Friday, November 12, 2010

Thankful


It seems that my last post was a little bit of a downer so I will have to make up for that by posting all the things of which i am grateful for in my life!

  1. Shane - not only is he my husband, he is my best friend, the best friend i have ever had. i love him, respect him, and i see so much possibilities in him even if he doesnt yet. we are so connected in such a special way that it is near impossible to explain with words. at times i am sure we can even hear each others thoughts. he sometimes acts as though he can not understand what i mean by something but i know he can, hes just testing me ;) I love you Shane
  2. University Park Ward (formerly Harbor Hills Ward) - i am grateful for our church of jesus christ of latter day saints, all over the world, but there is a special place in my heart for this particular ward. without them we may have become inactive. Because of this ward our family is forever. The bishops and relief society presidents of this ward listened to the spirit when it told them not to overlook us. even though there are a thousand people in this ward, they saw us and made us feel loved and welcome.
  3. Nephi - I got to spend a special night out with this little guy tonight! we had so much fun just being together. I love him so much, he is one of my very best friends! the talents he has are phenomenal! his options and potential are endless!! i really really hope that someday he can see that. I want him to know that he can do or be anything that he sets his mind to.
  4. EmmaLily - This little girl is the best big sister that anyone could ever ask for. not only is she responsible and loving, she is also fun! she might not always be that way with her own friends but she is with baby sister!♥
  5. Elijah - This little guy is a handful right now but i couldnt have asked for a better kid, he is so obedient, even when he doesnt want to be (i can tell!!!) He loves his siblings and his parents so much. if we are ever sad he runs and gives us kisses! He bandaged his baby sisters owie, even though it was already healed, hahaha! He has the best sense of humor, only he doesnt know it yet!! He makes me laugh EVERY DAY. I couldnt live without him!
  6. Willow - This is my redhead! my mischievous, adventuresome, pippi longstocking, freckle face strawberry girl! She keeps me on my toes! just when i thought that Heavenly Father cut me some slack, he drops this angel on my doorstep. Got to love her. She has the biggest prettiest smile. She hugs you when your sad, blows you kisses, then slaps you in the face, laughs at any fart noise and falls asleep at exactly 830 pm. i love her with all my heart!
  7. Mom and Dad - Even though they are immature and can drive me nutty, my parents are the best. They will come running to help me when ever i need them to. They obviously love each other to no end, i feel thats a good example, even if my mom can be a bit shallow about it at times. They do what they can to make us happy, they have always kept up fed and clothed and clean, even during the longs months my dad didnt have a job. I learned everything i know about parenting from what they did and didnt do. I love you mom and dad, even though you probably wont read this because you dont know what a blog is.
  8. My Sisters and Brothers - They have been there since i was born, some came after. They were there when I needed a shoulder to cry on, they were there to make fun of me when i did something stupid. They humbled me, they loved me, and i love them.

Im sure there are more things i am thankful for. i will add another post later this month when I think of them!







Monday, October 18, 2010

People are stupid...

Is it just me or did everyone notice that people are stupid?

So Nephi and this one girl at school do not get along very well, mostly the girl. Nephi has said that he wants to be friends with her but she isnt very nice and just tries her hardest to make Nephi mad.
Today at the playground after school, Nephi and most of the kids on the playground were throwing sand at each other, they made sides and had it be a sort of mini war. That is totally normal, right? i mean do you not remember being a kid?
Well, i told Nephi to stop throwing sand, because i just KNEW that some bratty kid was going to come crying about it because theres always someone who does that (even though they were also throwing sand)
It just so happened that Nephi threw sand at this little girls brother, whose mother also saw. This mother and I have a very short but negative history. (at the beginning of school her daughter threated to kill Nephi, so i took it to the principal after confronting her about it and her blowing it off)
She came up to me and told me all about how my child targets her kids and blah blah blah. NO, im sorry but ive watched them play a lot more than she has, and my child doesnt target hers, their feud is a two way street my good woman! (which basically i told her and she buckled)
I told her it was absolutely unacceptable that Nephi threw sand at her little boy, especially because i had just told him NOT to! But i should have told her to shove it.
I really felt like punching her in the face!
She started going off at Nephi telling him to stop chasing her kids and what not, so thats when i totally told her that her kid was egging Nephi on. BEEOTCH! Pardon my french...

Anyway, she said that Nephi needs to stay away from her kids for at least six months and then they can try to be friends again.

STUPID!!!

Because Ive seen this. Only the mean kids parents have said this to me. Nice kids always have to deal with crappy people. Thats why they are humbled and NICE.
Correct me if im wrong (although if you try to, then you will be wrong) but it doesnt seem to me that kids will like each other if they arent anywhere near each other.

Distance only makes the heart grow fonder if those people LIKED each other in the first place!!!

DUH.

Venting: COMPLETED

Friday, October 15, 2010

bento?!

how is it possible that only JUST learned what bento is???
this is so flippin awesome!
i found this blog
BentoForKidlet
check it out!! star wars? i HAVE to do bentos for my kids now!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Getting ready for Halloween!

