Sunday, April 27, 2008

My husband...


My husband is really one of the greatest men I know. In one sentence, "he puts up with me." That should say it all!
I rarely have the time to sit down and write about him. Don't worry, I won't write a novel.
He is first and foremost, a man of God. I see this daily as he leads our family. He is wise, and a well studied man. He is a man of intergrity and one who seeks God.
Secondly he is a family man. I remember when we were dating, I would watch him with my nephews and just be in awe of how he intereacted with them.
Third, he is the man of my dreams.....faithful, fun, hard working, outdoorsy, athletic...the list goes on.

So, during the past year, I have started working. I only work about 30 hours a week. And about 25 of those hours are from home.

The other 5, are spent outside of the house, on none other but one of His two days off...Saturday. So this includes him taking care of our 3 little girls. It's not easy, they are 4, 3 and 1.

He is just so great with them. Although, he rarely ventures outside of our home, my girls are fed, dressed and well taken care of while I am gone. Who could ask for anything more?
My girls adore their Daddy. Each time the front door opens, Emma yells "Daddy!" When they wake up in the middle of the night, they ask for "Daddy"(okay, a little selfish here...but I don't mind this at all)
This week, my two oldest began doing "Chores" their reward was "Ice Cream with Daddy." They are currently at the dinner table enjoying their treat.
I guess, I am just feeling blessed. The little that I wrote here, is a grain of sand in how lucky I am to have found such a man.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I am a Mom....I really really am!!!



With my new "Blogher" to the right, I am checking out other blogs out there in "Cyberspace"

I just found this one... yipee! I love give-aways!

And it leads me to tell you about one of my first Mother's Days. My loving husband, of course, didn't have a clue about Mother's Day. My third Mother's Day, the dear still hadn't caught on to the importance of it. I was even pregnant with our third child!

I woke up, to...nothing. No card, no gift, not even a simple "Happy Mother's Day" I was bummed. I was mad...I was disappointed. My friend called me up, to wish me a "Happy Mother's Day" I complained. So she took me to the pool and we soaked in the sun for a while.

While I was gone, my wonderful husband redeemed himself. He dragged both girls to the store, trust me that was gift enough, and bought me a Mother's Day card, and a gift card that could be used anywhere.

So point is...just in case this year is a replay of 2 years ago...I want to win!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Train Wreck



I work outside of the home a couple of days a month. Most of the time, my mom watches the girls while I am gone. Other days we have to have a babysitter.

Well this month we had a wonderful new babysitter, named Debra. She has this great New Zealand accent. She is and older lady that doesn't have kids of her own.


So I left for work, and Paul did the "Transition" with the girls. About 2 hours after being gone, I get a call from Debra, stating that everyone was perfectly fine, but, she couldn't get Emma out of the high chair..so I explained how to remove the tray.


About a half an hour later, she called again, saying they had been playing a game, and a child of mine, had gotten the battery operated Thomas the Train caught in her hair. She wanted to know where the scissors were, as she was going to have to cut it out of her hair.


Thus the pictures above...the aftermath of our train wreck in Sarah's hair.

Poor lady, I wonder if she will ever come back.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Another wonderful way to use my time


I have read this blog for quite a while now. She is so inspiring, and her life, creativity, and family are just amazing. So when she mentioned this site, Ihad to check it out and I can easily see it becoming an addiction. So easy. And when would I NOT want to transform pictures of my cuties?


I played with the picture above, and although I am no pro, I like how it turned out...and that was in a matter of minutes...imagine what I will create with more time? hee hee.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mopping.

Why?

A very large part of our house, is made of flooring that needs to be mopped...and with 3 kids, this needs to be done on a daily, if not twice daily basis.

I can't stand it.

But I also can't stand sticky floors that have shiny dirty spots, mushed bananas, spilled juice, and dirt. I can't stand that when my youngest daughter crawls, her knees and clothes turn black.

Is there such thing as a Mop-roomba? You know that vaccum that picks up all the dirst on it's own?

Most of our flooring is that "pergo" stuff that is impossible to clean...at least the way I think it should be cleaned. And all of my children need to be on the other side of the house while I mop, as to not make it automatically messy once it is mopped.

This post really isn't making sense...I guess it is my way of procrastinating...the water is ready, the chairs just have to be moved. All the kids are out of the way.

On to the mop.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Triathlon Start




I am going to Lake San Antonio for a practice Triathlon weekend, here is a great video on what the beginning of our swim portion will look like! Ha Ha
Hopefully no one will break anything over my head!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Me Domesticated?








Well..not really, but sometimes I try. You know, laundry, cleaning, cooking healthy meals etc. I have been known to make my own baby food...when I was adventurous and had only one child.

A couple of weeks ago I came upon this website, and was inspired! So today, I made the cookies and crackers. It took me a while to find all of the ingredients. Graham Flour can be found at the local Health food market. honey...well we have that, and wheat flour...I accidentally bought that a couple of months ago, when making play dough. (Trust me, it doesn't come out the same!)
The rest of the ingredients, surprisingly were in my cupboard!

