Sunday, May 31, 2015

Angel Island

On Friday morning Erik and I drove to Tiburon to take the ferry to Angel Island.

Four years ago Pedar and I went on this adorable field trip with Casey. Pedar just took a week off for Yosemite, so he couldn't join us, we missed him but it was good for Erik to see that Mom doesn't need Dad on hikes. Mom can read a map and get to the top just like Dad.

We hiked to the top of Mt. Livermore with Sam and his Mom. Poor Sam fell pretty hard  and scraped his knee, but he was a brave little trooper and just kept hiking as his knee bled.

It was foggy at the top, but after we ate lunch and headed down the mountain, the sun came out!
Erik is a great hiker. He never complains and skips the entire way up and the runs the entire way down!
The sun came out for our last hour on the island. It was a gorgeous day!

Happy Hiker

We love you Mrs. McClain. Thank you for a great kindergarten year!!

We are ready to have a great day on Angel Island with Erik's class!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Here comes Summer!

Here it comes. We can almost taste it!!
The boys are on countdown for Summer vacation. School is out next Thursday, June 4 and back in on Thursday, August 13. Eight weeks of no homework. We don't have gigantic plans for the Summer, just a couple of camping trips and a lot of playtime by the pool.
I just want the boys to relax and play outside till dark. The kids will be at Discovery Club at their school most mornings until a grandparent can scoop them up and hang out with them while we are at work. I am grateful for grandparents. Casey is going to a skateboarding and rock climbing camp. Erik is excited about his soccer camp. I'm excited about playing outside and enjoying the warm evenings.

What are your summer plans? Here is a short list of items I want to do this Summer:
1. Attend a concert in the park, or three
2. Ride our bikes to breakfast/lunch/dinner every weekend
3. Take long bike rides
4. Teach boys to make simple meals
5. Go hiking
6. Host a lot of swim parties
7. Art and craft time
8. Dance and karaoke fun
9. Clean up backyard
10. Hug a lot of family and friends

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

He lost it!

This weekend Erik's front tooth finally fell out.

His disc golf game was awesome after he lost his tooth!!!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Fear of pain

Erik has a front tooth that needs to come out. I tried to pull it yesterday and I made it bleed a little bit, and now he doesn't trust me to try again. I told him the pain won't last long ,and that if he let me pull it, he could talk and eat normally again. Nope.

I fear pain. I have been experiencing a lot of pain in my neck and upper back lately. I don't talk about it much because its just stupid. I've been going to acupuncture for over a year, but I think I pissed it off  when we took out monster bush recently. I was helping lift and pull all the branches into the trailer for a couple of days and I overdid it.

Last month, the pain was crazy. One morning, I was just trying to sit up in bed and I could not find a way to get up without causing crazy pain. I was stuck. I finally tried to push myself up and the pain was so bad I passed out. Unfortunately, I did it in front of the boys and scared the crap out them.

I was in a bad car accident back in 1998. A big rig moved over into my lane. He had two empty flat beds. Looked kind of like this, but with another flatbed.
I was driving a Geo Metro. Just like this one. Hey, I was ahead of my time. Doesn't it resemble a Toyota Prius?

The truck driver moved over into my lane. For a minute I thought he would move back, but he didn't. I tried to move into the fast lane, but a car was coming, so I swerved and my car swerved back into the truck that was still moving over to me. I then was attached to the truck. When I finally moved down the flatbeds,  my car started spinning across all the lanes. I hit a smaller truck while spinning, that thankfully slowed me down and I ended parked, nose in, on the guard rail, close to the 16th street exit.

After stopping, I remember feeling my body for injuries. I remember being stunned. Two people ran up to my car and asked if they could pray with me. They did and then they left. The driver ran over to me and said, "Oh my God. Are you OK? I didn't even see you!" He changed his story for the police report. It was ruled both of our faults.  How did I not see a big rig?  

I was left with terrible whiplash. I had smacked my head really hard on the side window and had weird swelling on my elbow from smacking the stick-shift and on my left ankle from smacking the clutch.

The injuries were bad. The pain to my finances was even worse. Having to buy another car when your three payments away from paying off a car, really hurts. I worked full time after college and waited tables at night to make ends meet. The crazy fear of driving next to a truck was terrible and led me to several hypnotherapy sessions. I was a beast after the accident. I would grab the wheel of the person driving while in the passenger seat. I would make this horrible noise when a car changed lanes too close to me. I'm much better today, but boy, I still don't like trucks.

Today the neck stuff is making itself more known. I wish it would go back in hiding. I have sharp pains when I look up to rinse my hair in the shower. It takes my breath away and makes me make the scary surprised noise. I have numbness down my right arm as well. I dropped a completely full coffee cup the other morning. That sucked. Sometimes, after I dance a little too much, it feels like my neck can't support my head. It is a very scary feeling. I'm trying to remove that dance move from my repertoire.

We all have something. We all have pain and ailments and getting older only makes these issues complain louder.

We have to make the best of whatever were gifted with. Just look at our dear friend Chris who had major spine surgery in 2004. Look at this awesome video he made to show the quality of life he has now!  

As I walked into work this morning behind a little girl in prosthetics, I felt humbled. Everyday is an opportunity for a HUGE humbling at Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Northern California. These children and families inspire me daily.

You know who was there for me the day of my accident? Pedar. He came and picked me up and helped me feel safe. He said the same words to me the other morning when I passed out. He held me and told me, "Your OK. Your OK!" I am so grateful for his constant love and support. It has carried me through some hard times and continues to carry me. 

I don't want to fear pain. I am going to hug it out and learn how to dance with and around it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


This morning after I dropped off the boys, I circled back to the house to grab my lunch and finish putting on my spackle, I mean make-up. I found Curly perched on top of the couch in our bedroom, settling in for an exhausting day of being adorable. I went over to give him a kiss goodbye and felt like I needed to capture his cuteness for you all.
Here Mom. Here is a little kiss for you. Have a good day.
Oh wait! Here is a big kiss, I love you lots, let me slobber on you.

I'm not sure if I have shared this Sean Hayes video with you yet, if I have, oh well, here it is again. I just love it and I know you will too.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

4 of my favorite things....

 I had this desk at Western Health Advantage and I miss it. I miss standing. As with all new challenges, I don't have a good routine quite yet at work. I am eating at my desk a lot and researching during breaks. I need to get off my ass and move more. This desk may need to be purchased very soon to help me in my efforts.

My friend Jenna shared her Bobbi Brown Art Stick with me while we were getting ready for the wedding and I loved it. My lipstick stayed on for all the pictures and even into the night.

Carina made me a green monster smoothie a few months ago and I was hooked! Now, if I'm really lucky, Pedar makes me one in the morning. Tiffany has great recipes on her site.

I love this shirt.