Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Where Have My Babies Gone?

Charlotte has always been my little fashionista.

She loves make-up.

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Hates blue jeans.

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And would wear dresses 365 days a year if I let her.

But now I’ve got another fashion conscious kid on my hands.

One who just this week started wanting to fix his own hair the way he wants it fixed.
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Where have my babies gone?

Not to worry though.  This next one will stay a baby forever, right?

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Berry Good Weekend

I started my weekend off right with a fun girls night in Carmel Valley.

Okay wait – if I’m going to be completely honest, my good weekend started off with a greasy dinner from McDonald’s.  (I hope my doctor doesn’t read my blog!)

Now on to girls night.  One of my friends and I went down to Valley Greens Gallery in Carmel Valley to meet up with some other members of the officer spouses club for a painting night.

I’ve know a lot of people who have done painting event, and I’ve always thought that they looked like fun, but I was a little nervous.  I’m more of a painting in the lines type person than one that can start with a blank canvas.

But I surprised myself, and did a halfway decent job.  And had fun while doing it!

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And now I have a picture of California poppies to remember our time here.

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Saturday, Jarrod, the kids, and I ventured up to Watsonville (check your strawberry cartons – many come from Watsonville!) to pick strawberries at Redman House Farmstand.


The farm grows their own produce to sell at their stand, and isn’t a designated u-pick farm.  But, at the end of the season, they open up their field of organic strawberries a couple of weekends for the public to pick. 

After checking in and getting our buckets weighed at the farmstand, we walked out to the field where Daddy gave the kids lessons on the correct way to pick the berries.


Then it was time to get pickin’!


We wound up picking over 15 pounds of strawberries.

And all those berries make us happy, happy, happy!


Yesterday was spent at church, hitting up a garage sale and snagging a rocking chair that I plan on redoing for the nursery, some gym time, and doing the first bit of cooking with our strawberries – Strawberry Margarita Jam.  Because hey, if I can’t drink a margarita, I can at least have one in jam form where the alcohol has been cooked off!  We haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll let y’all know if it turns out good!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

18 Weeks: Kickin’ it Up a Notch

I hit the 18 week point of my pregnancy on Monday, and two weeks from today, we find out if little poppyseed is a boy or a girl!

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(Photo courtesy of my favorite four year old.  He might just have a future in photography!)

I’ve been feeling good and really getting into a nice routine since the kids both started back to school.

I am not a gym person, but I’ve already hit the gym twice this week!

But I’m not going to lie – I was getting nervous about not yet feeling the baby move. 

Somewhere around the 18 week point was when I first felt Trenton move.  And honestly, I have no clue when I first felt Charlotte move.  We were gearing up for Jarrod’s Afghanistan deployment, and that part of my pregnancy with Charlotte is a total blur. 

I think I just assumed that I would feel this baby move early since I’ve already been pregnant three times.

Another weird thing about this pregnancy is that I started seeing the baby move a couple weeks ago – in the shower when the hot water hit my belly and sometimes when laying down.  I wondered if the baby wasn’t strong enough to make itself felt.

Now there were a few times that I thought I did feel the little poppyseed moving around.  But then I’d remember that I had eaten broccoli or Mexican food at dinner….

But last night and this morning (and even a few times this afternoon) calmed my nerves.  All of the sudden this baby is making it felt that he/she is moving all around!  And we’re not talking the popcorn/bubbles feeling.  Nope - this morning laying in bed I felt a kick from the outside!  The little thing must have been saving up all of its kicking power for when it got really strong and good at it! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Out of the Mouths

You just never know what is going to pop out of the mouths of little kids.  They seriously say the funniest things!  Little kids should have their own late night TV show.

So, since I’ll never be able to remember all of the funny things that my kids say, I decided to post them here so that I can look back at them (and use them to embarrass my kids when they’re older!).  And so that you guys can see them too!

Charlotte will be in purple text and Trenton will be in green.

Who put this apple in my puzzle box?  I didn’t do it.
It not me.
Well it wasn’t me, so it had to be you!
It not me!  It was Mystery.  Why Mystery like messing up our stuff?

I don’t like dancing naked girls.  I like clothes wearing girls.
(I will be showing this to Trenton down the road and reminding him that dancing naked girls are no good.)

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(Trenton had been whining for red grapes for 15 minutes)
Trenton, we are all out of grapes.  And if you can’t stop whining about it, I’m going to make you go upstairs.
You making him go upstairs with al-ah-kazam magic?


My pee pee won’t come out.  Maybe it sleeping.  My pee pee already have its pajamies on, and brush its teeth, and have playroom time, and now it sleeping.  My pee pee sooooo sleepy.  That’s why it not coming out.

How many times do I have to tell you, Charlotte?
Five.  And you only on two.

God made this world and made rules for us.  Like no keeping the things that other people get first.  That’s his rule.  So you need to give me that puzzle piece back because I had it first.

