Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Easter Sunday I actually slept in until 8:00. Ahh bliss!

I was cracking up when I saw that Jess put this on Instagram.

One good thing about your kids being older is you don't have to wake up before the sun to go out and play Easter bunny.  Everyone here knows that I am the Easter bunny. 

Hiding eggs at 9:30 am instead of 5:30 am? WIN.

Scott wasn't feeling all that great so I got to hide most of the eggs.  I'm really surprised that all the kids were so into it. I thought for sure everyone would be whining that they were too old.

They each got a kite (front the dollar store) and amazingly 2 out of the 3 of them actually worked! It's like a dollar store miracle!

While the kids were outside playing with their kites I went back inside and made waffles. I ate standing up while they were being cooked. 

After that it was onto more cleaning and party prep. Scott was becoming sicker and sicker and I might have yelled at him that he was ruining Easter. I'm such an awesome wife. At some point he huffed off to the garage and I found him later laying on the hard floor out there. You'd think he would have at least huffed off to some place a bit more comfortable.

With him being out of commission I was on my own for every thing. Well the kids helped (Thank God) but I had to do a few things that I thought he was going to do. We probably should have called off the party but I had shit ton of food and everyone was coming over in a just a couple hours.

 think I was done cleaning about 15 minutes after people were supposed to get here. Lucky for me that was 15 minutes before anyone got here.

Then it was off to man the BBQ while Scott laid on the swing and gave orders about how to not ruin the food. I pretty much stood there for for an hour or two, then ran in and threw some rolls in the oven for about 2 minutes too long and burned the bottoms.

Lovely. As mom's always say "just scrape off the burnt part". 

While I was doing all this cooking my sister in law's dad Charly took Trevor and my niece Adrian for a bike ride. While they were gone the kids hit the plastic eggs I had filled with treats and toys. 

When they got back from the bike ride she noticed the eggs in the yard and said "THE BUNNY CAME!!" It was so very cute.

Since she was the only little one that came she pretty much got $40 worth of dollar store goodies all to herself. 

Score for being the only kid!

Next year should be much more exciting with the twins and Ava too. They stayed home this year since the babies are too little to go out still.

After the egg hunt, and eating we did some cupcakes and candles for the girls. Melissa turned 15 on April 8th and Jessica will be 20 on April 29th. We always celebrate their birthdays with the family on Easter to get it all done in one big bang.

Instead of cakes the both decided on cupcakes this year. AND they made them all themselves.

You know you're getting older when it takes 5 minutes to light your candles.

Here's my mom, me and Jess

A rascally rabbit Melissa (crown on with the ears lol)

I didn't take very good pictures and missed like half the people there. Whoops. 

Charly had brought a racquetball and was playing a sort of handball game with Trevor. He gave him the ball when he left. 

Trevor and I played for a bit after everyone left and I noticed that the sun was starting to go down so we rode our bikes over to my friend Traci's dock.

She was actually there on the dock with some family and friends so we hung out with them and watched the sunset. Trevor got to take their canoe out with Traci's brother in law too, which he just loves.

A nice way to end the night.

Well except when we got back I finished cleaning everything up and washed the dishes before passing out.

Sadly I had to work the next day. That just seems so wrong! (Scott actually stayed home on Monday since he was still sick)

So, note to self for the next party, do what I usually do and work a lot harder on getting things done BEFORE the weekend of the actual party. Easier said then done sometimes. 
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Eve

Friday Jess came home from school to spend Easter weekend with us. We always do a family party for the girls on Easter at our house so everyone can have one get together instead of three. So much easier!

I came home and picked her up and then we went shopping for Easter food and supplies. So much fun hanging out with her. I miss those little hanging out times the most I think!

Saturday morning we did a little bit of cleaning and party prep and then Scott and I went to Home Depot to get a new BBQ.  After that I had to go to Stockton to get my hair done. My sister in law was applying to work at a salon and she needed someone to get their hair done and she had asked me to do it.

When I got there my brother Joe and my niece Adrian were there too. Joe got his hair cut first and Adrian and I played Go Fish and then took selfies :)

My sister in law did my hair and then I went home. Well first I stopped at the store AGAIN to get a few more things that I forgot from the last 12 times I went.

