Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
So this morning when it started snowing on top of the couple of inches we already had, I was in the race against time for a possible power outage. Previously when we get more than 6 inches of snow, it is quite likely that a power outage will occur. For us that means no water, phone, or power. We simply just have heat! Although if you ask me which of the four I would want the most it would be heat so I am soo thankful for our wood stove.
I quickly raced around the house this morning getting laundry done. I was so scared I would be left with a load of laundry in the washer and have the power go out. I also rushed to get the dishes done and the kitchen cleaned. I have learned from past experience there is nothing more disgusting than a kitchen full of dirty dishes in a power outage. One time the power was out for two days and we had dirty dished that needed to be washed. The second the power came back on I was in that kitchen getting those dishes cleaned. Every since then anytime I think there might be a power outage I go the the kitchen first and clean it.
Now I have to take the girls out in this weather to take Aly to a Dr.s appointment. I just know she has an ear infection. She has been crying this morning saying her ear hurt and Ibuprofen didn't even take all of the pain away. So wish me luck driving in this snow storm. I heard it has snowed all the way down to 2000 feet which normally is a 20-25 drive. I am sure that will take me close to an hour. Hopefully we will arrive at the Dr's safely and Aly will get the medicine she needs to heal.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I tried so hard to lean my head sideways and listen for what was being said inside. It was useless. I couldn't hear a thing. Gradually over time I managed to inch my way forward through the crowd. This was due in part to some people leaving and also to some kind people who felt bad for such a short girl to not be able to hear or see anything. I missed our Superintendent's speech and I missed one of his student's speeches. When one of our fellow teachers got up to speak I finally was able to make my way to the back of the service and stand next to a fellow teacher. I was able to hear half of her speech. It was soo good and so positive. I really enjoyed hearing all of the stories that happened before my time as a teacher at Taylor and leading up to the time I taught there.
I really enjoyed hearing one of the speakers talk about how Robert made you feel special. About how he would make a point to talk to you and make you feel as if he were your best friend. How he would take out his cellphone and scroll down to call you. Lucky me, with my first name starting with the letter A, I was so lucky to receive phone calls from him quite frequently. He called me with all of the Taylor "gossip" and would also ask me about how life was for me. He didn't talk about himself that much though and I really wasn't aware how serious his heart problem was.
Robert talked of his son Michael often. Of how proud he was of him. Of how he had a good head on his shoulders and made good choices. He talked about how well he did in school and how smart he was. He said that Michael could do anything he wanted to. He was a proud father and loved Michael very much.
I can't believe how many people from all areas of his life were there. It was so amazing to see people from his church, teachers, co-workers, students, parents of students, family, and friends from other areas in his life.
I was fortunate enough to see students I had taught previously as well. Some of them are already sophomores and juniors in high school. I also really enjoyed seeing the teachers that I used to teach with, co-workers, and some of the parents of students I taught as well. I only wish it had been under other circumstances.
Robert was a great friend and will surely be missed. He is in my thoughts daily and I hope that his family can make it through this difficult time.
If you are interested in further comments about Robert and the service go to hiding place.
I just found an amazing video tribute to Robert as well. It is an excellent video showing is life. It was created by Pat Boyd.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I really want to go to Robert's funeral so I hope all of this goes through our family in time for me to make the trip to San Jose and attend the funeral. Wish us luck!
We have at least 6 inches of snow now and it is continueing to snow. Our satelite TV is out so no television for the girls. Good thing for DVD movies since Aly isn't feeling well. Although we tend to loose power in heavy snow storms so we will see. I could be sitting at home with a sick 4 year old, no power, water, or phone. Wish us luck!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
For KK I got the stuff on the picture at the left. She got three t-shirts, one long sleeve shirt, and a black soft fleece jacket. The top purple shirt on the left was $1.92, the second purple shirt was .80 cents, and the red Dora shirt was $1.48. The long sleeve pink shirt was $1.74 and the black fleece jacket was $2.98. For a combined total of $7.18. The normal retail value is $46.97.
