Monday, April 30, 2012

happy monday

and then I wonder why I struggle with weight....But I love to make "stuff" and with that you eat "stuff"...Good thing I am a generous type of girl, I give lotsa "stuff" away!!

If you want to be generous, I got this from Cookies and Cups...I love her blog, it is soooo yummy!! I am addicted to S'Mores, so I'll be trying some of her S'Mores week recipes!

Happy Monday!
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

mini meet

Yesterday we had a busy day! Brynne had her gymnastics mini meet, Scotty had baseball and we had a birthday the night before I had dinner with friends, actually drinks, and one big drink led to two big drinks, and that was it for me! thank God for good friends, especially ones that can drive you home!! (you know who you are :))

Brynne has done a preschool gymnastics class for about 4-5 months or so, since we have been back..They practice basic skills, she is VERY strong, but also does not consistently apply herself! She is a little girl, it is fun, and that is why I do it..

So my pictures suck, for the most part, I didn't realize the setting on my camera and action pics or anything indoors are not my area of here goes, you get the jist of it..

 I can only imagine the conversation, for her to make this face..

 here they have to come out of a summersault, their hands can not touch the ground, and they have to stand up without putting their hands down..

 I suck at balance, I have N.O.N.E.

 I also have Z.E.R.O. upper body strength..this was great, she held it for 6 seconds, her longest time ever!

 So the deal was that they had to earn ALL blue ribbons to get a trophy...

They called each girl up to the little mat/stand so we could get pictures..we were allowed to leave after that. Brynne wenty up to get her ribbons, and then sat back down with the other girls, then she got up and came over to me..I was so proud of her, but I knew what was coming..I knelt down to her level, and said she was awesome and that we would be hanging those on her wall for sure! She laid her face in my neck and started to cry...insert broken heart.....and then my tears rolled down off my face, she said I didn't get a trophy, I didn't get all blue ribbons.

While there are a lot of people who are all about winning, and don't get me wrong, everyone likes to win, and it is sad when your child wants something and doesn't get it...BUT while there will always be someone smarter, prettier, faster, better and a ton of other things, than you, You can only do your best and move forward....You can not make your child someone they are not or will never be, because YOU want them to be it.

This was a good lesson for Brynne, while she wanted that trophy, she didn't give it a 110% in every class leading up to it, and there for, she didn't get it. We all want things in life, and they are not always obtainable. I feel like if you always win, you always tell your kid they are the best at everything, they will be sadly dissappointed at some point in their lives, being good at things takes work, and want and the will...that's it. No amount of private classes, constant practice, is going to make them the best, they have to want it.

I am no pro in the parenting department, by any means. I do the best I can with what I've got...I love them unconditionally, lift their spirits, encourage and believe in them...They are my everything..

Make some Memories..
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

the love of spring..

I love plants, flowers, gardens and anything outside (as long as it is not 110*) haha....So while yes we have been working on the pool, we have had a bit of a stall, waiting for the plumber and some parts..but even though I am so impatient, I know what my husband does in this project, will be well worth the'll see! And while I wanted to have an end of the school year pool party, that may turn into a end of summer bummer, back to school party....(worth the wait, worth the wait)

On another note, in our stalled time on the pool we have been redoing our planters...They were pitiful! The only thing in them were a few too many day lilies and some crape myrtles. Last year we did plant a good amount more of the crape myrtle trees, but when we moved to Florida, we stopped anything else...Now that we are in our forever space..It has begun!

Our house has a big front planter off the driveway, and then a small one at the sidewalk, then two big ones at the front of the house. There have never been planters or plants along the sides of the house, those we are adding, to tie into the back yard landscape as well. Here it is hard to grow anything!! The soil, if you want to call it that, is clay, and nothing will grow without good dirt! Also plants are really expensive here, surprisingly California is cheaper than here for plants! Plus we have to be careful what we plant, as it will surely burn up in the summer or freeze in the winter (unless we have a winter like this past year which made me one happy girl-no freezing temps!)

So we have almost completed the planter off the driveway, all the plants are in, and tomorrow they are starting the stacked stone border...

 Front planter to the right of the driveway, we did a rose garden..I have always had a lot of roses at our houses, I don't mind taking care of them, clipping them, and I usually have vases everywhere in the house possible!! (that might be next year though once they get going)
 Side of house, this is my bathroom window..we added a crape myrtle and the day lilies we transplanted..All the ones you see came from the front planters and the planter at the driveway. We still have at least 8 to relocate, there are so many, and it was like they were thrown in there with no rhyme or they are big!!

 leading from the side to the front planter

 other side of the house, by the garage...
 star jasmine...oh I love the pink jasmine, but that will not make it here at all! But this I HOPE will, every time I walk out of the garage, and smell that smell, it reminds me of California...
 Whats left and we still need more....A LOT more!!
 This is a small planter by our sidewalk, believe it or not, we pulled 4 HUGE day lilies out of there!! There was some metal border in it as well, they laid the first course of the stacked stone, that's what will be around all of the planters..
Will update you more as we progress!! The weather has been amazing to say the least, we are all enjoying it so much..we have been outside everyday, seems like all day! The kids have been on the trampoline, riding bikes! There have also been so many butterflies, I don't remember this many in past years...
Happy Monday!
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Friday, April 20, 2012

memory lane

Scotty and Bella Halloween, Scotty was about 5, Bella 3 1/2
Christmas time, Scotty 4 Bella 2 1/2
Nicholas and Scotty about 2 years ago, before we moved away
Brynne 1st Birthday

Scott & Scotty Hawaii...we went a few times, so I can't remember exactly when this was..Scotty is about 6 I think..
Big Bear, before we moved..
1st grade pool party

sweet baby

Scotty about 6...look at his hair!!

My dad
Brynne in Hawaii
Bella had to be about 3 here, our cat is now almost 4...
Surprise visit from Mimi, when we first moved to Texas

Snickers a cute baby kitty!
At our home in California, before we moved...
Brynne was not even born yet, I was very pregnant though, and in the middle of building our house...we had been at the house most of the day, and they were wiped out!
Just moved in..Actually the power got turned on the day I delivered Brynne, February 21, 2007!!
Our last Christmas in Temecula..
at the river
Bella preschool graduation..
Daddy and Brynne

Mission Bay
all my kiddos at the park
my mom

Our first Texas Winter, fully equipped with more snow than I was prepared for!
3rd Birthday, right when we moved to Texas
Brynne a with dark hair!

Our trip home June 2010- In Lake Havasu

I think this was my last birthday in California
River trip to Oatman
Prosper ducks...

Hawaii, Brynne was about 18 months old..

Playing in the rain! Celina, TX
Mimi & Pa surprise us at a baseball game....WOW! I will never forget their excitement!!
First year BobCat cheer camp, and Brooke....
First year of Celina Football
My FIRST Double rainbow, EVER!
Me and Bella, she had to be 2, I wasn't even pregnant with Brynne yet..

Bella on our boat, Laughlin
So sweet, I found this...This was at our first house we ever built, Scotty was 6 months old when we moved in, so sweet!!
Christmas Brynne, about 9 months old...different hair again!
Scotty first day of first grade
Bella preschool Christmas program at ABC
Brynne 8 months..Peltzer Pumpkin Patch
Scotty 5th birthday..Brooke and Bella
Brynne and me
Bella, after a looong day in the sun and sand Hawaii, Bella was 3 and Brynne was 5 months old..Our entire family went, all 4 kids, and both sets of our parents met us there!!
Make some memories.....I am cherishing mine.....XO

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