Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Questions with Amelia.

I stole this from Jenn, 20 questions with Amelia.

1. What is something mom always says to you? "No."

2. What makes mom happy? - "Kisses from me."

3. What makes mom sad? "I don't know. Tell me. I'm asking you."

4. How does your mom make you laugh? "By jokes and tickling me."

5. What was your mom like as a child? - "I don't know."

6. How old is your mom? - "15 minutes."

7. How tall is your mom? "a little tall. Not a lot tall like Momdy." (She calls Jeff Momdy sometimes. i don't know why.)

8. What is her favorite thing to do? "Skip."

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? "Come and find me."

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? "Um, I don't know. Tell me Mommy."

11. What is your mom really good at? computers.

12. What is your mom not very good at? Games.

13. What does your mom do for her job? "Changes Anthony's diaper."

14. What is your mom's favorite food? - "I don't know. I can't like you asking me stuff. "

15. What makes you proud of your mom? "I like when you give me kisses."

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? "a buttefly"

17. What do you and your mom do together? "Clean up time."

18. How are you and your mom the same? "Hair. But your eyes are blue. That's why they are not brown like Daddy's and Anthony's and mine. Sorry."

19. How are you and your mom different? - "We're different than Daddy and Anthony. Daddy and Anthony are boys."

20. How do you know your mom loves you? - "Because I love you to."
21. What does your mom like most about your dad? - "The wedding."
22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? - "the mountains. To see Grandma."

Sunday, February 22, 2009


So, Amelia and I went to disneyland this morning. Well, actually it was California Adventure. We had a good time. Jeff and Anthony stayed home, so we got to do stuff that I normally wouldn't do because of Anthony. We waited in line for half an hour to see the Aladdin show at the Hyperion theater. It's really a well done show, it's about 45 minutes long and I think the actors and actresses are pretty good. I haven't seen it since Amelia was a baby and while not much has changed it was still fun to watch. Amelia was a little scared at first, it was pretty loud, and the part with the cave scared her, but after that it was good. We came home and she told Jeff, I got to see an elephant. Besides Aladdin, we got to see Handy Manny, Goofy, and go on a few other rides. We had lunch, then headed back home. Now I'm working on cleaning up the house and doing laundry. I am always doing laundry!

One good part of disneyland is all the walking. I got 7000 steps on pedometer by 1 PM today. Don't need fitness equipment when you can walk all over the place!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cara cara

So we tried out a new (to us) type of orange this week. Amelia and Jeff love them, but they are not for me. It's called a Cara cara orange. Jeff went on and on about how sweet they were. I tried one and although they are sweet, they had a weird sourness to them that I did not like at all. Jeff found this description which explains it all.
Cara Cara oranges, a type of navel grown in California's San Joaquin Valley, are available December through April. Their outward appearance is similar to other navels, but their interior is a distinctive pinkish red and has an exceptionally sweet flavor with a tangy cranberry-like zing. Cara Caras are a rich source of Vitamins A and C, fiber and Lycopene. A perfect snack served as wedges, they're also a colorful addition to beverages or squeezed into a vinaigrette salad dressing.

I guess it's the cranberry like zing that I didn't appreciate. Oh well at least the kids like them.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


So I'm going to let you all in on a little secret, in hopes that you've got some advice for me. Here goes, I hate traveling with my kids. Now, I don't mind the car ride. (I refuse to fly with my kids ever again after the time Amelia bolted through security while she and I were being strip searched. Seriously. Don't ask.) I don't mind the eating out, or the sleeping in the hotel beds. I like getting to go out to new places, and doing things in new cities. What I hate is getting my kids to sleep in a foreign place. My kids sleep pretty well at home. They have their routines, and their comfy beds with their own babies and bears and pillows and blankies. And they sleep pretty well there. However, when you take them out of their room, they don't sleep so well. And because of that neither do the rest of us. We went to Tucson for Thanksgiving and while it was nice to see everyone, sleepwise it was horrible. None of us got any sleep. Anthony will not sleep in a room occupied by Jeff and me. The only naps he took were in the car. He was up and down all night long, his routines were off and it was awful. It took us all days to get back to our normal routine when we got home.

