Friday, September 20, 2013

16 days in

... and this morning I got my first, "Hi Ashleigh's mom!" from a little boy in her class. Yes! >insert fist pump here< Then another little girl waved at me as I was leaving the school after drop off. Hooray again! I've worked in the classroom (doing busy work) once and helped out with P.E. twice. Sixteen days in at the new school and I got kid recognition. Boom.






We took a hike last weekend up in the hills by our house. The weather was warm but there was a wind. We saw many, many squirrels, cows, a hawk and even a coyote! The trail marker that the children are standing by lists four different names: Cumberland Trail (a local trail), Black Diamond Mt. Diablo Regional Trail, American Discovery Trail and Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail. Wow! Who knew this crossroads was just in our backyard and I love that we get to learn a little more about hiking.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Where we are today

Well, that whole posting thing on a regular basis didn't seem to stick now... Anyway, here I am again.

As I picked up the children from school yesterday, Ryan was so excited to tell me about what happened at the end of the day. Apparently, he looked at the clock and started to countdown from 10 to 1 and just when he got to the end, he pointed to the clock and the bell rang! I'm pretty sure there's a second hand on that clock in his classroom, so really, it's no big surprise that he did this but that little boy was absolutely proud of his feat of timing.

If only we all could see such incredibleness in our accomplishments...

A photo from the first day of school... a new school for us, too.



And Ashleigh... she's home today with a bad cough and just feeling run down. Not sure if it's the new petri dish of germs we have been exposed to at the new school or late summer allergies or particulates in the air from the fire on Mt. Diablo that are bothering all of us. Either way, she's here with me and I am so thankful to be able to stay home with her even if she loves watching those Full House episodes over and over and over and over again... have mercy.



Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Still here

I'm still here. Haven't gone anywhere, really. Just kind of stalled out. Sort of like life right now. We moved almost a year and a half ago and I think I've hung about two or three things on the walls. I've tried to decorate but I'm just not feeling it.

I am going to try and post a bit more about this and that. I'd like to share more about us so here I am again.

One of the good things is that we are not going backwards.

Easter 2013



Monday, April 01, 2013

The Fresh Fool

I've neglected this space for too long. There are times when I feel foolish writing about us and thinking anyone is listening. I worry about my grammar and photos and "style" of writing or the look of the blog itself.

Then again, simply, I am listening when I write. I stop and take a moment and reflect. I am listening to us and, in turn, to me. I need to listen to me a bit more.

Well, here is a bit of foolishness that I've listened to recently and I've been meaning to share this for a very long time.

Ryan as Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi

2013 20 questions answered by Ryan, age 7, 1st grade

1. What is your favorite color? Blue
2. What is your favorite toy? Bankie
3. What is your favorite fruit? All of them
4. What is your favorite tv show? Ninjago & Legends of Chima
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Sandwiches
6. What is your favorite outfit? All of them
7. What is your favorite game? Mario & Sonic at the 2012 Olympic Games & Lego Star Wars
8. What is your favorite snack? Any kind
9. What is your favorite animal? Cheetah
10. What is your favorite song? Dynamite & Gangam Style
11. What is your favorite book? Any kind
12. Who is your best friend? Lucas & Ashleigh
13. What is your favorite cereal? Honey Nut O’s
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play any kind of game
15. What is your favorite drink? Chocolate milk
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Bankies
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Orange Chicken from Trader Joe’s
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Don’t know

Ashleigh on her 9th birthday
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2012 20 questions answered by Ashleigh, age 9, 3rd grade

1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Lady Dog
3. What is your favorite fruit? Peach
4. What is your favorite tv show? Good Luck Charlie
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Peanut butter & jelly
6. What is your favorite outfit? Ewok shirt
7. What is your favorite game? Hopscotch
8. What is your favorite snack? Gummy bunnies
9. What is your favorite animal? Elephant
10. What is your favorite song? Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
11. What is your favorite book? Little House in the Big Woods
12. Who is your best friend? Maliya
13. What is your favorite cereal? Honey Nut O’s
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
15. What is your favorite drink? 7-Up
16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Lady Dog, Stripey &  baby dolls
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Poached egg
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Lemon linguini with shrimp
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Veterinarian or teacher

Sunday, September 23, 2012

weekly menu - september 17 - september 23

monday - chicken sausages, tortillas by TortillaLand (delicious), asparagus
tuesday - simple hot dogs with TJ's mac-n-cheese
wednesday - spaghetti with a meat sauce & broccoli
thursday - rotisserie chicken with asparagus
friday - Mary's pizza
saturday - burgers, garlic fries & watermelon
sunday - tri tip steaks, baguette, broccoli

And with this post, I think I'm done sharing my weekly dinner menus. Bon Appetit!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

weekly menu - september 10 - september 16

monday - Tortilla Jo's at Downtown Disney
tuesday - sandwiches for us & mac n cheese for the children from Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland
wednesday - Lamb shanks at Wine Country Trattoria in California Adventure
thursday - nachos, pulled pork sandwich & grilled cheese at White Water Cafe inside Grand California
friday - hot dogs from Award Weiners - I had the Franken Weenie - a combination of a pork sausage wrapped in bacon and topped with bbq sauce, onions & jalapenos! Yikes!
saturday - dinner at Dave's sister's house - grilled chicken on arugula with tomatoes & mozzarella
sunday - after a long car ride home... Chipotle

Sunday, September 09, 2012

weekly menu - september 3 - september 9

monday - beef fajitas
tuesday - grilled chicken, roasted potatoes & salad
wednesday - Skipolinis
thursday - leftover pizza
friday - we leave for Disneyland - In N Out Burgers
saturday - hamburgers at Dave's brother's house
sunday - spaghetti at Dave's brother's house
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