Friday, November 28, 2008

Unplanned Car Emergencies Suck

For many reasons we drive recycled cars. And we love our recycled cars, love not having a car payment for sure! Well the things we don't love, is coming out of Target this morning (after scoring some sweet deals) and finding a tire that was blown, I could see the metal not good, shredded tire, not good....Discount Tire in same parking lot as Target, good. Price for 4 new tires right before the holidays, not good.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


has been a fantastic day, and I am full to the brim from eating to no end this time with my family has been precious and has meant the world to me

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Things That I am thankful for

My beautiful children and husband. My amazing parents. My loving Sister. My genuine friends. My life experiences. Overall health in my family. I am thankful for love, faith, and hope.

Monday, November 24, 2008

have you ever wondered

if people that you know/have known/have ever met, know people that you know, without even knowning it? Thats weird right, that I think about those kinds of things? I just was catching up on blogs, while I'm sitting here allegedly studying, hey, Mommy needs time for other things too, right? And I started to think about that. So I just wonder if people I know know other people I know without me or them knowing that we are all connected....ok its official I am weird....

Sunday, November 23, 2008

dinner at nana's

Things that I am thankful for, there are soooo many, which I will get to later in this week!
Tonight, we had dinner at my mom's because she watched the kids for us all day while we both worked, as I have some time to make up from being out with meningitis. For dinner she made Lasagna. From my child hoood I remember vividly requesting her to make her homemade lasagna on my birthday, every.year. It was as good as I remembered it, and Nathalie gobbled it up. William didn't get any (I know I'm a mean mommy) but it contains gluten, which is no longer on his diet. He ate Salad with no dressing and a banana and some rice chex (which is now gluten free)

Saturday, November 22, 2008


A bit ago Nathalie stopped what she was doing and put her hand over her heart! With intense excitement she exclaimed "mommy, I can feel my heart beeping"

Friday, November 21, 2008

Organic Chemistry

is hard, really its hard. I took an exam last night, then had lab. This is the 2nd semester of this course, and the final is on December 17th, and I can not wait, the days are numbered in my will be nice to be done with Orgo. Then I get an entire month school free, returning the last week of January. Next semester i will be taking Anatomy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mama's got a brand new do

I think it really, really helps that my hair dresser is my sister. But we (she and I have this amazing relationship) where I can tell her what I want, maybe show her a couple of pictures, and tell her how I want this one mixed with this one, and she Always, without fail gives me exactly what I had pictured in my mind. Today, while in her chair I realized how much talent it really takes to be able to do what she does! Thanks Nichole I love it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


yeah so it was a few weeks ago, but here are Nathalie and William as Snow White and a police officer, with their fruit creatures auntie made them

Monday, November 17, 2008

getting back in the swing of things

This morning I drove Nathalie to school, and on the way to her school, we pass the hospital I was in (Grossmont). She looked at it and said "mommy, please dont go back to the hopistal, I missed you too much". OH my precious little girl I missed you more.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Just Discharged from the Hospital....

Tuesday night, during my study session I felt icky, kind of flu like. When I got home Tuesday night my head was throbbing and I was freezing. I climbed into bed, and hoped to sleep it off. When I woke up Wednesday morning, I had a horrible, unbearable headache. Throughout the day Wednesday my headache worsened, as someone who has never suffered from even a migraine, I thought that maybe this was what I was experiencing. I drug myself to pick Nathalie up from PreSchool on Wednesday, practically in tears, the pain was indescribable. Once home, I decided to call Sam, I told him something was really wrong, that I needed him home. I decided to take some motrin, the pain was making me feel like I might pass out. Once my husband arrived home, I headed to Urgent Care early Wednesday afternoon. After quick assesment at the Urgent care, based on my sypmtoms, the Dr. told me that I needed to be seen in the emergency room immeadiately. They wouldn't allow me to drive myself, and my sister picked me up from the urgent care and drove me straight to ER. My fever had reached 102.9, and they immeadiately performed a spinal tap to confirm that I had spinal meningitis. I was admitted to the hospital, and pumped full of antibiotics over the next 48 hours. Happy to be alive, considering the possibilities related to meningitis. Glad I followed my instinct and went to the dr. Glad to be at my moms, where I have assistance with my kids, while I continue on the road to recovery.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


my sisters best friend since middle school, is an amazing mother to two beautiful girls who are 3 and 1, and is expecting her first son in December. My sister called me this morning to tell me that R, had a seizure in her sleep last night and stopped breathing; thankfully, the seizure woke up her husband who called 911, as it stands she is in the hospital, 2 cm dialated, at this point baby boy would be about 6 weeks premature and most likely fine, but its still a very scary situation.

Monday, November 10, 2008

This morning

I went to Target, and I got the first book in the Twilight series. I want to get started now, but must straighten up my house. I also bought myself a cd, which I havent done in ages!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Time for me

I am sitting at a local cafe, one which I frequent often with a friend to study. One which contains free wifi, awesome soy chai lattes, and even more awesome, they are open until 2 am, and as a mom, trying to squeeze her way into pharmacy school, in just over a year, I am so appreciative that this place exists. It allows me to but my kids to bed, and still have time to catch up on my blog, er study.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

what I really want

is an amazon kindle...seriously, so badly that I cant even put it into words.

I also want the entire twilight series to read....

