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Salem Pond

A few weeks back we went to Salem Pond. Joe had contacted his brother and his wife, Manny and Elyssa, and they met up with us there. The main point of this outing was to catch catfish. The only fish that was nearly caught was a huge carp. Joe had set his pole done to help Jay with his. While Joe’s pole was unattended the carp snagged the line and took off with Joe’s pole. Manny did some sweet casting and hooked onto Joe’s pole and reeled it in, with the carp still attached! However, once Joe got his pole and started reeling it in the carp got lose. Here’s Manny reeling in Joe’s pole and carp.

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The kids fed the ducks. There was this crazy goose who kept trying to get a little too close to Sophie and me. It kind of scared me a little.

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The boys did a little fishing.

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Then there was a lot of playing in the mud…

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…While wearing new pants. *sigh*

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But they sure had a good time!

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My Cute Kids

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A few weeks ago we went to Salem Pond. I took a few pictures but this was my favorite. Maybe when I’ve got more time I can edit and post the rest.

Pinewood Derby 2010

Sai is that magical age of cub scouts. He had his first pinewood derby tonight. He had such a blast!  Here’s his car that he made.

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Jay also made a car to race. After the official competition was over they had open races for anyone so Jay got to race. We also took Sai’s best bud, Angelo, to scouts and he raced the car that Joe made (Angelo’s mom didn’t know far enough in advance about the derby to make a car).

Here are pictures from the races.

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Sai in lane 3.


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Angelo and Sai.

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Lane 1: Angelo, Lane 2: Jay, Lane 3: Sai


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He’s Ready for Kindergarten, but Maybe I’m Not!

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Look at my Jay! This was Wednesday morning right before we left for his first day of kindergarten. I can’t believe he’s a school boy now.

We didn’t have the best morning. Jay had a little case of the nerves. As soon as he woke up he said that he didn’t want to school. When I vetoed that he said that he was too tired. I told him that means that he will just have to go to bed earlier. Then he said that his tummy hurt. I had to gently lay down the law. Once he realized there was no getting out of it he was actually quite happy. Then Sai and Jay started playing, instead of eating breakfast, while I finished getting ready and we got behind schedule. We ended up with a big rush and almost being late! Which fortunately didn’t leave me time to get emotional about sending Jay off to school.

I pulled up to the school and dropped Sai off on his side of the school. Then drove around to Jay’s side of the school. The bell had already rung and kids were heading in to class. I asked Jay if he wanted me to walk him in and he said no. So he took off to school all by himself. And he went in the wrong door! I parked the van and ran into the door he went in. Jay was standing in one of the other kindergarten rooms looking bewildered. I got his attention and helped him through the hall to his class. Silly kid.

Jay said he made some friends but he couldn’t remember their names. I think he enjoyed school. However, he’s not quite so sure about going every day. We had to explain that every day Sai goes to school he goes also.

Day two is always better. We weren’t as rushed. So I had time to be emotional. Here’s the text I sent Joe once I got to work, it sums it up best:

So I cried a little dropping Jay off today. Maybe I’m just having a hard time watching our little man grow up. He gave me a kiss and a comforting hug before he got out…and went in the wrong door again.

I just love how Jay always knows when his mama needs some love. He’s such an awesome boy and I love him so much.

Today was another milestone. We let Sai walk home from school. We’ve always lived too far away for him to walk. It was so hard to let him be a big kid! We talked with our next door neighbor and made arrangements for Sai to walk home with her kids. We also laid down the rules to help him be safe. This morning while he ate breakfast I grilled him on the rules. Then asked Felesha, our babysitter, to text me as soon as he got home. I sat anxiously at my desk waiting for the text. I got it 25 minutes after school was out. She told me that Sai said it was a long walk (half a mile). But I think he really enjoyed it. He is excited to walk home every day. Wow! He’s such a big kid!

And with the boys both in school that leaves Sophie home alone with Felesha. And Sophie is loving her alone time with Felesha.

I’m so glad that this week is nearly over. I’ve been over emotional and anxious about a lot of things. So I’m really ready for a three-day weekend!

Soccer Time – Here’s Sai

Sorry, another soccer post.


Sai had a double-header on Saturday. When we got to the field the sprinklers were going. And the sprinklers changed to our side of the field and we all got wet! Poor Sophie was strapped in her stroller and I think it freaked her out.

They were able to play the second game. Here’s some video for it. Sai’s not as aggressive as Jay. He kind of just skips along after the ball but doesn’t really go after it. Funny kid.

