Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pictures from Thanksgiving weekend in Tahoe


We drove up the hill to Lake Tahoe on Wednesday afternoon. The drive was fast and easy and the kids were great. Mor-Mor and Pop-Pop greeted us with love and hugs! We unpacked and started cooking a bit so we didn't have to fight over the oven the next day. I made the mashed potatoes (8 oz of cream cheese--umm umm good!) Aunt Dagny arrived Wednesday evening as well.

The next day we started cooking and prepping, but we had a bit of fun pretending to create our own, "Run to feed the Hungry" in Homewood. Dagny made a cute banner to keep track of our laps and we all intend to donate to the Sacramento Food Bank this week. We wore "Run to Feed the Hungry" t-shirts from previous years and we all ran/walked a few laps. The crisp air and altitude helped get our hearts pumping and tummies rumbling! After our pseudo race, we started cooking again. I got caught up in making these silly turkey decorations for every member of the family. It was a lot of tracing, cutting and coloring, but I had a good time and they did look cute. We ichatted with the Northwest Bruce's for a bit before dinner. It was great to see Lola and Ava's sweet faces. Casey LOVED chatting with them.

All of a sudden the turkey was done and we were rushing to finish our side dishes. The table was set and we were sitting down, hands folded thanking God for our many blessings; including the crazy awesome food. was  SO good. The stuffing was off the hook! I cannot tell you how many turkey/mashed potato/stuffing sandwiches I had with the leftovers!!!

Later that evening, Sue and her parents, Betty and Don, husband Bob, son Mike and their cousin/nephew Nick dropped by for dessert. We had a great time playing Wii and eating too many sweets. We were able to Skype with Jenna in Buenos Aires. It was so much fun to see her and chat with her!  We miss you Jenna!!

Grandma Betty, Grandpa Don, Mike and Erik talk to Jenna via Skype!

The next morning we prepared for the Remme's (Dawn, Pedar, Gavin and Annika) and the Hausman's ( Jeff, Lisa, Lindsey and Megan) to arrive. The snow began to fall early Friday morning and at one point the most beautiful "chicken feathers" were falling to the ground. We played outside for hours with everyone. There was enough snow to go down the hill behind the house on our sleds. We had a great time. Casey is soo strong this year, he carried his sled up and down the mountain after each run.

The rest of the weekend flew by quickly. You would think that with that many people in the house, we would start to go crazy...but here's the thing, we didn't. We all get along so well. Everyone helps cook and clean, we all take turns and it makes the work so much lighter. Casey was in heaven with his cousins. Some one was always holding Erik or feeding Erik...I was in heaven. We watched a romantic comedy movie each night "The Proposal" and "Made of Honor." We sat in the hot tub with wine and chatted. We made lefse. We ate too much. We had a wonderful weekend.

Today was sad...we were all going to back to reality. Back to the grind. Back to making lunches, packing the diaper bag and running for the door in the morning to drop everyone off and get to work.

I am just going to look at all these amazing pictures I have and look forward to our next big family get-together! I love you Jeff, Lisa, Lindsey, Megan, Dawn, Pedar, Annika, Gavin, Dagny, Mor-Mor and Pop-Pop. Thank you for another amazing time at the cabin.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Grateful Day at Nana and Pop-Pop Bailey's

Yesterday we celebrated "Grateful Day!" at Nana and Pop-Pop Bailey's. Bridget, Chuck, Liam and Lila also attended the festivities.

I'm grateful for kids tables. I love that we have so many kids now that we have to set a kids table.

I'm grateful for family. I'm also grateful for the talented cooks in the family! Thank you for the yummy vittles.

I'm grateful that my Mom loves me and my children unconditionally and is always willing to lend me a hand. Thank you, Mom. I so look forward to you retiring...when is that happening again???!!!

I'm grateful for beautiful November weather so we can walk to the park after a crazy big meal and work off calories. I'm also grateful for a crazy Nana that likes to play "follow the leader" to keep the crazy kids entertained the entire walk to the park!

Nasty virus on Oxbow!

It is spreading door to door on Oxbow Drive...the "damn nasty virus!" I hope you and your loved ones don't get it! First Pedar got it, the sneezing the congestion. Casey side-stepped it with just a bit of a runny nose and fever. I managed to only get the sore throat part. And now...sweet Erik has got the worst case of it yet. Our sweet baby boy has the sneezing, coughing, chest congestion and fever that accompany this "damn nasty virus!"

