Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to School 2012











And that's all I have to say.
Or I'll cry.
Again.
{Boy, this empty nest thing is rough - even if only for a few hours!}

Happy First-Day-Of-School, little einsteins!
Daddy & I are SO proud of you!

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The End of Summer

It was the last day of summer break, and it was BEAUTIFUL outside. We got home from church and I mowed the lawn while hubby grilled lunch out back.
(Well, I MUST have a beautiful lawn for the back-to-school pictures in the morning, yes?)
 Emma loves her bratwurst. It must be the German genetics that skipped from my dad straight to her, because, well, I'm not a fan.
 Ev is my cheeseburger man. :)


 OOOHHHHHH!
I forgot to tell you...
We took the pool down!!
So the giant sand box has made its return to the castle de castro...
So, goodbye, summer.
You have been hot and sticky and yucky-poo.
But you are always well worth your visit,
and we'll miss you.
See you in 2013!

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Hunger Games Release Party

Just look at my cute little Katniss and her sweet sister Prim...



...and off we went to the midnight DVD release at Hastings...
and I was SO tired.
but it was summer vacation.
and the fun must go on.
{even at midnight}

Am I a cool mom or WHAT??
;)

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Relay for Life

It's been about 18 months now since that dreaded diagnsis that turned our world upside down.
When i read back on those blog posts, I always tear up.
Always.
And I pray that no one else has to go through an experience like this.
But that's beside the point, isn't it?

The local Relay for Life took place last weekend, and we were there in full force, the four of us.

 Em won a door prize  - dinner for two at Texas Roadhouse, which she promptly informed us all that she was taking her daddy to eat that week.
So sweet.
 The "survivors" were announced by name and years surviving cancer. It was amazing to hear people that were still fighting decades later, and we all wished that for our loved ones one day.



 Evan found items at the event that pulled together into an awesome mean green cancer fighting machine!
 Em & Niecey found onigiris (rice balls) at the Japanese booth.

 We love you, sweet hubby!


Happy Relay Day!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Another Random Holiday!

August 8th is...
HAPPY NATIONAL SNEAK-A-ZUCHINI-ONTO-YOUR-NEIGHBOR'S-PORCH DAY!!!

No, really.

And what's funny is that THIS is the holiday that Em has been the MOST excited about so far!
(I, on the other hand, was a little on teh fence, since I would hate to see a good zucchini go to waste...YUM!)
So, off we went to celebrate the national holiday...
So get on out there, folks! Sneak away!!
:)

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It's go time....


I know this is going to sound rediculous. So Im just warning you ahead of time, in case you feel like you don't reeeaaally want to roll your eyes today, you can move on. Fine print over.

I hear a lot about "fat kids" being bullied in school, and I have to say, I agree. I witnessed it for myself with some of my very best friends, but I also know another side of the bullying scale.
 The skinny kid.
(dun, dun, duuuuuuuuuunnnn)
I was constantly teased for being the skinny kid! Constant, I say! Constant!
Now, before you start in with the whole "oh, POOOOOOOOR skinny girl got teeeeeased" routine that I usually hear, listen up! I wasn't just skinny...I was WAIF! There are a few genes I got from my Japanese half, and the lack of fat cells was one.
 In elementary school, I was carried around CONSTANTLY because I was so small that everyone could do it. In middle school people would put their fingers around my wrists and laugh at how tiny they were. But in Jr High, it started getting worse. I guess that's when girls start reading the tabloids and learn what eating disorders are, because from that point on, I was continually plagued with questions about anorexia and bulemia (which I had NO clue WHAT they were talking about until I asked my parents one day!). I hated being seen that way. I tried to hold my bathroom goings-on until I went home after school so that people wouldn't whisper as I walked past that I was going to go throw my lunch up, or other things that hurt a fragile teen's self esteem. This would continue on into high school when it was further fuelled by having no chest, not being able to find "cool" clothes that actually fit, while watching all my friends blossom into beautiful young women. It sucked. Bad.
So now that you have the back story, I have to tell you that being skinny is what led me to be lazy.
(whuuuu...)
Yes. It did. I wasn't about to exercise in fear that I should lose weight, and when you don't know much about exercise other than that is what people do to lose weight, you avoid it like the plague.
It was about 10 years ago that I came to the realization that being in shape wasn't the same thing as being skinny, and that I should probably start getting fit.
But then the babies started coming, which always throws you off quite a bit. Now don't get me wrong - I still did maternity yoga, played tennis, went on walks, and hey...does chasing a toddler all over the great state of California count as exercise?? I exercised intermittantly. Now that my baby-havin days are behind me, I've taken zumba and kick-boxing (SO fun, but the amoebas in the gloves creeped me out too much), and had fun, but I wished I coulda done it at home. For free.

(lazy AND cheap! Sorry, men, I'm already taken...) ;)

After hubby's cancer diagnosis, he started running.
A lot.
He ran his first 5k and kept going.
A mini Forrest Gump, if you will.
And in the 110 degree summers we have here, I wasn't about to join him.
But.
Last night as we finished our walk, he and my dear friend decided that we were going to start the "couch to 5k" program. And by "we", it meant get-Heidi-off-her-@ss-and-running-with-the-rest-of-us-who-already-RUN-a-5k program. So although my laziness is fighting me with all its' might, the comapny will be good, and it's free, and I'm really not that waif little girl in high school anymore, and it will set a good example for my einsteins, and I get to race hubby one day for the gold! :)

So we start tonight.
Wish me luck!!!

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Monday, August 6, 2012

National Root Beer Float Day!

You don't have to tell US twice to celebrate a holiday like this one!










Hope you all had a wonderful National Root Beer Float Day!
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In the morning...

Remember back when we were small,
and playgrounds were made of dirt and wood,
and fairytales and dreams, and contained only by the farthest edges of our imaginations?
It's like a time machine when I take the kids here, and it's quiet and secluded.
And we can enjoy the hot summer morning before the sun swelters the earth with playing hard and running and watching the horses eat their hay as we swing.
And catching grasshoppers in the tall grass,
finding locust skins in the trees, and decorating our shirts like soldiers coming home from war with badges and metals of honor and pride.
It's here that we find summer, and all its wonder.








I had the best day with you today.
Thank you, sweet children of mine :)
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