Monday, August 30, 2010

Give your best anyway!

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you build today, people may destroy it tomorrow. Build anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never about them anyway.

-Mother Teresa

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Go see the movie, "Get Low".

Pedar and I enjoyed a fabulous date-day yesterday. Mor-Mor and Pop-Pop watched Casey and Erik for us until 6 p.m. and then Aunt Dagny took over the babysitting gig so Mor-Mor could attend her 45th high school reunion! We started out the day rock-climbing at Pipe Works. We had a great time. We left there and headed to Tower Theatre and saw "Get Low." We didn't know anything about the movie. All we knew was that Bill Murray and Robert Duvall were lead characters and that was enough for us. I love Bill Murray. We loved this movie.

After the movie we went to 58 degrees  and enjoyed some wine and appetizers. We then walked around midtown a bit and ended the evening at Taro's. We were home by 9:30 p.m. Jenna and Dagny were sipping some wine on the couch and we enjoyed a nice, short visit with them. The boys were asleep and we were relaxed and happy.

What a great day.

Cousin lovin

We celebrated Pedar's Birthday on Friday night with Nana, Pop-Pop, Bridget, Chuck, Liam and Lila.

We hadn't seen each other in awhile and everyone has gotten so MUCH cuter!!! This is a little inside joke that I need to let you in on. I like to stop what I'm doing every now and then and stare at Casey or Erik or even Pedar and make a surprised face and say, "Oh my goodness, did you get cuter?! You did! You did get cuter!!" I say it to other kids as well, and they just smile and think I'm crazy.


Anyhoo...we had a great time on Friday. The cousins ADORE one another and we look forward to watching these little munchkins together again soon.


Casey had his first homework assignment this week. He had to create a twin out of a paper cut-out his teacher provided. We all worked together and we think Casey's "twin" turned out great!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Just don't want to

I just don't want to clean my house today. I don't want to run or go for a bike ride. I don't want to finish all my work stuff that I didn't finish. I don't want to weed or trim anything in the garden. I don't want to sweep, mop, wipe or scrub today.

You know what I want to do....

I want to go shopping. I want to go on a crazy shopping spree. I want to get my hair done and my make-up done and I want to feel glamorous. I want to feel spoiled and pampered. You know like in the movies, when the woman walks around with seven shopping bags and has fresh highlights and a pedicure. I want to be that lady today! I go, I am imagining it in my head. Ooh..those new clothes look really good on me!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Super Hunky Hubby!

Happy Birthday, Pedar!  You just keep getting hunkier and more lovable with each passing day. You are a FANTASTIC Dad and an out-of-this-world husband. We adore you and we want you to have a great day.

I think last years blog post sums up my feelings for Pedar the best: 2009 Pedar bday blog post

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

When babies attack!

Erik was bitten at daycare yesterday. A two-year-old little girl pinned my sweet boy down and tried to take a bite out of his back. Was it something he said? Was he not sharing? Does he taste good? Could she be hungry? Why do babies attack?

Goodness me. This little biter better stop this nonsense or I am going to wipe down Erik in some Tabasco sauce or something really yucky so she doesn't like the taste of him!!

After Dad and Casey left to go to Kindergarten this morning, Erik and I played a bit before his daycare drop-off. Erik decided that the Kleenex box is magical. Every time he would pull a Kleenex out, another one would pop-up! It was just too cool for school!

Monday, August 23, 2010

First day of Kindergarten

Casey had his first day of Kindergarten today at Mission Avenue Open Elementary. We got everyone up early, dressed and arrived at school with hundreds of other excited parents. We felt ready with our paperwork and smiling faces.

On our way to Casey's class we ran into Pedar and Dawn, Lyle and Jim and Melanie. Casey just walked straight into class and sat down. I didn't even get to hug him goodbye, which is a good thing because I looked back into the classroom and teared up. When I looked through the window at him, my heart leaped into my throat. He looked so big sitting on the rug listening to his teacher with his adorable hands folded in his lap. Oh my, what a little crumb-cake.