Ive almost finished decorating!
and its only the first week october, i know, but so many other people began in september, i have to catch up!! Hahaha.
ill post picks once im done!

this year we are going to be characters from Harry Potter for halloween!
Nephi is going to be Harry
EmmaLily is going to be Hermione
Elijah will be Draco
Willow will be Ginny
Shane will be Snape
And I am going as McGonagall
ive got everything planned and all i need to do now is go find a giant skein of black fabric that is very cheap, green silver gold and maroon yarn for very cheap, and iron on transfer paper for very cheap! and other unnamed bits and pieces that i can find easily around for not all that much.
Im very excited about this because im actually going to do it!! im actually going to sew our costumes! from scratch!! no purchasing overpriced target costumes for us!
wish me luck!



Friday, September 3, 2010

Friends?

It's weird how it seems as though Shane and I take turns having friends.
It seems as though, when I get invited to do something with the girls i get invited to one thing after the other, then there's a dry spell. And now Shane has been going out at least two times a week with his guy friends. Now that he started surfing hes had a ton more play dates, I think it's because the guys at church now realize he isn't 100% math guy. :D

I'm so happy for him, but at the same time its sort of sad how my friends (the wives of his surfing buddies) don't seem to take that much time out of their lives to just hang out like that, go play a sport or go out to the movies. It's bad enough that the church stopped having enrichment monthly. now our social life is destined to diminish because moms usually concentrate on being moms!!

Or am I completely wrong and you moms out there just go have fun and don't think to invite me along??? Hahaha.... nah, I'm too awesome for that.

And then there are times when I am sad that so many friends I have made along the way have moved, lost touch, or just plain don't want to talk to me anymore.
What do I do with that?
I have never in my life gone this long without a best girl friend who I can go talk to and hang out with and share and love like a sister and trust with my feelings and all that girly menstruation crap.
I need a good friend I can do these things with so I can stop taking my feelings out on facebook and blogger!!!
Does anyone have any thoughts, opinions, or experience on this subject?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Child-less

From August 14th to August 22nd, Shane and I were child-less!
After having had four kids, and not really leaving them for a long period of time since before we even had four kids, it was a strange and empty feeling.
Don't get me wrong, it was wonderful to bond with Shane in a special way that week. But he even said it was too quiet and boring without the kids and we don't know what we would have done if we were just married for the last 8 years without having children. It's just so boring without them.
I love my Shane. I love my kiddos, and I don't think I could live without any one of them!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Month of May, a Short Novel, By Sarah Ryerson

Disclaimer: I probably shouldnt be writing this in the state im in, being tired after such a long few weeks... but i have to explain why, so just ignore the sarcasm, because there will be plenty! Also, a lot has happened so please be prepared for the short novel before you, go potty and grab a snack before you start...

The Beginning of May was Nephis 8th Birthday (may 2nd to be exact) and since my sister Shannon was visiting from Hawaii we decided to go to Go Kart World in Carson.
So the Saturday before his birthday (may 1st) we got everyone ready to go (grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, etc) and Shane says to me in a very helpful way;
"So, how much does it cost to go to Go Kart World?"
So, I looked it up online and found out that the tickets are discounted if purchased online and in bulk, which was great! (please note that, here, i was not being sarcastic)
And we set off!
(on a side note, my Palm Pre phone had been cracked a few days previously somehow on my couch by an unknown culprit, "police" are still investigating. Keep that in mind.)
Nephi got to bring his cousin Sage, who he absolutely ADORES, which made this trip a 100% awesome in the "Good Mom: Score Book" and EVERYONE had a BLAST. Even Elijah got to go on a go kart with me! Willow got to ride the baby go kart, which was hilarious! (photos coming as soon as they get uploaded and emailed) The Grandparents (all four) had fun riding too. It was just a good day!
Then of course I had to go and do something dumb.
Shane handed me his phone because a friend of mine called while we were waiting in line to get on the go karts. So I end the call as I'm getting in the go kart and stick the phone in my left pocket, since mine is in my right pocket.
As we are getting off the go karts and I look around for my MIL who is holding Willow, Shane says to me, "Can I have my phone back?" and as I reach into my pocket my heart skips a beat in horror when I realize that my left pocket is, in fact, completely empty. Quickly I check my right pocket because perhaps somehow by some mystical force of nature maybe, just maybe, Shanes phone might have beamed itself into that pocket to be with its one true love, my cell phone. Then, with a quickening of my pulse, I realize that both phones are missing! They must have slid out of my pockets while on the go kart, it was the only, and most obvious, explanation.
Shane and I look at each other after I finish checking my right pocket, he sees the horrified expression on my face and we both run back towards the go kart entrance.
Unfortunately another go kart session had begun, but almost finished, so we waited as patiently as we could for the workers to come over and acknowledge our existence long enough for me to ask one of them "if" they had found our phones.
(Now I was only being a little sarcastic here, and the reason for this was because I knew damn well they found our phones, the only question was whether or not they would tell me. I know I'm being a bit pessimistic, or rude perhaps, but I grew up near Carson and I know how some people are)
Anyways, after I ask them, one of the guys looks at the other and says quietly, "..hey that phone.." or something of the sort. The second guy then proceeds (and quite reluctantly I might add) to walk over to us and holds up a Palm Pre with a very noticeable crack on the screen. I knew it was mine immediately because of said previous injury to the phone.
"We found it on the track." says the man.
My heart fell.
Oh no! it could be Shanes! Please dont let it be Shanes phone! Please please please! I thought with only slight panic.
You see, I was sitting in a two person kart and I was on the left, so my left side was the only side next to the track. Shane's phone was in my left pocket.
After what seemed like twenty minutes, he hands me the phone. I check, its mine! Panic: gone.
Where is Shane's phone?
We told him to look in the kart for a second phone, he finds it. And we are once again reunited with our lost smart phones!
(note, we really shouldn't be so dependent on our smart, beautiful, little, hand-held, helpful, robot phones♥)
ANYWAY.... the rest of the day is a big hit and we all go home and have cake!

