Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Week 41

Happy Tuesday!  It's a crazy day here.  My house is a mess while we have our old windows taken out and replaced with new ones.  I really wish this didn't need to be done, but all the seals are broken on our old windows and the frames are starting to disintegrate so it is time.  I'm hoping it will help cut our energy bill and also reduced some of the dust.  We'll see.  So I'm home for the day as the project gets started.  Hopefully we'll have all our new windows in by later tomorrow and rain won't be a factor.  Go figure that in a drought we finally have rain forecast for the second day of our window install.  It's a big job too with over 25 to replace.

Enough of that--here's what went down last week:


Day 279- Monday, 10/6/14
It's Monday night lights with water polo under the full moon.  We played McClatchy so it was a late game but a good one.  Connie got a nice picture of Tyler during his 5-meter shot, and I tried to capture the atmosphere of playing at night in the second shot.





Day 280- Tuesday, 10/7/14
Dinner's on!  It's rare these days to find the time to actually make a real meal.  It's nothing fancy but at least it's not pulled from the freezer and just reheated in the microwave.  I really need to get better about planning ahead especially on those super busy nights.





Day 281- Wednesday, 10/8/14
They brought in a Spirit Halloween store this year so the younger boys and I checked it out after an ortho visit. They both found the costumes they were looking for so we're set.  Oh and no water polo today-game was cancelled after the other team forfeit.  Looks like I'll be able to make a home cooked meal again.  I think tacos are in order.





Day 282- Thursday, 10/9/14
The weather has been so nice in the evenings.  It's still super hot during the day but it cools sooner now that the sun sets earlier.  Brandon was itching to get out of the house after working hard and finishing a  power point book report so we walked the dog together.  It's nice to have such eager walking buddies.





Day 283- Friday, 10/10/14
Justin is such a character.  All of my boys love Oreos. I'm pretty sure it's their favorite go to cookie, and I wanted to capture that so Justin volunteered saying he had the perfect "longing for Oreo face."  LOL!





Day 284- Saturday, 10/11/14
I'm having lunch with Tyler.  He had another long volunteer morning this time at the plasma center for BloodSource in Roseville so when he was done we decided to grab lunch at Mel's Diner.  He's having a San Francisco deluxe burger on sour dough bread with bacon, cheese, and avocado. Great choice, and he finished it in record time!





Day 285- Sunday, 10/12/14
Today the Wong's joined us at the local pumpkin patch.  We went through the corn maze, the kids climbed the pyramid hay stack, we picked pumpkins and then hauled them home.  Back at our house lunch and drinks were in order. It was a nice way to spend our Sunday.



Wait!  One more:

October's Family Photo






It seemed only fitting to get a family shot at the pumpkin patch.  It was nice and sunny out but VERY windy which is why we were pretty much done after this.



Ok, that's a wrap! Thanks for stopping by and see you next Tuesday.


The Mom Creative

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Week 40

Hello and welcome back.  Happy Tuesday!  We had a great week here last week but are now missing those cooler temps.  It's down right hot again with temps in the mid to high 90's.  We need a good delta breeze and some crisp fall air.  I'm so ready for that.  It's hard to enjoy fall when it doesn't feel like it at all.  We might as well start using the pool again.  Let's get this heat out of our system, shake things up, and bring on the clouds.

Until then here's a peek at last week:


Day 272- Monday, 9/29/14
Yesterday we had dinner with some good friends, and I was able to get a much needed haircut and color.  It's been way too long and it's perfect timing for the change in seasons.  I really need to do a better job of taking care of me.  So many other things come first that I often forget about what I need.  The next thing on my list is to get back into a regular exercise routine.





Day 273- Tuesday, 9/30/14
Call me crazy but I love this and think its cool that I work for a school that has a toxic garden like at Hogwarts or something ;0)  I pass by this impressive collection daily moving from building to building and it always makes me smile.  What a great teaching tool not only for the students but pet owners, current veterinarians, and the public in general.  I recognize so many plants in here that are seen in everyday landscaping and then marvel at the odd and interesting like this red prickly that I've never seen before. It for sure looks toxic--most of the others not so much.





Day 274- Wednesday, 10/1/14
Happy October!  Justin posed with the monthly marker and a couple pumpkins for me just before I headed out for Tyler's game up in El Dorado.  River City had another great win and then all the boys stayed to watch the girls' game which was pretty intense.  Tyler was able to get some homework done while looking on as the girls fought until the bitter end.





Day 275- Thursday, 10/2/14
Brandon was more than willing to help fill the fall candy dish this afternoon.  Candy corn is a must this time of year.  I guess I should get this boy a watch.  He's been drawing one of his arm the past couple weeks and then he's writing his mile time from school on the other arm.  Boys!





Day 276- Friday, 10/3/14
I told you I was going to take a picture of my calendar.  October is going to be a super busy month.  So much for taking better care of me.  As usual there is no time!  At least we have some fun family things lined up.  That's what I enjoy most.





Day 277- Saturday, 10/4/14
Here's my super exciting Saturday.  There wasn't much going on so I tackled the laundry since we won't be home tomorrow.  At least after that John and I were able to escape for dinner and drinks with some friends.  That's the way to end the day especially a day full of chores!





Day 278- Sunday, 10/5/14
Go Niners!  This was a really hot and long but super fun day spent at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.  We took the whole family and had great time.  It's a wonderful place, and we watched a close game with the 49ers finally winning in the end.  The first picture is before the game started which is why there are so many empty seats.  It was too hot to sit there if you didn't have to.  The second picture was towards the end of the game and you can see how well the stadium filled up.  I've never seen so much red in my life!  



