Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday's Find... a day late

I love that Regal Cinema does their Free Family Film Festival every summer.  They show G and PG movies for, as stated in the name, FREE, starting June thru August, every Tues. and Wed. at 10:00 a.m.  The best part, the theater is full of kids and nobody paid a thing, so it's no big deal if your 2 year old runs around like a sugar hyped crazy person. (not that mine would ever do such a thing)  So go and enjoy!  I noticed ours was playing several movies I wanted to see, so it's for everyone, not just the kiddos.  You can check the schedule for your area at,
Happy summer and movie watching!!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

what a "TREAT"

On my way home from picking Makayla up at school today it donned on me, tomorrow is her last day of kindergarten, and I had completely forgot to make gifts for the kids in her class.  I had something totally elaborate planned, but now found my self with not a lot of time or desire for such an adventure.  The alternative?  A quick trip to Target, rice krispie treats on sale, ribbon from the dollar section, and a catchy quote.  Tada!  Done in less than an hour, and hello, who doesn't love rice krispie treats?  Makayla had fun stuffing them into the goodie bags and signing her name on the back of the note.  You know, if you wait until the last minute to do something, it only takes a minute! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

You had to see it to believe it! (and I saw it)

I awoke Saturday morning with visions of flip flops dancing in my head.  Only a dollar, and every one could buy 5 pairs.  That meant with Makayla, we would be bringing home 10 pairs.  This time I wanted color, as opposed to my usual black and brown.  I was thinking greens, blues, teals, maybe a red or hot pink.  I hopped out of bed, showered and dressed both my kids in record time.  My friend Emily called at 9:00 letting me know that there was already a long line at Old Navy, and to hurry up.  I raced down Pacific ave. not hitting a single red light, if this wasn't a sign of something meant to be, I don't know what is.  Parking lot, not too bad, considering the mall didn't open for another 45 minutes.  We scrambled into the stroller, and moved our little legs as quick as we could to get into the mall.  We rounded the corner, and WOW! so very many people crowded around one small store. (Emily's telling me about a "long line" was more than an understatement)  I found Emily, and we waited...... The security guard came over and warned that if anyone pushed, shoved, or ran, they would immediately be escorted out.  I am sad to say that the 60 year old mall cop did not give me the sense of protection from being trampled one would hope for in a situation like this.  At two minutes to 10, a very thin, nervous looking, young sales associate rolled up the big old navy gate.  And all (you know what) broke loose!  Emily held on tight to Makayla, and I held on tight to the stroller, as we attempted to enter the store.  I have not been that squished, pushed, stepped on, or covered in other peoples sweat, since I was in the mosh pot at a Limp Bizkit concert.  It was unreal.  Remember, we're talking about flip flops here.....  I kind of made my way to the center of the store where the flip flops were, but only caught a glimpse of all the pretty colors as they disappeared in seconds!  The only thing louder than the shouting was the clanking of the metal display racks, being destroyed and falling to the ground.  I saw two men fist fighting (over flip flops?), a pregnant woman being helped out and in tears from being elbowed very hard in her stomach, flip flops literally flying 15 feet in the air in all directions, and sadly a 3 year old boy was trampled and his leg broken.  I wonder, did some of these people think that their $1.00 flip flops would go up in value, like this was some sort of investment?  Or maybe, sporting some red Old Navy flip flops would earn them some sort of street cred.?  I don't know what the thinking was, but I just sat back and watched.  (mind you, I live in Stockton, so imagine for yourself the crowd of folks i was in.)  The line to purchase our victory, if you call more brown, black, and grey, flip flops that, wrapped around the entire store.  I was lucky to get a spot some where in the middle, and waited an hour for my turn. (we came away with 8 pairs total) Was it worth it, no way.  But, it was an experience my kids and I will not soon forget.  I mean,  we saw crazy people, the police, firemen, and even had a women ask Gavin to buy her another 5 pairs of flip flops, all before noon.  What more do you want from a saturday morning?  Cartoons and cereal are way too played out.......

