Thursday, December 31, 2009
Charles Hammond Wagner was born on December 29th at 3:16am and he weighed in at 7lbs 11oz and was 19 inches long. This was perfect because Alyssa is such a planner and he came just a few hours after the end of his official due date.
Alyssa is one of my first really close friends that lives locally to have a baby and I'm so thrilled! I'm so happy for Alyssa and Rob and I know they are so happy to have their new little guy in the world. I love little Charlie!
--Pictures to come later or on Alyssa's blog. Rob has taken hundreds already so I'm sure we won't miss out on seeing lots of pictures of Charlie!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Day 3: On Day 3 we went to the Living Desert & Zoo in Palm Desert. The weather was really nice and we had a lot of fun. They had giraffe feedings (which Lexxa would definitely not do, so we just watched others feed the giraffes) and Zebras and a bunch of other animals. It was nice because it wasn't too busy and the place was pretty open so it we took our time walking around. They also had a lot of plant life and a butterfly exhibit. Lexxa really liked everything and she even got to go on their brand new Merry-Go-Round. Logan didn't like it very much though. They also had a really cool model town with trains, bridges, waterfalls and more! The place wasn't too big so we were ready to go by the afternoon. We headed back to our hotel so that the kids could nap.
After that we didn't have much planned, so we decided to head to the mall so that I could do some "birthday" shopping! That was exciting for me, but other than that it was pretty uneventful. I can't complain, I got to buy myself a few things which doesn't happen too often. Then, we just headed back to our room to pack up the massive amount of stuff that we managed to bring with us. We actually got it all together pretty quickly and we were ready to head out the next morning.
Day 4: We were on the road by 8:30am so that we could get home at a decent time. Of course, we had to stop and get an eggnog latte before we hit the road. It was an interesting experience and Starbucks because the girl in the drive through window was trying to be friendly and all, but it just came off as weird. She asked how we were doing which was normal and then she started asking us what we were doing for Thanksgiving and whose families house we were going to...it was odd...maybe you just had to be there to understand what I'm talking about.
We managed to have a pretty successful trip home, the kids did really good! Lexxa even took some pictures of the windmills that we drove by. Everyone was exhausted by the time we got home and the kids were so happy to sleep in their own beds that night!
So, some parts of our trip were a little random, but all in all, it was nice to just spend time as a family. And, the great thing about it was that we got home on Wednesday and I still had two more days off of work!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I never sleep good on Sunday nights. I stay up way too late and I can't sleep and then I am tired all day at work the following day. This makes for a long Monday. My problem is that on the weekends I totally get into the groove of spending time with my family and taking care of the kids. So, when Sunday nights roll around, I start feeling major anxiety--anxiety about all of the things that I should have taken care of on the weekend, how I'll miss the kids when I go to work and how much crazy stuff I'll have to deal with during the work week and of course, how exhausted I will feel at the end of it all. And guess what? The cycle happens over and over again each week.
This must just be the mom in me feeling guilty about not doing enough for my kids and my family. But, I have to work...so it is what it is and I have to suck it up and deal with it!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
It's 9:50pm and I'm sitting here on my Blackberry making lists of things that need to get done or that I would like to get done. I have this memo pad on my phone and its full of little notes which include work stuff. Why is it that you think of so many things you have to do at work when you're at home? And why are you too busy to think about those same things while you're at work?
I find that I have a bunch of lists at work: a task list in Outlook, a group project list on my whiteboard, a list of things to do today in my notebook, a list of things to ask my boss about when I get around to it, a department project list saved on our shared drive, a list in my small notebook, a list of things that need to get done for a specific project...and the list of lists goes on! Maybe I should put it on my list to consolidate all of my lists...it seems so simple, but it's just not. And no matter how you look at it, the list will never end.
I should be thankful that I have a job and it keeps me busy!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
First, we had her birthday party at Pump It Up in Morgan Hill. Everyone seemed to have had a great time. There are so many reasons that it's great to have a party at Pump It Up...let me give you a few:
1. Adults can also jump in the bouncy houses and play on the slides and obstacle courses. This makes it fun for everyone. It's a pretty good workout too, I might add.
