Monday, May 19, 2008


I am playing popcorn. If you have no idea what this is than just think of it as tag.

The game is Sixes Tag and these are the rules:

1. you link back to the person who tagged you.
. . . My cute friend, Ashley
2. post these rules on your blog.
. . . Check!
3. share six unimportant things about yourself.
. . . See Below, but only if you want to know some really random facts about me.
4. tag six random people at the end of your entry.
5. let the tagged people know by leaving a comment on their blogs.
6. enjoy the results.

Six UNimportant things about me:

1 I LOVE Jazzercise and do it sometimes up to 6 times per week

2 Favorite smells: earthy dirt smell of a potato pit or cellar (I know it sounds gross), lilies, fresh cut wood.

3 I know all the lyrics to all of Alice in Chains music.

4 I can still do up to four back handsprings in a row.

5 Most evenings it takes me 30 to 60 minutes to fall asleep, I can't stop thinking about things.

6 I eat fruit and yogurt almost every morning in the summer and oatmeal with granola in the winter. Breakfast is my favorite meal.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

To be a kid again . . .

Lots of carbs and not a lot of utensils.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mothers Day Confessions

Well this Mothers Day is going to be a little different. I have asked Ryan not to get me anything. He usually does because the kids are still too young to do it themselves.

The week prior to Mothers Day usually goes like this . . .

Me: Mothers Day is coming up

Ryan: That's right, I need to get something for my mom. What do you want?

Me: I don't know, maybe some flowers or something.

The next few days I start noticing little things like how I didn't have a white vase to put my flowers in, maybe I should ask for that. What if he buys one I don't like? Or, I'm putting my pants on and I notice they're a little tattered. I could use some new jeans. What kind would I get? Am I way lame for wanting designer jeans? Yes, I am, but they fit SO good. Then I see the commercial for the new Dyson vacuum and the great deals on power tools at Home Depot and everything starts getting out of control. I can't stop thinking about things I could get for mothers day. Then I start to feel really guilty for even wanting any of those things but then Max forgot to do his homework that's due today, Abby doesn't want to get dressed for school and Charlie just pooped on the floor and I'm thinking to myself, HECK yeah I'm going to ask for some stuff! I gave birth to three kids and I spend all day every day trying to keep it all together, you better believe I deserve it, and then some! So I drop some hints to Ryan and feel a bit guilty doing it because I know I'm putting him in a not so great situation. I shrug it off and leave it up to him. My happiness is now depending on his gift. Will he make the right choice? I'm not sure what the right choice is but he better choose the right one or else he's in trouble and I'm not happy. Well, Mothers Day comes and I have three cute little kids bring me breakfast in bed and a bunch of hand made gifts they did at school. I enjoy the precious moment and then start having anxiety over the gift from the family(Ryan). I open it and he failed (only because of my unreasonable expectations). I know he had the best intentions, even though he probably frantically purchased it the night before. I accept it graciously, give the kids my love, and proceed downstairs to clean up the mess the kids left trying to make me breakfast in bed. The rest of the day is like any other day. Does anyone else feel like this or is it just me? Anyway, I decided to change it up this year. I am already stress free and have decided to focus on the things I enjoy about being a mother, I know I'm really thinking outside the box. It's not a whole day devoted to me, instead, it's a chance for me to enjoy the small moments with each of my kids. They shouldn't call it Mothers Day, they should call it mothers moments in a day. Moments are about all we get but if we hold on to them, they can help us get through the day.

Here are four things I love about being a mother:

1. The three faces I look into everyday

2. The precious moments captured and placed in my heart forever.

3. Watching the excitement on the kids faces as we prepare for a birthday or holiday.

4. The feel and emotion of a brand new baby

I love being a Mother!
Happy Mothers Day!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

El Salvador

We just got back from a great trip to El Salvador. My wonderful parents flew in to watch the kids and we flew out the day of our 11th anniversary, which I completely forgot about! Even when my mother in law sent me an e-card I thought. . . oh that's so nice, she must have sent it early because we were going to be out of the country. Then later, I came home to the biggest bouquet of lilies(my favorite flower) I have ever seen and thought, wow who sent us flowers?! I finally read the really sweet card from Ryan and remembered it was our anniversary. Ryan for sure gets a free pass if he forgets something.

This is a picture of the lilies a week later and I had just given about 5 stems away to a friend. They are beautiful!

Ryan surprised me and we flew first class. Our flight left at 1:30am and was a five hour flight, we then took a shuttle ride (El Salvadorian in a mini van) that was about two and a half hours long. Before we left I had only heard that it's not the safest place to go. Ryan assured me we were going to a safe area and that we would always have a chaperon or guard with us. Sounds good to me, let's go have an adventure!

This is what we saw on our drive to Las Flores. The closer we got the more beautiful it became.

The view from the hotel pool.

View from hot tub.

Las Flores Guard.

The view from our room. Pretty convenient to check the surf.

5:30 am boat trips to secluded surf spot. Check out the guy asleep in the boat behind us.

Ryan had a great time surfing. It was hard for me to see him burning all those calories while I sat there on the boat and got tan. Oh wait, no it wasn't.

Yes, she is massaging my gluteus maximus and it felt great! Through that opening in the curtain is a full ocean view. It was so relaxing I had to get two.

Ryan walking out from his massage. Does he look relaxed or what!

The food was amazing. Every meal had three courses and was beautiful.

It was fun to try the local food.

Ryan was finding all sorts of sea life in his soup!

postres, yum!

This guy climbed up the tree barefoot with a machete and started chopping off coconuts. As he was coming down with a rope, he saw us looking and flipped upside down and started screaming. When he got down he gave us a big toothless smile.

I took video but didn't take a picture of this. . . a bunch of local kids would get together and play soccer here on the beach. When they would get too hot they just jumped in the water. It was really cool to see how little the people had and how happy they were.

We had a great trip!

After a long trip home we finally arrived at 3:00 am and slipped into bed. At approximately 3:30 am Abby came into bed with us and one by one all five of us were in bed together. It couldn't have been better.