Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up - Awards Dinner, Soccer, and Confirmation

Another busy weekend for us.  We had an awards dinner, state cup soccer, a confirmation, grocery shopping, laundry, lesson planning, and more soccer.

The kids and I left school pretty early on Friday and swung by the bank to get our cash for the week.  Once we got home, it was a toss up as to whether or not I should do the dishes or rest before needing to pick up the babysitter.

Resting TOTALLY won!

After picking up the babysitter, I drove to Hanford to meet Eric for the annual city awards dinner.

The dinner is fun.  They have done a sports theme for the past two years, which is nice because we dress pretty casual and wear jerseys and sports team shirts.  I sported the Pumas proudly.

This was just the plate of hors d'oeuvers.  Dinner was BBQ and rico tacos.  My favorite kind of tacos.

I told Eric I don't want to go to another dinner until he wins employee of the year.  Inside joke, because he isn't eligible to win because he's in Administration.  He was on the committee that put on the dinner and they did a nice job.

We all woke up fairly early.  They boys loaded up and were out of the house by 8 to head for the State Cup soccer games seeding rounds in Turlock.  I decided to stay home because I wanted to attend my partner teacher's confirmation.  Plus, it gave me time to do laundry, wash dishes, and finish grocery shopping.

Harry and I woke up, waved goodbye to the family, and got back in bed for a bit after enjoying a cup of coffee.  Little dog is always cold.

Buddy likes resting on Eric's pillows when he is gone.

Then I got back up and got ready to go to Amanda's confirmation.  Amanda is my partner teacher at school and is an amazing person to work with.  The Mass was at St. Anthony's Church and this was the first time I've been there in all the years I've lived here!  The church is pretty, but I didn't care for the shape of the building.  Depending on where you were sitting, you could only see various parts of the church.
 I was sitting on one of the wings, and couldn't see the back of the church from where I was.  Another thing I'd never seen before in a Catholic Church was a crucifix hanging from the ceiling.  Just a little odd.

By the way, I took the above photo before Mass started.  During the Mass, Bishop Ochoa specifically told the congregation to NOT take photos.  He devoted a couple of sentences to the importance of not distracting the ceremony.  Apparently his words had no effect.  There were at least five people on my wing alone who got up to go sneak photos.  I was pretty disgusted with people.  They were blocking the rest of us from seeing and it was distracting and annoying.  I wanted photos, but I wasn't going to go against what the Bishop said!

Sometimes I wonder what it takes for people to respect rules.  How high up the chain of importance do you have to be for people to obey without questioning?  I realized today that a Bishop is not high enough.  One other thing that really bothered me was that adults were sending their kids up to snap the pictures rather than themselves.  Were they hoping that kids would be able to get away with it?  The ushers did a great job of shooing people back to their pews.

Rant over.

She's a confirmed member of the church!  That's her fiance, Seth.  They are getting married in May! (This was after Mass.  Photos were okay at this point!)

Father Robert, Amanda, and Sister Isabel.

I love how they are both looking in different directions in this photo!  Sr. Isabel was Amanda's sponsor and is Hudson's 2nd grade aide.  She prepares the kids for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion.  She was also Amanda's teacher when she attended OLPH as a kid!  I love the continuity of our school.

 OLPH comes together for one of our own!  Kathy (Amanda's mom and long time employee at OLPH), Amanda, Father Robert (our boss), Sister Isabel (2nd grade aide), Sister Olvido (junior high Spanish), and Patrick (our principal).
 And some random shadowy ghost like guy on the right side of the photo!

Amanda's sister and Seth jumped in the photo.

I got emotional during the Mass for a few reasons.  I am very happy for Amanda on this day.  I also was reflecting on how Hudson will be going through 1st Reconciliation in just three weeks.  It just doesn't seem possible that he is old enough to be receiving this sacrament just yet.  Sniff.  

I kept having to take off my glasses and wipe away tears!  Such a wreck!  A lady a few seats down from me handed me a tissue.  

Amanda and her family invited me to lunch.  We went to a Chinese restaurant and shared all sorts of yummy stuff!

This is the first time I've ever tried lettuce wraps.  We usually get Chinese takeout.  It is rare that we eat Chinese food at the actual restaurant.  It was very sweet to be included in the family lunch celebration!

After lunch I went grocery shopping, rested, and cleaned the kitchen.  My boys got home around 7.  It was strange being alone in the house without them.

Evan's team did really well and won both of their games on Saturday.  They move on to the quarter finals on Sunday.  Cold and dreary day up in Turlock.

I am not a baker, but I saw a recipe from Shay at Mix and Match Mama that looked really tasty.  And easy.  I made this on Saturday night while waiting for the boys to get home.

Parts of the cake mix didn't dissolve, but the cobbler was still really good.

I ate it hot with some vanilla bean ice cream.  Yum!

A few snuggles with Hudson and Harry before bed.  We surprised Hudson with the movie The Boxtrolls.  He has been asking to see this movie for weeks.  It was released on DVD this week, so Eric picked up a copy.  Hudson watched it in our bed.  He was loving it!

On Sunday morning, we were up and headed back to Turlock for the quarter final round of State Cup soccer.  We didn't have to leave until 10, so it was nice not to have to get up too early.
 I bought a new lipstick.  It's pretty bright.  I'm on the fence about it.  I tend to choose more neutral lip shades.  I was trying to do something different.

They take up their usual positions with tablets and headphones.  Every once in a while we hear a random chuckle out of Hudson.

I am very lucky that this one does all the driving.

#15 "allowed" me to take a photo at our quick stop for lunch at Taco Bell.

