Monday, December 15, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Card Rating System

I came across this perusing the internet and couldn't stop laughing--I thought I would share. And yes, I will keep track of your score...

Card received: +5
Card received before December 1st: -1
Card received after December 25th: -1
Card is pretty, and looks nice on wall: +3
Card is glittery: +1
Card does not contain card, but only letter, so there is nothing to put up on wall: -3
Card is e-card: -5



Card includes photo or is photo card: +5
More than one photo: +2 each additional photo

Photo is non-Christmassy so will look good on fridge all year: +1
Photo is Christmassy so increases holiday feeling of card: +1

Red-eye causes family to appear possessed by evil Christmas spirit: -1
Photo was taken on beach this past summer in summer clothing, so family looks chilly against winter pattern of card: -1
Photo includes dogs with glowing eyes who seem poised to eat humans: -1


Card includes letter: +5
Letter is informative and interesting: +3
Letter describes child as "amazing" or "already an avid reader at age 3!": -3 each
Letter is so braggy and saccharine-cheery, I wonder why I associate with these people: -3
Letter is so very braggy and saccharine-cheery, it crosses over into comical and becomes fun to read aloud in an unkind tone of voice: +2
Letter is a sermon disguised as a Christmas letter, and contains pious hopes for our country, for mankind, and for me personally: -5
Letter mentions details of gross surgery: -1 or +1, depending on entertainment value
Letter contains thinly-veiled family gossip: +3
Letter contains information that should have been told earlier: -2


Card includes check: +5
Large check: +10

Card includes announcement of pregnancy: +10
Card from Christmas Card Friends contains surprising news of baby born since last card sent: +10

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Let's Say Thanks! Thank you Xerox

What a great idea...

Thanksgiving 2008 San Diego, CA



This year we decided to make a run for the border and went to San Diego. We visited Sea World, the Little Italy district, the USS Midway aircraft carrier and the inside of our hotel room since three out of the six of us either got the flu or food poisoning--eew! The silver lining on that one is that I didn't have to wash the sheets! Hee Hee.

Enjoy the holidays!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Why Men Are Never Depressed (I found this hilarious!)

WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED:

Men Are Just Happier People-- What do you expect from such simple
creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans
take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be
President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a
water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you
the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas
station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop
and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. People never
stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut,
blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about
tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all
your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of
thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be
your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more
than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable
to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original
color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to
shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes --
one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs
look. You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of
choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25
minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Courtney's Totem Pole



So this was our latest project that we have been working on...Courtney named herself "Soaring Bluebird" and this is what we came up with...pretty darn cute if I do say so myself. :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Halloween 2008


Well here is the photo that was taken at the Fall Dance...I am still hunting for my camera which has our memory card in it...thankfully it doesn't have a whole lot on it and the majority was downloaded to facebook.com. Maybe it is a sign to get a new camera. :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Disneyland October 2008

We are saving up to stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite...The Paradise Pier Hotel was incredible and we are headed back in February if anyone wants to join...


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Can you guess what Kevin has been doing?

Yes that is a dirt line on his arm...Once again, you will get the little gold star on your forehead if you are "the winner!"



Ryan's field trip to Avila Barn

Ryan and Kevin went on his first "first grade" field trip last week. They traveled to a place called "Avila Barn" where you can pick your own produce and also see some pretty cute animals. Ryan picked a pumpkin for himself and one for Derek--what a thoughtful big brother. Of course the ride on the big yellow bus was a highlight of the trip.



Breanna's 10th birthday

Breanna turned ten last week and I am still in denial about having a child in the "double digits". She had a pizza and movie party and "The Great Kevino" put on a magic show for her friends. Courtney then decided to schedule her dad for her birthday party this coming weekend. We are so proud of you Breanna and it brings tears to my eyes when I think of what a beautiful young woman you are becoming. Keep up the good work kiddo and I will find that shrinking machine one day!





Friday, October 10, 2008

Twin Day

Friday was Twin Day at Crestview. Thank you Valereigh and Will for being twins and Emma, Abby and Rylan for being part of quadruplets!




Ryan's birthday




So Ryan's birthday begins our yearly adventure of one birthday a week for an entire month...
He wanted to have his party at the local pizzaria Mi Amore. The main reason for him wanting to have it there is to play all of the arcade games. I figure once a year can't hurt too much. He also decided he wanted to be "healthier" when it came to classroom snacks so he brought yogurt parfaits. They were a huge hit. Happy 7th birthday Ryan. We love you!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

S is for Spider



This is absolutely one of my favorite days in Kindergarten. S is for Spider and they bring home these adorable hats.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Minuteman Beach








This is probably one of our favorite beaches. On this particular trip the kids hit the "sand dollar gold mine" and brought about 30 sand dollars home they then proceeded to paint them the next day with acrylic paint. Mighty pretty they are! We also found some fiesty crabs and had a "crab race" back to the ocean. The best part about this beach is that it is owned by the government and not available to the general public and you can see how crazy my family is because they are all in swimming suits on this blustery day and the smart one of the family is nice and warm in a sweatshirt. :)

Jalama Beach





So we just discovered this great little get away not far from our house. Jalama Beach is a county park and has camping areas, showers (a must for Amy) and is a fantastic boogie boarding beach! We will definitely be returning...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

First day of school!







So the 20th of August was the first day of school for not one, not two but three of our children! That's right folks...Courtney is in Kindergarten. Don't worry it makes me feel older than I would like as well. The trek to the school is made interesting by all of the construction happening around us and I can truthfully say I ride uphill to school both ways and will be doing so in the rain pretty soon. We have two streets that have significant hills (well significant when I am riding a bike and towing a trailer with an almost 2 year old and frequently a 4 year old in it). I am currently taking applications for the "Thighs of Steel Program" sponsored by yours truly. I refuse to fight the traffic and pay the high gas prices so we bike to school--EVERY DAY and for me it is THREE times a day. Poor Derek tries to fit in a nap somewhere along the way. He is getting to be a pro at eating on the run and many times falls asleep in the stroller on the way home. I am enjoying my mornings and have been kept busy organizing the 200+ volunteers for our PTA. We have an absolutely amazing school and it makes up for many of the inconveniences we face living on base with new housing being built. Our recycling project is taking off as well as our adopt-a-classroom project. Hensel Phelps just committed to sponsor 10 classrooms! Yipee! Anywho...there is our update in a nutshell or maybe an eggshell since this so long...

Monday, August 11, 2008

A Junior Triathlon






So...Breanna and Ryan competed in their first triathlon this weekend! It consisted of a 50 yard swim, 1 mile bike and 1/4 mile run. Of course butterflies abounded while they were waiting for their turn but we cannot puff out of feathers enough for them doing this! Ryan took first place in his age division and Breanna took third. Way to go guys!

Now if they only had a triathlon like that for me...