The Next Morning is Sunday, Nephi's actual birthday. We planned on going home to go to our own ward so Nephi's friends could sing to him and I had agreed to teach the nursery lesson and all that jazz.
Alas we were awakened early (and by early I mean about 8am, ha ha ha) by a hacking Elijah whose nose was bleeding quite abnormally. So Shane decided it best for us to take him to the ER. That was a good choice because it turned out that he had Pneumonia... or Bronchitis... or Something Along Those Lines. (note my sarcasm, because doctors are people too and dont actually know everything about everyone's bodies, even though they have a degree that says they studied the human body and how it works for ten years straight.) (note on the note, I love doctors and am not bagging on all doctors. Just this particular one)
Either way, I blame our smoke-happy downstairs neighbors and I am not afraid to write it.
It was also kind of lame because it was my sisters last day in LA, she was leaving for Hawaii the next morning.
We had to give our poor sweet little Elijah an inhaler so he could breathe better. And when we got home I had to get his prescription for antibiotics (which i fricken HATE, but i made sure i did it right so it would go away and not mutate in his sweet little body)
He got better and is doing great now, has not needed it again since!
So we finally came home and decided that we should work on planning Nephi's baptism, since he is now 8 years old, he has reached the age of accountability which qualifies him for baptism by immersion for the remission of his sins into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He was all too eager for this. I love that kid!

By Mid May Shanes brother and sister in law had come to visit from Georgia with their two year old daughter, switching off staying with us and with her family. It was really great to see them! However, this month was proving to be quite busy! They stayed for Mothers day (the brothers made their wives breakfast!♥ got us cards and flowers too) and after church we went to Boomers! It was great because Shane printed out some special Mothers Day coupons, where moms get unlimited play for free in May!! Then if its your birthday you get the whole month to chose when to go get unlimited play free too! Shane and Nephi both got free passes as well! that was pretty nice!
The next day we went to Boomers again!! Of course. Because that day was Shanes moms birthday, so we took her along and left the babies sans Nephi at home with my mom.

It was so much fun and so hilarious to race Shanes mom and Nephi in the Go Karts! We kept spinning each other out and breaking all the rules, and they never told us to stop! It was a really great way to relieve stress!

Finally we had gotten all the preparations done for Nephi to be able to get baptized, with the help of my wonderful friend Amy!
Ever since Elijah's Nemo birthday party the kids wanted me to build them awesome cakes like the Nemo cake I made! I don't blame them, it totally ROCKED! So Nephi originally wanted me to build him a Pokemon cake, but I convinced the sweet kid that it just wasn't appropriate for a baptism. Although he agreed to let me make it for him next year, we did decide on a design for the current years cake.
The Golden Plates!
Now this was an amazing concept, easy to build, no real difficult carving in the design. my only real dilemma was how the crap do i make it gold?!
So of course I Googled "gold cake" and came upon some hilarious sites, mostly mocking the gaudy, golden wedding cakes! Ha! Hilarious. And fortunately I found out how some of them made their cakes shimmer with golden glory!
The "easy" trick was to make a paint out of golden pearl dust and lemon juice. So I bought some pearl dust at Joanns for 4 bucks and tested it.
Nope.
Back to square one...
I figured if i could make it look mostly gold then i can just dust the fondant with the gold dust.
Attempted.
Success!
Victory is mine!!
(pictures to come soon. See, that is why I need my smart phone, people!!)

The Baptism was beautiful! I loved my dads talk, my mother seemed a bit nervous during her performance (goodness only knows why, the woman is a diva!) and Amys talk was great!
After Nephi was baptized he told his dad, "I feel like I just drank a lot of hot coco!" meaning that the spirit filled him with warmth! What a cutie! Im so glad his uncle could be there to see.

