Monday, December 29, 2008

The Wave

M received a Wave Board from Santa. Something he's been asking for since last Christmas.
In case you're not familiar with one of these it's a two wheel accident waiting to happen.
J grumbled at me for two days, "why did you (aka Santa) get him that d@#$ thing", "he's going to hurt himself", blah, blah, blah...
We took M to the park yesterday to try it out, and he did pretty well!
Guess who wanted to try it out and loved it the most?!?!



Friday, December 26, 2008

The Scream!


My youngest child E has a scream that can burst a persons eardrums. I believe the blood curdling screams I had while giving birth to him must have been ingrained in him while still in the birth canal
(but that's another story).


The center photo show E in the middle of a screaming fit while driving to our friends' house for Christmas dinner. It was a 50 minute drive, the first 20 minute of which we has to listen E scream.

To be in an enclosed car with him like this on a cold and rainy day can make your skin crawl, your teeth to clench and make you just about loose your mind.

See the picture of O and M in the bottom right corner? The poor kids were so patient, they just sat there in silence and endured it.


It was an exhausting drive!

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Happy Screaming New Year!


Merry Christmas!


Christmas has come and gone, the kids were happy and appreciated all of their gifts.

Can you believe one of the favorite gifts this year was a dictionary received by M.

For the last year we have struggled with reading. To see him embrace a dictionary and dance for joy over it is
Amazing!

It's one of the best gifts we've ever received.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

LED LIGHTS!!!!????

I DECIDED TO USE LED LIGHTS THIS YEAR.
I LIKE THEM FOR THEIR GREEN FACTOR.

2007

2008

I HATE THEIR LACK OF SPARKLE!
(I'm so disappointed)




Oh Christmas Tree!


We went and chopped down our tree this weekend and were joined by family and friends.

We found out what happens when you let a bunch of urban/suburban kids loose on a Christmas Tree Farm?



They run wild of course!

They chased each other through the rows of trees non-stop for about an hour.

We found an chopped our tree within the first 10 minutes and spent the next 50 yelling:
"Where's E, O, M, P and A (the kids)? Oh, there they are! Then they'd disappear again.

I should have used the sports setting on my camera, because
I had to erase many a photo as they were just blurs of blues and reds whizzing past.

I am usually pretty paranoid when it comes to my kids, but this was a lesson in letting go and letting them just have fun.






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Monday, December 1, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

E, O and I went to visit my childhood home.
An 1896 victorian in the heart of San Francisco. It is currently under remodel and is in a state of disrepair. The house is old, empty and worn but at the same time it's full of history. Walking in there brought back a flood of memories and feelings from my childhood and it was truly bittersweet.
Many of my favorite things are still there; the bay window, the original victorian woodwork and detail, the yard with its ginko, apple, lemon, magnolia and wisteria and those million dollar views from the front and back windows.
Seeing it again made me realize how much love this house and the city and how fortunate I am to have grown up there.
Although I've opted for a quieter life in the suburbs; SF and my childhood home will always have a piece of my heart.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Updates on the Q Family coming soon!

Sorry about the lack of blogging lately.
When I gets overly busy I fail to see the humor in life and in turn have nothing to write about.
Now that I have a camera full of pictures and something to write about our home computer is giving us attitude. J worked on it and hopefully I'll be able to upload some photos soon and let you know what we've been up to.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Four

I was sent this e-mail about a week ago and never got around to answering so I decided to post it.

Here are a few things about me.

Four places that I go to over and over:
(So Exciting Huh?)

M & O's School

E's school

Work

Home

Four of my favorite places to eat:
Pacific Cafe

El Toro Loco (Our Friend's Peruvian Restaurant)

The Corral

Alice's (Chinese)

Four places I would rather be right now:
France

Mexico
The Caribbean
Hawaii

I think I need a vacation.

Four Favorite TV shows:
House Hunters

Extreme Home Makeover

Grey's Anatomy

Brothers and Sisters

Four of my favorite objects or things in my house:

1.My Kids (Duh)


2. My Husband J


3. My Picture Wall


4A and 4B. My Dogs (Gussy and Jingo)


4C. My Wine Glasses

I know, I know! I couldn't pick only four.


What are Your Four?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Do You Follow Through?

I haven't had a whole lot to write about this last week, because I've been overwhelmed and parenthood has been kicking my behind. O has been a force to reckoned with (which E happens to be emulating) and I've been struggling. Everyday we've been in a battle of wills and I've pulled out every parenting trick I know, but inevitable ended up in a screaming match with my 5 year old.

Here is one of my typical daily conversations with her:

Me: "O put on you're shoes."
O: Just sits there picking her toes, adjusting her sock...you get the picture.
Me:"O we have toe leave in 5 minutes please put your shoes on!"
O: "I don't know where they are."

