Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cross Country 2017 is in the books

It was a great team and D had fun!  Everyone said Dallas had good form he just needs to get faster.  I think his best time was 21:50.  The coaches have big hopes for him through since he's just a Freshman.  I don't know if he'll choose to continue with cross country but I'm glad he got the opportunity and had fun.  He has a friend who loves it and wants him to continue but another friend who wants him to quit and do soccer there.  It is pretty killer to run a 5k in the blazing hot desert!  But he got to go all over New Mexico for meets and see a lot.  But the bus always leaves at 5am-ish which means we have to get up at 4am-ish and then he doesn't even run until hours later.  Sometimes these meets take all day!  He did it though, and I'm incredibly proud of him!  Going to cross country races for the first time was an education in the sport...  I felt like dying just watching those kids run.  Sam and Evan loved telling me how many people threw up at the finish line!
He lettered for JV whatever that means.

We didn't make it to all the weekly team dinners, but when we did I always brought rolls.  They're easy for me and everyone loves them so we got a reputation. On this night I made three giant pans of rolls like these plus a casserole pan on the side! 

 Awards Banquet
I'm glad he did it, but perhaps equally glad it's over and I don't have to drive him to Moriarty everyday after school! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

California Trip

Our chickens had stopped laying months ago and were starting to kill each other so since we were going out of town we had Pat kill them.  This was a creepy activity befitting of Halloween. Other than that we just had to set out a lot of food for Martha the cat and pack for 8 people.  No biggie! J/k.  It is two full days of work getting ready to leave and makes me want to curl up into a ball and cry.  So much laundry and so much cleaning!  But I remembered the 652 things we needed.  I should have taken a picture of our packing lists and toiletries bag so I don't have to think as much next time.  Whew!  I didn't even wear all my clothes because I hate ironing so much!  Instead of 6 outfits I only needed one dress up and 2-3 regular.

This trip was filled with family and fun and we all had a great time.  One of my kids even cried upon returning home saying he wanted to move to California.  It IS pretty neat there.  We started off our trip by dropping off our foster daughter S at the home of some other foster parents for the week.  Then we parked our car and rode the shuttle to the airport.  Charles was happy that there were no seatbelts!  We got some food and went to this beautiful observation deck.  There were people sleeping on these comfy couches and chairs so we were quietly watching the sunset and the planes. 

Then we flew to Oakland California.  Here we are waiting for Pat to get back with our rental van.  The kids were crackin' me up!

Pat stopped at In and Out for a burger and fries.  Most everyone was asleep, but I was having to smell it not wanting to eat that late!  When we got to his parents house, only Grandma was awake.  We went to bed!  Long day.

The next day, Saturday, Pat made Swedish pancakes for everyone for breakfast and Andi and Taylor were there and eventually Beth and Casey and Amanda who came dressed as a Sea Witch for work.  Saying hi to everyone!

Then we went to spend the day at my mom's house where Steph and T are also.  We tried to go to Fairy Tale Town with all the cousins but they were too busy so we just went to a park with Jeremy's kids too.  Then we went back to Steph's house for lunch and ice-cream.  Holy traffic.  We hung out all day until about 6-ish.  June, Elle, Emme, and Eila are all beautiful girls who are growing way so fast.  Kinda sad.  My brother always makes me laugh.  I wish we could always hang out.  Here's the cousins together, but Eila wasn't having it!

Then we returned to Pat's parents house and hung out with Casey and Beth.  I was getting impatient to see Eric and Mechaela as they had arrived from Alaska during the day and we still hadn't seen them!!!  I realized I hadn't seen Eric in 6-7 years and now they were out suit shopping for the wedding.  How dare they!  Finally they got there and I love this girl he picked!  I'm so excited for them to get married!  Eric brought up the past where when I was dating Pat he used to shoot rubber bands at me and hit me and stuff.  I didn't remember half of it!  He reminded me.  I told him what bugged me most was Pat's oblivious state when I would nicely try to ask for help and he was too involved in something to come rescue me.  Clues people.  Clues that had I picked up on them would have told me a lot about our married future!  Finally he told his mom, "If Eric hits Karisa one more time...", and Eric got his butt whooped.   Anyway we laughed about it.  That dorky annoying boy has turned into a smart and handsome man. 

I'm proud of him for moving to Alaska, proud of him for serving a mission in Russia, and proud of his choice of bride and so happy to have her for a sister someday.  I'd like her for a best friend, but alas, I'm an in-law, almost twice her age, and live no where near them, so I doubt that'll happen.  But one can dream...  She's so funny and interesting.  

We might have played games that night... I don't remember.  I usually try to avoid most games anyway.

The next day we got up early to go to 9am church with my mom (who didn't show) and Eric and Mechaela went to 9am church with Char's family.  I was so happy to see a Tongan bishopric member conducting that day and just so many different people there.  The talks were okay, the musical number was beautiful! and I had a fun time saying hello to people of yore.  The bishop finally came up to me and said, "You seem to know everyone, how is that?", and introduced himself.  I had to laugh and told him it's my old ward and all.  The best part about visiting my old ward is my favorite college roomie Sandra is in it!  She came over to Steph's house after church and we ate sandwiches and talked and Jeremy came over again too.  My mom wasn't feeling good that day so we never saw her.  Pat actually left and went to 1pm church with his family also.  Here's the kids after church.


















That night we had a big dinner like Pat's parents do and Aunt Char and Uncle Kent and Aunt Priscilla and Elizabeth and her daughter and boyfriend came too.  I think there were games that night but I think I fell asleep on the couch.  The kids might have played video games and watched Thor.

