and every year I buy a Hallmark ornament! The kids hang candy canes and string popcorn.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread itI love how everything looks so peaceful in the morning, and how the scenery is so clean and white. I really wouldn't want to live in it though!
12. Can you ice skate? Yes, It's been a few years, but I love it!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? My pogo stick! 14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?Being with my family, being thankful for all God has blessed me with.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?My Grandmother's FUDGE!
16 What is your favorite holiday tradition? Taking the kids to see Santa, and Christmas Morning Service at Church!
17. What tops your tree?An angel
18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?I like Giving! To see the kids faces light up when they open their presents!Brings so much JOY to see it!
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?The Christmas Song.....Chestnuts roasing on an open fire!Jack Frost nipping at your nose!
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yummy?Yummy!!! I like to stir them in my Hot Chocolate!
Let me know if you do this on your blog so I can come visit!
I haven't done quizzes in a while, and I've seen this one everywhere!
This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 6.9
Mind: 6.5
Body: 7
Spirit: 5.2
Friends/Family: 5.7
Love: 7.3
Finance: 6.6
Take the Rate My Life Quiz
It was pretty right on my spirit is low because of the stress I feel in taking care of my son! It seems like everyone is so busy in our family, that we aren't as close as we used to be!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Motivational Monday

Life is Not Measured - Anonymous

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Trying to get through Mondays and survive the rest of the week, I thought I'd give myself a little something to remind me of how lucky I am and to be Thankful for the Life God has given to me, and so I'm dedicating part of my Mondays to something Motivational. A poem, a quote, or a story! If you have a favorite poem or quote or story that lifts you up, let me know in my comments, and if you post it, let me know, so I can visit yours! Also today, I'm posting a great Monday Memory, and More!

Hope you all had a great weekend, and Here's to a Great Short Week! See I'm allready looking forward to Wendsday!

Saturday, November 18, 2006


Ralph Waldo Emerson~

For flowers that bloom about our feet;

For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;

For song of bird, and hum of bee;

For all things fair we hear or see,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

For more of my Green Thumb Sunday pics visit HERE.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Save The WORLD! Save The TURKEY! Thinking back on old Thanksgivings past. They are all full of fond memories of family and all the good food and everyone being Thankfull! Every year, my MIL, SIL, my husband's grandma and I, we all take turns cooking Thanksgiving. This year it's NANA's! I wanted to pick a ThanksGiving memory, that stands out from all the rest, and it has to be without a doubt one the whole family still talks about! It was about 15yrs. ago, so way before my oldest daughter was born. My MIL had just pulled the Turkey out of the oven. The guys were all watching football. Christmas music was playing in the background. The women were all visiting at the dining room table. Seemed like the start of a lovely Thanksgiving meal as usual. My FIL had just finished up carving the Turkey. He had no sooner put the Turkey on the table when from the living room he could hear the yelling and shouting of what ever team was playing that had just made a touchdown. He went into the living room, leaving the Turkey all ALONE in the kitchen! Announcing that dinner was now being served, we all headed into the dining room. We were all sitting down about ready to give thanks for the wonderful meal put before us, when we all heard my FIL screaming from the kitchen. We all got up to see what was the matter. Peeking into the kitchen, when what did we see, but my In-Laws Yellow Lab Blondie feasting on the Turkey!! And boy was he one happy Dog!! We all went out that year, but we've never left the Turkey alone again! And yes he got at the Pumpkin pie too!! What is one of your most memorable Thanksgiving stories?
First I want to Give A HUGE Thankyou to Liz a.k.a. Looney Mom for all her help decorating my place for the Holidays!! She is so sweet and great to work with. She'll make sure you are happy with the way everything looks, and that everything works and fits perfectly!!
I love it!!
Secondly, I spent more time yesterday at my son's school than I had planned. It was a special day, and I enjoyed having lunch with him, my MIL and his NANA. It wasn't for Thanksgiving, just a day almost like Open House, but more like Open Classroom for Family. It was fun, and it made his day to have us there. He was really happy to have us and show us what he does at school.
I'll be visiting T13s, today for sure. I'm picking up the house today, because family is in town and leaving tomorrow, I'm pretty sure she'll be coming over today sometime. I have very little time to blog today!! Catch up with everyone later!
Everyone have a great Friday!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Kudos to Denise for the banner!
Thursday 13 #27
13 Things I'm Thankful for!
Next week, we'll be with family, and I most likely won't be doing a T13, so I'm doing my Thanksgiving 13 this week!
  1. It has to be the support and love of my family. The love from my husband, and all the hugs and kisses from my kids.
  2. My morning coffee.
  3. I'm thankful for having a roof over our heads, food on our table, and warm beds to sleep on at night!
  4. For our health, and at least being able to have the technology now to take care of my son and husband's diabetes!
  5. For the nurses at my son's school, who help me take care of him, when I can't be there!
  6. For the weather in AZ. In the summers it can be so HOT, but it's a dry heat.No Humidity like back East! And the Winters here are so gorgeous!
  7. For our Pool, to help us COOL OFF in the Summers, and air conditioning!
  8. For my digital camara, that helps capture all the great Moments with the kids and family!
  9. For email, I can keep in touch with all my family and friends (blog buddies)!
  10. For my van, that takes us where we need to go!
  11. For my children's teachers, who have a great responsibility for giving my children their education!
  12. God's love, and his strength with which I couldn't make it through my day on my own!
  13. For all of you!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Wordless Wednesday #6

