Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book of Mormon!


For Derek's 36th birthday I surprised him with tickets for his VERY FIRST Broadway play!  Really!!  So of course, there was no way I could take him to a boring one, so Book of Mormon it was!  I thought for sure he was going to hate his present, but he LOVED it.  His mom watched the kids and off we went for a night by ourselves in LA.  We really do not care for LA and try to avoid it at all costs, but sometime you have to go.  So dirty.   

Once we were there we had to find parking and somehow we got suckered into parking in this totally ghetto part of the street...in honesty the entire place is ghetto.  For those that do not understand LA....it is dirty, there are homeless people everywhere, it is old, there are so many pot holes in the street, it is a little freaky, and did I mention it is dirty?  So going to a Broadway show, though exciting, you have to be on guard.  This is when Derek and I ran into arguments.  I wanted to look at the stars on the sidewalk and window shop, but Derek wanted to just find a place to eat and get to the Pantages.  I had no idea that the entire time I was looking down he was looking around to make sure that no one would hurt us.  How sweet!  Even when I walked into the Church of  Scientology (yes, I did that...wow that is a crazy place!) he was outside standing guard.  Love that!!

After dinner we headed to the show.  Goodness, if you have not seen it GO!  Since it is created by the writers of the cartoon South Park, do I need to say more?  It is demeaning, vulgar, hilarious, and as much as Mormons may disagree, pretty accurate at times.  Look at it as entertainment and you will be fine seeing it.  WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

We love to get out!

Do something!!!!  Yep, we for sure get out and do things.  Sometimes 'hot mess' style...just like this post...a hot mess!

I love my parents, but we really did not do that much when we were children.  Divorce, three kids, lack of interest to do so, sports...maybe it was not in their personalities.  I digress.  

Culture, is what my children will never lack in their lives.  As long as I am around these babies will go and hunt out beauty, help others, and enjoy the short time that they have here on earth.  We may not travel the world, but I make damn sure we get the most bang out of southern cali:)  Active is what they will be.  I just pray it does not back fire on me!

So, Presidents day...we go to the RNL with the kids.  They even got to see Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt (live actors).  Even though we have been numerous times since they were little it will never get old.  I think this last trip might have been Derek's first?

*I remember when the above statues were bronze*
*of course there is a tree to climb on just past the rose garden*


My new favorite spot is Corona Del Mar.  I am beginning to love South County.  So flipping expensive though.  Over spring break we went to walk the streets and go to Rogers Garden.  There is this sweet shop, SO cute and the kids loved the ice cream.  I am not sure if we will make it this summer because of the tourist crowd, but for sure in the winter!  
Oh and of course my races.  My time was horrible, but I finished 7th in my age group.  So sad to see the pictures of those that have lost their lives to disease, but it is very inspiring.
This and the above picture are out of order...sorry.

So Derek and I have been making more of a point to spend time on dates with the kids.  I take Drew and Derek takes the girls.  Of course, we always hang out on our own time with one child or the other, but we have "date day" so that the kids know/notice them.  Most of the time Drew and I go bowling.  It is cheap and fun.  This time we went for Inn & Out and had a picnic at one of our favorite spots, The Fullerton Arboretum.  This last time we actually got to walk the ENTIRE thing!  All the way to the end.  That is very interesting because when you are there you tend to forget that you are next to the freeway on one side, on another side there is the CSUF baseball field, and at the south side there are the dorms (maybe),  I love seeing that huge smile on my eldest face.
**btw, no more picnics at the arboretum.  I am not sure if it has always been like that, but regardless they are cracking down on it.  That really pissed people off!  Drew and I just found a beach in a lovely spot and ate our yummy burgers there**

Rogers Garden.  Oh I love it there.  The kids and I walked and walked around that garden/gift shops.  SUPER pricey.  Lets put it this way..... the bottom left picture below was about $300.  I am having Derek make me one.  Really I did not realize rocks wrapped up in wire was so pricey!  haha.



