Saturday, October 3, 2015

magic mt.

For Cam's birthday this past August, we gave him a future trip to Magic Mt. with Chris. Yesterday turned out to be the day and they had a fun time...mostly.

The park was pretty deserted and they were able to walk on most rides. Cameron was obviously eager to dive into the map to figure out where they should go first. :)

The rides were pretty intense and sound like they have escalated in the craziness since I went years ago. They both did relatively well and just needed a few breaks now and then before plowing on to the next extreme ride.

All was well until the last ride of the day (or what ended up being the last ride). While they had previously gone on, "Tatsu", for some reason it did not sit well with Cameron the second time around. Afterward he not only didn't feel well, but lost his appetite (they had planned a fun dinner out to wait out traffic) and just wanted to come home. :(

Luckily by the time they got home, he was much better and has insisted his time wasn't spoiled by that last ride and that he would like to go again sometime. We'll see... :)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

two front teeth

*I was just beaming today during Cam's sparring class. He had been nervous to go. For a boy who HATES to see people hurt/upset, hitting and kicking do not come naturally. :) Sparring is required to move up in belt levels and today he really turned a corner. He kicked more than I have ever seen. I almost teared up watching him knowing how out of his comfort zone he was, yet still giving it his all.

*Today I surprised the kids after school and treated them to, "dessert for lunch" at Yogurtland.

*Last weekend, when we were at the Palm Desert Costco, I bought a pullover shirt. We went to the mall afterward and I wore it (since malls are always cold!). Holy cow. This thing is the MOST comfortable thing I have bought in years. It is SOOO comfy and I love how it (especially the sleeves) are so long. I'm very much looking forward to wearing it when the weather turns cold!

*Back when I worked full-time, every single morning I would make a bowl of oatmeal and watch Good Morning America before heading off to work. I've gotten back into watching it and while I only watch the first 5-10 minutes (which tend to be the top stories), I enjoy feeling like I actually know what is going on in the world. 

*I've found a strategy that has worked pretty well in dragging myself out of bed in the morning to work out. My two favorite bloggers (#1 and #2) live back east and because of the time difference, their posts are always done super early. I pull out my Kindle and read them, which inevitably wakes me up enough to then get out of bed. :)

*Kendall ended up losing both front teeth last weekend. She looks so different, but so cute!

Saturday, September 26, 2015


*This morning Chris took the kids to breakfast and Winco.

Their first stop at Panera also included the loss of Kendall's first of her two front teeth. She has been very excited about this.

Winco has you bag your own groceries. The kids always like to help.

*I am addicted to this FB page. Sometimes I go on Chris' FB and I stumbled across a post linking to this page. It is so fun to watch all the short, quick, cooking videos!

*Both kids are LOVING watching old episodes of Saved by The Bell. I have never heard Cameron laugh out loud so much at a TV show. :)

*Cameron: "Mom, what would happen if the world was upside down?"
Me: "Well, part of the earth kind of is upside down all the time if you think about it."
Cameron: "No, but what if right now it really was upside down?"
Me: (sigh) " know buddy, I just don't know."

Sometimes...well, a lot, I just don't have the answers to Cameron's random questions. :)

Thursday, September 24, 2015


*I've started a little ritual before I had to Bible Study on Wednesday mornings. After dropping the kids off, I head to a coffee shop where I read and treat myself to a latte. I LOVE this time. It seriously is a highlight of my week. Right now I'm reading Gone with the Wind. I like the fictional storyline, but I love reading about life during the Civil War. I have not seen the movie in over 20 years, so I'm excited to watch it again having read the book. That won't be for a while because it is loooooong!!

p.s. Next week I'll make Starbucks my coffee shop. A friend recently told me about their Toasted Graham Latte and it sounds yummy!

*Today I only watched 20 minutes of Parenthood...but I cried three times. 

*My Costco stash of Skinny Cow ran out so I had to buy some at Stater's. I like to try new flavors and I LOVE the Snickerdoodle!!

*I texted Chris this week with my confession...I cheated.

*Kendall found a fascinating book at the library today entitled, Secrets of Disneyland. An interesting excerpt:

"When Disneyland was being built, Walt Disney had an apartment created for his family.  It was built over the fire station on Main Street. When Disney was there, he would leave a light burning in the window. Since his death, the light as been left on in his memory."

Sunday, September 20, 2015


My go-to dessert for most occasions has always been Gooey Bars. They are fast, easy, and freeze great. Lately, however, I've been making a new recipe that I really like. I love pie crust, but have never liked pies. This recipe has the pie crust flavor mixed with rich chocolate. Yummy.

Yesterday I baked a batch for our dessert picnic with my parents. We started out with a late lunch at Angus McCurdy's and then finished with dessert out on the grassy area. Here is Kendall entertaining us all with a story. :)

Before our time with my parents, Chris and Kendall had their first softball lesson in the backyard. She and Chris are very excited. :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

cardboard meatloaf

*Over the years, I've become much less skeptical regarding alternative/natural treatments for things. I'm not convinced about ALL natural remedies (I can't quite jump on the essential oils bandwagon), however I'm reading more and more about probiotics and liking what I read. Kendall has taken them for a while for her poop issues. Chris just started as I've read a lot about the benefits for several things he deals with (poor sleep being one).

*I caved and took a high school sub job on Monday. I didn't get any jobs last week and didn't want that trend to continue. It was only a half day and luckily it went quite smoothly.

*I want to mention these Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars one more time. If you make a double batch and freeze them, they really are worth the effort. The kids LOVE them. I individually wrap and freeze each one, then just toss them in their lunch boxes in the morning.

*I wanted another TV show to watch as I'm a bit burned out on Gilmore Girls for now. I tried Madame Secretary and am liking it. There are certain actresses I really like and I'm finding Tea Leoni to be one of them. 

*Last night I served meatloaf (Chris would want me to clarify that it was actually turkey meatloaf). I looked over and could tell Chris did NOT like it, but wasn't mentioning anything for the kids' sake. I took a bite and promptly announced that it tasted like cardboard. Everyone was relieved not to have to eat it. The kids enjoyed a double portion of cornbread and some cereal later. :)

*I have learned many things from Chris over the years. For instance, I have stopped buying Kleenex in the square boxes. Whenever you reach for one, the whole box comes with it. Rectangular boxes are the way to go. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015


On Saturday I took Kendall to a birthday party while Chris and Cameron went on their own outing. They first got lunch and had a Cam favorite, hamburgers.

Afterward they headed to Barnes and Noble for some reading.

They next went to Toys "R" Us. Cameron was very excited to spend a giftcard he had received for his birthday. He chose more Pokemon. It's a little sad for me that the Lego phase seems to be coming to an end. I simply cannot understand nor get into Pokemon. :(

Today after church my parents took us to lunch. Afterward we swapped kids and I took Cameron home to watch our last Harry Potter movie.

I know I've said this several times, but this has been such a great series for us. At the end of the movie, I found myself fighting back tears, only to look over and see Cameron crying (so I went ahead too). :)

Chris took Kendall to get a few things for softball. She is excited and determined to play this winter and Chris is also looking forward to it. Their goal is to practice this fall since it's been a few years since she last played.