Thursday, February 28, 2008
We found the horse in the next field back. He had found a pasture with a lot more green grass than we have so do you think he was happy to see us? Um, no....! By the way, the horse's name is Tucker. So what I am wondering is if the neighbors could hear us calling to him and if they really could understand we were saying "C'mere Tucker".... ;)
He had no intention of letting us catch him so Andy had to rope him. It was dark so Tucker didn't see him throw the rope over his neck, but when I heard that "whzzzzz" sound of the loop tightening and Tucker took off, I didn't expect a good result. Andy held on tight, though, and finally got him calmed down.
We got him back to our property and I think he is headed out to one of the hill ranches tomorrow....
B- Best Friends: Mary, Sara, Christina
C- Cake or Pie: either one (although not a fan of white cake or peach pie)
D- Day of choice: depends on what's going on
E- Essential item: computer w/ internet access
F- Favorite color: chocolate brown
G- Gummy bears or worms: either one
H- Hometown: Loleta, California
I- Indulgences: designer jeans, photography equipment
J- January or July: July
K- Kids: Abigail and J.T.
L- Life is not complete without: my family and friends
M - Marriage Date: October 24, 1998
N- Number of Siblings: 1 younger sister, Mary
O- Oranges or apples: apples
P- Phobias or fears: snakes, something happening to my family
Q- Quotes: "Everything happens for a reason."
R- Reason to smile: when my house is neat and in order
S- Season: early fall
T- Tag three friends: Julie in Arizona, Amanda in Alabama, and anyone else who wants to
U- Unknown fact about me: I have never done anything chemical to my hair.... what you see is natural!
V -Very favorite store: Hang-Ups, Bloomingdales
W- Worst habit: being judgemental (really trying to change that)
X-ray or Ultrasound: X-rays-- only dental ones, and a few of ultrasounds when I was pregnant
Y- Your favorite food: steak or sushi
Z- Zodiac: Pisces
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Good things about the trip:
1. our flights to Boise (pretty smooth and on time)
2. meeting new people from at least four different states
3. getting motivated to improve our business further
4. the espresso bar in the hotel lobby
5. the fun mexican dinner we had with 10 of our new friends
6. that we made it home safely
7. the kids had a great time while we were gone (thanks Grandma Pam and Grandpa Charlie!)
Not so good things about the trip:
1. our flights home (a little bumpy!)
2. the view from our room (a brick wall)
3. it seemed like all we did was eat (and most were heavy meals)
4. the fact that the bartender in the hotel's bar remembered our room number (yep, I think that meant it was time to go home!!)
It was a great trip.... but I am glad to be home!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Andy and I are going to Boise, Idaho soon for a ranch management conference. I am taking my little camera on that trip too. We will be in a hotel conference room the entire time so I don't know if I will get to take any pictures anyway. It just isn't worth lugging my big camera bag through three airports and two airplanes. I will let you know if I get any good shots with my little camera....
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Here's Mary and Jeff's first picture together on their front porch before we left for the wedding....
And of course my kiddos wanted to be in a picture with Uncle Jeff and Auntie Mary....
My cousin Tiffany Giacomini married Dennis Holmes in Oakdale on Saturday. The weather was perfect, the ceremony was very nice, and the bride looked beautiful. Abigail was very well behaved during the wedding (it was a Catholic Mass)... J.T., well not so much! Good thing he had his little tractors to play with during the ceremony.
Here's J.T. sitting at the table during the reception... doesn't he look guilty of something????
Abigail was so in awe of Tiffany... can you see her in the lower left corner of the picture looking on as Mary congratulates Tiffany?
Look at the cute wedding favors they had on the tables....
After the wedding we headed to Turlock to stay with Kristen and her family. All four kids got up early this morning to play and had a great time playing together. Here's Mika and Abigail in the princess dress up clothes.
From left to right: J.T., Kylie, Abigail and Mika.....
After we got home tonight, we asked the kids what their favorite part of the weekend was... both kids said playing with Kylie and Mika. I guess we will have to get together more often! Thanks to Kristen and Corey for letting us stay!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Abigail thoroughly enjoyed her cupcake....
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Thanks to Michelle for giving me the idea for the name. It actually fits quite well because we were supposed to go to Shasta last weekend (to Michelle and Brian's for Superbowl... we didn't go because of the bad weather) but we got a puppy instead!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Amy didn't want to look at me so I snuck one of her by herself....
This was as close as I got to getting them all to look at me.... and if you are wondering, we don't know who the little girl on the right is.... she played with the kids and wanted to be in the picture!
It started to get breezy so we left around 4:00...
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Do you see all that water in the fields? That is NOT normal! It rained a lot over the past week or two, and it's not draining out very fast. We don't normally feed hay to our cattle, but as you can see there's more water than grass visible.
I haven't been over to the ranch since Sunday but Andy said it's getting a little better... Thank goodness because Andy gets really grumpy when the ranch is like that!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Next February, I am going on a "Girlfriends" cruise with a bunch of ladies from Fortuna area. Last year was the first time they went (I didn't go) and they had 40-45 ladies from here that went. I am really excited! I have been running around getting my passport stuff together, visiting the travel agent, etc. We are going to Mexico for five days and I can't wait!
Last night Andy and I went to session #3 of the PIQE class that Abigail's school district is offering. Now you probably want to know what PIQE is... I hadn't ever heard of it before it started. It stands for Parent Institute for Quality Education. It is basically a class on how to help your kids do better in school and start preparing them for college now. I know it seems funny because we have 10 years until Abigail will start having to apply to colleges. The program stresses that you should start thinking about it and talking with your children now. The program is eight weeks long and it meets one evening a week. I think it's been great so far.
Well that's about it for the past few days...... I will check in later in the week.
Monday, February 4, 2008
This is what she did during most of the Superbowl....
So if you have any ideas for puppy names, leave a comment here or send me an email... Thanks!!
Friday, February 1, 2008
Here is a picture of Bob and my Grandma, probably about 10 years ago....
Here's a picture of all of us grandkids on the day of Grandma and Bob's wedding. I was 13 at the time.
We were Bob's only family since he didn't have a family of his own. We were very happy to have him join our family. And now we are all happy that he and my Grandma have been reunited.