Sunday, December 30, 2007
Can you spot Alex among the covers?
Last night Alex and I went on a Christmas light viewing bus trip with some friends. It was nice to have some time with just him and I.
Tonight we went over to my in-laws house for dinner and a late Christmas celebration. Alex was so excited to get more presents.
The Bride and Groom just hours before the wedding.
The view from the beach at our resort.
My usual attire for most of the day on St Lucia, quite the change from the three plus layers of warmth that I had to wear when we got to Wyoming.
Here is my money and time saving tip for when you travel, bring a crock pot. You can easily throw something in in the morning and have a hot and nutritious meal when you get back to your room in the evening. We will even bring the crock pot with us when we camp in the trailer if we have hookups.
After we got home I went to the post office to collect the mail that had been on hold for us and it was a huge pile! I had some cool packages in the mail though. One was a set of bows from the Fairy Princess Bow Boutique. I also got two onesies from Happy Panda from a $40 gift certificate that I won. I also got a couple packages of trim from Michael Miller that I won from their blog. Lastly I got an emergency flashlight/radio/cell phone charger that I got free from buy.com from a deal that I found out about on imommies. I just love getting free stuff. We also got a ton of Christmas cards, which makes me feel guilty since I didn't manage to send out cards before I left town. I think that I am going to send out Happy New Years cards instead.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Today we took the kids for a sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge. It would have been great except Abbie screamed like she was being murdered the whole time. Joe should have gotten some good elk pictures though.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
I am really missing my kids now and am looking forward to getting back to Rock Springs to collect them from Suzy. I have been in contact with Suzy by email pretty much every day, but since it costs $3.25 a minute to call there we have only been calling to talk to the kids every other day. Today was that every other day, but with the 3 hour time difference we got back to the hotel just at bedtime so I hurried to the room to call and luckily they were not asleep yet and we got to talk to them. Suzy assures me that they are doing fine, but I will be so glad to hold and kiss them again Monday night.
Tomorrow is our last full day at the resort and I am planning on just being lazy and relaxing all day. Joe and my dad want to go snorkeling and I am going to let them do that together, all I want to do tomorrow is sleep, eat and maybe I'll work up enough energy to go for a swim.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
When we got here one of the first things that I saw was a Christmas tree in the hotel lobby. Yesterday on the catamaran cruise they were playing Calypso Christmas music on the radio, and this afternoon when I walked out of the hotel after changing into my swimsuit for lunch there was a steel drum band playing a Christmas song. It took me a second to realize that was what they were playing, I am so used to the way I normally hear the songs that they sound like a completely different song. It is hard to think that it is December and getting closer and closer to Christmas when we are down here in this humid 80+ degree weather. In Phoenix it is often in the 70’s and 80’s all the way into December but it is never humid like this, plus I just don’t associate beaches and sand with Christmas.
The internet here can't really handle the upload of pictures so they are going to have to wait until we are back in the states. Joe has been getting some good ones.
Today the family took a cab to the marketplace and duty free shops (right next to where they dock the cruise ships). I wanted to find some fabric to bring back to my quilting friends but didn’t see anything good. I did find a nice t-shirt for me and then one for Alex and his two Wyoming friends and a beach wrap for me.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Today Joe and I, my parents, my sister and brother in law and my future SIL’s parents all went on a Catamaran tour of the island. We left in a bus at 8am to go to the dock and then took the boat for about an hour and then docked and got into another bus to tour the volcano and the botanical gardens. The garden was really cool because it had all kinds of great tropical flowers plus cocoa and nutmeg trees. I have never seen nutmeg fresh off the trees. After those two stops we went to a local restaurant for lunch and then back on the boat for a short trip to a snorkeling and swimming area. We are now back at the resort and I am desperately trying to get on the internet but it doesn’t seem to be working and I am very frustrated. Oh well as they say here no pressures, no problem. Here are some great pictures that my husband took last night. I have a couple more pictures but they are going to have to wait since the internet here is too slow.
