Friday, July 31, 2009

Little Moments

Last night Taylor and I went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things.

We were walking down the aisle and she leaned in for a big hug and kiss and told me I was her favorite buddy.
It brought tears to my eyes.
Its moments like this that make everything perfect, it dissolves any tension or frustrations I might have during my Motherly moments and makes everything worth it.

(I feel I need to mention that it wasn't a "Thank you for getting me what I want" moment either)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Matriarch turned 89!

I would normally take the time to put all the pictures in order, but If I wait till I have time to do that, then it will sit in my drafts and never get posted.
On July 25th we went to my Father in Laws house in Green Valley to celebrate Zack's Grandmothers (Goggy) 89th birthday, that day happened to be his Cousin Daves birthday as well.

Uncle Dave with Bella, Taylor and Jordan blowing out his candles. The cakes were from a bakery in Benicia and they were fabulous!

Double trouble here, Taylor and Jordan.

Dave and Jenn.

The Matriarch, Goggy getting ready to blow out her candles.

Uncle Gorgy had a special song for Goggy on her special Day. (I will upload the video)

Krista and Baby Kamdyn

Jenn and Skylar

Jenn, Yours truly, my sister in law Erin and Sommer

Dylan (Jenn and Daves son) and Brycen (Sommer and Jason's son)

Coleton being the goof ball that he is.

Wonder where he gets it from......Scuba Steve!!? THIS would be my Father in law.........that jacket works as a floatation device! No joke, Zack has one! Working in the Marine division they have these special things!

Aunt B (Becky) her granddaughter Skylar and Taylor

Mommy and Taylor

Coleton, Dylan and Goggy

Cousin Krista, Sister in law Erin, Aunt B, sister in law Stephanie and Yours truly

Bella and Taylor feeding the ducks......what ducks you say? Well Im pretty sure at this point the ducks sank with their full bellies.

Jenn, Krista, Muah and Steph

OH there the ducks are.....

Dylan and Grandma Tracee (My step Mother in law)

My sister in law......showing some Vierra LOVIN! This would be watermelons and tomatoes and all other sorts of farming goodness! You can find them at your local Farmers market if you live in EG or Sacramento! (hehe)

My Handsome Hubby and handsome Father in law! Master Ribber!

Allstars Recap

We had such an amazing time during Allstars this year. The boys were District Champs and went on to Sections. My heart went out to these boys and how hard they worked in that sweltering heat. We sat in that blazing sun dripping sweat while watching them work their tails off. Cole caught ALL 8 games! Amazing! Exhausting! Not once did I hear him complain.
Cole hit two Homeruns! He was very proud of himself. You can see some of that footage by visiting here. You might have to click on show 19, the link is acting a little weird. The segment is a little long so if you skip ahead to about 2:40 you can watch West Sac. There is more footage of Cole towards the end.


The boys grabbing their flag.

Oh she has the curse of the Rosey cheeks....Im sorry honey. :) It was REALLY hot out there!

Taylor and Daddy ready to watch the game!

Zack and Dave Graham a dear friend and Coach.

I apologize for the lack of pictures, I videotaped most of the games. I might have Zack update the post for our sake for the future with all the "technicality" of the game. ;)


I will be able to post about all the crazy things that are going on in our little world.........some day I will have the time......and I hope that on that day I will remember all the things I need to update......and that day will be here soon. I hope.

Our Move
My exam
New jobs
89 year old Birthday parties
and all the little stuff in between..........

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Job Description

I was sent this in an email and thought it was cute.

I think my resume needs some updating......

PARENT - Job Description
This is hysterical. If it had been presented this way, I don't believe any of us would have done it!!!!
POSITION : Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop
JOB DESCRIPTION : Long term, team players needed, for challenging, permanent work in an often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!
Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.
RESPONSIBILITIES : The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, and an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE : None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
WAGES AND COMPENSATION : Get this! You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
BENEFITS : While no health or dental insurance , no pension, no tuition reimbursement , no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you both play your cards right.
Forward this on to all the PARENTS you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, letting them know they are appreciated for the fabulous job they do... or forward with love to anyone thinking of applying for the job.