When can we get a cat?
You’ll have to ask Daddy.
We don’t need to ask Daddy!  We can just go to the pet store!

Trenton, why you doin’ this?  You are four!  You supposed to listen!

Mommy, does this cabin have a ka-grage?
No, it doesn’t.
Well then where do we go to get more toilet paper when we run out?


Mommy, you forgot your eye lipstick.  You know we HAVE to remember eye lipstick!
(I must look really rough without makeup for my three year old to notice when I’m not wearing eye liner!)

Is 16 a grown up?
No, but when you’re 16 you can start driving.  Do you want to drive a car or a truck?  Or maybe a jeep?
I want to drive a truck.  Like an ice cream truck.


Thanks, Kate, for letting me steal your idea giving me the idea to put these funny quips on the blog!  If you’re up for more laughs, check out her funny family posts here.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

All We Need Now Are a Couple of Boats

The past two days have taken on a bit of a transportation theme for us.

Yesterday one of our friends invited the kids and me to tour a historic DC-3 airliner with her.

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Trenton misunderstood me at first and thought that we were going to go see the movie “Planes.”  We were just on an airplane a couple weeks ago, so he didn’t understand why we wanted to go on another one if it wasn’t going to take us to Texas.

Once I told him that he would probably get to sit in the pilot’s seat, he was excited!

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Small planes kind of scare me, but I was fine with us staying on the ground!

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I’m pretty sure my little pilot wannabe would have been fine with taking off though!

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This week is Monterey Car Week.  Expensive cars, exotic cars, classic cars – you name it, it’s in town this week. 

This afternoon after both kids were done with school, we went down to Pacific Grove to check out the Little Car Show with friends.

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The kids loved that a lot of the cars were their size!

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The kids agreed that the best “cool car” was the little black car with the tiny trailer hauling a miniature motorcycle.

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Well, except for Charlotte.  Her favorite thing at the car show was this collapsible couch/chair thing.

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She even decided that she wants to write a letter to Santa Claus – right now in the middle of August – to tell him that she wants one of these for Christmas!


So now that we’ve seen planes and cars, I wonder where we can find some boats to check out…

Monday, August 12, 2013

Back to School Again

Whoa, whoa, I gotta go…..back to school again!
(Don’t worry, this will be my only reference to Grease 2 on this blog. No posts titled Reproduction: Where Does the Pollen Go?.  Oh, and you can thank me later for getting these catchy songs stuck in your head!)

Well, summer went by pretty fast.  Both kiddos are back in school.

Charlotte started last week.


Ever the procrastinator, I started sewing her dress at 9:15am the day before she started school (a day already filled with storytime at The Farm and ballet lessons).  And I finished after 11pm.

She is at the same school that she and Trenton were at last year, but she has moved up to a new room.

It’s hard to believe that this was only a year ago…


Trenton started his third year of school this morning.


I’d say that he’s definitely gotten better about smiling for the camera!

Trenton is going to a Pre-K program that is walking distance from our house.  It is five mornings a week, and he is so excited to be going to school every day like Daddy!

It’s always sad to see summer come to an end, but the kids are happy to be back in school, and Mommy is happy to have more of a regular routine again!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tiny Dancer

Look at this little ballerina!


Isn’t she just the cutest thing?


Other than drop off and pick up at preschool, I’ve never really seen Charlotte in a class setting.

At home and around family and friends, Charlotte is a spunky little chatterbox with more attitude than she knows what to do with.


In ballet class, she was totally different.  Charlotte was quiet and reserved.  She stood back and let others be line leaders while she watched what those in front of her were doing.  When it was her turn, the look of concentration and determination on her face was something I hadn’t seen before.  And then she would look at me every once in a while for a thumbs up.

(I didn’t see anyone else taking pictures during class, so I’m not really sure if I was supposed to take any, but I did manage to get a few!)

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Pregnancy hormones got the best of this mommy as I was holding back the tears the entire class.  I was so proud of Charlotte for not only listening and following directions, but also for trying her hardest and concentrating on learning to do the steps and moves the correct way.

I’m hoping that my sweet girl keeps up that determination and uses it to conquer all of her dreams.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

“Better by a Country Smile”

There’s no better way to beat the Texas heat than making a trip to the Blue Bell Creamery.

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I visited Blue Bell plenty of times growing up, but this was Trenton and Charlotte’s first visit to the creamery.

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And I doubt it will be their last! 

The tour was a lot different from the last time I took it.  We were able to see a lot more of the production process than I remember (but no pictures were allowed on the tour).

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But one thing hasn’t changed. 

The ice cream that you get to eat at the end of the tour!  We gobbled ours down so fast that we forgot to take pictures!

We had a wonderful time in Texas (minus both of my kids getting sick), but we’re happy to be back home with Daddy in California!