Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thankful for and Thanksgiving break

   We wrote down things we were Thankful for all month and it has been nice to think about how lucky we are in the life that we have. I am so thankful for my life. :) We didn't get a chance to write them all down, but we made quite a list. I love doing this during the month of November it is such a great way to sit back and be Thankful in a positive way, all together as a family. Vander is apparently extremely thankful for food. Seriously, read his leaves. Justin's are red, mine are orange, Vander's are yellow, Oliven's are green, and friends are brown.
  What a fun break we had this year... it started with a visit from Jon. The boys always really enjoy wrestling around with him. Monday Vander had an orthodontist appointment, which felt more like going to Disneyland than anything else. It was fun, upbeat, good conversation, and tons of swag. Seriously, sunglasses were on my list of things to buy at Target right after we left and they gave them to the boys free along with like 8 other fun toys. Gymnastics was that evening as a make-up for Thursday because of Thanksgiving.
  Tuesday we had a day of play with Ollie's good friend, Cooper who came over. We started the play date by doing an art project making ornaments. Lots of lego creations were made, and outdoor fun was on the agenda.
   On Wednesday morning I took Vander on a date to see the movie Trolls at the Morgan Hill movie theater, where he ate an entire tub of popcorn by himself. Justin and Oliven went to Mod Pizza for lunch followed by a two rousing games of bowling. We walked over to see them when our movie ended and to share our refill bucket of popcorn. That evening Sexy Justin came to visit us for a couple of days. He is pure delight. He is such a lively fun guy. I miss having him around. He loves to eat, drink and play games - which really makes him a fantastic guest.
   On Thursday morning we had homemade cinnamon rolls with veggie scrambled eggs which was obviously extremely delicious.
We headed down to Larry and Theresa's with Sexy Justin at 1pm to join in the fun with Mitch, Katie, Evan, and Heather. It was a nice afternoon and a yummy Thanksgiving feast. I am so very Thankful for family and spending quality time with the people I love.
  Friday brought an entire day of game playing with Sexy Justin. A marathon of games (surprisingly not that many only because it just took so long to learn them all and then we played all of our best ones, which tend to take a while.) Vander and Ollie were not left out of the fun as we played a few games with them as well, and they loved getting to play Wii - Super Smash Brothers. I will never understand what people see in that game.
We had sushi for dinner and I got my exercise in jogging to Lucky to grab cream cheese to make cream cheese frosting (with too much Vanilla) to go on carrot cake cupcakes for Sexy Justin's 35th birthday (on Saturday). We played until I melted and then went to bed. Justin left in the morning for a full day drive in the rain back to San Diego on his birthday in a car he thought might over heat and leave him stranded on the side of the road. Luckily that did not happen. We got out our Christmas decorations and started the process of making the house look festive. I got the tree up with the boys while Justin went to the grocery store.
  Sunday morning we took the boys to see Moana (which was a very cute movie) and then to lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. We stopped at Bed, Bath and Beyond for some necessary items, and just like that our week off was gone. We are, however, left with lots of good memories and Sexy Justin has an open invitation to come stay with us every Thanksgiving, cause we had a blast.
   Monday, Jon joined us again for a day of hanging out on his return trip from Israel. Now, Wednesday, we are guest-less, what shall we do? How about getting all of our advent stuff together since December starts tomorrow???

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Trump is President

  4 days ago Donald Trump was voted in as America's newest president. I still can't believe the country took this giant step backwards. I am disappointed and devastated. I am not alone in this sentiment. Even kids have been crying and worrying about this huge debauchal. They voted in a sexist, bigot, who is so closed-minded and intolerant. I really thought that we had come farther than that. I know living in California really skews my view of the amount of tolerance people have. I have lived in Indiana and felt the culture of racism and sexism. I have visited the South and seen how very intolerant people are of each other based on race. I felt the tension when I was there - it was palpable and uncomfortable. I just hoped that it wasn't as prevalent all over the United States. I am deeply saddened by the choice of Trump as president. The people in our country, by popular vote, chose Hillary Clinton, but the electoral college chose Donald Trump. Why is this allowed? We obviously need to make a change. How is this Democratic???
  Our country is in mourning - most of it. I have talked to so many people who have shed tears for this unfortunate choice of President. God help us all. I can only hope that Donald Trump can't actually do the things he has "promised" (threatened) to do. He is a heinous man. Please oh please let his beliefs not prevail on our country.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Black eye

Who knew teaching drama could be so dangerous! I got punched in the eye by "Grumpy" dwarf while rehearsing "Snow White and the Six Dwarfs." His fist at full force happened to land where my eye was. Yikes. This pic is from day one, it looks uglier each day. My first fist fight and I was the bigger person I didn't punch him back. I did go down and cry. It hurt so bad. Boy does that kids have a story to tell for the rest of his life - beating up his drama teacher. One thing is for sure...he won't forget me. :)


Camille joined us this year for some epic trick or treating. The boys didn't want to stop this year and they got tons of candy. There were lots of regular sized candy bars. I was good and didn't eat any Halloween candy until the Friday after Halloween, which was on a Monday this year. Justin carried a walking stick and was a joy to walk around with. The boys were green lantern and superman. Grammy and Pops handed out candy to the trick-or-treaters. (tradition, you know). We had mummy dogs and squash soup with eyeballs for dinner (meatballs).