So now Jeff wants to go to visit some family. I totally understand his reasoning, he hasn't seen these family members in a long time, and they've never met our kids. I think it will be great to see everyone, but as soon as he mentioned it, I got a knot in my stomach about the sleep problems. when Amelia was this age, we really didn't travel. And when we had to, we stayed in a residence inn, they have suites that have a separate bedroom. Works well for us, the kid can go to sleep in one room, while we all stay in the other room until the kid is asleep. So I just checked it out, and it's soo expensive. With the discounts it's still going to be $250 a night. I think Jeff wants to go from Sunday through Friday. There is no way in heck we can afford that, we've been working really hard to pay off the credit card and van and get some money in our savings, I don't want to put thousands on the credit card again. If we went that route it would be 1250 for the hotel. Then you figure in gas, and food for a family of 4 eating out for 6 days and the cost goes up pretty quickly.

I'm really not sure how to deal with this. So internet help me out here. Got any advice? how do you travel with your kids. Am I the only one with children who refuse to sleep in the same room as me? They see me and think it's play time. Amelia was 3 or so before we could sleep in the same room as her.

I do the trip to see my family in Oregon once a year, but that only costs me the gas to get there, my mom has two extra bedrooms for us, and her house is free and she even feeds us. LOL And even that is pretty stressful.

And random question, what the heck is a POS system? I got three spam messages this morning about that. No clue what it is.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I don't like it.

My new layout that is. But I don't have time to fix it now, so I'll be back later with something else. So until then, enjoy the ugliness. LMAO

Friday, February 13, 2009

It's fixed!

Thank goodness we have two cars again. Jeff wanted to rent a car when his went in the shop on Wednesday, and I said no, we can share, the kids are sick, we can't go anywhere (no school or gymnastics this week for my little sicky:( )so just take my van. By tonight I was ready to scream. If I'd had my car today, I would have put the kids in it and driven around the block. I park in the garage, so it's not like they would have been exposed to the elements. LOL I don't know how I survived after Jeff's truck got hit and it was in the shop for a month. Maybe my sanity wasn't so fragile back when I only had one kid??

But anyway, the car is now fixed, no more blowing fuses and dying. It has new tires, a new valve cover something or other and a new sensor thing. All for the low low price of $800. It could have been much worse though so I'm not complaining.

So tomorrow is my anniversary. I had some stuff planned but it sounds like Jeff's not up for it. I'm a little bummed about that. Yes we're all sick, but we can still do some family stuff. I don't know how Jeff keeps getting so sick. Maybe we need to put up an aluminum fence installation around his cube to keep the sick people at bay? Amelia and I were making breakfast tomorrow, then we were going to go to HB and walk on the pier or walk around shops as long as it's not raining. ( I love the beach in the winter.) Then to the beef palace for some meat for dinner. Yes my husband is obsessed with this old fashioned butcher shop in HB. So since that plan is out now, I guess we'll probably just hang out at home tomorrow. Maybe I'll take the kids to the park if it's not raining.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

When it rains it pours...

In the last few days...
Everyone in the house got really sick. Like 104 degree fever sick. Anthony hasn't slept more than 2 hours at a time. The pipe under my kitchen sink broke. We had a waterfall under the kitchen sink. The Honda shut off in the middle of the freeway. After we got it towed and I got Jeff delivered to work this morning we got the news. Its electrical. If we're lucky, its a $400 sensor. If not, it will be thousands. Oh and by the way, the valve cover seal needs to be replaced, and it needs a tune up, and new tires and to be smogged. I am thankful that Jeff's friend is a mechanic, so we can take it to someone we trust, (and his brother is also a mechanic, so we run stuff by him too.) He's going to address the electrical stuff first, because Jeff thinks if it's not the cheap fix, it may not be worth fixing it. Today is Amelia's Valentine's party at school but she's still got a fever so she doesn't get to go. So we're going to mail some valentine's day cards to some of her friends and her cousins, she's pretty sad that she made up all her cards and doesn't get to take them to school. I have decided that Jeff should start bathing in hand sanitizer and wearing a mask at work, since they seem to keep passing illnesses around his office.

But hey, at least we have a roof over our heads, and food in the fridge and Jeff has a job. A lot of people are worse off. I'm just a little overwhelmed today. I'm off to get the house cleaned up again, it's never in good shape after we've all been sick, and the kitchen sink being out of commission didn't help either.