Awe, one of my cheap favorites!  The Ocean Institute in Dana Point.  With two old 'working' ships, kid workshops, all the fish you want to see, microscopes, HUGE skeletons, and the beautiful ocean as the backdrop...who would not like it!  Our favorite part was the ship.  Man, those old ships were cramped! OH and just a tad hint of mold!  
Since the kids were wonderfully respectful and patient, we met up with Mr. Kelly at the jetty took some pictures, went to lunch, had ice cream then headed home.  The kids use to love it down there with my mom and Brian.  Heck, I loved it down there when I was little.  Same restaurants, same long line at the ice cream shop.  Our kiddos remember everything!  They could literally give us adults a tour.   I love how Kelly lives in Dana Point now.  It just gives us one more reason to make the 30 min trip.  

**inquiring minds....no we did not go see Brian/Papa.  Divorce stinks, no matter how old a child/adult you are** 

Wow, we really love the arboretum!  haha.  The pictures below are from the first time Derek has ever been there.  Dare I say....I expose him to things as well.  One day he will appreciate me.  The main picture is located by the children's garden and we were wondering why it was so open.  Well, Drew and I found out when we were there on our date.  They hold wedding ceremonies in there.  Beautiful!

We also enjoyed baseball season for Connor.  Drew played, but that is for another post to come.  Right now Connor is playing on the Al stars for his city.  He even hit a home run last weekend and scored twice! But I must point out our cities team is a little better....hehe.  

Oh and every once in awhile we go out!  Awhile back Derek and I grabbed a bite to eat at DaVine in Brea.  Literally some of the best Lebanese food I have ever had!  There is even a belly dancer!  Sammie works there too, so it makes it even better!
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The doctors and dentist.  We love both of them.  Well, except for shots and fillings.  The babies rarely go to the doctors.  Maybe twice a year at the most.  All are healthy and happy kiddos.  It feels like a family in a $100,000 room.  That figure is purely a guess, but I think I am close.  Each examination room is state of the art.  Good or bad....I am not sure.  But technology has not left bedside manner at the door.  WE LOVE OUR DOCTOR!  The kiddos doctor's son has been in Emma's class for two years now.  Yes, it is a little strange because she knows so much about us and I have to see her a class parties.  Well, not have to in a bad way.  I of course call her Dr. *** and she tells me not to, but I do anyways.  She has known our family for 8.5 years,,,she deserves the Dr. in public.

Then there is the dentist.  The kiddos were one of her first patients.  I am not sure she is super happy about that when it comes to the screams that come from Emma's mouth, but I have referred families to her that have gone and received the same wonderful treatment that our family has.  Once again it is a state of the art office and she is USC (I think their physician is too) trained.  Ipods- flat screens above every chair, Lego's, a wonderful staff that we see around town and can say hi to, balloons, and most of all they LOVE the kids. She even opened her office up to us on her day off and did not charge extra.  Now that is great costumer service.  Now if Emma would just not have a cavity that required 'gas' because she screams bloody murder and if Lilly would some how get a bigger mouth so she does not get cavities that would be AWESOME!  Drew, of course, has had only one.

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It is always interesting to go bowling and miniature golfing.  

First, Camelot is super old and super ghetto. Really it is.  My sister in-law use to make out there when she was younger and they have to post cops at night.  Perhaps because it is close to the freeway or down a darkened street.  Either way, it is a little gross.   Please do not get me wrong, I go to parties there...but they must be during the day.  Then again now that I think about it we took Drew and his friends there to golf  last year at night on the weekend for his birthday.  humm.  I should really think about things better before I do them, well sometimes. Also, the amount of times I had to find a ball was crazy!  I was over it at hole #4.  Tis last time Lilly won.....I swear I did not fudge the numbers...hehe. 

Second, bowling.  It is fun place, but it is a little strange how they are trying to make it hip.  It is bowling, does it need to be hip?  Clean and clean is good for me.  It does not even smell like a bowling alley.  Maybe I should not have been bowling with my dad in the worse blowing ally ever when I was little.  Perhaps my expectation for them are 'low.'  but we do get the mac & chz balls and nachos whenever we go:)  The last time the kids and I went and Lilly WON!  Yes, the baby won.  She was so excited.  It was so much fun and cheap!  I had two coupons so I only paid $9!  Also, for those that do not know sign up for Kids Bowl Free and you can get free games during the day, but you have to pay for the shoes.  


