Saturday, November 29, 2008


I will admit that I was a little worried about driving at 3:45 in the morning on straight ice but with Josh's 4-wheel drive and God's grace we didn't have a problem! Lots of other people had problems but thankfully not us.

We were in line at Kohl's for the 4 am opening. Got all that we wanted and then made our way to JCPenney's. Finished there in time to make the 6 am opening at Target. The lines to get in the actual doors were long and it was a bit crazy being among the 2000 people there but we got what was on our lists and had time to sit down for a quiet breakfast by 7, just the two of us.

I had a great time with Shell. Having a partner is definitely the way to go. Someone to hold your spot in line and to help carry the heavy load when there aren't any carts or bags left. (Just don't bring the bag with you to the car, huh Shell? Just kidding!)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

We've been a bit busy entertaining but I did want to post a little of our thankfulness for this year.

It's a tradition for us to go around and list what we are thankful for. This year the list consisted of:

Shea - my family, my friends, church, our home, my job, and Opal.

Tristan - my family, shelter, food, and Opal.

Aidan - my teacher and bathrooms. This was followed up by a potty joke of course.

Josh - at first it was just a cupcake but later he was thankful for his family, his health, his family's health, his job, and milk to go with the cupcake.

Shell and family made it here just in time to see the snow. It was awesome to spend Thanksgiving Day with part of our family. We did get up early and do our "Black Friday Shopping" but I'll post about that tomorrow. Getting up at 2:40 am and not being a napper has taken it's toll.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Time to make the pies!

To get a jump start on all of the cooking for the big day I'll go ahead and make the sweet potato pies tonight. Yep, pies not pie! I normally make them in two's and will probably do 4 of them tonight. One for us, one for Cat, one for my neighbor who lives alone, and who knows who will get the fourth.

There's a snowstorm coming for Thanksgiving. This could make Shell's flight in interesting and our crazy early morning shopping a mess. I don't know much about it right now but I'll update more as it gets closer.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I have pictures to share! Tristan's team won this weekend's game 42-2! Tristan had 14 points - guess all that practice with Dad paid off.

Tristan going after the ball. (He's in black and red.)

Tristan is #7 - my favorite number. #9 is his best friend Joel.

Joel and Tristan on a run in front of everyone else.

See his defensive stance?

Being surrounded by the opposing team.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

From sweet to weird.

Did anyone else know that Weird Al was still doing his thing? I didn't, until Tristan was watching his videos on You-tube. He says, "Mom, you've got to see this!" I take one look and it's the video for "I'm Fat" and he can't believe that I've seen it before. Geez, we watched that when I was a teenager. Tristan and Aidan not only know the words but also some of the dance moves.

Next thing you know, he's telling Josh to add some of his songs to his mp3 player. Not just the old songs but he has new ones out also. A favorite of Tristan's is "Whatever you Like" which is also about food.

As Josh would say, "What a Nerd!" Ha!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Something sweet~

Have I told you how much I'm enjoying the mornings with the boys before school? I'm so happy that I've cut my hours to be with them.

One of the best things is that when I drop them off at school we say our goodbyes as they leave the car and then on the walk down to the building Tristan always turns around once more to wave goodbye. I never leave until I get that last wave and he always does it!

It's the little things, ya know?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Catching up!

I feel like I'm moving in slow motion while the world around me is in high-gear. It must be my cold that I'm trying to get over! Time is moving too fast and I have a lot of things to do before Thanksgiving next week. That's in 9 days guys!

Tristan started basketball on Saturday and that was a lot of fun. I didn't think that I would get such a kick out of it. Their team won their first game and they looked pretty good. Tristan isn't that great of a basketball player; he didn't score any points and gave the ball up a bit, but he is very athletic, plays defense well, and is able to get some steals.

The weather here is unbelievable! We will have record highs today (70's) and it'll be warmer here than in Miami! Now that soccer is over the snow/cold weather can come at any time. I'm waiting for it! (Maybe that's why I don't feel ready for Thanksgiving?)

It's been confirmed that the boys are going to play in a soccer tournament in Vegas during Spring Break. Can you believe it? We are going back to Vegas! I'm excited a bit, it'll be a nice break and needed by that time. Josh and I are working through the holidays this year. First time in I don't know how long.

I got Nuggets tickets for us in January this weekend. We try to go to one game a year, it's expensive but we only do it once so that's how it gets rationalized. These tickets are unbelievable - we will be sitting right behind the Nuggets bench! Can't wait, hope they don't cuss too much. Ha!

Well, that's about it for now. At least it's enough for me.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Aidan's crush

Aidan has always been quite fond of the girls (he'll be the first to tell you how many girlfriends he has) but this is his first serious crush. I think it's cute actually. Guess who it is?

