Fate

Today I feel like writing. I am feeling rather nostalgic. Summer is almost over and the kids will be easing into the new school year. The princess will be a junior and the prince starts kindergarten. I am looking forward to a good school year. It’s a big year for the prince, new school, new teachers and new friends. The princess will be on varsity this year so she has a big volleyball season ahead of her. I am proud of all the accomplishments she has made. This past weekend my great grandma was put to rest. She lived a long and full life. The poor woman buried 5 of 7 children. No parent should out live there children. I am fortunate to have a 5 generation picture with her. My great grandmother did not live close and I did not have a close relationship with her. This makes me sad. I have been around more death in the last few years than I have my entire life. I suppose this is a normal part of the life cycle, I just never had to face it. I am not sure how to handle death, perhaps denial is easiest for me. I suspect as time goes by I will be attending more and more. This is something I don’t look forward to as I am sure no one does. My question is what do you think happens to a person after they die? Every religion has their own theory, but what if it’s not religion based at all. Because I do not affiliate with any particular religion my answer for my children has been they go on to live amongst the stars. In the wake of my great grandmothers passing and sharing my theory a very fitting cartoon crossed my path.

Coincidence???

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Do you believe in fate?

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

 

FACK #!%$#

I think it is time we catch up! This past weekend the hubby, BF and I went to see Led Zapagain at the House of Blues on Sunset. We headed down early to seek out the Motley Crue star on Hollywood Blvd. Stopped at the Rusty Mullet for a drink then headed up the street for a mile only to discover we were going the wrong direction.

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We decided we were running out of time so we parked across from the House of Blues and walked half a mile to Pink Taco for some dinner and drinks. By at 8pm we headed in to watch the show. We were able to get the last table on the balcony in the VIP section. This actually worked out perfect because we didn’t have to leave our seats to get drinks! The opening band was an ACDC cover band, Bonfire. They were really good. I was impressed. Then it was time for Led Zeppagain, they started out ok but I wasn’t impressed and hubby was less than enthused. While we were listening to the show the ACDC guys came up by us, had some drinks and watched the rest of the show. They were pretty cool guys. The show wasn’t over and we decided to head out, they were that bad. But in spite of everything we all had a really awesome night.

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Sunday we did nothing and it felt pretty damn good.

Yesterday my week was doing pretty good until I was leaving the little princes school and I reached back to hand him the ipad and I proceeded to clip the curb of the driveway flattening both my passenger side tires. That was a $500 mistake!!! The princess picked us up while the car was towed away. Then we went to Concerts in the Park and it turned out to be a better night.

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Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

 

Migraines

In the last 5 years I have become aware that I suffer from migraines. I think in my case they are hereditary and hormone related. I can usually predict when they are going to happen and in most cases dull them with massive amounts of Advil. Yesterday I had a migraine that was out of the norm. As the afternoon went on I could feel the pressure building in my head as if it was sinus related. My normal migraines are pounding on one side of my head, this was definitely different. I got home at 430 took some Advil hoping to dull the pain enough to go on with my night. Shanna arrived at 5 to go to concerts in the park, but my head was worsening. By this time I began to feel nauseous. The princess headed out to her volleyball game and I stayed home with the prince. Shanna quickly realized I was in no shape to go to the concerts in the park so she headed home. The prince was content playing Titan Fall while I laid in bed. Finally after praying to the porcelain god, I felt slightly better. Hubby came home, quickly changed and headed out to watch the princesses games. Lucky for me the prince was pretty low maintenance and we were both passed out by 9.

Today the pain has moved to the other side of my head and dulled enough for me to work. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

My Little Library

Holey shit I had no idea it was Wednesday already. For whatever reason I was a day behind. It’s always a bonus when you realize you are actually a day ahead.

I like to think of myself as a big reader, however I am a finicky reader. The book has to suck me in or I won’t read it. I have a second generation Kindle Keyboard and I love reading on it. Then I got an iPad and used the Kindle app to read my books. Throughout the years I reverted back to my kindle because I found it lighter and easier to carry than the iPad, not to mention I wasn’t worried using my kindle at the beach. The three books currently on my reading list are Black Klansman, Steve Jobs and Then Again by Diane Keaton. The oldest of the three is Steve Jobs, this book is long and I sort of lost interest. Then Again I was reading to my grandmother when she passed and I haven’t had it in my heart to pick it back up since. My newest addition was Black Klansman. This book just wasn’t what I thought it would be, but what was I thinking, the Klan letting in a colored person come on now. It’s actually about an African American detective in Colorado that went under cover with the Klan, however a Caucasian officer did all the personal appearance stuff. For whatever reason this turned me off. I would actually prefer to read about the officer who had to go to the meetings as opposed to the guy who just corresponded on the phone. So when we left for vacation I went through my archive books and pulled down the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Don’t judge, we all have an inner goddess in us, I just acknowledge mine. By the end of my 12 day vacation I was 90% done with book three! The smut is too good to put down and its easy reading. I am actually excited for the movie. I am sure it won’t be any award winner, but hey who didn’t like Magic Mike. Now I have moved onto another trilogy in my archive the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day. I have read 1 & 2, but I just realized book 3, Entwined With You is out now so I am going to start from the beginning. What I found is this series is VERY much like Fifty Shades without all the damsel in distress drama. Tall, Dark, and Handsome suite meets innocent account executive in the same building.

