Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jr. Cards Fans

 After the Cardinals won the World Series, I had the kids put on their Cardinals shirts to celebrate because a friend of mine posted a picture of her kids (those kids are now 19 and 17) in their Cardinal shirts (wich were all #25 Mark McGwire) from when they were little.  A fun little memory for them and the 2011 series, one of the greatest World Series of all time.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Two Engineers

It has been a while and I am trying to get back at blogging, so here is what I have for you.  Teddy was supposed to be Buzz Lightyear for Halloween, but his costume was a little bit too tight.  So we went with plan B, a railroad engineer.  The same thing Sonya was when she was two and half years old.  Here is a photo by photo comparison of these two cuters.

All Aboard!! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Monday Manifest on Thursday

Game Shows I Used To Watch As A Kid

  1. Win, Loose, or Draw hosted by Vicki Lawrence (or how I like to think of her Thelma Harper.  I also think, "Blow It Out Your Ear," was also one of the phrases that was played a lot.)
  2. Super Market Sweep
  3. Price Is Right
  4. Wheel of Fortune (I loved when you won a round and you go shopping in a "room," and everything had price tags on it.  Contestants would say things like, "I will take the ceramic panda for $200 Pat, and put the rest on a Service Merchandise gift certificate.")
  5. I'm Telling (A Saturday morning kids game show)
  6. Funhouse
  7. Double Dare
  8. Press Your Luck (No Whammies, No Whammies, No Whammies...STOP!!)
  9. $100,000 Pyramid
  10. Jeopardy!
  11. Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?
  12. Remote Control
Gretchen, did I miss any??


Last week Sonya had her first day of junior kindergarten.  She was acting nervous the week before school started.  She even skipped the back to school picnic where she could have seen all of her friends.  I had still had to go because I was scheduled to paint faces.  So Josh and I went to the back to school picnic sans kids.  It was actually pretty nice because we were able to actually talk some of our friends.  Sonya and I headed up to school on Wednesday to meet her teacher and see her the classroom.  She was pretty amazed by her classroom.  They have a science center, art center, library center, pretend kitchen, pretend office, trains, blocks, games, computers and no pre school classroom would be complete without a guinea pig.  Her name is Nibblets.  The first morning of school was a little rough, the kids were up early and Sonya was on edge.  I let her pick out her outfit, and she chose her fourth of July dress.  I will be honest and say I wish she would have picked out one of her new outfits, but she still looked adorable.  Sonya made herself a nutritious  breakfast of Trix and chocolate milk.  I had to let it go because I wanted to keep her nice and calm, because like I said she was on edge.  I also turned on a show, so she could lay down with big baby T for a little bit.
It was finally time to go to school, but I had to get a few shots of my big girl.
The poor girl looks exhausted.
I got her a new back pack from Pottery Barn Teen, with multiple shades of her favorite color blue.
I also got her the matching lunchbox, but she had hot lunch on her first day.  
I kept trying to get a few more shots of her on her first day, and this is what she gave me.
This is what happens when I ask for a smile.  
All four of us headed off to school.  We left early because we parking would be crazy on the first day of school, and I was right.  I had to park two blocks away from school.  As we walked up to school, I knew Sonya was nervous.  On the way to her classroom we saw her teachers from last year Mrs. H and 
Mrs. M, and they both gave Sonya a big hug and sent her down to the JK room.  She hung up her backpack, and headed in.  She showed Josh around the classroom.  I could tell she was a little confused because in her classroom the dividing wall was up that separates her class from the other JK class.  It wasn't up when we went to visit the classroom.  She only knows two other girls in her class from last year and she spotted them right away,  but was still acting shy.  As Josh, Teddy, and I left the were getting ready to leave the classroom, this is the face I saw.
Sonya is so blessed have amazing teachers this year.  
I know she will be loved well this year, grow spiritually and also be challenged academically...as much as preschooler can be.  
This is why I was able to leave my girl in her class with such a sad face.
Her teacher, Mrs B., picked right up on that face and plopped right down on the floor and started playing.
As I rounded the corner of the hallway out to the parking lot, I lost it.  My shoulders were bouncing up and down as my tears were pouring out.  My sweet baby girl is in school five days a week from 8:20-3:20, it might as well been college with the way I was feeling at the moment.  I know this is the best thing for her  After I left I realized I skipped the back to school breakfast for parents.  I wondered how she was doing all day, and as soon as 3pm hit I was out the door to see how her first day went, and to beat carpool traffic.  She seemed to have a great first day, but I could tell she was still a little nervous.  On her second or third day of school she got in the car after school and we were talking and she said, 
"Mom, I wish I was in Mrs. F's (the other JK teacher) class."  
I felt like I was punched in the gut because last spring I agonized over the decision to put her in school five full days or three full days.  Had she been in three full days of school she would have had Mrs. F, and been with most of her friends.  
I asked her why she wanted Mrs. F as her teacher,
and she said, 
"because I really just want to play with those computers."  
If you know Sonya at all, you know she loves technology (just like her daddy), and the computers in her class that she spotted on the day we visited classroom are on Mrs. F's side of the classroom.  
Behind the dividing wall.  
I was so relieved. 
Now that Sonya has been in school a week I think she is finally finding her groove.  
Here is look at Sonya and her first days of school over the past three years.
Next up, baby T starts school in two weeks.  

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Colorado- Part 1

Last month we took a big family vacation to the quaint little town of Grand Lake, CO.  When I say big, I mean we went with Josh's whole family, there were 10 of us total in one house.  The first round of photos will be just hanging at our amazing house.  I am kind of kicking myself for not taking more of the aesthetics of the house, I know better for next time.
Here is the house.
Here is the view from the back of the house.
View from our Shadow Lake neighborhood.
Papi Fred and Nonna Marsha playing and singing.  Papi Fred learned how to play one of Sonya's favorite songs on the guitar Empty Heart by Josh Ritter.
There were also a few renditions of To be With You by Mr. Big, thanks to Kurt and Matty.
Even though we were in the mountains, we enjoyed our technology.
We did two Star Wars Puzzles.  The first one was 300 hundred pieces, and we thought it was tough.  Then we did the 500 puzzle, wowza it was near impossible.  I did not get a picture of the 500 piece when completed puzzle, but here is the 300.
Teddy and his rock.
Teddy and his cars.
Sonya got a hair cut.
Cute sleepers.
It will be all Colorado all the time for a few more posts.  
Trying to get back in the blogging groove.  
I miss having a documentation of our life, and I sure you all miss my lame stories like crazy.  
It is good to be back blogworld.  


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