Me: "Well get up and look for them."

O: "I need help"
Me: "They are right there in the shoe basket."
O: "Oh"
Me: "I'm going to finish getting ready you need to have you shoes on when I get back."

Two minutes later

O: Sitting on the floor with the shoes in from of her
Me: "GET THOSE SHOES ON NOW!!!!"
O: "But, I NEED HELP!!!"(These are velcro Mary Janes by the way)
ME: "IF THOSE SHOE ARE NOT ON YOU FEET IN THE NEXT MINUTE YOU ARE GOING TO LOOSE YOU TV PRIVLAGES!"
O: "But I want to watch TV!"
ME: "WELL PUT ON THOSE SHOES THEN!"
O: Puts them on.
ME: "Get your backpack lets go, the bell is going to ring in 15 minutes."
O: "But I need to go Pee!"
Me: Grumbling Holy F-king Shit! I'm going to kill this kid!

This weekend I tightened the reigns a bit and told her if she didn't listen and cooperate she wouldn't be allowed to go to the "Princess Party" she had been invited to. Well as predicted '' she didn't listen and /or cooperate and I had to be the bad guy and say "No Princess Party for you". That is the toughest thing I've ever has to follow through on (I really wanted to go to that party as well).

I tell you I hate following through, because it makes life harder in the moment, but I don't want a bunch on spoiled, rude, ingrates running around, so I just grit my teeth and do it.

Yesterday we implemented the "chores/behavior chart". She and M get a sticker for doing everything they need to do on a daily basis. I put a separate I section at the bottom of the chart for Listening and cooperation (this is the area where they and earn and also loose stickers for behavior. I think we finally had a break through! This morning she was dressed, teeth brushed backpack on with minimal resistance.

Wow! I'm tired from just writing about this!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy Birthday O!


Five years ago today you came into our lives, my easiest pregnancy and perfect birth experience.


At birth you were the complete opposite of your older brother, you were so small and skinny and BALD, but just as wonderful in every way.


You were such a happy baby, a joy to be around.

You grew into a toddler and there was trouble to be found!


You are funny, cleaver, and sweet natured with OTHERS.
(hey, I have to keep it real , you can be a total pill with us, but we love you all the same).


At One

At Two


At Three


At Four


Now Five!


How lucky we are to have you in our lives.

Sometime just looking at you takes my breath away.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY O!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Eyes Have It!


I've always been told my kids look "so much a like" and "they all have the same eyes".
I've alway just brushed those comments off, because I never saw it.
So, I decided to put it to a test. I cropped a bunch of photos down to just their eyes.
Truth be told I had to make a cheat sheet, because I kept getting them all mixed up.

Can you guess, who's who???












Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Stringing Us Along


This evening E managed to get a tangled of a spool of thread. The spool was in a drawer that he was rummaging through under the WATCHFUL eye of M (Yes, he just stood there and watched!).

He managed to wrap it around his body, the handle bars of his toy motorcycle and in the Velcro on his shoes. He then wandered all over the house, creating a long line of thread that went everywhere!

I was in the kitchen feeding the dogs when I saw this faint line hanging off his shoe and trailing behind him across the floor. I eventually untangled him and began following the trail.


It went around the kitchen and hallway, around a dining room chair and table, through the living room, around the sofa twice back down the hall and into our bedroom.

This is what I ended up with


"What the_____!"
(fill in the blank)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

How Do You Measure Up?

To Celebrate the end of summer we took a trip to the San Francisco Zoo.

The kids ran around and had a great time.
Their favorite part was seeing how they measured up against a gorilla.




They measured up quite well seeing that they run around like a pack of crazy monkeys most of the time.

We saw many of our favorite animals all of whom were partaking in their daily siesta.


Finally the kids actually sat still for a minute and let me take a picture of them together.

Don't they look thrilled?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Funny Things They Say or Actually Sing

My kids love listening to the soundtrack from Shrek 2 which features the Disco song "Funkytown". The song contains the lyrics:

"Well, I talk about it, Talk about it,
Talk about it, Talk about it,
Talk about, Talk about,
Talk about movin,"


On our drives home, E now loves to belt out:

"Talk-a-potty, Talk-a-potty,
Talk-a-potty, gwoovin"



The kid just cracks me up!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!



Three years ago today you came into our lives you were so sleepy from birth you wouldn't open your eyes.




You turned 1 and were so much fun, you learned to walk and you learned to run!




You turned 2 you loved to jump, dance
and sing; you had so much to do!



Now you are 3
and as busy as a bee!



Happy 3rd Birthday E!