MON | 21 went to walmart. found the grissini breadsticks that i can have on the starvation diet. grabbed a few other things we needed and then went to trader joe's for the rest of the groceries.
TUE | 22 madi stayed home from school today. she had a headache and sore throat. kenzie had an ortho appointment right after school. max stayed home with madi. i got to visit with dave and jacob for a little while. jacob had an appointment just a few minutes after kenzie. we were there longer, because kenzie was having some brackets re-done. that night, the (older) girls met at cheesecake factory for my mom's birthday dinner. we were missing jodie tonight because they had decided to go to disneyland at the last minute. dinner was nice, but a bit of torture for me. i ordered grilled chicken, with nothing on it, and steamed asparagus. and for dessert, strawberries (for $7). oh, how i wanted to be eating pasta carbonara and cheesecake.
WED | 23 my mom's birthday today. i got to see her when her and my dad came over for some help with some church thing my dad was in charge of. he had to make a board with a map on it, so they could show where their missionaries were at. after finally finding a clear map online, i just designed the entire thing on a 20x30 document. can't wait to see how it turns out. (hopefully it looks good) madi got her letter showing that she was accepted into student council. i'm not looking forward to the 6:55 am start time. especially when we are usually waiting on madi every morning. we had two socialspark posts to work on today. one for a dino toy and one for a newport beach contest (that we're doing with two other blogs). and darric had to go do a start up at 10:00 tonight.
THU | 24 went to madi's wax museum. she was sally ride. made a cute astronaut helmet with paper mache and while i was out to dinner the other night, her and kenzie spray painted it. but, she claims it got ripped and looked bad with all the tape on it. so she sat there filling out the nasa space application. went right over to jodie's after that for a meeting. beckam got to play with the new vtech switch & go dinos that we got. then grandma and grandpa picked him up to go to utah. we got through a bit of the schedule today. darric had to go to work again tonight at 10:00. and didn't get home until 4:00am. *i walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill tonight.
FRI | 25 i am down 10 pounds now since i started the starvation diet. i'm happy with the results so far and it's really not that hard now (as long as i don't go out to eat - which is also good on our budget). i worked on designing stuff for quincy's birthday party. made a quick run to costco just before i had to pick up the kids. later, darric and max ran to albertsons to get a few things for dinner. that night, me, madi and max watched shrek - forever after.
SAT | 26 kenzie went with the bertrands today to the titanic exhibit, lunch at chilis and the mob museum. darric took max to dick's to get a new pair of tennis shoes. i told him to get vans and they picked out some nike free runs. madi and i went to old navy to get some tank tops. she also got some shorts and i got 2 pairs of flip flops. we went to target next. i was going in for fabric softener sheets, but we walked past the summer stuff and ended up picking out some stuff for the beach. we ran up to trader joe's for groceries for dinner and then came home. when the bertrands brought kenzie home they stayed a little while to visit. the beaches came over too. kenzie cooked her famous tilapia and everyone that ate some, loved it.
SUN | 27 i spent the morning cleaning up and scrubbing my bathroom. ugh. i took the kids over to jen + dave's. tauni and chris were in town for a visit. everyone had chicken caesar sandwiches, stuffed mushrooms, corn of the cob and chocolate chip cookies with ice-cream. i had chicken, tomato, melba toast and an apple. blah. there was a kiddie pool and the kids had a great time jumping off the trampoline into it. then there was a water fight between kenzie and jacob. kenzie landed in the kiddie pool a couple times, but not fully. jacob eventually took off in the house so i think this fight is going to be continued. when we got home, i popped some popcorn for max and madi then everyone but kenzie watched we bought a zoo. madi was asleep first and more than half way through, max zonked out. and hardly any of the popcorn was touched. (i would have been happy to eat it)
MON | 14 today was the start of the "starvation diet". i had to stop at albertsons for some milk and grabbed myself a black tea, which helped me get through the morning. i had a chicken, spinach and balsamic vinegar salad. and a piece of melba toast. for my snacks, i had apple. and dinner tonight was dry chicken (because i re-heated what darric bbq'd last night) and asparagus with lemon. and some melba toast, which i was so excited to eat after my blah dinner. we had to drop kenzie off at volleyball practice tonight because darric had to run a call. we also swung by costco and starbucks for an end of the day reward (a black tea sweetened with my own stevia). happy mail today: my summer journal from minted.