Yep, it's Beyonce! He's liked her for quite a while but just recently he asked me to get some pictures of her for his room. She was also on Oprah and when I was watching it this morning he never left the couch. He watched the entire interview! That is so unlike him. Cute huh? He's got great taste.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Since I don't have the elaborate display of pictures from Tristan's soccer season, I did want to put up the few of him that was included on Aidan's disc. He's a great brother who normally watches all of Aidan's games. (Aidan will always find something else to do besides supporting his brother during a game.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Still got the headache...

but the mood is a bit better. I don't feel like I'm going to cry anymore so that's a good thing. I do have a sore throat today though, that's a bummer. (Thanks Aidan!)

I've started using our "lonely treadmill" in the mornings and I think that's the time of the day I might be successful with exercising. Evenings are no good, I can come up with a thousand reasons to not get on it and then I get too tired. In the mornings, I get up a little earlier and do it before my shower. It's not bad but then again I'm only two days in so far. We'll have to see how long it lasts.

Thanks again readers for being so thoughtful and caring! I love ya!

Monday, November 10, 2008


The weather outside today actually matches the way that I've been feeling for the past few days. It's gray, gloomy, and raining now. We need the rain so I'm not upset with that but I thought it was ironic.

I'm a bit emotional but have kept control of it for the most part. I'm holding in the tears but have found that I could cry at the drop of a hat if I allowed myself to. Not exactly sure why, I know some of the reasons but I keep arguing with myself about it all. I shouldn't let some of these feelings get to me like this, I should be happy!

Part of me is mad that I'm not happier! Work hasn't helped the issue today. I have a lot of time that my mind can wander and I'm by myself, that's not good when you are feeling like this. Don't worry, I'm okay, just a bit sad. Wanted to share it and I'm hoping it'll be gone in a few days.

Anyway, this weekend was weird for me. No soccer! First time in 10 weeks and man, I missed it. I did get the sheets on the beds washed and changed. Started working on the basement for Shelly's visit in a few weeks. Had great intentions to make some phone calls but couldn't get myself out of the funk to do it. But I was productive so that's good news.

Now I have a headache, wow - does it end?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Quiz answered by Tristan

1. What is something mom always says to you? "It's time for bed."

2. What makes mom happy? When you are a nice, respectful person.

3. What makes mom sad? When people are rude and don't listen.

4. How does your mom make you laugh? She laughs.

5. What was your mom like as a child? A farmer.

6. How old is your mom? 33

7. How tall is your mom? 5'1

8. What is her favorite thing to do? Watch "The View."

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? Watches TV and does chores.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? The person who watches the most "View" shows.

11. What is your mom really good at? Cooking breakfast and dinner.

12. What is your mom not very good at? Sports.

13. What does your mom do for her job? Birth certificate center.

14. What is your mom's favorite food? Salad.

15. What makes you proud of your mom? Because she does everything in the house.

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? Wanda from Fairly Odd Parents.

17. What do you and your mom do together? We watch "The First 48", "Amazing Race", "Criminal Minds".

18. How are you and your mom the same? We laugh alot and we're both smart.

19. How are you and your mom different? She's a girl and I'm a boy. I play video games and she doesn't. I play sports and she doesn't.

20. How do you know your mom loves you? Because she puts a lot of effort in whatever she does for me.

I obviously watch way too much tv.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I'm a happy girl!

So, so happy! I will admit that I was nervous until around 8 p.m. or so but after that I just sat there amazed at how well he was doing and the states that he was winning. I mean - who would have ever thought that Colorado would have gone Democratic? It's been Republican since I've moved here it seems. Not only did we have the majority for the presidential choice but also our senate, awesome!

I slept very well, so well that I actually overslept this morning. Woke up with a headache today. Feels like a hangover but I didn't drink, so it must be emotional or hormonal. Not sure yet!

Wow, I can't believe it. I'm so happy the boys were able to watch it also before they went to bed. Yesterday was an amazing day - I'll never forget it!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Get out and vote!

I don't care who you vote for but it's important to get out there and do it! This is a historic day one way or another. Either we will have our first black president or our first woman vice-president!

I will admit that I'm nervous about tonight's results. There's a really important amendment that I don't want to pass here and of course the presidential side of it all. I've had dreams about this for the past two nights so I'm hoping to get some rest tonight! (And not cry myself to sleep, ha!)

Monday, November 3, 2008

End of Aidan's fall soccer season!

Aidan's team ended their season with 6 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss. Unbelievable! They played in the highest level available for their age group also! Here's a recap of his season (thanks to another mom from the team who took all of the pictures).

Look at me on the side during these two pictures! I laughed so hard!

This last one is one of my favorites! Yay Aidan, I'm so proud of you!

(I feel bad because I don't have pictures like this for Tristan but couldn't keep these to myself.)