Friday, November 07, 2008


William has it. covered from head to toe, in his mouth even. cranky kid. no fun!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


In my adult life, as short lived as it has been, this is definitely the election I personally have had the most intrest in. I am sure that this is for several reasons, one being that this is only the second presidential election I have been eligible to vote for (age wise), the first time my "guy" didn't win, and instead we were left him. To say I look forward to his term in office coming to an end, would be an understatement. I believe that importantly, my interest in these elections is due largely to the fact that I am now a mom! This year I did my research, I watched the debates, I read the articles, I researched the propositions, and I voted with the confidence and hope that my guy would win and he did! I can't even begin to go into all the reasons why this was such a landmark election, or how overwhelmed with excitement I am for our new leader, to take office January 20, 2009. I am even more happy to live in a state that went BLUE for OBAMA!

On another note, I Can't believe that Prop 8 passed, to me its absurd and takes away fundamental rights, that had already been established.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Remembering Mrs. Bennett

Here is the link to the obituary of Nathalie's amazing teacher from all of last year! I am so blessed that this influential woman was a part of our lives, she will be missed and loved by so many.

and, just in case anybody else needs reference of a great book for preschool aged children regarding death, I personally found Lifetimes to be fantastic!

Furthermore, I had heard that Nathalie's teacher's father had been "sick", after doing some research I found this article, and realized that there is no question why this woman was such an amazing educator. Look at all her father has done for charter schools.

Monday, November 03, 2008

What is on the Christmas lists in our household

My daughter wants rain boots. Although we live in San Diego and the annual rain fall here is miniscule she wants some! She has a pair that we purchased when she was just shy of 3, and she still trys to squeeze into them, I thought Ok, thats a good christmas gift. So I began browsing, online of course, and I came across these lavender Mary Jane style rain boots, and loved them. However, being one always in search of a bargan, I felt the 27.00 price tag was a little high, for rain boots, and was aiming for closer to a 20 dollar price range. You can only imagine how excited I was to come across this alternative from Target. Not only are they less than half the price of the originals I actually think the floral accent makes them even cuter! What a deal, of course I snagged them up instantly, there was no way I was risking them running out, they are on clearance after all. At that rate, I'll hopefully find a cute umbrella to match and walk away still around the 30 dollar mark!

Nathalie also loves dress up! Anything princess, and dress up is a double bonus! I scored half price costumes at work yesterday, and got both a Cinderella and a princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) dress for a total of 16 dollars! I figure I'll get her some other dress up accesories, and I want to buy or build a wooden chest for her to keep all of her dress up things in!

At least I have started in the Nathalie department.

William loves anything with wheels, parts, dirt, balls etc. He loves animals ALLL ANIMALS but especially ones that "roar", Dinosaurs, Lions, Tigers, Bears etc..... I saw this pirate doll and had to get it, a little more than I would normally spend on one doll, but its awesome and Manhattan toys makes great toys! In the animal department, have you seen these from Finn & Thatcher? I think I'm going to order one of each, I was going to skip the "bull" but considering that both William and Nathalie are Taurus' the bull may be a needed object in our household.

Ok so whats on the Christmas lists in your households? I need more ideas, but at least am moving in the right direction!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Nablopomo is back

and I'm in. nablopomo I think I can do it, it will be a definite challenge, but I pretty much made it happen last year, so why not try again this year. Nathalie seems to running a fever tonight, and may stay home from school if it is still present in the morning. I think she just had too much going on these past few days, between the halloween festivities, a soccer game Saturday morning, Willy Wonka play Saturday night, her poor little body is probably just tired! So we will see how she is in the morning.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Some Very Sad News!

All Full names are replaced with initials, to protect indivudal privacy

Yesterday morning I got Nathalie all ready for school, Snow White costume on, Pumpkin Cupcakes for class party in car and away we went! We arrived to her school, I signed her in, handded her "cupcakes" to her teacher, and her teacher said, "you need to go see Pat," (Pat is the Owner of Nathalie's school). I was concerned, I wondered if it was something Nathalie had done at school, or if maybe she was retireing. So to the office I went. As I was entering, another parent was leaving, and was sad, tearful. I entered and Mrs. M (Pat), looked sorrowful. I sat*down. She said I am really sorry to be the one to tell you this, but we lost Mrs. B*, (Mrs. B* was Nathalie's teacher all of last year, the first person we ever had entrusted our daughter to that was not a family member.) I was confused, wondering what could possibly cause this "loss", had she decided to move, was she asked to leave? The next sentence she had to share was extremely painful, "Mrs. B died yesterday?" I had seen, and spoken to her on Wednesday, when dropping Nathalie off at school.

Mrs. B was 30 years old, over the past few months her weight had melted away, many at the school assumed she was dieting. Apparantely, she called in sick on Thursday, and collapsed early in the day, her husband was unable to wake her, and called 911, she was ambulanced to the hospital, and died shortly after noon. She had been told by dr's not long ago that she may have delayed diabetes, they had scheduled an appointment to do further testing, but she died. The true cause of death is not yet known, and will be revealed after the autopsy is performed.

There are so many things I'd like to have been able to say to this amazing woman, who my daughter, husband and I respected, trusted and admired, things that I will not get the chance to say! The sadness that fills my heart is unexplainable. My daughter is sad, but said its okay because Mrs. B is in heaven with her grandma and grandma is a nice person so she and Mrs. B will be friends, that made my heart smile.