TUE | 15 went and waited in the long drive-thru line to get a starbucks. i figure i've earned a treat for the day. and a black tea with my stevia in it is the best treat i can have. was heading to trader joe's when the school counselor called to ask if i could bring madi's field trip permit to school. they were leaving in 50 minutes to go to silvestri for a tour of the school and pizza. so i ran home, ticked kobe off because i left him there in the kennel and dropped off the permit. then got my grocery shopping done. which wasn't much fun when i knew i couldn't eat most of the stuff in my cart.
WED | 16 stopped to get my smog check after dropping off the kids this morning. in and out in 3 minutes. went to starbucks for my black tea. came home for a little bit before heading to jodie's to work on some projects. jen wasn't feeling good. came home a little earlier than usual and had my lunch... spinach with chicken and balsamic vinegar dressing and my melba toast. left to get the kids from school and locked my keys in the house. i knew it as soon as i shut the door. called darric to come save me and finally noticed the front window was open just a smidge. glad i was the one to discover this. i pulled the screen off and climbed through. kobe thought he needed to follow me in too. the kids were really looking forward to wednesday treat day, so i took them to weinerschnitzel (after coming home to use the bathroom - i don't last long with all of this water in my system).
THU | 17 that picture of kenzie was taken as she was getting out of the car at school. she HAS to turn the music down before she gets out. don't know if she's embarrassed by the music WE both listen to or what. ;) went to the target on green valley to get a few things (along with a black tea) and surprisingly, i only got those few things i needed. kenzie sent me a text at lunch time, that she was full. yearbook got to walk to cici's pizza. i had my spinach salad for lunch again so i was a little jealous. when max got in the car after school he had a water bottle with him. i asked him where he got it and he said he found it. i asked if it was new or if it had been opened. it had already been opened. but don't worry, because he poured the water out and put new water in. i feel so bad for not sending him to school with his own water bottles. but, it was kinda funny. kenzie had volleyball practice. darric took her.
FRI | 18 not sure why madi and max were awake at 6:15 this morning. i walked out into the kitchen and madi was mopping up the floor. water had leaked out from under the sink and covered that whole area. the rug was soaking wet. but madi was nice enough to clean it all up. unfortunately, water got under the wood too and when you'd step on a plank, water would squirt out. i'm sure it'll eventually warp, which is just lovely. after dropping off kenzie with her wax museum poster board and last minute diorama, and dropping off the sunscreen sprayed kids in field day attire, i went to target to get max a new towel and underwear (since he only has 2 pair) and got myself a starbucks before heading back to the school to watch the kids. i hung with madi for a little bit. and then was off to find max. he was sitting down when i got to his class. i asked if he was in trouble. no. he was just sitting out for the first three events because he had to turn his card three times yesterday. he was ok with sitting out. but was a little more happy to participate. they did the water limbo (which really didn't have any limbo-ing involved) then shoe fly (where they kick their shoe off) then they had to skip the big beach balls because i kid got knocked over by it and knocked out, i guess. the paramedics had to come. then they did a frisbee toss, which was great in the wind. and they bounced on the balls. carried water in a frisbee and passed soaking sponges over their heads. and then played on the playground to dry off. which is where max and his two friends got in trouble for running and had to sit down. that ticked max off, he threw his hat on the ground and begged to go home. it was lovely. everyone went back to the class and i left. hoping that max was going to change his mood for the rest of the day. and he did, thank goodness. me and him went and picked up kenzie, came back to the school to pick up madi (she had something she had to do there) then ran home to get her student council packet and then back to silvestri so her and kenzie could run it in. then madi and i went to trader joe's to get me hamburger. it sounded really good to me today. so did pizza, but i can't have that. we got the kids some little pizzas and dessert. darric had been in pahrump and then had to run a call at 7:00 so we didn't see him until after 10:00.
