Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Ok, so not many people know about the FIRE I had in my house in March during spring break. I had just got home from picking a friends dog up that I was watching, but a pot of oil on the stove to heat up for the egg rolls she gave me. Well, I walked away for to long and FIRE! Thank god it was only me and three dogs in my house. I panicked, had my phone in my hand and ran out the garage(watching my friends dog run away down the street) screaming "HELP, SOMEONE HELP ME!" over and over.

Thankfully, there was a realtor showing the house across the street. He came running over asking if I had a fire extinguisher, I DID! In my time of panic, I forgot I had one. So by this time I was already on the phone with the dispatcher talking to her. She was asking me if I was outside across the street from my house as the realtor and I are entering to get the fire extinguisher. The dispatcher is yelling at me to stay outside, but the realtor got the fire out.

Now, still in panic the police arrive to shut the street down. She takes my statment and talk some more before the fire department arrives with the ladder truck and another truck. The firemen hop out and start doing their thing. Another police man comes up to me and tells me what I should expect to see when I go back into my house. Holes punched in the walls, water on the floor, and I don't remember what else. But not to worry, insurance will cover all this and my house will be back to itself again. I really did not care at this moment. I was so freaked out and thankful that I had no kids with me.

The fire chief came and talked to me and asked what I was cooking. I told him and he joked with me. He told me "You should leave the egg rolls to the people that know how to make them. Panda Express makes some good ones, I am gonna get you some for dinner." Sure enough he did, it was funny and very nice. I would have had nothing to eat for dinner otherwise.

So the firemen are done with my house, the fire chief and police workers walked me through my house and there was little damage at all. I was expecting these HUGE holes and there was nothing. They had removed my microwave and stove for me and put it in the garage. My house smelled AWFUL, but was livable.

Here are the photos from the FIRE.

So the day after the fire, the cleaning crew came in and CLEANED MY HOUSE TOP TO BOTTOM! My house had never been so clean! It was such a wonderful feeling. They cleaned the air ducts, the ceilings, walls, inside cabinets, closets, EVERYTHING! My house did not smell like smoke anymore and it was getting back to normal. The next month or so was hard. I had no Stove or microwave. I used my crock pot, griddle and my friend Nicole gave me a George Foreman to use. I was not missing my stove really at all or my microwave. Who needs those luxuries! Ha. I received my stove and microwave about the middle to last week in April. It was great having my stove/oven again. The microwave could not be installed yet, due to the old burnt cabinets still intact. They had to wait to put that up when the new cabinets were installed.

The second week in May my cabinets came in, then it was time for the rest to be done. New counter tops, paint and microwave could finally be installed. My house is back to normal and I love it. My kitchen looks so much better now. More modern! Not that I did not like my kitchen before, but what a huge difference a little adding/subtracting here and there changes everything. Enjoy the photos of the cleaning up and the finished kitchen!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Elle and the Alphabet

So for a long time now, I have been trying to get Elle to sing me the alphabet. I know they sing it at school and that she does know it. Well, last night she pulled the microphone out of the play room and just started singing it. I finally heard her sing it! YEAH. The best part is that I got her on camera singing it two times! Enjoy!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Karate Kid

Saturday night I took the kids to see 'Karate Kid' at the park with some of our friends. It was tons of fun and FREE! I'm all about FREE things to do with my kids. Sophia, Nicole, Jodi and Jodi all were there too with their kids and we had a blast.

Elle, Ivan and I had not seen the remake of 'Karate Kid.' Elle was glued to the movie the entire time, she has been into karate lately, doing moves and yelling "HI YAH!" She might take me down now that she knows some moves! Anyways, enjoy the photos.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Summer do

So, today I got an itch and shaved Ivan's hair! I had to take him though to Great Clips to get it touched up, my razor was older than I thought and it left him looking really funny. So he got his hair fixed and looks SUPER HANDSOME! Enjoy!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ride and Park

My kids love going for bike rides and so do I! They are definitely growing because the trailer is becoming harder to pull. Anyways, the night was perfect, windy and cool. I thought we were gonna get rained on riding home, but got lucky. Elle and Ivan are more interested in playing in the sand/stones than the actual playground, so enjoy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday night game

Elle had a game tonight and she was very excited to go. She really enjoys soccer now, even though she is scared to kick the ball in the game. She tells me "the ball will hurt my legs." I tell her that is what the shin guards are for. Anyways, she did get to kick the ball at the start of one of the quarters. I wish I had taken a photo of her face, she was so EXCITED! She was very proud of herself and I was happy to see it.

She had a great night for fans. She had 4 friends plus her brother there cheering her on. They were screaming pretty much in unison "GO ELLE!" the entire time she played. Super sweet of the kids. Here are some photos from tonight's game, enjoy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Everyday I find something that will make me happier than I was when I woke up. Whether its a song, a friend, a quote, laughing, seriously anything, I will find it. This morning was kind of rough, had a friend that was really bummed out, another friend come over to tell me news that made me cry, then the contractors came to rip out my cabinets with out me knowing. So the morning was rough, but I tried not to let it affect me.

After I cleaned out my cabinets to prepare them for demo, two friends and I went for pedicures. MUCH NEEDED ONES! Got home, Brody and I ate lunch, he is napping now and I got on the internet. I love reading Kandee's blogs and I don't do it often enough, but when I do, IT HELPS ME! She is just the most positive person, the type of person I see myself as. I can't always be that bubbly, positive person I want to be, but I sure try. Check out this video she has posted on her blog

kandee the make-up artist: Beauty in the Streets

Then I found this awesome quote..."Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true!"

Enjoy your TUESDAY, I AM!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Warrior Dash

Last Sunday, MAY DAY I competed in the Warrior Dash with my CrossFit YaYa Sisterhood of the traveling sweatpants. Haha, that is the name we have given ourselves. Anyways, we decided on wearing camo shirts and black bottoms. I found these cute tank tops and we decorated the backs.

We drove out to Florence, AZ about an hour away from our houses. The rode trip was fun in itself, lots of laughing, nail painting, singing and joking around with one another! That's how us sisters get down! Here are a couple photos from the dash.

***NOTE: These photos do not represent every sister in our group***

My brother also did the Warrior dash he was in a different heat but I caught up with him and we watched his finish! Here are a couple photos to enjoy!

Once Nicole gets photos up from the day, I will share them with you! We took two disposable cameras with us in plastic baggies. They survived, the mud and the photos are awesome! Till then, get the warrior out in you!
Yesterday I competed in Nitro, a weight lifting competition at East Valley Crossfit. I am totally new to this and had a lot of fun with it. I still have a lot to learn as far as technique goes, but it will get there. I hope!

Here are the results from the competition. I snatched 38kg, clean and jerked 55kg and deadlifted 102kg. All personal records for me. I am getting stronger! YEAH!

Look who is 4!!!!

Elle turned FOUR on the 26th of April. We had a nice little party of four; Brody, Ivan, Elle and I. We had cupcakes and she opened her presents. She was so excited to be four.

I can't wait to spend this year with her, her stories have gotten much more imaginative and I love listening to them. She has become a 'lil mom' too, bossing all the kids around. Its quite funny. I will share some photos of her acting like mom sometime soon. For now enjoy these birthday photos and a short video!

and we are back....

So, I am tired of our BLOG on Wordpress. It was fun while it lasted. My frustrations have been exhausted with that blog site. I was at my max for space on uploading photos to the main site and was forced to use a photo web site to upload and attach my photos.

How I have missed you Blogger! You give me more options, more CREATIVE OPTIONS! So glad to be back, love the new updates too!