Sunday, September 30, 2007

"I'm not 5 Birthday Party "

Our friend Josh had a great "I'm not turning 5 birthday party" today at our local pumpkin patch ! I know it looks like I'm forcing him to be in the "self portrait" shot but he wanted to do it !! I love fall much fun to have at your local "WORLDS LARGEST CORN MAZE" pumpkin patch ! The weather was beautiful and the friends to chat with even better!

Happy "I'm still 4" Birthday Josh-E-Wally !!

Happy Birthday Bob !

Rob's dad had a birthday on Saturday. We had Rob's family over for a delicious BBQ. The wind died down and made for a wonderful evening in the backyard !

Here's the star of the show and 3 out of 4 of his kiddos !!

Happ Birthday Bob !

new babies are sweet !

A few Saturday's ago we went to the Bay Area and had dinner with Chris and Laura and their new baby Cara. She's very sweet and very cute and I got some cuddle time in !

She was trying to tell me something and stuck her tongue out to me!!
Hey baby girl I was just trying to get a few photos of you !!!!

Chris and Laura have a very comfortable home and we had a great dinner and it was nice catching up after so long !! Thanks for your hospitality and next time come to our place!!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Support the Rabid !

Come on People!! How cute are Pam and Jim together ? Last night's show's were AWESOME and had some hilarious scenes in them!!!! We are so happy to have this show back on!!!

Go to NBC.COM and check out lots of fun stuff about the Office, behind the scenes and screen savers for your work computer!! :-)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

when I grow up

I want to be a photographer. I get my love of taking pictures from my mom. When I was little she always had her camera with her and took photos. Lots of them. Of course being the consumate willing model I never got sick of it but people around me did. LOL....Sometimes taking the time to smile and pose can be a pain....but the fun that you have looking at the photos is always cool. Most of the time when I think back on memories I see things in slideshows with music. I know it sounds weird but I put alot of life's memories into little storiers with music. Strange but it's true.

Here are some blogs that have been inspiring me lately:

Jessican Claire Photography Blog

Tara Whitney Photography with a fresh perspective

beckers blog

Scarlett Lillian

If you have time check them out. Get into the monthly archives and watch some of the slideshows. Really amazing stuff. I think that Jessica and Becker are good friends so you
will see them on each others blog.

Leave a comment if you like checking these out. I have several more really cool ones that I can post!!!

Have fun!!!!


I got this from a friend at work and it reminds me that I can do a little better each day for myself, my family and friends around me...... get inspired !

If you open it, close it.
If you turn it on, turn it off.
If you unlock it, lock it up.
If you break it, admit it.
If you can't fix it, call in someone who can.
If you borrow it, return it.
If you value it, take care of it.
If you make a mess clean it up.
If you move it, put it back.
If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, get permission.
If you don't know how to operate it, leave it alone.
If it's none of your business, don't ask questions.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
If it will brighten someone's day, say it.
If it will tarnish someone's reputation, keep it to yourself.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Living in 2007


*1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave. *

*2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.** *

*3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3. *

*4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you. *

*5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that
they don't have e-mail addresses. *

*6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if
anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries. *

*7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the

*8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the
first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you
turn around to go and get it. *

*10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your **

*11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )** *

*12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing. *

*13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this
message. *

*14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.** *

*15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this
list** *

Monday, September 24, 2007

a good life

our 12 year old max went to doggie heaven today. he's been getting these lumps in his throat, growing and affecting his breathing and stuff. the vet called this morning and told us what we already had a feeling about. he had cancer. poor guy....even at the age of 12 he thought he was a puppy. he would burp, fart and drool on just about anyone who came over. he was a real piece of work ! he didn't really listen to great and had a mind of his own. he learned to "tolerate" chloe the cat and if he had his druthers would of eaten her for a mid-afternoon snack.

rob got max at the pound in antioch. from the moment he came home he's been a feisty puppy. he's never once made a agressive move to the kids and would tolerate lexi painting him with water and paint brushes when she was a toddler. he protected the yard from cats and loved when the squirrels came down to "play" . max was wolfie's first dog and a boy never forgets his first dog.

he was a good dog all in all and we will miss him. he's with king the cat and hopefully he's made a friend out of her and not a midnight snack!! we love you max ! you will always be our boy !

max and the kids last week

i think i feel worse for lucy. she's only ever known having max around.........

sunday evening

i took the kids out for a photo session sunday evening. i wanted to go downtown and use the cool brick walls and some other stuff i found....but the kids wanted to head out to the ranch. we had fun and wolfie even got in a little driving lesson. check it out

photoshop elements

lexi took a bath and the pink from her hairsprayed hair got in the bath water. I thought this was a cool shot and I just keep tweeking it in Elements.....