SAT | 19 kenzie, madi and i went to do some shopping at old navy today. the kids all got new swimsuits, a pair or shorts and the girls got flip flops. (for san diego) kenzie's tournament started at 2:30 today at unlv. me, madi and max showed up as the first game was ending. jan and her boys had come out to watch. then the girls reffed, so we had to just sit. max was in a crappy mood as soon as the bertrands left. we had to go sit outside for awhile. the girls won the next match they played and then the just played one game for fun. max went with darric and they stopped at trader joe's for dinner. i was craving hamburger. the rest of us took payton home. after dinner, the whole family gathered to watch chronicle. it was pg-13 so we thought it would be alright. but about 10 minutes from the ending max was begging me to take him in the other room. a little too scary for the little guy.
SUN | 20 darric had to go run a call this morning and it had him busy most of the day. i helped kenzie get her room organized and switched around. then moved madi's bed too. (we cleaned and organized some of her room yesterday)
MON | 07 did my grocery shopping. quick stop at walmart for laundry detergent and coke zero then over to trader joe's. went to jodie's for a meeting after putting the groceries away. awburn and paisley came by for a visit with a banana, coconutty cake. it was yummy. i totally forgot i paid for the kids' yearbooks already. so i was as excited as they were when they got in the car and pulled them out to look through.
TUE | 08 i ran to target today to get a couple things and decided to grab a birthday present for quincy. went to bath & body works next for a few strawberry things, for madi't teacher. got five guys for lunch. cajun fries and ketchup were calling my name.
WED | 09 max took his teacher in a little treat for teacher appreciation week. there's an app card inside the matchbook. (madi took hers in on thursday because her teacher wasn't there today - we did the berry basket with bath & body works strawberry goodies) i still haven't gotten a new garage door remote, so the kids do it for me. max can't reach. at first madi would help him and then he wanted to do it by himself but when he jumped up, he hit the wrong numbers, so i brought out a bucket and it worked perfectly.
THU | 10 today i got to go with madi's class to madame tussaud's wax museum at the venetian. it was pretty cool to see the actual size of some people. some are shorter and some are skinnier than you think. madi was a little freaked out by some of the statues i made her stand by. especially tupac. i ran and picked myself up some port of subs before coming home to let kobe out. that evening, i took madi (and kenzie) to find her a swimsuit at target and pick something out for her friends's birthday. we grabbed golden spoon for dessert.
FRI | 11 jen came over today and we were going to try to get a project done, but we decided to go to michaels and get some stuff instead. and then jen picked red robin for lunch. and we decided in the parking lot to hurry up and grab a cupcake from the cupcakery. at 4:00 that afternoon, we dropped madi off at her friend hayley's birthday party. then kenzie, max and i went to the school carnival. it was HOT outside. we got there before the crowd so we were able to do almost all of the games. including the fishing game, bowling, basketball throw, tic tac toe and the cake walk (after about 5 tries, we still never won). we had to leave at 5:00. grabbed dinner at el pollo loco and then hurried home so kenzie and darric could eat before she had to go to her volleyball practice. where only three of the girls showed up. we picked madi up at 6:30 and went to meet jen and jodie out at cost plus to do some shopping. we got a gift card from them, so we had some fun. never realized how much cool stuff they had there. we spent lots of time in the candy/vintage toy section.
SAT | 12 i started my gorging today. (pretty sad that it wasn't much different than what i normally eat) madi and i went and got sonic and donuts. darric took max to the boxing class today at epic. it's been awhile since we've been there. madi and i went and picked up lunch. i wanted five guys and the rest of the family wanted mcdonalds. weirdos. i'm sure kenzie would have picked five guys if she wasn't hiding out in her room. i got a package today... my new shoes from le bunny bleu. we went and saw the bertrand's new house out at mt's edge. and visited for a little while. came home and ordered papa john's. i watched new year's eve by myself. max came in towards the end and i made him lay with me on the couch. he fell asleep just a few minutes later.
SUN | 13 mother's day!! i ran to albertsons to get stuff for my nacho cheese dip and a few things for my "diet". i got starbucks too. (remember, i'm still gorging) that afternoon, we all went to jen + dave's for a mother's day enchilada dinner. and we got to give my mom her gift from the three of us girls... kitchen stuff for the utah house. then we stopped by to see jude + dan on our way home.
we were supposed to sew the little league badge onto max's baseball shirt and i ironed it on using some silhouette heat transfer stuff. so his shirt never got washed because i was too scared that it might come off. ;)
when max is talking about going against someone, he says "versus". like when he talks about two super heroes... he says one of them is versus the other one.
walking into cvs, i told max to hurry up and he says "i'm not as young as i used to be". what a dork.
