Sunday, November 23, 2008

2 big ones!

Firstly, the best news is that I finished my radiation on Friday! Yipee!!

I am pretty burnt and blistery from it but atleast it is over.

I start my Herceptin on Dec. 5. That will be a breeze compared to everything else. I am kind of actually looking forward to going in and getting it. I can catch up on a lot of reading with out kids.

Secondly? We took our kids to Disneyland a week ago and it was fantastic. Aside of the smoke and ashes pour on us and sticking to our hair, eyeballs and clothes, it was great! There were no lines and the weather was perrrrfect.

The only bad thing is that all the roads we normally take to drive in on, were closed due to the fires.

Josh was a fraction too short to go on most of the rides. Solution? 1. Go to Wal Mart and buy Spiderman shoes. 2. Buy Dr. Scholls inserts. 3. Cut up diaper and fold. 4. Stick diaper under Dr. Scholl. Viola. Your child is instantly 2 inches taller. It worked! We were able to get him on all the rides labeled 40". It was a really great vacation.
This is Drue when she realized that it was our last night there. Heartbroken.

My mom, sister, sister-in-law, and myself have started a business. I am now going to abuse this wonderful blog for a bit of advertising on our behalf. Our business is called PaddiCakes. We sell a lot of boutique kind of stuff. So far it has just been a lot of fun. We have a website but please be informed that not all of our inventory is up there yet. That is soon to be coming. Check it out anyway. I would love to hear some feedback on the site. I am the one that handles most of that and would like to know if anyone out there can offer up some criticism?!

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. I have sooooo much to be grateful for. I don't even know where to begin.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Halloween....this time for real.

Okay, okay. So I finally got around to posting my kids adorable homemade costumes this year.

Coming in at first is Drue and her choice of a fairy princess. The wings are homemade (compliments of my sister-in-law, Kristi, who gave me the idea).

I painted her face. I have to say, I thought it looked pretty awesome. The tu-tu is from when she was 3 and the leotard is her gymnastics wear.

Next is Little Josh.
He is sporting a home dyed tiger costume. The stripes are from a giant Sharpie. The tail from died pantyhose as well as the ears. I also painted his face. It is amazing that when they are all dressed up how they actually take on the role.

Last but not least is Ethan. He was modeling two costumes this year. The first is a more modest fit of a lion. My mom made this one 8 years ago for my nephew.
The second is an idea I got from the internet. It is a homemade Chippendale costume. I think I like the second one the most.

Our Halloween was full of fun and excitement and lots and lots of sugar. As I am sure everyone else's was too. Ohyeah. And I permanently died my hair red.

The last picure I just had to add. Drue decided to put Ethan in the hammock chair. Yea. Don't worry. We already lectured her NEVER to do that again.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Award Tag

I was tagged. I have never been tagged before.
I am suppose to answer the following questions with ONE WORD answers and then pass it on to 7 more people. However, after my last post I am not sure I still have 7 friends to pass it on too. :) I will pass it on to as many bloggers as I know though.

1. Where is your cell phone? dunno
2. Where is your significant other? work
3. Your hair color? bright red (two words....sue me)
4. Your mother? home
5. Your father? Heaven
6. Your favorite thing? kidsandhusband (all one word)
7. Your dream last night? gone
8. Your dream/goal? debt free
9. The room your in? family
10. Your hobby? eating
11. Your fear? child death
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Number 8
13. Where were you last night? working
14. What you're not? crafty
15. One of your wish list items? freedom
16. Where you grew up? everywhere
17. The last thing you did? ate
18. What you are wearing? sweats
19. Your T.V.? sesame street
20. Your pet? dog/fish
21. Your computer? overworked
22. Your mood? tired
23. Missing someone? nope
24. Your car? Do I have to?
25. Something your not weaing? hair
26. Favorite store? D.I.
27. Your summer? doctors
28. Love someone? everyone
29. Your favorite color? I don't discriminate :)
30. Last time you laughed? yesterday
31. Last time you cried? why?

(I cheated a little bit......c'mon, what's life without breaking the rules?)

Okay, so I choose to tag.......







Christin (sorry, I know you just did one. I won't hold you accountable)

and anyone else that reads my blog (a test of loyalty).

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I am taking a risk....


This post is not intended to offend. It is merely to express my views and add a couple of cents to this crazy world that we live in. I was journaling today and wrote down my feelings. I am taking a risk by allowing my private thoughts to be posted on the world wide web. If you agree or disagree with my points of view, I will still accept you all the same.

I don’t normally let my opinions get vocally involved in debates of political natures. I was in Speech and Debate when I was in high school and loved it. I actually did fairly well at it. However, in my political past, I have found that it doesn’t matter what my opinion is, it will always cause contention. Whether agreed with or not. I have since discovered that if I choose to keep my friends, I will not debate on political matters. I love my friends and family and no political debate is worth losing their companionship in my life over political garb.
On that note, I will say this:
Today is election day. Today there was something I saw from a person I am acquainted with through Facebook . They stated, “that if you plan on voting yes on 8, you're probably not someone he/she would enjoy on her friends list anyway. Sorry to discriminate…” Wow. This hits it home for me. I will speak up about this. For those of you who don’t know, proposition 8 has to do with not allowing same sex marriages in the state of California. The word “discriminate” was brought up. . If you don’t agree with certain points of view, that makes you bad in someone’s eyes who has different points of view. This is what makes our great nation. I guess the thing that bothers me the most is how people discriminate through stereotypes.
I have my opinions. My opinions entitle me to think and act in ways that I see fit. I go and vote. This does not mean that others like me vote the same. Allow me to give a few examples. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Not all members of my faith vote the same as me. I am a Breast Cancer victim, not all breast cancer victims share the same opinion and vote the same. I am an owner of a 2002 Pontiac Montana mini-van. Does that mean that all registered owners and drivers of the same vehicle all have to vote for the same candidate? Do you see where I am going with this?
So, with all this, I am irritated at the comment of my face book acquaintance. I don’t condemn his/her opinion. I don’t condemn him/her as a person. I am just bothered that this person declares him/herself as a liberal democrat. There are challenges from the democratic party to be more open minded as a human race and to accept change. Yet, with this single comment, the opposite example is shown.
With my facebook "friend," I respect his/her opinion to vote against prop 8. I don't however, condone banning my friends for choosing an alternate vote. I have many many friends with different backgrounds, race, faiths, and political views. I accept them as they are. There in lies is the beauty of this nation. We can do that. That is what our Founding Fathers wanted. So, why is that people want to cause riots and contention for not believing what they believe? Or why do they cut you off completely from friendship for voting a certain way?And so, with the election today, however it turns out, I will choose to still accept and love those that I love. I will embrace the future, whatever it holds, good and bad. I only hope and pray that everyone will do the same.
On a sad note, my nephew Tyler, almost 3 years old, was diagnosed with Leukemia last weekend. I have said all along that I am glad I have been the one to go through all this. It would be hard to watch one of my children suffer. Now, unfortunately, Josh’s brother and wife have that pain to carry. I know they will be strong. We will wait to hear his update and keep him in our prayers as I know everyone did for me. I also know that prayer is a lot of what got me through this. Thank you to everyone. I will continue to love and thank you.