Saturday, December 18, 2010

School Awards

J earned the coveted "Coyote of the Month" at school Friday. Only 1 student per class is picked each month. This is what his teacher said about J: "J is a hard worker in our classroom. He also knows how to treat others with respect. He is caring and enjoys helping others. He loves to participate in class and strives to always have good grades." We are so proud of him!!

T earned one of the Character Counts awards for his class. This month "caring" was the character trait. This MADE HIS DAY!! This is what his wonderful teacher said about T: "T is a sensitive, caring person that treats others kindly. He is always volunteering to help others in class and on the playground. In class, he makes a great Bumblebee and takes this responsibility very seriously. On the playground, he is always earning HOWL tickets for helping pick up playground equipment and cleaning the cafeteria. T is such a delightful boy and I am so thrilled to have him in our class!"

We are so proud of both of our boys!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bear Award

J finally earned and received his BEAR award & his Religious Square Knot. Of course, when I want to take a nice picture of him and his awards, his slide is no where to be found ... hence the chunky rubber band holding his neckerchief! He's worked hard on many requirements, and has loved his Leaders. He looks forward to being in the Webelos den come January.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy 40th Birthday, G!!

HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY to my dear husband, G! We are so blessed to have him in our lives. He's an amazing Dad to our boys and THE best husband ever. I love you!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hoover Dam

The wind was filling up N's hoodie while he looked over the Hoover Dam

The tradition says that you will have luck by rubbing the feet of the Lady Statue

My sweet J
N enjoying the view at Hoover Dam

We spent the Thanksgiving Holiday in North Las Vegas with G's side of the family. We took the boys for an outing to the Hoover Dam and the new Memorial Bridge. It was VERY windy, but otherwise a beautiful day. The Hoover Dam is in both Nevada and Arizona. We had fun walking across states and time zones! We loved the view and spending time together. After we walked across the dam, we went over to the Memorial Bridge, which just recently opened. I'll have to blog about that next.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Walk Through California

J's 4th grade class after their "Walk Through California". J is the 4th from the left.

J is in the 'expert' chair. During the presentation, when the presenter says your "expert" word, you have to quickly get up to the expert chair and explain the word. There were cards to memorize. If they had it completely memorized, including a full-sentence answer to her question, they earned more points for their team. J did great! He had 2 expert words to share.

This was the first time I was able to watch this wonderful program. It is a living history lesson for the kids and it was great! They came in costume, anything they chose to represent California history. It was a 2 1/2 hour interactive and FUN history lesson. The kids were loving it. I really enjoyed it myself! I somehow ended up being asked to be the scorekeeper. They were divided up into 4 teams, and I kept a running count of the points. This is well worth the $$$ the PTA spends on this program. Next year for 5th grade, they get to do the same thing, but it is all about the Revolution.

Monday, November 15, 2010


T is right in front of the ball, ready to assist his team
T and one of his dear friends on his soccer team
J after a victory
J has had a very successful season in soccer. He thrives as one of the team's defenders. At the team party, the coach said that J has an infectious smile and spreads his positive attitude to the team. He is the most improved player and has had THE most spectacular 'headers' this season. He has popped a couple balls right out of his territory down to mid field!! Impressive! He has an awesome coach and has really enjoyed playing this season. It doesn't hurt that their record is pretty impressive ....

T FINALLY has been able to rejoin his team for most of the 2nd half of the season. Even though his cast came off at the half-way mark of the season, his doctor would not give us the 'go-ahead' to have him play soccer for 2 more weeks. He has surprised us with being able to just slide right back into playing ... probably even better than before! Go figure! He has some good hustle out there and has made an assist for a goal.

There is just one more game of the season. It's been a great year for the boys. Hard to believe it's wrapping up already.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rank Advancement: 1st Class!

On Thursday, B received his 1st class rank advancement at the Court of Honor. He also earned 3 merit badges: Disabilities Awareness, First Aid, and Emergency Preparedness. He has quite a few other merit badges in progress. He's been working really hard! He finishes up his Cycling merit badge today (Saturday) and will receive that one at the next Court of Honor. That merit badge was a HUGE challenge to complete! Way to go, B!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Meeting Paul Cardall

Here I am with Paul Cardall. So happy!!