Poor little dude. We are praying he heals quickly so we can enjoy the Thanksgiving festivities!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Date night...

Thank Goodness for date night. Thank Goodness for Lindsey for watching both our boys. Casey adores Lindsey and I know Erik does as well. Pedar and I enjoyed an evening out with our good friends Jim and Melanie. We went to Ella's on K Street. Ella's food is delicious and the atmosphere is so swanky.

Today was great. I ran this morning with Casey. He rode his bike beside me. He didn't want to ride on the track long enough, so I had to run behind him all over El Camino campus. It was fun, but after 30 minutes I took him home so I could really run. Pedar finished painting the bathroom. We can finally put it all back together now. We cleaned house, I shopped for turkey day fixings for both family festivities, we did laundry and we sipped cocoa.  What a great Saturday.

Tomorrow we are celebrating Thanksgiving with my side of the family. My Mom is calling it the Bailey family "Grateful Day!" I should have a ton of adorable kiddo pictures from the event.

I hope you are having a terrific weekend. I hope you feel this buzz of love and peace and warmth. If you are having trouble finding your buzz, heat yourself up some cocoa and think of a really cute that you love.....I know one or two you could think of if you need a reference!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


We had a crazy morning! Erik was up most of the night coughing. We put him in his carseat in the crib, we have to tie it down with bungee cords.

We strap him in it, so he doesn't roll out, it looks a little crazy, but it helps with the snot and the coughing. At one point he was REALLY crying, his little voice all scratchy from coughing, so we put him in the steamy bathroom and rubbed some vic's vapor rub on his chest. We made it through the night. First thing this morning I made a Dr's appt to get his ears checked and have Dr. Nunna listen to his lungs. Casey REALLY did not want to go to school today. He saw me getting ready, but Pedar was working from home, so he could see Dad in casual clothes and started bargaining right away. "I don't want to got to school!!" Over and over.

Finally, I get Casey in the car. Pedar is feeding Erik. I am running to drop off Casey and then take Erik to the doctor. Normally, Pedar is gone before me, so I didn't even look in the driveway. Casey is still begging not to go to  school. I am SO ANNOYED AND STRESSED. Then I back-up... right into the front of the Honda Civic. "F%&$!" F&#$!", I yell. Then I remember Casey is in the car. Now he is crying because I am yelling and upset. We get out, look at the damage. A bit of rubbing, some paint gone, a bit of ugliness on both bumpers. Damnit. I run into the house. "I just hit our cars!" Ahhhhh....Pedar takes Casey to school. I get Erik to the doctor. His ears are good. He gets albuterol and she tells me to try the nebulizer for the next few days. He gets the H1N1 shot, he cries, we leave. Meditation CD to the rescue! 

I decided I needed a little break, so on the way home, I get a Starbuck's and drive past my dreamhouse on Hawthorne:
Dream House

Oh...beautiful house on Hawthorne, please be mine...I  want you so badly. I want to just drive up and take Erik to his huge room and plan a Holiday party!! Can you imagine the summer parties I could throw. I mean, goodness gracious! I like to dream big people.

Back to reality.

Must finish work. Must clean house. Must run some more before CIM. Must forgive myself for hitting our cars. Could have been worse. They don't look so bad. I am just ashamed that I hit them at all. Ah well. Must raise spirits. Must find happy place.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Clorox Wipes

Man, I wish I could just wipe down my entire house, inside and out with clorox wipes. I daydream about cleaning and then the inspiration goes away. Before Erik, I  almost never had dishes in the sink. I'm not trying to sound crazy organized or detailed, I just was able to get it done. More importantly, I had the motivation. I loved having a clean house. I loved feeling confident if friends and family dropped by unannounced. I don't have the confidence anymore and I want it back.  I am going to try and find my cleaning house groove and my exercise groove. I need an intervention.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Bannon Harry Abrams!

Our wonderful friends, Carina and Aaron Abrams welcomed Bannon Harry into their lives this afternoon.

Birthday: Sunday, November 15th
Weight: 7 pounds, 14 ounces
Length: 21 inches long

Amazing Mommy Carina and beautiful Bannon are doing GREAT! We are so thrilled for you three. Bannon, you sure chose the right lucky, lucky baby!

