Thursday, April 30, 2009

Paloma's Plug

After watching Princess Jasmine at breakfast this morning, Paloma turns to us and asks
"why she only wear nipples? shes trazy(crazy)."

We promptly directed her question to Aunt Kim whom we were sure would know the answer.

So why does Princess Jasmine only wear nipples????

A Very Special Breakfast

This morning we packed up and headed out to dine with the Disney Princesses. Although Mattea and Paloma have only really seen the Cinderella movie, they know all of the princesses by heart. They were welcomed by Ariel who flashed an enormous, welcoming smile. I think they were awestruck because they really didn't have a whole lot to say. Then we were led back to our table and began enjoying a yummy breakfast.

It wasn't long before the royalty arrived.

I'm pretty sure you can sense Paloma's enthusiasm by the expressions on her face.

We did have some tears shed as a result of complete exhaustion, sugar overload, and overwhelming emotions. But all in all, our trip has been a success - thus far.

Where am I - you may ask?

Hey everybody - our family arrived in sunny California on Tues morning. After an almost perfect experience through security, our family of four was on our way to board the plane that would take us to our well needed vacation - Disneyland. Ha. I'm not sure who thought this would be a vacation? Man, Disneyland is a lot of work - but oh so fun. I can definitely see that this could be a whole lot easier if the girls were just a bit older - but that isn't hindering our family from having a blast.

Yesterday we spent the entire day at the park - riding rides, eating cotton candy, getting mouse ears, etc. Today we awoke early and headed out to have breakfast with none other than Cinderella herself. A few others came along to join us as well - ummmm Jasmine, Belle, Aurora. The girls were a bit grumpy due to lack of sleep but did perk up when Ariel flashed her big smile. Then we wondered through the park a bit more and headed home for a much needed nap. In just a bit, we will be heading back for the Disney parade.

More to come.....

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Race For The Cure Update

As it currently stands, I am 32% of the way to meeting my goal of raising $500 for the Race For The Cure. Thanks to everyone who has helped out thus far. If you are so inclined, hop over to the sidebar and find out how easy it is to make your donation today. What an amazing organization for such a lousy disease. Was in this AM and spoke with my primary physician (for simply a routine physical) but he reiterated that my chances of getting breast cancer are 1 in 3 based on family history. But he was quick to remind me that I have a 2/3 chances of not getting it. They will be doing close observation and possbily baseline mammography within the next year or two. Scary stuff. The possibility of genetic testing was also brought up. I urge you - actaully kind of beg you - please, please support this cause (whether monetary or not!) And don't forget ladies - monthly self breast exams are crucial in detection.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Who's There?

Have I ever mentioned that I love blog visitors? I do. I love my frequent readers, I love new readers, and of course I love these readers......

I have been a bit distant on blogging - hit or miss with posts, forgetting posts that I'd like to blog about, and of course to darn busy to even give two hoots about blogging BUT that doesn't mean I don't miss my readers. I love your comments, suggestions, ideas, and opinion.

So, here is another edition of "Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are!" These girls obviously aren't afraid to hide the fact that they read mommy's blog - and I don't want you to be either. If you have migrated over here - let me know. If your an "old reader" leave me a comment about a post that I could blog about. If you are a new reader, leave me a comment and I'll be sure to check out your blog. Either way, let me know you stopped by. And if you have yet to check out my blog, well - you don't know what your missing. Just ask these girls. They check it daily.

Happy Earth Day!

Yep, You read her shirt right - it says "Love Your Mother." Sometimes during these difficult and challenging times I wish I had a shirt that would remind her to love me - the woman who carried her sweet and precious body for 9 months, me who spent 14 hours in labor with her, me who nursed her around the clock, changed her bum, cleaned up endless amounts of vomit and have spent countless hours awake at night with her when she has been awake while the rest of the world slumbered. BUT, unfortunately her shirt is not a reminder to 'Love Your Mother', but rather a reminder to 'Love Your Mother Earth.' In case y'all forgot, today is Earth Day. We planted flowers out front in honor of. What did you guys do for Earth Day this year? I'd love to hear about it.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Show Me The Water

Today was "fire safety" day at Mattea's preschool. Oh how the two girls have been talking about this day for the past week now. They were both fired up and ready to see the big red firetruck. Mattea even donned her fire hat for the occasion.

As you can see, even the Jr. firefighters were allowed to come and watch. Paloma thought she was pretty big stuff heading on in to her sister's school and seeing the firemaaaaaaan.

Either Mattea was really tired or really bored, but the inside of the "rig" was unimpressive to her.

Of course, it wasn't until the water started spraying and the lights started flashing that the children began ooooohing and aaaaahing.

And that's a wrap - a successful lesson in fire safety. As Mattea was drifting off to sleep this evening, I heard her chanting away in her room 'stop, drop and roll, stop, drop, and roll.'

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Have You Ever?

Have you ever had one of those days where wallowing in self pity is the number one item listed on your to-do list?

