Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Year in Review: 2008

Well, here we are......at the end of another year. This year went by fast like every year. My kids have grown lots this year and I too have grown....to be a better person. I've learned alot of things this year.....especially not to be late on renewing car insurance. Here is my list of what I learned in 2008.....
* being more patient with my kids and especially my husband. He recently quite smoking. The first week was a killer........for me, not for him. May he have awesome health in 2009!
*being patient with certain adults. There are some individuals who want to make others miserable for there benefit. Sorry, you're not going to affect me.
* don't ever weld anything in front of your home.
* if you live close to your family, make sure you see them as much as possible.
* God does listen
* I love my family more than ever
This year also brought a new addition to my sister and her husband. Her name is Keira. And they will be welcoming Baby sister #2 at the end of February 2009. I ran my first race and did great! I am aiming for the stars and will [hopefully.....if I don't chicken out] be running a half-marathon at Disneyland in September 2009. Wish me luck!!! I have other good news to share but can't do that until tomorrow. Its not about me but someone else that I love.
Wishing all you a Happy New Year 2009 filled with peace, health, and happiness!!!!!!!

Christmas 2008

Well these pictures are not in order. I've been messing with them for the last 30 minutes.
The kids with aunt Cindy and baby Keira at grandma's house.
Christina and Joseph sleeping on our way home. Again, these pictures are out of order. Look at the back of the car. We usually pack about 3-4 bags of clothes, a cooler, and Gabriel's golf clubs. We come back with shopping bags, food, presents. This time around, we came back with so much more stuff. It was Christmas so we had a bunch of toys for the boys and clothes for Christina.

Christmas Eve at my aunts house.
Cindy and I.

This should have been the first picture. The kids opening up there "group" gift. Its a Wii Fit.
I am far too tired to post any more pictures. Sorry people! I am a little sick right now. I was in bed asleep for most of the day yesterday. Today, I feel much better but my stomach is still bothering me. We had a great to trip to Ca. We were gone for 7 days and had a blast. I stayed at my mom's for 2 days, one night at my aunt's house, and the other nights at my mother-in-law's. I will try to post a year in review later. Have a great New Year's Eve!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The snow continues.....

First of all, I had a crappy night. I have a slight cold and was tossing and turning all night. I was waiting for a call from the schools to let us know if the kids were going to have a snow day....and they did! I got 3 calls... 3:36 a.m., 4:16 a.m., & 5:30 a.m. Then Gabe didn't go to work and decided to wake the kids up at 5 to look outside the windows. We feel asleep for another hour and a half.


This what my house looked like this morning. So bizarre!

These are our neighbors homes.

This is the small park around the corner from our house.....completely filled with snow. We decided to make a snow man.

This is what we created.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!!

This week has been a week to remember. The weather has been super cold mixed in with abit of rain and snow. It snowed most of Monday morning and today we got another downpour of snow......more than Monday! They said it hasn't snowed in Southern Nevada like this since 1978. Its wild!!!
More snow in front of my house. Santa and the Snowman have front row seats to this weather phenomenom.
The kids having fun in the snow!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Birthdays and Wrestling!

Another birthday for little Miss Christina. All I know is that she'll be driving in 2 years [insert mortified face].


video
And the boys wrestling matches. They just started wrestling a few weeks ago and did pretty good for rookies. Joseph got a medal.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Holidays are in full swing.......

at my home with only 14 days left before
Christmas. I am just about done with my shopping. I believe I need about 3 gifts left but everything else is done. I actually started early this year which is a major shocker because I always wait last minute. Prince Charming and I will be wrapping gifts this weekend.
Christina was crowned Winter Queen for her winter dance at school last week. She was so excited! I have the actual pictures of the dance coming my way soon [thanks to her Math teacher]. And LOOK.......
her hair is short [gasping for air]!!! She had it cut during our last trip to Ca with our stylist who doesn't charge us an arm and leg to cut all of our hair!!!
My little monkeys are ready for Christmas! 2 weeks of sleeping in, playing with new toys, and hangin' with our family. What else could we ask for???
My Christmas Tree

It is always brought out the day after Thanksgiving and brought down shortly after the new year.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

36:25

36 minutes 25 seconds. That's how long it took me to run the 5K Turkey Run on Thanksgiving morning. Just to be exact, 5K is 3.1 miles. It had rained the day before but that morning was just a bit cold....no rain!