Grandparents Mike and Twanet Bender are OVER THE MOON! Congratulations. We love you all!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Casey went from four wheels to two!

Yes...Casey asked ME (Dad) to take the training wheels off today! But before I get to that, this week began with Casey having a dream about riding without training wheels. He woke up on Monday morning talking about how he dreamt of riding around without those extra wheels...and we wanted more than anything to take him out there that very moment! But we had a long week of work ahead.

Fast forward to this afternoon and another late afternoon of riding bikes with neighbor Jacob. After an hour or so of riding around the street, Casey stopped riding and he said "Dad...I forgot! I want to take the training wheels off"! I knew it must be time...

I'll let the fun video tell the rest of the story. And don't let his serious look fool you...he was beaming all the way until his last book before bedtime. Go Casey, go!

Friday, November 13, 2009

My Uncle Paul Bailey

My Uncle Paul Francis Bailey

This is a picture of my Uncle Paul with my Dad, his little brother Kenny, at the Bailey reunion in Martinez the summer of 2004. My Uncle Paul was a big man, he stood almost six-foot five inches. He had an amazing deep voice and was fun and loving. I always felt loved when I was in his presence. I will miss him very much.

Here is poem that Andrew Wilding, Uncle Paul's grandson wrote for him:

With pride and respect you lived out each day,
You were the heart of our family in more than one-way.
You taught us all how to carry on,
Through the sunset there's always a new dawn.
With love and compassion you taught big and small,
Helping us up whenever we would fall.

You have left the world a better place,
With your words, wisdom and continual grace.
With hugs, laughs, and that classic smile,
Time spent with you was always worthwhile.

So now we are here to say goodbye
We love you; we miss you, and we'll try not to cry.

Paul Francis Bailey, of Lincoln Hills passed away suddenly on 
November 10, 2009 at the age of 73 in Roseville, CA 
related to surgical complications. Paul is survived by 
his beloved wife and cherished friend of 50 years Janne 
and four daughters, all of whom were his favorite: 
Kate Wilding 
(John) of San Diego, Melissa McDonald (Tim) of Redding, 
Jennifer Karczewski (Jeff) of Rocklin and Amy Annear 
(Darren) of Sacramento. Paul's son, Joe Bailey (Brigid) 
of Martinez preceded him in death. He was the proud 
''Grandpa Chief'' of 14 beautiful grandchildren. Paul is 
also survived by 4 brothers: Richard, Daniel, Martin, and 
Kenneth Bailey and was predeceased by his sister Carol. 
Growing up in Oakland he attended St. Bernard's 
Elementary, Saint Mary's High School and graduated from University of San Francisco. He received a master's 
degree in public administration from California State 
University, Hayward. Paul began his career as a 
firefighter with the Oakland Fire Department and 
retired after 20 years of service as the Fire Marshall. 
He furthered his career in Redding as Fire Chief for 8 
additional years. He also retired as Lieutenant Colonel 
in the Army National Guard. He will be dearly missed 
by his family and friends.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

two teeny-tiny teethers

Erik finally got two teeny tiny teeth. They haven't popped all the way through yet, but you can see the adorable little tops. Yeah for teeth! Yeah for the bottle. Yeah for crawling and pulling up onto furniture and making Erik very tired. Yeah for sleeping more. Yeah, Erik!!

Brush your teeth
Brush your teeth
Give your teeth a treat
Brush up and down and all around,
To keep them clean and neat!
Brush them once,
Brush them twice,
Brush three times a day
Brush up and down and all around
To keep cavities away!-- Unknown

Monday, November 9, 2009

Casey is an awesome big brother!

We recently drove to the coast for the weekend and Erik didn't LOVE all the time spent in his car seat. I can't say I LOVED all my time spent in the back seat either! I had to referee, because Casey loves to tickle and pull Erik. At first Erik likes the attention and giggles, and then his giggles turn into crying fits from fear and pain. I cannot wait till Erik can give Casey a little bit of the same kind of attention.

Here is a video of Casey being a great big brother!

And this video is just after Casey decided to tickle Erik a little too much. I love the way Erik is pleading with me with his beautiful eyes to take him out of his car seat. And then, when he realized I am not going to, he just calms himself down my putting his pacifier back in.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Just because...