Have you ever had one of those days where literally it seems as if you will erupt into tears at just about anyone or anything that crosses your path?

Have you ever had one of those days where "everything" goes wrong and "nothing" goes right?

Have you ever had one of those days when you know there is so much to be thankful for but you seem to concentrate on all the negativity?

Have you ever had one of those days where literally you want to walk out the door and not come back until everything is all better?

Have you ever had one of those days where you want to indulge in chocolate and simply say "screw it" to the scale because you think chocolate is going to make it better?

Have you ever had one of those days when you know God's grace is upon you but you just can't feel it?

So if you haven't noticed - I'm a bit down at the moment. As I twittered yesterday, "I'm having a Debbie Downer kind of day."

I have so much to be thankful for and so many blessings in my life, but for right now - at this moment, I'm wallowing in self pity and pain. I'm both emotionally and physically hurting and to put it quite mildly "It stinks." It has been a hard and challenging week - not to mention long, exhausting and painful. David has been gone for most of it, the children have been upset and tired, I haven't been able to work, the weather has been rotten, and now to top it all off, I have a ridiculous foot injury that is preventing me from taking part in an activity that has recently brought me sanity.

That is really where this post is coming from. Yes - I'm upset that I spent all day yesterday searching for my daughters blanket (the one from Grandma D.) only to learn that she had stuffed it in the garage and didn't bother to tell me. I'm not just talking searching around the house - I'm talking trips back to the park, trips outside, even a trip to the store to replace the blanket. Then at the end of the day, she tells me, "Mom, it's over there!" Pretty much lost it at that point.
And yes, I'm a bit upset that I have spent literally minutes with my husband this week. Bad enough, that I don't get a whole lot of adult interaction as it is during a week, but to be missing my best friend & husband is down right wrong. But, as I said in a previous post, we are glad that he is employed and working. But truly the real reason I'm upset is because I have spent so much time and effort on training for this upcoming 1/2 marathon. I have pushed myself beyond what I thought my body was capable of, and now I'm told it could all have been for nothing. Nothing definitive yet, but I could be banned from running for up to 6 weeks. There is no way I'll be able to come back and train in time. I will just say that I am so proud of the work that I have done - finally to have a goal that is mine. Not the kids, not my husbands - mine! This is something that has excited me - and now the possibility of it ending is quite real.

It is just running - I know! I am still healthy, my kids are healthy, my husbands healthy, etc. I have so much to be thankful for - but for right now, this very moment, this is something that is/was important to me. I'm praying for good news and for pain relief. But I'm also praying for a change of heart. Really, this has made me quite bitter and I hate having a hardened heart. This is only one of life's challenges and I better darn well rise to the occasion.

Have you ever had one of those days where you simply purge your feelings all over your blog - only to feel slightly better afterward? I have. I'll feel much better though when I hobble downstairs and inhale that box of brownies I bought last night.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Paloma's Plug

Me: Paloma, what would you like for breakfast this morning?

Paloma: Ummmm, chocolate!

Me: Fat chance sister - try again!

Will Jesus Still Love Me???

Last night I was laying in bed with Mattea completing the nighttime ritual. After reading "3" books, I shut off the light and asked Mattea so hold my hand and say our prayers. In the most quiet of voices, she rolled over and said "Mama, will Jesus still love me if I don't say my prayers?"

Oh sweet child, I wanted to respond with a long in depth explanation about how Jesus loves us, will always love us despite our faults and shortcomings. My sweet girl, there have been many nights where I fall asleep in complete exhaustion without praying - forgetting to thank God for one more day with you and our family. Of course, I abbreviated my answer and she seemed to understand. I then offered to pray for her.

As I completed my prayer for Mattea, she rolls over grabs my hand and says, "its my turn now mama." That is when she prayed one of the most beautiful and heart warming prayers I have heard from her so far. Wow!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Too Cute Tuesday

This would be the girls' expression when they realized the "Easter Bunny" was in fact for real and visiting the very resteraunt they chose to eat at for Sunday Brunch - darn it. I worked so hard to put to rest the myth of the Easter Bunny and he all but shows up at brunch. Seriously. And - he gave out a bunch of candy. Seriously. That's Ok though because it would be my smart, savy, serious 4 year old that pointed out that "the Easter Bunny is wearing shoes and has hands." That's my girl. You can forget about some crazy bunny hopping on into your house. Paloma is totally sold though. I'll let her down easy again next year.

Monday, April 13, 2009

We Bid Farewell...

This afternoon was a sad one - as I type, I am swelling up with tears as we had to once again say good bye to daddy for the week. Dave's travel has greatly increased - but so has the position he has taken and with that the pay check. In this particular day and time, who really has the right to complain.

