...that's what we love about Lake Isabella.... EVERYTHING!
Monday, May 31, 2010
...that's what we love about Lake Isabella.... EVERYTHING!
...sharing special moments with ones we love.
...trying new things.
...believing in ourself.
Monday, May 17, 2010
My reciepe for happy kids in the Summer?... Just add water!
As is true with most kids... I just cannot keep mine out of the water, come Summertime. (Not that I would even want to try!) Every year, just before school lets out, I buy one of those nice big Intex swimming pools. (BTW- where were those when WE were kids?) This becomes part of our daily Summer rituals.
Whether it is just my two- or a gaggle of neighborhood kids (plus my two)- from June to September, morning till night- our little backyard swimming pool sees plenty of action. These are photos of Makayla, Jeremiah and a friend, one such day, last August. And this particular day was just like nearly every other, last Summer- and every Summer. They had a ball.
Even Sadie the Cat cannot resist all that wet fun! (She likes to get up on the inflatable edge and relax with her paws in the water. (I know... STRANGE CAT!) Just look at the interest gleaming in her eyes! She almost looks like she is ready to jump right in with them!
Now that Summer is almost here again, we are looking forward to long, hot days, spent cooling off in the pool- followed by muggy nights, staying up laate, BBQing, and night swimming in our little backyard pool.
Aaaah.... the joys of childhood!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
JD came home from Dad's house with this cool new skeleton tattoo. He felt like a super cool rockin' dude! And of course showed it off to EVERYONE! It was a nice tattoo...probably one of the best fakies that I have ever scene; and had real sharp colors too. (Of course not that you can see it so well due to my cell phone camera and all.) Oh well.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
These are some older pictures of Makayla & Mom (me!) at the L. A.
Kid Space Museum.
This was our first trip there in
2004, when Makayla's
Pre-School Class went; and Mom
went along as a volunteer parent.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
What a great way to kick of the first day of Spring Break!!!
The kids and I spent the first day of our Spring Vacation hanging aroung the house, kicking back, playing and enjoying not having to go to school. The kids woke up early and had breakfast while getting to watch the morning cartoons that they usually miss while in school. Then, while Mom got to clock in a wee bit of extra shut eye; Makayla and Jeremiah took turns hiding plastic Easter Eggs and searching aroung the living room for them.
There is nothing like a good Easter Egg Hunt,
to get you in the mood for Spring Vacation!
Mom volunteered to fill and hide he Easter Eggs for the big hunt. Then all of the kids came out and had a ball finding them.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Makayla's Dance Team,
"The Best In The West"
WON 3rd Place in the
Regional Hip Hop
WAY TO GO MISS RED!!! ~ We are so proud of you!
All of your hard work, and practice has paid off., and we couldn't be happier for you! I know that the going was getting a little rough. I know that you had hoped for a fun and care free
dance class; and instead you ended up on an extremely competitive dance team, with a teacher who expected quite a lot out of you all. I know that you felt like quitting at times, and I know it was not always fun, or easy.
In spite of all of that; I think that you have learned some valuable lssons about yourself. I think that you learned that when when the going gets tough... you get tougher. I hope that you learned that even if you aren't alwas 'into' something...that once you start, you must persevere and finish. I think that you learned the value of team work, and the imporance of each person's place on a team. I also hope that that no matter what you do...that you can always work hard, stick with it, and get good results as long as you give it your all. And if nothing else...I think that learning those lessons, is worth more than any old medal or trophy. (Not that your medals, and trophies are not ultra cool!)
So, I do not know what your future in Hip Hop Dance may be. We may try to find you a class that is less competetive, and more focused on having fun and learning great dance moves. You may decide to continue this class, or even to go back to Cheerleading. I do not know what the future has in store for you. But, beautiful girl, I do know this...whatever you do, you shine bright. Wherever you go, youare love, and however you do it...you do your best. That is all i could ever want for you. More than trophies and medals...I want to see that glorious look of self satsfaction and independence that I see fro you right now.
Mommy Loves You... Never, ever forget that! I am always right behind you, cheering you on, helping you learn, and waiting in the wings in case you need some love and support. I am your biggest fan! ~ (Oh, and every one else in the family too!) :)
NOW ON TO THE YELLOW BELT CLASS...
Way to go champ!!!
March 25th, 2009
Jeremiah really enjoyed taking his first Karate Class. He worked very hard to listen during class, and learn all of the moves for his test.
We practiced and practiced, and when the big day came, he did great.
This is Jeremiah waiting in line with his classmates, to have Sensei sign his certificate of completion.
He was so funny, when he got his Yellow Belt, he also thought he was getting the boxing gloves that he had seen the Yellow Belt class kids wearing. He didn't realize hat he only gets those right before he cmpletes the NEXT class! I think he was more excited to get the gloves than the belt! I don't blame him...they looked pretty cool! Oh well.
You can tell how proud and excited he was; and we are all very proud and excited for him too!
It is always great to see the kid's do something that they enjoy and are good at.
Gotta keep 'em busy!
This bottom photo is Jeremiah and Brian Mendez. Brian and his family have been friends of ours since Makayla and Brian were in Mommy & me Preschool together in 2003-4. They have been close buddies ever since. He and his family have joined us for most of the kid's Birthday and our annual Halloween Parties. So it was a pleasant surprise when we discovered that Brian and J.D. would be in the same Karate Classes.
