Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Hump Day

I heart: conversations with my sister that start out with "There's a black boy in Cali's class..."
I heart: Lil' Rounders from Carvel Ice cream.
I heart: Bobby Fisher.
I heart: Kody dedicating the song Bleeding Love to me.
I heart: real friends that withstand the test of time. And then some.
I heart: reading a good book.
I heart: my new couches.
I heart: cool weather.
I heart: truth.
I heart: siesta with Jared.
I heart: carpool at Kodys school.
I heart: high fives from Lennix. MmmmK.
I heart: my iPod shuffle.
I heart: my Steve Madden Boots.
I heart: family.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ketchup, Catsup, Catch Up

I dont know where the time goes! Just when I think I have things under control and things will start to calm down- we get packages in the mail, cousins that come over to play, football games to go to, and naps to take! Lets start with my biggest challenge. Miss Lennix!! This girl is the laughter of our home! When I went to get her the other day from her nap, this is how I found her. Does anyone else think this is a problem?? She has got to be one of the funniest children I have ever met. Her personality is so fun and light- it's contagious. She sparkles as she walks, and demands all the attention in the room. (And usually gets it!)This is her latest "smile" and I can't help but laugh when I see her doing it. Who needs to say "cheeeessseee" when you have this?!?
Next up: Ayla Alden! I got to watch this little snuggle bug one day while Scott and Casey were at work and it only took about 3 seconds before Jared scooped her up and announced- "I want another baby." We had just had "the talk" the night before and had decided we were not going to have another baby. So much for that talk. All plans went out the window as soon as Ayla landed in our arms! We love you little Missy!
Then we got the mail. FedEx delivered boxes from AUNNIE!!! Yeah!!!! How fun it was to open these boxes with my kids and see the look of pure joy on their faces as they saw what she had sent them. Cups, plates, bubbles, Webkinz, candy, stickers, etc... She had it all in there! Why did she send all this stuff you might wonder? Because that's what Aunnie does. She is so great at spoiling my kids and making them feel special. I am grateful for a sister who is thoughtful enough to include my children in fun things like this! We love you Aunnie!!

Can you guess what thing Lennix liked the best? STICKERS! Apparently the stickers Aunnie bought were on the $1 aisle, so she grabbed a bunch and packed them in. Here's the best part- they were scented! Vanilla if I remember correctly. But come on- they were on the dollar aisle. I couldnt smell vanilla if my life depended on it. It was more like a spicy pine scent. Very weird. But Lennix didn't care (obviously) and they were a HUGE hit!! Thanks again Aunnie!
Last we have FOOTBALL! This past Saturday Kody's football team played Agoura and the whole family got to go cheer him on. His team played good and by the end of the fourth quarter we were tied 6-6. Perfect! We all go home winners I thought. I thought wrong. Just as we packed up we heard the announcer come over the loud speaker to announce "sudden death over time!" Are you kidding me?
So here's how it works: you get 4 plays starting on the 10 yard line, and try to score. If one team doesnt get in the end zone, but the other team does, you lose. Needless to say, I was in a full blown panic at this point!
Our team goes first. 1st run of the over time, we score a touchdown! YES YES YES!!! My prayers have been answered. Now it's Agouras turn to answer. First down, incomplete. Second down, tackled and no yards gained. Third down, incomplete. Fourth down (their LAST chance) the quarterback decides to run it in HIMSELF and he's heading straight for my baby! Now, I should mention, Kody LOVES football but he doesnt like to tackle. He will shoulder someone, and push, but when it comes to hanging on and dragging them down- well, he leaves that for the rest of the team. Although he does stand at the side of the pile and trash talk. Great sportsmanship right?!? Any ways- Fourth down, QB running at my baby...and he does it! Kody MAKES THE TACKLE and we WIN the game! He jumped up with his arms in the air yelling "Yea Baby" for a good 5 minutes! I was so proud of him. All those hours of practices we go to watching him and chasing Lennix around Berylwood park, the stinky uniforms I beg for him to let me wash, the hours we drive to and from games- It was all worth it for that play right there! Way to go Patriots!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Lucky number 7

Seven things you should know about me...