2. The party coordinators help with setting up everything for you. This includes balloons, decorations, cake, plates etc.
3. The party lasts for only two hours.
4. The party coordinators also clean everything up...including loading presents and leftovers into your car so that you can still say goodbye to your guests!
I would definitely have a birthday party there again.
After her birthday party, we had another party to go to for her cousin Bella's birthday (her actual birthday was on the 31st). We took her other cousin Jada with us and it was very hot outside! Luckily, they had an inflatable pool/slide for the kids to play in. They could stay cool by getting wet. After that we came home and everyone was exhausted. The same night, my parents came over for a "birthday dinner" with Lexxa. Unfortunately, she didn't join us for dinner because when she started to eat, she was so tired that she almost fell asleep in her food. Brad would have let her so that he could get it on video, but I would let him :-)
On Sunday, Uncle David and Angela (David's girlfriend) took Lexxa to the batting cages as part of her birthday present. Angela just got her a new bat and helmet so she was ready to go! They got back from the batting cages and we had some time to relax and hang out until they took her to a San Jose Giants game that evening. She was a little nervous to go to the game, but she ended up having a really good time. She wasn't too sure about their mascot and she couldn't stop talking about him, but she got over being so scared. I'm sure it helped that she got to eat pizza, churros, ice cream--and they even had a jumpy house there!
So, she had a fun filled and exhausting weekend. To top it all off, she started preschool (or Kinder Readiness they call it) on Tuesday. She got to go with her cousin Sofia and she had a great time. But, I guess all of the activities caught up to her because she got sick and didn't get to make it to school on her second day. Hopefully this does not indicate how the rest of the school year will be for her!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Ok, so we splurged a little, but to make up for it we walked all over the city and I was wearing heals! I should have known to wear flats, but I think I was trying to look cute especially because we don't get out alone too much :-)
Anyway, next time we just have to remember that it's ok to take our time eating when we don't have the kids around. Don't inhale.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Logan just started walking and he became a pro at it over night it seems (I'll post a video of him walking soon)! It's so fun watching him grow up and watching his personality develop more and more every day. He's very inquisitive and just wants to check everything out.
Lexxa told me on Wednesday: "Mommy, we went to the paint place and made you something...it's a surprise." She was talking about Glazed Creations in Morgan Hill, similar to Petroglyph. So, she kind of killed that surprise which Brad expected. It turns out that the gift wasn't ready by Mother's Day anyway, so I have yet to see what it looks like. According to Lexxa "We can't take it home yet because they have to put it in the oven first." So, I thought what she actually made would still be a surprise until yesterday or the day before she told me "we made you a cup and plate." Oh well, I'm still really excited to see it when it's ready! She's too funny.
And, even though Brad is the one who is home with the kids every day, he did such a great job of making it all about me this weekend...you gotta love him for that!
I have so much to be thankful for this Mother's Day. Do I have to go back to reality tomorrow?
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
It all just made me think back to a time before kids and before marriage, when I was completely care-free. I always went for what I wanted with no fear because it was fun! What's the worst that could happen? I would get rejected and move on. Those of you that knew me back then know that I had a lot of fun during that time...of course I felt much hotter and thinner then too! I only went out with this guy once or twice and nothing really came of it, but he was smokin hot (amongst other things, but this is a family blog!) and I couldn't help but think back to how crazy I was. I met Brad shortly after that and sure enough, the guy called! Doesn't that always happen? The guy calls you up after you find someone else.
I guess everything happens for a reason. But, it's fun to think back to those fun and crazy memories from the past! Maybe I should have a Flashback Friday just to talk about the crazy stuff I've done...or not, but maybe I'll make it a point to post some of my crazy stories once in a while.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
There's not much I can say with this post...just watch the video. It's a little long, but it's worth watching because it's complete with some booty shaking and break dancing. I'm trying to figure out how my daughter who isn't even 4 years old yet knows how to shake it like this...a little scary! She loves to rock out with her Uncle David (and he's not thrilled that he's in the videos that I'm posting, but it's cute because they are having so much fun!). She just feels the music and goes with it.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
1. While we were walking around, we noticed a child around 3 years old strutting around with bottle in-hand! If you can cruise around with a bottle with no problem, is that a sign that you shouldn't have a bottle anymore?