But as Dave stated as he shut the car door, "It just keeps getting harder." The kids catch on quicker now, they are beginning to truly grasp the sense of time and do not like it, and of course Dave's workload just keeps getting heavier. I purposely did not tell the girls about Dave's travel until right before Paloma's Dr. app. We joked around about how he would eat corn for a week and fly on a purple airplane. None of that seemed to bother either of them until we were forced to say our good bye's. It was almost instinctively that Paloma new her daddy was leaving as he scooped her up in his arms in the Starbucks parking lot. She immediately began to sob "I mitt my dadddddy." Of course, that in turn made me just fall.. fall to pieces inside as I heard my sweet girl crying for her daddy. Mattea was too tired to really care but poor Paloma took it rough. Dave rushed them into the car and hurried off quickly but for much of the way home, I heard "I mitt him, I wuv him. Lett go to the airport."

As Dave put it - it is increasingly getting harder - but we are fortunate to have him in a stable working position and bringing home a paycheck that adequately covers all of our needs. It just kind of "sucks" at the end of the day when that job forces him away from those who love him the most.

We miss you already!!! (and I truly don't even think his plane has taken off yet)

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter certainly wouldn't be complete without a good Easter Egg Hunt. Missing out on the annual hunt at church last year due to illness, we made sure our girls were ready to go this year. It was all they could talk about on Sat. "Mama, I get some tandy" were the words repeated over and over by my sweet Paloma. Mattea just carried her basket around all day asking when we were leaving.

Desperately trying to fight off the big kids for a chance to grab one or two eggs.

The fruits of her labor.

We were fortunate to meet up with some good friends there and enjoy a time of fellowship as well. The weather was good, the company was great, and the candy was fantastic. Who could ask for more?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Paloma's Plug - Take 2

Oh - I can't go to bed without blogging this one.

I was sitting on the floor this evening with Paloma saying prayers. She is usually a "self starter" but tonight she just wanted to repeat. So after thanking God for mommy, daddy, sista, and Loma, we attempted to ask Jesus for forgiveness of our sins. BUT - it went a little something like this.

Me: I ask....

Paloma: I ask...

Me: for forgiveness...

Paloma: for fogiveness...

Me: after a brief pause. Paloma was do you ask forgiveness of?

Paloma: I ask for fogiveness of my boogers. In Jejus name I pway - AMEN.

Paloma's Plug

This afternoon, I watched as Paloma ran out of the bathroom with a tampon in her hand.

I stopped her and said "Hey little girl, where are you going with that tampon?"

She stops, turns to look at me and says...

"It's for me if I scrape my knee."

Ummmm, not quite but I didn't really feel like getting into it with a 2 year old so I let her take it into the playroom and use it however she saw fit.

Easter Fun

Mommy decided the other morning that it was time to break out the frosting and sprinkles and tackle the Easter cookies. The kids were excited of course but I knew I had my work cut out for me.

As Mattea is getting older, she is concentrating more and taking time with details whereas before she would simply spread, squeeze, and slather frosting everywhere.

Paloma - well, Paloma basically just ate frosting. She really wanted nothing to do with decorating - but wanted everything to do with eating.

The finished products....Mattea was proud and wanted to show them off. Paloma just wanted a bite of them.
It was a good time but oooh those cookies tasted awful. The kids were the only ones who ate them.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm Teaching Them Well

Around our house, we definitely love our babies.

The girls make sure to take special care of all 19 of their babies on a daily basis - including but not limited to: bathing, hair, getting dressed, changing diapers, giving bottles, taking to hospital, taking for a swim.

They are very loving and very careful with their babies, making it so fun to watch.

I know both of them will make great parents someday!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Paloma's Cookie Experience

The Smile On My Baby Girl's Face....


Saturday Soccer

This Saturday marked Mattea's first day of soccer. She was so excited but had absolutely no idea what she was excited about. She got some new shoes and a new T-shirt and was told there would be "other kids on her team." That was just enough to spark some curiosity and before long, Mattea was singing songs about her upcoming soccer game.
We were fortunate enough to have signed up for a brand new "league" where the main goal is to let the kids have fun and get exercise. They practice for 15 min before their big game starts on Saturday mornings. The goal - to get the kids running down the right way of the field - and to maybe kick the ball once or twice.
Well, Mattea did great - way better than some of the kids out on the field who spent more time crying for their mommies than they did playing.

Mattea was concentrating hard on making sure her one and only kick for the game was absolutely perfect.

This would be the goalie for the other team. As you can see, she definitely got bored withe activities. Might be because the ball hardly ever made it to her end of the field.

I believe the final score was something like 9 to 2 in favor of the opposite team - but really who's counting. She got some great exercise and took a fantastic nap that afternoon.
Can't wait until next week!

Friday, April 3, 2009

How Can You Resist

Seriously, how can you not break a smile after seeing this photo. I'm starting to love that great big gap between her teeth. Smile ~ it's a great day!

Blast From The Past

I was reminiscing over some old photos the other day. It was so funny to see how I was in my "past life." It has been so long ago, I have seemed to forgotten what a weirdo I was - anyways. Thought I'd share a photo or two of my "past." The above photo was taken with my good friend Naomi.