Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Day Out

Today I am taking Siobhan and her friend to Adventure City. Siobhan's birthday is tomorrow and she really wanted to have a party but agreed to this instead. We are leaving in a few minutes to pick her up. We will spend as long there as they enjoy themselves.

We might pick up Daddy and Diego and go to the movies later.

Tomorrow we will enjoy cake and ice cream and a few gifts.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Diego is playing the Wii. He never gets the baseball right, always stands wrong

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

No more baggies

I opened Diego's lunch box today to find a small container of what was left of veggies with dressing from Monday when his Nana packed his lunch. I started thinking, that is what I needed. Small container. I am so tired of buying lunch bags. Bad for the environment, using 2 or more per day. They bring home the plastic ware, they should be trusted. I will use foil for the the sandwiches.

My issue is where to put them. My daughter, Krystal, is usually the one to put the dishes away. (Eric and I like to wash but not put away) and IF she would put them where they go all would be fine.

Why does it seem as though I have eight thousand lids and no bottoms to match?

I think I might get a few, they are so cheap anyway and see how it goes. Should be cheaper in the long run too!

Monday, January 11, 2010

My brother David, super cute ME, my brother Tony

Me, my grandma (on my Dad's side) and my cousin Elaine

My Dad

Tony, me, my grandma and David

Two of my brothers and adorable little Diane

Friday, January 08, 2010


This year is going to bring some good changes around here. First off, Eric and I do our money separate. When we bought the house we decided who would pay what and have kinda gone from there. Eric is great with money. As great as he is, I am his opposite. Seriously, scary like. But this year, this is my year to get financially stable. I am doing better every month but I plan to see a difference at the end of 2010, hopefully a life style changing difference for my whole family.

Also this is the year we are going to "do stuff" with the kids. We do a lot already I think but more. More stuff we don't normally do. More zoo's (not just the same one), more weekend trips, just more. Eric LOVES to travel (he aches for it) and I really enjoy going somewhere else or just somewhere new. We took K and B to Europe for 3.5 week about 8 years ago and I think S and D will be ready in another couple of years. In the meantime there are so many shorter trips we can do. Grand Canyon, Redwoods, hell, Big Bear. This year I vow to plan to make it happen. All of us will be happier.

Ah, feels good just to "say it out loud" then there is some ownership. I already know Eric is onboard. That man loves to get away. He gets frustrated because I am so happy just to be home. Maybe because we moved around a lot or I don't know. But I don't know how long it has been since I lived in a house 10 years straight. But my babies need to have the travel bug too. Be it by car, train or plane, this year will bring some trips.

Any suggestions for children ages 5 and 8 (birthday at the end of the month!)

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Currently in pain from a headache

that I think I have because the thought to drink something didn't even occur to me until about 6pm. Hmm, could be.

Fun and busy day today. Stopped by my work to show off my beautiful kids. Dropped something off at UPS for Krystal. Took the kids to the bank, they now have their own accounts! Daddy met us at the movies to see Where the Wild Things Are. I was a little bit bored with it. Disappointed, but it was okay. Diego didn't care for it too much, I think Siobhan thought it was okay too.

Then the little one's and I headed to Chuck E. Cheese. Here is some info for you Chuck E., you want parent's to stay and spend their hard earned money on pizza or tokens or crap, get free wi-fi. Don't leave us to our own devices trying to get it from Lee's across the parking lot. The longer I stay in my satisfied bubble of ear buds, the more I spend. Get it?

Headed home just as the headache was coming full force. You know the kind, where you want to shut your eyes against the oncoming cars only you can't because you are driving. Yep, that's it. A few hours in the dark and made it only a minor thudding against my skull, hence, here I am. Unable to sleep but unable to do much less. Luckily for me, I keep my iMac's screen down super low anyway so it isn't too damaging the light I must endure while I type away.

Eric is busy behind me on his computer while the rest of the crew sleep. Lucky dogs!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

No more cash

I have been thinking and I think if the government is so worried about illegal goings on, we should remove our cash system. There are good and bad points in my opinion but it would help.

If there were no cash and everyone had to use electronic "credits" (or whatever you want to call them) every transaction would be recorded. You couldn't roll down the street and hand your dealer some cash for drugs, it would have to be done electronically. Now of course, Mr. Drug Dealer doesn't have a job and would ring some bells somewhere if no where else but the IRS as to why he has so many credits. You know exactly who is selling and who is buying.