Mor-Mor picked up Casey today at 11:15 a.m., so he could ease into his new schedule. Thank you Mor-Mor! It really helped me this morning knowing that he was going to be picked up and taken out to lunch on his first day! Tomorrow he will go to Discovery Club and get to know those teachers.

So, the first day is over. I look forward to getting to know his new friends and their parents and everyone at his new school! Yeah for Casey!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Kindergarten tomorrow

 Casey starts kindergarten tomorrow, in Mrs. Collins' class.

I am listening to him yell at me from his room that he is not tired. He is pissed off that his Dad just took Erik and Curly on a walk and he is in his room, in his bed. Erik took a 3.5 hour nap this afternoon, Casey did not. Casey is not an early riser. He likes to get up at 7:30 a.m. This is great, except that school starts at 7:55 a.m. This week we will all be adjusting to Casey's new school schedule; Discovery Club after school and twice a week soccer practice.

I want my kids to go to sleep so I can prepare lunches for tomorrow, clean-up, pick-out my work clothes, answer a few e-mails and sit on the couch and zone out! I am feeling a bit emotional about tomorrow. I know Casey is a bit anxious about his new teacher, school...all of it. Tomorrow is going to be great! Tomorrow is going to be fine!! Tomorrow is going to be over tomorrow. YEAH!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

No accidents

Yesterday as I was driving around I accidentally stumbled upon a country western radio station and George Strait's "The Breath you Take" was playing. I had never heard the song before. Oh my goodness, tears were just streaming down my face. Yeah, I'm probably just a little hormonal this week, but isn't unusual that a beautiful song can make me cry. I love lyrics. I will say to Pedar all the time, "Don't you love that song? You know the one that goes...." Pedar will say,"Oh, I never heard the lyrics before!"

You just might miss the point
Trying to win the race
Life's not the breaths you take
But the moments that take your breath away

I have never wanted to be a stay-at-home more than I do now. Casey is starting Kindergarten and soccer and I feel so pulled in so many directions. I want to be available for his school, for his soccer and for him. I am just going to pray that it all works out and I can get off work on time and be at all of his important moments. Casey knows I love him. He knows I would do anything and everything for him and that will have to do for now.

"The Breath you Take" sung by George Strait

Dean Dillon/ Jessie Jo Dillon/ Casey Beathard)

He looks up from second base
Dad's up in the stands
He saw the hit, the run, the slide
There ain't no bigger fan
In the parking lot after the game
He said, "Dad Ithought you had a plane to catch?"
He smiled and said, "Yeah, son I did

But life's not the breath you take
The breathing in and out
That gets you through the day
Ain't what it's all about
You just might miss the point
Trying to win the race
Life's not the breaths you take
But the moments that take your breath away."

Fast-forward fifteen years
And a thousand miles away
Boy's built a life, he's got a wife
And a baby due today

He hears a voice saying, "I've made it son,"
Says,"1 told you dad,
You didn't have to come,"
He smiles and says,
"Yeah, I know you did""

But life's not the breath you take
The breathing in and out
That gets you through the day
Ain't what it's all about
You just might miss the point
Trying to win the race
Life's not the breaths you take
But the moments that take your breath away."

Just like it took my breath when she was born
Just like it took my breath away
When dad took his last that morn'

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I love you anyways

"No one said it would be easy, but no one said it would be this hard." -- Sheryl Crow

When I first had Casey, I had a bit of postpartum depression. I didn't realize I was depressed till it was almost over. I cried every night. I had sundowners, when the sun went down, I cried.

