Thursday, March 29, 2012

Open House @ Mission Avenue

Casey had his 1st grade Open House night at Mission Avenue tonight. It was warm and lightly raining, it was beautiful.

Casey's classroom was full of parents and excited kids!

Ms. Register is a gifted teacher! Casey won the lottery of teachers!

Casey wrote, "In first grade I want to learn to draw no stick figures." He knew what words he had spelled incorrectly and laughed about them! So cool!

Casey wrote a book with his buddy. His book was about making friends and being kind to others. Pedar and I are so proud!

I love that Casey wrote that his Dad takes care of his two fish. Pedar feeds the fish. I clean the tank! Who does more work??? Anyhoo! Another reason why Mother's Day is a bigger deal than Father's Day! Just saying!!

We are so proud of Casey. Pedar and I both leaked a bit tonight, looking at his artwork and his classroom. We just feel so grateful that Casey has had such a beautiful 1st grade experience. He has made friends, he loves his teacher and he seems to have a great amount of empathy for others!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Forgive and Forget

Forgive and Forget are one of the same. Having one without the other is similar to having a car without a motor. ~Nadia Walcott

I screw up a lot. I can say I'm sorry and hope, pray and beg that the person I am asking forgiveness from will forget. I think most of us forgive, but we don't forget. I worry about the not forgetting part. I hate being labeled. I want a clean slate. I want to feel fancy free. I want to be liked, is that so wrong? I REALLY try, you know? I try at home, work and with friends and I screw up just as much as everyone else, and I hate it.

I want to do the right thing, all the time. I wish I was more patient, a better listener, a better planner, etc. I'm not. I'm only mildly good at a handful of things. What I lack in expertise I try and make-up for in enthusiasm.

I am going to learn from my recent mistakes. I am going to slow down and be more thoughtful. I am going to plan more. I am going to communicate more. I am going to think about everyone involved and how my decisions will make them feel.

I will continue to speak my mind, even if my voice shakes, but only after careful contemplation. So much of what I really want to say, doesn't want to be heard. I end up causing more harm to a relationship that I value because I believe I need to say something. That is my ego. My opinion is not the MOST important or even right. If love/friendship/a working relationship is my intention than I will choose a path that is not destructive. I will choose words that will not judge or hurt. I may need to choose to not speak at all and listen more.

I believe that when we are REALLY clear about what we want, we will get it. Or you will get the answer that you need. I think the issue for me most of the time is I'm not really sure what it is I want. I only know for sure what I don't want. I want to focus more on what is possible.

Especially in my relationships that are less than desirable. I want to try and focus on what I want from that relationship. Maybe what I want is not possible. Maybe I need to accept more and wish/want less. Having no expectations and accepting what people are able to give is so freeing. I want more happy and less frustration. I can choose to enjoy what I get. I can choose to not dwell on the yucky parts and dwell more on what is working. Yes?

Cheers to choices.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Casey at the Bat!

Today was Casey's first baseball game of the season. The rainy weather has postponed Eastern Little Leagues Opening Day festivities. Casey is playing for the Giants this year with several of his buddies.

Our team Mom, Sarah, is beautifully organized. Each player had their own flexible basket to keep their helmet, hat, water and glove!

Erik cannot wait to play baseball!

Casey can RUN!

Casey was excited to get to play catcher today! We called him Dark Helmet!

Before the game Casey goofed off a bit climbing our tree!

Let's go Giants!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I'm reading this great book: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.
“A fascinating exploration of our pathologically habitual society — we smoke, we incessantly check our BlackBerrys, we chronically choose bad partners, we always (or never) make our beds. Duhigg digs into why we are this way, and how we can change, both as individuals and institutionally.” —The Daily

Here are a few of my good habits:
  • I have a notebook I bring with me to every meeting I attend. I create a to-do list about every other day in this notebook and prioritize that list several times throughout the week. These notes have helped save my bacon a multitude of times
  • I clean as I cook. I clean my house and office a little bit every single day. I try and make a place for every little thing. Everything must have a place where it belongs or it will not be put away
  • I make the kids lunches as soon as dinner is done
  • I lay out my clothes at night
  • I do a load of laundry every other day
  • I purge mail and paperwork every single day
  • I pay my bills as soon as they arrive to the house. I can set bill pay. This habit has prevented a ton of late fees
  • I say Thank You a lot
  • I smile and make eye contact
  • I say I love you a lot
  • I try to laugh a lot
  • I make time for dancing (kitchen, living room, car)

Question: What good habits have helped you manage your life?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Why are you so cute?

So yesterday I asked Erik, "Why are you so cute?" He smiled and said, "Because I'm happy!" If that isn't the best answer, I don't know what is!!!

Happiness = Cute
It hailed yesterday. I went to the store and came back to a very quiet house. I was just about to call Pedar and ask where they went and I heard yelling. I opened the front door to see Pedar, Casey, Curly and Erik running towards the house. Erik was peddling his tricycle as fast as his little legs would allow. It started to rain on them and then it started to pour and then it started to hail. It was a very exciting walk for the boys.
Poor Curly didn't like it very much!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day parade in Old Sacramento

Went to the parade this afternoon! We all had a blast!

Erik, Liam, Lila and Casey

Look at how hard it is to get a good picture of these kids!! Goodness!

Loved his beard!

Couldn't wait to get inside the warm car. That was a fun, but COLD parade!!