Saturday, August 28, 2010

Garlic Fries

So every year since the kids were born we pack everybody up and go to a Giants's become kind of a tradition.  But the thing about going to games with the babies is you can't really sit down and watch the game for long and you can't let them run around too much either (the park is SO crowded it freaks me out to have them anywhere but right by my side)!  We walk around, we let them play in the trolly car, this year they got to play in the little league field, we of course grab hotdogs and garlic fries, and we usually leave early.  When walking back to the van I told Tim that it's like we go the the city just to grab lunch at the AT&T Park.  And that's pretty much what it is...but I love starting family traditions and I know that some day we'll be able to stay for a whole game (and I might actually know what the score is).  Until then, those garlic fries are so worth it!

I really thought that getting a picture of the three of them together was going to get easier.  Ughhh..... 

Daddy and Emma
Timmy rounding the bases...
And he's safe!!!

For being a girly girl, I was impressed with Emma's throw...


Gooooo Giants!!!
This is what everybody looked like literally 2 minutes after getting in the van!

Friday, August 27, 2010

My little Sea Turtles :)

Even though the kids absolutely love the bath, pools, lakes, the ocean, puddles, and just about anything to do with water, they are very shy around strangers, so I was a little nervous about signing them up for Sea Turtles swimming lessons where they would be in the water with the instructor only...that's right, mommy got to sit back and relax (take pictures) while the kids had their first swimming lessons!  The first day confirmed all my fears as most of the half hour was spent trying to get the kids to STAY IN the pool!  Especially Timmy!!!
Emma, Timmy, Kallie
Timmy getting out of the pool.
Timmy getting out of the pool again (I have LOTS of pictures like this)



Footprints leading AWAY from the pool.

The instructor was so good with the kids....and so patient!  And by the second class we had some bubble blowing...

A few jumps...some small (Emma)...

Some big (Kallie)...

and Timmy just held on for dear life!  At least he's smiling though :)

The point is, they stayed in the water! 

And by the third and final class, the kids LOVED it!!!
Emma and Kallie

This little guy did SOOOO good the last day!

He used the kick board...

He was jumping in and going under...

We couldn't get him out of the water (I really did have to pull him out when class was over)!

The girls did awesome, too.  They listened and did everything the teacher asked.

"Motorboat motorboat, go so slow..."

"Motorboat motorboat, go so fast..."

"Motorboat motorboat, step on the gas!!!"

When class was over, they all got a little report card - so cute!  They did really good and made a lot of progress in 3 short classes, but the instructor recommended that they stay Sea Turtles for a little while longer...which I am completely fine with.  I wish freezing them in time was just as easy...I wish they could stay little just a little while longer, too!    

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sink or Swim

I have really been wanting to post about the kids' swimming lessons that they took last week, but can't seem to find the time.  I'm hoping that posting these will motivate me to work on it!  

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Little Things

Yesterday, Kallie (sheesh, lots of my latest posts are either about Kallie or have pictures of her...I promise I'm an equal opportunity mom and someone else will be "featured" next blog)...anywaysss, she put this headband on and told me, "I'm getting married like Mommy and Daddy!"

And reminding me why I married him...Tim sent me this today... 
I just realized you can't read what the invitation said, but it was cute...Tim is cute :)
It's the little things that make me happpy!

Monday, August 23, 2010


My dad turned 77 last week. I have wrinkles.  And my mom is sick....she has cancer.  I can admit it.  I can even say it out loud.  "My mom has cancer."  She's had it for a long time, but now she's getting sicker and will most likely start chemo soon.  I can't talk about it.  If I had to talk about it, I'd have to think about it, and what it means, and THAT I don't do.  I don't want to think about what could possibly happen to her.....what she will go through....or what will happen to me seeing her like that.....what will happen to me when she is no longer here.  I can't even admit these things to her because then I would have to face the reality that she actually has cancer, rather than just saying it.  I would break down into a million tears....and I might possibly break into the same number of pieces.  And right now, I'm not strong enough to do that.  So for now, I will try and focus on loving and appreciating her every day, rather than waiting to honor her memory when she is gone.  I will not take fore-granted the amazing mother, grandma, friend, care-giver, and woman she IS.      

These pictures are of Kallie, but when I look at them, I see....I feel my parents' house.  The flowers and fruit trees out back (right now there are peaches everywhere!).  The pebble stone patio, the mat on the step, and even the shoes next to it (the shoes change, but there is ALWAYS a pair there).  The tiled kitchen countertops and the sun streaming in through the family room sky lights.  Everything is the same from growing up.  And in all of these things.....I feel my mom.  

I am also remembering to "appreciate" Kallie's outfit, which she picked out and put on all by herself.  Yep, a summer dress paired with pajama pants and brown sandals on backwards!  Gotta love that girl :)