The day before the baptism, I got a chance to go to Target and buy some new clothes! I was so excited. I got a few outfits that I love, and hope to be too big for me in six months or less.

My little brother James ended up coming home with us that night and was going to stay for church the next day and I was going to take him home Monday morning so he could get to school. Shanes brother went back to his in-laws. So the house wasnt as crowded as before. They were going to come back that Monday, though, so I needed to clean up the house!
After church we came home and relaxed, which was nice! But that night I really needed to get some cleaning done before Shanes brother and wife came back! So I was running around the house picking up stuff, I went in the kitchen and as I was walking swiftly back into the living room my pinky toe got caught on the TV stand, like it so often does, only this time it snapped in the middle of the bone!
Who ever would have thought that such a tiny little insignificant appendage would harness so much pain... I never would have thought.
This stupid, and preventable, injury cost me my whole foot for a month. I couldnt clean up the house, I could barely walk without pain for a couple weeks AND we still hadnt taken my brother in law and sister in law to Disneyland yet!! And Folks, if you aren't form southern California, you really can not come here and not go to Disneyland.

This is true, so true that I still went a day and a half after I broke my toe. But that was only because I knew they had wheel chairs and having a wheel chair is like having an unlimited fast pass! Cha-ching! Hey, some good had to come out of this.
We opted to go without the kids this time, which was very weird because I had not gone to Disneyland without kids since I was a kid! So I suppose I had never spent the day at Disneyland without kids (I say this because my hubby took me to D-land on my B-day a few months prior, but it was only the evening, not an entire day)
My mother was gracious enough to take on the task of watching all four of our kids and my niece who was not her biological grandchild. Five kids ranging in age from 8 years to 8 months!
In exchange, I bought her a Disney Princess picture frame with 3D statues of Belle, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella on it. My mom always associates my sisters and I with the Disney Princesses and those four just happened to represent us, in my moms mind. Needless to say she loved it! And I loved the VERY RARE alone time with hubby♥

The next day, which was a Wednesday, they left AGAIN, to go back to sister in laws parents home to visit again before they left for Georgia.

Now heres a tricky thing, ladies and gentlemen, communication! Because, one person can be trying to communicate something with another person, and think that what they said made sense to the other person and everything is planned. But then the other person changed their plans but the original person didnt think they were serious and everything goes wrong and they fight.
Communication is important in a relationship, but first you have to learn how to communicate!! Thats where it gets a little tricky.

The End of May is Shanes birthday, May 21st to be exact. So I said to him, "I am going to throw you a party and invite some friends over for a potluck birthday, would you like that?"
And he replied, "Sounds alright, but you dont have to. I do like spending time with just the family, though" This is where I was confused, because it sounded as though he liked my idea. I have been telling him for years that he should be more outgoing and make more friends and inviting people to a birthday party was the perfect way to do that, so I ignored the comment about not having people come over and settle with the, "sounds alright." part.

I Evited people, made a delicious homemade ice cream cake, created a balloon version of Shane, and made sure to only invite people who I knew liked to talk to him. I did not, as a matter of fact, invite only my friends, because there would have been a lot more mothers with kids there, I tell you!
Everything was ready to go, people came bearing delicious foods, we ate, we talked, we laughed and Shane really looked like he was genuinely having a good time. I really thought that the party was a success, and I think it would have been had his brother been there instead of at his in-laws. He was there because they wanted to celebrate their two year olds birthday on that day since they wouldn't see them during her actual birthday, which was a week from then, because they were going back to Georgia.
The next day, a Saturday, we attended our very first live LDS temple sealing! It was very exciting and very special, because it was the sister of Shanes high school best friend (who had passed away just after high school)
We RSVPd for the sealing around noon, a luncheon afterward, then the ring ceremony (her family is not LDS) and reception in the evening!
We had a great time at the sealing and luncheon. It was the first time i went through the temple wearing black (my foot brace) and hopefully the only time!
After the luncheon we went home to have a break and breastfeed baby Willow. We planned on going to the ring ceremony then reception at 6 or so, Shanes brother and and his wife were at my moms house waiting for us to get back from the luncheon because his brother wanted to give him a birthday gift and hang out for a bit.
I was a little annoyed with this because Shane told me he would dance with me (which he hadn't done for years) I was looking forward to that night for over a month and he was going to blow it off to go see some stupid movie or something with his brother. I said no, we ended up arguing and missed the ring ceremony, were late to the reception, I lost Shane for a few minutes and ended up in the middle of an awkward conversation between three old people, and when I finally got out of that I ate alone, then we left early and didn't even get to dance at all.
Shane said I was being selfish, but I think I was just not allowing him to be selfish (yet again) and that made him mad.
Sometimes guys act different when they are around certain people. This is true yet Shane doesnt really see it.

