Monday, December 31
So while we were at Tilly's and Hannah was picking out a few new things (thanks Auntie Kimmy and Uncle Dennis!), here is Garrin:
Yup, strips his shirt right off, in the middle of the store. The fun part was trying to get it back on. I was contemplating keeping it off, because the ruckus he was creating, was even more embarrassing than if he was on the ground, arching his back, kicking and screaming. (sound familiar anyone???) Now I know you can't tell by the picture, but he took his shoes off also.
After all the fun, 5 people can endure, we left the mall for Best Buy. or Connor Heaven. Which ever you prefer. Thanks to all of you that gave my son Best Buy gift cards, after all the Playstation games, and DS games he was able to purchase with ALL THAT MONEY, now we won't see him, until next Monday when he goes back to school. (Now if I can only get him to clean his room today....we are golden. Everything will stay nice and tidy for the rest of the week!) Now we are done, Hannah is miserable because she is out of gift cards and we are headed home, to nap after all that commotion.
After a nice homemade dinner of Rice Crispies, I made all of us steaming cups of hot chocolate with a (homemade, no seriously, it was homemade and not from the bottle) whipped-creamy topping.
Garrin was really enjoying his........
And what better way to take pleasure in a cup of hot cocoa than.....
Sunday, December 30
A couple of gerbils, the cage and accessories and food and treats and gnawing sticks etc etc......
Notice I didn't Photoshop out its red beady eyes - that's cause they ARE red and they ARE beady. This by the way is Lily.
Saturday, December 29
Friday, December 28
Wednesday, December 26
Seeing as my last post was dated December 25th at 1:03am, I will pick up from there. Went to bed to only be awakened by Hannah and Connor at 6am. "Please, please - go back to bed - and let's wait until Garrin wakes up!! (which hopefully will be around 10am, we were thinking). 8am came and we strolled down the stairs to the delight of the kids.
Here is the letter Santa left. Notice how computer savvy he is - typing the letter to the kids using our computer and printer. Hmmm. Notice too, that he was unable to eat the entire, delectable, but a little dry whoopie pie that the kids left out for him. Also take note that Santa drank all the milk because he needed to wash down the somewhat stale, but still delicious, round cake of heaven.
This is the tree that Santa left all the gifts under. How nice and neat and organized Santa is. All packages are facing the right way. Hmmm.
Anything sports related, which usually coincides with a ball of some sort, is what makes Connor the happiest. Can you tell???
Here are the two crazy ones, before having "at" the tree in the family room. They left Garrin to fend for himself in the living room.....
Later in the afternoon, Chris and Allison and James came over for dinner. Here is James opening one of the many Diego things we got for him too. My brother just loooooovvvves Diego, and is excited that the kids are learning another language so early in life. Could my nephew be any cuter?
Tuesday, December 25
Sunday, December 23
I always get this feeling, after our Holiday Open House that the holiday is over. It is sometimes disappointing for me to feel this, immediately afterward, because I feel I am short-changing the kids and what this is for them. But then I get over it and within the next few days, get back into the spirit again.
Most of the day's preparation was smooth sailing. I even had time to get Michael to color my hair at 1pm. Bill picked up all the food, and the Starbucks - and we were underway. The type-A in me, was proud of how the house looked, everything in its spot, floors gleaming, couch was clean and looking like new, the kids looked terrific - Garrin with his Grinch shirt, Hannah, a beauty before her time, and my Connor looked rockin'.
Here are a couple of "before" pictures of the house.
Family room tree:
Friday, December 21
This is Garrin this morning. He decided last night he wanted to sleep with Hannah. When we went upstairs for bed, we checked on all the kids and didn't find Garrin in his bed. So after climbing the ladder to Hannah's loft bed, there he was. I took this shot this morning before I woke Hannah. How sweet.
Thursday, December 20
Get your minds out of the gutters.
Moist chocolate cakes with a creamy whipped filling.
Anyhoo - This was my commitment to the kids this year. I was going to bake homemade whoopie pies for them to take to each kid in their class for the holiday.
Much to my surprise on looking in Connor's agenda yesterday, I saw that his party was scheduled for today and not tomorrow as I assumed - (never ASSume anything, it just makes an ASS out of U and ME, remember that saying???). So my perfectly well laid out plan on what had to be done this week, to make my life run perfectly and smoothly, like I like it to - was now all screwed up. Thursday was no longer Whoopie Pie Day - I had to at least get Connor's baked and packaged for today. All 19 of them.
So about 10 hours later last night (because A. I am not much of a baker and 2. This is my very first attempt at these delicious discs of decadence) job completed, whoopie pies packaged and delivered today.