Doesn't mean at Target or Amazon that your entire purchase is recorded, just where it was. You could still order your unmentionables (if your that type of person) but the store would be recorded.

Of course this limits our privacy. It would make having a Garage Sale a bitch. Not to mention very difficult for people visiting.

I'm not saying it is a perfect idea, but maybe something to work from...

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

My new favorite meal- Hobo dinner

I don't remember where I got the recipe from exactly and there are a lot of variations online. But this one is yummy. You could prepare it in the am and stick it in your fridge until ready to cook too although I haven't tried that yet.

You take a good size sheet of foil (heavy duty is best), and put a good size hamburger patty on it. The first time I used those pre-made fresh patties but if you use good ground beef you can season it as you like better. I used Lipton onion soup mix (which I always recommend) and some season salt. They cut up an onion (rings are easist) and put those on top of the meat. Cut up some potatoes, use about 5-6 circles. Season those too. This last time I added some cut up garlic around the meat and baby carrots (5-6) or whatever will fit into your foil. (Eric and I thought it would be good with mushrooms too) Add a pat of butter on the top and pull the foil up to cinch it at the top. Heat it for about 1 hour at 350 degrees and there you go. Your own individual meal. I made the kid's a bit smaller and I make one or two with whatever veggies are left over. It is a perfect sized meal. Make sure the foil is completely closed, if not it will not cook as well.

If you try it let me know. Oh and added bonus, NO clean up!

Monday, January 04, 2010

A weeks vacation

No work for a whole week. Nothing to do for a whole week. Well, nothing is not really true. I have much to do around the house that I put off. I have some errands to run (which includes driving to Corona) and finding something fun to do too. Movies? Chuck E Cheese (minus the eating), Nickel Nickel? I know the kids want to miniature golf but Eric needs to be there on that one. So little time so much to do. hee hee

Sunday, January 03, 2010

I have started

my project. Started yesterday. Not sure how it is going to go but it has begun. I need something else too. Something outside.

My project is something my husband has always told me I should do. Something I have always wanted to do and I think something most people say they would like to do.

First I need a new chair. My computer chair is on it's last leg. ha ha It was so comfortable but Diego keeps tearing off pieces of the bottom. I need one that has a lower foot step too. My legs are at an unsafe angel. Not good for blood circulation. So, it is on the computer obviously.

Guess and I will tell but will it actually go anywhere? Who knows

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I have decided

I need a project. Not sure what but something. I am not really good at anything but I need something nonetheless. Maybe gardening, I mean I kill everything but if I can get it going, Eric can keep it alive. I don't know. Something. To work on. To allow before and after. Something. I am going to keep thinking. Hopefully it will be something that will benefit us all (like yard work). hmmm

Friday, January 01, 2010


Is it two thousand ten or twenty ten?

Writing it feels weird 1-1-10, 1/1/10 hmm. I have been doing it for a few weeks at work and it is still odd.

New Year's Eve was the same at my house again and I love it. We just hang out. Do whatever but have lots of yummy snacks and a nice fire, something on the tv that someone may or may not be watching. Very unorganized. Do what you want. Enjoy the night together or at least in the same two rooms.

I bought a little tiny itty bitty bottle of Patron and one of Captain Morgan's spiced rum. My nephew got me hooked on Captain Morgan's with Dr. Pepper. I had it with Coke (it is what I had). I had one of Eric's beers which is a New Year's Eve miracle as I hate beer.

I watched a show, via Netflix streaming, called Dexter. One of my friend's was always talking about it on twitter so when I saw I could watch it online, I decided to check it out. I really like it. I could see how it might be offensive or too gory for some, but not for me. I am hooked! I have watched 7 episodes so far, maybe 8. I know season 1 and 2 are online, I might have to get the DVD's beyond that, so who knows when I will get to watch them. Our queue has 247 DVD's on it.

The kids watched Boomerang (the new favorite channel at our house). It shows the tv shows when Eric and I were young. Siobhan said her new favorite show is Johnny Quest. It really isn't something I thought she would like. She is such a girly girl but she likes it.

They played the Wii (five new games) and Lego's and Glo Doodle. It was a really great night. Not really so much different from any other weekend night except the drinking (me) and the goodies to eat. And of course the staying up late.

Happy New Year no matter how you decide to say it!