It was stinking cold outside.  Luckily, I brought my penguin hat.

Warming up.

 He was wondering about the team warming up with them on the field.  It wasn't the right team.  We ended up moving over a field for our game.

 Such a great group of boys.

Still pretty cold.  Fortunately, the sun broke through the clouds midway through the game.  I've seen sun now two days in a row!  This is the warm blanket Eric bought on Saturday.  It's big and warm.

Sammy.  One of the team sisters.

They won!  The score was 7-0 and we move on to the semi finals in two weeks up in Davis.

After a team dinner at Me N Ed's, we drove home.

The rest of the night was laundry and tv.  I'm looking forward to the week ahead.  I need to help the 8th graders write a skit.  Busy days!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Daily 4C - Week 4

After this week, there is only more one more week in January.  Crazy how time flies so fast!

Day 18 - Soccer team meeting at Coach's house.  We watched their game from last week to prepare for quarterfinals next weekend.  Lunch and friendship.  It was a good time.

Day 19 - Eric and I went on a date for the holiday Monday which included dream shopping for recliners, eating delicious hamburgers, and watching American Sniper.

Day 20 - Eric usually handles soccer practice, but he had to attend a council meeting.  I managed to stand outside at practice for about 45 minutes before retreating to the car to read in the warmth.

Day 21 - Every Wednesday is after school practice for Academic Decathlon.  These kiddos are sooooo smart and are going to win this year!

Day 22 - The 8th grade class takes the Constitution Test!  Many months of study and preparation took place to get ready for this exam.

Day 23 - City of Hanford Awards Dinner.  Sports theme makes it a casual and fun event.

Day 24 - Attending Amanda's confirmation.  Best teaching team/principal ever!

Busy week ahead with crazy dress up days and fun activities like Reading Night and Talent Show for Catholic Schools Week.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Silly Saturday - Funny Photos

I love three day weekends, but I hate four day weeks at school.  However, kind of hard to get one without the other.  Everything just feels off and weird.  In any case, we are back to a weekend, so yay!

Here are a few funny photos from yesterday. 

Hudson didn't quite get finished getting ready for school at home yesterday!  I was telling him to make sure to tuck in his shirt because the principal was cracking down on the uniform code this week!  He wasn't overly thrilled I took this!

 I had gate duty this week, so instead of going to daycare after school yesterday, Evan came out to hang with me at the gate while I walked kids across the street.  He also wanted to hurry me along to get home faster.  The after school completely untucked look.

I'm getting to be quite the ninja at sneaky photo taking!

He still doesn't notice I'm snapping away.

He might be starting to get a clue.  I was pretty close to his head with this one!

I title this, "Evan Eats Bugs, Mom is Confused."

Miss Garcia doesn't like being in my pictures either.  Hmph.

But Miss Savino is totally game for a photo session!

She's so stinking cute!

Kindred spirits right here!

Hudson was juggling a few things after school.  He got hot chocolate at daycare.  Pretty cool snack!  He also has his leftover Doritos from me delivering a Subway sandwich to him for lunch.  Major mom fail.  I was having a rough morning getting up and ready and didn't quite leave enough time to pack lunches.  The boys enjoyed having Subway delivered!

I am really happy it is Saturday.  I hope to get a few things done to go into next week with a clear head.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites - My Favorite Ways to Relax

It's Friday!  And that means linking up with Andrea, Narci, and Erika.

I was trying to consider what "favorites" to write about today, and thought I'd piggy back off of a blog link up I did yesterday with Kenlie at All The Weigh.

One of the questions asked in the link up was your favorite things to do or how you relax.  I thought I'd feature my favorite relaxing things to do.

1. Watch television.  My current favorites are the following:

Scandal.  I love the intrigue of an inside look into the White House.  I certainly don't want our real government to be like this, but the fantasy is fun.  And Olivia Pope is amazing!

Downton Abbey.  Violet Crawley has the BEST lines ever!  I'm constantly snorting out loud.

The Mindy Project.  Mindy Kaling is my hero!  She's wildly inappropriate and politically incorrect.  Makes me laugh every Tuesday...or whenever I get around to watching it on DVR!

The Middle.  Oh Sue Sue.  You are so happy and clueless!

My newest obsession on Netflix.  I want to live in Stars Hollow.

2. Puzzles or Games

Get New Puzzle:
I like playing Sudoku online.  My favorite site is Sudoku Kingdom.  It lets me time myself or advance to tougher levels.  I can waste lots of time playing this game.  I also like logic problems that I can print out and work on with a pencil.  I do a lot of these with my academic decathlon team. I'm a huge dork for relaxing with logic puzzles!

3. Reading 

My current reads:

It's good.  I'm liking it.



Reading this at school because it belongs to a student!

I don't normally like reading more than one book at a time, much less FOUR, but it just worked out that way this time.  My rule of thumb, in general, is to switch between pleasure reading and self enrichment reading.  All four of these fall into the pleasure category.

4. Bubble Bath

I really, really, really like to take a bubble bath.  It's definitely more of a winter thing than a summer thing, but it is so relaxing and warm.  I like B & B products, but I've been known to resort to kid products from Wal Mart if I can't get to the mall.  Nothing wrong with smelling like a watermelon!  I also like Avon bubble bath.

Oh this smells so good!

5. Sleep

Sometimes the only way to let go and relax is to just fall asleep.  Soft sheets and a fuzzy blanket help.

The blanket on my bed looks something like this.

We have a busy weekend of soccer ahead.  Plus, it is the start to Catholic Schools Week, so there will be some great pictures to share next week!