Monday, May 25, 2009

More Posting to Come

First of all, Happy Memorial Day!  I will most definitely be enjoying some yummy BBQ today! Also, I have several post ideas running around my head, but no time to actually put them in print.  You'll have to wait till after the holiday to read what I've got, but I'll give you a little teaser on one........... crazy, ghetto, flip flop madness................  Have a great day!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday's Find

Oh yeah!  You know where I'll be on Saturday!  Buying flip flops for only $1.00 at Old Navy!!!!!   (I thought of you Stef!)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hit and Run

I was the unfortunate participant in an automotive hit and run today.  As I was cruising down Devries road, on my way home from Lodi, **SMACK**, bird to the windshield!!  I looked back in my rearview mirror only to see the lifeless little fella fall from the sky and hit the pavement. I'm sorry little birdie, but I do believe you are headed to that great big bird bath in the sky.  Oh, and little bird, I apologize for scaring the crap out of you..... literally!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Another Milestone

A few weeks ago I realized something....... my daughter is now six years old and still has the training wheels on her bike!  This needed to change.  I took her out, stripped the bike of it's two extra wheels, and away we went.  Well sort of.  While she did an excellent job (I think I let go for a whole 30 seconds), we decided it may be best to try another time, when some of us were not so frustrated. That brings us to today.  Once again we pulled out the now two wheeled bike, and got down to the nitty gritty.  To my surprise, after about 30 seconds of me holding on (a complete opposite of our last try), she had it!!!  Makayla is officially free of her training wheels! Of coarse she had to run into the house to tell daddy, who came out to cheer her on, and be in ALL the pictures.  Umm, hello, was I not the one out here in 100 degree weather doing the "teaching"?  It was a great feeling of accomplishment for every one...... and of coarse it is all she wants to do now!  

Old Mother Hubbord

Last week the kindergartners at Makayla's school put on their annual Mother Goose Play.  It was seriously the cutest thing ever!!! Makayla had he part of the Hatter in Old Mother Hubbord. (as you will remember from my "fancy hat" post a while back)  She did such a great job and had a ton of fun!!
One of Makayla's future jobs for when she grows up is being "a girl who sells stuff at a shop." Look at that customer service as she sells Old Mother Hubbord a hat.  She doesn't even ask why the crazy old lady is buying a pink cowboy hat for her dog.  I think she'll do just great in her occupation choice.
So, honorable mention has to go to Jack and Jill.  One because they are so stinking cute, and two because I just love the way Jack is "falling" on his crown there.  Not exactly how I've imagined it all these years, but a delightful interpretation.
The finale consisted of all the kindergartners singing I'm a Little Teapot.  One problem.... they were so crammed in there like little sardines, there was not enough room for the arm motions. We ended up with a bunch of handleless, and spout-less teapots.  But nice smile Makayla!
Makayla and her friend since preschool, Haley. (from Hey Diddle Diddle)
Makayla and Isabella (she also goes to church with us.)
Mrs Roberts has been the most amazing Kindergarten teacher!!  Makayla absolutely adores her, and I'm glad I was able to work in the classroom, seeing first hand how great she is with the kids!!
It was a fun day, after the play we stopped by Makayla's class for an open house, and after that.... because we are such cool parents.... we took Makayla out of school early and went to John's Incredible Pizza Company.  I mean nothing says good job like all you can it pizza.... 

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tortilla Monster!

I totally think playing with your food is acceptable.  I am no stranger to the "what's left on your plate after you're done eating tower", and the ever so famous "silverware skyscraper", and apparently my kids enjoy playing with their food also.  Case and point, tortilla masks an taco night.  Gavin actually came up with this one on his own..... silly kids, but we may be on to something here come Halloween.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday's Find

Soooo FUNNY!  I love that it is universally known that big letters = big emotion.  How does that work if you're blind?  Do the blind have a braille version of Caps Lock?  I might just have to look into this.......

