Friday, April 18, 2014

california vacation: part 2.

alright, a few more pictures and details of our trip. we left home Sunday after church, and drove - with a brief pit stop in Stirling at Cory's parents house, then back on the road. We hit the border late Sunday, then drove and drove and drove, getting to our hotel Monday evening. after only taking one wrong turn in California- those highways are big, and don't miss your exit, because you will have to take the long way to where you want to be!
I just have to say, Disney knows how to do it, and they do it right. It is truly such a magical place! Walking down the road in Cars Land was like walking into the movie. the scenery, the workers, the music playing, the little shows that just seem to happen in the middle of the street- magical!
it is hard to not get caught up in the stuff. Stores everywhere selling everything. including this awesome Chewbacca back pack. Sweet, right? we actually didn't spend too much in Disney land, The kids all got California sweaters that we bought in Downtown Disney. I was very surprised that there wasn't more Frozen stuff. apparently there is a world wide shortage. even in Disney Land. That was so very interesting to me.
I forced them into watching the parades. I loved them. If I could go back in time, and do it all over, I would be a singer/ dancer in Disney Land. Oh, and if I had mad singing and dancing skills, of course. Such great entertainment!
The California sunshine was wonderful! even if I got a bit sunburned. (it is totally snowy here today, I miss the sunshine!)
this ride in cars land had some sweet drifting going on. The boys really liked this ride. we did it a few times!
Minions at Universal Studios. If I could do our vacation again, I would possibly take another day at Disney over going to Universal Studios. I did really enjoy the studio tour bus ride, and really could have done that all day, with an actual tour inside a sound stage, and more behind the scenes stuff- that would have been amazing. but, it was just a short bus tour, and then the rest was - meh. I think we were just ride-ed out, or something. wasn't the best part of the trip, that's for sure!
after universal studios, we stopped at the beach. Sadly it was just as the sun was setting- which was beautiful, but very chilly. and it was windy. but the kids stepped in the ocean, and we found some shells, so it was all good, but I could have gone for a full warm afternoon hanging out at the beach.
maybe next time!
Then Saturday morning, we packed up and headed back home. and drove and drove, and found Ben at home, alive and well, with a lot of pizza boxes. Good to know he can get along without us!
I would do this trip again- for sure. it really was so much fun. but one thing I would remember is when you head out to Disney Land, make sure your big camera actually has the battery in it, so when you hand it to the photographer dude to get a family picture in front of the big castle, he doesn't look at you like you are crazy, because your camera doesn't work, because it doesn't have a battery. Just a little tip. Good thing I had my ipod, and it was charged up! and maybe I would plan it a bit more in advance, so my oldest could have had more time to find someone to take his shifts, so he could have gotten off work, and come with us. Then it really would have been an even better trip!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

spring break, disney style

Last week was spring break here, and Cory finally agreed to go to Disney Land, so off we went. we drove, and drove, and drove, all day, all night and all day again, until we got to California, and the sunshine!
 the boys adored the Cars ride over in the California Adventure Park- we rode it 4 times, (waiting in the very long line ups two times, and using fast passes for the other two.) can I just say, fast passes are pure genius. you feel like you are cheating, cutting in line, but it is all legit, and those who don't use them are just silly. fast passes are definitely the way to go!
we met mickey, and a few other characters, but sadly missed out on meeting any princesses. I guess we need to come back another time- so that we can do that, and ride a few of the rides that were closed. and make sure it is not on spring break, so it isn't so crazy crowded. but I must say, the lines were never too bad- except the cars one, but that ride was definitely worth it. 

Too bad the boys were too scared to go in the haunted mansion or on splash mountain! 
and really too bad Ben couldn't get time off work. maybe next time!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

10 on Tuesday

1. I was told I need to blog more, and I completely agree. It has been way, way too long.

2. I was also told that since I haven't blogged in so long, I should shut down my blog, so this is my attempt to get back into it, and keep my blog alive!

3. I am a working woman now. I really enjoy it, but am working more days than I had originally hoped- 4/5 weekdays is tough when you are used to being home 5/5 weekdays, but the hours are fantastic, I leave after the kids leave for school, and am home before they get home, and I really enjoy my work!

4. I kind of have two separate jobs- I work for one lady who owns two separate businesses, and I get to work at both. One is a quiet relaxing massage place, and one is a crazy noisy kids play place and café. I am not sure that I prefer one over the other. I like them both and am glad that I get to spend time at each place!

5. big spring break plans! so exciting. involves warmer weather, and a thousand hours of driving. (okay, not a thousand, but an awful lot.) we never do anything on spring break, so this is big.

6. is it really spring? because out my window right now, it is actually snowing. yuck.

7. my baby turned 9 last week. why does 9 sound so much older than 8? I am not sure, but to me it does.

8. I have been walking Maggie to school in the mornings- it is just across the street, but still, I do it. I was complaining a little earlier this week about why I have to walk with her, and the next day as we walked she told me that after spring break I would no longer have to walk her to school, and when I asked -if I wanted to, could I? and she said yes, but we would not hold hands any more. So I am treasuring my last few days I have of walking her to school and holding her hand as we go.

9. she still gives me a good bye kiss as I leave her at school. I wonder if that will end this week as well. wah. why do kids all have to grow up?

10. I have been doing a bit of running at the gym- I was up to 30 minutes of straight running, and actually enjoying it! It is still a bit foreign to me that I actually WANT to run, and when  I am running, I actually LIKE it. weird. But I really need to keep up with it. no slacking now!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013

a year in review!

