Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tyler has been feeling like an outsider on his baseball team lately. He is not as experienced as some of the other players or as skilled but he has improved so much already. He didn't want to go to the game yesterday but we had a little pep talk. I said I felt it was time for a basehit (I could feel it) but of course Mr. Pessimistic was skeptical. The other team was tough and both pitchers were doing well. Neither team got a hit in the 1st couple of innings. The batters went down 1,2,3. Each pitcher is only able to pitch 2 innings or 50 pitches total so during the game there are about 4 pitchers that take turns. The other team changed pitchers and that's when it all changed for the A's. We started getting hits and scored a couple of runs. Then Tyler goes to bat and crack, he hit a sweet basehit down the 3rd baseline which gave him enough time to get on base (he runs sloooowwww) and get a RBI to make the score 3-0. He was pretty stoked and I'm sure that boosted his confidence a lot and made him feel like part of the team. So that was game 5 and 15 more to go. Now Tyler can work on his goal of getting a runner out and catching a fly ball next. :)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
That reminds me to not tell her about my girl trip in May...but she wouldn't try to go with us (I think). She-ra is cool in reasonable doses but she needs to spend time with her hubby.
Oh, remember all that yummy yarn I got yesterday? Well I got my rebate card from ATT so guess what I'm buying....yes, more darn yarn. Honestly, I need to stop and actually knit the yarn I buy or I'll be lumped into the crazy yarn lady category. It was hard for me to decide what to get but I bought some more sock yarn and some hot pink yarn (10 skeins) to make a vest or a couple of baby sweaters. Okay, no more yarn for me.... no more yarn. Oh, wait I think Mammoth has a yarn store....no more yarn.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Meanwhile, Hector and Tyler are racing on the go-kart avoiding the pile-ups and crashes.
I finished a boho beret and it is so cute! I'm already making another one that might be a gift (to myself). It was super easy and this hat is comfy and flattering. It fits my big melonhead and doesn't give me hat hair. Double yay! Speaking of yarn, I received my sock yarn today and they are better than I imagined. I am in love with all of them so far. I can't remember how I found the site but it's http://www.littleknits.com/ which had some really pretty yarn on sale too. I can hardly wait to get started on these but I must finish some other projects before I get ahead of myself.
Aren't these fun? I want to start thinking of future sock pattern for them but must hold back. Major willpower for me. Oh and on the receipt was a very touch from the owner who wrote down a quick thank you note to me. It's nice of her to take the time to say thanks and enjoy the yarn...it goes a long way in this day and age which will make me browse her site again.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I also saw Little Children with Kate Winslet. She is a married stay at home mom who has an affair with a stay at home dad. There are other characters that are intertwined (in the neighborhood) who are very normal. These could be people in any neighborhood which made this movie interesting. I was pulled into these lives and wondering how this was all going to end. In the end I thought the movie was realistic and well made.
I still have Grindhouse to watch but I'm waiting for the day when Kat comes over so we can watch it together. We both loved the Kill Bill series so we are eager to see Quentin Tarantino's portion along with Richard Rodriquez.
Time to put the kids to bed soon then I can watch the Kings game on TV.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Don't get me wrong...we're still friends but not friends who vacation together. Or more specifically under the same roof. So yesterday, Hector talks about Mammoth to He-man who approaches the subject this way.
"So, do you think it's cool if we went to Mammoth too if we got our own place?"
Hector says sure..it's not like we own the exclusive rights to the town! But I understand that He-man and the rest of us vividly remember last year so he wanted to be sure that he wasn't stepping on any toes.
Then this afternoon She-ra asks me what dates we'll up at Mammoth because now her hubby says can get their own condo at the same time! And honestly, we're okay with that but it is very funny that they asked us if it was okay like they needed our permission. Mammoth Lakes is a big resort/mountain so the likelihood of us running into each other is small. Unless we plan to meet. I think that was another problem last year because we had to be on a tighter schedule with the kids' ski programs etc and having to coordinate 2 families to be ready and on time was a major project. We can manage this because Hector & I communicate on what needs to be done and help each other out. Not having 2 families under the same roof frees us to deal with our own family and avoid stress. We can spend time together as a family and also with friends. So we welcome this new vacation situation and I think all of us will be happy.
- I still have my cold although it seems to be on the verge of ending. Not so much coughing but I'm going through the tissues like crazy.
- Hector was home yesterday and decided to hang out with He-man for the afternoon at the yard. Sounded boring to me to watch someone weld etc but I sent him off with my blessing. He came back home and I asked how it was ....boring he said. All he did was sit around.