For PTT, Kelly started,you catch a kid being good, about the little things we witness everyday, that make us proud. Between the time the children come home from school, and dinner time, I would say is the busiest time of day! Homework is finished, and then they can go outside and play until I call them in for dinner! Last Weds. my son was finishing up his homework, and Katelyn the almost 4yr. old, comes over and wants him to write her name for her! He was so thrilled to be the big brother in showing her all the letters in her name! That he was having more fun teaching her, than riding his bike outside. Then at dinner, they were going back in forth counting their numbers, and when they got over 15, Katelyn wasn't too sure of what number came next, but Josh would tell her, and she'd say," Oh, yeah, that's right!" It's always nice to see them get along and help each other, which doesn't happen very often. You can read more Pass the Torch Stories Here

Monday, November 13, 2006

Speed Dialing the Tooth Fairy!!!

Yesterday, my son's tooth was pretty loose, but it didn't seem loose enough to Fall out! He comes racing down the hallway, all excited that he'd gotten it out! Knowing my son, he kept playing with it until it came out! He had to tell EVERYONE !! Then he turns to me and wants to know if I knew the Tooth Fairy's phone number, so he could call her to let her know she could pick up his tooth tonight and give him a dollar! My husband and I were trying to keep straight faces and busting out in laughter!

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

We had a surprise visit from our family from CA, this weekend. When I took Josh bowling, they showed up at the bowling alley to show their support! Josh was so excited and happy to see them that he bowled a 110. Better than his Mama for sure! My husband's Aunt and her son who is a year older than my daughter is like an older brother for Josh.

My husband's Aunt and I were talking about our almost teenage children, and compared notes as to what they do. It made me think how much I appreciate my Mom, and not knowing what she went through while we were growing up, I'd hope my children would appreciate everything I do , and am sacraficing not working to be home with them, and my son would one day look back and remember everything we went through taking care of him. I don't mean to sound like they owe me, or expect anything from them, but all that it would really take to make me smile would be a small Thank you MOM, we Love you, and I would be the happiest Mom in the World!

Getting back to why I've been thinking about all of these things, the Blogosphere is very small indeed, after my company left after lunch, I read a comment from Chaotic MOM about a contest she was having, fit perfectly with what was happened today! You can visit Chaotic MOM to read all the details of the contest!

My mother is a very quiet person. She's slow to anger, and very loving! She is the most patient person I've ever met, and she has a heart of gold. She has a Green Thumb and we had the most gorgeous garden in our back yard growing up. Right now she's sewing a costume for my daughter who has a Violin Concert on Monday! She's an awesome and very thoughtful grand-mother!

My Mother-in-Law, has always been like a second mother to me! When I was faced with things I couldn't talk to my Mom about I'd confide in her, and when my Dad passed away, she's always been there to comfort me! Which is fine, because my Mom didn't know how, she was dealing with her own grief at the time!She's quite the opposite of my mother as far as being patient and very quick to anger, but she's very straight forward, and lets you know what she's thinking without holding anything back, which can be a good thing! She's a wonderful Grandma too!

