Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Ellie is Chairperson this week in k-1. She has lots of responsibilities (line leader, lead the Flag Salute, in charge of the calendar and weather, etc), but she also gets to do lots of fun things, like bring pictures, toys or books for sharing. Yesterday morning I watched her bring the class to order behind the podium with her gavel, she did a great job! Her favorite part of being chairperson is bringing baby pictures of herself for sharing.

Monday, January 26, 2009

It's a....

We are very excited to tell you we are expecting a baby boy. We are all thrilled and just can't wait to meet him.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

What do you think it'll be.....boy or girl?

I think I have Josh convinced that tomorrow morning we will find out the gender of our fifth baby. So what do you think it'll be, a boy or girl? I'll keep you posted with all the details.

Olivia turns 4!

A special birthday donut.

Smiling big at Chuck E Cheese.

The cake, Olivia picked it out with only a little help from mommy.

Mimi, Liv, and Emmy (2 of Olivia's favorite friends)

Riding the big wheel around the living room.

Yesterday we spent the ENTIRE day celebrating Olivia's birthday! It started with donuts, then a trip to Chuck E Cheese for pizza and games, and finally cupcakes and ice cream in the evening. She had fun and relished being the birthday girl and all it had to offer. Some of her presents were a big wheel (remember those?), a Hello Kitty lounge chair, a horse play set, a princess leotard with ballet slippers, lots of clothes and cute shoes, an umbrella, hat, baby doll, color wonder set, and sidewalk chalk.....what more could a 4-year old ask for?

Friday, January 23, 2009

I know who I'm voting for

President Wilkinson

The bulletin board "If I became President I plan to...."

Ellie worked on this project this week in class. She said if she became President she plans to......"pass out cookies to everyone." Now that's my kind of President....trying to lure voters with sugary snacks. Yum yum!

Monday, January 19, 2009

A trip down Memory Lane

This is a picture of our old house.

Since the girls were out of school today, I went to visit my friend Danica. Danica and I met at Mountain View Community Church and we eventually bought houses about 3 blocks from each other in Clovis. She was a good friend to me in the early years of having my first child. We talked about life and took lots of walks to the park with our kids. Her house became the "potty house" because she lived about 5 doors down from the park and it never failed.... I'd walk the girls to the park and as soon as we got there, they had to go.
Today, on our way to Danica's I picked up lunch from Mediterranean Corner (yummy chicken pitas with the best garlic sauce, man I miss that place). We drove by our old house, the house I brought Ellie and Olivia home to after they were born. We saw the play set Josh built for the girls, the Japanese maples we planted in the front yard, the screen door Josh and the girls bought for me to let the breeze in, etc. I think it is good for the soul to reminisce and talk about old times. We only lived there about 3 years, but the memories made there are plenty. Here's to old friends and good times.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I wonder how many weeks pregnant I am

I had a doctor's appointment this morning and as I sat waiting to see my doctor I started wondering exactly how many weeks pregnant I am. A couple people have asked this week (the bump is starting to show) and they kinda look at me like I'm dumb when I respond with a blank stare (I can't blame them). I remember when I was pregnant with Addie everyday seemed to inch by and the weeks and months went by so slowly... I never thought I'd make it to week #40. This time around I'm thinking week #40 is going to be here faster than I can imagine. So today, I am officially 17 weeks, 1 day pregnant. Maybe I'll find a countdown to put on my blog to help me remember. I heard the baby's heartbeat today, I haven't felt him/her move much but I'm sure that will be beginning here soon.

Extreme Home Makeover, Part 2

We thought we might get to help move some furniture in, but we just got to stand around and watch which I was totally okay with. Still no sight of Ty, but we did see several of the other designers. The house is big and yellow, which kind of stands out in the simple 50's style neighborhood, but I'm sure the family will love it. I'm happy Extreme Makeover Home Edition came to Fresno, I had fun watching!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Getting back into a routine

Today, Addie & Ellie went back to school. Hallelujah! Getting them up at 7 didn't seem that bad, of course by Friday it might be getting old. I was a little worrried that they would be sad about going back, but they did well. I went to the gym and discovered it was CLOSED due to a power outage (Hallelujah #2). So I ran some errands with Liv and Grace, boy that seemed like a breeze after spending 3 weeks with 4 kids. I was trying to think of some things that can make the early mornings run smoothly....I have the girls pick out their clothes the night before (this works so well), but do you have any other ideas. I was thinking this morning, I should have them pour their cereal in bowls the night before, is that gross? Give me ideas, what works for you???

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Extreme Makeover Home Edition

You have to love those United Rentals guys! (Hi Greg)

The claw picking up all the debris.

This is where the house used to be.