MON | 30 it was nice to not have to go grocery shopping today. i had more of a healthy eating day, than a paleo day. and darric did good until later when his head hurt and his body felt sick. i think he put his body into a shock today with no sugar or caffeine. that night, i took max to his baseball game. he was doing good until one of the boys hit him with his glove. than he sat out for half an inning. he must have hit him pretty good because i've watched him get whacked a few times and he was just fine. kenzie went with darric to madi's choir performance at liberty high school. i think that might have been the last one for the year.
TUE | 01 i picked up mcdonalds and met max for lunch in the courtyard today. it was "lunch with someone you love" this week, along with the book fair. we ate with brooke and her mom, amy and then went inside and grabbed a couple books, including two spongebob books, a titanic book for kenzie (level 3 reading level) and a ninjago book too. madi went to the book fair during library today and got the summer before boys and book of world records 2012. that afternoon, kenzie stayed after to help out, so the rest of went for a sonic happy hour run. kenzie cooked her and darric's tilapia tonight and i grilled the rest of us grass fed burgers. they were good. darric enjoyed his fish too, just not the middle that wasn't cooked all the way. ;) then darric and kenzie went to volleyball practice. as soon as they got back, darric had to go to work again. madi hasn't stopped begging me to cut her bangs, or take her to get the cut or let kenzie cut them, so i finally gave in and snipped them off. they're not perfect, but she seemed to like them.
WED | 02 madi got to show off her new bangs at school today. i went over to jodie's and tried to get through some of the emails with her. it was wednesday treat day and the kids talked me into taking them to get purple penguin snow cones. it probably took at least an hour to drive there, wait in the long line and drive back. and most of us had our snow cones gone before we got home.
THU | 03 jude went in for her first knee replacement surgery this morning at 8:00 am. i got to have lunch with madi. i got port of subs for us. she wanted mcdonalds, but they weren't serving lunch at the time i had to leave. we walked through the book fair again. and she talked me into getting her another book, flutter. we grabbed a book to go with mason's birthday gift too. that night, i ran to get el pollo loco and kobe got to go with me. i rolled his window down a bit (and made sure to lock it because he's been known to step of the switch and roll it down more) and he was loving life. *almost forgot... madi had her growth and development class today. i didn't ask too much about it.
FRI | 04 i worked on a vinyl project today. a tree for madi's room. ally came over after school to hang out with madi. savannah and gabi came to hang out for a little while too so jesse and bennett could go visit jude in the hospital. savannah was all smiles tonight. darric and max went on a man date to see the avengers. they both really liked it.
SAT | 05 darric and kenzie left early to go to her tournament. the rest of us woke up a little later and got ready so we could go over to unlv when darric came and picked us up. kenzie's team lost their first match. the girls were all pretty good and tall. they won the next set they played and lost the third. we went and visited jude in the hospital for a bit. she had a fancy little gadget on her leg to slowly bend it up and down. she gets to take one like that home with her. we went across the street to grab lunch at jimmy johns and then came home to eat and get ready for max's game. which did not go well. he didn't want to be there from the moment we got out of the car. his first hit was pretty good and he made it to second base. i thought that would cheer him up, but it didn't. he got kicked off the field because he wouldn't stand up when the coach told him to. a little more than half way through, sierra's mom came and talked to him and it seemed to help. we had snacks today. i brought z bars and lemonade boxes from trader joe's.
SUN | 06 i took the kids to jen + dave's this afternoon for mason's birthday dinner. we stopped at sonic for drinks because i always do. and max always asks why we have to stop there. it's so annoying that i was 30 minutes too early for happy hour and they no longer take our (non-existing) 99 cent stickers. we had pizza for dinner and then jen put together a pretty awesome ice-cream bar with lots of goodies. the kids played outside and ended up getting wet with squirt guns and the hose. that night, the kids made a list of things they wanted to do this summer. (it was madi's idea to make the lists) this was max's... no school!!!!!!... swim and sandcastles... go to the park... camp... swimming lessons... play... disneyland... san diego... legoland... sea world... sleep over!!!! sounds good to me.