Saturday, September 22, 2007

jordan at college

1. So how’s the food in the cafeteria ? What’s your favorite thing to eat there ?

its good, better than high school. that stuff made me want to puke. ive mostly eaten salads but i eat whatever looks good to me.

2. So is Humboldt really known for it’s hills and stairs ? Why and is that really true ?

i want to chop my legs off sometimes, if that doesn't tell ya somethin i dont know what will.

3. What’s the weather been like and are you still wearing flip flops ?

its been really sunny latey and really nice. mostly in the 60s and it was 71 one time i think.

4. What do you miss most about your home ?

my mom and my baby(Lexi)

5. What’s the best thing about going away to college ?

i dont have to see all the losers that i hate from high school, some of them could be
dead for i care

EDITED TO ADD BY STEPH: This is the Jordan we know and love. So full of sugary sweetness and love for all living human beings and creatures around her...NOT!!!! :-) Hey at least she's honest!

6. What’s the worst thing you hate about going away to college ?

i cant see my family :,(

7. Looking back on high school......what’s the one thing you loved about high school ?


8. Are the dorms crazy or pretty mellow ?

my dorm has quiet hours but just cause we have them doesnt mean ppl are going to follow them, but i do fall asleep some how.

9. Did you leave anything at home that you wish you would of brought to college ? i cant remember ...... lol

10. What’s your hardest class and why is it hard ?

um...i dont think any of them are hard, a bit stressful but not hard. though i have a lot of writing in english which i hate doing cause the pieces have to be 500 words or more....grrr...

You can drop Jordan a line at Also please try and not worry about her English and writing (Capitalization, spelling and such) because as many of you know there is a difference between texting writing and school least I hope there is for Jordan!!! LOL Have fun up there Jordan!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Happy 5th Birthday Josh !

Our buddy, and new neighbor, turned 5 today ! He does not want to turn 5 today and wants to stay 4 forever. Hopefully Trina will get a great movie of him talking about this and post it on her blog. It's really sad and funny all at the same time!!! So Josh you can't turn back time my friend so enjoy the year of being 5 ! I wish I was 5 again !! Well maybe 25 !

Have a great day and we can't wait to see you soon!!!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

sometimes you just got to.......

a prayer please

Our friend Jun went in for a kidney transplant today. It's been a long year for Jun and Julie. Please pray for them.......His sister donated one of her kidneys.

just heard from Julie....Jun is going well and his sister Dorothy who donated the kidney is already in recovery. Please keep praying for an easy recovery and healing for Jun and his sister.

Justice for Girls

Lexi went to Anna Grace's birthday party this weekend!! Happy Birthday Anna Grace!! Hope you had a great birthday weekend!!!! Thanks for inviting Lexi to the party! She had so much fun !!! I'm sure that Vicki will post some great photos of the party on her Wooly Bully Blog !

They did her hair all fancy at Justice! I loved it!!! It looked so cute and all fancy!!!!!!

My little girl is growing up !!!

We were in Sac and I was taking a pic of them....she decided to point to her hair!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Happy 16th Tay !

Taylor's birthday was today. It's his Golden Birthday ! He's turning 16 on the 16th!!! We met them at the Spaghetti Factory for one of his fav meals!!! Taylors a great kid and my kids just adore him!! He's a junior in high school and we have two more years before he heads away to college ! He's getting ready to drive, runs cross country, is in the jazz band at school and is just a great all around kid. He's actually got a GREAT sense of humor and can really make people laugh!!!

Love you Tay-Tay !!! Have a great 16th year!

Check out my Flickr photos later this evening for more birthday fun!

Saturday, September 15, 2007


good morning bloggers !

It's 6:15 AM, YES you heard me right, in the MORNING and I"m getting ready to head to work. Everyone has to take one for the team and work one weekend a month. So this is my weekend. The good thing is I get of work around 3pm....that's not to bad!

I need to admit something to you my blogging friends......I hope your sitting down right now. Well where else would you be ? A cool Internet bar ? All bellied up to the bar with your laptop and favorite coffee drink ? Well maybe you are......if you are sit down.....I DID NOT get on the computer last night ! Didn't check blogs, Flickr or even my e-mail. By the time I got home from work, did laundry, watched Rob eat dinner, made Rob run errands with me, got home and folded the laundry I was ready to sit down and watch a little TV. Oh yeah and read my new Garnet Hill and Sephora catalogs. Oh yeah and watch iCarly with Lexi. Is this a spin off show ? Where did Drake and Josh go ? I'm so confused!