Sadly Sunday I put my kindle down to get the boy ready for bed and when I returned to it the screen was frozen. I called Kindle support and they said it was so old there was nothing they could do for me but offer me a discount for a new one. So now I am back to using my iPad until I can convince myself to buy a Kindle Paper White. What to do… What do…

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Vacation Recap

I just realized that my total days off was 12, if you include weekends. That’s pretty awesome. Yesterday absolutely sucked getting up, putting on real clothes and shoes. My vacation started with three beach days with my loves. The princess and her friend was with us for the first day and they wanted to go to Venice Beach. The prince and I hung out on the sand while the girls trolled the boardwalk. After three hours the girls returned with bracelets and henna tattoos. The prince and I were finishing up exploring the tide pools and then we headed home. Once home we cleaned up and got ready for concerts in the park. We all rode the bikes and met up with the Mosquedas. The prince loves these days because he gets to play on the playground for hours. Thursday the princess and her friend headed to her fathers for a quick road trip for the weekend. The prince and I went to Newport Beach. It makes me happy that he loves everything about the beach and isn’t afraid of the waves. Friday I asked the prince what he wanted to do and he elected to go to the beach again. I happily oblige.

Saturday the hubby had some errands to run while the prince and I made a trip with my mom to get all the dry goods for the house boat trip. Once back home I anxiously started packing. By the time hubby got home everything was packed with the exception of his stuff.

Sunday was chill we waited for the princess to get home and made sure we had everything ready to go for the lake. Everyone was so excited to go. We do this trip every year and it never gets old. I called the hotel just to confirm our reservation and they had us booked for June 23 (Problem1), luckily they were able to get us a room for June 30

Monday morning we were up early and waiting for my parents to arrive. They had to take Snickers with them because our back seat was full of kids. 10am and we were on the road! Hooray!!! To break up the drive we always stay a night at state line. The kids enjoy riding the roller coasters and then we get do some shopping at the outlets.

Tuesday morning we were up at 6m to head to the lake and board the boat. We stop in Henderson and fill up the boats with gas and then go to the grocery store for all the cold items. When we arrive at the grocery store we discover the barring buddy on the trailer is gone so we needed to make a trip to the auto parts store. (Problem2) Finally we arrive at Callville Bay and start loading the boat. Upon inspection the controls on the upper deck fall out of the dash (Problem3) so we have to wait for maintenance before we can leave the dock. 1pm and we are finally on our way and get this vacation cranked up. We find a cove not far from the harbor and anchor down for the week. We spend the week lounging in the water, on the shore and in the boat. We took full advantage of the water slide this year, which I didn’t think I would ever get the prince off. In all our years coming to the lake we have never actually driven to the dam so we made the trek through some rather rough waters (Problem4). I didn’t think hubster and the girls were going to survive on the jet skis. It was a great site to see the dam up close as opposed to always driving over it every year. It truly gives you a new prospective. Since 9/11 you no longer drive directly on the dam a huge bridge was built to divert traffic. Both are amazing manmade structures and quite a site to see.

Every night we attempted to fish but only had luck one day. Papa caught 3 catfish, Grandma caught 2 catfish and the prince caught his very first fish! Boy was he super excited, however once the fish was out of the water he wanted nothing to do with the foreign creature. The princesses and I didn’t catch anything. This year we actually cleaned, cooked and ate the fish. I don’t think the kids enjoyed eating the fish. Friday morning at 3am we were woken up to howling winds. We inspected everything and all seemed ok with the exception of the paddle board at the top of the hill across the rocks. It’s going to need some patching (Problem5) We head back to bed and not 15 minutes later we feel a big thud. We get up and one side of the house boat came undone and we are now floating sideways against the shore (Problem6). Upon further investigation we see that one of the jet skis is sandwiched between the boat and the shore (Problem7). There is nothing we could do for the night to right the house boat. Hubby moved the jet skiis to the other side of the houseboat in the dark with 6ft swells. Before we throw our hands up for the night we hear the ripping of the canopy on the top of the house boat (Problem 8) That didn’t survive the night. By the time the sun rises, the wind has calmed and we can see the full scope of all the damage. We listen on the radio as there is boat after boat in distress needing assistance. Almost mid-day they finally come to help us pull the boat off the shore. We attempted to find a new cove to stay in for the night, but no luck (Problem9). We spent Friday night in the harbor docked.