It's amazing
How you can speak
Right to my heart
Without saying a word,
You can light up the dark
Try as I may
I could never explain
What I hear when
You don't say a thing

The smile on your face
Lets me know
That you need me
There's a truth
In your eyes
Saying you'll never leave me
The touch of your hand says
You'll catch me
Whenever I fall
You say it best
When you say
Nothing at all

All day long
I can hear people
Talking out loud
But when you hold me near
You drown out the crowd
Try as they may
They could never define
What's been said
Between your
Heart and mine

The smile on your face
Lets me know
That you need me
There's a truth
In your eyes
Saying you'll never leave me
The touch of your hand says
You'll catch me
Whenever I fall
You say it best
When you say
Nothing at all

"When You Say Nothing At All"


After the hike back down from lighthouse it started to rain. We drove back to Inverness and stopped by the adorable grocery store and noticed people looking over the rooftops. And there it was, the most fantastic rainbow. We had to pull over at Chicken Ranch Beach and take a few pictures.


We recently drove to Inverness, a small town near Marin. Pedar won two free nights at this cabin from a raffle, so we took off on our road trip adventure, amazed at our luck and excited to be getting out of town and away from our daily chores.

The first day we went to the beach and I made a yummy dinner.

The next day we made it to Pt. Reyes Lighthouse. It was beautiful. The most impressive part was watching Casey hike all the way up and down. Awesome! Erik was a champ and didn't mind the windstorm too much. The cows and deer were two feet from us. Casey loved saying, "Hi deer, Hi cow!"

The little cabin where we stayed didn't have a TV and we hadn't brought our laptops. Our phones didn't reception..we were really roughing it. And then it got wet, really wet. Erik was napping and Casey and I were reading and coloring and Casey turned to me and said, "I miss Curly, I want to go home!" And I said, "I do too!" Pedar walked into the room and Casey said, "Mom wants to go home!" It was 2 p.m. on Thursday, our second day out of town. Pedar smiled and said, "Really? Me too!" So...we packed it up. On the way home we stopped off at the Nut Tree and let the kids play at Border's Book's for awhile and then had dinner at Fenton's. Erik needed to get his crawl on. I forgot about this stage of babyhood. They don't want to be held, they hate their carseat and sandy beaches make for one messy baby!! Erik was in heaven at Border's, crawling all over the carpet. Casey got his, "Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs" book he has been wanting and I got my "Pioneer Woman cookbook!" It was a great night. We were home by 9 p.m., with both kids sound asleep. We unpacked, watched some boob-tube, drank some wine and went to sleep. It was bliss to be back at home with our technology and amazing weather.

The best part of this week was spending Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with Pedar. I just love my husband. He is the best Dad and the best husband. I don't share many of my dirty secrets often, but you have to know... mornings are my kryptonite. I LOVE staying up wickedly late reading. It is a really bad habit, that lately I have been trying to break--or maybe the truth is I just finished my book and until I get another one I am actually going to bed at a decent hour. Yeah, that's the truth. I just love the time at night when both boys are asleep and the house is quiet and picked up. I just want to stay up late to have some me time.

Pedar gets up with both boys, first Casey and then Erik. He feeds them, dresses them and always, always makes the coffee. He tries to talk Casey out of coming in the room, but now with Erik around, Casey almost always comes to me and yanks me out of bed. I love how Casey sells me on getting up, "Mom, Mom, Dad made cheesy eggs and pancakes and should get up!" I just giggle. My house is 1100 square feet, I can hear and smell whether or not pancakes and eggs have been made.

I love my family. We are so lucky.

I LOVE the Pioneer Woman!

I just had to share the Pioneer Woman's new cookbook with my family and friends! I have been following her website/blog for awhile now and not only is she a super funny, loving wife and mother of four..but she is also a talented photographer and cook as well!!

The step-by-step pictures that accompany her recipes are so helpful and beautiful. I bought her cookbook, "A Pioneer Woman Cooks" -- by Ree Drummond a few days ago and I cannot wait to start cooking!! I just need the motivation to go buy the ingredients..and finish the laundry, run five miles, finally finish painting the bathroom, clean the floors..ahh..the house can wait, I wanna cook.

The Pioneer Woman