Friday, December 5, 2008

Thanksgiving 08

This year we were lucky to be invited to my mom and Marty's, he is an awesome cook and it's always exciting to go to someone else's house! We left Wed. night and came home Sunday night. Mom and Me with almost the same hair color...a first!

Mom sets the table, Marty cooks I usually take a picture of him and the turkey but I forgot this year.

Monday, November 24, 2008

7 years down..........eternity to go

7 years ago on this day Steve and I were married. I never thought about getting married until I met this man. Even on our first date I felt like I had known him forever and the moment I saw him with my son I knew he was the one. He makes me want to be a better person, he believes in me and he loves me! He is so good to me even when I don't deserve it, I can be moody and hard to please.
The last time I went to the temple Steve's young adult bishop and his wife Mary were in the same session. After in the dressing room we got a chance to catch up and she said "your wedding is still my favorite wedding I've ever gone to" I laughed our wedding was a blast and it's the best I've been to too! she smiled "No seriously, you two were so in love, so happy, I didn't even know you but I could just feel it."
Maybe because I yelled "yes" very enthusiastically twice.
Anyways he annoys me a little more now but the love is still there and it gets stronger each year that goes by. He is my best friend. I am so blessed to have met the man perfect for me at a time in my life when I was smart enough to recognize it. Happy Anniversary Dadzz, I love you and can't wait to go away with you this weekend!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Happiest Place on Earth Again!

We finally got a picture with Mickey!

Ben really wanted to do the teacups...I don't think I've ever gone on them before..Jacob didn't want to ride with us, he went in his own teacup!

This picture is blurry...too bad I love Jesse! Since Ben and Lucas have watched "Toy Story" 5 times

Toy Story Mania is awesome!

They had all the Christmas decorations up.

For the 4th time this year I went to Disneyland...another great trip! Steve took the day off of work and Jacob took the day off from school.(shh)We do something new every time, we went on Nemo, Autotopia, Star Tours and took the little guys on Splash Mountain, which could have possibly ruined our day but Lucas loved it and Ben not so much. They take your picture on the drop you should've seen Ben's face...pure terror! He did not cry though he just told us he doesn't want to go on that ride ever again. They have the most amazing show instead of a parade on the water in New Orleans is amazing! Small World was still shut down! Oh well an excuse to go back sooner! Maybe after the holidays....maybe sooner...Who has passes? Wanna go? Mom this was the best present ever! I believe we got our Christmas Card photo'll have to wait and see!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Time for a change!

I'm so bored with my life I needed a change, What do you think? I love it! I always see these beautiful shades of brown and wonder if I could pull it off? I'm so lucky to have an awesome friend that does hair, thanks Mandy!I needed this!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy 1 year Anniversary Fenske Guys and Their Gal!

So it's been a whole year that I've been blogging and I look forward to many more! I love blogs! I enjoy reading them and having my own. I feel like I totally know what's going on in people's lives even though I hardly ever talk to them. I am super excited to make my blog into a book for my family and their posterity to look back on. Blog on People!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom and Baby Sara turns 1!

Too bad the party got rained out so we celebrated with a family dinner at our house!

I was so excited to make a strawberry shortcake cake. I was going to put fresh strawberries around it but they were rotting!I am a crappy auntie! I spelt Sara's name wrong on the cake! In my defense I have 2 friends named Sarah and they both spell it with an H! Good thing she can't read! Sorry Maryann!

My mom and my niece have the same b-day, Oct. 22. I always forget to buy my mom a card and actually write in it and get off in the mail by her birthday, that's what she gets for leaving me...j/k anyways I bought a little write and wipe board for the fridge to remind me to do things because I am very forgetful and get distracted easily so all week I kept saying I've got to get grandma Karen a card....(cute story alert)Ben comes to me in the kitchen and says"I got Grandma Karen's present....I hope she likes it!"he's holding a gift bag. I ask "what did you get her?" he opens up the bag and pulls out one of his toys. He proudly says "a rescue hero!"
I love this sweet, thoughtful, little boy!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Night

Ben decided to go as Batman trick or treating. Lucas who did not take his costume off from the day before except to go to bed was "Hulk Smash!"and Jacob was a toy slodier from the movie toy story, it was thrown together last minute. I wish he would've let me paint his hands but he didn't want to.

Preschool Halloween Party

Ben decided to be a pirate again for the 3rd year in a row, I love this costume and it has been well worth the $20 I spent on it. Lucas was not the Hulk but as he called himself "Hulk Smash"

Thanks to my awesome friend Tiffany I can now caption my pics! Yeah! This is our preschool class. Our party and costume parade was on Thurs. Everybody looked so adorable!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pinneo's Annual Halloween Party 10/24