One thing I really love about talking to my sis in law is the fact that the complaints we have about our husbands (who are brothers) are almost IDENTICAL!
She told me that her hubby acts different around my hubby. This is true. And it bothers her sometimes, and it bothers me. Shane says that we just don't have that same sense of humor and trust me when I say that is a good thing, because all they do is make fun of people including us and its mean and they think its funny.
Okay, maybe we should lighten up a bit. But why don't you try having someone you love laugh at your expense every twenty minutes, how is that?
Anyway, I apologized for not trying to figure out a better solution to the problem. He could have hung out after the reception. But everyone was just stressed out and it had been a long month for everybody.
No real harm done. Right?

All in all it was a very exciting and BUSY month.

So busy, in fact, that it took me several months to write about it!!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter, General Conference and EmmaLilys 5th Birthday

Easter was laid back this year. Which is good because it was General Conference as well as EmmaLilys 5th birthday!!
i felt bad not throwing her the big avatar the last air bender party she wanted, but i promised it for next year! she also wanted it to be a sleepover, i didnt. we tried that for nephis 5th and it failed miserably.
but she had fun with her grandparents and aunt and uncle. EVERYONE gave her princess stuff! it was funny


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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cubscout Campout

I took the kids camping this past weekend on my own!! Since it is finals week next week Shane couldn't come because he had to study for crazy finals and work on projects all due between Monday and Wednesday.
I really do not know what I was thinking doing this, probably that I couldn't stand staying inside the house by myself with the kids all weekend, I should have just stayed home or went to my moms house but instead I chose to go to a campout with a bunch of VERY "OC" type of people, if you know what I mean.
I am telling you, by the end of Saturday on that (less than)two day camping trip I was so ready to just just slap the hell out of someone that I had to leave as soon as I woke up on Sunday morning!
Here are only a few of the things that went terribly wrong...

  1. I had to go without Shane.
  2. My only friend in the whole pack wasn't able to make it :(
  3. I was one of the only moms who even camped out.
  4. I started my period a few hours after I got to the camp ground.
  5. My phone died on Saturday morning even after I charged it on Friday afternoon and had it on airplane mode.
  6. I forgot my camera.
  7. I couldnt go on the hikes with Nephi because I had to keep an eye on slowpoke toddler cuties. Which I didn't really mind all that much.
  8. Our den leader (and cub master) has NO people (communication) skills.
  9. The tiger den leader ended up taking over the leading of events, this guy is a real annoying character, ill tell you about him at the end of the list!
  10. Each den had to supply their own provisions, we didn't have to last year.
  11. Our den was the only one not eating as a group!! So I was totally on my own with the feeding of my four children. (good thing my kids are cute and good moochers!)
  12. I slept in a tent in 40 degree weather with an 8 month old and a 2 year old, not to mention a 4 yr old who still needs pull-ups at night!
  13. Nephi was continuously injuring himself.
  14. Those boys were not being watched very carefully by the grownups in charge of them, yet I always saw someone yelling at Nephi.
  15. Having gone on this camping trip we missed the pancake breaky at Verano and the garageless sale (which I Was looking forward to since I had missed the LAST one!!)
  16. Having gone on this camping trip we missed the family expo and fair at the Irvine great park!!
  17. Having gone on this camping trip we missed seeing my little sister in a St. Patricks day parade in Huntington Beach(or Hermosa, I don't remember)
  18. After taking down the (still wet) tent and packing everything single handedly, missing the announcements in the morning and leaving before the awards ceremony so that we could get to church on time, I got all the kids and stuff successfully into the car and the second drove out of the parking lot I got a sick feeling in my stomach. The kind where I knew I had to go to the bathroom very soon.
  19. When I got home I had to run.
  20. I couldn't go to church sick. I work with the babies in the nursery!
  21. I didn't have enough time to call someone to tell them I couldn't make it to nursery...
  22. Shane didn't take the kids to church without me, I fell asleep as soon as I was done in the bathroom :(

Well, that merely sums up our horrible weekend.

I didn't need this, I should have stayed home. But now I appreciate being home... so that was a good thing to get out of it. I mean I REALLY appreciate being home!!!

I love Shane

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Slacking Off 101

Thats the name of the class I am teaching my kids now. Ima jus' kiddeeng! (only my closest friends from high school will get that joke, and they don't even read my blog!)

Yeah I slacked off a couple of days this week. I feel like I dont have time to do anything anymore, since we started homeschooling. I need a break!

I'm just dying to go visit my sisters, and a few friends, in Portland, Oregon. We had planned to fly out there for spring break but evidently the airlines found it prudent to hike up the costs of two way tickets. So instead of paying $800 to go to Portland, I thought we could shell out $350 to just drive. BUT, Shane doesn't want to spend a "cumulative drive time of four days" during our 9 day break. I told him that it doesn't have to take four days, we can drive really fast and switch off!!
Honestly, I have been wanting so much to go on a road trip, pretty much my whole life, and every time I get close to the chance someone else decides to be selfish and then I don't get what I want. I don't ask for much, I'm very low maintenance. This is important to me and will mean a great deal.

