Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cooper almost 8 months old

Cooper has been such a blessing to our family! I know that I was in disbelief for quite some time that I was even pregnant, but after he got here, I really got to see God's gifts and His timing.

Cooper has been sleeping through the night since 6 weeks old. He is growing like a weed and eating us out of house and home. This time around I am making my own baby food, and he is enjoying it. His favorite? Spinach.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 2011

So my blogging days did that happen? Maybe adding Cooper Leyden to the mix....or new flooring throughout the house....maybe it was the need for all new appliances in the house, going back to work....I know work always gets the blame, but when you really want to stay home with your kids, it gets the blame.

What ever it was, it was never meant to let more than a year go by and not make a post.

Lets see 2011 was a Wonderful year!
January, February and March were spent teaching my class that almost did me in. Literally. I never got to teach last year, the students really struggled with listening, following directions, keeping hands to themselves and not bringing GUNS to school...yes you read that right, guns...anyways I survived and on March 30th we welcomed Cooper Leyden into the world. Now it was not the easiest labor story, but we survived and he is perfect. Love him dearly!

I got to stay home from work from March until August, and it was wonderful. We did get new flooring and then all the appliances went out. Thankfully my parents moved back to this area and we were able to stay at their house and use their refridgerator!

We are all excited for Christmas to be here in just a few weeks....we are also looking forward to getting the house back to normal without all of the decorations.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

whoa...where did the year go!!!!

OK, so my blog took a nose dive this year. I wish I could say it was because I was super busy....I wish I could say that I was on a fabulous vacation.....but I can't....I just got lazy! So many things did happen, so many memories were made, I am sad that I didn't get them all down here!

From January to now....
The girls grew so much! They are FINALLY on growth charts. They are 25%tile in height and weight! YEAH! they turned 3 in September. It has been a magical age for them. They are talking so much, writing their names, naming letters and associating all letters with a person or an object. They are singing songs (and will be in the Christmas program at church) They are running, jumping, counting, talking and talking and talking....did I mention talking???

Rich got a job in May. That has been a blessing on us! He is loving being in the workforce again, and is up to the many challenges. He is continuing with his airplane models, and contests. The girls enjoy those too.

Me, still teaching. Another year in third grade. Many ups and downs with teaching, but still enjoy the hours and the time off!

As a family we have really started going to church regularly and feel part of the family. I have gotten involved with the worship team and will play the piano every so often. The girls love Sunday School and teach us their lesson when they get home.

Rich and I got to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary this year, kid free. It was so nice, and different without the twins. We went to the Drag fave! I have watched or gone to the drags since I was a young was a GREAT weekend away, thank you nema/papa/ and Aunt Melanie for watching the girls!

We also have news...April 5 or so....we will be welcoming a new baby sister or brother into the house. Never though I would be a party of 5, but here we are. I am 18 weeks along, and everything is going well....for as much as I can tell. When I was pregnant with the twins I went to the doctor every week....this one...every 4 it is a different experience. The girls are excited to be a big sisters!!! They are both hoping for a baby brover with a peanut!

Halloween just passed...we took the girls trick or treating this year. They were not too sure about it for the first 3 or 4 houses but then loved every minute of it near the end of the evening.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year Goals....

I have decided that Resolutions are for the birds. I make a resolution and it is broken within a I decided that I would make GOALS for 2010.....

For starters, I need to be a better me...I have been not taking time for myself. I have been so focused on work since Rich lost his job. I want to make sure we have a steady time has been in the classroom, and I need to change my focus to know that the school will still be there whether I spend 10-12 hours there a day or not. I need to leave work at work and come home to be a mom and a wife. Rich and I used to go out for a date night once a week, and now that will have to change to once a month or every other month, so we can get to know one another again. I also need to get rid of built up anger.
A goal of mine this year is to make Church a priority in my life. God needs to come first, he has provided for us over the last 4 months so that we always have food on the table and clean clothes....we have stayed above water when our lives were suddenly flipped upside down...we as a family need to make Church a priority to have God guide us and keep us safe.
My last goal is to lose 25 more pounds...I know, I know, another diet fad....well over the last 6 months I have lost 21 pounds but want to lose another 25-30 pounds...

I don't think I am asking alot....I need to set my goals, to make a better 20101

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Fall is a great time of year for Central California. I love when there is a crispness in the air, and all of the fall scents. Pumpkin Spice lattes are in full swing at starbucks too! This fall has been a fall of change for us. God closed one door with Rich's work, and hasn't opened a new one for him yet. We are patiently waiting for the door to open, but know in his time, the door will open and everything will work out. Right now the girls are LOVING daddy time...and will continue to do so.
We had a twins club Halloween party at the park today. (The same park the girls birthday was) We had so much fun, and won the costume contest for the cutest costume!
Enjoy the pics!!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

answered prayers

It is always a bitter sweet time of the year. Professional development days, long days in the classroom setting up and waiting for an eager 20 + students to enter the classroom...and I find myself here wondering if I gave my all to my sweet angels this summer. We have been full of giggles and many trips to the zoo, and many words of wisdom!

Hannah has began to come up and hug and say, " I Yuv you mama!' and Megan will follow suit with "I you" and a hug.

With everything a blur, I know one thing is for certain, prayers have been answered over daycare this year. You know mother's intuition when you take your children somewhere, and you know something is just not right and unfortunately the girls have been too small to tell me their concerns. Well....

Let's just say our day care experience was just that, sparing details, let's just worst nightmare came true while the girls were in daycare. But God is good, and has provided me 2 wonderful daycare providers, that love the girls unconditionally, and it is a 1:1 correspondance to watch the girl! I love the fact that when I drop them off, they turn and say "Bye mama" and run to the arms of their care givers...

Note to self: Always follow your mommy's intuition, when you sense something is not right....chances are they aren't. Thank goodness prayers get answered!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

We Are so cool

Today was a total girls day! Rich went out of town, so I took the girls to the mall. We had so much fun walking around looking at clothes and smelling perfume...Then we went to the Disney store! The girls are starting to show interest in Micky Mouse, so we had fun. While we were there...we couldn't resist some sunglasses and and "cincess" bups....

The girls are the pride and joy of my life, I wish there was a way to stay home with them indefinitely!