Friday, January 30, 2015

Stem Cell Celebration Day!

Dad/Jim/Pop-Pop went into the hospital Wednesday afternoon to begin his stem cell transplant journey! Today, January 30, he received his stem cell transplant to treat his multiple myeloma. He has been waiting patiently to begin this process. We are all hoping and praying that this transplant will heal him of his myeloma symptoms!

Jim will be living at UC Davis for at least two and half weeks. The hardest part is that he cannot leave his 12 x 12 room. His immune system is very weak so we need him to take extra special care of himself. He has a small cycle exercise thing he can use to stay strong. He has his media and books. The kids cannot visit. But healthy adults can visit! 

We're praying that he doesn't experience too many yucky side effects. We're praying that his body does a beautiful dance with the stem cells. Jim said, "I am born again!" Happy Birthday, sweet Jim! 

Visitors get to wear the latest and greatest in scrubs! Get on down and try one on today!!
Awesome photo board in Jim's room.
Super Stem Cells to the rescue!!
The boys can't visit, but they send Pop-Pop huge hugs, love and encouragement! Thumbs Up, Stem Cells! Do your magic!

Please take a moment right now to close your eyes and hold Jim in your prayers. Hold Karen too. It can't be easy seeing your love not feeling well, going through some scary and yucky stuff. I know she wishes he was home. Lord knows he wishes he was home too. We are grateful for modern medicine. We are grateful for the amazing care that the UC Davis team is giving Jim. Thank you, God, for answering our prayers and giving this stem cell transplant to Jim. Please continue to heal Jim and give him the strength to power through the next few weeks. Amen.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A few videos I love

I love her! Never stop learning. Make your dent.  
 I love him! His energy and enthusiasm is fantastic!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Say Yes

I was going to run a half marathon again this year, but I want to try something new. Pedar and I are going to look for a new event to try. We've done the Bike Trek thing several times and I've run two half marathons. I didn't put in near enough time for training, but I did it. I want to try MORE things. I want to meet new people. I want to get uncomfortable. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone. And people, I want to dance. I'm telling you this because I need to make some dance magic happen. What do you want to do? What makes you happy? Let's do this!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Enjoy your life and forgive

If you've lived in Sacramento long enough, you have most likely have seen Reggie on the corner of Howe and Arden. I am so grateful to Sasha for creating this beautiful video so we can finally learn about Reggie. 

Reggie says he is still trying to figure out how to get it right. But if you listen to him carefully, I'll think you'll hear that he has a lot figured out.

"Enjoy your life. Try to make something of yourself. Try to be somebody. Try to get everything out of life that you can because you never know when your day is going to come. Enjoy your life, enjoy your friends. If you have friends that you've had trouble with, go talk to them, talk about that, shake their hands and say you are sorry. Let them say they are sorry to you. Forgive them. Let's all live together." -- Reggie

Reggie from The Film House on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bye Bye Monster Bush

Yesterday Pedar took down monster bush! I left before noon to drive my parents to my Uncle Martin's wedding in the Bay Area and didn't get home till after ten. I hired our sweet friend Shelby to watch the boys so Pedar didn't have to worry about them while tackling the bush. Thankfully, Pedar's Dad, Jim, hung out with Pedar while he was cutting the bush down, chainsaws make me nervous. I've hated this bush since we first laid eyes on this house. I can finally start thinking about beautifying our front yard now!!
Before: Monster bush blocked our view of the street. It made backing out of the driveway difficult. 
One more BEFORE: The bush was so big you couldn't even see cars parked on the street.
After: You can see the street and our neighbors beautiful house! We can see people walk by our house too! Yahoo!
Our great neighbor lent us his trailer so we could fill it up and take it to the dump. We hope it will take only three trips.  One trip down. Getting ready to haul more stuff into the trailer when he returns.
We have A LOT to put in the trailer.
But it is SO worth it!