Monday- Mechaela made French toast, Pat bacon, and Beth strawberries and whip cream.  We hung out until lunch.  Beth and Casey then went to the Sqeeze Inn with Eric and Mechaela and Pat and I took Jared and Amanda to lunch.  It was a Mexican place (Plaza del Sol in Elk Grove) and the food was fantastic!  We had a really fun time talking to them.

Then back at home Pat Sr. was smoking a lot of meat and prepping dinner when I finally heard back from one of my oldest dearest friends Lynda!  I hadn't seen her in 18 long years!  I immediately went to visit her and stayed from 5pm until 10:30!  She said, "When are you moving back to California?"  This is a question we get a lot and it hurts my heart!!!  It's so beautiful there, but there's so much traffic.  There are so many opportunities and nationalities or races of people, but there are awful taxes and everything's so expensive.  What's a girl to do?  Anyway we bonded over life's experiences and the sparkling blue shirts of Barry Manilow (needless to say).  I've always loved this girl since I met her and her wonderful family.  They are amazing!

Tuesday morning we left really early for the Oakland Temple.  I had a wonderful experience there.  I had not been able to get in the Bay area for around 15 years and I was so happy to see my favorite temple after so long!  Dallas and Sam got to do family baptisms with Grandma and Grandpa, Eric and Mechaela got to do initiatories, and Pat and I got to do a session and it was very sweet and absolutely wonderful!  One of my favorite things about this trip, easily.

Then we walked the grounds including around the top of the temple.  The kids had gotten out about an hour before us and had been exploring the grounds and the visitors center, and I was so happy they had that opportunity just like I used to do when I was young and my mom and grandparents were in the temple.  It was so special and so wonderful for our family.  They came running to me and we all hugged when Pat and I got out and they all said, "Mom, you're right.  This IS the best temple!" 







One of the best places on Earth. This is where I was married and I haven't been able to come to the Oakland temple in around 15 years. I also spent a lot of time here with my grandparents and I sure am thankful to them for all they taught me.





Then we rushed to a store to get a card for Brian and Steven and diapers for Charlie.  This kid and occasionally our girl kept having accidents!  It was just easier go get pull-ups and not have to worry anymore about ruined clothes.

The occasion that got us to the Bay area in the first place was Brian and Steven's wedding!  Yes they decided to get married on Halloween, ha ha.  We were happy we could be there to show our love for them.  Here's the guy photo. 

The everyone photo
And the girl photo
It was a simple wedding and a family friend Chad did a wonderful job with the words he spoke as he married them.  It was very emotional for Brian and Steven as they each talked of their feelings for each other.  We are happy that they have each other for support through the good and bad times of life.

We had a family luncheon at a restaurant after that which was really nice.  Rick and Sunny flew in and out fast just for the wedding and had to leave the luncheon pretty quick, but it was nice to see them.  Then when it was time for cocktails, we left and raced back to try to get some trick or treating in for the kids.  We started about and hour after dark so they only did it for an hour, but they got plenty of loot and had a good time.  That candy helped us through the rest of the trip, especially on the travel home.  We were so tired that night, but Dallas still stayed up and watched Iron Man 1.  Grandma has practically every movie so he was taking advantage while he could since his parents have hardly any.

Pretty fun costumes, but my favorite is the Aww Yeah lady from Studio C that Evan perfected.


The next morning everyone left to go home.  I felt kinda weird staying!  Pat went walking with his mom, and then made potatoes and eggs for everyone.  Then we met Steph and June at this indoor playground called Wacky Tacky.  June was scared at first and made Steph hold her everywhere but eventually ran around everywhere and didn't want to leave!  I went home with Steph from there and Pat took the kids back to his parents house where they watched Ella Enchanted.



Pat, his parents, and the kids all went to a park and a hike along Laguna creek.







My sister took my to buy fancy candy and the only good MacaRONS (not macaroons) in the world which are insanely good.  Salted caramel flavor.  Then went to lunch with Steph (where we both got sick) and then back to Mom's house.  It was just nice to hang out with my sister,  though I wish I'd seen my mom more; and brother too.  June and I sang and danced to the Wiggles and she helped me explore the things in my purse.  Mom was gone at therapy and met us later at Leatherbys.  So did T and so did Pat and the boys.  Jeremy couldn't make it.  We ate Leatherbys and then played outside and said goodbye.

The same fence I used to stand in front of in the same yard.


Then we went to Amanda and Jared's house to say goodbye to them.  We looked at her art pieces she sells and watched a bit of the final game of the World Series.  Pat and Jared took this picture for the family calendar since they both share the birthday month of October.



Thursday morning I gave Pat a lot of attitude when he tried to wake me early YET AGAIN.  He really wanted to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge before catching our flight home.  Well he won and it was noisy and there were rude bikers, but overall it was terrific!  We got to see a whale, seal, boats, and the road mover which seemed to un-zip the road as the lanes changed after rush hour.  It was great!  We had good conversations and said goodbye!  Pat and Brenda came along as they were heading out for their wedding anniversary.


this is a random picture of the water tower in Sacramento my brother painted.  He set me up an Instagram accounts so I can see his murals and work throughout town.






San Francisco is such a beautiful city!  We grabbed lunch, dropped off the rental car and caught our plane home from Oakland. Pat slipped his contraband (the toothpastes he was supposed to check) into MY bad so when I was flagged and they were about to search my bag and asked, "Is there any liquid, food, etc...", I confidently answered, "No", only to find out I did have those things.  He was in the doghouse for making me go through that!  Here's Charles in an airport window.





After we got to Albuquerque we picked up our foster daughter again and she and Charlie played like crazy.  They seemed to really miss each other.  Now comes the unpacking and getting back to the regular grind!