Monday, January 31, 2011

Well look at that

2 miles at a 12:12 min/mile pace.  Holla!


This Monday just got a little bit better. 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cranky Girl

Kalea was one cranky little girl when she came over.


Everything set her off.  Finally, I let her pick out a movie and fed her some grapes. 


And when the food ran out, Shannon distracted her with Tangled clippings online.


Good night Kalea!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chino Hills Snow Day 2011

No driving to the mountains involved.  And if you ask Brooklyn, I’m sure she’s glad!

While Jeff and I were celebrating Andrew’s birthday, Shannon and Danny took Brooky and Kalea to snow day.  It’s an annual event we normally all attend and the girls love it!

I have a hard time keeping a secret from these girls and I may have let it leak to Brooky yesterday, about Snow Day.  Well, so much for secrets!  She told Danny that Aunty Nini told her about snow day!


I love how Kalea breaks into a run when she sees the pen of snow!




This looks like such a Road Runner/Wylie Coyote scene…



Each girls’ interpretation of a snowman.



I guess the snow looked good enough to eat. 







Happy 18th Birthday Andrew!!

Today is Jeff’s youngest brother’s 18th birthday!


Doesn’t he look happy?  At least his girlfriend smiled!  Smile

How does an 18 year old celebrate his 1st day of adulthood?  With a family party of course!  Jeff’s mom came over bright and early to start decorating our pool area.  She had balloons, festive tablecloths and a sign in Hershey Kiss.



Libby planned ahead and also brought a brag book that had some elementary school gems memories.  My favorite was school project where Andrew had to write about an embarrassing moment. 


Once everyone arrived, Libby started the games.  She had two poster boards hanging.  One had a bunch of nicknames.  It was the party goers job to pick the top 7 most common nicknames for Andrew.  The winners included, Sweet Baboo, Candyman, Big A, and Drewman.

The second game, which I have to say was my favorite, had a bunch of pictures from when Andrew was younger.  The goal was to put the pictures in chronological order.  This one, I especially loved.


OMG, so cute!  This might qualify for another “embarrassing moment”. 

After games we dug into the food.  Libby had ordered Subway sandwiches and Pizza Hut pizza.  Andrew had his own personal pan pizza specially made without sauce, per his request.

The cake was also a special request (man he was lucky!) and had strawberry filling. 


We sang to the birthday boy and then served him his cake. 


I hope you enjoyed your big day!  Happy birthday Andrew!

I can breathe!

Breathing is a pretty basic body function.  Unfortunately for someone with asthma, it is not easy.  Scratch that, someone who does not treat their asthma.

That’s where I come in.  For most of my adult life I’ve struggled with my asthma.  As I’ve put on the pounds and have become more out of shape, my lungs struggle more.  When I decided back in June 2010 that it was time to do something about my weight, I was met with many obstacles.  I had a couple of injuries, motivation issues and the constant tightness in my chest.

HOWEVER, I finally made the promise that in 2011 I would really take the time to treat my asthma.  I started actually taking the meds provided by my doctor and have been diligent for over a week.

Today (cue trumpets) I ran 2 miles without feeling constricted!  It’s the first time in who knows how long, that I’ve been able to do anything physical and had to stop due to my muscle fatigue versus my lungs. 

We finished the 2 miles at a 12:36 pace! 

I’m so excited to reach this milestone.  I really feel this is one hurdle I’ve almost cleared!

That would be my sock

With all the toys Chloe has, she prefers socks.

Unfortunately (for me) she prefers my brand new house slipper socks that are soft and fluffy.


Darn that dog!

(Taken last night but too lazy to post…)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sickie Nieces

This weekend I had plans to spend some time with these two cuties.



Unfortunately, this happened.


Both nieces and their mommy came down with a cold!  (That’s Hailey’s booger bubble, I’m actually quite impressed!) 

To diminish my sadness, my wonderful husband made me a slab of cow with a side of carbs steak and rice.  It was perfectly cooked and deliciously seasoned. 


Chloe enjoyed it too.  She sat and waited patiently for her portion.

I hope my niecies and SIL feel better!  Sweet dreams!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Family Portrait


Don’t we look cute? 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saying Goodbye

There is a very bittersweet thing going on across our street.


It’s called construction. 

We are happy that after staring at a dirt lot for 2 years, there are finally going to be homes built.  Finished construction brings new neighbors which directly affects our property value and potentially our association fees. 

One of the things we’ll miss though, are the Santa Ana mountains in the background.  It was the only view we had and soon it will be gone. 

That and an empty pool.  We only have one pool for over 80 homes.  Gone will be the days of being the only family out by the pool.

Guess it’s time to start looking for a home with its own pool.  Winking smile

Monday, January 24, 2011

I have an addiction

Every night, after dinner I start to feel the withdrawals. 

I silently look through the kitchen until I spy this guy.  He goes by “The Enabler”.     


I always crave something sweet after dinner.  I generally attempt to ward off the cravings with some juice or fruit or yogurt.  But more and more The Enabler is calling my name.  The worst part?  He brings friends…


And when the two of them get together, it’s a match made in heaven.


Darn you Enabler!  I need a WW meeting STAT.