Our friends Mandy and Charlie have a great party every Halloween. You have to wear a costume and no children allowed! This is the 3rd year and it keeps getting better and better every year. I was Hannah Montana, and if you don't have kids over the age of 5 that watch the Disney Channel you probably don't know who that is, Mom. It's Miley Cyrus'alter ego, she's a pop star. Steve was a fat sumo wrestler. Everyone votes for their favorite costume and the winners get prizes..good prizes! First place went to the Eggleston's a.k.a Sarah Palin, she looked just like her and John McCain. 2nd went to the Scooby Doo crew, and 3rd to the clothesline hanging between 2 trees.(I'm bummed I didn't get a pic of the Wright's)Charlie and Mandy were Ms.Hannigan and Daddy Warbucks from Annie. Good food, good friends, good times! Thanks Pinneo's!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

We had a preschool field trip to Underwood Farms again. This time we got to pick a pumpkin. It was so much bloody hot that day it kinda put a damper on things but the boys really enjoyed the corn maze, it was hard but we made it through. After the pumpkin patch the kids ate a snack and threw hay at each other while country music blarred out of the sound system. I love watching kids play. They don't have a care in the world, too bad we have to grow up!

More prop.8 madness

So the other day I was at a stop light and I hear someone yelling at me "Gay people deserve to be married too!" Obviously he opposes prop.8 and my bumper sticker annoyed him so much he thought it was o.k. to yell at me and my children, ya know the whole equal rights bit yada yada, it was a very long light anyways Jacob yells out the window "yes on 8" we all started chanting, it was fun.
Today Jacob came home from school and tells me "I told Jed to encourage his parents to vote yes on prop.8" He said "of coarse they are voting yes, if they don't some guy might ask me to marry him, gross!" Kids tell it like it is!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

B is for bikes, L is for Lucas, P is for praying mantis

We bought the boys bikes this summer and they love to ride them. I cone off the entrance to our alley and sit in my beach chair while they ride around and train for our future family bike rides, I'm the only one now who doesn't have a bike but I guess I could run along beside them...........Here's Lucas practicing his L's, he's mastered the we'll work on U.........This big praying mantis was on our gate yesterday, I thought it was pretty cool!

Monday, October 6, 2008

I love a parade!

On Sat. we walked with other families in support of prop. 8, a proposition on the upcoming election to keep marriage between a man and wife! For those of you that don't know the California Supreme Court, 4 San Francisco based judges, gave gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. Prop 8 restores traditional marriage, between man and wife, and is an ammendment to the state constitution which cannot be overturned again. In 2001 California voters said "No" to gay marriage, we are hoping for them to come out and vote the same!
This has nothing to do with gay or lesbian rights, this prop does not take away any rights or benefits from them. I am not homophobic, I love Ellen Degeneres and Portia DeRossi, I wish them all the best and I would never discriminate against anyone who was gay. I'm just protecting something that I believe is ordained by God and it is sacred.
Without prop 8 our children will be taught in public schools as early as kindergarten that there is no difference between gay marriage and traditional marriage. I do not agree and that is my religious freedom to feel that way.
I'm so tired of the line between tolerance and acceptance getting blurred. Yes I tolerate it but no I do not have to accept it as right! Anyways we have been out knocking doors to inform/educate voters about and rally support for prop.8 and this past Sat. we walked in the Moorpark Country Days Parade. There were 350 of us families, we passed out fliers and candy, we all had on matching tshirts and balloons and we sure made a statement! Unfortunatly it rained but that didn't damper our spirits or the crowds.I was so proud to walk with my family and support this righteous cause!
Please vote this election and if you live in the state of California please vote Yes on Prop 8!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Disneyland again!

The gift that keeps on giving.....We upgraded the tickets my mom and Marty bought us for Christmas to an annual pass! So far we've gone with the family, just Steve and I, and this time just me and the little boys. We called Grandma Karen to see if she wanted to meet us there and she did! I'm so glad she came, it was like old times. We used to go everywhere together up until she moved away! Anyways it worked out perfect we pulled up in the parking garage about the same time. We had a great day. Our longest wait time was like 15 minutes for Toy Story Mania which is brand new. It was incredibly hot in the day but it turned into a perfect night! The boys were so good! It really was a perfect day! The only disappointment was the playhouse Disney Live show at California Adventure was cancelled for the day and the boys were really bummed. Lucas said "that stinks!" and "It's a Small World" ride is still closed until Nov. I love Disneyland, it is so magical. I still get excited even now after 3 trips. We are going again, the whole family for Halloween. I'm so excited to see the characters costumes! Thanks again Mom for joining me, it would have been kinda lonely without another adult to talk to and I know the boys loved seeing you again so soon! I love the picture of you and Lucas with the icecreams. Another shout out to Nicole and Kate for helping me out with Jacob!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

First day wearing clothes all day/Rough start to the season

Jacob's soccer team this year are "the Spitfires" and we have yet to burn anyone. We tied our first game 0-0, it was a good game and last week we were gone but the team lost 6-1 and today we lost 4-0. Yikes! We just need to get organized.
You might have noticed most of the pictures of Lucas indoors he is wearing nothing but a diaper. He loves to be "nakey". Everytime we walk in the door he strips down. I thought maybe when he started wearing underwear he would leave his clothes on, being a big boy and all, nope he just kicks it in his underwear all day...I know I know total white trash! Unless we have friends coming over then I make him put clothes on because "nobody wants to see you in your underwear",you've been forewarned if you stop by unannounced. Can you believe he actually wore clothes all day yesterday! We will see if this is the start of a trend?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Good Bye Summer Campout

