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swimming solo

I took the kids swimming by myself for the first time this week.  We packed a picnic and went to the pool at the association where my mom lives.  It's perfect for us because it has a 1 1/2 foot deep pool for little ones that is perfect for Ethan right now.  He had a blast splashing around.  I even got my little Miss to enjoy swimming for the first time.  I think it's because the pool was nice and warm.  She held onto me tight, but splashed around and giggled.

Don't mind the messy face...she had just enjoyed a little PB&J :)

I had such a great time with my kiddos. 
I decided since Daddy is gone for the week (AGAIN, but hopefully the last time for a while), that we should do something fun, and it was.
After we swam we went back to my mom's and took naps and then waited for her to get home from work.  We ate dinner and enjoyed her company before heading home for bedtime.

I Heart Faces weekly photo challange: "pets"

I had a hard time choosing a photo to enter for the theme on I Heart Faces this week.  I finally chose this one because I think it just captures Cookie's fun and playful spirit.

Highlights, lowlights and videos

 Highlights from the week (in no particular order):

*Finding a couple of cute pairs of shoes at Ross for cheap.

*Cleaning my house while it is staged is super easy... mostly because it's pretty much clutter free :)

*Last weekend Matt and I enjoyed THREE date nights together.  Friday night  Ethan spent the night at my mom's and we made this pizza... seriously it was to-die-for good (I'm making it again tonight).  We then enjoyed dinner on the patio together.  Saturday we put the kids to bed and got sushi to go, and enjoyed it together on the patio.  Then Sunday Matt's parents babysat in the evening while were treated to a fabulous dinner at The Farm in Redlands (one of our very favorite restaurants) by someone Matt works with (Matt is one of his clients).  We seriously at GOOD this weekend.

*Getting together with my girlfriends from the credential program at UCR.  I don't get to see them often, but when I do it sure is fun.  We all got our teaching credentials toget…


Is it bad that I let my 9 month old eat corndogs?
Ethan was eating one the other day and he only ate half, 
so I handed the other half to Alayna.
She CHOWED on it.  
I guess meat on a stick is pretty fun :)

Whew, all that eating makes a girl thirsty!

It's amazing how filthy my girl gets every day :) 
She almost always has a dirty face, lol.

Recent comparisons of my kids


Marlene's 65th Birthday

Last weekend Matt's sister and her kids came down to celebrate his mom's 65th birthday.  We had a great weekend hanging out, eating, swimming and celebrating.  Ethan had a blast playing with all of his cousins.

A picture of all of the grandkids... Olivia, Ian, Amanda (holding Alayna), Emily (holding Stephen), Ethan, Clayton and Jenelle. The birthday girl
I made her a lemon chiffon cake, her favorite. Ethan sat on Ian's lap and ate his cake

We spent some time in the pool (which Alayna hated).
 All in all it was a busy, but fun weekend :)


Yesterday ended up being a nice day.  My mom and my brother came over and we spent the day together.  We went to lunch at the Kopper Kettle and talked about my dad.  We came home and put the kids down for naps and watched a video of him my aunt had made after he died.  It was just some video clips.  My mom and I had never seen it.... we hadn't felt ready.  It was nice.  We laughed and reminisced about him.  It was nice to hear his voice and see his face.  It made me realize I need to take more videos of Matt and I, instead of just always of the kids.

Thanks for all of your sweet words on Facebook and emails yesterday.  It was nice to know so many people were thinking for us and praying for us.

My hubby got home at 11:30 last night after being in Texas all week for work.  I'm very happy to have him home.

Potty training is still going well.... except for the poop front.  Ethan is holding it in and won't go at all.  It's been a few days.  He can go #1 all day long and is…

It's been 8 years...

It's been 8 years....

since I've seen your face
heard your voice
laughed with you
hugged you
gotten teased by you
pansed you and annoyed you
watched your face light up in that contageous smile
heard you give one of your belly laughs
ate breakfast with you in the morning
watched you garden
watched how you loved my mom
watched you live by example

I miss you daddy.
We'll be remembering you today, as we do everyday.
I'm glad you get to be with the Lord having the best time ever,
but I selfishly wish you were still here with us.

Alayna at 9 months

This post is several days late, poor second child.
I did take the pictures a day late... that was almost on time :)
There's actually a story behind them.

I set everything up to take Alayna's monthly teddy bear picture.  I had the leather chair right next to the doorway and was standing right outside the door, so that I could get good light (our house has horrible lighting). I have her set up in the chair and I start clicking. All of the sudden she LUNGES forward off the chair, and onto her head onto the ground.  In trying to save her I leapt forward with my camera still in hand and hit the lens against the door frame.  She ended up being okay (just got a minor goose egg on her forehead).  My 50mm lens on the other hand, well it popped apart.  I was quite upset, especially since I had a photoshoot scheduled for that evening. 

Thankfully my handy engineer husband came to the rescue and fixed my lens for me... amazing!  The only thing that doesn't work is manual focus (the a…