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Monday, March 31

There is a first time for everything...

In a couple of months I will be hitting 43. And today I did a "first". I took a spinning class.

Now the trips to the gym have been sporadic because in the evening we are so stinking busy sometimes. So this morning I decided the only realistic time for me to make a commitment to working out is to go at 5:30 in the morning. So I did.

When I walked in, with the intentions of getting on the treadmill, I was sidelined by an acquaintance of mine - my kids kindergarten teachers husband. I asked him "what the heck are you doing here at 5:30??" and he told me he TEACHES the spinning class and that his wife was in the spinning room. Here is what one of those rooms look like, by the way. Not the least bit intimidating, right????



Anyway, she convinced me to stay for the hour long class. I'd say I did about 70 percent of it the right way, but when it came time to stand up and ride - holy bike-pedaling - I don't think I have stood up and ridden on a bike since I was a kid. I just couldn't do it.
I'll be back there for the class Friday a.m. though. This will be my personal challenge. Doing the whole class the right way!

Sunday, March 30

Seeing is believing

Now it seems as if Garrin is climbing up into the chair to eat some lunch,

when actually he is just taking a nap,

on the chair.....
Look close - he is holding his spoon.

Saturday, March 29

Saturday....Soccer....Swimming

What else is new, right.

Today, the Scorpions took another win - 7 to 1. I got to go today and was happy because I got to take some photos. I tried to put up some pictures of Connor without his tongue sticking out and this is the only I have.

Girls - KEEP AWAY!!!

Here is Coach Bill getting the boys fired up.

After Connor took this boy down, he ran off with the ball...........with his tongue sticking out....


Ouch, that looks like it would hurt if he bit that thing off............

And here he is taking a power shot at the goal..........tongue out!


Great game! And fan-fricken-tastic weather to boot!!!!!! Love living here - have I said that before???


Along with the good weather today, Thing One and Miss Thing Two decided to swim.....in the 68 degree pool.......We are not talking about swim workout (which Hannah did do today for 2 1/2 hours), but actually taking a dip in our pool. What a couple of lunatics, and I say that with much love..............




I told them - 5 bucks to whomever does one lap.....


Not only did Hannah do a lap of freestyle but she did a cannonball off the back.




She needs her head examined.


And here is the other nut, doing one lap of breaststroke.


Damn that water looks cold.





Bill and I were just saying to one another today how we like it at about 90 degrees....

It will be awhile before we go in!

Friday, March 28

It is all Connor's fault..

We were leaving for school today, and as we were backing out of the driveway Connor said, "I don't know what to write about in my journal today."

So as we headed to school, we were thinking of some things he could write about. I said, "Why don't you write about your cousin James visiting and how he loves to play ball with you. Or write about soccer practice the other night, when you scrimmaged that other team and kicked their booties, or ...."

Just then some song came on the radio that we all dance crazy to, (while I am driving because the kids find that embarrassing so I do it often) and sing to - and we were all just jammin' away, when in my rear view mirror I see flashing lights....

Much to Connor's delight, he said "Now I know what I am going to write about in my journal today!!!" with the biggest s**t-eating grin on his face.

Hannah on the other hand was mortified because she knows that all her friends know our vanity license plate and were probably driving by as I was waiting for my ticket....... The downside to having a fun plate - you are soooo recognizable!

Thursday, March 27

Garrin's conversation with Debbie

or better titled "If he could talk, this is what he would be saying".

"OK, SO YOU ARE SAYING WE ARE DOING THIS NEXT DRILL TOGETHER, ME AND ISABELLA? RIGHT ON - SHE'S CUTE....."

"WATCH ME, ISABELLA. JUST KICK AND THAT WILL MAKE DEBBIE HAPPY!!"


"SAY WHAT? I GOTTA DO WHAT?"

"OH, BLOW BUBBLES? I'M NOT PUTTING MY MOUTH IN THAT DIRTY POOL WATER. I'LL JUST BLOW ON TOP OF THE WATER, LIKE THIS..."


"MOMMY - CHECK ME OUT. I'LL SAY CHEESE WITHOUT LETTING DEBBIE KNOW I AM NOT PAYING ATTENTION."

"SEE DEBBIE. ISABELLA SAYS THE WATER TASTES GROSS. MORE BLOWING, MORE BLOWING."

"OK, IF I KEEP KICKING AT THIS SPEED, HOW FAST CAN I MAKE IT PAST DEBBIE TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POOL, TO GET A LOLLIPOP???"

"YES, YOU ARE RIGHT. I DID GREAT AND HAD A FUN TIME. YUP......BUH BYE, NOW."



Meanwhile James ignored the whole thing and just read a Thomas The Tank Engine book.


Peep, Peep.


Wednesday, March 26

I got "ditched" last night...

...but I guess I was OK with it.

Hannah and I went to visit her new Middle School last night. They had an open house for upcoming 6th graders (holy crap.....is she really going into 6th grade???) and their parents.



As soon as she caught sight of her friends, she took off running. I swear, it was like they each had this radar-thingy on and knew where and when to find each other. Anyway - the night went very smooth. I guess I was anticipating some nervousness from Hannah - after all she is going from a school of 800 and a 5th grade of 150 to a school with 1640 kids! So lets just do the math and figure approximately 520 - 6th graders. Again I say - holy crap. But she was just so excited to be there and can't wait to NOT have to wear school uniforms, eat in a humongous cafeteria, take all accelerated classes, have a locker and continue to be the social butterfly that she is.