- since I have been a very sad blogger this past year, I will post some big highlights that happened in our family this past year!



Maggie turned 8 years old and was baptized. she is in grade 3, an although she did not get the teacher, or friends in her class that she originally wanted, things have worked out great, she loves her teacher, and has a new best friend in her class!


Big man Ben graduated High School,
worked his second year as a life guard at the out door pool, and got a pretty sweet tan. He also turned 18, and is technically an adult. hmm.



this summer we headed down to Kallispell and whitefish for a few days of fun- and we really enjoyed the fact that they have very few mosquitoes down there. they were crazy up here this summer! we also had a mud pit fight. weird, I know. I just stayed out and took pictures. and we ran the second annual burst of color run in Rosemary, Alberta. it was fun!

I turned 40 this year! One of my friends drew on my van windows, and I drove around a lot that day, doing some shopping, and only got one honk. sad. but it was a good day anyways. I also started school in the fall. that weird writing up there was some of my homework. I was in Closed Captioning and Court Reporting at NAIT, but the program turned out to be way more intense than I had planned on, and I either needed to devote more time to working on it, or quit, and well, there wasn't much more time to pull from, so I decided to drop out.  I also went and got laser eye surgery done. no more glasses for me! yay. and I continue to run my etsy shop- bluejeanmama. I still love to knit and crochet, and hope do devote more time to having a more successful shop this coming year.
my parents turned 70 this year, so my sisters and I threw them a little party!



sadie opened an etsy shop, that I hope to help her grow this coming year as well. 
Jed was a fox for halloween! how trendy. He turned 14 this year, and got his learners licence. yikes! My neice, Jessica, left on a mission in December. we are so excited for her and proud of her!


 Jack quit pizza hut- where he would come home smelling of grease, and got a job at the deli at a local grocery store. he was happy to not have to shower as soon as he got home from work. He tried to break the record for clothespins on your face. (just kidding, but what a weirdo). Jack and Sadie have the same birthday- Sadie turned 12- yay- young womans, and Jack turned 16, and got his drivers license the next week.

we got to go to one of my favorite places- Waterton National park, and took a crazy selfie for our christmas card picture this year.  all in all it was a good year, but the biggest thing to happen-


I finished a whole lip chap! yay! Happy New year - hopefully I will be a better blogger in 2014!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

easy way out

I quit.
I am a quitter.
a dropout.
it was hard.
the actual school stuff, and the decision to quit.
I was struggling. a lot.
my grades were bad, but there was hope.
I was putting in the minimum practice time, and still having a hard time.
so it came down to deciding whether to buckle down, and put in more time,
or give it up.
so, we all know how that ended up.
and I struggled for a while thinking I had made a bad decision,
but now I feel good about it.
and am back in the throws of laundry and dirty bathrooms,
and being busy all day,
and at the end of the day not being able to remember what I actually did!
Hopefully now I can blog more! that would be fun!

Monday, September 09, 2013

hard


or alternative titles might be- why am I doing this? this is crazy! what have I gotten myself into? or other things like that- but let me go back to the beginning.
I did some post secondary schooling. Right out of high school. I went to college in the states. It was so much fun. I changed my major a few times. ended up getting a general associates degree! - which is really good for nothing.
then I wasted one more year at a bigger university in the states- my major- clothing and textiles, because I still didn't know what I wanted to be, and I had to major in something.
but then I got married, and never finished, but that was okay because I did not know what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I had kids.
I stayed home.
it was fun while it lasted.
Cory kept telling me to go back to school, but I still didn't know what I wanted to do with my life.
Then I talked to a young friend. She was taking court reporting. now that sounds neat! I should apply.
so I did.
and I got accepted.
and I started last week.
and holy cow, is it hard.
and stressfull.
and we have our first test tomorrow, and I think it won't be pretty.
this is my sweet steno machine.
see, not enough keys for all the letters, so we have to learn to combine some, and sometimes just one letter means a whole word. yikes. it is sure tough for my old brain to wrap around.

and this school year was the first one that I wasn't able to take kids to their first day of school, because I was at mine. That was hard. and now I have to commute to the city every day. - that's not too bad- and I did just get a book on cd to listen to, so it is actually enjoyable.


but I wonder why I messed with a good thing. being at home was a pretty sweet gig. but, if all works out like it should, I should have a pretty sweet job, that I can do part time, and from home- so I can be home for the fun stuff, and make some money for some more fun stuff- like trips, I hope!
so, yah, my first test is tomorrow. we had a practice run today, and it didn't go so well for me. but hopefully I will catch on, and love it!




Thursday, August 22, 2013

work

All the boys have jobs this summer. It is good to see them working, earning money, and contributing to society- (and getting of the couch and not playing x-box all the live-long day!)
 Ben is a lifeguard- his second summer at the same outdoor pool. He has a pretty sweet tan.
 Jack works in the deli of a local grocery store. He likes that he doesn't come home smelling greasy- (his first job was at the Pizza Hut, and he would come home smelling gross!)

and Jed is a paper boy. it is only once a week, and I do half the route with him- but it gets him a bit of money, ( and the weather has been pretty nice)- we will see if he keeps doing it come winter and tons of snow. not so fun.
When I was a high schooler, I got to take over my older sister's job when she moved on. It was in a doctors office doing some filing and changing the paper on the beds between patients. It was a pretty sweet gig. Then after that my summer jobs between school years were all gotten from my older sisters, or through my Dad's work. It's all in who you know. (at least that's how it worked for me!)

did you have any sweet jobs in your past?  do tell!