I had a blast running! I kept thinking "I'm not going to die I'm not going to die". Running is not easy....regardless of your training level.

Running towards the finish line.

I finished....hooray!!!!!!!

I also got a medal for placing 3rd in the womens age group [20-29]. I am going to continue to run and hopefully do another 5K soon.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Practicing for a 5K

This morning, my running partner and I did a practice run for the 5K. We were emailed info. on the course and decided to run it. I know she'll be about 10 minutes ahead of me but we ran it in 37 minutes. My goal is to do it in 35 minutes or less. Wish me lots of luck!!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

TWILIGHT

The day finally came!!! Christina and I headed to Vegas early this morning. First stop, Target [of course]. We then had brunch at a casino and then headed up to the theatres.


We were the first ones in the theatre. It was pretty full not completely sold out. The movie was great! I was so happy with all the character selections. Edward was perfect and Bella needed alittle more personality. The Cullens were all so stunning!


It was officially announced today that the 2nd installment of the series, New Moon, will start production soon. Can you tell I really have enjoyed all this Twilight madness! I am just happy I could share that with someone.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

This little sweet guy............


was screaming like a little girl because of this............
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Vinny was playing hide 'n go seek and while hiding, found this little fella. I was in the kitchen cooking and all I could hear were high pitched screams of terror and misery. He said there was a huge spider and that it almost killed him. So Prince Charming got home from work and went to investigate [because I was too chicken]. He found it and I told him to snap some pictures of it. So while I was inside putting the camera away, he "took care" of the little fella with the tip of his steel toe boots.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

Its been really busy around my household in the last week or so. We were in Ca last weekend, Gabriel's b-day was Wednesday, I've been running [training for the 5K] and taking some training classes for a new job. Yup, you heard that right, I am now a Behavior Interventionist. I will be working one-on-one with my friends son, who is autistic. This is such a wonderful opportunity because my heart has always been with children of special needs. Most of the jobs I've held, before the kids were born, were working with adults or high school kids with special needs. We have Twilight coming out next weekend and you know that's been a hot topic in my house the last few days. We'll be watching it on Saturday. Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Keira is having a little...................

sister.

She is due to arrive around March 13, 2009. Good luck during those teen years!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

HALLOWEEN FUN!

Halloween was a blast! I dressed up as a witch. Here I am flying away!!!
We all got in the Halloween spirit. Gabe was a hobo who was shot several times [OUCH!], I was a witch, Christina was a semi-football player, Vinny was Iron Man, and Joey was a Blue M&M.

The Hobo with his little creatures.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween and Happy Nevada Day!


I love this picture!
Today is Halloween and boy are the kids excited! Also today, the kids have no school and Gabe has no work.....its Nevada Day. Nevada Day is an annual holiday which commemmorates the statehood of Nevada.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Celebrating my 100th Post with a funny story

Gabriel walks into a costume shop and this what happened...
Gabriel: "Excuse me, I am looking for a Womens Alice in Wonderland costume in size 0".
Clerk: "Oh, your wife must be so beautiful".
Gabriel "Oh, no this is for my 13 almost 14 year old daughter.......my wife is a size 2".
Clerk: Well aren't you a lucky guy to have such beautiful women in your life.
Gabriel: Yes, I am
I must say I do have a sweet husband....but also a damn good liar too!

Monday, October 27, 2008

FRIENDSHIP

is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warm feeling that it brings.

Sandra is...................

HAPPY............but tired!!!
I just ran one mile in 13 minutes. I used to run it in 8 when I was in high school. My goal is to get down to 10 or 11 minutes. I am going to run a 5K on Thanksgiving morning here in town so I've been running the last 3 weeks.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Parents these days!!!

Christina and I are very open about everything. She tells me things that I don't want to hear sometimes and I tell her things she doesn't want to hear. So yesterday she starts to tell me about this girl at her bus stop. She said that when her mom drops her off, her mom flips her off. Christina says she's seen her do it so many times. When I heard this, my mind went into confusion overload!!! What kind of parent does this??? Mabye its her way of saying "Have a good day at school". Anyway, my mind is still trying to figure that one out. I don't get it.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Camping & Disneyland

So we are back from our semi-vacation. It was so much fun it took us 2 days to recover. Here we are fishing. The kids had so much fun! Gabriel and I used to go fishing all the time before the kids were born. We are going to try to go more often now that they are abit older.
This is the catfish Christina caught. We threw it back into the lake. She was the only one who caught a fish that weekend.
It was so windy and cold. Brrrrrr!!!!!!
The kids at Disneyland. The Happiest Place on Earth! It is. You cannot be grumpy and go to Disneyland.....seriously! I still love D-land. I used to go all the time when I was in high school. We also went to California Adventures.
Mickey Mouse
My new boyfriend Sulley.