I got home and with some steaks and got Scott to BBQ them on our new grill (yummy but way too expensive. Beef just seems to be so high now). And the kids dyed Easter Eggs.

I had bought an egg dying kit at the dollar store but when the kids opened it up it only came with four colors. Now when we were kids four colors would have been fine but these days that's just not good enough.

A quick Google search  told us we could make our own with 10 drops of food coloring, a teaspoon of vinegar and 1/2 a cup of hot water. All things we actually had, AMAZING!

I was happy that the kids all wanted to do them. They are all getting older and sometimes it's like pulling teeth to get them to do the old traditions but they were all into it.

I posted this pic on Instagram  and Facebook and people were like OMG that's so many eggs! Usually we actually don't have any eggs left over after Easter. The kids make deviled eggs and everyone eats them up. We were missing a few people this year so we did actually have eggs left over but I'm sure they won't last long enough to have to throw them out.

Jessica's eggs (and 2 of mine)

 Melissa's eggs

My eggs

and Trevor's eggs

Then I stayed up the rest of the night cleaning up the kitchen and making salads for Easter.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Field Trip!

Monday I went on a field trip with Trevor's class.

No work woohoo.
Still had to get up early though to get Melissa to the bus booo.

I took Trevor to school and talked to the teacher a bit and ended up taking two other moms in my car for the ride up to Sacramento. One mom offered to buy me coffee for driving.

Don't have to twist my arm, Starbucks drive through here we come!
These two moms were great and I had such a nice time visiting with them on the drive there and back.

I kind of think I MAY have went to the state capital on a field trip when I was a kid. I have some really vague memories of something. I'm just not sure if they are real memories or not. Weird. Hey I guess I could ask some school mates on Facebook. I bet someone knows.

[just confirmed that we did indeed go to the capital and old Sac on a field trip]

So anyhow, it was like seeing it for the first time for me. Well not the outside, I have driven by that quite a few times. (Should you say I have drove or driven? I'm not sure on that one)

When we got there we were able to park really close to the capital building because the other mom had a handicap placard. Score on the parking! Sad to have to have placard though (she has a spine disease).

First thing I had to do was make a quick trip to the potty. But first we had to go through security. The one mom had a huge mom purse and they actually had to open it all up and go through it because they couldn't tell what she had in all her little zipper pouches lol.

This is right inside looking up through the top of the dome. So pretty! you can't tel that it's super high in this picture.

 Below the dome are these sculptures

After using the potty we went back out and waited for the kids. They kind of hung out for a few minutes outside on the steps. This is the two classes that went.

The kids had to go through security. It was funny one girl was all worried about the change in her little wallet. They were kind of grouchy about the kids moving on down the hall and lining up. It would have been nice to have a tour guide in the beginning for more instructions.

Here we are on the 2nd floor getting our first talk to.

I was slightly distracted by my surroundings. 

There were a couple ladies working on dusting the stair case. What a chore! All that wood. So  pretty though. 

This was the Senate house in shades of pink but they called it red. I wondered how often someone had to dust those chandeliers. 

 And then the Assembly house, which is quite a bit bigger in shades of green.

 Look how fancy the ceiling is.

Back out in the hall are all these pictures of past Governors. A few were missing, Schwarzenegger, who they said has not given them a portrait yet and the current governor who is actually up there for his last time he was our Governor. (Jerry Brown)

 They said that each Governor gets to pick their own artist to paint their picture. I like how Jerry Brown's is so different.

Around the center area (looking up would be the dome)

I would have liked to walk around a bit more but we only had a little bit of time there.  We ended up back outside by a rose garden waiting for the buses.

The kids got on the bus and we moms got back in my car and we drove right down the street to Old Sacramento. I love Old Sac and have been there a ton of times. Today we got to park for free thanks to that placard! 

We met the kids and ate lunch and then had just enough time to go to the bathroom, walk down one row of shops and look around in a couple stores and then walk back again. I was like WAIT I need more time!! 

I had five kids in my group, including Trevor and they were a great bunch of kids.

