Friday, October 31, 2008


Butterflies migrate through this area starting now and going through February. We went one morning with my dear neighbor Tina--seen here in the pictures and another friend. Gracie loved holding the Monarchs and I hope to have better pictures with thousands soon!!!

EarthBound Farms

This is a wonderful little organic farm (nationally known with many farms throughout our amazing country) about 15 miles from the house with a FARM STAND!! Next year I plan to spend MANY Saturdays there with the kids. These pictures were taken at the Fall Festival.


These first pictures don't do full justice of how cute they look--especially Jude. You'll see in future posts. They went from 70's kings to respectable little boys;)

Jude's 1st Birthday Part 2

Cake eating. It's an enjoyable thing.

Happy 1st Birthday Jude Part 1

We enjoyed a nice evening with friends for his first celebration. He seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself. Sorry about the red eye...I'll fix it one day.


My baby with TERRIBLE hair. I'm sorry Jude, I take full responsibility for it. I've fixed it now and the 'public seems to like it! Pictures to be shown later...

Yosemite September 2008

So, these pictures are priceless to me. After a LONG hike in Yosemites late summer heat and a couple of bottles of Gatorade later--check Charlie--this is what the kids looked like :) Gracie had that stick in her shoe. Jude was soooo happy to be out of the backpack! We celebrated with showers and a fire that night.

Yosemite September 2008

Beautiful scenery, no electronics, or household ammenities. :( It's a lot of fun, but a lot of work to bring the three little ones. Camping isn't what it used to be!!!

Gracie's Birthday (2 months ago. good golly)

I always plan to keep up with this blog, and as always I never seem to be able to. I just wrote the whole 'blog' story and then I erased enjoy the pictures for tonight.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Favorite Things

My Sister-in-Law started a My Favorite Things last week, I'm copying this week....
I read a book this morning to my children (a gift from the same person as above, her blog is Joyful Praise)
As I was saying, I read the book All The Places To Love by MacLachlan(author)/Wimmer(illistrator). The writing is precious and the paintings are wonderful.
I can't help it I cry and or choke back tears EVERY TIME I read this book. Go buy it or find it at your local library!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Is it Love?

Gracie asked for this cake for her 4th birthday. I would have done anything for her since Jason was on deployment. At the last minute she asked for this Shamu cake! Woohoo. I haven't been as fortunate this year. This is THE CAKE. Six layers, 250+ flowers, turrets...the list goes on. I have three nights to do frosting, flowers and bake the cake...wish me luck. I've procrastinated as long as possible in hopes for another bailout see the easiest cake ever. (I just had to make another link, the yearning for simplicity!)
What I won't do for that girl. I think I love her!
Wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Box Tops.

For years I have put off collecting Box Tops off of EVERYTHING, from diapers, Ziploc bags, snack boxes, cereal boxes, Campbell's soup labels, the list goes on. I think as a society we should do all we can to help some poor communities (or your child's school.) Our government wastes billions while so many American children sit in spaces that they should never be exposed to. While I am homeschooling my children, it may not directly affect my family. However, something needs to be done to help these communities and there is a simple FREE solution that goes in our trash or recycling daily.
Box Tops don't expire for a couple of years, they don't take up much space and my solution is to take a Ziploc baggie and put them in. Every year or so you could donate them to a school you think needs it the most!

I started two weeks ago and already have found in my house 25 Tops...Spread the love people.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Let's Not.

At snack time today:

Mom, let's make Jude a big brother.



Here I am and here She is. Wow.

Friday, August 22, 2008


Mom did you know later IS today?
Tomorrow is tomorrow.
How many more days until my birthday?

9 (me)

I know, then I'll be five.
I'm younger than you.

I know, you'll always be younger than me.

I'm younger than Papa too.

You'll always be younger than Papa too.

I want a baby sister.


Family Fun 1

Sorry Jason...this was just such a funny picture:) I had to share! This picture was taken at Gilroy Gardens when our friends came up from San Diego.

Yayyy, ice cream!!!

Brown eyes. Happy hiking.
I'm cute!

Family Fun 2

Jude at the Monterey Children's Museum.
Firefighter Charlie.
Pickin' berries.
Best Friends Forever :)
Waiting for Gracie.