Monday, December 10, 2007
December 9, 2007
On Island time now
Wow what a whole different world this is. The airport here is something that you would see on a TV show and not really believe that it existed. We landed at this tiny little airport with probably the shortest runway that I have ever seen and then we used stairs to get off the plane right on the tarmac. There were a grand total of two other planes there. Then we were herded into customs were we waited in line to show our passports. The inside of the airport was very rustic but the outside was even more so, you walk out the double doors of the airport into an open air patio where the resorts just back their shuttle busses right up to the curb. There were all kinds of people waiting at their cars presumably to pick up people that had just landed. It was so very different than the airports that I am used to. After boarding the bus we took a 2 hour drive around the outside of the island (the only main road I suspect) to our hotel. The road was one lane in each direction and motorcyclists and other cars routinely passed us at breakneck speeds. I was sure that we were going to witness an accident, but luckily that was not the case. I am sure that they are used to this type of driving and have learned to be more defensive than I am used to. After getting into our rooms we (my parents, my sister and BIL and my brothers future in-laws) went to dinner in the English themed pub here. The food was good and plentiful but the service was on island time, luckily the drinks are free and plentiful. I suspect that there will be more than one person in our group with a headache tomorrow. We have now come back to our room in hopes of catching up on the sleep that has been so sadly lacking over the last week, but no such luck as of yet. The air conditioner is not cooling and we have a very nice man from maintenance in here trying to fix it for us so that we can cool and dehumidify the room for more comfortable sleeping.
Joe wants me to mention the fact that there is a bird or some such other creature outside of our room that is making a rhythmic squeaking noise and that his preferred activity for tomorrow is bird hunting. I suspect though, that as soon as the air is fixed we will be so ready to sleep that the noise won’t be an issue.
Another tidbit from the trip that I forgot to mention earlier is that when we were driving through Wyoming to get back to the airport in Salt Lake we passed the first JC Penny’s store in a little Wyoming town. It was super small and unimpressive, funny to think that such a big chain grew out of something so small. Also, last Friday morning I won another prize from Prizey, a cool set of bows for my Abbie girl.
December 10, 2007Well the air conditioner took 2 hours to fix last night and it is not completely fixed, they told us that they were going to have to completely replace the unit some time today. After the air was finally fixed we went to bed only to have the smoke detector go off at 2:45. We called the front desk and their solution was to come and take the detector out of the room (they still haven't replaced it). This morning we woke up about 9 and went and took the tour of the grounds. After that Joe went and took a nap while I went out with everyone else on the small sail boats that they have for the guests to use. It was very fun and nice and cool on the boat. Tomorrow we are going on an all day catamaran trip around the island.
I miss the kids greatly but I am hopefull that this break will allow me to be a more patient mom when we get back. If you want to read about what they are up to go to Suzy's blog and read all about it. Suzy is my saintly friend that agreed to watch my kids so that my husband and I could attend my brother's wedding.
Now I need to go to the room to cool off for a while. Well maybe not, Joe just came out and said that they were cleaning the room.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Suzy sent along some great pictures of Abbie girl in the bath last night. She just LOVES water.
Apparently the kids have not been on their best behavior since we left yesterday. I really hope that they will settle down into the Sholar's routine and things will get easier from here on out.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Oh yeah, I almost forgot I was notified that I won another giveaway that I found on prizey. I won a $45 gift certificate to flattenme.
I have been writing this as we go and will be uploading as I have internet access.
December 4, 2007
The adventure begins
We left town about 10:30 this morning after a pretty sleepless night. Last night we put Alex to bed at his usual time and we could not get him to stay in his room or settle down long enough to go to sleep. We even at one time tried letting him sleep in bed with us. There was some difficulty in getting the roof bag onto the roof, packed and tied down but it holds so much stuff that it is truly worth the hassle. The only other way we would have been able to bring enough stuff for this trip would have been to rent a trailer and we didn’t want to deal with that in the snow. I bought the duffle bags that fit into our roof bag and that made it much easier to gauge how much would fit and to contain all of the small clothing items that needed to be packed in it. We stopped at Cracker barrel (my favorite road, especially since they have Swedish fish) in Flagstaff for lunch about 1:30. From there we took highway 89 north and then took 89A to Kanab. 89A which goes close to the north rim of the Grand Canyon was so pretty with a covering of snow and very peaceful since there were not too many people on the road. We got into Kanab, Utah about 6:30 and stopped at Pizza Hut for dinner. After dinner we decided that it was too early to stop for the day so drove for another 50 miles to a town call Panguich (sp?) and got a room at a small motel (cheap, clean but for $44 most assuredly not luxury). Now Joe and I are both on the computer, Abbie is in her pack and play and Alex is running around the room out of control. I guess it’s a good thing that this motel doesn’t look too busy. Tomorrow we will drive to Salt Lake and pick up some cold weather gear and then head onto Rock Springs.