So of course..being me, I mis-read the recipe for these..and added 1/4 CUP of salt, not 1/4 TEASPOON of salt! Yikes! On to try again...I was wondering why they tasted so awful!

My kids are still sleeping...so my taste testing is yet to come...hopefully they will like them...otherwise, I am sure the ducks down the street will

I love this video!

I have seen this video numerous times, and it still makes me laugh! ENJOY!


Monday, April 07, 2008

Play Dough Mom


At Mia's pre-school, I am the play dough mom. Each Monday morning, I show up with fresh, hot and the color of the week play dough.

When I volunteered up for this job, I thought to myself...well darn, I used to be a Kindergarten Teacher...how hard can this be? I can make this, blob of moldable mushiness, that will spark my daughter and her friends imaginations' and put the power of creation into their little chubby hands.

Here is the low down on this seemingly simple job:

1. Hunt down the right newsletter (that can show up at any time during the week, never on the same day, or in the same location) to find out what the color of the week will be. (the play dough must be in this color)

2. Make sure you have all the ingredients at 6 am Monday morning when you have procrastinated in making the colored blob all weekend. (Salt, and cream of Tartar are not a staple in my house it seems...luckily they are for my neighbor though!)

3. Try not to burn it as you are getting kids dressed, making breakfast, folding laundry, doing dishes, answering e-mails from work and oh yeah, getting yourself ready for the day too.

4. Attempt to make it the color of the week...see below for details...

5. Remember to take it to school!


Now...on to the real reason I have written this post today...see the picture above? That is this weeks play dough...really it is. The color: Brown. But to me, it looks like a blob of refried beans, or you can even let you imagination run wild...in a household of 3 small children...trust me, my imagination can run!
I usually use koolaid to make the color of the play dough, pink, green, red, purple, yellow, blue...you name it..you can find koolaid in that color...and it makes the play dough smell edible too! But unfortunately, koolaid doesn't come in the lovely color of brown. So on the the food coloring I went...mixing an array of colors, guessing which combination will make the desired brown...luckily, with my one year experience of mixing colors, I only went through 2 different colors before coming to brown...so...there you have it. Play dough. 6 am Monday morning. Doesn't make me crave Mexican food for at least a month or so.
Until next week when the cycle and adventure begins again...

Sunday, April 06, 2008

I'm a colon:

Funny...because i just took a personality test this morning, and it said I was a "Driven" individual. So I asked Paul if it were true....his answer: "No."
"What?" I said? He siad I was not a driven person. I guess he has been with someone else for the past ten years...not me...(We just celebrated 10 years of being together this past weekend...Oh my!..that's a whole other post though) Then I come home this evening and find the following test on this blog and here are the results...so am I driven or not? If you know me personally...leave a comment and let me know....by the way...I just refused to drop down to a lower distance in my half iron man triathlon because of my humble ego.





You Are a Colon



You are very orderly and fact driven.

You aren't concerned much with theories or dreams... only what's true or untrue.



You are brilliant and incredibly learned. Anything you know is well researched.

You like to make lists and sort through things step by step. You aren't subject to whim or emotions.



Your friends see you as a constant source of knowledge and advice.

(But they are a little sick of you being right all of the time!)



You excel in: Leadership positions



You get along best with: The Semi-Colon

Saturday, April 05, 2008

New and improved!

I found this person to make a new header for my blog~ Just what I have wanted and have been trying to do on my own for quite some time~

I am so happy!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

I've been accepted!

There is an on-line ad group for women bloggers..you have to submit an application to have them on your blog. I submitted an application a while ago..honestly, I completely forgot I had applied!...Well, a couple of days ago, I received and e-mail saying that they had accepted my application! Okay, so they told me they liked my blog, but I needed to PROMISE to post more often...So, I pinky swore I would..and I frantically filled out the paper work...(they gave me 2 days to get it done) and now I am just waiting for a code to be generated to add to my blog.
I don't know...it's kind of fun. This is a place I love to share about my family, life and other things. It gives me some creative freedom. A place to keep my brain active...it can become quite the toddler zone.
There are other blogs out there that challenge me to write better..I am NOT a writer. But I have been told I have a knack for words. We'll see if this rings true. So here I go...look for the add soon..(If you read this).

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Future American Idol?

Lil' Spunk loves to sing...we finally got it on video.

Sarah's Birthday party

Making a Wish!
Emma couldn't quite figure out how to get the
entire piece of cake in her mouth.
All ten kids in one picture! (Grandma took these great job!)

Sarah's pony cake, made by a wonderful mom at

Mia's Preschool. It was yummy!
Sarah was exhausted. 2 days without naps...
We had Sarah's birthday party a couple of weeks ago. It was a Pony Party..pinata and all! I love living across the street from a great little park. You can find us there often. And we seem to be in the trend of celebrating birthday parties there.