For Aly I got the stuff in the picture on the right. She got three t-shirts, four long sleeve shirts, a jacket, a skirt, and two pairs of red heart legging pants--one for this year and one for next. The top pink t-shirt and the blue one were $1.92 each, the pink athletic t-shirt was $1.98. The long sleeve shirts were $2.24 for the brown and the white polo shirt, $1.74 for the pink and white one, and $2.88 for the light blue one. The athletic jacket that Aly just had to have---I didn't really care for it--was $3.24. The pink skirt was $2.88 and the red heart legging pants were $1.92 each! For a total cost of $24.88. The normal retail value is $129.95. That is quite a savings!
I am consistently finding good deals and am in most cases dressing my girls for $4-5 an outfit. Now that is great!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I knew he had went into the hospital on Tuesday and I knew he had a massive heart attack. Somehow I just thought he would make it through. I just thought he would awake from his coma and beat it. Am I just at that stage in my life when I still believe everyone's invincible? My heart ached hearing the news he was in the hospital but I just couldn't imagine it would come to this. I didn't want to go there. I didn't want to believe he could be gone.
So then after hearing of his passing I had to get on the phone and pass the news on to some of my teaching friends that knew him as well. When I called one of our mutual friends Jeanne, it helped to reminisce of our times with Robert. Of how he would make us laugh. Of how he would call us up while we were teaching and bring a smile to our face. He was such a positive, happy person and it was a joy to know him.
Monday, January 14, 2008
We tried Muir Beach but it was soo small and rocky so we drove to Stinson Beach instead. Or should I say shark beach--ha, ha...there were signs posted everywhere warning about sharks. KK probably would have nicknamed the beach garbage beach as there was garbage washed up along the shore everywhere!! She loves the movie Dora Mermaid Kingdom and in the movie the mean old octopus dumps garbage everywhere so she kept saying, "That mean old octopus, don't dump garbage on the beach!" It was cute because it was as if that movie came to life for her. At one point she even decided to clean up some garbage but was a little confused as the where it should go.
Aly's favorite thing to do was to chase seagulls. It was so cute, she actually thought that if she kept trying she would catch one!
It was nice to go from a cold snowy climate to the nice warm beach. We were so lucky the weather cooperated and kept us warm at 60 degrees. Unfortunately we when came home our house was freezing at only 51 degrees since our only source of heat is a wood stove!
Friday, January 11, 2008
I bought 24 items which makes an average of $2.37 an item!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
KK's favorite thing to do is to throw snowballs at the dogs. The dogs love catching them in their mouths. KK doesn't always aim well but the dogs enjoy it!
Aly is trying to go down the slide! See how she is pushing all of the snow with her! KK loves to do what big sissy does and she has learned from Aly to make snow angels! Isn't that cute!
Here is Mommy's favorite part---making snowmen! Aly and I had a blast rolling the snowballs and making our snowmen. I think her favorite part was putting the decorations on them.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Hubby will be going again next year of the show comes back. He wants to bring Aly with him. Some nice father/daughter bonding time. KK won't be ready to see that show as the T-Rex in the end was pretty scary!
If the show comes to your area I highly recommend you go and see it!
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Check out Sierra as she is jumping up for a snowball. It is one of our favorite ways to play with her! I will have to video tape it on my flip video camcorder!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
What was even more shcoking was while I was in the kitchen doing dishes, Aly runs in to tell me KK is going poop on the toilet. Sure enough I go in and check and she is pooping on the toilet. She went in by herself, took off her clothes and went poop. Wow, if only potty training all kids could be this easy!!!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Now there is no turning back. I will keep her in underwear full time, I learned my mistakes of the back and forth game with Aly. The only challenge to come will probably be pooping in the toilet. I got her to poop a little in the toilet yesterday but only because I noticed her squeezing her legs and I ran her to the toilet.
I am so excited! Guess what we decided to do with the $40 we will save on diapers and wipes??? Put her in gymnastics class, she will love it and it costs the same as her diapers did.