Saturday morning we were packed up and on the road early. On the way home we had to make stop after stop for the prince to pee, eat, gas, take cover off skiis. I never thought we were gonna get home.

Finally home and we just about have everything put away and the hubby slips and falls out of the back of the truck into the tongue of the trailer. It didn’t look pretty. Two bloody elbows, bruised lower back but no broken bones thank god!

Home Sweet Home

I will post pictures later ;-)

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Weekend Wrap Up

I had a great weekend celebrating Father’s day and Shannas birthday. Saturday morning I picked up Shanna and we met Christina at Burke Williams for some much needed girl time. After our massages we enjoyed catching up with girl talk. After the spa we walked around the District, got some lunch and did some shopping. Hubby was away playing golf with the boys and the Princess was at home with the Prince. She took him to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 3D. They both loved it and said it was better than the first.

Sunday the Princess was up and out early to have breakfast with her father. The rest of us enjoyed the peacefulness that the morning brings before starting the day. We headed out, picked up Shanna and went to the Irish Fair to meet up with friends. It was a beautiful day to be outside. We listened to Irish music, drank black and tan, ate fair food and the kids chase the sheep around. After the fair we went to see my dad for dinner.

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When we got home the Princess decided she needed to wash her car and then Matt showed her how to wax it.

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Later that evening we snuck over to Shannas house to decorate her truck for her birthday. It was awesome!

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Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Happy Birthday Shanna

Since I didnt really DO anything special for your birthday this year, I thought I’d write you letter.  And I’m feeling particularly sappy, so I get to tell you how much I love you a million times and you can’t do shit about it.

You’re special. I’ve never really had a lot of people I feel comfortable talking to. So every time I was low or upset, I usually resorted to ignoring most of my problems instead of figuring out where I went wrong and attempting to make things better. But we met and became friends. And for some reason, I thought you could be the person I could confide in. After being friends for over a decade, sharing dreams, stories and fantasies, my trust in you has only grown beyond light years. You’ve made me realize the importance of having friends. You’ve helped me value my relationships. So much of who I am and how I think is thanks to you. I may not have been the person you wanted to be friends with. I may not have been what you wanted me to be. I may not have been there to share the best moments of your life, or the worse. But I promise to do the best I can. You’re one of the pillars of my strength. And I promise to always try to be one of yours.

Sometimes I wonder how you know me so well. I’ve always had a handicap of expressing my feelings verbally. But you know things even before I tell you. You know when I am upset. You also know when I just need someone to sit with me to share the silence if I don’t want to talk. Or when I’m just being stubborn. Somehow, you know. But you never give me the luxury of being in denial or get fed lies. It is a type of quality that makes you irreplaceable. I promise to tell you things. Express my love and fears. I’ve been working at it for a while now. I love you. There’re not a lot of people I’d take a bullet for. I don’t think I tell you enough.

Out of all the words to describe you, I think the word that is most accurate is kind. And no wonder being friends with you all these years has made me someone I’m proud to be. You’re so many more adjectives (generous, helpful and caring), but your kindness is unrelenting and I’m certain it will bring you all the awesomness in the world that you deserve. Words are insufficient, but you need to know how awesomely awesome you are, so they’re going to have to do for now, anyway. I promise to always be here, somewhere in the background to remind you every day, so you never doubt it.

You’re smart and intelligent. And no matter how lost you feel, I know for a fact that wherever you find yourself, will be the right place. It breaks my heart to think of you struggling, because I know sometimes you do. I know it feels like the world is being a jerk to you sometimes, when people are mean, or when life is changing and everything is just way too overwhelming, but I know you can endure it. You’re tough. Even if you’re exhausted or busy or mad, I know you make time for the people you love. And we have known each other for a long time. Maybe that’s how I know you’ll be able to deal with difficult and annoying people easily. I promise never to leave you alone, not because I am incredibly creepy or clingy, but because I am indebted to you for life.

You care. Everyone else bails. To be honest, I expect them to. Times get rough and I’m not fun to be around when that happens. People don’t like being around when in times like these. It’s a burden. But you stay. You stay even when things look bleak. You let me talk and cry and never make me feel guilty for needing you. You’re selfless and loving. And it surprises me because I’ve never known caring like this. You’re inspiring. You deserve so much more than this little letter, but since I don’t know how I could ever repay you, this is an attempt to do just that. I promise to return the favor even if it takes a lifetime, because I’m not going anywhere.
There are times when I do not like you too much, because sometimes I think you care a lot and I don’t deserve it. As pathetic as this may sound, I strive to be a better person because of people like you in my life.
So, I promise. You have given me an important place in your life, and I promise to always value it.

