Wednesday, March 30, 2011

T-ball practice

Go Braves!
Last night we had t-ball practice. Several practices and two games have been canceled because of all the rain we've been experiencing. The sun is shining this week and the boys are ready to PLAY BALL! The boys were eaten alive by mosquitoes last night, I will never forget the darn bug spray again!

This is Casey's first year playing, so he has a lot to learn. His first game is Thursday. We need to work tonight on throwing, running the bases and paying attention to the game!
Goofy Casey!
Scratching a darn bug bite!

I brought my "big mama" camera to practice last night. I am having so much fun with it. I am going to sign up for a beginner digital photography class at the Learning Exchange soon so I can really know how to work my new baby!
Erik loves playing at the park during practice!

My adorable little man!
Pedar surprised us by getting off work a bit early and meeting us at practice!
Erik was happy to see his Daddy!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Once Upon a Lily Pad

Casey performed in his Kindergarten class play tonight, "Once Upon a Lily Pad." Casey played the part of the protective and wise Alligator who tells Freddie Frog to "Listen to your parents."

Casey's cheering section! We had so many friends and family come out to support Casey! 

The play was about Freddie the Frog losing his self confidence. He wanders all around the pond, he finds that a lot of other creatures have talents he wishes he had. The birds, the turtles, and the the fireflies all have their own special talents. What can Freddie do? He learns that each of us is special if we just let our own light shine!
Who is that cutie peeking out?

Casey sure let his light shine tonight, and we are so proud if him!

Mrs. Collins and her super wonderful Kindergarten class!

Lennon and Casey = World's cutest Alligators!


Last night we were playing outside between storms and Pedar and I stopped and looked at one another and said, "I'm starving!" We didn't want to cook, so we all jumped in the car and drove to Jack's Urban Eats. I was afraid it would be packed with people because of the rain, but it wasn't. It was wonderfully empty. We don't take the kids out to eat much for several reasons. One of the reasons is because they don't sit still and I end up getting irritated and one of us ends up walking Erik around and I'd rather eat rocks. It is so much easier to bring take-out home or just save the green and make dinner.

Anyhoo we were just sitting down to enjoy our meal when it started hailing! It was so exciting. We all watched it hail for about 30 seconds and then it was over. Then it started raining really hard and the half the sky was light and half of it was really dark.

Driving home from Jack's we saw two rainbows and it hailed again. The most exciting part was when we saw lighting and heard big booms of thunder. Erik thought the thunder was great."Oh no, tunder! Tunder Mama, Tunder!!"

We got home and Pedar made a fire and we unwrapped our new computer!! Our old computer was older than Casey and it was showing signs of declining health. Thank you tax man for our return! We had a cozy wozy night in our little house listening to the rain and playing with amazing new technology. I was wrapped in a blanket of gratitude. If only Erik had slept better last night I would be up and raring to go. I feel about 60% today, nothing three or four cups of coffee can't handle. I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Samson and Erik = no more curls

I took Erik to get his first "real" haircut today. Like the story of Samson, I was afraid that if I cut his beautiful curly hair, he would lose his supernatural "cute" powers.
"Honestly?! I can't stop being cute!"

"Huh? Me? Oh yeah, I am cute!"

"Oh Yeah! They like me, they really like me!"

"The pressure, man, the pressure to be so good looking!"

This pose right here. This one. The one with the blankie, the mi-mi and the binky, with his feeties crossed on the couch at o'dark thirty watching Clifford. This is what makes it so hard to go to work!

Not liking this cutting nonsense!

Nana forcing Erik to smile through the torture!

Almost done, you got cuter!

All done! So cute!

Casey in his uniform for the Braves!

I don't want Casey to read this and feel left out. Yeah, I said it, Casey is reading!! Casey is so flipping cute in his baseball uniform. His first game was rained out this week. We are hoping to begin baseball this Saturday.

