Saturday, March 18, 2017

pineapple popsicle

*Our little girl won her class spelling bee recently and went on to represent her class at the school spelling bee. She made it three rounds and we were so proud of her. She spoke so loud and clearly.

She had a bit of a rough time  after the round (when she was eliminated), however by the time we got home later in the evening, she was back to normal...especially after stopping for her, "congratulations treat". ;)

*Today was a very low key day. Cam went on a 20-mile bike ride with my dad along the Santa Ana bike trail. He had a great time and has already talked about where he wants to ride next time. 

*While he was gone, Kendall played with the quads. They came over for breakfast and have not left (it's now 6:30pm!!). They even accompanied us to Walmart. They are the best little playmates for Kendall and keep her so entertained. :)

*Last week when I took the kids to the Mexican ice cream shop, Kendall and Cameron both got pineapple popsicles. They looked like they literally smashed fresh pineapple into the popsicle mold. I decided to try just that at home and the kids loved them!! So easy!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

spring time

*Sunday was too warm and perfect of a day not to go on a bike ride. We went down to a Mexican ice cream shop.

*A while ago I heard the phrase, "Sitting is the new smoking"...meaning sitting ALL day long (like at a computer) is terrible for your health. I've realized that that is exactly what I do. I work, then I come home and don't do much at all until bedtime. So Sunday night I got my weights down, cued up my Jillian Michael's DVD, and planned to start back exercising the following morning. "Planned" is the operative word. It never happened and I don't think it will. I've resolved to at least move a little more, so today we went for a walk to the store. It's something I guess. :)

*Who says California doesn't have seasons??? This picture does not do our tree justice. It is beautiful.

*I have not been sleeping much the past few nights. I'm pretty sure it started because I had an IEP  that I had been nervous for. REALLY nervous. I'm hoping it only lasts a few nights. Ugh.

*Chris and I have started re-watching The Office. I forgot how incredibly funny it is. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017


*The kids are spending this weekend with Chris' brother's family. We swapped kids with them a few weeks back so we could have a free weekend to celebrate our anniversary. We decided to branch out tonight and headed to a cute place in downtown Palm Springs. We had a really nice time and the food was...pretty good. We laughed at the end of our meal because, on the rare occasion we branch out and go to a new place, we always end up leaving saying the same thing, "That was good...but we should have just gone to The Cheesecake Factory". :)

*It's nice knowing the kids are having a blast with their cousins.We always like getting updates and pictures.

 *Chris surprised me the other day and showed me something he had added to our TV. He had stumbled across two free channels for our Roku, Hallmark and Food Network. While it doesn't have every single Hallmark movie, it does have several and I watched one that has now become a favorite.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

deep clean!!

*Yesterday the kids went with Chris to church for the annual loft build. They work on pre-fabbing loft houses, which will then be transported down to Mexico and put together for families.

*Chris and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary this week! As my gift, he bought me a deep house cleaning. Yesterday a crew arrived and spent six hours deep cleaning our house!! Oh. My. Gosh. I can't tell you how excited I was. Blinds? Check! Baseboards? Check! It feels wonderful to have such a clean house and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect gift!!!

While they were cleaning (and the kids were at the loft build), I worked and had an oldie but goodie playing in the background. It sure brought me back to my college days.

*We went to Stater Bros yesterday. Kendall fit well enough to ride during our shopping. Cam...a little too big at this point. :)

*Each year the kids are required to do eight hours of community service for school. Kendall's class has been collecting money for, Pennies for Peace (an organization which sends funds to Afghanistan to help rebuild schools). She had the idea of holding a bake sale to raise money. We planted ourselves in the middle of a street, right by a stop sign. They had a great time and people were really generous!

 *Last night we went to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner. We used our last four coupons for a free piece of cheesecake. The kids were ecstatic about getting a piece all to themselves. Kendall went nuts over her Lemoncello Cream Torte. Obviously this would never be a choice I would make, but I must admit, it was pretty tasty.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

chickpea blondies

*Last Monday my dad and I took the kids to Mecca. We had done the Ladder Canyon Trail last year with Chris. The kids were excited to show my dad how beautiful it was. :)

*This weekend we had our nieces stay with us for a night. The kids were soooo excited for this and they had such a fun time together. Chris took them all to the new Lego movie yesterday afternoon. When they got home they had, "make your own waffles" for dinner. They were able to put as many  toppings as they wanted. They were surprisingly moderate in their amounts! :)

*The past several times I've attempted coffee, be it at a hotel or with my own maker, it gets gunked up and barely any comes out. Ugh.

*I made these last week (used white chocolate chips) for the kids' school snacks. Cam is so-so about them, but Kendall really likes them. I made the mistake of telling Cam they were brownies right off the bat. I should have lead with, "They are healthy" his expecations weren't too high. :) I think they taste super yummy, considering what they are made out of!!

Friday, February 24, 2017

10 questions

1. Would you bungee jump? Never

2. Last time you cried? Hmmm...lately the only time I really cry is either when it's work related (feeling overwhelmed) or when I watch This is Us.

3. What is your favorite kind of cereal? I don't really have a favorite. I will say that Chris' favorite is Cinnamon Toast Crunch and it has made recent appearances crushed up on my Skinny Cow's. :)

4. What is the first thing you notice about a person? Umm...nothing physically. If we have an actual conversation, I notice if they do all the talking or ask questions.

5. Last movie you saw? In its entirety? I honestly don't remember. We ALWAYS break our movies into two nights. The last one we watched was Woman in Gold. Very interesting.

6. Favorite smell? Hmm...might seem weird, but I love the smell of Kendall when I go to wake her up in the morning. She's all sleepy and wonderful. :)

7. Beer or wine? Neither. Blek. Beer smells nasty and wine tastes like Nyquil.

8. Last clothing purchase? I actually bought a shirt from Walgreens the other day. I went to pick up some pictures and I saw a shirt that I really liked.

9. Do you think you are strong? Not in the least. I've really been trying to figure out how to muster motivation to work out again. I sit ALL day long and I know that, "Sitting is the new smoking". When I think about getting up at 5:00 am, like I used to, to do a Jillian DVD, I just know it won't happen. And the LAST thing I want to do after work is anything active. Ugh. Something has got to give. Maybe this summer, with warmer weather and no work, I'll get interested again.

10. Last time you laughed? Not sure, but this always makes me laugh. The kids (especially Kendall) love it when Chris sprays whipped cream into their mouths. He likes to overflow them, which kind of grosses me out...but they love it and we all get a good laugh!

Friday, February 17, 2017

two weeks notice

*Lately I've been watching Two Weeks Notice on Netflix. I forgot how much I like Hugh Grant. His characters have the most witty sense of humor and there are so many great lines. I loved Nottinghill also.

Sidenote: Donald Trump makes a cameo in this movie. Weird!!!

*Kendall eats burritos in the most interesting way. Apparently the inside is the only thing of interest.

*While we were up north last weekend, somehow Cameron finagled his grandparents into buying him a Ukulele. He takes music at school and has taken an interest in owning his own so he can practice more. He probably asked about 50 times where the package was en route. :)

*Valentines night included a special dinner of Little Caesar's and a kid requested dessert of a donut. :) Kendall helped me decorate the table.

*A screenshot of some recent texts to Chris. 
1. I was excited to be leaving earlier than I had thought and without bringing home work (sadly this has been rare lately). 
2. A couple weeks ago I stopped by Starbucks on my way to work. They were swamped and I ended up needing to leave before I got my drink. I was hoping they would remember me the following week...and I was happy that they did! 
3. A few more items for the grocery list.