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because I was bored

and was wondering how you go from this to this? LOL

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hey I think I did a pretty good job LOL

oh and look she DEFINATELY has her daddy’s forhead.

Summer Fun Photo Contest

Here is Samantha riding the boggy board two weeks ago while we were at Newport beach. We had such a blast that week at the beach. It is something we have done every summer since Sam was a baby. The beach house is our one family vacation everyone enjoys!

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So Busy!

Man it’s the second day into the week and I have been so busy! This week is swim lessons week (next week too)

I am amazed at how much Sam has learned in ONE day! ONE DAY! I mean, she knew how to swim before lessons started, but she mostly did the doggy paddle. I was just shocked watching her today and doing everything so perfectly. Even her swim teacher was impressed.

Sarah is doing the mommy & me class. She does not want to do anything except play. But She is going under water to get the “bananas” and “pickles” She will learn though.

Today was also ballet for Sam. Sarah was very upset when Grandma took her to ballet and kept crying “alleeeeee, alleeeee” She wants to do ballet like her big sis. But here they have to be 4 to start. So one more year.

So am I crazy for already getting ideas for Sam’s birthday next year? I guess I am so excited for her starting kinder that I think of all the little friends she is going to make. I am truly excited for my baby girl!

AND a little sneak peek at what is coming up over at Mommies United!

Some Pictures

I wanted to share a few pictures from our beach trip. Sorry they are not that grat I took them with my cell phone.

Samantha had a blast in the water. She used one of our friends boogy boards and had so much fun skimming over the water.




Sarah refused to go near the water, so we brought pails up to her to play in.


YAY for Vacations!

Were about to leave for a week long trip to the beach house! I am excited. I have always loved our beach trips to Newport Beach.

I’ll be gone until Saturday, but I have a whole list of interesting things happening this week while I am gone, plus LOTS of giveaways!

See y’all when I get back. Oh yeah no need to worry if you see Kristin on here while I am one. She is here to make sure all the giveaways go up on time.

so many shoes such little time

Trying to find the perfect pair to match her outfit just wore her out….



Happy 4th

I wanted to share a picture of my Sam from last year. I made the ribbon tank for the girls last year.
Oh and I have no idea what I did with those Korker hairbows I made either. maybe I should whip some up tonight.


Relaxing Sunday

Sorry guys that I have not blogged anything today. It is Hubby’s day off and we had such a nice day.

We have a friend named Bryan who has an older brother, so we decided to take him to see his brother out in Anaheim, and since he lives about 2 blocks away from Disneyland we went to Down Town Disney and went to the Rain Forest Cafe. The girls had a blast staring at the different fish tanks and we all had a great lunch.

After walking around Down Town Disney we decided to go bowling. Sam had a blast bowling. She loves it!

Now were home and watching a movie. Hubby and Bryan went to the store so I thought I would jump on here really quickly while they were gone and say “HI!!!”

oh and Samantha starts her SECOND year of Ballet on Tuesday!!!

PS= I would have taken pictures of today except my digital camera broke. *CRY* no seriously, I am VERY upset that I don’t have a camera. *WWHHHAAAAHHHHH*

I *heart* Them!!

I took this this morning with my camera phone.

I love my girls, even when they drive me crazy! Thank goodness MIL and I are off to a baby shower today, even if it is for only a few hours. Mama needs a break too!

Want to know what I love about this picture? They are both hugging me. I love their love!

Happy Father’s Day!

To all you daddy’s out there, we wish you a very Happy Father’s Day. I hope that you all get to spend all day with your babies!

Were going over to my in laws later today and celebrating Pat and my FIL.

I just wanted to say how thankful I am for my hubby and how he is an amazing father.

Here are a few pictures of hubby with his girls.

I just love this one of Pat and Sam. We were on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland

May’s Milestones

The month of May brought many, many milestones for my girls. I can not believe how much they are growing and every day they learn something new.

Samantha lost her 4th tooth this month! She also learned to swing on a swing set and learned to tie her shoes. I am very proud of her. In school she has learned all of the letters and the sounds they make and is now putting each sound together to read words. I am excited to see how she does when she starts kindergarten in the fall.

We have also started Sam in piano. She has had three lessons already and is doing great. We just need to work on her paying attention to her teacher. It seems she wants to be the teacher instead of the teach-ee. She received her first recital book and although I have no idea about keys and notes I am trying my best to read the book and show her what to do. It really is a lot of fun though!

Here is a picture that Samantha painted earlier this week. (sorry about the quality, I took it with my camera phone)

Today Sarah is 2 years and 6 months old. I can not believe my baby is two and a half now. Time is flying by. She is learning her colors, she knows pink. She likes to point to every color and every other color to her is green or pink, so when she points I say the color, she then moves to her letters and ever letter is “A” to her. So she points and says “A” and I say the right letter to her. She really wants to learn. She thinks she is 5. Yesterday I noticed that when I asked her what her name was she finally said “Sarah” although it sounds more like “I sawwwwaaaaahhh” She then points to everyone else and starts saying who they are. “momma” “mam-ma (grandma)” She calls Samantha “Sammy” She has also started giving us little devilish smiles and cocks her head to the side when she knows she is doing something she shouldn’t be doing.