7 Things I plan to do before I die

1.Vacation in Tahiti in one of those small huts on stilts surrounded by water
2. Help someone have a baby
3. Compete in one organized race every year for the rest of my life
4. Own and ride my own motorcycle
5. Go on an African Safari
6. Own a lucrative business with Sharalyn. (Hello Sisters Inc.)
7. build and live in my dream home

7 things I do now
1. Eat a lot of cookie dough
2. Run a lot of miles to burn off the calories I consumed while eating cookie dough
3. Clean up after Kody and Lennix
4. Day dream about what life would be like if Sharalyn and I lived closer
5. worry
6. Laundry...lots and lots of laundry
7. miss Ginger

7 things I can't do
1. go to bed before 10 pm
2. keep my entire house organized at the same time
3. have a baby when ever I want to
4. stop worrying about my friends and family
5. find the perfect place for the adorable Apothecary box I found at the antique store!
6. decide on a paint color without going through hundreds of samples
7. please all of the people all of the time. ( I settle for some of the people some of the time)

7 things that attract me to the opposite sex
1. teeth
2. honesty
3. style
4. humor
5. natural smell
6. smile
7. ability to meet my needs and the needs of my kids

7 things that I say most often
1. Good Morning Good Morning Good Morning. (if you know me- you know why its written 3 times!)
2. What do you want for breakfast this morning?
3. A whole slur of swear words that I wont write because my mom reads this!
4. You wanna talk to Aunnie??
5. Lovie and Finky Dinky doo dad
6. I know, right??
7. Bye buddy! I love you! Have a good day and remember to be nice to everyone!

7 celebrities that I admire
1. Dane Cook
2. Lauren Conrad
3. The whole cast of Prison Break
4. Brangelina
5. Lebron James
6. Dr. Viken Sahikian
7. Wadley

7 favorite foods
1. Slenderize Fuse drink
2. cool whip in a can
3. rice pudding
4. cold green apples with peanut butter
5. Luv Bug cookies
6. Aunt Ruths Ice cream pie
7. Dad's salmon

7 people who need to do this
1. Dad and/or Mom
2. Sharalyn
3. Bud and Megan
4. Steven
5. Janelle
6. Jenn
7. Justin

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Garfield Donuts Cherry

They said time heals all wounds.
They said it will get easier.
They said it just takes some getting used to.
They said I will feel normal again.
They said I will move on.
They said it will be okay.

They lied.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pledge to the Christian Flag. Ready. Begin

August 27th rolls around and Kody and I head out the door for his first day of school. We get there really early and Kody is giving me the third degree about why we are there already. I explain to him that good moms take pictures of their kids on the first day of school, and I intend to be a good mom today. Just a few snap shots. Promise. Nothing too embarrassing. We get out of the car, get the camera out, and get positioned in front of the ivy by the Grace Brethren sign. On the count of three. 1....2....sna- nothing. Duh! You have to turn the camera on. Okay, lets try this again. 1....2...sna-nothing. What is going on!?!? Battery is dead. I look at Kody who's laughing at me still standing by the ivy. Remember all that talk about being a good Mom I said to you earlier Kody? Yes. Well, good mom's take pictures of their kids AFTER school too!

These pictures might be a little late, but seriously- he wears a uniform to school. It's always the same thing. So here's my 2nd grader on his 4th day of school!

He is such a good student and is anxious to learn more this year. I am proud of him for his decision to always study hard and make school a priority. We have been so blessed to be able to keep him at Grace. It is a school that not only holds you to the highest standards academically but also spiritually. I am thankful for his teachers who do not just teach him the basic ABC's, but teach him how to be a better person. How to love God with all your heart and really strive to be Christlike.

This weekend was spent together as a family. We had hoped to go to the beach or something fun like that- but Lennix woke up with a fever, (darn teeth!) so we ditched any plans and stayed home. What we thought was going to be just another boring weekend- was actually really fun. I got to go for my usual Saturday morning run a little later than usual thanks to Jared being home, and then Jared and Kody went to Oakridge to get some laps in at the pool. After that, Jared and Steve L. took the kids to see the movie Fly me to The Moon in 3-d while Lennix and I stayed home and took a nap. After they got home, we jumped on our skateboards and headed to the park for some more family time. Who knew you could work up such a sweat on a skateboard!?!?

After the park we met up with the Lukes for some dinner at Campos. Great food shared with even better company. The kids all did really well at dinner (except for Kody trying to choke out Zoe and Lennix taking her tank top off and wearing it as a shrug) but we were looking forward to a quiet night after such a crazy day.

This last picture was taken this morning. As I was pulling my camera out to download them onto the computer, Lennix insisted on me taking her photo. I love her messy hair and the "Jared like" expression she has on her face. If you look closely, you can see the red mark on her forehead she got from bumping into our kitchen table at 2:00 in the morning. Or maybe it was when she woke up at 2:30 am. Or 3:05 am. Yes, she started getting up in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. HELP! I'm just hoping you're all right and this is just a phase! Because I don't know how much more I can take!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Don't bother me....

I know God loves me. But, I never knew he loved me THIS much!! Tonight, the kids will be going down early (whether they like it or not) and I will be enjoying some serious TV. Season premiere of Prison Break, The Hills, and Intervention!! Are you kidding me!?!? I'm in heaven!!