Monday, November 17, 2008

It's Twilight Time

Okay, so I ordered the entire series from Amazon and they arrived on Friday. Afton grabbed the first book and is reading it right now, and Tony grabbed the third book (he had read the first two already) and he finished it by Sunday morning. I am still finishing up a Jodi Picoult book and hopefully by the time I finish it, Afton will be done reading Twilight.....

which should be by Wednesday.....

..... and then I can finally start reading this Twilight series to see what all the hooplah is about!! :)

I'm looking forward to being grabbed and getting into this story.

So, if you don't see a new post from me in 4-5 days, you'll know why. Don't go filing a missing person's report -- I'm not lost, I'm just in Twilight! I shall return.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I HATE fire!

Well, because of the hot, dry weather in NOVEMBER...when it's supposed to be cooling off....there are now brush fires all over the place here. So of course, Rich has to stay at work. We had plans this weekend -- but we have to do everything now without him. Which totally sucks.

I HATE HATE brush fires!

Being married to a fire fighter....has it's advantages but then also it's drawbacks.

I worry a lot about Rich's lungs, breathing the smoke and all that.
I also worry he's going to get hurt at a fire, of course.
I hate the undependable schedule. Not being able to count on him being home is a total bummer.

Steady, dependable paycheck with no worries of layoffs.
Great overtime money.
Great medical benefits and retirement plans.
Flexible schedule (he can trade shifts with his co-workers for time off)
A lot of time off (when there are no overtimes he only works 10 days a month!)
He has a job that I'm proud of - he saves lives!

So, at times like these when I'm totally bummed that he's not coming home, I have to keep the GOOD things in mind. Or else I can get in a bad mood.

Anyway, I have tickets to take the older three kids to a play of To Kill A Mockingbird which is being performed tonight at our local college. But without Rich home I won't have a sitter for the younger six kids. So....I'll just let Alex use my ticket and I'll drop them off and pick them up after the performance. I read that book to the older three a couple years back, and so I thought it would be a nice thing for us to go see. I'm bummed I can't go, but it's okay -- they'll still have a good time together.

Okay, I'm adding to this post even though it's two days past now... but I ended up going to the play afterall. Audriana volunteered to babysit for me, and I took Alex and even got an extra ticket for Avery, who insisted that she should go, too. But we all warned her that at just 7 years old, she will fall asleep during the second act. She swore she wouldn't. She promised she wouldn't. But guess what? She did. But that's okay. She watched most of the play and only fell asleep during Atticus's cross-examination of Mayella Euell during the court scene. Yeah, I can see how a seven year old might get a bit lost and sleeping during something like that. Anyway, it was a really good play -- the little girl who played Scout was a great little acress. To Kill a Mockingbird has always been one of my favorite books. Tony says that no matter what, when he grows up he will name his first son Jeremy so that he can call him "Jem". When I read the book aloud to the kids a couple years back, he was the one who really got into the story, and he really liked Jem's character.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

WARNING: It's Addicting

You are the red square. The four blue shapes cannot touch you. My personal record is just 21 seconds. It's hard.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


We renewed our annual Disneyland passes, but this year had to buy Aislynn a pass since she is well past the "free entrance" age of 3. Oh well. But hey, since we live just 20 minutes from Disneyland, how can we not have passes??!! Using them just twice we get our money's worth. And we end up going at least two times a month, so it's well worth the $$$.

I LOVE Disneyland!

This is the electic door knob in Toon Town. Rich ALWAYS has to pull on it and pretend he's getting electricuted. He makes the kids crack up, even after seeing him do this 100 times. It's one of those things that never gets old.

Andrew had fun on the Merry-Go-Round....

But a little woozey on the Tea Cups!

Aislynn sits on the BIG Pumpkin!

and here is A.J.

Ya just gotta love Dumbo!

Aislynn and Avery

The Gang, just hanging out...

I wish I had a cage like this one at home....

Pretty Aislynn

They really do it up for Halloween!!

Me, Rich and Aria on the Merry-Go-Round

It was Aria's very first time at Disneyland!! She won't remember it, but I will :)

A little bit of Halloween fun

A week before Halloween we took Afton and 3 of her friends to Knott's "Scarey" Farm. If you have never been before, let me tell's creepy scarey. But that's the fun. I had to bring Aria with me even though it's not recommended for children under 13 years old. Well, you know, all she did was sleep the entire time since it was from 7:30pm to 2:00am and she was always in my Baby B'Jorn carrier. Anyway, all the make-up on the "monsters" were great. Afton and her friends were freaked out the entire time. Poor Tony went along with them when we split up for a few hours. He had to endure all the screeches and screams from them, and they clung to him for protection whenever a monster would run out at them.

So here I am with Tony, and those three monsters -- believe it or not -- were all women! They came up to me and started talking baby stuff. One said, "Oh...I have one right now who is 6 months old." then another asked, "She's so big...are you breastfeeding? You know, I breastfed my son up until he was 18 months old..." and then we all started talking mommy-talk like it was normal to have that kind of converstation with grotesque looking monsters. Hey, but even monsters have a heart deep down inside, right?

Okay, who is this guy......

Phil, Rich's brother, came along with us so that I would have someone to ride the rides with. I'm not kidding. My husband the brave fire fighter does not like the BIG rides like I do. So...he held the baby for me. Oh...and while he had the baby, women from all over came up to him to talk. What IS it about a man with an infant that catches all the single women's attention??!!! Phil saw all the attention Rich was getting and said, "Let me hold the baby, will ya? I'm the single guy."

Phil took this picture of me, Rich and Aria as we rode behind him on the Log Ride. We all got pretty wet. I held the blanket up in front of Aria so she wouldn't get splashed. She slept through the entire thing.

FUN FUN FUN !!! I can't wait to go back next year!! But without a baby. I had to hold her the entire night in that carrier. She's not all that heavy yet, but still. By the time 1:00am came around, my feet and my back were sore!

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

This is the pumpkin that Rich brought home for us this year!!! We didn't carve it, though. Instead, we are keeping it through Thanksgiving for our front yard Harvest decorations.