- We had Josh's annual IEP at school and Josh is doing well. We're continuing with some new goals and working on some current ones. We all were happy that Josh is yapping up a storm although now we sometimes wished he would zip it. :) We are gearing up for kindergarten in the fall so that is exciting news.
- I booked our spring break trip. We will be heading to Mammoth for 4-5 days. Josh will start ski lessons for the very first time! I asked him if he wanted to learn to ski and he said no! Why? Because he was scared for hitting a tree. Oh, that was something I wasn't expecting as an answer. Well I explained that he should give it a try and see how he likes it first and that there are no trees near his class.
- Our second portion of the trip will be to San Diego for 3 days where we will go to Legoland and Sea World. The kids always enjoy these places and staying in a hotel.
- Last night Kat and I went to the Kings game where the Kings lost 2-1. Oh well, the season is almost over so hopefully they can get their team especially a goalie working well together for next season.
That about covers it for now...another baseball game today. Gotta go and get Josh some lunch.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Speaking of sleeping, Joshua has been getting anxious before going to bed. We noticed he started crying before bed and wouldn't calm down. We'd put him to sleep in our bed and later transfer him to his own bed but early in the morning when Hector gets up, Josh would be crying again. This happened for 2 nights so I had to tackle the issue. It took some time to ask the right questions and even though Josh can't fully explain the problem I could tell by his anxiety with certain questions or words that he was scared. It could either be bad dreams or a fear of the dark/monsters. We can't keep him in our bed like he wants because it'll never solve the solution. Finally we were able to find a balance where I'd lay down next to him in bed while their night light was on and kept on through the night. So far we are at night 3 with this system; Josh still gets upset before bed but the protests are getting shorter and shorter when we explain that he has been having good nights. He hasn't woken us up crying and wakes up in a good mood.
We have another baseball game this afternoon so we'll see how it goes. Tyler and Hector went to the batting cages last night and had a really good time. Hopefully this will encourage Tyler to be more active during the games.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I am making some progress on my cotton socks and the self striping yarn is pretty cool. Hector thinks it is funny how the stripes come out. At first I was skeptical about the pattern but it started coming together with the scalloped edges appearing so I'm continuing on with it. So far the sock knitting is appealing to me more and more. It is so easy to transport around especially in my big purse and this pattern is easy for me to memorize so I just keep on knitting. Aren't the colors pretty? It really puts me in the mood for spring/summer and the cotton is adding to it.
Somehow I misplaced my other pair of socks I was working on so this current pair is getting all of my attention for now. That other pair also has a pattern that I have to constantly keep track of so I'm a lot slower with it.
I'm currently trying to get a girls only vacation happening with my cousin so we've been batting around dates to coordinate our schedules. Our destination is Playa del Carmen so keep your fingers crossed. I should have these socks done by then....yay.
Here he is looking like he is paying close attention but most of the time he is doing this....
Friday, March 07, 2008
Hector made a mistake in booking Carlos' flight (booked for Thursday instead of Friday) so it's all taken care of now and Carlos will arriving later this afternoon.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
So K spent the night, met up with his sister in Malibu today then came back to go to the Kings game with Hector. On Friday morning, Carlos arrives to hang out, go to them hockey game with me on Saturday and eat (specifically rib roast). Tyler has his very first Little League game Saturday afternoon where Hector will take the kids while we are out. I'm kinda bummed that I'll miss his first game but believe me, there are plenty more to follow.
Sunday will be family day...my aunt's family originally wanted to get together around Chinese New Year but being lame and busy we postponed it to Sunday. We are going to make dumplings which are the perfect food. Self contained, tasty and bitesized I'm ready to eat until I'm stuffed! Even K was excited when he heard that was on the menu. Too bad he is leaving Saturday or who knows, maybe he'll try to extend his stay.
It's gonna be a fun and busy weekend. Tomorrow I'll head over to Costco to find the holy grail of rib roasts and find an extra special something for me. Hector handed over our Costco/American Express rebate to me so I want to get a cool item...I'll let you know what I find!
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
The picture shows the beginnings of the cuff and I have made more progress on these. I'll have to take another picture to show the leg portion. The pattern is from Sensational Socks by Charlene Schurch and it's made sock knitting understandable and I can apply it to multiple yarns, gauge and sock size. I pick the pattern I want and go from there.
The socks I'm knitting with the Ditto yarn is a straightforward stockinette sock to show off the stripes (if I ever progress to the leg) and I'll try to get a picture of those too.