They spent a ton of time in a toy store. I finally was like ok I'll wait by the door for when you guys are ready...This guy is outside the store . That's a lot of little yellow Legos.

We finally made it down to the candy store that they all wanted to go to. 

When we walked in one of the kids said "now don't go acting like we're a bunch of kids in a candy store". 

Baaddum dum too funny. 

 They were offering free samples of chocolate covered crickets. This guy took one. Haha LOVE.

Apparently the after taste wasn't the best haha. 

I had to kind of rush them in there because we had to walk all the way back to the bus area in like 5 minutes. I could have used at least 4 more hours there. 

Great ride home with the moms. I was kind of sad to see them go!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Zoo Zoom 2014

Sunday morning we were up bright and early to go to the Zoo Zoom.

I knew it was going to be hard having two days worth of stuff back to back and it was. Sacramento is over an hour away. I had signed Trevor up to run the one mile and it took a lot of coaxing to get him up and ready to go.

We got there with enough time to hit the porta potties and to hang out for a bit. Scott and I were both running the 5k and Trevor wasn't running until later. My sister in law and her dad were also running but we couldn't find them. I had to give Trevor some strict instructions on where to go and to "look for Uncle Joe" along the finish line.

Sporting my new "Lion" pants that I got on my birthday. They started off as a joke. I saw them at Target and took a picture to show my friend Kristin who thinks my Tiger pants are the ugliest thing on earth haha. I posted it on Facebook and next thing I know I've got Lion pants on my birthday.

When one has Lion pants they must wear them to the zoo run. Right? haha

The three of us before the race (Scott in last year's race shirt, this is his 1st one to run a 2nd time)

I remember when I ran this last year (I did the 10k then) I didn't really like the course because of the way it loops around. I like it better when I have more of a mental picture of where I'm at and going. I felt the same this year too even though I was only making one loop on the 5k.

I had not ran in 3 weeks since my half marathon (how crazy is that?) so i didn't really expect to do all that great.

I came in at 30:30 for my actual chip time. Which wasn't bad for not running for 3 weeks but kind of sad that I didn't get it in under 30!

Oh well! I can only do so much and the days are definitely not long enough all ready.

When I was coming through the finish shoot I thought I heard my brother Joe. Trevor was sitting over on the side lines by himself. They were probably only about 100 yards from each other but had not seen each other.  
Scott came in not too long after me.

And then my sister in law Megs and her dad Charly. 

After we got done we had about 2 hours to kill before it was time for the kids fun run. They really should do the kids first to get them done and out of the way. We went and got some thing to eat from the snack tent and then walked around for a little bit. 

I'm so glad we got Trevor to go because him and my niece Adrian had fun hanging out together. 

They had all the kids races as the same starting time but they actually had them start about 15 minutes apart from the youngest runners (Adrian) to Trevor's one miler. 

They were so cute all lined up waiting for the chicken to run so they could chase it. 

Trevor was so into watching Adrian he ended up running along the side of her. It was so cute!

She was so happy with her medal.

15 minutes later it was time to run the mile. Trevor said that they don't run the mile in school. Weird I thought all kids did that. We didn't do any training runs or anything so I was hoping he was going to be ok. He didn't want me to run with him even though I offered.

The poor chicken did the 220, 440, 1/2 mile AND the mile. 

The kids started coming in and I was watching to see how he was doing. Eventually I saw him coming, but wait? Is that Charly with him? It was! Charly had got behind the kids and ran with Trevor. So sweet!

I walked towards them a bit and Trevor said he got 3 cramps! He was walking a bit but when he realized how close he was to the finish he started running again. 

He got done around 13 minutes which was not bad at all for not really running! I may have got a bit teary eyed watching him run in. 

He was tired but pretty happy he did it.

After his race my brother and everyone else left and we went back into the zoo and finished seeing it all.

It's a tiny little zoo but fun for a little day trip.

I totally fell asleep on the way home. I woke up when we stopped to eat and then fell back asleep after we got back in the car.

When we got home I laid down on my bed and slept until the sun got too hot in there and then laid around on the couch for the rest of the day.

I'm one tired girl!

Too bad I can't sleep in on Monday. I'm off to chaperon a field trip for Trevor's class.Pin It
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