Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Granny Awards starring Erik as Captain Hook

Nana helped with his pirate look. He started feeling a little nervous. He told me, "When I'm up there, my face turns red and my stomach feels funny, but then I feel better."
Running down the red carpet to the stage!
Erik played the part of Captain Hook. He was the emcee for the Fairytale awards show.
Nana and Mor Mor joined us at the show! Thank you for cheering on Erik and his adorable friends.
The show was great. I loved what Mrs. McClain said at the end, "I never know what show I'm going to see. I really like this one, hope you did too!"

Erik's class created this quilt. It will be an item at the auction. I would love to win it!! 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dean!

We want to wish Dean a happy birthday! We're taking care of his adorable Ferno while he and Dags enjoy some spring training fun in Arizona. Have a blast, man!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Love is all around

Love is receiving this text message from Pedar.

Love is helping Casey get dressed up like a 1950's guy for retro day at school.

Love is enjoying time and a gorgeous walk/bike ride after work with Pedar, Curly and the boys and running into awesome neighbors.

Love is these two. The love in their hearts is so big it makes me cry. We are so lucky to be their parents. Look for love. You will find it is all around you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I am my own superhero!!

Girls can be their own superheroes! Don't wait to be rescued. Rescue yourself! It is OK to be different. Take risks.

I loved this TED talk. I saw John at the TedX Sacramento Salon event for Women in December. 

I hope you take two minutes today to pose like a superhero!! Enjoy!

By--Seth Godin (Check out his awesome blog)
We spend way too much time teaching people technique. Teaching people to be good at flute, or C++ or soccer. 
It's a waste because the fact is, most people can learn to be good at something, if they only choose to be, if they choose to make the leap and put in the effort and deal with the failure and the frustration and the grind.
But most people don't want to commit until after they've discovered that they can be good at something. So they say, "teach me, while I stand here on one foot, teach me while I gossip with my friends via text, teach me while I wander off to other things. And, sure, if the teaching sticks, then I'll commit."
We'd be a lot more successful if organized schooling was all about creating an atmosphere where we can sell commitment (and where people will buy it). A committed student with access to resources is almost unstoppable.
Great teachers teach commitment.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Plan for tomorrow. Plan for what you want!

On Saturday my friend made this statement, "Make room in your life for change." I have heard something like it before, but it clicked more this time. We all get busy with our routine. We have to make room and set aside the time to make plans so change happens. We can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results. 

If I want to eat healthier, I have to print new recipes and bring a grocery list so I stop buying the same tired groceries. 

If I want to feel more secure financially, and feel better about the boys college and our retirement, I have to make a plan and work towards it.  

If I want a different relationship with a friend, or family member, I have to change the set-up. I have to try something new. I don't have to drag us through the mud to get there, I just have to ask for what I need and want and hope for the best. 

Time will keep moving forward whether or not I make a plan. I need to be more aware of the decisions I make everyday. Every decision creates my current life.

Cheers to looking forward, planting seeds and making plans. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wonderful weekend

This weekend was so wonderful. I didn't expect it to be because Pedar was feeling really sick Friday, but after starting Flonase, he felt 100% better!! I am sitting here feeling like I had a mini vacation. We made amazing meals everyday. We slept in. We hiked at Ancil Hoffman park. 

We made the yards a bit lovelier. Casey had a play-date that spilled over to dinner with his folks and these parents are so wonderful. What a heart warming evening. The boys went swimming and their lips turned blue, but they loved it! I cleaned our closets and donated a ton of clothes. We cleaned and dusted. Pedar and Casey's allergies have been so bad. We're desperate to remove as much dust as possible. The house feels happier, but it is probably just me.

Our neighbor put in this fence earlier this year and trimmed all of the rose bushes. We don't like the fence she put up, but she did us a favor by trimming the roses. We weeded and cleaned them up some more this weekend. They hadn't been touched for years and the weeds were terrible. I think next year we will roses to enjoy again. We are going to plant butterfly bushes behind them (block the fence) and artemisia in front. They are both drought tolerant and lovely. I can't wait to plant!!

Hope you all had a restorative weekend as well. Hope this week makes your heart smile too!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Feel good Friday

I want to bring your heart some happiness. Please watch this video from the Ellen show. Wow.

Past few days

These past two weeks have been crazy. Just can't seem to find my groove or get ahead of anything. 
We hosted a Montessori (preschool) reunion on Saturday. We had eight adults and 11 children over for fun!! We had a blast. It was so great catching up with the families we knew when our kids were itty bitty. 
The Montessori crew. 
Saturday afternoon was hot. The boys decided to try out the pool! 
Liam, Lila, Bridget, Chuck and the rest of us enjoyed the Marvel show on Sunday. It was a A LOT of fighting. I guess that is what superheroes do, but I was hoping for a little more conversation/story/plot/greater good and a little less action.