I must say - today's execution went much more smoothly, considering I had to make double the original "double batch" I made for Connor. All 40 - done and ready to go. And the filling came out soooo much better today. There are even a few extras.
To My Republican, Independent and non-affiliated Friends:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!"
Wednesday, December 19
Here is batch number 1.
Now before I go any further - click here to see my sister-in-law's posting on her blog yesterday. She too made cookies and had a great time with my nephew James, with their baking experience. Adorable pictures, capturing a special moment between mother and son!! http://tuttalastoria.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, December 18
Sunday, December 16
Saturday, December 15
Now to the STRESSFUL part of my day.
Bill entered the Scorpions in a 3 vs 3 soccer tournament, which started today. They were playing 3 other same-age-group teams, for championship. Typically they play 4 vs 4, on a bigger field, 20 minute period, 10 minute break, and a second 20 minute period. Today is was 3 vs 3, smaller field, 10 minute period, 2 minute break, 10 minute period.
Bill, having high expectations for the team because they were undefeated this year, was a bit nervous, a bit excited, a bit anxious. This was not a (read this in a sing-songy type of way) lets have a good time, boys, and go out there and have some fun today. It was more like a (read it like you mean it) when went this whole flippin season undefeated and we are not out here in the cold all day today to do anything other than win ALL FOUR GAMES. So there you have it.
The games started while Hannah and I were at the pool. Unfortunately we missed the first three games, but I was able to see the final, playoff game.
Let me just say - a 10 minute period goes by incredibly fast - holy soccer balls! And the opposing team was not giving up that easily. In the end we scored the only and winning goal of the game. It is a wonder that all us parents, Bill and his assistant coach Jaime, did not ALL get red carded, be were all way crazier than I ever could be on the pool deck! Whoooooo. I can't take that kind of stress - well I guess we will have to - the boys are in a championship playoff in January - dang it.
Here is my beautiful Connor with his 1st place medal!!!!
Friday, December 14
Hannah swam two events today - 100 Breaststroke and 100 Butterfly. Both strokes she calls - "her best" strokes. So she swims the breaststroke and swims her seed time. So I say - "how is this possible? you have been working so hard at workout, and you haven't dropped time on this in a while." Whatever....it was a good swim. So she then swims the 100 Butterfly and again, swims her seed time. She is disappointed and we talk about it a bit more. Whatever......great swim.
So we are packing up and talking a little about the meet tomorrow and Hannah says she is going to work even harder on trying to drop some time.
It takes me until I get home to realize the following:
1. Hannah placed 5th in the 100 Breaststroke out of 40 girls. Not too shabby.
2. She placed 5th in the 100 Butterfly out of 31 girls. Ditto!
3. She is swimming with girls that are HUGE compared to her tiny little body.
4. She had all her Junior Olympic qualifying times over this past summer for the upcoming Spring JO's that are in February.
5. The goals she has had for herself for the past few months are National Record Times and Southern California Record Times - she has achieved all others already.
6. She goes to workout 6 days a week, ready willing and able to work hard for 2 hours without one complaint.
7. She has maintained straight A's in school.
8. She has many friends, and is a good friend to all of her teammates.
9. She is always there to cheer on everyone - even those that are on other teams.
10. And lastly - she wears a suit for racing that is so stinking tight it leaves marks on her skin. (see photo above)
I love her dedication to this sport. She has taught ME so much through all of this, and I love her for that even more. I am proud to be a swim mom and am pleased with myself when I do put it all into perspective. That makes her an even bigger winner in my book, when I do that.
Love you Hannah. You rock! Looking forward to tomorrow.
Thursday, December 13
Here he is in a few little videos...my Garrin....at his swim lesson today. He is doing so awesome with Debbie. Bill just thinks I sit and chat with Debbie for 45 minutes, so here is proof that Garrin is actually learning something.
Sorry the quality is not very good. I have to keep a good distance from Garrin, so he doesn't get tempted to come OUT of the pool.
Debbie teaches them to swim to the edge and then climb out.
Jumping in and a little back floating.
This is what she teaches them to do if they fall in! How cool.
Wednesday, December 12
As I am scurrying around this morning, putting trees here and candles there, I find Garrin in the kitchen. Apparently he went into the garage and got out the watering can. Now what there is to water IN the house I don't know. But here is what I am wondering as I am snapping this shot. How does this kid know A. what a watering can is? and 2. how to get water into it. He can't talk, but he can figure this one out. I don't know.....
That is the little spout for our reverse osmosis water that he is using to fill the can.
So the day flew by as I continued to decorate the house. I stopped quick to feed Garrin some lunch, but I guess I forgot to get him a drink, because he was thirsty yet again........