Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Five: Summer Time, The Beach and Soccer

Happy Friday everyone!  It is officially summer time for us!  Which I cannot believe!

5 Thoughts

1. School's out!! Yesterday was my kids' last day.  It was a very interesting week, with Alex getting sick and missing school on Monday, her first and only absence all year; and then Lucas missing two days including his last day of school.  It has definitely made the week feel very odd and funny.

2. Alex's soccer team competed in the finals of Spring Cup, they won the first game-- Alex even almost scored a goal, and then lost the second but ended up in second place.  We were so proud of the girls.

3. Eric is officially back to work with his new company and has been so happy all week.  It is good to see him happy in his work again.

4. I had a vacation beach shoot this week, it made me wish we lived a little closer to the beach, it would be fun to just go and walk the empty beaches in the morning.

5. Alex and I had a great girls night while the boys were at the Father's and Son's Campout.  She has been dying to go to the Cheesecake Factory and we finally made it there.

5 Pictures
girls night

spring cup soccer

first grade teacher

beach photo shoot
friend swim party

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Five: New Beginnings, Dine in theaters, Mothers Day

Happy Friday everyone!  My kids only have 4 days of school left!  I cannot believe it is almost our summer.  Sharing 5 thoughts and 5 pictures to recap the week.

5 Thoughts

1. This has been a very fun week.  Eric has been home all week as he is between jobs, starts at his new job on Monday.  We have been going out to eat, went to a movie, binge watching Nashville... it just really has been so much fun.

2.  He has been doing school drop off and pick up a bunch too, it definitely felt weird, but very nice, to not have that a part of my routine.

3. Though I will soon be getting a break from that anyway, as this upcoming Thursday is my kid's last day of school!  Cannot believe this year is almost over.

4. This week Eric and I did the dinner during the movie (though it was actually lunch), it was fun and I was impressed with the food, but it also was kind of distracting.  We got several appetizer type dishes to share and so it felt like I had to concentrate on that a bit.  While it was fun to try, I don't think it will become a regular thing for us.

5. Had a wonderful Mother's Day and fun day celebrating Ryder's birthday (which I still need to blog about).  Things are good right now.

5 Pictures

blowing out candles

mothers day

90's grunge

dodge charger


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Growing up I remember making little cards and little small things in school to bring my mom.  She loved them of course, but I distinctly remember as a teenager thinking, wow I used to give her cheesy lame things.

But then I became a mother.

Those little cards, those little things that tell how tall your child thinks you are, what things you like to do, those are precious, those are my favorite presents.
Mother and kids

This year, Alex filled out a questionnaire, my favorite was when she answered "What does your mom like to wear?" with - 'any outfit that will go with her cute shoes'.  She knows me well.

This year Mother's Day was a first in that I shared the day with Ryder for his 7th birthday.  First, let me say I cannot believe he is 7 years old, time truly goes too fast.  I will talk more about his birthday and share birthday pictures tomorrow.

For today, I want to focus on the three that made me a mother and how truly grateful I am to have the opportunity to be their mom. It is definitely not always easy, like when they fight over ridiculous things like waffles.  Sometimes I get way too caught up in my own things, but I love being their mom and I love that they forgive me and love me back.

My kids even put up with my request to recreate some old Mother's Day pictures again.
Mothers Day Then And Now 2017
And the dinner, oh the dinner was heavenly that Eric made for me, and I didn't have to do a thing! 
mothers day dinner

It was a wonderful Mother's Day and I truly am so grateful to be a mom. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shatter Book Review

Murder, mystery and a little bit of romance- Shatter by Nikki Trionfo has it all!  I recently was given a copy of Shatter to review.

The Book:
When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem Jefferson becomes convinced the death was no accident—it was a conspiracy. But no one else at her high school believes her, and all she has so far is one clue. She knows Carrie hired a gang member to protect orchard workers. Problem is, Salem doesn't know who.

To find out, Salem pursues the gang-bangers who rule her town, especially classmate Cordero. As her distrust of Cordero heats up, so do the number of suspects in Carrie's death. Teachers and school officers are orchard owners. They have every reason to stop farm workers from demanding higher wages. With Carrie's killers still out there, Salem's not sure who she can trust. Meanwhile, the people who live on orchards and the people who pick them are drawing lines in the sand.

The only way for Salem to learn the truth is to slip behind those enemy lines.

The only way to survive is to find a way back out.

My Review:
  The book pulled me in right from the start, but then it kind of lost me.  It was a bit confusing as it kept jumping back and forth between the present and past times, but as I got to know who the characters were, it got into a really great flow and I ended up loving the book.  Often books are very predictable, but this one has twists and turns that had me guessing until the end.  I love when a book can surprise me.  
   I liked the setting of the book, on fruit farms in California and the different aspects of life and different classes in life that the book brought into play.  It made you take pause to think and contemplate about what may be fair or just in life.  The book also helps you realize there is often much more to people than what is on the surface.  The characters and story felt unique and was a great murder mystery.  The book, though dealing with murder and death does so in a way free from graphic imagery or language.  

Find the Author:
  Twitter  @Nikkitrionfo

Buy the Book:
Amazon//Barnes and Noble//Books and Things


Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Five: Mystery Illness, Unemployment, School

Happy Friday everyone!  To all the mother's out there, I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day this weekend.

5 Thoughts

1.  Sunday morning we had to wake Ryder up again and he was exhausted and had a fever again.  It was so strange, he had been well all week.  This time the fever stuck around though.  Took him to the doctor and he had a lot of physical signs of strep throat (though he never once said his throat hurt), but tested negative for it.  Basically, they weren't sure what he has but seems to be getting better now.

2. We had a very big transition in our life this week.  My husband has worked for a company for 13 years but recently has decided a change was needed and will now be working for a different company.  It was a big decision but in the end it is what we felt was right for our family.  Wednesday was his last day and he has been home since, even has all of next week off before he begins his new job.  He is enjoying his much needed down time.

3. Since he has been home we have gone out to eat, cleaned out the garage and hung out with Ryder who has been home sick.  Next week we have plans of eating out for lunch, going to see several movies and just enjoy him truly having nothing to do in this time between jobs.

4. Not counting today, my kids have 9 days of school left! I cannot believe this school year is almost over.

5. My daughter's soccer team did awesome at Spring Cup and is advancing to the semi-finals.  I really hope they do well and love our team, things are good again.

5 Pictures
Six Flags Superman
Our Six Flags Date Night
bag of popcorn
Big bag of popcorn to celebrate a great soccer game
flower with rain drops

hail in SoCal
Crazy storm with hail covering our driveway
Jacks Urban grill
Eating the Alphabet lunch date