Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Daily Living

1. Only for today, I will seek to live the lifelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

2.Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behaviour; I will not criticise anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

3. Only for today, I will be happy in all the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world, but also in this one.

4.Only for today, will I adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

5. Only for today, I will devote ten minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary for the life of the body, so good reading is necessary for the life of the soul.

6. Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

7. Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

8.Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

9. Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

10. Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for twelve hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

( Pope John XIII's Decalogue of Daily Life )


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ahhh...two year olds. Ya Gotta Love 'em.

We have Capri Sun drinks for the girl's lunches. The kids know that they are off limits. Here in the house if we are thirsty, we have apple juice or water -- but we don't touch the Capri Suns because they are needed for school lunches.

Well...try telling that to a two year old.

He thinks Capri Suns are just about the BEST thing since sliced bread. I have a lock on the pantry, but he has learned how to push a chair over to the pantry door, unlock it, and he finds the Capri Suns. Once he finds them, he grabs one out, takes it to his "hiding place" and this is what I see:

He goes under the kitchen table and thinks that no one can see him. When I bend down to take a look at him, he yells, "I'm hiding! Go 'way!" He KNOWS he's not supposed to take the Capri Suns. What gets me is that he can push that darn straw through the small little opening!! Even I have trouble with that dumb straw-thing...and here he has mastered it.

He's soooooo funny. Andrew, being just two years old, is still too cute to get mad at right now... but I see trouble coming!

Way Too Much Time in the Shower

The other night I sent A.J. (5 years old) into my bathroom to take a shower. Normally he takes a shower in the downstairs shower, but Alex was in there. So he got to take one in our master shower. Anyway...I was busy getting everyone ready for bed and time got away from me when I realized A.J. was still in the shower. It had been almost 20 minutes --- way too long. So I shouted to him, "Okay A.J.... turn off the water and get out now!!!" and I heard him yell back, "Okay, mom!!" and then the water shut off. So then he comes running out in a towel, everyone is getting in their pj's and it's story time and everyone is in bed -- finally. Then I go downstairs and pick up after the day, I watch some news, go on the computer a bit, and then it's time for me to go to sleep. The house is quiet and full of sleeping children. I go into my bathroom and something catches my eye -- what is that monument in the shower?? This is what I see:

Apparently after all body parts were clean, A.J. found a way to occupy his time in the shower. Check out how everything is balanced -- how he did that I'll never know. ((At first it freaked me out a bit, because did you ever see the movie Poltergeist? and the scene where she turns around and all the kitchen chairs are balancing on top of one another?)) I mean...just look at how he has the squeegie stick balancing on end -- on a sponge!!! And then the razors are all perfectly balanced. And there is some sort of yellow toy balancing on top of a green loofa puff. I can't understand how he did it.

So...I took a picture. Yep...WAY too much time in the shower for that little guy!!

Day on the Dirtbikes

Our friends The Eisenhuts have horse property and a large lot where we can ride our dirtbikes. The kids love going there. Andrew is really, really into dirtbikes lately. He about loses his mind when he knows we are going out there to ride. Here he is below on our little scooter, getting a ride with daddy! (and yes, you see correctly...he is without pants. Don't ask.)

Here's Tony with Brennen Eisenhut. They have been best buddies since Tony was 6 years old.

And here is Holly Eisenhut holding Aria.

My horse Shay lives on their property. He is a four year old Arabian Bay gelding. I got him when he was just 12 months old. He's such a neat horse. Very loving and gentle.

Here is Tony making a jump with his dirtbike...

...and here is Andrew, watching him....WISHING he could ride like that!

Rich's brother Phil came with us, and he's a pretty good rider. He really gets some air when he jumps.

Rich took Aislynn for a ride on the scooter.

Five year old A.J. rides like a champ already!

Here's Avery with her best friend Michaela Eisenhut.

I love this picture of my two oldest daughters :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Well, I've been known to be a bit behind in technology. Here's some examples: I was one of the last people on earth to get on the internet. I bought music "tapes" even when CD's came out...and didn't buy a CD until they stopped making tapes and I was forced to. I STILL don't have an iPod and have no idea how to download music onto one, even if I did have one. I have a digital camera but still prefer my 35mm camera -- I just delvelop my film and then have a disc made. And TiVo? have no idea how to use that. We don't have TiVo. One other thing I resisted for so long was shopping on the internet. I have only recently begun to do so, I'd say about three years ago was the first time I bought something online. Crazy, huh? And paying my bills...I insist on writing out a check each time, putting a stamp on it and putting it out in the mailbox. No paying online for me. But now...I've discovered that through my bank I can issue checks and they will be mailed out for me. All I need to do is go online and log into my checking account, enter the payee's name and information, the amount I want to send...and press send...and then that amount is made out into a check for that person and mailed right to them. It can be to a person or to a company. Okay I know you all are laughing and saying, "Well...Duh! Where have you been living? under a rock? We've been doing this for years..." but I really never knew you could do that through your bank. The only reason I know this is because last weekend my mom was visiting and I owed her $16 because she bought something for me at the store, and so she said to just send her a check through my bank, and I was like, "What??" and so she showed me how. Okay...stop laughing now. I'm sure there's something -- something -- out there in tehcnology that you haven't used yet or are resisting for any reason. (( right? please tell me I'm not the only caveman out there!))

