Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This afternoon we heard Jimmy over in Bella's corner. He was sitting next to her with his scriptures in front of her nose. "Bella, look at this page. Its a good one.... Read this page Bella.... We don't eat the scriptures Bella... We just read them." I think he is preparing to be a great missionary. Dogs need to learn the gospel to I guess.
Thank you Grammy for the wonderful scriptures. They have created many precious moments in our home.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
And I have to report that she is a FANTASTIC dog. She is already housebroken. When she comes inside the house you lay down a towel, say "down" and she lays down until you tell her she can get up. She plays soccer with the kids. (Eberly is thrilled about that). She doesn't bite. When you tell her "no" she actually stops. She even gets along with Betty Boop. Betty did make sure that Bella knew who was queen bee though. The only issue she has had thus far is the leash! She is so mortally offended that we would even think about putting a leash on her. She plants her buns down and just sits there. I have been watching the Dog Whisperer and I even bought his dog training cards. I used his technique and it worked. She actually walked on the leash yesterday! Go Ceasar!
Those that know my Katie know that she prefers animals to humans any day. This morning she told Eberly that she thinks she is half dog and half human!
So, yes I might be crazy, but I have to admit, I have been sleeping a lot more soundly knowing I have a guard dog. AND the kids happiness is worth it :)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
What a great day! It started out with someone being so extremely generous. I wish they could understand how much they have blessed us. Today was ALL about family. I agree with Eberly. I wish every day could be like today!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
I just wanted all of you to know I have not vanished. I have just been laid up in bed with that horrible bug! I have been trying to catch up on reading. I will try and start catching up on my posting too here soon. Have to catch up on the week of housework first!
Love you all. Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.
Friday, November 7, 2008
If you have any great side dish recipes... PLEASE send them on over. I know so many of you are great cooks and very creative so I am very excited to see what you can come up with.
THANKS A MILLION!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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4 Years ago... Our family was made complete with the birth of our little guy... Jimmy.. Here is a little slideshow of some pictures from the last 4 years. It has gone by so fast. We are so greatful to have him in our home. We never have a dull moment with him in our home :)
Happy Birthday Jimmy!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The kids all clapped when it was all done. Sara called me and screamed "COOL! DAD IS FAMOUS!" You would have thought he won an emmy. The kids were on cloud 9. They said to me "We can't go to sleep now, MOM! We are too excited."
I love how proud they are of him. I am proud of the work he does. Next Friday Mike is getting a special Sheriff's Certificate of Lifesaving. He helped to save a man's life and Sheriff Kolender will be presenting him with an award at a special ceremony.
If you weren't able to watch the episode, you can watch it on the website:
They will have it on the website for about another week. They have said that he might be on again. I will keep you all posted. Love my man in uniform!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Deputy Jason Phillips of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department responds to a ‘code cover’ assistance call. (It is Mike asking for the "code cover")
You will see two bald men with their weapons pointed at the "bad guy". The one on the right, closest to the cop car is Mike. Mike took down 6 people, one with a loaded double barrel shot gun. Deputy Phillips is Mike's best friend at work. You get to see how well these two work together.
Monday, October 13, 2008
5. I LOVE animals. If I had lots of money and lots of land, I would love to have dogs and cats running around everywhere.... I am a sucker for those sweet little faces. All they want is to be loved and I am more than happy to give them the love that they need and want.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
We still got that chance. Our great neighbors Frank and Ona were just called to serve an 18 month mission at the Bishop's Storehouse. They have been so great to us, so we offered to come down today and help.
What a fantastic day! We got there first thing this morning after dropping the kids off at school. Frank and Ona were nice enough to allow us to bring Jimmy along with us. We spent the day helping others. We stocked shelves, assisted families and other various tasks that were needed. Mike also got to drive a forklift. :) Jimmy even helped by stocking shelves and stacking boxes. The day was spend doing labor, but not once did I feel tired. It felt fantastic being able to help our wonderful neighbors and also those that are struggling right now. You could see the look of relief on their faces when their cars were filled with food. You could actually see their shoulders being lifted from the weight they were obviously carrying.
So, no... Mike and I didn't get our date night. Instead we spent hours together serving others. It was a great day!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Last night she had an indoor game (yes I lost her "scoreboard" during my layout mishap)...It was a tough game. We played an all boy team who have some fantastic players on their team. They also play extremely unfair. I am talking shoving in the back and pulling on our shirts... But that is a whole other story. Well, they lost last night and Eberly didn't score a goal.
Out of the blue she says "I KNOW WHY WE LOST LAST NIGHT! I wasn't wearing my lucky underwear."
Little did I know that my 9 year old daughter has lucky underwear that she wears for her soccer games. I guess it is never too young to be superstitious :)
Friday, September 26, 2008
Katie has dealt with the same thing too. This is the first year that Katie has had actual friends that are girls. She had been playing with boys the last two years. I can't say that I blame her.