Steve wanted to go camping one last time before it starts to get too cold. We had had a perfect Labor Day weekend and I think Steve was trying to recapture that. Labor Day weekend we went to the beach Sat. and Mon. the latter was the most perfect beach day all summer. Steve's dream came true those days, the water was warm and all 3 boys went out on his long board with him, Jacob even stood up and surfed the white wash like 5 times. The water was so warm that I even went out and surfed, I got up twice but after getting worked just to get out there I was done! Our friends The Murrays joined us on Mon. and Becky and I boogie boarded with not much success, it's not as easy as it looks!
Unfortunatly the weather and water were not so warm for our little camping/surf trip at Carpenteria State Beach. It was down right cold! Good thing we brought jeans and sweaters. The sun did peak out on Sat. right after we left the beach and cleaned up! Oh well we had fun and bonded as a family.
Some funny things happened Fri. night....We were sitting around the camp fire that took Steve 2 hours to get going and it never really got to be the towering inferno that he promised,I guess that was my fault, I got the wrong wood! I didn't know there was a difference between hard or soft..oops. It was hillarious he was all pyscho sweaty trying to get the thing going! So we are sitting around our tiny ember fire with just enough heat to make smores when all of a sudden Lucas, Steve, and I get pooped on! Gross! What are the odds you get pooped on twice in one night? Pretty good if your sitting under a bird's nest, yes it happened again soon after. Lucas was freaking out crying for like 2 hours he kept saying "I wanna go home!" After singing and stories we hit the tent for some sleeping bag Uno. I dominated. Poor Steve is such a light sleeper as it is, he didn't get any sleep thanks to the racoons that raided our food we left out! I was too lazy to get up and take a picture of them. The next morning I made egg Nikmuffins, that were delicious! Steve took the boys on an adventure and I went for a long run.
Grandma and Grandpa Fenske came up and visited us. We played cards and went to Fosters Freeze. Then we packed up, had one more camp fire(Steve had to redeem himself and this time it was a towering inferno!)the boys got to be little pyros just like their daddy! Then we headed home to our nice cozy beds.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Free Jamba's and Gentle Ben

A gal from one of my classes gave me a Jamba juice gift card and told me to go take my boys for a smoothie! Very sweet. Yesterday we dropped Jacob off at soccer practice and went to the gym for my 6:30 class. We were super early and Jamba juice is right next door so I said "Let's get a smoothie". We never get stuff like that so the boys were super excited, it was fun to sit at the table and hang out with them. After I ordered the cashier told me their machine wasn't working so it would be free! Yay! Then the other worker said "Oh do you mind if it's a large?" Ofcoarse not, so I got extra cups and brought the girls in the kids club some. Well Jacob freaked out and was bitter because he didn't get one, can you say spoiled? Anyways today I had the great idea to make smoothies at home and Ben said "Mom, don't forget to make Jacob one so he won't be sad again." Even though he is inappropriate alot he is the sweetest, kindest, thoughtful, loving little boy. He always hugs me and tells me "I love you all the time" every day. He is always trying to make his brothers happy.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Done with Diapers!

Can you believe it, after 4 1/2 years straight, I'm done with diaper duty! It's been 4 days now that Lucas has been wearing underwear and only 1 accident last night in bed. He didn't even wake up. Oh I take it back he did start to poop in his underwear today but finished in the toilet. He's been ready for awhile,pooping was the hold up and I wasn't ready to commit, but after Monday night I had no more excuses. We had dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Fenske's, we had been at the beach all day and I forgot to bring a diaper. Not a big deal he'll tell me if he has to go pee if he's not wearing a diaper. He tells me "mom I gotta go poo!" I said "o.k. you have to go on the potty! Cuz I don't have a diaper" and he did it!
There's something special about G&G Fenske's toilet.The same thing happened with Jacob when Steve and I were dating. He was potty trained but would only poop in a pull-up. He would specifically ask me to put a pull-up on him so he could go poop! We were there having dinner and he told me "Mom, I need a pull-up" and I didn't have one so I said the same thing "I don't have one , you'll have to use the toilet" and he did and since that point on no more pull-ups! I guess if you are having a hard time potty training, specifically pooping, bring your boy over to the Fenske's magic toilet!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Discovery Center in Santa Ana

On Sat. we met mom and Marty half way to pick up the boys. We went to the Science Museum, the big black cube off the side of the 5 freeway a few miles past Disneyland. When I walked in and saw the boys they ran to me and smoothered me with hugs and kisses, that was the best part. The museum was really cool and we had a good time. Jacob really enjoyed everything, there was lots of hands on stuff. Ben liked the Bob the builder exhibit and Lucas liked the fossil puzzle in the dino exhibit. They had a "grossality" exhibit. It was all about feces(poop) one of my kids favorite words, bugs and other yucky stuff. After we had lunch at the huge mall there and walked around.