Anyway, a few days ago I didnt feel like doing class, so we went to the park and just hung out. It felt GREAT!! And by the time we got home I felt like going over some homework with Nephi and had him finish some reading, so it wasn't a complete wasted day anyways.
Then grampa came yesterday so I let the kids play all day, then he came again today! which was awesome, but we got some schoolwork in before he showed up so that was good, then they played at Castle Park in Irvine from noon to three thirty! When we got home, Shane was there and he and his dad chatted, then Grampa had to go. The babies had nap, I made a delicious dinner of pesto chicken (from trader joes) seasoned sauteed asparagus and brown rice! then Dad had to go study for finals, yuck! I gave the kids a bath, got them in their jammies, had them brush their teeth, and read them books until they fell asleep! It was altogether a really good week! Plus Grampa has the whole week off so he is coming again tomorrow! Those kids are so spoiled, they have to be the luckiest kids in the world to have so many people to love them.

Lesson of the day: Slacking off is great, if you do it right!


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

GreenPeace Attacks!


Okay, so anyone of you who has ever shopped at Trader Joes, Sprouts, Whole Foods or any other health food market knows by now, I'm sure, that those sly, tricky Greenpeace recruiters wait at every possible exit of those stores and DO NOT let you pass without shoving some papers in your face and asking for only a measly little monthly donation! Don't get me wrong, folks, I LOVE the environment, I even love what greenpeace is trying to do, their organization is one of the best, really. But what I dont love about them is that they are unmarried childless college students asking you to donate money thinking that its no big deal to spend a few bucks a month!!! They dont know where I'm coming from, I can't afford 10 dollars a month, I just CANT!!!! I can't even afford to pay 1 dollar every month!! If they were to pay me, now thats a whole different story, I'm sure we could work something out.
Okay, so as I went into the Veggie Grill, next to TJs in the university center, for a second I thought I saw Greenpeace out of the corner of my eye. I did a double-take, saw no hippies, then went on my merry way.
Upon leaving the Veggie Grill to make a quick stop into TJs, there standing before me to my utmost horror was in fact, not just one greanpeace volunteer, but THREE greanpeace volunteers!!
Now, I wouldnt have broken into such a cold sweat if I weren't the type of person to be ever so willing to support a "nonprofit" organization that exists solely to help the environment!! Ugg, my weakness! Also I'm really too nice to people. I think its the LDS in me, I should have had a Book of Mormon to give them in exchange!
Anyway, I immediately regretted wearing my ever so visible rainbow tye dye shirt, that I got from Target, because it drew her eyes immediately to me. She looked me dead in the eye and I knew I was caught. Luckily it was a female volunteer, those male ones are fierce!
She said "You look like someone who loves peace!"
Well of course I do, who do you think I am, a politician?!
"Yep!" I said awkwardly juggling my recent purchases. Boy, were my hands sweating now.
Noticing my longing glance to the Trader Joes entrance, She immediately began with asking for a small donation. So I was straight with her.
"Oh, man. I wish I could show you my bank statement and all my bills to prove to you guys that I really can't afford to spend a dime each month."
"You dont have to, I believe you!" she says. Sure, but you will still try to convince me to give some money.
So I played the sympathy card and told her I know money helps the most, and I wish I could, but we are poor college students...
Then she interrupts me saying that most of the donors are in fact poor college students.
So I continued saying that my husband is a full time grad student and I am a full time mom to FOUR kids!
That got her. I knew she would let me go after that.
After the initial shock and then compliments up the wazoo, she went in a different direction and began to ask me what part of the environment I was most concerned about. I played her game and told her I was concerned about all the waste and garbage. So we chatted a bit about that. She said that the donations really help the environmental concerns get heard in Washington, because most politicians aren't really concerned since the scientists are saying that it wont be for another forty or so years until these horrible things impact the environment.
That got ME going. If there's one thing in the whole world I cant stand, its selfish people, and politicians are a prime model of selfishness.
With the blood in my veins starting to boil, I agreed with her and stated, my voice rising with my blood pressure, "Yeah! They don't care about these problems because they aren't even going to be here when this stuff ruins the earth! WE (the college students) are the ones who are going to be here! We are the future and we need to do something about it!" (or something along those lines)
My raised voice sparked interest in the nearby supervisor and the other volunteer, who were both pretty much cheering me on as I ranted a little bit more about it (I coulda used a soap box right about then).
Then the supervisor turns to the girl, who began to look a bit sheepish after he says, "Hey, Why is she doing your job?" but then we all had a good laugh, which allowed for my escape and I bid them good luck, saying I would indeed check out the website givin to me previously...

Situation averted!

www.greenpeace.org

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Feild Trip SUCCESS!!!