December 5, 2007
In Wyoming now
This morning the kids woke up about 6:30 and we decided to just get going and were on the road by 7:30. At 10 when the kids were starting to get stir crazy we just happened to be driving past a McDonalds with a play area so I had Joe stop so we could let the kids out for a while. We ended up staying for nearly an hour and the kids were much happier after that. We got into the Salt Lake area around 1 and went to a Walmart to get some of the cold weather gear that we couldn’t get in Phoenix. After lunch and shopping we headed out for Rock Springs and arrived at Sholar Siding around 6:30 just in time for dinner. After dinner the kids were going nuts and Suzy had the brilliant idea of taking them to the local rec center so they could burn off some energy. The boys ended up practically running for a half mile on the running track before going to the play area and letting them play for over a half an hour. We then took them home and put them to bed. Now all the adults are sitting in the Sholar’s living room working on the computers (3 laptops and 1 blackberry).
Monday, December 03, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Today Alex got to go to Build a Bear for the first time for his friend Bailey's 4th birthday party. He did really well working with the lady from the store and getting along with the other kids. He ended up making a kitty in a superman costume. I think that he was most excited about the kitty sized play ipod that he got (mommy got a new nano as an early Christmas present from daddy).
This evening another friend of Alex's, Anna, was in the Chandler Light Parade and Joe and I took the kids to go see it. I think that Alex had a fun time seeing the floats. (the picture of Abbie hanging to the side was because she was playing peek a boo with Joe who was behind me)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
2 quarts apple juice
2 Cups orange juice
2 1/4 Cup pineapple juice
1 Cup lemon juice
1/2 Cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon cloves
Simmer covered for 20 minutes, then simmer uncovered for an additional 20 minutes, strain and serve warm.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I am thankful for my two beautiful and healthy children who taught me that love is something so huge that it can't truly be put into words.
I am thankful for my husband who loves me very much.
I am thankful that I have everything I could ever need in life and most everything that I could ever want also.
I am thankful for my family who I know will always be there for me, even if they don't always agree with me.
I am thankful for all of my wonderful friends that are so generous, selfless, and giving and show me the kids of person that I strive to be.
Thank you all!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Here are the last two things I have been working on both are going to be given as gifts. They are from the same idea as the joy wall hangings from last year (which I apparently did not take a picture of, sorry). I have made several of the love hangings so multiple people will be getting them.
It has been far too long since I have posted anything crafty so here goes. Top photo of Abbie and her little friend on Halloween in mommy made outfits. Second photo is Abbie coloring with crayons for the first time. Third photo is of Alex making holiday picture frames with his two friends at my friend's house last Sunday. Fourth photo is of the Barbie themed gifts for the two girls pictured in the previous photo. Each will get a bag, 2 pillowcases and a crayon roll. Last photo is of the cloth shopping bags that I am using instead of gift wrap this year. I have more to share but blogger wouldn't let me put them in this post so I will have to make another post.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
I love that there are people out there that I have never met that find my life interesting enough to read about it. I get a thrill that there are people that subscribe to my blog, there are even people in other countries that want to know about me, wow! You all make me feel so special even if you have never left a comment. Thank you! I feel that part of the special feeling that I get from blogging will be lost if I make my blog private. So I have decided to make my blog public again. I can't promise to not offend anyone, all I can say is that my thoughts, feelings and opinions ar mine and mine alone and I have the right to have them just as you have the right to disagree with me.
To those I have offended or hurt, that was not my intention and I love you all very much.
Here are the Haloween photos, Abbie was a lady bug (red onsie that I had, sticky back felt dots and a pair of red wings from Jo-Ann total cost $7) Alex was a cowboy (jeans he had, flannel shirt and hat from the thrift store, 2 sheriffs badges (he lost the 1st one at the trunk or treat), guns and holster from Walmart, boots on loan from a friend total cost $15). The kids actually got to wear their costumes twice, once the Friday before at the Trunk or Treat at the YMCA and the second time on Haloween when we took them around the block. This was the first year that Alex really got the idea of trick or treating so it was fun to watch him having fun.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
On the 14th of this month my girlfriends and I took our kids to Schnepf farms for their pumpkin festival. The kids had a great time at the petting zoo, on the train ride and on the bumble bee carnival ride.