I had always been so good with kids. I couldn't understand why my baby couldn't be like other happy babies.  With happy babies all you had to do was feed them, hold them, change them and they slept and cooed. Casey would spit up what I fed him, he had to be held high up on my shoulder and hated being layed down. He didn't even like walks. My neighbor Lori came over one day to visit me. She could tell I was pretty fragile, although I had a fake smile plastered to my face like armor. We had only been talking for awhile and Casey started to wail. She said, "Nora, sometimes you have to let them cry. Make sure he is safe and then just go outside, take a few minutes to calm down, and then go back in." She assured me he would get bigger and not cry as much. She was right.

Those nights when I laid down to bed I prayed that the night would be easier. Please God, please let Casey not cry as much tonight. Please let him sleep for four hours in a row. I would pray to my Grandmother(s), they each had seven children. I would ask them to please help me. I would ask for help and for guidance. 

Casey wasn't an easy baby, but I love him anways.

I guess when I think of my marriage and even my relationships with family members, friends and even neighbors...what I want is for them to love me anyways. Love me in spite of my faults. Love me when I'm wrong, when I'm annoying, when I'm not my best...just love me, no matter what and I will do the same.

I am choosing to love anyways. I'm going to love my husband every single moment, even when he gets under my skin. I'm going to love my boys, even when they make the house a mess, yell at me and cause me grief. I'm going to love my family, co-workers, neighbors and my friends even more when they get on my nerves, because that's what you do when you love someone. You stick it out, you grow together and you pray for guidance, patience and anything and everything you need to get through it to the other side.

I'm blessed to have people in my life that get on my nerves, because it means I have people in my life!! I will look it at that way!
Colossians 3:13

"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Inaugural flight: F22 raptor RC plane

Pedar flew his F22 raptor RC plane for the very first time tonight. He used yellow corrugated plastic to build the plane.  It took him about five hours. He got the pattern online, ordered the motor from a guy in Florida and the controller from a guy in Connecticut. Last week he tested the controller and soldered together the motor and the battery.

Tonight was the night...would it fly?

Our neighbors, Lou, Lori and Kyle joined us at the school grounds to watch his inaugural flight. Pop-Pop Jim, Erik, Casey and I were all watching with anticipation as well!!

The plane took off with just a bit of wobbling, but with each flight, Pedar handled it better.

It flies great! I mean, oh my goodness, he made this plane!

How crazy wonderful is that?

Good job, my sweets!! Well done.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hike to Bassi Falls

This afternoon we drove up Hwy 50 to Bassi Falls. This morning we ran an errand for my Mom and visited her for awhile. The boys hadn't seen her since her surgery. Casey was really nervous to see her, he was afraid she would look sick and be in pain. The first ten minutes at their house, he was really nervous. Once he saw her get up out of the recliner and move around, he was so happy. Nana is going to be OK!! She is still a bit pale and shaky, but she is doing great! We are all so happy that she is home and healing!

So after our visit, we jumped in the car and headed up the mountain to Bassi Falls. Erik slept the entire car ride. Thank you, God! Casey did not, but he did really well. It takes about an hour and a half to get there and that is just way too long for Casey. But once we got there, he forgave us. He loved jumping on the rocks and swimming in the little swimming holes made by the run-off from the falls.

Erik loved the water too. He tries to do everything his brother does...which can be scary when big brother is climbing boulders and jumping over water holes and swimming in very cold water. Some day, little buddy, some day.

Today was our last day of vacation. We all go back to work tomorrow. Casey only has one more week at Village Montessori and then he begins Kindergarten at Mission Avenue. This week we learned that we all LOVE being outdoors. We also learned we can do anything as a family; camping, hiking, bike riding, wine name it, we can do it.  We don't have to wait till Erik is older. We are going to enjoy it all now and LOVE it!

Directions of Bassi Falls
~ Hwy 50 about 20 mi East of Placerville
~ L (north) on Ice House Rd, drive 16.6 miles
~ R on unmarked dirt road (road 12n32a), just after crossing the bridge over Big Silver Creek (opposite Big Silver group camp).
~ Drive .2 miles to junction, turn slight left uphill...continue another .8 miles another junction, turn right...then continue .7 miles to the trailhead.