Weekend Recap

We had a very HOT weekend here in SoCal. Of all the years our AC takes a shit and we have a heat wave. I told the hubster we are getting the AC fixed before next summer! I can’t wait for a night I don’t have to sleep in a pool of sweat, I am more than ready for fall. Maybe if I put out my Halloween decorations Mother Nature will get the hint to change seasons! I love everything about fall, the weather, the decorations, and the food. Saturday night Matt and I had a date night and I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. It’s never too hot in my world for coffee. We went to our favorite place to eat FoGo de Chao. We love everything about this restaurant.

Sunday the Princess went to volleyball clinic, Matt went to see his uncle, who has been very ill and then the Prince had his first game of the fall ball season. It was right in the middle heat of the day. The game couldn’t have been at a worse time. The boys all played well and won the game. I was impressed at how well their hitting has turned around. I am excited to see the Princes continued growth as a ball player. The Princess is continuing to have a great season on Varsity. I love seeing the progress she has made mentally and physically. I am very proud of both my athletes.

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

Monday

Ugh is it Monday already?!?! I am so tired. I am not sure why, I got plenty of sleep. I think it just lack of good sleep because it is so hot at night. You can bet we will have the AC fixed by next summer. At this point I think everyone has complained about the heat at some point or another. It’s frustrating at night when it is so much cooler outside. I have fans in every room and I still can’t get that cool air in the house.

Saturday morning we were up early, the Princess had a tournament and the Prince had practice. It was a long day on the court.

Sunday we went to Silkys for breakfast. This a annual tradition to meet friends here for opening day every year. The kids and I eat breakfast and then go home, leaving Matt. The Princess and Cousin drove to Hollywood and Beverly Hills to act like tourists for a while. The Prince and I stayed home, did laundry, ironed and cleaned the house. We headed back to pick up Matt about 4pm.

After dinner we did cake and sang Happy Birthday to Paul. It was a good weekend.

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

Survived

The week has gone by in a flash especially considering I only worked two days!! Monday we did our school shopping and got the kids all new clothes. I think we saved a great deal of money with Labor Day sales. Tuesday we just chilled and enjoyed our last official day of spring break. Matt and I both had the day off to ensure the kids got off safely. The Princess was excited to get back to school and it was her first varsity game as well.

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Next up was the Prince. We got kind of screwed this year because by the time they approved his interdistrict transfer the morning kinder session was already full so we got stuck in the late session. Matt and I anxiously waited with the boy at the gate. He walked to his class room, we got him settled into his desk and then away we went. I am so proud of the big boy he is becoming.

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After dropping off the kid, Matt and I went for some much needed adult time. First up Mani/Pedis!!! After this pampering we headed to Hollingshead for some killer sandwiches and beer. After lunch we headed back to the Princes school to ensure he transitioned to after school care ok. Sure enough he was doing great! We had a few more hours to chill at home before we picked him up and then went to the Princesses first game of the season. We lost in three, but boy did she have a good game. Her hits and serves were on point. I was very proud of her. All of the hard work and dedication is paying off. Maybe its the wings!! I will be posting her stats after every game as well as pictures on the Volleyball page.

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

Life Happens

It feels like just yesterday summer began and now its over. The days go by faster and faster. So much stuff going on, its hard to find the time to download, edit photos, upload and actually write a post. Today I had some free time so I caught up. The pictures go as far back as the Princes preK graduation.  PICS Its hard to believe that tomorrow he will start kindergarten in a brand new school. This will be a big step for him considering he was at Tutor Time since he was 4 months old. New school, new faces and a new routine. I am confident he will succeed this year because he is one smart kid.

This summer we spent a lot of days at the beach. The Princess and Prince love the beach so I am always eager to take them. We managed to go to Venice, Newport and a new spot in Laguna, Pearl Street. Every beach has its own character and its always fun to people watch. PICS

The Princess started off her summer by taking a trip to the Delta with her dad. From the looks of the pictures they had a blast. PICS

Once the Prince finished school we had a few days before vacation so the Princess took him to the Santa Ana Zoo. These two had a great time looking at all there favorite animals and going on a few rides. This is a great, inexpensive local attraction. PICS

Our annual trip to Lake Mead was next up on the list. The kids look forward to this trip every year. This will be our first with our own jet skiis. I don’t know who was more excited the Prince or the Princess. We always spend the first night at State Line doing a little shopping and gambling before we board the boat the next day. Each day we encountered some winds, which always make for an interesting trip on the house boat. On our second to last night there the house boat broke loose about 3am that was fun. We spent the next night on the dock ready to go home. But all in all the kids had a blast as did the puppies. Its always nice to disconnect for a week. We love this trip. PICS

A couple weeks home and we then headed to Arizona to hang out with family. We drove in early Friday, hung out by the pool and did some BBQ. Saturday we then went to Salt River. I think this is ending up to be an annual event as well. I love that we get a large group of people together, tie some tubes together and spend 3-4 hours floating down the river partying. PICS

Now we start to get back into some normalcy. My favorite time of year is upon us school starts tomorrow, volleyball season kicks off, fall ball has begun and Fall is around the corner. I can already taste the Pumpkin Lattes. Soon we will be planning our annual trip apple picking at Oak Glenn. This is my favorite season!

I hope this post finds you well. I will be updating more often I promise.

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

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