Just had to vent. I guess this is a great lesson for our kids. It teaches them how it feels to be left out. It teaches them how to treat others. It teaches them to just roll with the punches. Unfortunately we are going to meet some mean people in our lives, but at the end of the day it is our family that matters.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
So I shaved his head. He was quite funny through the process. He thought it tickled. Then he caught a look of himself in the mirror. He actually almost cried! I asked him if he liked it and he said "NO! I look ugly!" I showered him off. He got dressed and went in search of his hat. For the next hour he kept on repeating "I look ugly!"
When it was time to pick up his sisters he told me that he wasn't going to tell Ebi, Katie and Sara that he cut his hair. He didn't want them to see how "ugly" he looked. Poor little guy. I guess that will teach him a lesson. Well, girls, I guess we aren't the only ones that cry about a haircut that we don't like.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I had been feeding them apples, orange juice, vitamins with extra vitamin C; I make sure they are in bed at 8:00 every night; I disnifect the door knobs, toys, faucets, basically anything they touch; but no luck....What do you guys do to keep the "germs" away.... I am at a loss...
1 down; 3 to go
Saturday, August 23, 2008
So, it was asked if playing on an "all girl" team would be okay. I had to laugh.. They don't know our girls I guess. Eberly is playing with 5 of her good friends. They are all really good soccer players... and more than that they play with each other. Team play is essential in soccer. The 7th player on the team we just met last night. But she fit right in.
Right before the game, the other team looked at ours and one boy started heckling and saying how they were going to "kick our butts", since it was an all girl team. Lets just say that the game ended up being quite frustating for that little boy. The final score was 6-1! Eberly scored 2 goals last night. One of the things I loved about watching the game was seeing how the girls fed off each other. There were a few girls, that were more reserved and not quite as "go-getting" as the others. But they showed a new level of confidence last night. I couldn't help but think that having a cheering section from their own teammates had something to do with that. It is amazing what a dose of encouragement from your friends can do.
I guess that boy learned his lesson. Never underestimate the power of a group of girls!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
So, yes, I have been asking myself why is this happening to me? Here are some of the conclusions I have come up with:
1. To make me realize and appreciate how great our ward is. I have mentioned our sweet, dear neighbors across the street. (The one that planted the apple tree) Mike went over to borrow a heating pad. When they got to church they informed the bishop/relief society president about how sick I was. (I did not know yet what was wrong with me). As soon as church was over we got a call from our home teacher and our Bishop. Our neighbors, Frank and Ona, came over immediately to offer dinner and to make sure we were taken care of. They made us a fantastic dinner last night. So good in fact that Eberly said "Gosh Mom. You should get sick more often". I also received a call yesterday from the relief society saying they would like to bring our family dinners for the next couple of days. I felt silly accepting since I was already feeling so much better and Mike would be home; but they wouldn't take no for an answer. They offered to pick up the kids too. What a great ward we have.
2. To again gain appreciation for the Power of the Priesthood. When Frank and Ona came over, right before I went to the ER, he and Mike gave me a blessing. What a wonderful experience. While I was still in pain, it was not nearly as severe as even a few minutes before. Instantly I knew I was going to be okay.. Because trust me, I thought I was going to die.
3. To appreciate my friends. I had planned on taking the kids and one of Eberly's friends to the beach tomorrow. Those plans have now changed so I called my friend to cancel the "play date". After I told her what happened, she offered to take the kids to school (even though they attend different schools) and to make us dinner on Thursday. I told her that I should be fine on Thursday and it wouldn't be necessary. I told her I would feel silly if I was totally up to par and she was bringing me dinner. She just laughed at me and said "SO WHAT!!!!" "Now it is one less thing you have to worry about on Thursday."
4. Mike now knows what I have been through. He has had 4 trips to the ER in the last year and a half. It has been quite stressful. He now appreciates what I went through and how hard it is to see your sweetheart suffering.
5. It has also helped Mike to appreciate ME in general. He has been so worried about me that he has been waking up all through out the night to make sure I was okay. He has also come to realize that those dishes don't wash themselves and those clothes don't get clean magically.
6. To make ME appreciate housework. It is amazing how quickly you miss being able to do the little things. I get yelled at right now if I even try to do some cleaning. I actually miss being able to clean my own house. But I am supposed to be resting.
7.To make me appreciate my health. I think sometimes we take for granted feeling good. Those that are mothers understand that we are in a constant state of tired. But when we get sick we realize how strong we really are. I miss being JUST tired.
8. Made me realize how much I am loved. Mike contacted Dad to let him know what was going on. I don't think a half an hour went by where he wasn't texting Mike asking how I was and what was happening. He called yesterday just to see how "his girl" was doing and to have Mike hug me for him. Mike's cell phone died in the hospital... Since we live only minutes away he went home to get mine. When he got back he had beautiful home made cards from the kids. Mike has barely let me breathe on my own for the last day or so. He has told me how much he loves me over and over again. My mom and sister have called regularly to check on me and see how I am doing. And my friends have also showed such great love and concern. I am so thankful for those who have shown me such great love.