He's signing my copy of his new book about his amazing journey with his heart defect and heart transplant. I also had him sign one of his CD's.

On Thursday, my friend, K and I drove over to the church bookstore to meet Paul Cardall. G took a bit of time off of work to come by, too! I have LOVED his piano music over the past few years. He has composed some amazing arrangements of LDS Hymns as well as composing original music. I immediately fell in love with the music, and I listen to it often. Then I started to follow him on his blog and was amazed and touched by his personal story. I was following along while he was waiting for his heart transplant and when things didn't look good. Some days, I'd actually get nervous about peeking in at his blog because I was so sad about his condition and the possibility of his early death. His blog entries were so inspirational and sure put things in my own life in perspective. So, when I actually read the newsletter from the local church bookstore, my heart skipped a beat when it said that Paul would be coming in for a book/CD signing and that he'd be speaking and performing later that night!! We took the whole family to the fireside and loved it. I could seriously listen to him for hours!! (I would have been devastated if I found out after the fact!)

So, if you haven't heard of him before now, go check out his website and check out his beautiful piano music. It will blow you away.

I am so thankful that I got to meet him. What an amazing and very humble man. I am thankful that he is sharing his beautiful talents with everyone.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hot Pink Run '10


N after the race. It was nice having a running buddy. It was tricky for me to keep up with him and his VERY BIG STRIDE!!

Here we are at the beginning of the run. We did the un-timed run together. We didn't register until this morning and they ran out of number 'bibs' and t-shirts. We'll get our shirts in a couple of weeks. We ran side-by-side most of the way. It was a fun thing to do together AND it was for a great cause: breast cancer awareness. G brought the boys to cheer us on. It was a fun way to start the day. We'll have to do it again next year. Hopefully B will join us then. He just recently sprained his ankle and it is still healing.

Monday, October 4, 2010

General Priesthood Session of Conference

G and B took a road trip to Salt Lake over the weekend so that B could attend his FIRST Priesthood session in the Conference Center. We were able to land 4 tickets, so both Grandpas were able to come. So, here is my Dad, B, G and G's dad. I LOVE this picture! B loved all of the junk food on the trip and time with Dad. He loved being in the Conference center (saying it was HUGE) and hearing the prophet and apostles speak IN PERSON! This will be a fond and cherished memory. They were able to stop by and see some dear friends on the way back to California, too (wink, wink, Krista!). I'm SO glad they had fun and am so thankful they returned safely.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Goofing Around

Like T's "rabbit ears" on HIMSELF?!

J & T were pretty restless after sitting for General Conference (which was wonderful, by the way!!) They decided to go out front and pal around together. T is very excited to see the leaves on the ground. He was hoping to gather enough to jump in. No such luck. They gathered 'weapons' and played in their secret hideout. It turned out to be a beautiful day. A perfect 76 degrees with a slight breeze.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


J taking a MUCH needed water break. It was hot out there this afternoon!

Soccer is in full-swing. J played very well today, and he was fun to watch. He ALMOST made a goal today. It was SO close!!! He's enjoying his coach and teammates this year.

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Note from B

The other morning, this is what awaited me on the kitchen counter. And, yes, it did make it into his lunch! Too funny!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cast #2

Yesterday, T had a follow-up appointment for his broken arm. His eyes were wide with alarm when he saw (and heard!) the saw that was to remove his cast. The tech demonstrated that it couldn't cut him by putting the saw 'blade' right on his own skin. It was really cool. So, his bright, dirty yellow cast was removed. Before we headed over to x-ray, T wanted to wash his arm. Don't blame him! His arm felt really weird to him without the cast. His skin looked pretty good, but I could see a couple of spots of irritation. I wish I thought to bring some neosporin! I got to see his x-ray and saw how his bone is healing properly. He got to pick out another color for this cast. He didn't even hesitate with RED. It kinda looks pink in this picture, but trust me: it's red! He'll have to wear this one for 2 weeks. Then, he'll get a splint for another couple of weeks. What a trooper! Oh, of course we stopped by to see G at the hospital, and got to meet more of his students. Then, T wanted to stop by the "pet store" ... translated to "gift shop"! He was stalling every which way he could before he had to go back to school. Smart kid!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mommy Had a TIME OUT