Such a happy day!! So grateful for chainsaws, muscle, can-do attitudes and a kind neighbor!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I want to be a life traveler

I haven't traveled much in ten years. We have camped a little and visited family in Oregon and around the Bay. We've gone to the Happiest Place on Earth a couple times, but we haven't gone to all the places we said we would back in the day when we were young and naive and didn't understand mortgage payments, fixer upper houses, daycare costs and Paid Time Off. 

But on my drive to work today, I was thinking about an upcoming travel I am going to do this May to witness two people, who thought they may never find someone to spend their life with, get married. It made me realize that I may not be currently traveling to far off places, but I have been a witness to so much beauty.

Beautiful life moments: We watched Dagny and Dean get married this summer. I will never forget the looks of pure joy on their faces. We watched Erik learn to ride his bike. Casey became a rock climber and beat boxer. We welcomed Margery and Rita into our home for a month and loved seeing them every day. We watched our cousin Bob run his first half marathon. We've witnessed friends and family grapple with unpleasant health diagnoses with grace and courage. We cried at funerals, danced at weddings and held new babies. Several friends have gone through divorce and exited braver and stronger.We surprised our neighbors by jumping in their pool with our clothes on and thankfully they didn't mind! The boys thought we were crazy and I hope they always do. 

I don't want to LIVE for a special trip or vacation. I want to be a life traveler. I want to remember to OPEN MY EYES and see the beauty of life enfolding in front of me every single day. 
I am a witness to this beautiful life.

And because I have this song on repeat for most of the day, I have to share it with you. Hope you take a moment to REALLY dance to this song. You know what I mean by REALLY!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Focus on what is working

I have seen a ton of fantastic #gratitude2015 posts and I love them! It is always a great time to stop any stinking thinking and focus on what is working. I am going to try and not talk about or discuss with friends and family what is not working. Let's put our energy and time into making things better and less on what we don't want. What do you want? How are you going to get and STAY there? I want to be positive. I want to focus on my goals and I want to know what your goals are so I can support you.

We need to love our lives and ourselves NOW! Not later when we have this, or have done this, or lost this, or any of it. Now. We only are promised now. What are we going to do now?
I haven't made my 2015 grateful jar yet, but I am going to do this fantastic activity this year!

Pedar and I have a box where we keep little slips of handwritten dreams and goals. Just yesterday I opened it up and I read one that Pedar wrote back in 2010 about having a more flexible and meaningful job. That goal became a reality this July! We may have to move this box out into the living room so we can see it and fill it on a regular basis! Cheers to dreaming and being grateful!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Share your ideas

What if before every meeting, someone said the following:

Before we get started, I just want to state that everyone in this room is important or you would not be here. We need your input. Don’t be hesitant. Feel free to disagree with anything. Just say it. We want your point of view. Speak up.

That said, there are some folks that are negative and talk too much. If this is you, please pipe down so others can speak. Please be open to all ideas. Please be positive. 

I think the world would be a better place if most of us weren’t so timid. We should all feel safe to share our ideas.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Melanie!! Happy Birthday!!!

Wednesday, January 7 was my Melanie's birthday and it passed without me singing, hugging or any type of celebrating for my dear friend. I am sorry sweet Melanie. This brain fart is not a reflection on our friendship. I adore Melanie!!

We got to see her on Sunday and I was so out of it that I didn't bring her a cake. We have plans to party later this month and I cannot wait. Melanie is in the Sheriff's academy and she is on this crazy hamster wheel to get it all done and graduate on May 29. Since late July, Melanie goes to work in the day, then to the Academy at night. She only has Sunday's off. She has a ton of tests she is preparing for and needs every free moment to focus. She is racing around to make her future brighter and I am so proud of her!
We have been fortunate to be able to help Melanie a bit this year by watching Jake overnight during the school week a few nights. We have loved Jacob since he was 15-months-old. He will be ten-years-old in less than two months, gulp!

I have watched Melanie ride some crazy waves these last seven year and a half years, but she has come out stronger and more determined. She inspires me to keep getting up and moving towards a better tomorrow. We love you, lady! Keep up the great work. We can't wait to celebrate you at your graduation!!!