R.J. (Extreme Home Makeover security), me, and Heather

A volunteer cat napping against a tree.
The neighbors across the street put their lawn chairs on top of their carport to watch. They were definitely making th most of the experience.

The blue shirts that every volunteer wears.

Me with a big smile riding the bus on the way to the job site.

Heather smiling big.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition is in Fresno this week! My girls and I LOVE the show! Guess what??? I got to go watch (Heather went with me)! Today was demo day, and we got to observe as an excavator loaded truck after truck with remains of the old house. Might sound totally boring, but we had no children with us and excitement was in the air, so it was awesome, that's all I can say, AWESOME! The outpouring from the community is amazing. We spoke to so many nice people. We quickly found out Ty was not around (someone told us they do 2 builds at the same time, so Ty flew to El Paso, and will return on Wed. to Fresno for furniture move in and the reveal on Thurs.), bummer! We're going back on Wednesday afternoon, I'll post more pictures and I'll keep my fingers crossed, maybe Ty will be around. Do you like the show (won't hurt my feelings if you don't)? What's your favorite part? The Fresno build will air sometime in March.

Friday, January 9, 2009

2008 in pictures...

January: My sister, niece, and I take the older 3 girls to Disneyland. Olivia turns 3. Addie starts cake decorating class. We start attending River Valley Church.

Febraury: We take a few days off and go to Shaver Lake.

March: The girls picture taken by Auntie Anjie.

April: Josh's grandma passes away. We spend time in Bakersfield with family and friends. This is a picture of Josh and his pre-school teacher (and friend of Grandma's), Teacher Haslett.

May: We take a trip to Prescott, Arizona to visit my sister. This pic is taken at her house. Also in May, Josh and I get away for a weekend by ourselves to Santa Barbara for a Kaweah study weekend, and Ellie turns 5. Ellie completes pre-school at Mountain View and gears up for kindergarten.

June: I finish the school year at Ewing, teaching 1st grade. Summer vacation begins, and I begin enjoying being a stay-at-home-mom.

July: We take another trip to Shaver, this time we stay for a week. We take the boat, ski alot, and jet ski. Addie and Papa playing in the lake. Addie turns 7 and we bake cupcakes for her and Pops and sing Happy Birthday!

August: First day of school for Addie and Ellie.

September: Ellie enjoying the cooler weather outside.

October: Halloween brings fun as we dress up and go trick-or-treating. Grace turns one and we celebrate! We find out we're expecting another 5 kids!

November: A family picture taken at Thanksgiving in Shaver. I turn 33 and Josh and I get away overnight to Oakhurst. We attend Todd's 40th b-day celebration.

December: Christmas Eve pic taken in front of the Christmas tree. Josh turns 33 and he and I get a dinner out to Max's.

It's getting better

Gabby asleep in her crate

Liv smiling big.

Grace just crawling around (she's still not walking).

Addie and Gabby

Addie and Gabby again.

I'm happy to report our second night with Gabby was much better...Josh and I actually got some sleep and she is getting more used to her crate.

Heather, thank you for reminding me that you can't give up the first day, if you had you would have sent Luke back. I guess it's a little different since Luke is your son and Gabby is a dog, but it's the encouragement I needed.

The girls are having so much fun with her, brushing her hair, taking her on walks, playing with her inside her crate. We played fetch with her yesterday and she returns the ball most of the time.

I have to admit, I'm having a lot of fun with her. I've always said I'm not much of a dog person, but I kinda like this one!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

What were we thinking???

Okay so Josh has been begging (that may not be the right word, maybe pleading his case would be better) for months to get a BIG dog. He has poured over the classifieds and craigslist til I thought I might kill him. He has read tons of stuff, taken tests to see what the perfect dog for us is, and spent hours doing "research".

My cynical side (the side that says, "Seriously....... can I take care of one more living thing?", or "Don't I have enough poop to deal with on a daily basis?") was against the idea of getting another dog (we have a Maltese named Scout already). Plus BIG dogs are alot of work, they need lots of exercise, and their poop is BIG.

Well after months and months of listening to Josh's "research", he showed me a picture of one of cutest dogs I've ever seen and right then my heart melted. I had never heard of a Golden Doodle (have you?), it's a cross between a standard poodle and a golden retriever.
She is stinkin' cute, but our first night with her left us wondering if we have made a huge mistake. I've had newborn babies that are easier to deal with from 11 p.m.- 5 a.m. than this dog. Last night was rough, Josh spent most of the night on the couch next to our new "baby". If she isn't around us, she likes to bark and howl. We are hoping to become experts in dog training and have her whipped into shape in no time. Her name is Gabby, she is 18 weeks old, she has a lot to learn, and I have a feeling she has a lot to teach us.