Shopping with girls is more fun!

Another reason little girls are so very different…

They HELP you shop for clothes.  They don’t whine about wanting to go.  They actually help you pick out shoes, skirts and dresses AND they get excited when you go into the dressing room and try them on.  Very different than having to manage a beastie boy who is crawling under the stalls and trying to look at the other girls!

This morning when the kids were in VBS, Ruby and I decided it was time to turn in my pairs of 6 year old shorts and look for some new ones.  My Grandmother is always so good about getting me gift certificates to stores for clothes, I however, am not so good at using them.  So they accumulate. In fact my Grandmother was my sole wardrobe provider for many years.  We’d go shopping together 2 times a year (because you can get away with that in California) for my clothes, girls just need more clothing options than boys. Wait, don’t ask The Hubby about that…I am pretty sure he beats me in this category.

ANYWAY, Ruby and I were off to Old Navy to do a little shopping.  She insisted on putting the espadrilles into my bag, along with the 3 “WOW, NICE” dresses, the pink and coral tops. Once she had successfully filled my cart we were off to the dressing rooms. She handed me the outfits she wanted me to try on, and after about 3, she jumped up and ran to the mirror herself. I thought she was going to make a break for it and head under to the next stall, but instead, she stopped in front of the mirror did, a 180 and checked herself out!  Then again, and again.  She kept spinning around and looking at her behind in the mirror then giggling.

I couldn’t believe it.  I guess she saw me do it when I was trying on the first 3 outfits, and decided she needed to see what her derriere was doing it the shorts she was wearing!



Mom - July 14, 2011 - 10:46 pm

You know it’s pretty funny as I was reading this I had a flashback of you and I shoppping when you were a young girl. You were turning around checking your butt and your arm slides over your butt as you do it. U still doing that??? Ha Ha!! Some things really never change.

Here’s to lots of years having fun shopping with your pretty girl. If you 2 have 1/2 the fun we did you are truly blessed.

He’s 6. The Interview.

I think that I’ve mentioned before that when Lucas was born, he was born a little old man.  He really never was much of a baby he didn’t ever have that baby look and by the time he was 2 he acted 6.  Now he’s finally six and he’s acting like he’s 15.  He’s currently in love with Selena Gomez, knows at least 3 of her songs by heart and loves to dance to them.  Not only does he love to dance to her (Selena’s) songs, he loves to dance to just about any music with a thumpin’ beat.  The other night Ruben was out washing my car (blaring the music of course) and I walked into the garage to find Lucas grooving out with a traffic cone on his head.  Dancing like he was all by himself.  It was great.

Despite the fact that he often uses words he shouldn’t and that he’s easily set off (see prior post on our TV), there’s something so very special about him. He has an awesome personality, always able to make any one of us laugh and he’s just kinda a cool kid.

He knows how to get right at my heart, and does it often.  Here’s his interview.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, NO my boys NEVER wear shirts when we are at home, not inside, not outside, not riding their bikes, scooters or skateboards. We like to live on the edge.   If I’d let them they’d never wear them anywhere, but I make them wear them in public.

Lucas’ 6 year old interview.

What do you like most about yourself?
-That I love Jesus.


What is your greatest accomplishment?
-Going down the big hill in the snow on the saucer.


What would you like to be when you grow up?
-A Fireman, A Police Man and an Ambulance Man.


What is your favorite thing to do?
-Color and Dance.


What is your fondest memory?
-Swimming at night with my Dad.


Who is your hero?


What is your favorite movie?
-The Sandlot.


What is your favorite food?


What are your hobbies?
-Playing Soccer, Singing  and Dancing.

What do you like best about school?

-Listening to the teacher in Bible time

Can anybody…

…tell me what this is?



How about now?




Or now?


Need to see the whole picture?

Today, oh how can I even begin to describe what kind of day we had.  It was Lucas’ 6th birthday and we had planned to have a little family celebration.  I was looking forward to swimming and hanging with the kids. But, I should have known from the moment I woke up that this day was not going to go as planned.

First we all decided to have a special trip to Starbucks, as we were loading in the car our neighbor approached us to find out if we were aware that The Hubby’s domain name (see URL or WEBSITE) had expired. I, of course had NO CLUE and since I am “in charge of it” I panicked.  I spent the better part of an hour on the phone with tech support, while The Hubby tried to wrangle the kids inside of SBUX.  What a joke that was. I finally got everything fixed and headed into rescue him, but everyone’s nerves were already frazzled (including mine).  We ordered and headed out to the patio where there were no seats in the shade, and with the kids complaining, I dragged a couple of tables together and pulled an umbrella over to try and enjoy the morning.  The kids sorta sat and drank their milk and we had a somewhat enjoyable morning.

After we came home, I went to the doctor because I suspected that I had another kidney infection (should have known that was why I was so sick for so long).  The Hubby was working in his office, the boys were playing Wii and I had put Ruby down for an nap.  I was gone for 1.5 hours exactly when I walked through the door and found Ruby awake on the sofa (she normally sleeps for 3 hours) and The Hubby vacuuming the family room rug and the boys were NO WHERE in sight.  I knew something was wrong.