You completed another year of your sheer awesome existence in this world today. No matter how far we’ve come, how busy we’ve become or how much we’ve matured, nothing can change the care and the affection that I have for you. I am thankful I met you. Because life without you would’ve sucked.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart. I hope your day is as beautiful as you are. I ♥ you! oxox

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Invasion of the Parrots

Every morning and every evening we have a flock of parrots that fly through the neighborhood. You can hear them screeching for 30 minutes while they perch themselves on various trees and poles. I do not know where they come from or where they go, but they arrive daily like clock work. Today I decided to snap some photos of them. Enjoy!

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Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Lost and Found

It feels good to be writing again. It gives me an outlet to purge and organize everything in my brain. It will be fun to look back when I am old and read this online diary of events. More importantly I hope my children use it when they are older to look back on so many things in their lives while they were growing up.

Monday was a busy day. Hubster golfed with friends while the rest of us slaved away at work. Less than two weeks ago we finished our club season of volleyball and now we have spring season for HS starting. Varsity had several graduating seniors so it should be interesting to see how the season plays out.

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Tuesday we finally got the Time Warner internet connected. Since we killed Direct Tv months ago we stream everything on TV through the XBOX, Play Station or Roku. The AT&T internet was killing us and we were able to get a better deal with Time Warner. Now hopefully I don’t have to hear the little prince say “Sister is taking up all the internet”.

Last night the princess had her award ceremony for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). This is her second year and it’s really a great program for students. This year she received a most improved award. I am really proud of her. She has a bright future ahead.

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The remainder of the night was pretty uneventful. Hubby has been cramming to catch up on season one of Orange is the New Black so we can watch season two together. Sadly I didn’t make it to the gym.

My girlfriend found a beautiful Husky in her neighborhood. He has no collar or chip. If anyone knows of a good home let me know, we are trying to avoid send him to animal control.

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Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Miss Me?

I have been down for far too long. A lot has happened since Feb. It’s probably going to take a me a few posts to get you up to speed. My site was down because the hubster need to move some back end stuff. Then he finally got it moved and I have been dragging ass getting it back to normal. I still need to fix my Instagram and twitter widgets. So where to begin…

March we started painting the princes room. We went with a sports theme. This would allow him to display all his favorite things and have plenty of range to grow with him. This month he also started Spring season for Pony. We moved him up to Shetland and he played on the A’s. It was a great learning experience for him, it was awesome to see him improve so much as a player. Hubby got a new tattoo. We finally decided on designs for our family tree. I loved it! The princess’ volleyball season is in full swing. She is getting a lot of playing time and has grown as a player this year. She is understanding the meaning of team! The end of the month we had an adult weekend planned down in the gas lamp. We had a great night dancing and hanging out with friends. This was my first time experiencing this part of the city. Sunday instead of rushing home hubby and I walked around and saw some more of the city. We spent 3 hours walking on the USS Midway and still didn’t see the entire ship.

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April the princess turned 16 and we celebrated by having dinner with close family and friends at Angelo and Vincis. Originally the plan was to have a party, but some things happened that got in the way of that. She got some nice things and we officially gave her the Jetta. I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming. This month I got my tree tattoo on my arm and I couldn’t be happier! April 23 the princess officially passed her driver’s test. Good Job babe.

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May the prince started off the month by losing his very first tooth. We attended an engagement party for two very dear friends, Jeri and Chris. We are so happy for the two of them and look forward to a beautiful wedding. The prince finished up baseball. We went to our first Angels game of the season. The kids really love going to baseball games. We have different seats this season, but not bad. The oldest princess went to prom with her boyfriend. They make a cute couple and both looked fabulous. I send hubby to TX to visit his BF. This is always a great idea until he is gone and then I miss him dearly. I think even the dog didn’t know what to do with herself. The prince passed the time by having the video games to himself and spoiled ourselves to Joes Crab Shack. May 28 after two and half years with braces the princess finally got them off and she couldn’t be happier. I don’t think she can stop smiling now. We ended the month with getting the monster bushes in our back yard cut, our last club volleyball tournament for the season and hubby bought some new toys for the lake!

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Finally on to present day…Weekend Wrap Up

Saturday night we hung out with friends and did some dancing at FoxFire. As always it was a great night. Sunday we loaded up the truck and went to Irvine Regional Park for a picnic with friends. The Carlins are in town for a couple weeks from TX. It was a nice relaxing day. The kids got to run around, adults got to catch up and we even managed to get a bike ride in. My kind of Sunday.

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Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox