Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We're back from WDW! We have such wonderful memories of our trip that I can't wait to blog about. We had such a wonderful time that it is hard to get back into this cold California setting. I've got mounds of laundry and souvenirs to sort through and am lucky that all the kids are able to go to daycare today so that I can somehow find myself here. Hopefully this computer won't distract me too much!
Despite a double ear infection, double pink eye and double trouble attitudes, we were able to visit all of the Disney parks with little setbacks. We were always on the go, with little time to relax back at our hotel room. We are exhausted. There are so many pictures to share - Grandma Gertie took over 700 with her camera. I have yet to upload mine. The kids saw so many characters and got autographs and pictures with them. I was surprised we got to see so many.
Here's wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year! Stay tuned for day by day blog posts of our trip!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We both had the "Contro Filetto con Fungi" for dinner.
The boss' wife with their son Rob, my coworker.
(yes, Rob is rolling his eyes!)
The boss with Terra
He made a comment during his "speech" that the reason for the black shirt was because it was the only one that would button around the collar!
(...and not because it was a sign of the times and the downfall of the company.)
Monday, December 8, 2008
Now, here we go a caroling... I confess, I had a little something to do with the date-choosing for the Daycare Potluck this year. I know, I know.. me?? It was carefully thought out though, really. I knew we'd have plans on the 13th (my Company's Dinner) and I didn't want to miss another year of seeing my kids sing their little off-tune lungs out, especially Devin, cause you know, his singing tops all the others. Anyway, it worked out well. In fact, this was the first year in a long while that every child and their family attended. It was a full house! So without further ado...
Peyton and Sydney were in chocolate heaven! And this is where we can be thankful for "Spray n' Wash"... or grandmas!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I gotta give props to Robin for capturing this shot of our clan. She came into our schedule at the right time and we FINALLY got some pictures of Devin on his own. It was a goofy session, trying to make 3 boys smile and all - Donovan wasn't feeling too great, Devin was teething (and drooling!) and Dominic... was just Dominic.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Grandma Gertie celebrates another birthday and shares it with the Thanksgiving holiday (and also shares it with her son-in-law Rudy). We are all so very thankful for her love of her children and grandchildren and her natural ability to be creative... consuming herself in projects and photography. She's our paparrazzi! We all hope you have a wonderful birthday. We love you!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I picked up the TWO kids with a makeshift ziploc diaper bag (I'm never prepared for these unexpected trips), headed over to Urgent Care (because I didn't want to wait until morning), plunked down TWO copayments after filling out TWO sign-in sheets. Rudy met us there because my TWO arms weren't going to be enough. (Thanks Mom for getting Dominic from school).
The medical assistant took us back to take vitals. No temp, oxygen levels superb, pulse excellent...times TWO. We're looking good! This is where I begin to think how dumb I look with TWO perfectly healthy patients taking up an urgently needed space in that office. Please, oh please Doctor, don't make me look like an overly paranoid mother.
We waited a good long while before being seen by a Doctor. Devin enjoyed the sanitary paper that lay across the examining table. Donovan enjoyed scoping out all the equipment in the room. We often saw the MA walk by the door and peek in. One time he came back with suckers and stickers. Donovan ate a sucker; Devin ate a sticker.
TWO hours since arriving, we were finally diagnosed with TWO ear infections - all on the same kid, Devin! So here's to EI #2 - or would that be #2 and #3? Donovan gets to ride out his viral illness. No prescriptions for him.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Painful to watch a kid on the field that has no desire to be there.
Painful to watch Rudy assistant coach a sport he is so passionate about, become so disgruntled and frustrated.
Painful were the early morning games in which getting up and ready and out of the house in time was a chore.
Painful to watch Donovan pout on the sidelines, waiting for the whistle from the ref, signing he may now use the field to kick the ball around on.
After today's early game, a lots of running around in between, our evening concluded with a potluck dinner and award ceremony. Dominic got his personal trophy, while the team gave Rudy a plaque with the team picture. Pretty cool.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The pictures show how dirty our bedroom window is, but it also shows what a special moment was had out in the backyard today. Apparently Donovan stuck Roxy in the dog run so that he could have his time with Fred....alone.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Our first stop every year is the house up at the top of our court, The Schlosser's, whom we have ties with for many years (even before moving to this neighborhood). Thunk-Thunk. Into the kids' TOT bags went the biggest Hershey's Symphony bars I have ever seen. The kids were off to a great start, dragging their bags already! Many homes were dark (many vacant) this year, and others carved less pumpkins and set out less decor than usual. Even my pumpkin-carving took a backseat this year! The boys ran from home to home gathering their loot. Donovan stayed back on some, as they were "too skeerie" for him.
Thanks to Gertie, Grandma and Papa for coming over to treat with us!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I had the worst headache (of course, that's what we always say) while celebrating Dad's birthday, that even the thought of food made me want to gag. Luckily, I felt much better after about 2 hours and I devoured the dinner I missed out on. Yum!
Rudy, meanwhile, is game for anything when the nieces and nephews are around:
but it looks like a cross between "Weekend at Bernie's" and "Dr. Doolittle".
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Saturday, Dominic's winless soccer team remained so. This was the first game after being reseeded and they played with only one sub available. They were missing 3 or 4 players for some reason. They played better defensively, I thought, but still no goals. Donovan, once again, couldn't wait to get out on that field during half-time to make his goal. He thinks that's the coolest thing. Yet, when big brother stands in the way to block his shot - well, he doesn't think that is cool at all!
We followed up the afternoon with haircuts for the boys. Thank goodness! I wanted to get that done before Picture Day for Dominic at school. They look so much better... and lighter!
Sunday was Pumpkin Patch Day and Kyle's Birthday. We went with the cousins to Bishop's Pumpkin Farm again. We got too busy to go last year. This time we planned it at least a few weeks ahead of time. It's so much fun to see the faces on the kids as they explore their little world. It was surprisingly a warm day. We had a picnic lunch in the apple orchard, played in the 3-story treehouse, romped around the petting zoo, got lost in the corn maze and took a hayride out to the patches of pumpkins. The boys got dirty and worn out. Me too!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
If you don't eat them, run with them! And if you do eat them, then good for you! The boys were pooped from yesterday's Apple Hill adventure. So pooped that Dominic was the last to get up this morning (even with his alarm ringing!). Daddy got up to go to work (on a Sunday?) for a few hours.
The boys and I geared up to run with veggies at the Veggie Chase 5k and Kids Runs. This was the first time doing this event for us and it was fun. Hopefully next year I won't be by myself and I can run too, instead of escorting my own little pea pod around. Apparently, this event is becoming more popular and each year is a learning experience for them. The turnout was awesome. Lots of kids and their families. I registered Dominic and Donovan, so they each got a T-shirt out of the deal. They ran out of race numbers when we got there, so they went without. We skipped the 5k and headed right to the events that I signed the boys up for. They each got to run in their age group. We all ran with Donovan, and then Dominic got to go by himself. The look of fear took over Dominic once he reached the finish line and saw a sea of people that didn't look familiar. The events were great for the kids. The veggies were hilarious running around in their gear. The kids were so enthusiastic to run pass them, bettering their chances to getting a medal in the end. All participants in the 5k got a medal. The group races got ribbons, however, they ran out right after the Diaper Dash set of kids finished. The kids enjoyed freebies from Jamba Juice and others, and spent even more energy in the bounce houses. It was a lot of fun, but would be more fun if I had that "parent-switch" option like they have at Disneyland, because there were times when I would have liked to have gone out with the kids to chase veggies, instead of pushing a stroller around. Next year maybe!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The boys were excited to bring out the "foot-jammies" tonight. I'm wishing I had some myself!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Spiderman theme while we were at Circus Circus again.