Casey wears a size 3 shoe now. His pants that I just bought him in December are high-waters and his jacket is too short at his wrists. Casey is getting so big, but he still wants to ride on his Daddy's shoulders, cuddle at night, share a bath with Erik and sit on my lap when we read. I love you little man. It must be hard to be so growing so big, so fast. You can sit on my lap and be held as long as you'd like, but your back-talking nonsense better stop pretty damn fast! You better hang up your clothes, put your toys away and do your homework without an argument or I'm going to call Pop-Pop Ken and ask him for some drills to run you through. Are we clear? Roger that! Over and out little buddy.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

This is a phrase that I grew up with. My Dad would repeat it often. Several times a day when I am out visiting doctor's offices, I am SHOCKED by how rude people are. Really? Does it really take that much effort to say Please and Thank You? 

Manners are habits. If someone is rude to the barista or a medical assistant, they are most likely rude to the other people in their life. My sister saw the light one day after her ass of a boyfriend at the time was rude to a barista. Something finally clicked that he was an ass to everyone, not just her, and it wasn't going to get better when he finally got a different job, different apartment, different car, had more time to work out, his knee felt better, had more money....yada yada... homeboy had every excuse for his lame behavior! His two days a month of happiness was just not enough for her. Lord knows I did the happy dance when she let him go.

Definitely shouldn't have made this slide!

In no particular order, here is my "Just because you can" vent....

~ Just because you can take the last roll of TP and not replace it, doesn't mean you should
~ Just because you can not wear make-up, doesn't mean you should.
~ Just because you can get dressed without a bra, doesn't mean you should.
~ Just because you can roll out of bed and go to work looking like you rolled out of bed, doesn't mean you should.
~  Just because you can watch someone do all the work, doesn't mean you should.
~ Just because you can step over a mess, doesn't mean you should. Bend down and help clean it up
~  Just because you can live in a neighborhood and never know your neighbors, doesn't mean you should.
~ Just because you can have a broken down car, horse trailer or RV in your driveway, doesn't mean you should
~ Just because you can ask for something without saying please, doesn't mean you should
~  Just because you can receive without saying thank you, doesn't mean you should
~  Just because you can hold a grudge, doesn't mean you should
~ Just because you can share your grumpy mood with others, doesn't mean you should
~  Just because you can fill every single room in your house with stuff, doesn't mean you should

I know I sound grumpy and I'm really not, I'm just a bit fired up. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Margery's performing on April 10th

My talented twin sister is performing again in Sacramento! Yeah!! Buy your tickets to Margery's show TODAY! It will SELL OUT!!

What: grahamarama
Title of show: Margery Bailey is a red delicious pink lady!
When: Sunday April 10
Where: William J. Geery Theater, 2130 L St Sacramento, CA 95816

Time: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Tickets: $15 (cash only at the door!)

Click on link to order your Tickets for Margery's show, April 10 7 or 9. She SOLD OUT both the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows last time she performed for grahamarama.

If you are not able to buy your tickets online, please call 916.798.6352.

Here is a clip from her last show:

More clips from her other shows.....

Friday, March 18, 2011

Goodbye Baxter

Leif, Sierra, Ava and Lola said goodbye to their wonderful dog Baxter today. Our hearts break knowing that they are in pain. We are so sorry that Baxter is no longer running around making you smile. We will always think of him and remember his funny ways. We will miss him diving under the covers on our next visit. We will miss the way he inhaled his food like a vacuum. We will miss the way he would wait for you to wipe his little feet dry when he came in from the backyard. Goodbye Baxter, you were so easy to love!
This is the picture my seven-year-old niece Ava drew tonight. It is called "Baxter in Heaven"

The time has come I think you know
the Lord is calling so I must go
I love you so much; I wish it wasn't so
I wish I could stay; I don't want to go
You're the best family a dog ever had
so kind and gentle, never mean or mad
I'll never forget the day that we met
I was so lucky to become your pet
You opened your door and showed me your heart
I'll never forget you; we'll never part
You loved me and cared for me over the years
you taught me everything and took away my fears
The Lord is calling now I must go
but before I go I want you to know
I know it hurts to lose a friend
but I'll always be with you even to the end.
  ~ John Quealy 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today Pedar and I celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. Tonight we are going to have dinner with friends, we will "really" celebrate on Saturday.