So your job for today, my favorite blogging readers, is to leave a comment about your favorite TV shows and what upcoming fall shows you are looking forward to watching!

So come on...leave a comment for the Gipper!

P.S. I did check my e-mail on my Palm Treo last night as I got into bed. I had to set the alarm clock (For 5:30 I might ADD) anyway so my fingers just slipped on the check mail button .....LOL Hi My Name is Stephanie and I am addicted to my laptop, Flickr and blogging......

Thursday, September 13, 2007

typical wed evening

We had a nice evening last night complete with bikes, sweet jumps, riding a scooter over to the G's house, seeing Pop and Shirley, kids playing in a court, a neighborhood cat going to the bathroom 1 foot from Trina and I, a glass of wine and tacos!! What a nice mix of fun !!!!

Here's Wolfie taking his bike on a sweet jump !

Here's Lexi before we left for the G's house. She was willing to pose for me but was still pouting cause she can't just go over there by herself......I'm waiting for the day that she does go over there and I get a phone call "Hey Lexi came over here by herself"

All in all a great night!!! There may be a few more photos over here...........

Monday, September 10, 2007

38.45 (38°26') | -121.84 (-121°50')

When your lattitude and longitude is at the title of this post.....well you may have surprise guest's show up with sweet , Hawaiian goodness. Try and not fight the feeling to partake in a little sippy. Just remember that the people that live at the above lon/lat have been waiting for years for someone to live close enough to just walk over the neighbors dancing, BBQ, salsa music is just a big bonus/party all in it's self also !!!!

So welcome to the neighborhood -121.84 (-121°50')|

P.S. There will be a Conversational Spanish 2 Class starting at Clara's house next week. Bring your notebook and favorite highball/wine glass.

Friday, September 07, 2007

wheeeee for me

well it's really wheeeee for us....but wheeeee for me rhymes....and rhyming is always the best route to go !!! The kids real mother (sounds SICK, since it's her brothers kids, but she feels like she's their mother, it's a feeling people) wanted to see them this weekend. Rob and I jumped on that bandwagon and met up with her at the Krispy Kreme in Pinole. We then thought it might be good to eat some actual food before the sugar, laden goodness. We had a quick but very nice meal at Panda Express and then ran back to KK as fast as we could. This are some treo camera phone pics of the KK experience....Here's Wolfie either doing some Kung Foo fighting before the sugary goodness is served !

Lexi can't wait for the wonder of KK !

Why be normal ?

There they go !!! Off on a Aunt Wendell adventure!!!!

Thursday Night Fun..........

We got to get some baby love Thursday night......she's such a funny baby!!!! It was party central at Tam's house last night and we were right in the middle of it all !!! Thanks for dinner and letting us hang out!!!

photos were taken with my new baby......

Thursday, September 06, 2007

20 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With
Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow

2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't
Disguise Your Voice.

3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something,
a sk If They Want Fries with that.

4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label
it "In".

5. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks
Once Everyone has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to

6. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks , Write
" For Smuggling Diamonds".

7.Finish All Your sentences with "In Accordance
With The Prophecy".

8. Don't use any punctuation.

9. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.

10. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to
eat, with a serious face.

11. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is "To

12. Sing Along At The Opera.

13. Go To A Poetry Recital. And Ask Why The
Poems Don't Rhyme?

14. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area
and Play tropical Sounds All Day.

15. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You
Can't Attend Their Party Because

You're Not In the Mood.

16. Have Your Co-workers Address You By Your
Wrestling Name, Rock Bottom.

17. When The Money Comes Out Of The ATM, Scream
"I Won! I Won!"

18. When Leaving The Zoo, Start Running Towards
The Parking lot, Yelling

"Run For Your Lives! They're Loose!"

19. Tell Your Children Over Dinner, "Due To The
Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go."

20. And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of
Insanity ..

Send This post To Someone To Make Them Smile.

Its Called ... therapy.

Cut and Paste Friends.....cut and paste......

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Do You Know the 80's ?