We went to the Centennial Heritage Museum in Santa Ana on Friday!!
Its a museum inside the Kellogg house showing how life was in the Victorian era in Orange County!
One of my favorite eras, for beauty and simplicity if nothing else.
The kids were absolutely AMAZING during the tour. it was a small tour (just our family! we were the only ones there!) They were quiet and listened for the most part, and it was fun because after the tour guide explained about each room we were able to walk around and touch most of the stuff! the kids talked to each other on the actual still working old timey telephones!! And they got to play with some toys. They played the pedal organ and the piano and used the washboard and the clothes dryer (i dont know what its called, the thing you put the clothes in and crank it and it squeezes the water out, brain fart.)
This homeschooling thing is going pretty good so far, even though I failed on Thursday and ended up not doing any schoolwork until evening.... der. Thus the beauty of schooling at our own pace.
Pics are on Shanes phone, I will upload ASAP.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Life in the past week...

Has been, how can I put this best? Busy. Thats it I think.
February has been full of all kinds of excitement, but this last week has gone by so slowly, I can not even believe that March isn't half over yet!
I would have to say that it is probably mostly due to the fact that I am now homeschooling my older two (out of four) kids.
I still don't know if I like it yet. I love it at some times and yet, I have developed an eye twitch...
That's not a good thing, in my book.
Its a wonderful free feeling that I decide what to teach my son and when. Although I am constantly concerned that I am not teaching him what he needs to pass 2nd grade in California.
Most of the second grade curriculum he already knows, although we are still working on states and capitals. He is a very advanced reader, advanced in math, science is above average. the only things he really needs help with are penmanship and behavior (following directions, being respectful to peers and adults, etc.).
Following directions is the hardest thing to do, for anyone!! Most adults I know don't even do that. Nephis first grade teacher told me that he needed to show respect to her, I told her that respect is earned. Kids aren't going to respect you if you don't show them respect, and frankly I understand that. I have to be respectfully strict with Nephi if I want him to behave. Not every teacher is going to bother doing that with him, they are going to do their own thing. That's fine, just don't come complaining to me when he doesn't respect you and follow your directions, because its your fault, not mine.
Okay, enough venting!
Basically I have been evaluating Nephis progress and figuring out what he needs to work on. I am also doing this with EmmaLily.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Homeschool

It is official.
As of February 18th 2010 we are homeschooling Nephi.
I went to Turtle Rock Elementary early Thursday morning, walked right into the office, looked the secretary in the eye, and said (stumbling over my own words, of course) "I'm here to dis-enroll Nephi from this school."
She looked at me with a slightly surprised look and said, "Okay."
She wouldn't miss us a bit. And frankly, I feel the same.

Nephi si absolutely stoked about being homeschooled. Its really nice! I think I miss 2nd grade more than he does! But at the truancy meeting I had to go to the other week, they said something to me that made me know this was the best decision. They said that if we dont get him to school on time and everyday, then his educational responsibilities will be taken away from me. It hit me that I never really took on the responsibility of truly educating my son because I have been leaving it mostly up to the school. How stupid of me. Since then, I have been so excited to teach my children everything I know. And the fact that I can teach them in the kind of environment they need is just a wonderful feeling! Nephi is such a "hands-on" kid. He needs a job to do every minute of the day. And not to mention the teacher to student ratio is amazing, the best you can ask for!! And this leaves a lot of freedom for us to go on vacations and other cool family outings and field trips! I'm going to try and really enjoy this because I'm not sure how long I'm going to want to do it for. This semester is a test run. I will definitely let you all know if it works out.
The good thing about college is that I can take some online classes while im homeschooling the kids. And since Shane has been better about spending more time with us I'm not going out of my mind so much! He will be there to stay with the kids if I need to go study or take a test or something. I am only going to do part time though. Two classes at a time MAX. At least until I have things organized enough to where I can go back full time to finish sooner.
I really love education. Not school, but learning. I want my kids to fully enjoy the learning aspect of life in general. Figure out how to do things, put the pieces together with a positive outlook on life. I want them to be what they want to be and not what society thinks they should be.

There are a lot of reasons why I think homeschooling is the best for Nephi. A few of them are the school he was in, the people there. They had labeled him the bad kid, the bully, the spaz. Which might be true, but the kids there were using it to their advantage. The egged him on, teased him and told on him for every little thing. His feelings got hurt and he pushed back, and he got in trouble. However, it was mostly the school districts laws. If he was late or absent one more time, they threatened to fine us, put us in jail, take our kids away.
I'm sorry, but is it really worth it to destroy a family just for some funding? I'm not actually that sorry, because money shouldn't mean that much to anyone, you greedy jerks.
That is the main reason we took him out.
Despite that, if Nephi didn't want to be taken out we would have let him finish up the year at least.