Me with the girls on Friday night before Time Out for Women began in Sacramento.
Lisa and I got a picture with the singing group Mercy River. They are AMAZING!! I love their harmonies. They were so inspiring and funny, too!
Here is our group after the conference on Saturday afternoon. Some of the girls stayed over night at a hotel. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the conference. I feel so enriched and uplifted by the speakers, the music, and the bonds of friendship. I feel like my own spiritual cup has been filled and I have a renewed outlook. We were able to hear from: Ardeth Kapp, John Bytheway, Emily Watts, Amanda Dickson, Jill Manning and Emily Freeman. The beautiful music was by the singing group Mercy River, and by Jenny Oaks Baker. She is a very, very accomplished violinist. She blew us away. I am so thankful for the opportunity to go. I am thankful for a very supportive husband who holds down the fort while I'm gone. I cannot wait until I can go to the next one. We are already trying to make plans!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

And BRIGHT Yellow it is!!

T had his cast put on early Tuesday morning. He had a 7:40am appointment. He got to choose the color of his cast. I was not surprised when he decided quickly on the bright yellow. This one is waterproof!! I'm so glad it doesn't cover his elbow. Right after he got his cast on, we met G over at the main hospital and had donuts together. When T arrived at school, he was wearing a hoodie, so you couldn't see his cast. His teacher and classmates took guesses on the color. He'll have to wear it for 5-6 weeks. So, the first half of the soccer season is a complete wash.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Yep, It's broken

G got a picture of T's x-ray

On Wednesday evening, T wanted to ride his bike really bad. So, we helped him get going down the sidewalk. He was startled by the neighbor's sprinklers turning on right as he passed their lawn so much so that he swerved to the right and hit a parked car. He ran right back to us holding his arm. It didn't look too bad. We iced it and gave him some Tylenol. The pain would ebb and flow, so we were a bit baffled about what to do about his arm. By Friday evening, he'd pretty much keep his right arm to his side and was trying to do many things left handed. So, when G took him on his long-awaited "Daddy Day" to the hospital (T's choice! He wanted to eat lunch there and explore Daddy's office), he had one of the nurses take a quick look at it. The nurse immediately said that it needs to be x-rayed because it didn't look too good. It turns out that it's a clean break, right near the wrist. This is his temporary cast. I have to get him in to see an orthopedist ASAP to set him in a cast ... which he'll probably have to wear for 6 weeks. Too bad soccer JUST started. The first game is this coming Saturday! He's been a real trooper. He did tell G, however, that he would like to come back to his work for a corn dog, but he doesn't want to see any doctors!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

First Day of School

N started ... gasp ... High School today! He is SO ready to be in High School. G dropped him off this morning. He is also really looking forward to seminary, and meeting other kids in the stake that go to his High School.
B is starting 7th grade today. He was up and ready to go this morning. He barely said 'goodbye' before he ran off to to the bus stop!
J & T are holding flowers for their teachers. It's a school tradition for each student to bring the teacher a flower. It then becomes part of a class bouquet symbolizing all of the different students in the class. I trimmed them off of one of our rosebushes this morning. J starts 4th grade and T starts 1st grade. J was especially happy about his new binder and school supplies this year.

Here they are walking side-by-side to school this morning. J was very helpful.

Here's T with his new 1st grade teacher. He was a bit nervous. I walked him into his classroom and it helped him seeing some of his friends. Right before I left, he whispered to me that he was scared. It broke my heart! I know he'll do fine, but it will take some adjusting to being in school all day. He still likes a good nap!

Well, this is the FIRST time that all of my boys will be in school for the full day! Definitely a new phase in my life.