Friday, December 31, 2010
So, I know 2011 will be filled with much love, happiness, laughs and amazing moments, but I’m also ready to tackle its challenges. Here’s to taking on a new year no matter what’s in store!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Kea Lani Fairmont in Wailea
Monday, October 25, 2010
I've been thinking a lot lately about how fast the year has gone by. I feel like October came and went and it's already November!
There are a lot of things I like about this time of year--the changing weather, eggnog lattes, spending the holidays with friends and family. But this November, it's my 30th birthday. I have a close friend, Mari, who turned 30 in the end of October, so I guess that's got me thinking about turning 30 a little more than I would normally think about my upcoming birthday. She just got engaged, so she has so many exciting things beginning to happen at the start of her 30s. I'm excited for weddings and babies (from other friends/family members hopefully). I'm happy to say that I'm actually looking forward to my 30s. As much as it's sad to see your kids grow up, I do look forward to them being a little older and a little more self-sufficient. It will be fun to go and do things with them without having to pack up our whole world just to do so.
I'll be honest, the last few years have probably been the roughest and the happiest years of our lives all at once. I guess there are a lot of things you think about when you're younger like where you think you'll be 5 or 10 years from now. I may not have been that successful in certain things, but I think I was successful in some areas of my life. I've been married for 7 years now with two happy and amazing kids.
So, even though I'm still me and 30 won't feel much different than 29, I'm looking at my 30s as a new journey with new successes and obstacles and many new experiences and memories. Here's to turning 30!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
So, last night I had it. I decided that if Lexxa could play and giggle in her room with Logan, then she really, truly didn't need me in there with it. So, I left. In the middle of her playing with Logan, she would cry and say "I want Mommy. I want Daddy." I went back in the room to get them to lay in bed and I was frustrated and telling her that she couldn't be that upset. "You're laughing and then crying...laughing and then crying" I say in my firmest voice trying to explain to her that she's fine and I'm not even that far away in our little two bedroom apartment. So, she says to me "Mommy, that's a pattern--laughing, crying, laughing, crying!" She was so excited about it too. I gave up on the lecture. But, I was really happy to know that she's learning so much in school!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
The summer started off with Lexxa graduating from her PreK class. She absolutely loved school and made some friends along the way. She was all decked out in her cap and gown and the class sang songs for all of the parents and family members that were there for the celebration. After the graduation, I headed to work and some of the parents got together later in the evening at Chuck E Cheese to celebrate. Lexxa was a little unsure of this since she is scared of Chuck E. Cheese, but we went and she had fun. The only problem was that she didn’t want to go by the bathroom because of the big puppet Chuck E Cheese and in the middle of the place, she peed in her pants. We had to go and get her all cleaned up just because she didn’t want to walk in that direction.
Next, Logan turned 2! Every time my kids have a birthday, it makes me think about how fast time seems to go by. But, since we know that we don’t want any more kids, I feel like every milestone with Logan is a little different. I’m so happy to see him growing up and learning new things, but at the same time, I’m sad because he’s not a baby anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to go back to the baby stage, it’s just a different feeling when you know it’s your last. Anyway, we didn’t do too much to celebrate his birthday because we were getting ready to head to Disneyland. We had a few close friends and family members come out to the park to have cake and play, and he had a blast. Then it was time for our Disneyland trip. I guess this could be a whole blog post in itself, but I’m condensing all of this because I know I’ll never catch up if I don’t. Our trip was awesome. Brad and I hadn’t been to there since we were younger and so everything was new to all of us. The hotel was great, and we had a lot of fun at Disneyland and California Adventure. Halle Berry was even sitting right behind us at the Pixar Parade! That was pretty crazy. Her little daughter is so adorable. Lexxa especially loved the Princess breakfast at Ariel’s grotto. I will never forget the priceless look of pure excitement in her eyes when she knew the princesses were coming out. It was a ridiculously expensive breakfast for what you get, but in the end it was all worth it just to see her excitement. Even Logan loved the princesses…he laid his head on each and every one of them to take a picture. He also loved seeing Mickey Mouse or Mickey Mouse related items everywhere. All in all it was a great trip and it was really nice spend time as a family. We’re excited to go back in a couple of years when Logan is a older and he can do a little more too.