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

For Karen, with Love

Some weirdo sent me this, guess I should respond.

Spouse Tag

♥ What are your middle names? What do you call a girl with one leg standing next to a tree?  
I-lean.  Haha, get it.  Mine is Eileen, his is Duncan
♥ How long have you been together? Almost 10 years.  But it only feels like 10 minutes.......... under water!
♥ How long did you know each other before you started dating? I don't know, probably a couple of minutes......
♥ Who asked who out? The guy did, I'm no fool.  But I did come to his town, so I think that counts for something.
♥ How old are each of you? 28 & 28. Very old!
♥ Whose siblings do/ did you see the most? His. Logan is just not on my way to anywhere.
♥ Do you have any children together? Yes.  And they both look just like him..... all I got were these lousy stretch marks.
♥ What about pets? I don't do pets.  Too messy, stinky, and needy.  I have kids for that!
♥ Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple? Deciding who's going to do all the chores, cook the meals, and take care of the kids 24 hour a day.  No, wait.... I've pretty much got that covered.  I guess we are all smiles over here!
♥ Did you go to the same school? Nope, and if we had we probably would not be together today.  Lets just say we had different ideas of "cool".
♥ Are you from the same home town? He's Fremont, I'm Stockton.  So close, yet so far away.
♥ Who is smarter? Really?  And how do you think I'm going to answer this......
♥ Who is more sensitive? Oh, him for sure!!!  I'm pretty much the dude of the relationship.  I don't believe in all that emotional crap.  Put a smile on and get over it, please!
♥ Where do you eat out most as a couple? We don't eat out too much, I love to cook. (I know, be jealous. I also love going to the grocery store) It depends on our mood I guess, CoCoRo, CPK, BJ's, Don Luis....... 
♥ Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? Hawaii.  It may not be far, but it is awesome!
♥ Who has the craziest exes? Did you mean Axes?  Because we aren't lumbermen, and really don't have any axes around our house.  Sorry.  We have some squeegees though.
♥ Who has the worst temper? Jason for sure.  Then he goes into silent treatment mode, and I've forgotten what happened, and when I ask he gets all pissy.
♥ Who does the cooking? If you want food, come to me.  If you want some tasty eggo waffles, you should see Jason.
♥ Who is more social? I'm seriously laughing right now!!!!! I would die of shock if we went somewhere and Jason did not know some one, or didn't strike up a conversation with a stranger as if they've been friends for years!
♥ Who is the neat-freak? Me.  These dang people I live with can't seem to pick up a thing behind them.  The spouse is the number one offender!!!!
♥ Who is more stubborn? Not me. 
♥ Who hogs the bed? We share quite nicely...... just don't touch my feet with yours and I'm good.
♥ Who wakes up earlier? Me, I think Jason turns off his hearing in the morning.
♥ Where was your first date? Downtown Pleasenton, then to Lake Elizabeth.  Little did I know the Lake was a favorite for Jason and ALL his first dates.
♥ Who has the bigger family? Same as far as immediate family.  If we look at the bigger picture.... he wins!
♥ Do you get flowers often? I used too...... hmmmm, wonder what happened.  
♥ How do you spend the holidays?  We split the holidays, his family one year mine the next.  That's all I'm going to say on the matter.
♥ Who is more jealous? I think I'm missing that part of the DNA make up.  So the prize goes to him.
♥ How long did it take to get serious? A couple of hours.
♥ Who eats more? I was affectionately told at the begining of our relationship that girls aren't supposed to eat more than boys.... ooops, news to me!!!!
♥ Who does/ did the laundry? No one.  If you run out of clothes you buy more.  Right?
♥ Who’s better with the computer? I am definitely better than Mister hunt-and-peck.
♥ Who drives when you are together? Jason all the way.  If for some strange reason you find me behind the wheel while hubby's in the car, it's because he was trying to sleep and drive at the same time.  Bad habbitt of his.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What the......

