MON | 20 no school today because of president's day. jodie and i took the kids to chuck e cheese. it was a little too chilly out for the park. the kids seemed to go through their tokens really fast today. maybe it was because the older girls were talking everyone into playing the boring games to try to win a bunch of tickets. jodie found 2 tokens in her pocket before we left, so we made all of the kids sit for a picture/sketch. that night, max had his very first coach pitch baseball practice at silvestri. i took him and when we got there, we realized his glove was not in his bag, so darric ran it by. the kids were all lining up to run and max was a little nervous about going over to the group. and when the coach told them to start running, he was the last one to take off. but, he put it into overdrive and was one of the first ones back. darric had to laugh because when he pulled up, he saw the whole thing. he stayed a little while and then went back home. it was sooo cold out and i was one of the dummies in flip flops. poor max had on short sleeves. the practice was almost 2 hours long and max did pretty good. the two of us picked up mcdonalds on the way home (his choice). and then it took me a good hour to warm up. my poor toes were red.
TUE | 21 no school today either. we went over to jen's. kenzie stayed home to babysit kobe. right when we got to the sunset exit, on the 95, traffic stopped. and we hardly moved for the next 30-40 minutes. we finally made it to the russell exit, where the accident was all cleared up. today, we worked on two little st. patrick's day crafts. had lunch from wing stop and then headed home around 3:00. the kids and i went to take kenzie to her volleyball practice out at foothill. darric had to go to dinner for work, so max, madi and i went to the galleria and had dinner at red robin. madi was cold and tired and ready to leave as soon as we sat down. max, actually ate most of his food. and gave me a crazy face when i took his instagram photo. we went into gap afterward to get him 2 pairs of jeans. his other 3 pairs all have huge holes in the knees. madi got some nails and converse boot looking socks from claires with her birthday money. she was very happy with her purchase. we got suckers from see's and drinks from starbucks and ran home so they could have quick showers. then we loaded kobe in the car and went back out to wait for kenzie's practice to end. they got their shoes tonight. only problem... kenzie told them she wore a size 6 (in kids??). so her shoes are way too small. we're not sure what she was thinking. ;)
WED | 22 back to school today. before we left the house, madi had painted her nails white and placed all of her fake nails on. when we got to the school, she was going to paint under all of the nails because it looked weird. i told her no, so she took them all off and left them hanging out in my cup holder. i went and got a bagel and then waited for target to open so i could get a few things. including a box of lucky charms. (which i had for a snack around 10:00) darric had more physical therapy today. not much has changed. kenzie stayed after school to take pictures at the mardi gras dance. that night, kenzie and i went to max's practice at desert bloom park. it started at 7:00 and got over at about 8:30. it was chilly out, but not as bad as monday night. i made sure to wear tennis shoes and picked up a hot white chocolate mocha on the way there. i think max is more excited about making new friends than actually playing baseball. i have to keep reminding him to pay attention (instead of chatting) when he's in the field.
THU | 23 we had a meeting today at jodie's. we got a box of vinyl from silhouette for an upcoming promotion. after picking up the kids, max explained the boyfriend/girlfriend situation (in first grade!). dakota took his girl, kalia and cody and bianca broke up. i find myself rooting for bianca and then i remember... it's first grade!! darric and i started back up with watching weeds. we couldn't remember which season we were on and luckily i picked the right one from netflix.
FRI | 24 i was thinking this morning how i should always dress a little nicer when i'm going to winchell's to pick up a dozen donuts. that way, they'll think i'm taking it into work and not just bringing them all home with me. at 4:00 that afternoon, i left to get gas and went to meet millisa out at cheesecake factory on rampart. traffic was horrible right when i got on the freeway, but cleared up around the airport tunnel. millisa already got us a table. we got there at a good time, it was packed when we left 2 hours later. we both enjoyed dessert after our yummy dinner. and it was so nice to catch up with each other. millisa drove us over to the tivoli village and we took our time doing some shopping at charming charlie. i found a few fun things and millisa got me a cute necklace and earrings for my birthday. now i just need some clothes to go with my new jewelry.
SAT | 25 it's always great when a big dog jumps in your bed before 7:00 on a saturday morning. and then it's even better when he goes and jumps into the twin sized bed that two of your children occupy to wake them up. (sarcasm) i took some time after getting ready to clean out the pantry. i noticed i have a lot of spices and half used karo syrup bottles. that afternoon, darric, max and i went to bank of america to activate my new business debit card. and then we drove out to dicks sporting goods. it took us a couple minutes to decide on the sole treadmill and mat. and even less time to pay for it all. we were planning on taking it home with us, but they had free delivery and set up, so darric was happy to get that instead.