I think today is the first day that my feet don't hurt from all the walking we did on Monday. It was so windy in Ca. There were also a few fires all around So. California that we quickly left on Tuesday morning before we got caught in the flames.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Computers, Pedicures, and Kids

Pedicures and Acyrlic nails were my bi-weekly [once every 2 weeks] treat many many years ago. I actually had my toes done this week. I think that was my first time in more than a year....since we've moved. There is a new salon here in town and I love it. The pedicurist is wonderful and did a great job!!!
My computer loves me very much!!! He almost died on me a few weeks ago. I was told by the computer doctor that I would have to go out and buy a new one. Gabe's friend fixes computer and offered to take a look at it. His diagnosis was that it need a new motherboard [the boys love that word....motherboard!]. So I finally got my baby home tonight. I am a happy mommy tonight [with freshly polished toe nails]. I'll blog more next week because we have alot planned for the next 5 days. Love ya!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

You know you live in a small town when.........

the Wal-mart 18-wheeler is in the towns parade.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Fall Ya'll!!!

Yesterday marked the first day of Fall and we no longer have 100+ degree weather. Amen to that!!! So I decided to whip out my Fall/Halloween outdoor decor. These 2 ghosts here were made by me. I found this idea in a kids magazine last year and decided to make them. They came out pretty good. I have more material to make 2 more. And only 58 days left for Twilight! The countdown continues.........

Friday, September 19, 2008

Christina has a new boyfriend!

Don't they look so perfect together!!! They wouldn't allow her to bring him on the plane because he was too heavy. Mabye on eday they will meet again.
Christina at the Christ the Reedemer statue in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Have a Happy Friday ya'll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Mommy!

For those that don't know, this is my mom. She's a very quiet and reserved lady! She had a birthday this weekend so we went down to California to pay her a visit. Love you mami!!!
This is my younger sister Maria [to the left] and I am holding the one and only Keira. She's teething and wasn't in the best moods. We had breakfast on Sunday morning. Our group was probably the largest there....13 people and kids!
Gabriel and Keira. He was acting like a lizard and she just kept staring. We passed her around the table a few times.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Scary Weekend!

We had a very scary weekend! Gabriel was welding some metal pieces on the smoothie trailer. He runs in and tells me to call 911 because the trailer was on fire. I look out thinking it was a sick joke but no. Our trailer was completely destroyed. We are all okay. It was very frightening!!! Just wanted to update everyone. My kids were so scared! I thought my house was going to burn down. It took the fire dept. almost 30 minutes to get to my house and distinguish it. Praise the Lord nobody got hurt....that's the most important thing! Just alittle sad :(

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Email from little Miss......

SALUTATIONS TO THEM FOLKS OUT IN NEVADA. THIS IS ME WORKING AT THE OL' PHOTOGRAPH STUDIO.
MUCH LOVE, KEIRA.
I got home this morning from the grocery store and found an email in my inbox from none other than little Miss Keira. She sure is getting big! When did you get a job? I know gas prices are a bit high and milk is at an all time high too but come on. When did mommy teach you how to type???

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pictures from Peru

Christina with Larry the Llama. Sorry about the side shot....couldn't get it to move the right way.

Christina in Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu.
Larry the Llamas brother, Lalo.
More pictures to come later. Her camera died after Peru. I think my dad has some shots from Brazil and Argentina.

The Baby of our Clan!

I sent my sweet little boy off to Kindergarten this morning. It was truly a happy and sad moment for me. I've been at home with him since the time of his birth 5 Years, 3 months, 4 days ago.....and believe me, I've cherished every minute and day I got to see him do new things and say new things. Now he is off to school! I called Gabriel after I dropped him off and cried alittle. Time flies by too quickly. The baby of our clan is no longer a baby. He is the littlest member of our clan. He is entering a new world of learning and fun.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Another school year.......

Pretty in Pink! Christina was excited to go back to school. 8th grade here we come!
Handsome little dude! Backpack check, lunch pail check, new clothes and shoes check, new haircut check. Off to 1st grade Vinny goes!!!