So I am figuring out a good curriculum for him, catering to his needs and pushing him along the paths he is best at (and has most fun in as well) trying to make the experience of learning something that is positive and natural, not forced or prison-like.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Self Sustainable Living

What does it really mean?
I'm getting closer to accomplishing this. Last weekend we, the Ryersons, have finally received a garden plot from the Verano housing garden association (or whatever its called)
So, I started some internet research on how to grow certain fruits and veggies that I want. Well, it turns out that I could have just been growing them on my balcony the whole time! Boy, did I feel like such a bum for not having thought of this!! I mean, I had herbs and Aloe Vera and lavender and daffodils, but it never even occurred to me that I could have been growing strawberries from a tower on my porch!?!?!
I suppose I never really thought of it because, here in California, even people who live in apartments have some sort of land they could use. But now I know that there are people out there who don't even have an inch of dirt to plant anything in. There is just concrete for miles! so what do they do for cheap produce? They have planters on their roofs and balconies!! Its pure genius!!
Now I know that some of you east coasters might be laughing at me, but you have to understand; I have never lived away from the southern California coast. I have never even traveled past the Mississippi river!! And searching the internet has broadened my horizons! It has opened up my mind!! The possibilities of the internet are endless, people of the world!!!
sorry, i got carried away...
Anyway, now that I have this wonderful newfound perspective on gardening (and life as we know it), I will use it to my advantage and double the produce intake. I will grow berries and herbs from my balcony, and veggies in my garden!
This is gonna be FUN!
I'll keep you posted...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

High School Casualty

so some of my friends are posting embarrassing pics of themselves as teens. heres mine!! what was i thinking you might ask? well i was thinking, "i do what i want!" and i did.



Happy New Year!

Ok, ok, its been a month. But I'm not too late for Chinese new year!

A lot has happened in our lives these past two years...

So pretty much, we moved to Irvine. had another kid. got sealed in the LA temple. and that was the jist of 2008.
2009 goes like this. at the beginning of last year i told everyone we were pregnant with number four. i had volunteered to be the den leader for the tiger cubs. which was awesome, until some of the parents got on my nerves and started taking over. First grade was great for Nephi, he had bunch of adventures. i took a parenting class through the school, which was awesome. What was not awesome was Nephis first grade teacher, Mrs. Glassen. She called me in a couple of times to have a parent/ teacher "conference" which actually turned out to be a verbal attack on me as a parent.
(in a high pitched bubble-your-throat tone) "you're a bad parent. take more parenting classes. you are neglecting Nephis talents. hes doing poorly in school because you dont enforce the ridiculous rules i have set for him and make him do the absurd amount of homework i dump on all the five year olds. he doesn't do his schoolwork well because of you, even though hes doing the homework perfectly. blah, blah, blah, im a judgmental, old cynic. and lets not forget how hypocritical i am!"
ok, so i was paraphrasing, but thats pretty much what she did. and being pregnant at the time all i could do to keep myself from screaming in her face was to cry.

enough of that.

and then came the sweet release of summer break. i never wanted Nephi home from school more than i did from her class.
June, the last month of only three kids! and a fun one it was too. i think we had enough summer fun to last us the whole summer. we needed to because the baby was due july 8 and i would be out of commission for at least the rest of the summer! But i thank the good Lord every day that i had Deanna there to help me. Not to mention two mothers and two fathers less than an hour away, for when i needed them.

and thus on her due date Willow was born!! seven eight oh nine. my longest labor, eight hours, i know, you can hate me. when i saw the red hair i knew i had to name her Willow. it fit so much better than River or Zelda. of course Rose would have been nice. Faye was perfect for her middle name. I wish my Grandma Teddy could see her. thats silly to say because i know she can. i just wish i could see her see Willow. Faye was Grandmas baby sister who had red hair. She talked about her all the time.

Earlier i had mentioned Deanna.
Deanna moved out on October 6th. it was sad to come back from our famous free trip to Hawaii and there was no Deanna to be seen (not to mention Elsie >
I didn't cry when she left. i wanted to, but i couldn't really believe she was leaving, or that she was gone! she was with us for two years plus one month, approximately. I never thought about how much she meant to me until my mom mentioned that she was like part of our family. i mean we were always joking that Deanna was my sister or my daughter, hahaha. but it really hit me that she was like my family about a month after she left. i haven't had a best (girl ) friend since Alise, we were about 18 when we stopped hanging out, mostly because i moved to Santa Barbara. ive been talking to Alise more recently and, even though it had been a few years, its almost as though we were never apart. like we are really sisters. that kind of sisterhood bond is forever. Alas, that is a story for another post. it has been five years since i had a bestie, another girl who i can go shopping with, work out with, eat guilty ice cream with and watch stupid movies and talk about stupid things with. i appreciated all of those times that were spent huddled in blankets on my comfy couch, watching ghost hunters and Seinfield and "i didn't know i was pregnant", those times will be missed, but they will never be forgotten. there will be a time when we can do that again. i know that in my heart. i love all my sisters and my besties still, and i always will.
there will always be a place in my heart and my home for any of my friends and family who need me.

We decided that four is our magic number, so i got an IUD. look it up.
Now i can sit back and watch my beautiful children grow. and wait for my siblings and friends to have kids!!


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Elijahs 2nd Birthday








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