Monday, August 09, 2010

Weight Loss Time Again!

I'm starting my weight loss journey again. But this time I'm sticking to it!

You can follow along with me at my weight loss blog.

Post comments if you see fit. God knows I'm the kind of gal that needs the encouragement!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Day trip with my girls

So, you'll never guess what I did. I took my girls last weekend and went up to Strawberry and Pine. And I drove ALL BY MYSELF!

Will had to work so he couldn't go with me. Now, I don't know if I've ever told you guys this, but I have this major, unreal fear of driving long distances and heights and mountains and all that but I really wanted to get out of town. So the girls and I packed a picnic lunch, checked the fluid levels on my van, gassed up and took off.

It was wonderful! We saw this cute little schoolhouse in Strawberry. It's the oldest standing schoolhouse in Arizona. It reminded me of The Little House on the Prairie.

I have read and reread all of those books many times, and I loved being able to see a schoolhouse that is sorta like what Laura Ingalls Wilder described in the books. I loved the big stove that was smack dab in the middle of the room. What a chore to keep that thing burning all day for the kids!

The girls got to sit in the desks that the little students used. They were able to use chalk and slates and pretend to do classwork.

They even had a dunce cap and stool for the naughty students. I say we need to bring that type of punishment back to our schools! But, my 15 yr old said the kids would act out on purpose just so they could wear the cap. Oh Lord...

After we left the schoolhouse we set to the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park which is between Pine and Payson. We got a little lost at first, but finally found it. There is no GPS service out in the mountains there, but I was ok with it, unbelievably. I felt free!

This little natural bridge was really amazing. There are caves under it, but we didn't explore them. It was too far down, and I was scared to hike all the way down with Alexis. Here's the bridge.

When we were eating lunch at one of the picnic tables we noticed javelinas! They were right next to our table! I had never seen a wild javelina before. I'm thinking the ones at this park were used to humans so they were not aggressive. Dani got some really cute pictures of them. There was one that loved her and kept coming back to pose.

Toward the end, we climbed down to the little waterfall and took some great pictures. It was so green down there! I loved it. 

I really feel good about the trip I took. I think that making this trip was one of the greatest accomplishments I have made so far this year. I conquered a huge fear of mine. I can't wait for our next little day trip!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Just Because I Feel Like Smiling

We were up in Sedona during spring break this year and as I was trying to get a pretty picture of the girls with the snow, I did not realize that my weirdo husband was behind me making silly faces at the girls. I was wondering what was so dang funny!

I just love this picture. It makes me smile when I see my babies having fun.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Going Barking Mad

I normally like dogs. Most are cute, cuddly, and fun to roll around and play with. But I do not like my neighbor's dog. Especially tonight. This dang dog has been barking for at least the last 45 minutes. I'm sure everyone knows how hard it is to sleep with a barking dog. I want to toss a crowbar at it. I won't though. I really am not that cruel. Even though I'm exhausted and need to sleep for work tomorrow morning.

Maybe I'll throw a crowbar at the dog's owner instead.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hello out there

Why do I keep ignoring this place? Even with the best of intentions, I fail to update this blog. It must have something to do with Facebook. Everyone is there, so I forget about this place. This place allows me to give all the details along with photos to capture the moments though. I have to remember about Bloggr. And I will. Pinkie swear!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

This is why I love Wednesdays

My husband works Wednesday nights and that is the only night of the week that I am home alone with the kids. I usually cook dinner and watch some TV with them. I'm hoping that within the next month or so the weather will start to cool down in the evenings. When that happens I plan to go for walks in the neighborhood with them, or go to the park behind my house to play. It's such a gratifying feeling to be able to get out with them and do things myself. Just Mom and her babies.
My favorite part of Wednesday night is that my little Lexi will sleep in my bed. I do not let my kids sleep in my bed, and they haven't since they were young babies. It's not that I have anything against it... some of the best families I know let their kids sleep in their beds. But for my husband and I, it just doesn't work.
When my husband is working, I have an incredibly hard time sleeping. I think it is because I worry about him so much when he's working out there in the night. The area that he works in gets a lot of criminal activity. He patrols the Sunnyslope area, amongst others, and even though the area has been a hotbed for crime, there has been an increase in horrible thigns done there lately. So, I end up having Lexi sleep in my bed. Her warm little body next to me always seems to soothe me so that I am able to sleep. It reminds me of when she would sleep with me when I was nursing her. She is the best little snuggler.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

I Love It!

Desiree has been wanting to get her hair dyed or streaked or highlighted or whatever the phrase for it is now, but we kept saying no because we felt she was too young.

We finally caved this year. Well, I caved. Will protested, with his arms crossed in front of his chest while he grumbled about it. He thinks that the looks that the kids are going for nowadays is too grown up.

My sister's sister-in-law Denise is a hairdresser and she does the kids' hair for them. Eric (my brother-in-law) took Desiree and my nephew Isaias over to Denise's house to do their hair tonight.

I LOVE her hair! It isn't too short, isn't too emo, and not colored too outrageously. Isaias got his hair colored on the top, too.