Sunday, March 30, 2008


My mom and dad came out for Easter and braved their way through LA traffic to get here. We were excited to have company and visited several Easter egg hunts to satisfy our kiddos sweet cravings (or should I say mine?). GMH (our housing office) took a really great one of Grandpa and Derek which will be posted later this week.

Morro Bay

We returned yet again to Morro Bay this time with my parents. We had a wonderful time and bought this weeks obsession--Salt Water Taffy. Four pounds of it! Wahoo! We also went out to Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo and found this rather interesting looking house that I have posted it for you. We are thinking of painting ours the same way. Think the Air Force would go for it? When pigs fly...

Saturday, March 29, 2008

I find this absolutely hilarious

For some reason this comic strip that I got in a Pistachio box really made me laugh. Not many other people have found it that funny, however. :)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Our toothless wonder

So Ryan's two bottom teeth have been loose for a while and we have been encouraging him to wiggle them and help them come out especially since his adult teeth were coming in like sharks do and were behind his baby teeth. Pretty soon he had wiggled them enough so that they could bend 90 degrees but those little roots were still holding on. In church on Sunday Ryan comes up to me and says "Look Mom!" of course the thing is pretty much just hanging out of his mouth so I rush him up to his dad and he quickly pulls it out. Ryan then proceeds to pull the other one himself and he received his first visit from "Timmy the Toothfairy" on Sunday night. Way to go Ryan!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

We found this on our door last night

Courtney drew this picture of her and her dad. Notice the curly hair. :) I didn't realize they had such long legs...

Friday, March 14, 2008

Crestview's Jog A Thon

So I decided to be crazy and head up the PTA's Jog A Thon this year. We ran it on Wednesday and I must say I am absolutely hooked and will do it again next year. The amount of support I had from the principal, teachers and parents was astounding. It is the PTA's biggest fundraiser of the year bringing in over $10,000. Wowzers! There is nothing better than watching five Kindergarten classes running as fast as their little legs can carry them. At the beginning I had the megaphone and I would yell, "Are you ready Cougars?", and they would all scream and get so excited. It did my heart good (not to mention my legs). Breanna ran 21 laps and Ryan ran 19. Each lap was 1/10th of a mile. Go Landsharks! I think we might have found a sport that we can all do as a family! :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Saving up for college...

So the people who bought the military houses (GMH) had an essay writing contest and the topic was "My Hero". Breanna entered and won a $100 American Express cheque which will be put in her savings account. Way to go Beeder! We are so proud of you!

My Hero
My hero is my dad (Kevin Amsden). He is my hero because he is someone I always look up to when I get stuck. He is brave, funny, and kind.
The first thing I am going to tell you about my dad is where he was born. He was born in Ogden, Utah. He is one out of 10 children. He is the 8th of the 10. His parents are Greg and Dee Amsden. He is married to Amy Amsden. Kevin has 4 children. Me (Breanna), Ryan, (he is 6) Courtney, (she is 4) and Derek (he is 1). We also have 1 pet dog.
The next thing I am going to tell you about is some of the times he was brave. One time he was brave is when we were going camping and lost our dog. We were in the mountains of Colorado, so he could have gotten lost. There were bears in the area, so he could have been eaten. It was a very scary situation, but we couldn’t lose our dog! We had had her for about four years, we couldn’t lose her now! So, my dad took a backpack and headed into the woods. Luckily he returned an hour later with our dog. That was one of the times he was brave.
The next thing I am going to tell you about is his talent of being funny. Every time he goes out on the trampoline with us, he pretends he is the Fighting Kung-Fu Robot. He also has a talent of making sounds. I bet you that there is not one sound that he can’t make.
The last thing I am going to tell you about is his kindness. No matter where he is, he is always very kind. I have never heard him say a bad thing even when he is mad. If he is mad, he always ends the problem with a kind word. I think that he has something nice to say to anyone, anytime. I am glad that I have a kind dad. I can’t imagine having a mean one. A dad that yells, scolds, and says bad things all the time just wouldn’t be right for this family. Even if we did have a mean dad, I don’t think we would have him for long.
So, I hope that you enjoyed my little essay on my favorite hero. I also hope you learned something new about my dad. Thanks for reading it.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Our little adventurer

Derek has discovered some new places in the house to hide--like under the kitchen cupboards. Kevin's boots were out and he decided to try them on for size and Breanna built him a reading nook in our dining room which he enjoyed thoroughly.

What have we been up to?

So.....What have we been up to lately? I admit that I haven't posted in a while but here are several reasons why--

1) We went to Disneyland AGAIN
2) Breanna was awarded the Self Manager award at her school. Only 30 percent of the children enrolled receive this award. What does it mean? She obviously demonstrates the quality a Crestview Cougar should have and she manages her time and behavior responsibly. She can excuse herself from lunch, go into the classroom at the beginning of the day and do whatever she needs to do, have extra recess with the principal--basically some pretty cool stuff.
3) I got past my 5 mile hump during my morning workouts and ran 5 1/4 miles on Monday
4) Kevin has been saving the world again
5) Derek is learning to love Chocolate milk
6) I am contemplating being highly involved in the PTA
7) Breanna is getting really good at kickball and Ryan loves playing four square
8) Courtney is edging towards riding a bike without training wheels!
8) And.... all of our regular stuff, preschool, piano, Landsharks, you name it!

We have had a great week and are becoming Disneyaholics. With our annual passes we are definitely going to make the most of living so close to the Magical World. Our only debate is exactly how many days do we take the kids out of school?