SUN | 26 kenzie had volleyball practice at 2:00 today. and that's all i remember. i'm pretty sure darric dropped her off and came back home to pick up her small sized shoes because one of the coaches happened to have a size 7 that she could trade for. and i'm guessing we had angelina's pizza and they probably forgot our ranch. grrr.
MON | 13 i ran some errands today. costco (valentine prints and chocolate chip muffins for max's class), then joanns (cardstock), the bread store (lunch) and a drive thru at starbucks (teacher gift cards). the kids have been learning about a boy named josh stevens, who died when he was 12 years old. his family started the josh stevens foundation, which teaches and rewards kids for being kind. his dad was there at an assembly today and all of the students did a "flash mob" and sang a song with the words changed for josh stevens. on the way home from school, madi and max were telling us about it and kenzie asked if the dad cried when they sang the song. max said "no, but i did." after homework was completed, we worked on valentines. they took a few hours to finish. we took breaks to see the rainbow outside and then eat dinner. darric ran to get taco bell.
madi's valentine stash - she also got a box of chocolates from her friend tatiana
(before he put it away in an envelope, he erased the "you run fast" part)
a few small chocolates were inside - hopefully these will be used to write each other letters - and not just ones that say "you're a fartwad" KENZIE
max's valentine stash
TUE | 14 i got to help out in max's class today for his valentine's party. two other moms were there that usually come. we talk a little more with each party. surprisingly, there wasn't one veggie tray brought in. there's always been extras every time before. mr. zabriskie likes to keep things as healthy as possible. so cupcakes and cookies aren't usually there. madi stayed after for SAVE and kenzie stayed after for a little while too. we ordered cafe rio for our valentine dinner. darric didn't seem too thrilled about the spaghetti that i got stuff for this morning at albertsons. (and i didn't really want to have to cook)
WED | 15 the globetrotters game.
THUR | 16 forgot to journal today. so i'm not sure what i did during the day, but that night, i met up with my mom, jen, jodie, sandy and calie (awburn couldn't make it) for our first girl's birthday dinner of the year. mine - just a little late. the food was delicious. and of course, we couldn't pass up dessert. we were good though and we all shared this time. ;)
FRI | 17 today was backwards day at school. max wore his shirt backwards but that was about it. darric picked up L&L; on his way home and we watched real steel with hugh jackman. it was ok. kenzie had gone to markela's house after school and ended up spending the night.
SAT | 18 i ran to target and albertsons this morning to get stuff for the family valentine's party tonight. darric took max to get him a cup for baseball and ended up getting a few other things too. bag, batting glove, shoes and a cup. the kids and i went over to jen + dave's at 3:30. we had dinner. i brought cindy's beans and spinach dip and there were potatoes, mac and cheese, brisket and sausage (i think). there were pies for dessert and chocolate dipped strawberries and cake balls too. we played BINGO (it's time to update the BINGO cards for sure). and each of us wrote something we love about the other members of our family. and then the kids passed out valentines. of course, we had to get a picture of all of them in their valentine goodies.
SUN | 19 darric took the kids to the park to practice baseball and volleyball. dave, brian and his girls all came too. later, he went and got stuff to bbq. kenzie tried to get fancy and season max and madi's burgers (they ended up kinda "spicy" - lots of pepper). i refused to let her touch mine. darric declared it a no computer/tv day. but we did end up playing just dance 3. all of us. and let me tell you... it's hard to win when you can see darric dancing out of the corner of your eye. i couldn't stop laughing. but, i still beat him. by evening, we both ended up on the internet searching for cruise prices. just curious.
MON | 06 grocery shopping monday. and how could you not love a week's worth of groceries in just 6 bags (and my milk takes up 1.5 of those bags). i love watching them bag everything up. it all seems to fit in there perfectly. but, enough about groceries... today i had to go to radio shack to get me a new charger for my laptop. i'm thinking one of our four legged frienemies nibbled through my old one. i had no idea they were so expensive. $70 and it was on sale. gasp... yeah. after school, we dropped kenzie and max off and madi and i went to pick up her new glasses. i love them and i'm pretty sure madi does too. :) we went to costco next to pick up her invites and some instagram prints. and i had to look at the treadmill they had there too. it looks like a good deal. before we went home, we ran over to michaels to get a few things for her party. and then i hurried up and made dinner before darric and kenzie left for volleyball practice. he tries to talk me into taking her, but i know he loves going. and luckily he was home in time to watch part two of the housewives reunion with me. haha.
