September 27, 2008
September 26, 2008
I hope to see this movie this weekend!
Opening weekend is the one that counts!
A ticket purchased for this movie is like a vote "against Hollywood." Yay!
So, go if you get a chance. : )
We are having a homeschool teen game night tonight but hopefully we'll make it tomorrow night.
I'd love to hear what you thought about it!
Have a great weekend!
September 23, 2008
Isn't it cute?!
Thank you Mom to Five Kids!
I'd like to give this award to some of the blogs that I love.
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of those you’ve nominated
Susan at Houseful of Maidens ~but she'll have to change that name since she just had the cutest little BOY!!! Go and see.
Toni at In the Midst of This Season
Jamie at Little Bit of This and That
Tammy at Butterflies of the Moment
Leslie and her new blog at Blessed to be a Blessing and
Yvonne at Grateful for Grace
You all bless the blogosphere! : )
September 22, 2008
I've never been to a political rally before so I had to keep answering the kids' questions with "I don't know" and "Remember, this is an adventure."
My friend was on the side of the building that John McCain exited on and she was able to shake Cindy McCain's hand. -Which I hear is very small and well manicured. : )
September 15, 2008
Cooked chicken breasts shredded or left over rotisserie chicken
Red grapes cut in half
Mix it all together! That's it!
I don't remember how much soy sauce I use. Just throw some on and taste it. : )
I serve it inside wheat pita pockets. OH YUM!!!
Great for taking on a picnics!
Certain picky people who shall remain nameless would rather go for "the peanut butter and jelly option" when I serve this but the rest of us really like it. Let me know if you give it a try.
September 14, 2008
Ahhh! ; ) But that's ok.
We celebrated on Saturday.
Every year I choose to celebrate it the same way.
-At the beach with my sweet family!
I LOVE the beach!!!
We go in the late afternoon, play in the water together, have a picnic dinner and watch a beautiful sunset!It's always so relaxing and fun. -My hubby is actually enjoying the beach now. Whoo-hoo!Hurricane Ike gave us some big waves to body surf and incredibly HUGE shells were everywhere! (the size of my hand)
We found a piece of board in the water and that made us wonder what it's story might have been....
Andrew had us picking out shapes in the clouds and then
this flew over us! It looked like so much fun. You could tell that he was having a GREAT time flying low right over the water.
On the way out, the draw bridge went up right in from of us, which is always fun to see. Some tall sailboats went through. It was a beautiful night. As we waited, we had our windows and sunroof down. My goofy, sweet hubby was blasting a Kirk Franklin song and rocking our van back and forth. Too funny. -Life isn't boring around here and I'm blessed to spend it with my favorite people. : )
We are celebrating 17 years! whoo-hoo!
Here's my favorite picture of that very special day! : )
~And here were are in San Diego last year reenacting the photo with our precious kiddos in it! ; )
My dad tried really hard to get the same exact view. But there was a woman at the edge of that large rock doing some kind of sun worshipping dance for a very long time and we couldn't wait her out any longer! ~Gotta love California! LOL
The kids weren't too thrilled about having to pose in our smoochy picture. : )
September 10, 2008
We didn't end up walking the whole length of it. It is 1.7 miles -REALLY, unlike that 1.7 mile hike in Tahoe! LOL! We cut it short because we had so much to do. ~It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be for someone who is afraid of heights.
By the time we left the bridge, we knew it was time to feed our gang and so we went in search of Golden Gate Park to have our picnic. Golden Gate Park is HUGE. We found out later that where we had lunch was barely even inside the park!
The GPS was a big help in finding Lombard Street! ~"The Crookedest Street in the World." And for the thousandth time that trip, I was glad it wasn't ME who was driving! I sure wouldn't want to live on that street, but people do and it was fun to drive down it. Now, the hill you had to drive up to get there was something else. Wow! STEEP! Not something I'd want to do with a stick shift. AHH!
After the boat ride it was time for chocolate and we walked to Ghirardelli's.
My hubby wanted a picture of his chocolate loving girls here. : )
Carlos, treated us all to dinner at In-and-Out Burgers ~which is the place to eat if you are visiting CA.
~But only if there aren't any run-down looking taco shops around because THOSE sell the best Mexican food on the planet. : )
September 9, 2008
During the drive up, I heard Andrew tell one of his cousins that "This isn't an everyday thing for me." : ) (No, not when you are a Floridian!)
Then came the hike back up. Let's just say, it couldn't have been 1.7 miles. Everyone we saw said that couldn't be true. One man measured it on his pedometer and he said that just part of the way was 2.2 miles. All I could do was gasp out a hearty "Amen" to that because I thought I just might pass out! I had to laugh when M said "I take it you aren't exercising anymore?" : ) True, but I'm going to blame it on the altitude and thin air! Don't ya think that's a good excuse since we live below sea level and the elevation was over 7,000 feet!!! Well, it works for me! -Now, don't ask me how the rest of my below sea level-living family handled it....LOL! (I'll have to get back to jogging)
Saturday was Uncle P's birthday and the kids decorated the house for the Napoleon Dynamite party. 'Vote for Pedro' signs were everywhere. We all watched the movie again. Then the cousins acted out their own scenes from the movie using a Napoleon wig and glasses from the party store... They made some really cute videos with Nathan's Flip Video. So funny!!!! Maybe I'll get savvy and see if I can post one here on the blog.
Sunday we went to church and then relaxed. We also extended the birthday fun into that evening when we eventually had a good time with the Tina the Llama (once a unicorn) pinata. And since this was a testosterone loaded event, Tina became an archery target before she was busted open for the candy. : )
Monday we had some field trips to take! My sister-in-law is a home school mom too.
~Who knew they lived 20 minutes from where gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill! I was so excited. Don't you home school moms get a thrill out of studying something and then seeing it in person with your kids?! I LOVE that! So, we headed off to Coloma to see the museum, the mill and the American River. Here's James Marshall looking mighty well at 260 yrs. old. (ha ha) His discovery of gold started the California gold rush!
Since we were still on a Napoleon kick, my hubby told us all to do a "Kip pose." : )
Next stop was the Jelly Belly Factory for a tour!~But first we had to drop off my hubby and Zach who could not be talked into that field trip! : )
And don't ask Nathan what he thought of the drive! (It was longer than we expected, lets just say that!) But, we ended up having a great time!
Who knew they had "gag flavors?" Such as toothpaste and vomit. We didn't try those.
But we found out that 2 blueberries and one popcorn jelly bean equal something that resembles a blueberry muffin...or maybe it was blueberry popcorn!? Anyway, pretty yummy. And we brought home a 4 lb. bag of 'Belly Flops." -Cute name for the deformed ones. Or as somebody said 'the ones that fell on the ground." LOL!
The next stop: San Francisco...
September 6, 2008
I may not understand much about the game but I have learned this...
So, fill me in. ~What are your family's favorite game day munchies????
September 5, 2008
My BIL and SIL live in a rural area of Northern California. Its beautiful country.
We enjoyed their gorgeous pool and the lake near their home. We had lots of games of pool volleyball.
September 3, 2008
Yesterday (which still seems like it might have been today)
we drove into San Francisco and spent the day running around to all the fun sights that we could fit into 8 hours...
Then we headed to the airport and caught a plane home at 11:00 PM and flew all night. We landed at about 8:30 AM and not a one of us could remember what level or color we'd parked our van in the long-term airport parking!
Thank goodness for the elevator and the panic button on our key chain! LOL. We're a little delirious. : )
I'll be back with posts and pictures when I catch up on my sleep.