That wraps up another great week.  See you in the next one.



The Mom Creative

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Week 39

Welcome back and happy Tuesday.  Is it really October tomorrow?  You should see my calendar for October.  I'll have to get a picture up next week--chalk full!  This time of year always speeds by.  The holidays will be here before you know it.  What can you do?  Just go with the flow, enjoy the process, and take lots of pictures ;0)

Last week was a crazy, busy, but fun one.  Here are the shots:


Day 265- Monday, 9/22/14
Typical Monday these days--get the younger boys through homework, whip up a quick early dinner, and then head to the pool for high school water polo.  This is game #1 of the week against Laguna and the boys dominated.  Thanks Connie for your amazing game pictures.  Look at that monster long arm on my son.





Day 266- Tuesday, 9/23/14
Happy 16th birthday Tyler!  He had a quick special dinner (homemade nachos as requested) and a piece of cake between school, polo practice, and karate for his brothers. There wasn't much time to celebrate, but we made the most of it.





Day 267- Wednesday, 9/24/14
Water polo game #2 with Rio Linda and another great picture by Connie.  It's another win for the Raiders.  At least both games were home games this week so no traveling.  We got home just in time to watch the season premier of Survivor.  I love that we still all watch this as a family.  We have been watch religously since the first season in 2000 when Tyler was just 2yrs old. That's 14 years!






Day 268- Thursday, 9/25/14
What is that--rain???!  I woke up to and drove to work through a crazy rainstorm this morning.   It rained super hard but only lasted until about 10am.  It's a start though and hopefully means there will be more to come.  Later Rusty and Justin relaxed on the top bunk for some nightly reading.  This is one of Rusty's favorite spots now which of course pleases Justin to no end.





Day 269- Friday, 9/26/14
The water polo team has some great school spirit.  They got all painted up after practice and headed from the pool to the field to support the football team during homecoming.  They even made the evening news!  What a crazy, fun bunch of boys.  Thanks Brenda and Lori for the pictures.  I worked the early shift at the Booster's snack bar but had to leave before the boys got out of practice so I didn't get to see them in person.  Looks like they had a blast.





Day 270- Saturday, 9/27/14
Is it the weekend?  It sure doesn't feel like it.  Tyler is working at the Blood Source donation center for his service project this year and had a shift that started at 6am today! Who gives blood at 6am on a Saturday?  It was a long one too.  He was there for 4 1/2 hours.  While he was doing that the other boys helped clean house after tennis, and I did some grocery shopping to stock up for few days.





Day 271- Sunday, 9/28/14
It's overcast today and feels a lot like fall with a slight breeze, a crispness in the air, and cooler temps--the perfect day to bust out some fall decorations, turn on the oven, and bake some pumpkin bread to have with a warm cup of tea.  Yum!



That's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by and see you next week in October!



The Mom Creative

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Week 38

Welcome back and Happy Tuesday!  Today is my oldest son's 16th birthday!!!  He grew up in the blink of an eye.  We actually celebrated Tyler's birthday Sunday so you'll get to see his picture at the end of this post.  It's crazy how fast time flies and the kiddos grow up.  I need a pause button or at least a slow mode.  When someone figures that out let me know.

Until then I'll immortalize everyone in pictures so here are last week's shots:


Day 258- Monday, 9/15/14
This girl is getting old too.  Look at those sugar lips ;0)  I think she traumatized the hair follicles around her mouth by always eating so fast.  She's still as cute and sweet as ever--our beautiful Bella girl.





Day 259- Tuesday, 9/16/14
Brandon is my banana boy.  He'd eat an entire bunch in a day if I let him.  This is his go to after school snack.




Day 260- Wednesday, 9/17/14
I'm sensing a theme here--evidence that I'm old.  I received my 20 year service award at work today complete with a generic note from the Chancellor, a pin to wear on the lapel of my lab coat, and a VISA gift card.  Plus I now accrue more vacation time and have my health benefits for life.  It seems unreal that I've been in the same lab at the Veterinary School or all these years.  That too happened in the blink of an eye.  Now only 20 more until I retire.  Hopefully it will go just as quickly.





Day 261- Thursday, 9/18/14
Justin is happy it's Thursday and he's done with homework.  Friday will be a piece of cake and then he'll have his weekend.  He's looking forward to that.  Later on my walk with the dog I snapped a picture of the smoke plume from the King fire that started earlier this week in the foothills. Our poor state is fighting so many fires right now.  We need some rain!





Day 262- Friday, 9/19/14
Day one of another water polo tournament.  Number 5 is Tyler, and the boys are warming up for game two.  They did great today and are looking more like a united team.  We finished early so I was home in time to help Brandon walk the dog and then enjoyed the evening with my family.  You can see more evidence of the King fire in the hazy sky on our walk.  The smoke has made its way down into the valley, but the fire is really no where near us and burning in the opposite direction.





Day 263- Saturday, 9/20/14
Day two of water polo.  The coach was happy with how well the team played yesterday so he gave them their new suits and caps for the season.  They look great and the numbers on the caps are so much easier to read especially when they're in the water.  It was another good day at the pool.





Day 264- Sunday, 9/21/14
Tyler's birthday is on Tuesday which is the worst possible day of the week to have a birthday in this family because no one is home in the evening so we celebrated with cake and presents today.  He was a happy boy.




Wait! One more:

September's Family Photo








We're all home enjoying this relaxing Sunday so I decided it was time for September's family photo.  I made them all take the picture before I let them have cake ;0)  It works every time.  Look at those perfect smiles.  Even the dog cooperated.



OK, now that's it.  Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you next Tuesday.


The Mom Creative