The Hubby: “We had a little accident”
Me: (total silence)
The Hubby: “I mean all the kids are ok, but…(he leans over and turns on the TV)


We’ve known for quite sometime that kids (especially boys) are uber destructive, but until today I personally had NO idea really, just how destructive they can be. I mean I heard the stories of The Hubby and his little brother having a water fight on the roof when they were kids and one of them fell through the roof because it flooded, or the NUMEROUS windows they broke playing ball, or the time they ran over their Dad’s table saw in the garage, or the time The Hubby put the station wagon in reverse, with his baby brother and grandma inside, rolled it down the embankment and into the neighbors yard…but I guess I figured that MY kids would NEVER do anything like that.  I mean THEY must have been brats.  NOT MY KIDS.  YA, RIGHT!

Tommy and Lucas (mainly) were fighting over who was and wasn’t playing fair at Wii and it got physical.  Tommy jumped on Lucas, held his legs behind his ears and Lucas said that he tried to throw the Wii remote at the floor and it bounced up.  Tommy says, he threw it straight at the TV.  I think I believe Tommy.

It was only 3 years old.  It was unrepairable and we won’t be replacing it for quite some time. The Wii is gone until at least the end of the Summer (not like they have a TV to play it on anyway). We’re not sure just yet how long we’ll keep TV totally from them, maybe after a couple months we’ll let them watch a special movie in our room or something, we’re really not sure how we feel yet.  This is an expensive lesson for the entire family.

Here’s how that wall looks now.  I pulled over an old armoire from the living room, I am filling it with books and games and the TV room is now the reading/game room.

Mom - July 11, 2011 - 2:58 am

I’m soo sorry Baby!!! After living with my brother for years I can picture this happening, but not from my grandkids!!! Think on this hard. Not that it’s for me to say, but shouldn’t they work this off, make them pay for a new TV, doing lots of chores. Let them go without it for a year!

You need to get better, hope your doctor visit helped. I worry about you.

melissa - July 14, 2011 - 12:07 am

oh no..i’m waiting for something like that to happen around here. i think ella is just as destructive as julian…most of the time. i grew up with three bros and there were quite a few broken windows…games are fun :)

Billy - July 14, 2011 - 11:52 pm

I remember when Anna pulled my parents old tv down off the entertainment system when we were kids… the tv still worked after that though i think we had to unplug it to turn it off. Things aren’t quite so durable these days!

Summer is here and man, the last week and 1/2 has been rough.  I have been sick with migraine headaches so on Wednesday, I finally dragged myself into the doctor and apparently there’s a nasty virus going around.  Needless to say, I’ve been less than excited about posting and writing even though there’s been a lot to write about, a lot that I just can’t bring myself to find the words to write. Maybe soon.

I am feeling better and looking forward to a little date with the hubby and some down time.  Thought I’d share a photo of my pretty little girl.  The moment she turned 2, she seemed to explode with words.  It’s so very cool that she can communicate her likes, needs and wants better than grunts and screams.

This photo would be so much better If I could have captured that she was looking at her Daddy here, or even if I would have centered her in the frame, but I still love it because I know that she was looking at her Daddy.

Joyce - July 2, 2011 - 10:42 pm

Hope you are feeling better soon. Gorgeous shot!

Joyce - July 2, 2011 - 10:43 pm

Hope you are feeling better soon, gorgeous shot!

Mom - July 7, 2011 - 12:23 am


Woo Hoo! Ruby is 2!

This post was going to share a couple photos of ruby eating her cake and then her interview, but as I am typing this, my boys are teaching Ruby the art of Karate.  This is comical because first off, aside from watching “The Karate Kid” they’ve never had a single karate class.  They are all running toward the instructor (Tommy) and kicking at his pillow yelling, HI-YA!, Tommy sends them back to the end of the line and they start over, he’s even talked them into calling him Master.  Apparently Ruby made it all the way to a green belt this morning and Lucas is a little perturbed because she’s only said HI, YA like 10 times so she should be a white belt, not a green belt like him because he’s worked much harder than her.

In theses pictures below, we were celebrating her birthday impromptu style, a day early during our day early impromptu Fathers Day celebration.  I found the princess crown in the 1$ section at Target and she just had to have it.


RUBY’S 2 year old interview.

What do you like most about yourself?
-Me, Me, Me!

What is your greatest accomplishment?
-Fishes mamma, eat fishes (apparently she was hungry)

What would you like to be when you grow up?
-No answer, hands held up as if she was saying I dunno

What is your favorite thing to do?
-Schwimming (translation: swimming), Yea, Yea jumping around with her arms in the air.

What is your fondest memory?
-Again, no answer, hands held up as if she was saying I dunno

Who is your hero?
-EYI (translation: eli) Boy is he, he’s also her personal man servant.

What is your favorite movie?

What is your favorite food?
-Ice Cream

What are your hobbies?
-Again, no answer, hands held up as if she was saying I dunno

What do you like best about school?
-Mertha, fends (translation: Mirta, her teacher and her friends)

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