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Thought I would check in.  It has been a busy and crazy life since I last posted.  My life changes and I have to roll with it, or get run over by it!

We are back to the school schedule, but this year I have it easy with only one child in school.  Well, easy is a relative term, since having a 14 month old and a three year old home is anything but easy.  I have lost my two teenagers who have gone to live in Utah with their Dad. I am not happy about it but what can you do, I have learned to deal with it I guess. Like I said, roll with it or get run over…

I have enjoyed the summer, we made the most of it I think.  Summer is a time to go and have fun, to eat fresh grown fruits and vegs, and put aside my love of baking until the weather cools and I don’t have to worry about heating the whole house with the oven.  Everything in its season… right?

I have just been called as the Primary Chorister, and it is one of my all time favorite callings, so I am enjoying that.  Scott gets to have some bonding time with Jonah during the last two hours of church as a result, and they spend a lot of time in the halls.  Jonah is unfortunately super cranky by that time, as it is his normal nap time… yikes, good job Scott!, way to go honey!! Rah Rah RAH! (is the cheering you on helping??)

Chloe is in the fourth grade and really enjoying it so far.  At the moment she is also doing cross country after school – go CLO!

Here are a few pics from our summer:

Scott’s Birthday!

Butterfly garden at Six Flags


Jonah turns ONE!

Redwood hike in Oregon with cousins 🙂

more Oregon


secret beach on a cool foggy morning

love my man

kite flying on the beach in OR




Chloe starts the FOURTH grade!

Labor Day weekend in Bodega Bay. Catching the sun




Scott and I sunset on the beach – Bodega Bay





pumpkin time!

We try every year to get to Apple Hill and hit the pumpkin patch for our Halloween Jack-o-lantern needs!  So for FHE we loaded up (most) of the family and headed out.

Daddy grabbed his pumpkin,

and I had mine,

ha! I LOVE that picture! here is his normal face:

When we got home we finished the night off with roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on our little bonfire (are bonfires supposed to be big?, so is that an oxymoron? )

It was a perfect fall day and we had a great time!

Golden Truths

I came across this while preparing to teach a “positive parenting” class.  I thought it funny and so so true!

More Golden Truths…
(Author Unknown)
Things I’ve learned from my children (honest and no kidding):
(1) There is no such thing as child-proofing your house.
(2) If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.
(3) A 4 year-old’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
(4) If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing pound puppy underwear and a superman cape.
(5) It is strong enough however to spread paint on all four walls of a 20 by 20 foot room.
(6) Baseballs make marks on ceilings.
(7) You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on.
(8) When using the ceiling fan as a bat you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit.
(9) A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.
(10) The glass in windows (even double pane) doesn’t stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.
(11) When you hear the toilet flush and the words Uh-oh, it’s already too late.
(12) Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.
(13) A six year old can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36 year old man says they can only do it in the movies.
(14) A magnifying glass can start a fire even on an overcast day.
(15) If you use a waterbed as home plate while wearing baseball shoes it does not leak — it explodes.
(16) A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq foot house 4 inches deep.
(17) Legos will pass through the digestive tract of a four year old.
(18) Duplos will not.
(19) Play Dough and Microwave should never be used in the same sentence.
(20) Super glue is forever.
(21) McGyver can teach us many things we don’t want to know.
(22) Ditto Tarzan.
(23) No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can’t walk on water.
(24) Pool filters do not like Jell-O.
(25) VCR’s do not eject PB&J sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.
(26) Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.
(27) Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
(28) You probably do not want to know what that odor is.
(29) Always look in the oven before you turn it on.
(30) Plastic toys do not like ovens.
(31) The fire department in San Diego has at least a 5 minute response time.
(32) The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earth worms dizzy.
(33) It will however make cats dizzy.
(34) Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
(35) Quiet does not necessarily mean don’t worry.
(36) A good sense of humor will get you through most problems in life (unfortunately, mostly in retrospect).

a year of dates

Our anniversary in on January 1st.  I usually try to do something a little creative for Scott.  Last year I gave him 7 presents representing our 7 years together, which included a photo album to fill with new memories, a couple of goldfish, and a bunch of other things that I can’t seem to recall at this moment, Scott do you remember?  Anyway, this year I made him some embroidered pillowcases (here is one, the other is in the laundry..)

and I also gave him an envelope containing a “year of dates”.   One date per month all planned out.  At the beginning of each month he gets to open a new envelope and see what we are going to do that month.

Last month we went to the California Museam specifically to see an exibit “Out of this World” – costumes from science fiction/superhero type of movies.

There was lots of fun stuff to see, and after we stuffed our faces at la bou

I got the idea from My Mix of Six – great blog.  I ran my envelopes through the printer for each month, and used a different font on each because I am a font junkie.

I am planning on taking pictures at each date and compiling either a photo album or photo book at the end of the year.  I am guilty of having hundreds of pictures of the kids and very few of Scott and especially me, so hopefully this will help.

This month we are going out to dinner at a local restaurant that we have never tried before, should be fun!

sunday walk

We took a family walk up along the bike trail that runs by our home.  It was a nice cool afternoon, and we were taking advantage of the rain free weather.

Chloe was full of energy… at first:

notice the nice summer dress she is wearing – against advice mind you…  she was fine for a while until the sun started going down and she started growing cold and tired, so super-daddy to the rescue!