Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Friday night Travis and I took the kids to watch Peter Pan at the Van Duzer Theater at HSU. The kids made it through 2 hours of the show until intermission. I was impressed, and they were exposed to their first play. I will defiantely take them again, and maybe sometime we'll go be ourselves! Sometimes I like to just post recent pictures I've taken of the kids. For labor day we are going to Redding, and back to the waterslides. The kids are excited! (I confess, so am I!)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Inside Activities

It has been cool the past couple of days in Mckinleyville and I have found myself trying to come up with inside activities for the kids. I am sick of coloring books,video time, room time, and so on. I want a fun activity! I sound like a 3 year old. I am going to subscribe to Parents magazine, just so I can have some fresh ideas. Let me know who has a fun activity that keeps their kids on their toes.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Well, The kids and I had a great week last week. I will give everyone a break down of exactly what we did on our Mom's trip. Tuesday morning 8/15 Vickie (Mother-in-law) and I loaded our fifth-wheel hitch in our pick up hooked our trailers up, and took off for Lake Siskiyou!
Cole rode with Grandma, and Carly rode with Mom. This was my first experience towing our trailer and it was fine. I was nervous at first, but I got over it soon. It takes about 4 hours to get to Lake Siskiyou which is in Mt. Shasta City. Aunt Rita, Jamie, Branson, Annie, Riley, and Clint were already up there and we were looking forward to seeing them.
We made it to Lake Siskiyou in the afternoon, tired, and hot. We got camp all set up, which isn't hard with my home on wheels, and began to unwind. The Campground was really nice. Lake Siskiyou is very small and you can only go 10mph. It isn't the type of lake you bring your ski boat to, but they have an outrageous beach.
With a 1 and 2 year old the beach is the safest and easiest place to be. The older kids could rent paddle boats, and hang out.
Thursday 8/17 we packed up our camp and headed back to Redding. We arrived to our RV park around 11:00 and were at the waterslides by noon. We stayed at a place across from the slides, and the kids and I had a blast. The kiddy section was perrific for my cautious son, and my daredevil daughter. The Grandmas took the kids to the trailers to nap, but they just kicked back and watched a movie. I went to get them for round 2 of the slides and they were ready to go. I forgot how much fun visiting, eating snowcones, nachos, and relaxing could be. It was a perfect way to end my summer because school started yesterday! I hope to live through this semester, and possibly see the light next semester, we'll see! I hope everyone is having fun on their vacations.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Spread the Wealth

(Just thought I would include Carly in her basket!@ 15 mos)

Everyone manages their budgets differently, and I was curious if any of you have found unique ways or little tips to save a dollar here and there. In our house a large chunk of our money goes towards FOOD! Food is bad because it's expensive, and fattening, but you have to have it. I find that making a shopping list saves alot. I always have a shopping list going even if I got back from the store that day. If I notice that I have one of something left, I go straight to the shopping list and write it down. I also buy two of things that I need that way I don't have to run to SAFEWAY for those $20.00 last minute shopping necessities. Let me know how you manage to cut back on household costs.....

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

We're Back!

(This is five generations)

Hello Everyone! I am glad to be back and not flying in the air with a 15month old on my lap. I have a tendency to get "air sick" when there is turbulence, and Carly or Cole are sitting on me.

We had a great time in Missouri and Illinois. You may all be wondering what we did back there, but it was a blast. We drove around a lot, but we had to in order to visit my great-grandmothers, aunt, uncles, cousins, and grandpa. My mom's side of the family lives in Missouri and Illinois so we visited everyone in one big trip. Carly was TERRIFIC. She loved all the attention she was getting without her brother to steal the show. It is amazing how when I give her my undivided attention she doesn't have to whine for me to notice her.

Everyone knows that the mid-west, and the east coast were all experience heat waves, but while we were back there, it was pleasant and enjoyable. Rachelle and Janelle had fun as well and I love my sisters. They played with Carly and we all laughed and ate, until we felt "belly bombers" That is the new word for when you eat something that makes you feel like you could explode ie: White Castle, and Airport food.

We arrived home Tuesday at 12:00am and Cole was in my bed with his dad. He was sound asleep when I took him into his bed, and when I said "I love you Cole, he said I love you Mom" The kicker was he knew I was home, and he never opened his eyes. I missed him too much (In his words) but I loved spending one on one time with my little girl.

I learned that I love California, and I am content in my "one horse town"