The top picture is of me and the kids last year (Abbie is in the sling) and the second one is of us this year.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Today was a pretty busy day in our house. We are having pretty much the entire house painted this week and the painters got here at about 7am this morning. I am very pleased with the work that they are doing, but it has made it difficult to keep the kids out of the way and Alex will not nap if he can hear or see people in the house. So this morning the kids got me up at about 6:30 and the painters got here at 7 I had the kids dressed and fed by 8 and we left to go to the gym for my exercise class and then Abbie's gym class. After that we went to the store where I picked up food for a birthday dinner for Alex (he is 3, hard to believe). We then went home and had lunch and I put Abbie down for a nap and tried to get Alex to take a nap but he wasn't having it. So, he and I hung out until 3ish when the painters left and then I put him down for a nap. Unfortunately Abbie got up about the same time that I put Alex down so I didn't get any child free time this afternoon. For dinner I invited my dad to join us since my mom is out of town this week, we had hamburgers, fries and a small birthday cake (Alex had a bigger party last Saturday). Afterwards we hang out and talked for a bit and then I went to quilt guild and Joe put the kids to bed. All in all a good day, I am really pleased with how the painting is turning out and am really glad that it is getting done. Our walls were the flat white paint that the builder painted and they were filthy dirty.
Sorry that this is going to be another photo free post but I still haven't figured out how to get the pictures off my camera and my husband has gone to bed so I can't ask him to help. (I figured it out and have added some pictures, the first one is from Alex's b-day party on the 13th and the second one is from his actual birthday)
Friday, October 12, 2007
In between all of this I have finished my butterfly garden quilt and made a "Party" wall hanging. I recently got a new laptop and have not gotten the photo software set up yet so I'll have to post photos at a later date.
This weekend will likely be just as crazy. Tonight is the semiannual mother's of multiples rummage sale so I will be going with my mom and sister to get some winter clothes for the kids (Alex mostly). Tomorrow is Alex's birthday party (he will be 3 on the 16th), and there are no plans for Sunday yet.
I almost forgot, we had a big milestone here yesterday, we turned Abbie's car seat forward facing. I can't believe how big my baby girl has gotten. Yesterday I took the swing, activity center and bouncy seat to the resale shop. We have had these things since Alex was born, but Abbie has outgrown them and we are not planning on having any more kids so it was time to declutter. I was a bit sad to see them go realizing that I am moving out of a phase of my life and that I will likely never have a little baby of my own to cuddle again.
Monday, October 01, 2007
In other ways to measure time, Abbie has gotten another molar so we are up to 9 teeth total. I can't believe that she is getting to be such a big girl.
Quilt wise I should be able to tell of a UFO finish soon. I finished quilting my Butterfly Garden quilt and have the binding sewn to one side, I just need to get some thread to match the binding and then I'll finish it up (since I anticipate that this quilt will be used I will stitch the binding down by machine rather than by hand). It will feel good to have this completed I have been working on this quilt since Alex was a newborn.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Today we had Abbie's first birthday party. Fun was had by all and we got some more great cake eating pictures. I'll post pictures in the next couple of days (I finally added those photos!). Abbie gave me a surprise for her birthday also, two new molars. She totally snuck them in on me, I only know that they are there because I saw a flash of white in her mouth and checked it out. Hope all of you out there had a great weekend.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I can't hardly believe it but Abbie girl turned one today. We are having her party for friends and family on Sunday but today we were able to celebrate with a small cake and dinner with my friend and her two kids. Monday that same friend and I took the kids in to get their birthday pictures done (her son is 26 hours older than Abbie) and then we went back in briefly to have a picture of the two of them together. Abbie is wearing the dress that I made her in the pictures of her by herself. The headband is a free pattern from Heather Bailey. Abbie got to eat her first piece of cake today and she made a lovely mess with it. I tried to post a video of Abbie eating her cake but it wouldn't work so I'll try again later.