(Nor for grandparents.)

Life these days....

It seems as though July is the month for change. I feel as though I haven't been completely honest with this blog. I have been posting about things that are going on, things we are doing but leaving a few key points out. For whatever reason, I'm not sure. We accepting allot of change and venturing into some uncharted territory. A little scary, a little exciting. So where do I begin.

As I mentioned in the previous post, Taylor had an accident at daycare. We had allot of mixed emotions about it and some decisions to make. The last few months probably longer I have been stressing about the decision to put Taylor in preschool. The school I really wanted her to go to had a waiting list of about 150 kids. YIKES! Even if she was to go there it was going to take allllloooot of effort on my part. Getting her there and back to daycare, and the required volunteer time. I am not opposed to any of it but working full time leaves me with very limited options. So after going back and forth and talking with other Moms I decided to leave her in the home daycare that she was in. She was getting a majority of the benefits there that she would get in preschool. Still I felt guilty about my decision and a little ashamed. Hhhhm. Could that be because I felt like it was the easier route, that maybe just maybe I wasn't making the right decision for my child. Then I was given a test, an option to change my decision. Of course we acted and chose to enroll her in preschool. There were many factors in our decision some obvious some not so obvious but either way it was something we knew we had to do. There is a preschool very close to my work, I could walk there on a break. Which I did. We enrolled her and she started on Monday. Taylor is not a huge napper so she was a little anxious about the nap time. We were told nap time began at 12:30 and lasted until about 2:45. Wow.....ok.....we could deal with it. The first day I went to visit her a couple of times and she was a mess. It broke my heart. One of the visits was around 12, the lights were already out and they were getting "ready" for nap time. Oh my goodness. Now that is a loooong time. Well long story short we gave it another day and Taylor was NOT happy. It was all she could talk about. She didnt want to go back. My heart was broken again. I dont care who you are when you see your child that upset you will do whatever it takes to make it better. Soooo we shopped around a little bit and found another preschool near our house. I had been eyeing this school for a little while. The last thing I wanted to do was make another change so soon, but it was now or never. I really liked the facility and the nap time was much different. She started today. Zack and I spent about an hour with her making sure she was comfortable. While we were there we met batman, spiderman and some superheros. I was a little let down when the teacher called the child by a different name, the same child that had just introduced himself as Spiderman, the nerve, he sure had my fooled! As we were leaving I felt someone tugging at my pinkie. I looked down to see a precious little boy holding my hand, he told me he would walk me to the door. (Taylor was not too excited about that, but I was quick to ease her little heart) We said our goodbyes and allowed my heart to break alll over again, while she cried. I felt awful, that I had to leave her. Uuuugggh. We called to check on her and to our surprise she is doing great. Little stinker. I'm worried sick. Daddy is going to pick her up "early" as promised and pray for smooth sailing tomorrow.

When we first moved to West Sac we wanted to enroll Cole into Our Lady of Grace. The tuition is rather high and at the time we chose to send him to the public school. We are ok with this school but not entirely "Happy". Cole has been pressuring us to switch his school for the last year or so. Most of you know West Sac is about baseball as Elk Grove is about Football. This is Coles third year playing for West Sac Little League and we all have made wonderful friends. Its a wonderful feeling, to have so many wonderful people in our lives. So he has been pressuring us to enroll him in Delta Charter Elementary, in Clarksburg. A smaller school. He has allot of friends that go there. So we bit the bullet and filled out the necessary paperwork, to find out he was #1 on the waiting list. WHAT! We have been hopeful and a little anxious to find out if he will be going there. We talked to a couple key people that just might work at the school and just might have a little bit of an influence and just might possibly be one of his teachers next year. I called today to follow up, I simply told them my name and the woman finished my sentence. :) Apparently this certain key person is petitioning to have Cole at this school. This person might also be a baseball coach for another team. He is willing to stretch his class size just ooone more student to accommodate our little boy. The director was informed of this option. We were also told there is a rumor a student wont be returning which opens a spot for him. I'm still waiting to hear back, Cross your fingers.