I'm thankful for my grandmother. She was always so much fun to be around, and still is. Since I am her first grand child, she sort of spoils me I think, but I love this woman to death. She loves to play with my kids, and always sends packages in the mail, which they love getting packages in the mail from Great-Grandma! She's an awesome baker. She bakes my husband all these cookies and spoils him with them! My mom doesn't like to shop at the Malls, but when I go up to visit my Grandma, we go Shopping!

My husband's GrandMother. She is NANA to my kids! She's alot of fun to be around too. My husband is the first grandchild for her, and since she has 6 daughters, when my husband was born, he was like her first son. She is an awesome cook. She's having ThanksGiving this year. Her stuffing is incredible! She's a very active 70 yr. old, who up until last year bowled in a league with my husband. Josh wants to bowl with her, which is so COOL! She's always treated me like I was her grand daughter, and we both check up on each other every day! She's concearned about her whole family, which includes the 13 grand children , and I think she has 15 great- grandchildren, which is only about half of the grand children with kids! So she's very family orientated! She's also a giver, and whenever we go over to visit, she wants you to feel like you're home.

These are the women I'm very Thankful for in my life. Not forgetting my sister-in-law who is like the sister I never had. Even though she's six years younger, since she's had her children, we've gotten much closer!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
The Vietnam Wall

Thankyou to my father who fought in the Vietnam War, and my brother who has served his country. Thankyou to all the Veterans who have Protected our country, and to their families who have Supported them!

John Fitzgerald Kennedy~
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them

Thursday, November 09, 2006

I am wondering how many Moms, Stay at home or that Work Full Time can relate to this. There is no greater and more important of a job, than that of being a Mother. It's very hard work. Kailani had me laughing when she called me "Super Mom"! I didn't feel that way this last Tuesday, and what was ironic was it was Pass The Torch Tuesday, and I wrote this post about how great my kids were during the weekend, they were anything BUT on Tuesday, and I felt like the worse mother in the world. The kids had just gotten over the flu, and then Josh picks up something and starts coughing and stays home from school Tuesday and Weds. Adding to that my MIL and my husband's grandmother come for a visit, and told me I looked like I was ready to Climb some walls! Which didn't HELP me!Honestly, I don't think Calgon could take me away! A week's vacation at a Sandal's Beach Resort sounds more like what I really needed. Then while I visited Catch her post this morning was perfect, because my husband on Tuesday had said and done something that just about pushed me to tears! It was classic, he had this look on his face, " What did I do, or Did I say something wrong!" I'm still not sure if he knew what he was saying.We have our good days, with our share of bad days. I can't wait for the Great day that will balance Tuesday out!
Have you had a day like that!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #25
13 Things in 13 Years 1993-2005
  1. 1993- It's my 21st Birthday, and I took my first trip to Mexico. I spent a month visiting the surrounding area of Mexico city in the state of Guerrero.
  2. 1994-My oldest daughter Marissa is born. I named her Marissa, because her name means "of the Sea", and I love the Ocean!
  3. 1995-I left CA to live in El Paso,TX. Don't ask me WHY, but if I had any regrets in my life, which I don't, but if I did, that would be one thing I would change!
  4. 1996-My Second trip to Mexico. I got to see the Pyramids.
  5. 1997-My dad passes away, we move to ABQ.
  6. 1998-Went to see the Balloon Fiesta in ABQ.
  7. 1999-We move to Phoenix.
  8. 2000-My son Joshua is born.
  9. 2001-We bought our house.
  10. 2002-My Mother got remarried.
  11. 2003-My second daughter Katelyn is born, and my son is diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
  12. 2004-I'm trying to learn about taking care of my son, while working full time, and taking care of a baby. This was probably my hardest year, so far!
  13. 2005-My son starts K! A very important day for me!We find out we could expect my 3rd daughter, Lindsay sometime in March of 2006. She was born in February!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Wordless Wednesday #5
For PTT, Kelly started,you catch a kid being good, about the little things we witness everyday, that make us proud.

