Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I was tagged by my good friend, Amy, with a list of questions. So, here goes!!
What was I doing 10 years ago? I was pregnant with B, doing a humongous early morning newspaper route, and babysitting one little boy 4 days a week. We were living in one of our favorite apartments … more of a duplex, and we had many friends, who were also young couples with small children, living close by. We had a small backyard, and it was perfect for us at the time. There was one plank missing in our back fence where N and his friend would play with each other right there. G was busy at work on his Master’s Thesis and was gone at school a lot. This was a really good time in our lives. We made lifelong friends here.
5 things on my to-do list today? I did a science lesson in J’s class today, so I had to run to the store quickly to pick up some M&M’s and pretzels for the snack graph. I have to keep the boys off all of the video games today. They lost their video privileges as of last night – behavior. The house needs a good “pickin’ up” in every room. A bomb went off. Did it hit your house too?? Also, I need to get on the elliptical today. No excuses. I’m embarrassed to say that my bed isn’t made. I left in a hurry this morning. The worst thing is coming home to it all. Do you agree??
What snacks do I enjoy? I love snacking at little too much. I'm working on this. I really like the honey wheat pretzel sticks. I also really like a good naval orange. Another favorite is M&M’s. I have a hard time stopping with one small handful. It’s bad!
What would I do if I were suddenly a billionaire? We’d probably upgrade to a slightly bigger house, pay off any debt, and pay off the mortgages of our close family members. Our boys’ college funds would be set, and I would love to find some humanitarian things to do WITH our boys.
3 bad habits? Not exercising enough, but I’m getting better at this. I can procrastinate things sometimes. A good example is getting dinner started! Also, I stay up too late, and then I’m dragging by the next afternoon.
5 places I've lived? Walnut Creek, CA ; Concord, CA ; Pleasant Hill, CA ; Provo, UT ; current residence
5 jobs I've had? Newspaper routes (yes, I’ve had several of them, (my biggest one was @ 415 papers), Clerk at a Health Food Store, Retail Sales, Data conversion of Library Systems (Card catalogs to searchable database – MARC anyone??), Data Entry for Chevron, and of course, MOM.
5 things people don’t know about me? Hmmm … I love to take an afternoon nap when I can (see “3 bad habits” above!). I hate lipstick. I never wear it. Lip-gloss is okay. My sisters pinned me down at one of our last family photos to apply lipstick on me! I really like to soak in the tub after the kids are in bed. It’s quiet, it’s warm/hot, and it’s so relaxing. I love to collect quotes. I have a huge file folder full of various quotes I’ve found over the years, not to mention a couple of books filled with inspiring quotes. I like how they are concise and pack a punch, whether it’s a laugh or it’s thought provoking. I think I've read more books in the past four or five years than I have in my entire life. I'm just enjoying it a lot more. I had some reading comprehension issues when I was a lot younger, so books and me weren't friends. Now, I'm constantly reading. Even before I finish my current book, I make sure I have something immediately to read next. It helps when your spouse is an avid reader, too. G is always reading. It will be hard for me when I start my next on-line class, to not be able to read my novels as much.
I tag my 3 sister-in-laws: JanEtta, Nadine & Sylvia. I'd love to read your lists!! So, copy the questions, add your own answers, and then post it on your blog.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
M & N, cousins AND friends
Friday, February 22, 2008
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Thursday, February 21, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
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Sunday, February 17, 2008
N with Grandma right before he left for his Boy Scout Over-nighter
He would have rathered stay home with the family. He didn't want to miss out on anything. We said we'd not watch a new movie and we'd save him some swarmas.
Mom with L
Hama with T
B didn't want them to leave!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
J is scooping the rice into his rice bag. Grandma Marie put the boys to work for their bags. J even got to push a few buttons on the sewing machine to help. In case you haven't seen these, you can heat these up in the microwave for a couple of minutes and then use them as a heating source. I usually put them on my feet! I loved the one I've had so much that it was worn out. So Grandma took T on a fabric shopping adventure this morning. It's been reported to me that he was a "great" helper. Grandma (or "Hama" as T calls her) fixed my two existing bags, and made one for each of the boys. Hama also helped me with mending a few stray things. Thanks, Hama!!Here's J's loot from school today. He got a lot of pencils! He also came home with 2 cupcakes that he decorated in class. They were pretty smashed up by the time he got home, but he didn't complain. He just enjoyed them anyway ... while licking his fingers.
B came home with a lot of Valentine's goodies. He left it on the couch and T claimed some of the candy. Oh, well! We moved his loot to where T couldn't reach it. He had a great Valentine's Day party in his class today, too. N was a little disappointed today because he only got 1 candy @ school today. Middle school is very different in so many ways. No parties for the middle-schoolers. He did, however, have time to make a really nice Valentine for Hama. That was very thoughtful of him.
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Monday, February 11, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
We just had to go on an adventure outside today -- it was such a gorgeous day!! After our walk on Foresthill Bridge and hike around the bridge, we went to a Mexican restaurant. It felt SO good to be together as a family. We haven't been out ALL together for over 6 weeks because someone has been sick. I think we've beat all of the nasty bugs/illnesses finally. I'd better knock on some wood. We want to come back and walk this bridge again.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
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I drive N and our neighbor/friend to middle school each morning. I was trying to make a little small-talk. I mentioned how the week is almost over and figured they'd be happy with this revealation. N's friend, V, said he wants the weekend to be NOW. He didn't want to go to school because he wants to stay home from school like me "cuz you get to sleep all day and watch TV". Um, what did you say?!!? I quickly told him that this wasn't the case. Then he asked me, "Well, what DO you do all day?" He was quite surprised to know that I have many things to take care of and manage. I really don't think I convinced him otherwise because he looked at me like I was crazy, and/or lying. I guess that's what HE does when he's home from school. Perception isn't reality, right?! I guess the house magically cleans itself, the groceries fly into the refrigerator, and the laundry just folds itself.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
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Monday, February 4, 2008
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