So now, we are gearing up for the new session to start on April 1st; when the boys will go into the Yellow Belt Class. (And we think Makayla has decided to give Karate a try, so she will be starting the White Belt Class that J.D. just finished. Hey, I guess I won't be needing to buy a new white belt!) That will be nice for the kid's to be able to practice together.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
MR. J. DEISEL ROCKIN' THE COOL NEW DO...
...for a couple of days anyways!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Daddy & JD at T-Ball ; Team Pirates.....Spring 2008
The Munchkins at the Gardena Koi Festival Spring 2008
(Makayla, Get your hair outta your eyes!!!) (Photoshop fix Mom?!)
Hey Everyone! I hope you are all well and enjoying your Spring! So glad that it’s finally here now. Warmer days, longer nights…and Spring Break is on it’s way. We are all getting ready for it now. The kids are finishing up their classes, both at school, and extracurricular ones too. A little Spring cleaning here, a little yard work there. Thankfully Old Man Winter has gone to bed, and all that wet, cold weather is over. (Although we really have nothing to complain about here in Southern California!) It is nice to start spending more time outdoors, and being able to stay out and play late. Soon enough we will be BBQing and swimming ‘til 8 at night. Ooh I can’t wait!
JD took his test to complete his White Belt Karate Class; and will now go on to the Yellow Belt Class. Yay Jeremiah! Way to go Buddy! He will be playing T-Ball on the Pirates, for another month or so. His Dad, Steve, coaches the team, and Papa Steve, Auntie Jess, and Uncle Edward also help out. (Co-Coach I think?) Also, Cousin Miah plays on the team too. (Such a cutie!) Makayla has found her own niche hanging out with all of the brothers and sisters of the kids on the team. They are an adorable gang of kids; with the little ones toddling around, all the way up to the tweens. I enjoy watching them play as much as the kids on the field. JD has been doing quite well in his Kindergarten class. He has been bringing home almost straight 100%’s on his spelling tests. (Poor guy had a fit when he got a -1! Talk about high expectations!) And while I am real proud of that, he has been in trouble for rough housing at recess. I know, I know…boys will be boys, but…So he spent a couple of nights without TV, and I am hoping that is enough. (But we all know it’s not. It never is.) It’s funny, for the most part, I can keep pretty good control of him at home; but when he’s at school, there is not much I can do. If anyone knows of a great method to keep boys from roughhousing at school; please let me know ASAP! Luckily it is just horsing around and not bullying. Otherwise…
So that is what Jeremiah has been up to, as for Miss Red…She is finishing up her last week of Hip Hop Dance Class, and getting ready to go to competition, next Saturday. Practice, practice, practice. (You have no idea how hard it has been for Ol’ Mom here, to memorize Karate moves AND a dance routine last week, in order to help the kids learn their respective routines!) Makayla also just finished up her very first Biography Report, on Princess Diana. (BTW- Did you know that is not her actual title? I didn’t either. Now we know.) She hasn’t gotten her grade back yet, but Parent Conferences are coming up this week… so I will be finding that and more out soon. Other than that, she has recently joined the after school Hula Hoop Club. She is enjoying herself immensely, and is really good at it. I love seeing them feel successful at what they do. Makayla also got a pink guitar from me at Christmastime, and I still need to get her some lessons for it. (You should have heard her singing Hannah Montana songs on Nana Dana’s Kareoke machine tonite! Hilarious!) When Makayla isn’t busy doing all of those things; she is busy working on her very first entrepreneurial effort. She is making and selling bookmarks at school. (She also catches and adopts out ladybugs to the other kids too!) She’s definitely got the genes for it. Papa Jerry is one of the best salesmen I know…and it runs heavy in the Carriere line. (It’s just too bad that Mommy here can’t get her art sold a little better!)
Now for Mama’s update. I am having a ball with my new blogs…maybe too much fun! I only started blogging at the end of February, so I’m still pretty new. Crafty’s Cuppa Coffee is doing the best. I have a lot of posts on that one, and 11 readers so far! 11! I think it’s kinda cool that people like what I have to write, and want to read more. From all over the place! So neat. Crafty Chick’s Retro Fantasy is right behind that one, with 7 posts I think, and 3 readers. My poor little art blog Crafty Chick Creations is the one with the least posts, and no readers yet, although there have been people that have checked it out, and commented on my artwork. So that is that. I have also just completed my first swap, on the Swap Bot website. I received 2 lovely packages from my swap partners. I still need to photograph them. My swap contributions were one of my handmade Paper Bag Albums, matching stationary, and a magnet for their fridge, for each lady. My packages were filled with my favorite; black & white stuff! Candles, a necklace, earrings, barrettes, paper clips, eraser, photo frame, a notebook and a few other things. Boy was that fun! Getting such a great package of goodies on an ordinary afternoon, instead of just bills, and junk mail, is fabulous! I highly recommend it to anyone.
Anyways, I am going to wrap up this post now. I hope that all of our family and friends are having as nice a Spring as we are. And let’s hope Summer is just as good! Happy Spring Equinox and Easter. I will try to post some updates every couple of weeks, or at least once a month. It would really be great if I can get some of more of my family and friends to check out this blog, and maybe exchange their blogs with me. I will be working on that in this next month.