When your 6 year old daughter puts her play dresses on your 2 year old son, I think a good word for the situation is FUNNY.  But what word do you use when your 2 year old son comes to you dressed in his sisters dresses while she is at school?????

Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday's Find

So, I tend to find a lot of stuff on the web.  Some interesting, some random, and some just down right hilarious.  So goes my new bloggerific idea..... Friday's Find.  Every Friday I'm going to post something I've found.  Pretty self explanatory, and yes I'm doing it on friday just because I thought of such a "catchy" title. 

Now that's just an awesome name.... I don't care who you are!!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Jam On

When strawberry season rolls around you can be sure my family will be hitting up our local stand almost every other day (seriously).  It's only a minute from my house, and oh so yummy!  I realized it had been a while since I made freezer jam and I needed a couple of gifts, so I decided to go for it.  Now, as everyone knows, freezer jam is so, so, good (almost like candy) and verry easy to make.  I've had a couple of friends say "I don't know how to do that" so let me tell how........Clean, cut, and mash strawberries until you have 4 cups.  (measurements are important here)
Mix 1 1/2 cups of sugar with 1 packet of fruit pectin. (again, measurements. level your sugar with a butter knife.)My all time favorite is Ball brand Freezer Jam fruit pectin.  It uses half the sugar as sure-gel, and taste better too!
Mix it all together and stir for 3 minutes.Ladle into jars and store in your fridge for 3 weeks or freezer up to a year.

I made a gift basket for Makayla to take to her teacher for teacher appreciation day.  It was a pretty amazing thing, since I only had an hour to make the jam, wrap it up, and get to Makayla's school.  See, it is too easy... mash, measure, mix..... not to complicated right?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Crafty hat

So, I put on my crafty hat (pun totally intended) yesterday to make a hat for Makayla.  All of the kindergartners at her school are putting on a Mother Goose play next week, and Makayla will be playing the part of the Hatter from Old Mother Hubbard.   Apparently I am not as well versed in nursery rhymes as I had thought, since I didn't even realize there was a hatter in Old Mother Hubbard.  Anyway, her costume is to wear a nice dress with a fancy hat.  Well, I don't know about you, but when I think fancy the first thing that comes to my mind us tulle, ribbon, and fake flowers.  So away we went.  All I can say is, well..... its pink. :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Fro Yo

Here's a funny story.  About 8 years ago while in San Luis Obispo my cousin, sister, and I stumbled upon this neat-o frozen yogurt place.  The idea; self service, pick your flavor load up any toppings you want, and at the end you pay per ounce.  Super fun and super yummy!!!!  Ever since that blessed day 8 years ago I have longed for a similar experience.  You can imagine my glee when Jason came home the other day and told me such a place existed, in Manteca, a mere 25 minutes away from where we live.  So what did I do?  Packed up my family (this was around 5:00 and we hadn't even eaten dinner) and headed to Yogofina, my sure to be new favorite place ever!!!! Was it good? The yogurt was superb. Will I be back?  Probably not....... but only because the very next day I found out that one had just opened right here in Stockton!  Like 5 minutes from my house!  What's even better?  The next day after that I found out another one has been open here in Stockton for several months now!  How could all this self serving of yogurt and toppings be going on right under my nose!  Well, no worries, in the space of 3 days I had frozen yogurt from 3 different places. All were delicious, (Yogurt My Way in Lincoln center is my fav) and all can expect to see me quite a bit this summer!  Hey, a girl needs her frozen yogurt..... right?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

no catchy titles here

I was doing so good with my blogging.  A new post every day.  Some with pictures, some crazy stories, some with no meaning at all.  But like we have heard before, "all good things must come to an end."  And so is true with my blogging.  I just can't seem to find anything in the last few days that is truly "blogworthy."  So, here's to next week.  Let's hope it turns out to be a little more interesting. (but not too interesting.  wouldn't want people to be jealous of all the fabulousness.)