Here's the test (answers and scoring below):

1.The two most important Corey's in the 80's are________?
2."Take On Me" is a song by________?
3.Name 3 movies Molly Ringwald was in the 80's
4.Name 1 movie Jennifer Beals was in the 80's
5.Who does the number 867-5309 belong to?
6.Jo and Blair belong to which 80's TV show?
7.Name 1 of Alex P.Keaton's siblings
8.Name 2 movies Anthony Michael Hall was in the 80's
9.Name 3 members of the A-Team
10.The lead singer of the Culture Club is_________?
11.What is Blondie's real name?
12.Gargamel's trusty feline sidekick is________?
13.Who played Axel Foley?
14.David Lee Roth was replaced by who as the lead singer in Van
15.Who wanted us to "Whip It"?
16.Complete this phrase "Now I know, and knowing_______?"
17.What 2 movies did Kenny Loggins write the main theme for?
18.Name 2 movies Kevin Bacon was in the 80's
19.What was the Flashdancer's day job?
20.Name 3 "Weird"Al Yankovic songs from the 80's
21.What was the name & occupation that Ferris Bueller used to get
into the fancy resturaunt?
22.What is an Atari?
23.Do you know all the words to REM's "It's the End of the World"?
24.Do you know who sang "Puttin On The Ritz"?
25.Who sang "Celebration"?
26.Which movie does "High Tower" belong to?
27.Name the other member of Wham!?
28.Who was He-Man's nemesis?
29.Who was the male lead in Tron?
30.Name two crew members of the Love Boat?
31.Finish the title to this popular 80's TV show:"You can't do
32.Who got into their car through the windows?
33.Name 3 Scooby Doo characters
34.What does K.I.T.T. stand for?
35.Who played Merlin in Top Gun?
36.Name 2 80's movies Madonna was in
37.Name 3 songs off of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" albumn
38.Name 3 songs off of Madonna's "Like A Virgin" albumn
39.What is Ferris Bueller's best friend's name?
40.Who was in the main event at the 1st Wrestlemania?
41.What were the names of the two rich guys in "Pretty in Pink"?
42.What movie was the song "In Your Eyes" in?
43.Who was the president for most of the decade?
44.What movie is the phrase "oily beau hunk" from?
45.Name 4 movies Tom Cruise was in the 80's
46.What is the name of the guitar player in U2?
47.Spandau Ballet is:
a)a type of dance that was popular in the 80's
b)an 80's rock group
c)a garmet that ballet dancers wear
48.The line: "This information cannot leave this room. It would
devastate my rep as a dude." is from what movie?
49.Who is the drummer for Genesis?
50.The movies Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple
Doom, and the Karate Kid all came out in what year?

The Answers
1.Corey Haim and Corey Feldman (bonus points if you can name a
movie they starred in together.....The Lost Boys, License to Drive,
3.Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, etc...
6.The Facts Of Life
7.Malory, Jennifer, oops can't remember the little boy's name!
8.The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, ect...
9.BA Barackus, Face, Murdock, Hannibal
10.Boy George
11.Debbie Harry
13.Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop)
14.Sammy Hagar
16." half the battle" (G.I.Joe)
17.Footloose & Top Gun
18.Footloose, Quicksilver, Diner, etc....
20.Eat it, Like a Surgeon, I Love Rocky Road, Fat, etc...
21.Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago
22.A video game system
23.(I'm not gonna list them all here, you'll just have to be honest)
25.Kool & The Gang
26.Police Academy
27.Andrew Ridgley
29.Jeff Bridges
30.Captain Stubing, Isaac, Gopher, Doc Bricker, Julie, Vicki (bonus
points for naming Ace, the photographer in the last season)
31."...on television" (Nickelodeon, where Alanis Morissette got her start)
32.The Dukes of Hazard
33.Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne & Velma
34.Knight Industries Two Thousand
35.Tim Robbins
36.Desperatly Seeking Susan, Who's That Girl, Shanghai Surprise,
(bonus points for naming her cameo in Vision Quest)
37.Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, P.Y.T., etc...
38.Like A Virgin, Material Girl, Into The Groove, Dress You Up, etc...
39.Cameron Frye
40.Hulk Hogan & Mr.T vs. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper & "Mr.Wonderful" Paul
41.Blaine & Stephan
42.Say Anything...
43.Ronald Reagan
44.Sixteen Candles
45.Top Gun, Risky Business, All The Right Moves, Color Of Money, The
Outsiders, etc....
46.The Edge
48.Sixteen Candles
49.Phil Collins
50.1984 (maybe the best year of the decade!)

a big blur

We had a great was filled with wine by the pool, pizza at Round Table, walking to Trina's "court to be" and seeing if the house was move in ready yet, kids all over the house, swimming, multiple trips to Safeway and WalMart, BBQ, floating, lots of laundry, tubing on Berryessa at 9pm at night, with no glasses on, and praying Lou does not flip Lorraine and I off, naps, waking up early, my new Palm Treo Phone (Yeeeee), my kids fighting bad, packing up video games that they can't play for a while, homework, night swimming, In N Out Burger at 10 PM and watching a possible fight in the works and one of the best things of the weekend.....ROCKING Pina Coladas.......ROCK ON PINA!!!!!

Now it's back to work...back to reality....How about you ? Did you have a nice weekend ?