After I thought about it for a while, my nervousness went away - after all, here is a girl that has been competitively swimming for 3 years and has had to keep up with the "big" kids. She holds her own with them, and has learned to "fit in" with them. She has gained more independence than Bill and I realize, by being dropped off for swim workout everyday - for 2 hours - 6 days a week and get done what needs to get done by herself.

I am so proud of her and the confidence she has as a young girl. I am glad that she is affording me relief from this next big step in life............

Monkey-ing around kinda day

Look who is visiting today. It's James.

The boys are having a great day playing together (and NOT napping.....). Here they are enjoying a mid-afternoon snack of a banana:




Can you tell their eyes are glued to the TV?
Here are some shots of them playing outside in the sand and water table. It is absolutely the most perfect, gorgeous day here today.


James will be here a couple more days and I am sure I will be taking a lot more pictures!!





Monday, March 24

Just Thoughts for Today

Today was all about catching up on laundry from our trip, getting some groceries, etc, etc, and those days for me always involve some thinking time. I was going over in my head, about what a great long weekend we had as a family, how great it was to go to California and not be there for a swim meet, the kids are at a great age to do things with, 5 hours in the truck isn't half bad when you consider all the cool places you can get to, to have fun. About the ride there and back, two things stuck out in my mind.

1. My daughter knows most of the word to FLO RIDA'S song LOW..............

Shawty had them Apple Bottom Jeans [Jeans]
Boots with the fur [With the fur]
The whole club was lookin at her
She hit the flo [She hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low
Them baggy sweat pants
And the Reeboks with the strands [With the strands]
She turned around and gave that big booty a smack
[Aye]
She hit the flo [She hit the flo]
Next thing you know
Shawty got low low low low low low low

.............and that just fricken scares me. I don't even think I can bring myself to look up the word "shawty" in the slang dictonary. And I think Hannah smacks her butt when she says "gave that big booty a smack".






And 2. Bill and I know most of the words to MILEY CYRUS' song SEE YOU AGAIN. I don't know which scares me more!

Sunday, March 23

Sunday, San Diego

Make that, La Jolla. We weren't sure where we were going to end up - Coronado, La Jolla, Mission Bay area....so here we are.


Not much to say, other than we had a fantastic time, you know, when Garrin wasn't scaring the bejeezus out of everyone every time he let out a blood-curdling-scream because of, who the hell knows, the wind, the sand, the sand flys, the seaweed, the shells, the rocks....
This is one of his better moments.

Hannah and Connor had a blast nonetheless.



The water was chilly...


and the waves were coming in at a pretty good clip...


Nice six pack Connor. Keep swimming, baby.
Tomorrow is back to reality. But it is good to be home!





Saturday, March 22

Saturday, San Diego

So after our night of driving around and my almost-killing-everyone-on-the-road-and-in-my-truck experience, we were looking forward to get a good night's sleep and getting ready for our Zoo Experience. Our hotel was on Hotel Circle - if anyone knows San Diego. Here is the view from our room. Kids thought it was pretty cool - I did too!!

So after a quick breakfast at the hotel we headed to the San Diego Zoo, Saturday morning. It was just 5 minutes from the hotel. Which was a good thing - it wasn't necessary to gas up my "pig" with California gas until later! ($3.59 a gallon)

It was hard to go through and pick out the best photos, but I gave it a shot - here are the highlights.

Our first stop was through the aviary. Bill got this great picture of a hummingbird. A couple of times through the aviary, Connor was pretty much done with ALL things BIRD and wanted to see some animals with substance...


Well, nothing too large at first - but there were some very cool lizards.


This peacock was in with a turtle that presumably was pissing him off and he sprouted this great look! Later on we saw one of these guys on the loose. I wanted to call the Zoo Police, but Bill said "no".
These flamingos were very cool. And this is pretty much where the "what stinks?" comments started. By the end of the day I said to both kids "If you just pooped where ever and when ever you wanted in the house, and just left it there, it would smell, right?" "Well...look around..."

I would say the only thing that "went wrong" this weekend was Garrin's sudden fear of....I don't know....EVERYTHING. A piece of dust, a leaf, the wind blowing in the wrong direction, a spot of water on his shirt, a bug flying around (especially the bug flying around one). Anyway, we were able to, on most occasions, just RE-DIRECT, and the blood-curdling-screaming would stop momentarily. So imagine all of the prayers Bill and I were saying under our breath during the next exhibit. You had to get in line to see the Panda Bears and there had to be very little noise - so as to not disturb them.....................shit, were we going to be in trouble if something set off Garrin.............

All was well, without incident.
This next shot, Bill took with purpose.

"See kids" he said. "Lucy's poop is NOTHING compared to Rhinoceros poop. You should be grateful."

"Grateful for what?" Garrin looks like he is saying.
Anyway. Next up - a bunch of show-off's, showing us their nice round, firm asses.

OK, and I know there is a proper name for this animal - I just forgot it - but doesn't it look like a zebra got a little too frisky with a giraffe???


All things Primate were our favorites, for sure. They just are so fun to watch. This one is probably saying "These idiots are so fun to watch...."

So look at this picture - click on it to zoom in if you need to...

And then look at this. He picked his nose........

............and then put it in his mouth.............ewwwwwwwwww............Kids - DO NOT EVER DO THIS...EVER!!!


"Does this lettuce make me look fat?"


Go figure that this was the hottest part of the zoo. The temperature felt about 15 degrees higher. I don't know how these animals stand it - oh, that's right - we live in the desert too!


And here is our ode to Diego, Garrin's favorite show. The Spectacled Bear. LOVE HIM!

I take that back - I love this one the bestest..........


So that was our day at the zoo. Here we are all tuckered out from all that walking.....