July was filled with birthday parties, barbecues, visits from out of town friends and Brad’s Pebble Beach Golf trip. And, we even transitioned Logan into a toddler bed (which is basically his crib with the front railing taken off). He’s doing a pretty good job, it just takes him a bit longer to go to sleep. Some nights he drives me insane and others he’s totally fine.Then August arrived. Lexxa started school and she loves it so far. I can’t believe my little girl is in Kindergarten. I feel like having kids makes you judge time a little differently. For example, when I started working at my current company, Lexxa was only 5 months old. It just seems weird to think of it that way even though I know I’ve been there for 4 and a half years. Anyway, Lexxa is doing great in school, but I’m not sure if I’m ready with all that is involved. Two weeks into it and we’re already starting fundraisers and the school is asking for volunteers for their back school BBQ and for the classroom and so on. Things are crazy enough now that Brad is working at night, so now I just have to find a way to balance it all. Either way, I’m so proud of my little girl and I’m amazed at her unique personality (although the whole “I’m a big girl and I have an attitude” thing is not fun sometimes).
Next up: Lexxa’s Birthday! She had to have a Princess and the Frog party and she was so excited to have it at Pump It Up. Another big milestone—5 years old. Her party ended up being lots of fun. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her so excited for her birthday. I think it really registered that the day was all about her and she got to be the princess! Needless to say, she had a great day and was showered with way too many gifts. Thanks friends and family for coming and celebrating with us!
Ok, I started writing this post in August and now it’s already September. Hopefully you'll see another post from me before Christmas so that I don't have to torture you with another post this long!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, Brad was out with his dad and his brother and my cousins Michelle and Tiana came over. We put Logan to bed and Lexxa wanted to watch "The Princess and the Frog." If you haven't seen it, I recommend it. It's a really cute movie with a good story. Anyway, us girls were all sitting with our popcorn and watching the movie when all of a sudden Michelle made a sound like she was a little freaked out but she didn't want to over react because Lexxa was sitting right next to her. She points towards the middle of the living room. Mind you, it's dark so I look and think it's a moth or something and then Michelle says "it's a frog!" Lexxa then proceeds to jump on to Michelle's shoulders and she says "Auntie Michelle, I wish you could stand up" while she was holding on for dear life. In the mean time I'm trying to figure out what to do to get it out of the house and Tiana is totally calm (I would usually make Brad take care of this, but he wasn't home). So, I'm freaking out, Michelle is freaking out, Lexxa is freaking out and Tiana calmly gets up to try and catch the frog (it's pretty small by the way). I gave her a little bowl and she managed to follow the frog and put the bowl over it. So, then I asked what we were supposed to do since the frog was now between the carpet and the bowl. Michelle's suggestion was to just leave it until Brad got home and I was convinced that was what we should do. But, yet again, Tiana calmly got a piece of paper and put it under the bowl...then she carried it outside and set it free!
So, if you haven't seen the movie...the irony of it is that the princess in the movie is named Tiana and she is the one who initially kisses the Frog and my cousin's name is Tiana and we were watching the movie and she was the only one brave enough to get the frog out of the living room! I wonder what would have happened if she kissed the frog...I guess we'll never know.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
So, at work a group of the girls decided to have a Biggest Loser competition. Those of us that wanted to participate put in $25 and whoever lost the largest percentage of their own body weight won the pot (second place got a little money and third got their money back just to be fair). The competition was from April 1st to June 3rd (today).
