Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Birthday Nikki!!!

Nikki turns 7 today. My little pumpkin...always smiling and laughing. I feel badly that we didn't have a party for her. Stress is my middle name these days and unfortunately I just couldn't drum up the energy to throw a party. We hope to have one for her next year. Here are some pictures I took of her at schol and at home opening her gifts.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I don't know what's with me lately but I can't seem to get my energy level up. I haven't been sleeping all that well lately and it shows. Work is so incredibly busy and stressful. The other day I asked Ernie to check the lottery numbers. Maybe by some miracle of God we're millionaires and don't even know it (lol). Unfortunately that wasn't the case. If it were, right now I'd be on some island in Hawaii sipping a virgin pina colada, feeling the sand between my toes and not have a care in the world (except for my kids of course). But you get the picture? I'm just dreaming of course. It's okay to dream isn't it? I love the life I have. I can't imagine it any other way. Except for the job part of it and other stresses I could certainly do without. Other than that I'm good.

Friday is Nikki's 7th birthday. So after work today we went to the dollar store and bought some treats to put goodie bags together for her classmates on Friday. I'll either bake or buy some cookies or cupcakes and take them to her school and take pictues as the kids sing her happy birthday. Then in a couple weeks we'll take her to Knott's Berry Farm. The kids can't seem to get enough of that place. I find the older I get the less inclined I am to get on the really scary rides. I remember once I went on the dive devil free fall ride at Six Flags years ago when Lindsey was about a year and half old. What was I thinking? I wouldn't dare go on it now. Anyways Knott's should be fun and the kids are looking forward to it. We're going on November 8th . It will be a late celebration of Nikki's birthday if anyone wants to join us.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pictures Taken in Palos Verdes

One of my favorite places to go to take in the view is Palos Verdes. I love the openness and the cool breeze. It seems that no matter what kind of day it is, whether it's sunny or cloudy, you just can't go wrong with coming up here.

These were taken in the garden of the Waferer's Chapel. It's a glass chapel that sits atop a hill in Palos Verdes. The surrounding area is a beautiful garden that overlooks the ocean. Hmmm...maybe I should have taken a picture of the chapel. Oops! I forgot. Next time.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me

I took the day off from work today to take care of some appointments and things. My intention was to only take half day off but it didn't work out that way which was totally fine. Instead I got to spend the day with my dad. We had lunch and spent some much needed father-daughter time together. We laughed, we cried, we talked. Most of all I got to say things to him that needed to be said. In the end it was all good and definitely a day that I'll hold close to my heart forever.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Some fun videos of Nikki

As you can see Nikki just couldn't sit still. She didn't have any candy or soda, not that I know of anyway. She was on a natural high I guess.

Nikki just made up this tune on her own. She kept playing it and playing it until she had me cracking up. Kids are fun!!!

I finally got Nikki at the piano. This piece is called Malaguena. Enjoy!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

RV Show

We went to an RV show in Pomona today. We've been wanting to get a pop-up trailer so we can take the kids camping more often. We usually camp up in the Sequioa mountains every Summer but we're kind of tired of tent camping so we are hoping to take a step-up and try something different and better. We were looking at the motor homes as well and boy are they beautiful and expensive. It's like a house on wheels. They had the big buses which are the Class A's and the Class C's are the smaller less expensive RVs (less expensive meaning in the $50,000 to $80,000 price range). For now we want to get a little cheap pop-up camper (about $10,000) that we can tow. The only problem is our minivan doesn't have that kind of towing capacity. It can only tow up to 3,500 pounds and these campers are about 3,200 (unloaded) so that would be pushing it big time. So if we want to get a pop-up camper we need to trade one of our vehicles in for a truck that can handle that kind of load. I should have taken pictures but we left the house in such a hurry that I forgot to take my camera.

Friday, October 10, 2008

New Camera

Just trying out my new camera. I came home from work today and my darling husband handed me an unwrapped box in a plastic bag and said "Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas". To my shock it was a brand new Canon with a 28-135mm lens. Niiiiice!!! Now if I can just figure out what all the buttons are for and how to take pictures that don't show my wrinkles so much, I'll be a happy camper!


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Home Alone

The kids and Ernie are out visiting grandma but I chose to stay behind so I can get some much needed house cleaning done. What I need is a whole month to deep clean this house and maybe even do some wall painting and garage cleaning. Then I would need another whole month to just relax and regain my energy before going back to work. Since we had some remodeling work done on our house last year we haven't painted the living room or the hallway. It needs it so bad. Ernie would rather hire someone to do it but I'd rather save money and just do the work ourselves. I just hope we get this project done before the holidays roll around.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Another Cute Moment

As I am helping Lindsey with her music Nikki comes and hands me a drawing of me and her with a message that reads "Dear Mommy I will always love you more than anything else, Love Nikki". I hug her close to me and tell her I love her so much. She then asks "are you going to keep this forever and ever and read it when you're old and when I'm living far away from you so you can remember me when I was a child?". I said "yes I will keep it forever and ever but I don't want you to ever leave me, okay?" she just smiles big and says "okay mommy". I just may hold her to it!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Some of the things Nikki says are so funny. I wish we all had this innocence in us. She says "mommy I know why this is called a belly button". I ask "why?" and she replies "because it's on the belly and it looks like a button". It may sound corny but the way she said it was so cute.