Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
My baby, my firstborn, is spreading his new wings to the sun. He's just waiting for them to dry and strengthen so he can fly. He is so beautiful...
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I realized after posting the last blog and reading it that I do not give anyone enough of my time.
- I need to spend more time in my classroom this year--I've been slacking;
- If I don't start my thesis research soon I'm going to be in trouble
- I have at least 10 projects I need to work on around the house
- I've got a week's worth of errands to run
- I haven't been to the gym in 2 years
- I need to hire a new preschool teacher (and train her) and make a new schedule
- I want to spend time doing nothing with my boys
There are 3 1/2 weeks of summer "vacation" left. Can we squeeze in another camping trip? Andres is starting kindergarten in August. Ann and I haven't been on a date in months. Even my priorities are prioritized.
Since I have a two-week class for my master's program, I was up late the night before and overslept. I loaded the boys in the Expedition and was barrelling toward the preschool when I noticed flashing blue lights in the rear view mirror. Well, I pulled over and luckily did not get a ticket just a verbal warning and a lecture from the cop in front of the other officer he was training. While I was trying to look meek and apologetic, my little angels were in the back seat singing "Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you..." I have no idea how that officer kept a straight face! Then off to preschool (slowly) where the conversation turned to jail with a billion 5-year-old questions about a place I only know from watching "Cops" and Oz. Neither seemed to satisfy Andres' curiosity. Dropped the boys off, then called my classmate to relay my excuse to the teacher while I drove in. When I finally got there, I realized I had forgotten Cruz's sheet and blankie for naptime. Walked in late and got a dirty look from the professor--no seats left so I had to stand in the back. At break I got a call from one of my preschool teachers about a possible abuse report on a child and had to spend the 10 minute break dealing with CYFD regulations. I was hungry and still stressed plus I had had no caffine. Back to class. Finally lunch came and of course we were rushed and the cashier had to use me to train and incompetent trainee on. (He thought 50% off $1.49 was .99!) Walked in to class late again and got the dirty look. Once class was over, I headed to the preschool to talk to the parent about their child's issues and allegations. Then gave a tour to a prospective parent. Meanwhile, Andres is begging to go and Cruz wants to have more goldfish crackers. At 5:30 we head home.
Get home and realize I forgot the milk. Call Ann so she can stop and get some. I had to read a whole book tonight (it's small but it's the principle of the matter) and have 2 reflections to post. My head teacher called to discuss further the issue today and I have barely said 6 words to Ann since she got home. And they were in anger and frustration. Now the boys are asleep and so is Ann and I probably won't talk to her in the morning since she is gone by 5:30...I'm sorry and I'm tired. I better go set my alarm for tomorrow--I don't want this day to repeat again.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Last weekend, we took a mini-vacation to Albuquerque. Ann's sisters and their children and grandchildren came with us and we went to Cliffs Amusement Park. Those kids rode rides from noon until 7pm. I was already exhausted when we went back to the hotel. But the kids oviously were not. Ann and I swam with the kids in the pool until 9 pm then we all went back to our rooms for pizza and beers. Andres and Cruz jumped on the beds and watched cartoons (cable is a miraculous thing for them). When we finally passed out around midnight, we all slept like logs.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Well since this is not a chicken blog, I would like everyone to know that I am finishing up my final exam for a Statistics (the other "s" word) class. This class was hard and generally sucked but I did learn how to use practically every function Excel has!
Chile plants and tomatoes go in the ground this weekend. I jumped the gun and planted too early and some of my plants froze. Should've consulted the Farmer's Almanac. My tulips are almost spent and the jonquils are coming into bloom now. Andres and I planted a cherry tree, a purple plum tree and two more blueberry bushes. Can you tell by now that I LOVE spring?
Buddy, our cocker spaniel, is getting surgery tomorrow for kidney stones. This is his 3rd and hopefully final surgery. I'll let you know how it goes. The boys are a little worried.
I WAS WRONG. The boys had a GREAT time and did not try to drown each other (or Ann) after all! Andres even swam with the boogie board across the pool by himself, while Cruz the daredevil jumped in several times. That's all they talked about last night and today. I am so proud of all three of them. Ann has guts or is atoning for something since she is planning another pool trip on Thursday for Andres and Cruz AND their cousins Mario and Matthew. . . . .
Here's a pic of the boys washing up after their pool outing:
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
1 pkg tortellini (he likes the dried kind)
3 cans chicken or veggie broth
4+ cups FRESH spinach
1 jar roasted red bell peppers (chopped)
1/2 red onion (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
Cook tortellini. Drain. Add everything to pot. Simmer 5 minutes. Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
PS Ann says it is a Briggs and Straton 3000 psi pressure washer not just a power washer!
Friday, April 11, 2008
I kept glancing in the rear view mirror on the way and seeing them cuddled up together just made my week. 15 minutes into the trip they began a conversation just between the two of them about what they wanted to be when they grew up. Andres, of course, said he wanted to be a superhero. "You can be my sidekick, Cruz" he said. "Nope" Cruz replied. "I want to be a flag worker." This perplexed me, but before I could ask a mom-like clarifying question Andres stated "A flag worker is a great idea Cruzer. All the flags will be fixed and beautiful."
To which Cruz answered, "Yup. And red, white, and blue and rainbows."
I wanted to pull over and hug them both. Instead I just smiled and crossed my fingers that more moments like this will be coming.