TUE | 07 this is usually what his lunch looks like these days (when i pack it). but for some reason i find other wrappers in his lunchbox when i clean it out at the end of the day. (i think there's a little swapping going on during lunch - or maybe just some sharing from his friends) darric came home around 10:00 because he felt like he had to throw up all morning. but work didn't stop for him, he was on the phone all afternoon. he got off just long enough to give me his order for port of subs. madi had SAVE after school and kenzie stayed after for a little while. max and i ran the movie back to the library that he had to get last time we were there. (you can only keep those for 7 days) i picked kenzie up at 3:00 and then we ran to albertsons for parmesan cheese (and ice-cream). and then we picked up madi.
WED | 08 darric had more physical therapy this morning. i went to jodie's for a meeting. it was the 100th day of school today. max had to make a poster with 100 things on it. we got him some jungle stickers. madi had the big 5th grade writing proficiency test. she was SO nervous about it.
THU | 09 i had to run to albertsons this morning... mainly for cream of chicken soup. but i also got a couple things for madi's party (and a starbuck's treat). i was going to run some errands after going through my emails, but kobe started shaking when i told him to get in his kennel and it made me feel bad. stupid cute dog. he's ruining my child-free days. so i decided to just wait until the kids got home from school. then me and madi went to smart + final, michaels, target and nothing bundt cake (yum) to get stuff for her party. and i was very excited to see the stuff (boxes, straws and tape) i ordered came in the mail today too! kenzie had volleyball practice from 7:30 - 9:30 tonight.
FRI | 10 today is madison's 11th birthday. we rushed everyone to get out the door so we had time to pick up krispy kreme donuts for her class. kenzie and max got a donut too. we timed it just right, because the kids all got dropped off at their normal time. i ran to albertsons to get some stuff for a veggie and a fruit tray, then went and got me a pretzel and diet coke from bread and butter. those pretzels are THE best. i worked on some of the things for madi's party... cut out numbers for the cake walk and hearts for another game. put together prize bags and started the treat boxes. after school, madi came right out and we sat and waited for max. then we spot him coming out with a lady. (oh great) i get out of the car to see what trouble he's caused and it was nothing, she was his sub and just wanted to make sure he had a ride. that night we had panda express for dinner... madi's choice. and then we got out the chocolate chocolate chip bundt cake and sang happy birthday to her. only, she chose to have an apple instead. kenzie and i made all of the chocolate covered pretzels and then i put them in the boxes and tied them up with twine.
(a few photos from the day)
SAT | 11 i got up, got ready and cleaned the house. the girls worked on madi's hair and then helped me make the veggie and fruit trays. kenzie made the cakester mini cakes and i stuck in the flags. they were a lot smaller than i thought they would be. but i guess that's a good thing, since they ended up being pretty rich. darric and max went to pick up the pizzas (we ordered way too many). the party guests arrived. her friends ally, ellie and tatiana came. and then grandma becky, jen, grace and mason and jodie and her kids. we ate. then played a few games. the licorice eating game, broken heart match and the cake walk. then madi opened her gifts and we had the mini cakes. and no party would be complete without some dancing. darric and max had gone to the rugby game during the party. darric enjoyed it. max couldn't really see much. later, darric took kenzie to practice volleyball at the park and the other two went with them. kenzie got made fun of because she wanted to wear her knee pads. so she took them off... and came home with a big ol' scrape on one of her knees. darric went and picked up l&l; for dinner and the i talked him into watching the help with me. we tried talking the kids into watching it too, but they weren't that interested. he liked it.
(surprisingly, i picked out these band-aids. and right now, kenzie and madi are both wearing one on their knees. - kenzie got her scratch from the sand volleyball court and kobe tripped madi on the wood floor)
SUN | 12 it was a super lazy day for me. i did get up, get ready and pick up the house. dave picked up darric and max and they went to the park to practice baseball. then kenzie had an hour and a half practice today. (because no one was there to open the gym) at home, there was some funniest videos being watched and rosati's pizza ordered. later, darric and i watched couples retreat while we enjoyed our last hurrah vanilla swiss almonds. if it weren't for the ice-cream, those 2 hours watching the movie would have been totally wasted.
MON | 30 stopped for gas after dropping the kids off and picked up a bagel before running through trader joe's for groceries. i picked up some more of my favorite little chocolate chip cookies. kenzie stayed after school today to help out and get hours for honor society. max, had a grand time getting his homework done. after complaining about it for probably 30 minutes, he finally came to the conclusion that if he just calmed down, he could get it done faster. hopefully he remembers that tomorrow. kenzie had another volleyball practice tonight. from 7:30 - 9:30. i got max and madi all settled in (max's) bed so i could watch part one of the real housewives of beverly hills reunion.