Last years post or a few years back to celebrate Melanie!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

How do we get better?

I remember when I brought home Casey and I kept saying things like, "No one told me the horrible parts about being a new Mom." When I think about some of the hardest times in my life, I wonder if someone could have said something that would have truly helped. What did I need to hear?  What did I need to know so I could feel better?

I think for the most part, we all want to hear that it gets better. But I think the truer statement may be that WE get better with our "IT".

Maybe the IT is moving on after losing a loved one, or dealing with an ongoing illness, pain or fear. Our IT may never go away, but we can get better about dealing/living/ with our IT. What other choice do we have? We GET to be here. We get to keep getting up and trying again. We GET to love. We GET to BE HERE. And that needs to be celebrated.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

He sleeps weird

Every night, as were walking down the hallway towards bed, we peek into the boys rooms to check on them. We find Erik in the weirdest positions. Last night he was like this. 
And when we check on Casey, his head is generally not on a pillow, his body uncovered and he is about roll off the bed. Oh, and did you know Casey sleep talks almost every night around 10:45 p.m.? 

I'm sleepy today. My hunky man snored a lot last night. I woke him several times. I think at one point he told me to go sleep with Erik. Um, No.

This back to school thing is going OK. Erik asked me, "How many more days till we have a 'home day'?" Only three more day buddy. Waiting for one of us at Discovery Club till after 5 p.m. for pick up, gets annoying for them, but we do what we gotta do. It's hard to have enough time at night after school and work to make dinner/eat, do homework, play, bath and story. Last night we were really behind and this morning Casey had 7 a.m. band practice. Oh well, hopefully we'll get back into our rhythm soon.

Good luck everyone!! Make it a great day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What is something new you are going to try?

What new things can I try this year to open my mind, arms and heart to new experiences? I want to try new things to help me grow out of my comfort zone and inspire me. Let's do this!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Today is great!

I have so much to be grateful for that everyday needs to be great day!!
Just look at this cutie shredding cheese for nachos night!! I am so lucky!
Look at Curly's tongue when he sleeps? So cute!!
I hung Casey's superhero masks above his desk this weekend and he loves it!! It's the little things, isn't it? I love making him smile!
Thank you, Aunt Dagny and Uncle Dean for making a bowling fan out of Erik! He can't get enough!!

I hung out with my beautiful cousin Stephanie and her family on New Years Day. I just love my cousin so much!

Our boys love one another! What a gift to have kids that love each other!
I'm so grateful for my empanada making man!! Here's to being more positive and goal minded in 2015!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Date night!!

Nana and Papa had four out of five grandkids stay the night at their house last night! Thank you for giving us time to enjoy a nice evening!
Pedar and I were so excited to enjoy a quiet evening together-- it felt like it had been forever since it was just the two of us. We got home from work, took Curly on a walk and then went out to eat and to watch a movie.
This banana cream pie was so good!!
Curly missed snuggling Erik, he woke up really needy. He wouldn't let us put him down. 
You can always find Curly snuggled next to Erik's legs at night.

I'm excited to spend some time at home cleaning and purging! We're going to get really organized for 2015!! 

Happy weekend everyone!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Mise en Place; Everything in its Place

I recently read this great article about Mise en Place by Oliver Burkeman. Mise en place means "putting in place."

The article spoke to me because it was about being focused and meticulous. Making a plan isn't enough. Making a plan in the meticulous, focused spirit of mise en place makes the difference. 

We all have limited resources, whether it be money, time, or energy. Bring mindful about what we are doing and how we are doing it can help us be more efficient. And being more efficient means enjoying LIFE and all that is has to offer MORE! 
This year I want to work smarter, not harder. I want to do the things that NEED to be done. I want to be systematic and calculated. I want to deepen my concentration and mindfulness.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hope you all enjoy a beautiful New Years day!!! Get out and play! We're going to go play on our green machines!  

Thank you for helping make 2014 a great year! I think this is the year we bring back some more flying adventures and a LOT MORE VIDEO!!!  
Here is something to start your laugh-fest!!