Old Friends

June 8, 2013 - Leave a Response

I ran into some old friends today. Long ago friends. Friends from a different life. Friends I haven’t connected with in over a decade and a half. Good friends. But even as I was there, just a few steps away, I couldn’t bring myself to say Hi. Instead I turned and walk the other way. Why? Perhaps it was my own fear of “What will they think of me now?” or “Maybe they don’t even remember me anymore?” or perhaps it was the message from our social media world that has inundated us and said “I’ll just find them on FB later rather then taking up their time now.” Hmmmm. . . . lost friendships make me sad. But, just in case they do find me on FB, here goes: “Hi!!!!! It’s been so long! How are you doing?!?!?!? I’ve thought about you a lot and wondered what you’ve been up to. How’s your family? I miss seeing your mom and dad and even your little sister. Me? My life is wonderful! I love my family and I’m so proud of my kids. I’m so in love with my family that we are working to adopt two more kids this next year. We’re really excited. But even as blissful as my life it, I’ve always wondered what life would be like if you were still in it. At times I really miss your friendship. Though it was a long time ago, you had a significant impact on my life and helped shape the person I am today. I’m sorry we didn’t connect today. Maybe we’ll have another opportunity in the not so distant future. Dios te bendiga”

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Birth Stories

January 20, 2013 - Leave a Response

We’ve had a lot of requests lately for our birth stories and pregnancy information (ie: Fun Facts)
I’ve categorized all of these posts under “Pregnancy and Childbirth”

You can find the link at the very bottom of the page (scroll all the way down).  There are two pages, so when you get to the bottom, you can click on “previous entries”

Enjoy & Be Educated!

The Many Adventures of Preschool

September 5, 2012 - Leave a Response

Today we celebrated our first day of school at home!

We tried to keep it low key with the same routine we’ll be doing everyday (well, M-W-F) so that there isn’t any let down when everyday at school isn’t as fun and exciting as when we started.  We began by reviewing our rule: Be respectful & Use Only Positive Language (we never say “I can’t.”), instead we say “I can do it!” I had him repeat that several times, near yelling, but using our school inside voice. We also worked on basic school manners, since that seems to be the hardest transition for preschoolers (feet on the floor, bottom in your chair, hands on your desk, no walking around).

At the beginning of the year, we are primarily focusing on letters and sounds, our Bible verse, sight words, fine motor, calendar stuff and recognizing vowels.  To help with recognizing vowels, we had a fun game where I handed him a box full of foam bath letters and he had to dig through and find all the vowels.  I made sure there were multiples of every vowel so he got extra practice, but at the end I realized that we had NO i in the entire box.  All well, who needs I anyway?

We also did a lot of singing, the ABC song, This is the Day, plus I found a great song “A to Z with Noah” where Keith had a blast pointing at all the letters as they were sung in the song. 

We had recess time in the summer rain shower (and I got to water my garden, take out our trash and chat with a friend on the phone!)  Who knew school could be so fun?!

For the month of September, just like every other school across America, our theme is Apples.  On Sunday, I bought about 40 apples at the OC Marketplace closing time clearance “fill a watermelon size box for $5”.  I dumped out all the apples on the floor to see what he would devise to do with them (note to self: Next time, Vacuum the floor first! Hairy apples do not bode well with toddlers!)  The first thing he did was separate out all the peaches (which I had tried to pass off as red apples, since I didn’t have any) but it became a great lesson in differentiating.  Then he decided to put all the apples into groups.  Lesson on sorting: check!

We had an extraordinary first day of school and an extraordinary nap afterwards.  Mommy’s favorite part!

Garden Abundance

July 20, 2012 - Leave a Response

Had another banner year in our garden this year.  Our two peach trees that we planted last year were covered in fresh, white peaches and the Black Krim tomatoes I gambled on turned out to be my new absolute favorite!  With a slightly purple tinge, they are sweeter and far more tasty than any tomato I’ve ever had.  They made us the best hot tomato and melted cheese sandwhiches.  The chickens have outdone themselves this year, averaging about 20-25 eggs a week.  We also enjoyed Keith’s gianormous sunflower in our garden, until the squirrel came down (the day after I took this pic) and chewed them entire head off the sunflower, dragged it across the garden and then took it back to it’s nest.  Stupid squirrel.  We also had a beautiful cantelope growing on the vine, until the chickens found it and ate it all up.  I was so looking forward to my first taste of a real, fresh cantalope.  All, well. maybe next year.  Ahh, I love gardening!

4th of July

July 4, 2012 - Leave a Response

The Neighborhood 4th of July Parade

Cars Land Preview Night!

June 12, 2012 - Leave a Response

Once again, I did it!  I got us into some place we were not suppose to be – and for free!!

Disney’s California Adventure is opening their new Cars Land next week and in anticipation had a “soft” opening for annual pass holders – but you had to enter into a drawing and get your name drawn to get into the preview nights.  And I did neither.  Didn’t even know about the drawing or the preview nights.  We just happened to be at Ca Adventure and saw that Cars Land was going in full swing, but there was this annoying hedge/fence around it so you couldn’t see inside.  Curiosity overwhelmed me and I started asking what was going on.  Put all the pieces together and noticed the bright green wristbands people were wearing, we stood outside one of the exits and found a mom and son leaving.  I asked them for their wristbands (which we slipped off her wrist) and next thing I know – we’re inside Cars Land!!!  (before it’s opened to the public)  We were overcome with excitement and thrilled!  Such a fun experience and story to tell to our great great grandkids!

Luke’s Dedication

May 8, 2012 - Leave a Response

At the end of April, we had the privilege of dedicating Luke at Newport Mesa Church.  The purpose of a baby dedication is two fold.  First, it is us, the parents, publically saying that we intend to raise Luke with Biblical, Christian foundations and guidance and, secondly, it’s the church saying that they will support and encourage us in that endeavor.  The life verse that we choose for Luke is Matthew 11:12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”  It is our hope that Luke one day chooses for himself to follow Christ and accepts his forgiveness and salvation and that he becomes one of those “forceful” or purposeful men who aggressively strives after the kingdom of heaven.

“Bruders”

We were so happy that my parents were able to join us!

Spring Time!

May 3, 2012 - Leave a Response

Hey Howdy Ho!

April 6, 2012 - Leave a Response

Growing and moving!  Luke is almost 1 and crawling like a mad man everywhere.  Keith is the proud big “bruder” and loves his little “bruder” (although at times he loves Luke a little too much).   Here we are at Pretend City:

Happy Birthday to Me!

March 18, 2012 - Leave a Response

Who’s husband goes to a comic convention on their wife’s birthday?  Mine Does!

 
There’s just something wrong about that . . .