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

We got a roller!

Well, it's official now -- Aria is rolling over. Again and again. She was first spotted by one of the kids rolling over about 10 days ago...but since I didn't see it, I couldn't be sure. (someone could have flipped her over or helped her in some way) But now, I've seen it with my own eyes. She's so funny. As soon as I put her down on either her back or her belly, she flips the other way. Just because she can. I just marvel at infants and their world, they way they see things as so new and exciting. You can just see it in Aria's eyes, the wonderment of flipping over and realizing that she is actually making something happen. She just turned 12 weeks old on Saturday. She'll be 3 months old on the 26th! Where does the time go? I know she's still so little, but it seriously seems like just yesterday she was born. Yet, I feel like I've known her forever. Funny how that is.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Photo Montage of Aria

I finally got around to making a photo montage of Aria -- enjoy :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Aria at 10 weeks

I'm trying to catch up on my be sure to scroll down to read all the new entries. Anyway, this is Aria at 10 weeks old. Of course, Alex is in these pictures, too, because he's always near her. That boy sure loves his baby sister. Aria is just about rolling over. This morning I put her on her back on a blanket on the floor, and as soon as I put her down, she turned onto her side. Then when I came back, she was on her tummy. Alex said she rolled over all by herself, but because I didn't actually SEE it with my own eyes (and neither did he), and there are a lot of older siblings in the room who could have helped her a bit, I can't count that as being her first roll-over. But I know it's going to happen anyday now.

Alex holding Aria, yet again. He's such a good big brother :)

Aria is still too young to sit in the Bumbo seat, but we put her in there just to take pictures!

I never noticed before, but doesn't she have the cutest little "elf" ears?!! They stick out just slightly at the top :)

The Little Peeper

There is a high window in Andrew's room that looks out into the hallway...and when he wakes up in the morning or from a nap, he stands on the side of his crib to peer out of the window, yelling, "ME OUT!!" It's so funny. So, I took a picture. It's a nice funny memory worthy of a quick photo, but not a safe thing for him to be doing! Now I move his crib to the center of the room when he's sleeping in it so that he can't do that anymore. He's such a funny little guy!

Rainy Day Fun

Actually, it was more like a Rainy Moment Fun -- it rained one day last week for about 2 minutes. Just enough time for the kids to get their gear on and run outside in the backyard. The next day it was sunny and hot like normal, but for a minute or two the kids had some "winter" fun in the fall. (well, winter according to southern CA!)
Andrew didn't know what to make of the loud thunder -- he needed a lot of reassurance from his older siblings that it was okay to be outside during that awful noise!

Daddy's Littlest Girl cute is this picture?

Our Palm Desert Vacation

September 19-21...... Rancho Las Palmas Resort ....... Palm Desert, CA
We spent a few days in Palm Desert at an aweome resort -- it had really nice rooms, three different pools, and a "lazy river" to float in. There was also a sand area in one of the pools, a water park to play in, and two big water slides. We are definitely going back next year -- the kids had a blast! Our good friends The Eisenhuts joined us. The photo above is seven of our children (Tony & Aria are missing) with their four. When we all get together, it's quite a crowd!

Afton and Aislynn in the lazy river.

Here is A.J. on the bridge that goes across the lazy river.


I took this picture of Afton going down the waterslide...

and she took this picture of me!!



Rich floating on the lazy river with Andrew

Aria went once around the lazy river and started crying....still to young to enjoy stuff like that, I guess! Hey, she's only 8 weeks old, what do I expect? She and I relaxed quite a lot in the shade :)

A.J. and Avery play in the sand.

Rich took this picture of me and the kids floating in the lazy river .... A.J. fell off and was trying to catch up to us!

A.J. in the tube!

Laptop Photo

This is a goofy shot that Afton took of herself and Aria a few weeks ago. She held up her laptop and took the picture with it. Although it's not the best photo, I love it because Aria was only about 6 or 7 weeks old at the time and somehow found the humor in looking at an enlarged picture of herself in the laptop's screen. It's a classic shot of one of her first smiles :)