Last November we were forced to move. the house we were living in (renting) went into foreclosure. Uuuggh. Zack was living/working in Seattle so it was rough. We had to find a house and move quickly. The house we chose was a good fit for many reasons. It was huge and new and beautiful and I loved it, on the inside. The outside was a little different. My husband says we live in apartments on steroids. We have no yard, a little more than an apartment. Which works for us when he is out of town, because let me tell you, I have a full plate, and yard work is the last of my worries. We do have a garage, but we also have a TON of neighbors really close, the setting is a little odd. The houses are situated around little courtyards. Some have front lawns some don't. We do. Well had we known at the time about our neighbors we probably wouldn't have moved there. The weekends can be rough. They are young and they like to go out to bars and come back in big groups. Nice. Even better when you are a light sleeper. There are a ton of other things but I'm just going to say , we are not happy. I just want the kids to be able to go out to play and I would love to not listen to yapping dogs all day and night. So we are not going to delay the inevitable. We are moving. AGAAAAIIIN! We found a house, it has allot of positive things and some other things. Its a great house and will be perfect for all the things we like to do. It has a spa, a big backyard, RV parking, its in a court, hardwood floors, two living rooms etc. Long story short, we looked at the house the same time another family did. Being the small town it is, it just so happened to be one of Coles Allstar coaches, who's little boy just so happened to be staying the night at our house that night. Well the house across the street was also available, better suited for them. They have a bigger family then we do, the house is bigger. It also has a pool. ;) It would be really cool if they moved in across the street. The house isn't as "new" as the one we are in now, but if I keep looking for everything to be perfect I will continue to be let down. I know me and I know we will be happy if we choose to be happy and we are only renting for now so it doesn't have to be perfect. We when do start looking to buy, that will be a different story. :)

There is another thing I was going to talk about but it seems as though this post is never going to end. I have some things to do that I have been neglecting at work. Writing helps to clear the mind. So thanks for listening to me ramble today. It seems as though July is about change. I think for the better. I will continue where I left off, when I get the time again...........

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cat attack

Tuesday I was at work and got a call from our daycare lady. Immediately Im on guard, everyone knows your daycare lady does not call you in the middle of the work day while she is watching your child to chit chat. She tells me, "Jenny we have had a little accident"
Taylor was laying down to take a nap and apparently had put her blanket over her face, my daycare lady said, she thought the cat must have thought Taylor was playing with her because she jumped on her, apparently claws out....right. She then tells me, she realized this because Taylor started crying and she went to see what was going on and saw the blood. She gave her a Popsicle and Taylor was good to go....Ummmm not so much. She said she was a little concerned and thought it might need a butterfly bandaid, it was a pretty good scratch.
So I sent Zack over to check her out.....and off to the emergency room we go.
At first they didnt think they could sew her up because it looked like more of an abrasion with a chunk taken out, not a clean slice. So after 4 doctors looking at her the Head Dr. in charge said O YA we can sew this up, but we will have to put her to sleep to make sure its done right. "WHAT!!!" PUT MY 4 YEAR OLD BABY GIRL TO SLEEP! MY heart felt soooo heavy and my stomach was on the floor. All of these images raced through my mind, ok, so asked about the glue, they have this fantastic glue that works just like stitches without the stitches. She agreed that we could do that. PHEEEWW!!
So they numbed her up with a topical ointment and glued her up. She was such a little trooper, my heart swelled. This child AMAZES me when she gets hurt. She is one of the toughest little girls (or even boys) I have ever seen. It makes Mommy proud. ;)
Here is her little owie before the glue.....

and here's her little owie after the glue.....nice work!

My poor little baby is scarred for life. :( Her reenactment of the incident is quite hilarious actually, she acts like a bob cat with the BIG MEOOOOWWW! and claws out and pounces! Im sure that is nothing like what actually happened, so she is quite the little story teller as well.