I have one last update on Sarah, some of you might jump on me for this, but I am one of those moms who thinks that babies should have their bottle for as long as they want. Well….. I mean, I don’t think they should have them past 3 that’s for sure. Anyways, so today is day #2 with no bottle and she did great. I am so happy to have that thing GONE! She is turning into such a big girl!

oh…. as for potty training, she is doing great on that. She tells me when she has to go potty, she does much better when she wears pulls ups. I CAN NOT wait for her to be potty trained! Lets see, it’s been 5.5 years that I have been changing diapers, yeah I am tired and would LOVE a break before the next baby.

Tuesday night was my mother in law’s open house at school and there was about 5 babies there. Boy did my biological clock start ticking (HAHA I know I have PLENTY of time to have more) But I sure did want another one, and I still do. But I just am not there yet. I am hoping by the fall. I always told myself that the fall Sam started kindergarten we would start TTC. Who knows though.

Sammy update

Well, her lips went down a lot, they are not as red or puffy. They are still a little puffy, so we will see how they are this afternoon.

She didn’t eat anything out of the ordinary yesterday so we can only guess that it is either a spider bite or she bite her lip hard.

thanks for all the concerns everyone, I appreciate it.

My Poor Girl *tear*

we might take Sam to the ER tonight, we are waiting until 1am (giving one more hour) and seeing how she is. It seems she might have gotten bitten by a spider or something, both her lips are so swollen, we have never seen anything like it before. I feel so bad for her, she seems to be in pain and uncomfortable. Her throat has been hurting since Friday, so I do not know if that has anything to do with each other. Her little lips are very swollen and I feel so bad for her.

I’ll keep everyone updated. HUGS, and HUGE HUGS to my little Sam!

The Story of Us!

How did you meet:
I met Patrick my junior year of high school. Well technically I met him my freshman year when my friend Megan had a crush on him and she dragged me to him one day just so she could say hi. I then saw him again at my friend Carran’s 16th birthday party. I thought he was cute but I had just broken up with my ex so I wasn’t really looking to date anyone, nor finding guys very interesting since I was still hung up on my high school crush. About five months after Carran’s party, after school started, Megan convinced me to do The Singing Christmas Tree with her. It was our Church Choir’s Christmas Pageant. I agreed and to my surprise Patrick also was in the Choir. A few weeks after the Tree practices started I was waiting around for Megan to get out of Cheer leading practice, and Patrick showed up. We started talking and then Meg walked over and said “oh Pat is taking us home” I was like “Cool!” Megan and I used to fight over who got to sit in the front seat of his car. I also remember when when we went out to pizza and I threw ice cubes at him and accidentally spit my sprite out onto my pizza. After that Pat and I started hanging out more and more. We both had boyfriend/girlfriends. I wasn’t really interested in getting serious, I was still pretty hurt over breaking up with my ex earlier that spring. But by December of that year I realized I was starting to have feeling for Pat. In fact I broke up with my boyfriend at the time just so I could be with him. I told him that I was falling for him and he told me he had feelings for me too. I never thought he would ever like me.. and here we are 8 years later LOL.

Who eats more:
he does… A LOT MORE

Who said I love you first:
I did, that night we became a couple I told him “Patrick I am starting to fall in love with you”

Who is taller:
He’s taller by a few inches, I’m 5’4.5″.

Who sings better:
he does, if you have heard him sing you’d fall in love with him, I’m just kidding. But he does have a beautiful voice.

Who is Smarter:
We are both very smart. Patrick just knows more about world issues.

Who does the Laundry:
I do

Who does the dishes:
the dishwasher does

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed:
Depends on how you look at it. From the point of view of laying in the bed it’s him.

Who pays the bills:
I normally do, although sometimes we do it together.

Who mows the Lawn:
we don’t have a lawn

Who cooks dinner:
I mostly do. I try and make him dinner every night. Sometimes on his days off he will cook. I just feel bad because he cooks ALL day, so why would he want to come home and cook? (he is a sushi chef)

Who drives when you are together:
He does. Now he has no excuses for me not driving since I drive everywhere every other day LOL

Who is more stubborn:
him. I give in easily.

Who kissed who first:
HAHA that’s funny! It happened the same night I told him how I felt. We were sitting on my aunt’s couch at 3 am looking at photo albums, (my aunt stayed up with us until about 2 am) and I laid my head on his chest purposely looking up at him, yes he got the hint LOL

Who proposed:
He did. on September 21st, 01. It was my 18th birthday and we were planning on going to Disneyland for the weekend. On the way to my house to pick up my stuff he stopped in front of our “sign” It’s a double arrow sign at the end of the street I grew up on. It is the same place he stopped at when I told him how I felt about him and where I said ” I am starting to fall in love with you”. He got out of the car and motioned for me to follow. He gave me a hug and turned to me, he said “this is where you gave me your heart, and this is where I give you mine” He then got down on one knee and said “Will you marry me?” I started to cry, and said yes. The picture to the left is the one my Aunt took about an hour later. She told Patrick to bring me by her work so she could see me, (she also wanted to give us some money for Disneyland LOL) I am thankful she got this picture.

Who is more sensitive:
oh me by FAR!!!

Who has more siblings:
I do. I have two sisters and two brothers, plus a half brother and sister. He has one brother and a half brother.

Who wears the pants:
I’d like to say I do. but I think we both do.. I think LOL