I did tell you this post was a hot mess!!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Yes, We Do.....

Yes, yes we do.  We "take days off."  Some may call it 'ditching' but I choose the first.  Many may not like it, but my kiddos are smart and taking a day off in the middle of the week wont affect their studies in the 1st and 2nd grade.  We for sure will not be doing it in a few years when school gets very difficult.  So why not.

So one day we headed to Irvine Park to ride the train, play on one of the various playgrounds, look at the animals at the OC Zoo, take lots of pictures....

Oh and we rented one of these!  There was no one there that beautiful fall day, so the young man working the shop gave it to me for $5!!  I definitely got my leg work out that day.

 We had so much fun.  It was a time that we had together with few people around us.  No time limit, no where to be.  Just pure joy.


**of course, looking at these beauties all around the regional park is always fun.  they are everywhere**

Took 3 years

Literally took me forever to actually start and finish Drew's room!  Well, I am actually not done....but almost.  Like so many little boys, Drew loves superheros.  He does not even have a favorite, but likes them all.  He has also got the entire family into all of the Marvel stuff.  We lay around some days and watch the movies to find more secrets or things we missed so we can piece stuff together.  FUN TIMES!

I picked gray for the walls, spray painted his bed from white to black, and took all of super hero stuff and put them on the newly built book shelf.  He even got a new lap and posters.  I think the entire project so far has not cost me more than $100.  

I still have to buy a new comforter, frame the posters, finish painting the base boards and ceiling, have Derek properly hang up the curtain rod, get an area rug, and I think that is it.

Proper room for an 8yr old boy:) 





Love this!


Golf & Baseball for a good cause

This took place in February, but I still wanted to post it.  

Drew plays in the Pony Baseball league and we love it, but it really needed some updating.  So, last year they got a new president and some new board members.  They updated the website, changed the logo and apparel, and announced that they would be having The Inaugural Golf Tournament.  So we made a weekend of it with Mike coming down, playing ping pong, watching the fight, and having a small Superbowl get together.  Many BBQ'ing too.  Derek's old boss even came to play in the foursome.  

It was a very fun and all consuming weekend!  Derek and Mike got second in the tournament!!  There was a ball drop and for a small fee we brought Drew for dinner and a free golf lesson with a golf-pro, well at least someone who works there.  But the fun also came with a wonderful end result.  The tournament fee and extra proceeds went to help fund the leagues brand new "Champions League!"  





This tournament took place prior to opening day and once that day came the Champions League children played their very first game!  I never knew such things existed for children with disabilities.  It was truly heart warming to watch.  I am so proud of our city!

Really, that long!!!

Well, I stink at blogging nice I signed onto instagram.  But I am back.  Well, I hope so!  

So for my first post in forever I am going to start small.  My girlfriend, Tati told me about this site.  I am in love with it!  http://www.planadayout.com/

Check it out!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dance!

A very special glimpse into the dance studio where the girls dance.  These are just some of the girls that dance with our girls and here is one of their teachers, Ms. Danielle.  There is also Mrs. Tracy, Ms Sam, Ms Julia, Ms Melodie.  Of course we miss Mrs Brenda, but we always have Vegas and our breakfasts with her!

We love the dance studio and Emma is even at the pre point level.  It has made her love dance even more!  A quick post, but I did not want to forget to let people see our 'second home.'

Over Due, just go with it!

Like in the below post.....just roll with it!  I am blogging months behind.  So much stuff goes on and I can only get to a few posts on the multiple things we do.  

End of 2013 round up!

Only a few things of the many that we did.  

Why oh why did our children decide that they would like to take a nice 'picture with Santa' why oh why!  I love the past pictures!!!  Now they are all smiles.  Please CRY.  The photographer was laughing at me when I was saying to them, "can you guys do something not cute!"  



 Well, a hour in line later....cuteness.
 Oh and Christmas....