And we’d like to thank all the family that came to watch. Sorry that there wasn’t a game right at 9. Thanks for coming and supporting Sai, we really appreciate it!


This morning Jay work up and started telling me in great detail about Nemo 2. He’s so sure that a sequel to Finding Nemo is coming. I’m thinking he just had a really vivid dream. He was telling me all about the sharks in the movie and how excited he was to see it. I checked it out on IMDB and as far as I can tell, no sequel. Sorry Jay!

I’ve made some doll clothes for Sophie’s doll. I totally want to make more. And do you think it’s wrong for me to want to buy her a Barbie just so I can make clothes for it? Just wondering. Because I really want to! I’ve got lots of scraps that I can use.

Soccer Time – Here’s Jay

It’s city league soccer time. Last night I took some video of Jay at his game. He was cracking us up because he seemed to spend more time down on the ground than anyone else.

Sai is playing soccer, too. I wasn’t able to take any video at his last game. Joe is the coach–he volunteered about 30 minutes before the game because the team was coachless. So I spent the game talking to parents, handing out picture forms and discussing the treat schedule. I even missed Sai’s goal. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some video on Saturday, especially since he has a double-header.

Summer Vacation 2010

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I’ve finally got all the photos up from vacation. I’m going to post a few highlights and let you check out the rest here.

The first day we drove as far as Mesquite, NV. We had Joe’s cousin Ada with us. She spent the summer with Joe’s mom and we were taking her back home to her family. The kids were so AWESOME in the van. It helped that we bought a dual screen DVD player to help keep them entertained.

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Mesquite was so H*O*T! We went bowling while we waited for it to cool down enough for us to go swimming. Joe had his best bowling game ever. I think he had at least one turkey, tons of strikes and spares. I did pretty well considering that Sophie insisted on holding my hand while I bowled. She was having a slight meltdown, poor girl. If she would have slept in the van…

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The next morning we drove to Joe’s Grandparents. Ada lives next door so that was her stop, too. While we spent time with Joe’s grandparents and his aunt and uncle the kids played hard. Sai and Jay played dress up with Sale. Ada dressed Sophie up as well.

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We spent one night with them and then it was time for us to head on down to San Diego. We took some pictures with Joe’s grandparents before saying good-bye.

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(This picture cracks me up because Joe is sitting in Grandpa’s Jazzy and the boys are making crazy faces.)

The next day we hit the beach. I think the specific one we visited was Mission Beach. We met up with some of Joe’s family on his dad’s side. The kids liked the sand. But the water was super cold and seaweedy.

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(This is the only picture of me at the beach you’ll see. Just my feet.)

The kids all had to get buried in the sand. The extra kid in these pictures is Bubba. He’s the son of one of Joe’s cousins. At the end Jay had so much sand in his shorts I’m sure he was quite chaffed and exfoliated!

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After the beach we went back to our motel to shower. Joe and I were lobster red! I sunscreened Sophie, no burn there. I couldn’t get the boys to sit still to get sunscreened up so luckily they were just slightly pink on the shoulders. After freshening up we went to Joe’s aunt Angela’s house for a family barbecue. And it was YUMMY! There were burgers. But most importantly good homemade Mexican food: carne asada, beans and rice. One of my most favorite meals. I didn’t get any pictures of Angela but I got this one of Joe and his aunt Erma.

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The next day was Sea World day! There are so many pictures here so you’ll just have to go check them all out (link at the top). And yes, we totally forgot our stroller and had to rent on for Sophie. $17 dollars!! But worth it.

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The boys had to see the sharks first thing. They loved them.

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All of us, except Sophie, touched the rays.

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Joe, Sai and Jay sat in the soak zone for the Shamu show. Sophie and I were smarter than that. Here are the guys getting soaked!

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The last time we went to Sea World, about six years ago when Sai was the age Sophie is now, it seemed small. We spent most of the day there and didn’t see everything. But by the time we left everyone was exhausted!

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Then we woke the kids up early and started the long trek home.

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And we left the backpack/diaper bag/camera bag in the breakfast area of the hotel. We didn’t realize it until we were three hours away! Luckily I had stashed our pre-purchased Sea World tickets, which had our names on them, in the backpack so they knew it was ours. It arrived safely the other day with all items accounted for.

I think that this was one of the best vacations ever. We had a lot of fun. The kids were awesome! And everyone was happy.

We’re all ready talking about what we can do next year for vacation. We’re thinking some place different. Northern California or maybe Colorado. We have lots of time to figure that out!