2. Ok, I don't know how you all feel about leashes or a maybe a more proper term, a harness for your children. I've always been against them, but as a parent of a 3 year old that likes to do her own thing so much, the prospect of her running away from me or getting lost in a large crowd has definitely made me think a leash would be convenient. However, I just can't bring myself to buy one...its my job when we are out and about to make sure that no one runs off and I've always got my eyes on the kids. With that being said, we saw a dad with a kid on a leash. This wasn't one of those cute harnesses with a monkey backpack, it was wrapped around the child's wrist and the dad was holding on to the other end. Ok, on to the story--we were in the bubble area at the museum, so things were a little messy and wet in the area. The child was laying on the floor on his stomach while the dad was holding the leash and talking to the older child. I don't think he looked back or even attempted to get the child up off the floor. At one point he even let go of the leash and the kid was trying to work his way up the stairs without his dad or the other sibling...yikes!
3. While in the bubble room, Lexxa was playing nicely in the bubbles when another little boy was playing next to her. He accidentally splashed her and it was really no big deal. The dad was very irate with his son and he scolded him and apologized profusely to me. After that, he walked over and brought me a towel to clean Lexxa up. The thing is, we were in the bubble area so it was expected that we might get a little wet and messy, but it was easy to clean up so no biggie. I appreciate that the dad was paying attention and that he cared, but it wasn't necessary to get so worked up about a little bubble splash in the bubble room.
4. Ok, last story, I promise. There was a closed off area for kids 4 and under. Lexxa wanted to go into the craft area and do some painting. She put on her fancy little apron and did some painting. After that, it was time for her to wash her hands. There was a small kid-sized sink in the room. There were probably three kids in front of her waiting to wash their hands. While she stood there patiently waiting her turn, one little boy went smashing through the line and squeezed his way in to wash his hands first, with no regard for the other children in line. The mother finally got to him and pulled him away after a minute or two. Then another little girl was using the sink before us--she wanted to play in the water and didn't want to move. The dad kept telling her to stop and dry her hands (and some other stuff in another language, so I'm not sure what else he said). So after all of that, it was Lexxa's turn...she washed her hands, got a paper towel and we were off! The funny part about it is that she just stood there staring at the other kids while waiting patiently in the line. I swear, she looks sweet and wonderful and she can be very polite and sweet when she wants to be, but sometimes the little devil in her comes out.
Here is Lexxa the way we love her to be--sweet and wonderful while painting.
And then there's Logan who is pretty much like this all the time...the mellow boy who just goes with the flow! So, the bottom line is that I know I'm not perfect and I know my kids aren't perfect and I'm sure there are many parents out there that might judge me for my ways, but sometimes it feels good to know that others aren't perfect either. It's uplifting for those of us that are parents and it's probably birth control for those of us that aren't!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
As we were having this discussion, another co-worker chimed in and asked why he needed to act his age. She stated that she doesn't act her age either. So, I guess the question is--when is it really time to stop trying to act younger than you are and act your age? Is there a cutoff? Does it all depend on where you're at in life? Does it contribute to where you're at in life? I'm not saying that we should stop living life because we're getting older, but are people in denial as they get older and try to act like they are 10 years younger? And why not enjoy each stage we go through in life whether it be age 21 or age 50, just to embrace it?
The other funny thing is that I have two younger girls that work for me (26 and 24, so not that much younger) and they didn't know me before I got married and had kids. I think they definitely think of me as the "mom" or "grown-up." I always laugh because I wonder what they would think of me if they knew me before I "settled down." Perception is such an interesting thing as we come across new people who didn't know us in our previous life!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Anyway, we do fine if we have date night and go out to dinner and a movie or something, but if we are at home in a quiet house, we're not quite sure what to make of it. I guess my point is that life BC seems like so long ago!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Stay tuned...and, I should say that I may not be as on top of making new posts like some of you (Alyssa and Gale!).