After Dinner, I have Josh and Marissa help empty out the dishwasher, so I can load it. When here comes Katelyn, chiming in she wants to help too. My son is always trying to get out of putting the dishes away, so I thought he'd pass it all off for Katelyn to do . I was genuinely surprised, that he was showing her how to sort the silver ware, and to have her pass the plastic bowls and cups to him for him to put them away. I would have never expected him to help her, in explaining to her what to do and where something goes (that task usually belongs to me). To be honest, I didn't think he had the patience to show her. He WAS getting a little impatient at trying to tell her where the silver ware goes. She was just tossing them all together in the drawer, but you could tell they were both having fun together helping each other.

You can read more Pass the Torch Stories Here. Here's one of my own favorite PTT stories "Patience".

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Christmas Gift Exchange 2006
I am so excited. I found out who I'm sending a Secret Santa gift to. It's Mandy's Mother. Mandy is the Hostess for this year's Christmas Grotto Goodie Swap. This Sunday I was reading Mandy's Green Thumb Sunday post, about the special gift she got for her Birthday from her mom. It's a beautiful post, you'd enjoy reading.
Her mother is very special, and I'd like to give her something really nice. Your suggestions would mean so much to me! What would be the perfect gift for her?
The Great Cookie Exchange 2006
Heather at Everything Under the Moon had the wonderful idea of starting a cookie exchange!
My mom's closest friend would make these over the Holidays! Growing up when we went to visit her, she was sure to have these.
Reese's Peanut Butter Bars
1 1/2 cp. Graham crackers, crushed
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 1/2 cps. extra crunchy Peanut Butter
1 cp. melted butter
12 oz. chocolate chips

1. In a bowl mix all ingredients except chocolate well. Pat into buttered 9x 13 pan.

2.Melt Chocolate Chips. Pour over top, and refrigerate for 10-15 min. Cut into small squares and refrigerate again until solid.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Feeding Ducks at the Park!

My Green Thumb Sunday post is up at my Garden Photo blog A SW Oasis.

With the Walk for a Cure for Diabetes this weekend, I thought I'd share some great news I read about JDRF Announcing New Research Grants to Accelerate the Availability of an Artificial Pancreas. You can read the story here, but I am full of hope that my son will see a cure in his lifetime.
JDRF has made its Artificial Pancreas Project a priority because research confirms that current diabetes technology is inadequate: some studies have found that even patients who aggressively manage their disease- managing their blood glucose an average of nine times a day- spent less than 30% of the day in normal range. The rest of the time, their blood sugar levels were either too high or too low.

Which is something I've learned about perfectionism. Here I am trying to make a life without fault for not only myself, but for my family. In taking care of my son, it's a roller coaster ride. The highs and lows my son feels through out the day, "will over time, lead to severe complications like heart attacks, kidney failure, amputations, and blindness," said Dr. Richard Insel, JDRF's Executive Vice President of Research. Even with my attempts to monitor his blood sugar levels, I'm not perfect, and neither is life. Diabetes has helped me, to better accept that fact, and to enjoy life as it is, and the best I can do is live life one day at a time, and to teach my son how to live his life by taking care of what he eats, and in turn has helped us to watch what we eat! Diabetes has been a blessing in disguise and helped me also rely on God for daily strength, and thanking him for his plan for my family's lives, even though I don't see what his purpose is for Diabetes in my son's life. Only God knows, and only time will tell!

Thank you again everyone for your encouraging words and thoughtful comments!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Have you thought about starting your Christmas shopping yet? I am usually the one you see hustling from shop to shop rushing home with my gifts at the very last minute. This year I'm planning on spending more time with the family, and less time shopping at the malls. I've bought things from Ebay before, and other online stores, but when I found out that I could buy the kids' presents at the Disney Store online for up to 75% Off through Coupon Chief, I couldn't resist saving money and time. It's a win-win situation. I get more time for my family, and I'm saving money. What could be better than that? There were other stores too. Sears, and Target just to name a few of the Big ones. I like shopping at OverStock.com , Old Navy, Illuminations, and The Body Shop. I'm sure with all the Coupon Cheif coupon codes you'd be able to find some great holiday deals!