I was trying to think of what to write today, and I feel kind of blocked. I wrote this in 2010 and this in 2009.

Nothing I can say will even come close to explaining the love that I have for my super hunky hubby. I expect to be married to this man for 50+ more years, so this tenth anniversary seems kind of teeny tiny.

I knew early on that Pedar was one of the most patient, caring and loving men I had ever dated, but he continues to surprise me. Recently he stayed up late finishing my homework. I was supposed to make the signs for the school auction, but I was busy with work, so he made all seven of them. If I ask Pedar for help, I know I will get it. Pedar has such empathy for others. He wants you to be happy, he wants you to be successful, he is a giver. Watching Pedar with our babies is one thing, but having watched Pedar lovingly care for his Grandma and Great Aunt, was magical. It was like I was given a chance to see what he would be like with me when I am 80+. There was nothing Pedar wouldn't do for his ladies, yes, even bathroom stuff, and to me that wins medals. When G.G. would stay with us at our house so Mor-Mor and Pop-Pop could have a break, Casey was only three-years-old at the time. He was a lot of work all by himself, but G.G. at night was like a newborn, and Pedar always stepped up to the plate.

I don't know many young men that give as much as Pedar and I truly believe that is why I am so happy. Give to your women boys and they will give you smiles in return!!

I have learned in the last ten years of marital bliss that he cannot read my mind. He will never WANT to clean and organize, but he will help because he wants me to be happy.

Sometimes I look at our boys and then I look at Pedar and I say, "Look at what we did!" It is a pretty incredible opportunity to be able to raise these gorgeous boys.
So, cheers to another 50 years my love. I look forward to everyday because of you. I love you.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

LOVE, not judge

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
~ Mother Theresa 

I dare you to focus on how alike we are and less on how different someone is or how they annoy, bother or do it less better than you. Find something to LOVE about the person you are judging. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Help the Cox family!

Kaci & David Cox and their gorgeous children

Our school, Mission Avenue Open Elementary is grieving the passing of Kaci Cox. Her six children attend Mission and I hope as a community we can wrap our arms around this beautiful family.

Kaci's story: "After an extremely courageous two year battle against small cell cancer, Kaci Morgan Cox passed away peacefully on March 7, 2011. She was 34 years of age. She is survived by her husband David, and their six children ranging in ages from 3 to 12 years old: Nephi (3), Gloria (5), Helaman (7), Vilate (8), Hyrum (10) and Faith (12)."

"Kaci was truly one in a million, with an infectious laugh and heart of gold. The effect of her ever positive attitude and love for life reached far and wide. Her influence extends beyond her own family. Please read more about Kaci, her fight against cancer, and some of the people she has touched along the way."

Are you ready for your close-up?

Pedar and I went to Costco the other night and finally bought a “Big Mama” camera. We bought the Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera. It came with two lenses, a bag and of course a really cool camera.

I haven’t really played with it much. I tend to hold-off on my new toys for a bit. I don’t want to hurt them and I am so excited about owning something so awesome, that I put it away until I can give it more time. I did this with my Kindle Pedar got me for Christmas too.

The new camera takes high-definition video too! We are so excited to film Casey’s play next week and his t-ball games. Get ready youtube, Mama Nora is going to keep you busy.

Here are some pics from our old camera that we took the other night while on our bike ride. The boys LOVE feeding the ducks.
Erik didn't mind leaving his helmet on!
Loving the size difference right now. So cute!

 Here are photos Pedar took with our new camera!
Pop-Pop playing "take Erik's binky game!"

Po-Pop and Casey reading from his favorite book, "The diary of a wimpy kid!"