I was looking to share video of TedX speaker, John Marcotte, who I was able to listen to at the Women TedX event a few months ago, but I can't find the video. This fantastic father of two daughters created the organization, Heroic Girls, dedicated to empowering girls by advocating strong role models in alternative media. 
We celebrated St. Patrick's Day. We went to the Kilt Pub and enjoyed a gorgeous day.
Curly got a bath. He was stinky.
Pedar and Mor Mor went to a Kings game on Monday night! They had a blast. Now that Mor Mor is retired (WOOT WOOT!) she has more free time and we are grateful that she is hanging out with the boys more after school. Any hour they are not in DC is a great hour!!
Hurrah for gorgeous weather!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sneaky Salt it putting your health at risk

Had to share this funny video with you. American Heart Association is urging us all to ditch the salt.

The average American consumes more than twice as much sodium than the American Heart Association recommends, and nearly 80 percent of it is coming from pre-packaged and restaurant foods.

Your relationship with salt is putting you at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. 

AHA's goal is to secure 350,000 online pledges and build a movement to change America's relationship with salt. They will use these pledges to urge the FDA and food manufacturers to reduce sodium in the food supply.

Tell Sneaky Salt you're on to his game. Take the pledge today

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy 14th Anniversary to us!

Pretty proud of this marriage that Pedar and I have got going on.

We are 
imperfect and simple
forgiving and supportive
introspective and grateful
hopeful and loving
parents and best friends
and that is all we ever wanted to be.4
I love you, Pedar. Cheers to many more happy years.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Vicks helped!!

Last night as I was kissing Casey goodnight, I grabbed the Vicks VapoRub and put some on his feet under his socks. I was desperate to give him a few good hours of sleep. We have had the humidifier going and we've put Vicks on his chest, but I've heard about this technique of putting it on under socks and I thought I would test it out.

He still coughed last night, but when he woke up this morning, he said, "I think it helped, Mom! My throat doesn't hurt as much and I feel more rested."

That is proof enough for me. Just wanted to share. Hope you are getting the rest you need. Take care of your beautiful selves!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Never ending cough

Pedar and I had a cough in January. Then Erik got it in February. His came with a fever and vomiting. Now Casey has it. He stayed home with me today. He coughed all night long. He coughed all weekend. At one point on Saturday night in our hotel, I sighed loudly, slapped the bed and said, "I hate this night!" I don't like feeling so anxious, but hearing coughing is just the worst!! He sleeps for just short time periods and then wakes up coughing so hard he almost vomits. Yuck. Really hoping we can help him kick this bug quickly. Thankfully he already presented his Mission project.

We picked up Erik from Kindergarten and headed home for a hot lunch together.  I'm just going to love these little cuties and make them smile. They are my sun-shines, my sweet sun-shines!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What do you do to take care of yourself?

I haven't been making much time for my health lately. I haven't been exercising regularly, sleeping enough or eating right. I just feel like work and the everyday grind has beaten me down. I feel uninspired and bleh. I just keep getting up, getting dressed, going to work, getting kids, making food, etc. etc. I know I don't have a good routine going and I am not proud of it.

I knew I needed a change. I put out an SOS to my hairstylist last week and we met last night. 
She cut a lot of hair off and I love it. I'm hoping to keep making changes that make me feel more energized! Here's hoping this haircut brings more wonderful changes into my life!!

How do you take care of yourself? How do you make it ALL happen?

Monday, March 9, 2015

I lost an hour. Can you find it for me please.

The boys got up this morning, got dressed and laid back down on the couch and fell back to sleep. Getting to school by 7 a.m. --instead of  8 a.m.-- is HARD. 

Casey presented his Mission project today. He learned a lot from our visit to Mission Santa Cruz this weekend. We were able to see the small rooms where families lived and see how they cooked their food. 

I love that Casey's school gives the students the flexibility to choose what they want and how they want to share what they learned about their mission. Some students made a traditional model, but some created a painting or built their mission in Minecraft. Casey made a cookbook. He found four recipes that were made during the time period 1791 - 1887. We decided last night to make a video to show how to make Mexican hot chocolate. 

Did you know that hot chocolate was very popular among Mission Members, Neophytes and Priests alike?? We learned that the chocolate was brought from Mexico on trading ships. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

We love Santa Cruz

We drove to Santa Cruz this morning to wrap Casey's Mission project. He made an awesome cookbook. It has four recipes and we are going to make a video of hot to make one to share with his class. It was about 80 degrees today. Crazy gorgeous!! We went to the Mission, then the beach and then out to dinner. We've had the best day! We're grateful to Kealii who gave us great tips on where to go and what to do during or short visit! Thanks man, we love you!