Friday, March 9, 2012
I joined in and ran and jumped in the sprinklers today with the kids. It was one of those fun moments of laughing and being silly that I wanted to cherish, but not ruin by running into the house to get the camera. Hence, no pics, just memories this time. It makes me remember that I love being a mom to these kids.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
My sweet girl and I baked some cookies yesterday for our Valentine boys - dad and brother :)
I think she was more excited about liking the chocolate spoon than anything else!
I tell you, that girl LOVES her some chocolate. Nothing wrong with that, just saying it is big time for a 3-year-old. I guess there is no arguing that she is Andy's and my child!
We also got to share some with our neighbors and friends Luke & Drea, who all probably love seeing the kids more than the cookies.
Good thing chocolate on your teeth is cute when you're 3.
And happy valentines day from this cool dude.
Future stud muffin.
Recently, one of Titus' favorite book is a farm book that he received for his birthday. So sometimes we jokingly call him a farm boy. And Annaliese chimes in that she is a farm girl too. Well, even though we live in LA, the kids do get a good taste of the country every time we go visit my family. Last time it even included a tractor ride on Opa's big Ford, only the tire pictured below.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!
We went to Kidspace Children's Museum on New Years Day. It has been so warm here!
The kids got soaking wet and loved every second!
As a bonus, we had to park near the Rose Bowl and got to see some of the floats that were being decorated! This our Cal Poly's "hero-themed" float.
We got to see Roy Rogers' daughter here at her father's honorary float.
They had to keep misting the flowers since it was so hot!
Of the 5 or 6 we saw, the Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer red wagon float was our favorite.
Today the kids and I went to Santa Monica with my friend Jayme, her two kids, sister and her grandmother.
My kids love the sand and water. Titus especially just wanted to go head-long into the water. He would cry when I would lift him up when a wave would come up above his waist.
Just another sunny January day in So Cal. Winter, what?
Sunday, December 11, 2011
So I've been really busy, which has been a good thing for this year. Another reason that I haven't posted on this blog regularly is that I've started another blog for my Bradley classes. It is unfortunate that I neglect one for the other, but I'm trying to remedy that, obviously :)
Being a part of MOPS leadership has been a fun part of this year as well. I am both the Asst. Coordinator and the Hospitality person. The bummer is that we all have pre-schoolers, so leaving the house by 7:45 to set up and staying until noon to clean up, bringing food and having leadership meetings once a month in addition to 2 meetings per month ends up being a lot, especially since it is not particularly close to my house. I've loved it, but probably will be stepping down next year as Andy's year will be much more crazy when he starts rotations next August.Our church has been a wonderful blessing this year as well. In July, we changed churches from MBCLA (Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles) which we had attended the first year, to Grace Pasadena, a relatively new (about 3 years old) PCA church. The fellowship we've found there has been such a reprieve from the loneliness that I experienced last year, even amongst the church and small group that we were a part of. There are a lot of young families there, many of whom are also new to the area and need an "extended family" just like we do. So it is a great fit. Plus we convinced a couple med students to go there, including Andy's friend Tyler and Luke & Drea - bonus! :)
It is hard to say which is the biggest factor in this year being much better, but definitely one of them would be Andy's schedule. Whereas last year he had 36-40 hours of scheduled lectures, labs, group activities, and then would have to study and go in to the lab on top of that, it was a lot of time away from home. This year, he has significantly less required time at school and he has become an avid "web-caster" meaning that he watches the lectures on his own time (in double speed, mind you). They also don't have anatomy etc. that keeps him studying in the lab. It has been wonderful for me and he's gotten to see the kids a lot more.
Having two kids is busy, but no longer having a newborn and not nursing has also contributed to this year being easier. We're looking forward to having more kids, but not sure exactly when that will be. I think I'm also glad that we weathered the 2.5's and are into the 3's. To be honest, it is still really hard to discipline with love and consistency and lots of grace, but at least I don't feel as much like I got broadsided with all these discipline issues like I did last spring when it came on so strong and suddenly. Annaliese is very smart and catches onto the slightest little things. I have to remember that even though she's so smart, she is only a toddler. Titus is really beginning to exert his little will and is both sensitive as well as stubborn, not surprisingly. They are both delightful, of course!
Christmas time will be fun and a lot of traveling. After Andy has his final on Thursday, we'll go up to Tahoe for a weekend with friends from SLO. Then we'll visit Andy's family in San Jose until Friday. Finally, we'll go to the Valley to visit my family for a week. We'll be back in Alhambra for New Years, I think we'll probably miss it. I guess that's when you know you've begun to make a place your home - you miss it when you're away.
We all already knew it, but my honey really is the crème de la crème. His fellow students really look to him as a leader and for help with school stuff, rides, and personal stuff, and yet he can also be found cleaning the community student refrigerators before school once a month with a couple of other CSF students. Amazingly, he still throws Annaliese up in the air (we're talking WAY up in the air) and throws a ball with Titus when he gets home and also helps me do the dishes and takes me out for a date when we get the chance to sneak away. What a guy. I don't deserve him, but I thank God that he's mine! :)
P.S. Thanks, Shannon, for telling me to update my blog. I do love it. I just get overwhelmed with the fact that I can't seem to get it all done to the degree that I wish I could. :) Something is better than nothing, right!?!