 Oh and Disney On Ice, which is a tradition in December for our family.  FAMILY, well, I guess us girls when the Disney On Ice is princess related.  I bought the tickets in advance so when the day came Drew and Derek were like "a no" so I took the G-girls with us.  They had a blast since they had not seen something like that before.



 Oh and Christmas.......

 After presents this happened......
 yep that is right, they played with the hose outside while everyone else in the country was freezing.
 And there were Christmas lights that had to be seen with peppermint hot chocolate for the kids.
Oh and a few sleepovers during Christmas break.

So many more things went on, but I wanted to share a few horribly taken pictures from my phone's camera.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Two Nutcrackers, TDAD dancers at both!

I know, I know this post is from around Christmas time, but when I am on a blogging run, you just have to go with it:)

Thanksgiving weekend the girls performed The Nutcracker!  Or this year we dance parents called it the 'mini nutcracker' since so many of the older girls have moved on.  It was for sure not like the past performances, but it was excellent.  Performance weekends are always very busy and exhausting for me.  Derek is the lucky guy and just goes to one (at the most two) performances, but I have to do all of the 'mommy' duties.  By the end us girls are beat.  We do have a good time though.  We always find a great place to eat.  The concession table is always fun and a great way to get last minute gifts, the girls have so much fun on stage and playing with friends backstage.  Of course, they get flowers and big hugs from everyone that comes to see them.  This time only Grandma came, she is very supportive.  But the best part of dance weekend is the MAKEUP!  Emma enjoys that very much.  Daddy, not so much.







We get the girls these and then for days they linger around the house and scare the heck out of me.  Yet, I keep buying them.
Our babies did such a great job.  They are such beautiful ballerinas. 

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Then after one of my 5k's Emma and I hit the road to VEGAS!  Love the open road and I swear each time we go their the distance/time gets shorter.  Then there is The Nutcracker performed at The Smith Center by the NBT, watching that is worth the miles!


 Once we got there and checked in we went to a very fancy dinner...name of it I can not remember, but it was yummy, Emma liked her $22 side of Mac&Cheese, and me the view of Downtown.  Yep we stayed on Fairmont Street.  I doubt I will do it again, unless Derek is with me.  It was a little scary.  It was very strange how good and nice that restaurant was for the location.  Oh well, live and learn.




Then for the reason for our yearly trip.  The Nutcracker!  It was a Christmas present from my dear friend and I appreciated it so much.  So unexpected.  As many of you know that from reading our blog we go to Vegas a few times a year to watch the NBT perform.  In the past we go to support the dance studio our girls dance at, the owner's daughter Krista dances there.  But now we have another reason to go.  Madison dances there now!  She signed a contract at the age of 15.  Amazing.  The show was great!  Probably the best I had seen so far.  Then again I am partial:)

 *Em and Madi
 *Em and Mr. Jerry
 *Em with Krista & Madison
 *Em with Ms. Tracy
 Then we went to Fairmont St with Ms Brenda.  That was an experience.  Crazy people, crazy lights, more crazy people, loud music and more crazy people.  Of course me, Em and Ms. Brenda were not part of those crazy people.  I had no idea that it was so late by the time we got back to the hotel.  It was around 2am I think!  Vegas does that to people.  BTW, Em was just fine and so excited.
 We met a lot of cowboys that weekend.  This couple was from Canada I think.
 Before we left we had to go to the MOB Museum.  Taking a child was probably not the best love because it was a lot of reading and I could not really do any of that because she wanted to 'go fast' and look at all of the cooler stuff.   There was even an entire floor that was not suitable for children.  We went anyways and I held her eyes shut.  I wish I could blog more pictures, but Picasa is being a pill and I can't figure out how to make collages another place.  Sorry!  What is not shown are pictures of Emma shooting a Tommy gun, electrocuting me, many of the famous gangsters wardrobe, and the outside of the old courthouse which is where the museum is located.
 I like these pictures!
 The actual wall!  Bullet holes and everything.
 Of course we had to go to the Bellagio.  I love the conservatory.  Never disappoints.


 Bye Bye Vegas!  We will be back soon.  Maybe one time Derek will go with me:)  I won't hold my breath.