So basically I am not happy that I have gotten sick. But I think we need to look at the bright side of things in order to survive them. So yes... I feel awful! But, I have gained a lot through this experience too!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
She has done it again! She played indoor soccer last night. *(this picture is from her outdoor season last year; not from indoor) Her team won 8-6. Eberly scored 3 goals again! We are so very proud of her. Even if she didn't score any goals, the fact that she has such enthusiasm and drive. That is what makes us proud of her.
Mike and Dad were not yet back from their trip. So I made sure to text them when she scored. Her first goal was at 7:55. Her second goal was at 8:03 and her third goal was at 8:08! I guess Dad was amazed that she was able to not only score 3 goals, but also under 10 minutes.
Way to go Ebi!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Metal Box
Last weekend, we celebrated my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary. This morning, they left on a long awaited trip to Hawaii. They were as excited as if it were their honeymoon.
When my parents married, they had only enough money for a three-day trip fifty miles from home. They made a pact that each time they made love, they would put a dollar in a special metal box and save it for a honeymoon in Hawaii for their fiftieth anniversary,
Dad was a policeman and mom was a schoolteacher. They lived in a modest house and did all their own repairs. Raising five children was a challenge and sometimes money was short, but no matter what emergency came up, Dad would not let Mom take any money out of the "Hawaii account." As the account grew, they put it in a savings account and then bought CD's.
My parents were always very much in love. I can remember Dad coming home and telling Mom "I have a dollar in my pocket," and she would smile at him and reply, "I know how to spend it."
When each of us children married, Mom and Dad gave us a small metal box and told us their secret, which we found enchanting. All five of us are now saving for our dream honeymoon. Mom and Dad never told us how much money they managed to save, but it must have been considerable because when they cashed in those CD's they had enough for airfare to Hawaii plus hotel accommodations for ten days and plenty of spending money.
As they told us goodbye before leaving, Dad winked and said, "Tonight, we are starting an account for Cancun." That should only take twenty-five years.
I hope you all enjoy this story. I LOVED it and wanted to share it with all you.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Eberly scored 2 goals in less than 4 minutes. In this league if you score 3 goals, you are not allowed to score any more for the rest of the game. She was beaming! She was so excited.
The thing I absolutely love is that Eberly has proven that you can become good at anything you want to if you just practice and give it your very best. When Eberly first started soccer a couple of years ago, she could barely dribble straight... But she practiced and practiced and practiced... You rarely will see her at home without a soccer ball close by. She is always dribbling up and down the hallway or teaching her brother and sisters how to play outside. I am so proud of her. She has become that soccer player she is today because she didn't give up.
Happy Birthday Sara! I am happy to report that Sara was free and clear of all pain to celebrate her 6th birthday. Sara decided that she wanted to go to the beach on her birthday. So she got some fun in the sun and a fun little sunburn. I kept on trying to convince her that she was turning 5, but she wouldn't fall for it. Instead of having me "pre-buy" her birthday gifts, she decided that she would rather have me take her shopping. Smart girl! She said she wants to have some "alone" Mommy time, other than sitting in the hospital. Me Too! We Love you Sara!!! Happy Birthday!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Not the case. She continued having severe stomach pain and it was getting worse. So Monday morning I called to get her into Dr. Rosenfeld. The only problem was that she is so popular I couldn't get her in until 3:00. I was nervous about waiting so long since that morning she woke up very weak and couldn't even walk really well. So I decided to make an appointment with "the other" doctor. Another mistake. She thought that it was a bladder infection and dehydration. So after two seconds she wrote us a prescription and sent us on our merry way.
By the afternoon, Sara was still getting worse. She was weak, the pain seemed to be increasing and she was not keeping anything in. So I called Dr. Rosie to see if there was something I could be doing in the mean time to at least help comfort her. Love this woman. While I was on the phone with her, Sara was throwing up. She heard her and said "You need to get her down the the ER right now. She needs an IV." She told me that she was probably getting dehydrated and the IV would probably also help with the pain. She said it is amazing what an IV will do. She also told me to not back down and make sure they give her one.
So, Monday afternoon we got to go back to the ER. And to make a really LONG story short... Once they started the IV, she started to perk up. I had an amazing doctor who was very thorough. He took another x-ray, drew some blood and really showed concern for our little one. Fortunately it all turned out well. It all turned out to be a really bad case of constipation. Once they "relieved" that problem.. she is almost as good as new. Sara was a brave little soldier too. Not a single tear through the whole visit.
So I am greatful for Dr. Rosie and her amazing way of knowing how to take care of my kids.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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