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 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.  

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I Could...

Just eat him up.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Fourth

Most people that know me, know that the 4th of July is my favorite holiday of the year.  Growing in WG, it is the highlight of the summer.  The carnival, parade, BBQ, funnel cakes, fireworks.  As an adult I have grown to appreciate the 4th in even more ways.  I love buying red white and blue outfits for my kids, and I love spending the day with so many friends.
We kicked off the holiday weekend by heading up to the carnival.  
Normally this night is really fun, and we get to see lots of friends, this year was so HOT, we could barley enjoy ourselves.  
We got each of the kids wristbands so they could go on as many rides as they wanted.  
Sonya was dying to ride the ferris wheel, so I went with her and took some "aerial" photos of the carnival.  
The kids rode the cars, boats, went down the tiger slide (the one from last year), the cobra roller coaster, and the carousel.  It is all just kind of a blur because it was so darn hot.  
This is how the kids looked all night
We did find some relief with some snow cones.
We only made it two hours before we were all ready to go home.  
The fourth had much better weather.  
There was a little bit of rain before we went to the parade, but it cooled the day down.  
We sat with friends and family in our usual spot.  
Sonya was so happy to sit with her cousin Stella.
Sweet Stella just turned three.  She is so grown and beautiful.
The past couple of years the Budweiser Clydesdales have been in the parade, and I LOVE them.  
You don't realize how big they until you see them up close.  
I finally got some good shots of them this year.
A few of the others from the parade.
My favorite was the car with the bubble machine.  
All of the kids ran out into the street to play in the bubbles.
I LOVE these photos of Sonya and Teddy.
We ended the day at our friends the Hogans house, I think there were 20 families there with 800 hundred kids running around.  The Hogans have a great trampoline in their backyard, and I have to say Teddy is an awesome jumper.
As the sun went down, we passed out sparklers to all the kids.  
I mean all of the kids, like there was an 18 month old with a sparkler, but I have no photographic evidence.  
I do have some two year olds with fire.
We also set off a few fireworks in the backyard, all of the kids LOVED it.
Teddy would get really scared, and then clap when the fireworks would pop open.
Around 9 pm we walked down to Old Warson Country Club for the fire works.  
My heart does break a bit to not go the WG fireworks, but it is so crazy and crowded.  
Going with up there my little kids sounds pretty terrible, so going to Old Warson works great for our family.
Happy Birthday America, it was a great party.


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