I was not the winner (or loser I guess). It would have been nice to have that extra money right before our Disneyland trip, but oh well. However, I am happy to report that I lost a total of 11.6lbs! I feel like I still have a ways to go, but I just tried to eat a lot better and I didn't exercise a whole lot, so I thought I still did pretty good even though I didn't win. I just thought I would share this since I feel like there's a lot of getting motivated and weight loss talk going around :-)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Right now, Lexxa loves playing computer games and doing anything artistic and crafty. It's amazing how good she is on the computer already--she knows how to open her online games all by herself. She is trying soccer out pretty unsuccessfully so far (see Soccer Diaries Part I). She absolutely loves her little brother, even though she tortures him sometimes. She's a smart and loving little girl. She's almost too smart for her own good sometimes because she already tries to negotiate with us! She's great at writing her name along with Logan, Mommy and Daddy. She loves writing the alphabet as well. She's also a funny girl and she actually make jokes. She's almost done with her PreK class that she absolutely loves and she's moving on to Kindergarten in the fall. She's growing up so fast! She drives us a little crazy sometimes, but she also makes us smile every day.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
So, after that, all she could talk about was playing soccer. We made sure to tell her that she can't quit if she signs up...she has to play the whole season before she can say if she likes it and wants to continue or not. She said ok and was really excited to play. So, here's how it's gone down so far:
Week 1 - There is no game on week one, just a chance to meet the team and do a little practice. We go out to the soccer field, we get her orange t-shirt since she's on the orange team. She freaks out and doesn't want to practice or even talk to the other kids. She's just completely attached to us the whole time. It was a little embarrassing because she was fully crying and saying she didn't want to play anymore. But, since she committed to it, we were going to stay the whole time no matter what. After that, we told her that she had to go back and just try again.
Week 2 - So, the set up for week 2 is that the kids practice for about a half hour and then play a game for a half hour. She won't really practice much, but I got her to do some of the drills if I did it with her. My parents and my brother and his girlfriend came out just to watch her play, but they didn't get to watch anything except the other kids running around the field. She was better because she wasn't totally crying this time, but all she did was watch the other kids. Ugh, week 2 was better, but not a success.
Week 3 - Picture day. So, we had to get to the field early on week 3 for individual and team pictures. The day before, Lexxa said she was going to be happy at soccer and that she was going to try. I was happy to hear her at least say that, but I wasn't too hopeful. And, I wasn't sure if she was even going to cooperate for pictures. Well, we got lucky and she took her pictures with no problem...awesome, I thought that it might just be a better day because she was doing so well. I was wrong. When it was time to start practicing and playing, she froze up again and didn't even want to go practice. So we spent another morning watching all of the other kids play soccer while we just sat on the sidelines.
So, my fairytale of cheering Lexxa on now that she's old enough to play in organized sports isn't going so well. Stay tuned to hear how the next few weeks go...it could be a long season!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
So, while we were moving I came acrossed it and I knew that I wanted to put it up again. It's now in my bathroom area so I can look at it every day when I'm getting ready. It's an inspiration to me and I'll tell you why. Sorry for the dark picture by the way...it's that or a big flash circle in the middle of the picture.
The woman is putting her whole body and soul into what she is singing--she doesn't care who is looking and she is owning what she is doing. It reminds me to always be myself no matter who is watching, to always put my heart and soul into what I'm doing in my life and to just have fun and let loose and let my hair down once in a while.
I absolutely love this picture. Thanks Alyssa, you're the best!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Lexxa: "Hey, my pillow pet was just in the hamper."
Me: "We can't wash the pillow pet with your clothes."
Lexxa: "Well, its washable, I saw it on TV."
Lexxa: "Johnny says he has two girlfriends at school."
Me: "Really what else did he say?"
Lexxa: "He said me and Delaney are his girlfriends."
Lexxa: "I'm hungry."
Me: "Really, do you want to have lunch?"
Me: "It's a little early to eat lunch, don't you think?"
Lexxa: "But I'm so hungry from all of that hard work!"
So, we're picking out Lexxa's clothes for school one night and I mentioned that they needed to be ironed and she said "let me demonstrate!" Where in the heck did that big word come from?
Lexxa: "Mommy, I have a brilliant idea--Nana and Papa should come over and watch us."
I'm always so surprised when I hear these big words coming out of her mouth, especially when she says them in the right context.
And, here's a fairly new picture of the kids just for fun :-)
Don't you love how Logan looks like he's being forced to smile? Really he just says "cheeeeeese" now and that's what he looks like!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
"Once upon a time there was a girl who was really nice and she has big, big boobs and long legs..." Wow, she's talking about me, I wonder if my daughter thinks I'm a super model (ok, I doubt it, but it was funny). Then she goes on:
"And she's really nice and she helps people and she makes bikes for kids." I did a charity bike building event during the holidays and she remembers that, I thought it was so sweet.
"And Mommy and Daddy and Lexxa and Logan went home and read a book in Morgan Hill!"
I'm so amuzed by her imagination.