TUE | 31 ran to target this morning. had a list of cleaning supplies to get. boring. i added a little fun with the bag of york peppermint patties i threw in the cart. i ran next door to staples to see if they had the martha stewart stuff out yet. "they're working on it now. they'll probably be done by 4:00 today" a lot of good that does me now. piper and beckam came over for a little bit while jodie got her hair fixed. they kept busy the entire time they were here. played with the dollhouse. beckam had a lego guy that he was playing with. piper had the family. she made them go to the bathroom and do laundry, it was pretty entertaining. madi had SAVE after school, so max and i ran to the library. he had library at school today, but first graders can't bring their books home. homework still took a long time to do but there wasn't as much complaining. maybe we're making progress. that night before bed, the kids played just dance 3. i could lay there and watch them all night. so funny.
WED | 01 i was at staples this morning right when they opened at 8:00. the martha stewart stuff was all out. it was pretty, i bought a couple things (sheet protectors and some skinny labels). jen came over today and we got the bottled up craft done for the blog. i started a picture frame project but i'm not loving it. it's treat day (i know i don't need any more treats) and i picked dairy queen. dumb idea. they're expensive. $13 for us four. i'll stick to happy hour and $1 soft serve treats from now on. we found out kenzie had a volleyball practice tonight, so darric took her. the other two climbed into bed with me like they always do, because they know their dad will have to carry them to bed.
THU | 02 kobe and i went to pick up lunch at cafe rio today. i only went because they had the curbside pick-up, i didn't want to have to go in. kenzie stayed after school for a little while and then she went to markela's house. we picked her up right before dinner was ready.
FRI | 03 after waking up to a mess this morning... a chewed up plastic spoon, banana peel on my rug, cereal all over the counter and pudding splattered on the microwave and fridge. all thanks to kobe. the red glitter sprinkled all over the floor was from kenzie. and i was in no mood to clean it all up. i'm tired of the dog chewing up our stuff and i'm tired of kids leaving messes everywhere. to make myself feel better, i took a drive to winchells and sonic for TWO route 44 diet cokes (with extra ice). and i did absolutely nothing for the rest of the day. i did go pick up the kids. but that's about it.
SAT | 04 darric and kenzie left early for her tournament. the rest of us slowly got out of bed. i wasn't in a good mood again. the house was still a nasty mess. i cleaned up the front room when i noticed a bedspread and happy birthday poster sitting in the chair. made me cheer up a little. darric came and picked up max because kenzie's first game wasn't until 9:00 and he didn't want to sit there alone. as soon as my pants were dry, madi and i headed over to unlv (stopping at starbucks first). we got to sit on the hard floors and watch kenzie's 11:00 game. darric said the first game they played they kicked the other team's butts. kenzie's coach told her to do a jump serve and kenzie was pretty nervous about it, but she did three awesome ones in a row to win the game. now the game i got to watch, wasn't as pretty. the first jump serve she did, the other team's coach called a foot fault on her. which is pretty lame considering some girls serve half way up the court. i think she got a little discouraged after that because her next jump serve didn't make it over and she went back to her normal serve. i did get to see her do a pretty nice block. when she first started volleyball, she could barely reach the top of the net and now she's way over it. i think darric was the most proud parent in the entire gym. madi and i left after the 11:00 game, picked up jimmy johns and came home to let kobe out. i guess they didn't score too good during the third game either and darric was so ticked when there was a good rally going on and it ended when one of the little girls on kenzie's team was busy tucking in her shirt. i don't know why that girl's on the team.
i was in a better mood and decided to clean up the house. ugh. then darric and i went to look at treadmills. we went to dicks, sports authority, sport chalet and dicks again. since it was my money that was going to buy the treadmill, i had a hard time deciding on one. so i decided to wait. we were going to eat at carrabba's but there was a wait and i hate crowds, so we left and picked up mexican food and came home to eat with the kids. after the kids danced to a few songs on the wii, darric and i watched warrior. i thought it was really good.
SUN | 05 while darric was off getting max a haircut and picking up stuff at albertsons, i took a trip to target for a few things. and picked up donuts at krispy kreme (not my favorite - but it was in the same parking lot). at 3:00, the daytons and ausmans came over to watch the super bowl. darric got stuff for sandwiches. it was his party and i was letting him put it all together. ;) the daytons brought baklava from khoury's and mandi made some pretzel bites that were really good. i didn't care for the game. or most of the commercials. the half time show with madonna was entertaining. she's getting too old to be performing like a 20 year old, but she sang played some of her old songs, and i like those. of course, the night wouldn't be complete without some dancing. the daytons had already left, but kenzie, madison and alison (and a bit of max) danced to a few songs on the wii.