Friday, December 19, 2008

On Tuesday Jodi had a Winter Program, up until it was time for me to leave her side, she kept telling me that she was nervous, and that her tummy hurt. It was so cute! But the kindergartners did a great job. I didn't get very many pictures though, I was at the complete opposite end of the gym. So I sent Amber and Breanna crawling on the floor with my camera and cell phone to try and get pictures. The children sang several songs, including Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (not only did they sing this song, but they used sign language also), The Dreidel song, a Kwanzaa song, and a very cute Hawaiian Christmas song.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


It is finally here, the day has arrived! After almost 4 years Jared is no longer working the GRAVEYARD shift!!!!! APS has decided to do away with this shift! Yippee Yi Yay Ki Yo! Can you see me doing cartwheels? Wait, don't picture that! Sorry! The girls and I are truly jumping for joy! Jared will be on a somewhat more normal schedule now. Tonight is his last night of working from 10pm to 8am. We are somewhat spoiled though, with the graveyard schedule Jared would work 4 10's, he would start work Sunday night and Wednesday night was his last night of work. We loved it because when we would want to plan camping trips work never really got in the way. The thing that we didn't like about this schedule was that Jared was always tired, grouchy, and not himself. His new schedule will be working Monday thru Friday from 3 in the afternoon till 11 at night. The best part for us is that Jared will be on a more normal sleep schedule. The not so fun part is that the girls may not be able to see their Daddy during the week, and Jared and I will need to be more aware of our girls needs. Mainly meaning the time that they get to spend with their Dad. This means that their will be more Daddy/Daughter dates in store for the girls, and well camping will become difficult now. But we know that everything will work out the way it is supposed to. But we are asking that you keep us in your prayers as we figure this new and exciting stage in our life out.

Ok, so onto the exciting part of our evening! For the past almost 4 years, we have had blankets hanging in our bedroom window to help keep light out. (Yes, I was too cheap to go and buy black out curtains!) The blankets would come down about once a month so that I could wash them, then they went right back up. So, we have now taken them down officially (hopefully) forever!

The before shot! Well kind off! Jared thought of me blogging about this after he had already taken the blankets down. So he kind of put them back up for dramatic affect.

Jared taking the blankets down! The thing you can't hear is the girls shouting for joy in the background!

The finished product! I think I want new window treatments! The kind that would let in beautiful daylight!

Monday, December 8, 2008

My KiNdErGaRtEn SwEaTeR!

My Grandma Linda loves to knit her grandchildren sweaters. We get one when we are born, and then when we start kindergarten. Since I started kindergarten this year it was my turn to get a beautiful sweater that Grandma knit. I couldn't wait until she sent it. Then this last week I finally got it. It is so beautiful, Thank you Grandma, I LOVE IT!

This is Jodi sportin the new sweater.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Well, as you know we went to the Imperial Sand Dunes for Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful time with friends. We left Wednesday afternoon after I got off of work, Jared pulled the girls out of school early and came and got me. We got there after dark so the girls didn't get to ride, but they got to play with friends while the adults set up camp. On Thursday we started riding, and the weather was perfect, and so was the riding. It had rained really good the day before, and when it rains the sand is perfect to ride on. We had allot of good food for Thanksgiving diner, we had a big pot luck, with at least 15 other trailers, 6 of us from AZ, and the rest from CA, but everybody new somebody somehow. Good yummy food. We always seem to eat better when we are camping, or food just taste better when camping. The best part of the whole trip is that we didn't get stuck in the sand this time. Thanks to a 4X4 truck. The not so fun part of the trip is that Candace got sick, she ran a fever most of the weekend so I spent most of my time at camp. I just felt horrible for her. So here are some pics of our wonderful trip. I didn't get very many pics,because I would forget that I had the camera, and would forget to take it with me when we went on big rides. This is Amber taking the kids for a ride around the camp. And yes, she is only 9, and can barely see over the steering wheel of the golf kart, but she is so good at driving it, and watches out for everyone and thing. This is Jared leaving to go on one of the many rides the guys went on. He is on the motorcycle all deck out in riding gear. I will not let him ride unless he has the garb on, because I have ridden with him before, and he is a little crazy.This is video of Amber getting used to riding her dirt bike in the sand.

All in all we had a fun time. The only thing that bothered me was that there were way to many people there for my liking. I think that I am an off weekend kind of girl. I wish that I had sent my camera to the Sand drags with Jared, he said that the drags were a mile long. I would have loved to see that. I also wish that I had taken it with me both of the times that we went to the hill, ton of people there also.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Ok, so this story may gross you out a bit, I was grossed out, and still am about this situation that happened to me. It all started Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I woke up and wasn't really feeling well, I took the girls to car pool, and started working. After I got off of work I went to go and pick up Jodi and Candace from school and then went to Fry's so I could get the grocery shopping done for the trip to the Dunes. We were in the store and had a couple of things in the basket when all of a sudden Jodi announced LOUDLY that she had to go to the bathroom. Mind you, when Jodi tells me that she has to go potty, she had to go 20 minutes ago. So, the loving mom that I am, took Jodi to the bathroom, I DON'T LIKE PUBLIC RESTROOMS! I decide to help her because all of the toilets have (I don't think I need to say it, you know what I'm talking about) in them. We choose the cleanest one (which wasn't very clean)(Why people can't FLUSH the toilet after they have used it is beyond me), I set my purse on the purse holder in the tiny stall and proceed to help Jodi, she proceeds to smash her finger in the door, I turn ever so slightly to help her and my purse falls, into where you ask, the toilet, my purse chooses inside the toilet of all places to land. At this time I am more concerned about the $250 Dooney and Bourke purse that the girls bought me for Mothers Day last year rather than Jodi's smashed fingers. I grab the purse and pull it out as fast as I can, and as I look down at the toilet I see half of the contents of my purse still sitting in the toilet, I am thinking to myself "Is all of this stuff really important, do I really have to stick my hand in that toilet to retrieve the contents of my purse?" So I grab my wallet and my sunglasses and left all of the pens that dropped into the toilet, and the chap stick, and the lotion, and my pocket knife (because I didn't know that it had fallen in) walk to the sink and proceed to dump about 4 inches of lets just say water into the sink. I clean out the purse to the best of my ability and wipe all of the contents down, and while I am doing this a cute little old lady came in asked me what had happened I told her the jist of it, she then looked at me with this sarcastic look on her face and said "Well, Happy Thanksgiving to You, Huh!" At that point I wanted to go home and cry. The sad part of all of this is that I still had to finish shopping with said purse on my shoulder. I can't look at the purse the same. So several people have suggested that I sell it on Ebay. Not sure if I can, but this is a warning to all of my friends and family, if you see this purse on Ebay listed by speedyja don't buy it.