The chef is on vacation this week for Friday's Feast from now until Nov 17! Memes are great, because I get to visit so many great blogs, but than my day gets really busy, and I'd like to post something about the kids, or what's going on, or something funny that happened, that by the time I get around to it, the day's gone. It'll be a nice break. This weekend, I've got the Walk for a Cure for Diabetes, and as far as I know, not any family visiting this weekend. My husband wants to go see the New Santa Clause movie with Tim Alan. I think I'll take the kids to the park where they can actually play now on equipment that won't be so Hot to play on, and to the Library!

What ever your plans are, you all have a nice weekend!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Thirteen Things I'd like to do on my Life List!
1. Learn how to scuba dive. Then I'd visit either The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, or the Bahamas!
2. I'd love to go ski on SugarLoaf Mountain in Vermont. I've skiied Big Bear, in Utah, and New Mexico, but I hear this is the place to ski, oh and Vale, CO, too.
3. To be a leaf looker, and visit New England when the leaves all change color.
4. Take a Helicopter ride, either over the Grand Canyon, or Hawaii.
5. While in Paris, I'd visit the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower.
6. In Acapulco, at a hotel called Las Brisas, they have these cute little Pink Jeeps to drive around, I'd like to ride those, or take a Jeep tour of Sedona, AZ.
7. Learn how to knit some cool tops or scarves.
8. My daughter, I don't know where she came up with this, but she wants to take me to this European spa in Greenland....
9. And I want to take her to Hawaii as a graduation present from High School.
10. I've always wanted to go to Key Largo, anywhere where it's 5' o clock
11. I would love to do some ParaSailing in Hawaii.
12. Take an Alaskan cruise with my husband.
13. Visit the Pyramids in Egypt.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Last night reminded me of one of Janet Evanovich's novels, and I was Stephanie Plum. That poor girl has more bad things happen to her than the law allows. One thing after another. Once we got out the door to go Trick-or-Treating everything was fine. The kids had a blast, and came home with more candy to last the rest of the year! I had everything somewhat planned, carve pumpkin after kids got out of school, have dinner, get dressed and GO! What's that saying about the best layed plans....HA! My daughter decided to stay after school for a new Art club. My other daughter decided to get her costume down and play with it. I searched high and low, the entire house couldn't find it! I'll probably find it this weekend when I clean her room.She still had her fairy wings, and a really cute feather boa. I just dressed her in one of her gorgeous dresses with makeup and she still looked like a fairy princess. My son's insulin pump came off, and I had to fix it, when it came to prime the pump with insulin, it told me MOTOR ERROR, somehow after a couple attempts, we got it working, and as for the pumpkin carving, Note to myself next year, do it the day before, too many things to do around dinner and getting ready! Some of the fun things that happened last night. One woman's house we went to was a witch, was that you Wystful, she had the loudest, scariest witchy cackle that the whole street could hear! It was great! Another house went all out and was decorated like the cemetary from The Nightmare Before Christmas with Jack the Pumpkin King, and had all these Egyptian statues and a sarcophogus(sp?). Lots of Pumpkins and spooky ghost lights. The most interesting costume I saw was this woman had a pink T-Shirt and pretended to be pregnant, with Britney across her chest and a fake blond wig. One man dressed as a wizard with a creepy face, scared Katelyn half to death, and my son just told him BOO! It was cute! My husband got in it. He got his black overcoat and a glow in the dark skeleton mask, played the music from the UnderTaker (WWF) off his laptop and put in some black lights in his garage. He had fun passing out candy. Another funny thing, while I was feeding the baby her bottle, Josh was pushing the stroller for me. By this time his candy sack was feeling very heavy, as we approached this house one of the mothers started laughing. They thought it was cute, the baby was out of the stroller, and the candy was in!HA HA! That was a sure sign it was time to go home!
Don't forget to vote over at Kailani's for her Halloween Costume contest! Please put a vote in for Lindsay's 'Lil Pink Panther costume for Cutest Kid!
I found this 'lil pink kitty cat costume for the baby. I looked for Pumpkins, but they must have been sold out. She kind of looks like a 'lil Pink Panther! :P I'll be posting pics of the other kids, my son didn't want to put his costume on , and it was really late to do the other 2 girls, so I'll try for later tonight or tomorrow.