Saturday, June 27, 2009

Popcorn, Books and Sweltering Heat

Today is a hot day. Again. Summers in Texas are practically unbearable. The heat and humidity keep most people inside. This morning I woke up early and did some grocery shopping. I was there at around 9 a.m. when people are still asleep. I hate shopping. For anything. But I have planned it this way now, I wake up early do a little grocery shopping, do some laundry then some activities with the kids. Today I took the boys downtown to the library and to the Mom and Popcorn store. That place is awesome. They have many different flavors of popcorn. We got the snack size white cheddar and the salsa verde. After that we headed over to the library. Aaron got some videos of hurricanes. He is very into the weather. He also got a book on the Earth. He loves to read about volcanoes and natural disasters and how they come to be.
On the drive home, we stopped at the 7-11 and got some slurpees.

Aaron checking out all the Jelly Belly flavors
Hmmm...Aaron didn't seem enticed by all the colorful sugary confections


The store front of Mom and Popcorn in Downtown

My two handsome guys posing against their will...

We finished off the day by rearranging (again) our study and buying a little computer stand for Josh. We all share the study. We don't let the kids have TV's or Computers in their rooms.

So it's the main/business computer, the kid's PC and the laptop all in one room!


Also, there is one question I have, where does all this useless paperwork come from? It seems we get more and more junk to throw away or recycle every month!

I guess I'll continue my rearranging tomorrow (sigh)




But it was a good fun day!




Thursday, June 25, 2009

Too lazy for dinner







So last night we didn't know what to cook for dinner. I had bought some burger meat and we had tacos on our menu. But then Sergio called me at work and asked "Do you really want me to cook this meat? It looks brown and weird."So I told him to forget it. It really ticks me off to have to throw food away, I mean REALLY ticks me off but I wasn't gonna risk E Coli poisoning for me or my family so on the way home I stopped at Albertson's. Hmmmm what to eat? Something quick and easy. I know, PANCAKES! I bought some whipped cream, strawberry topping and pancake mix and voila - DINNER! Sergio's pancakes are so delicious. He makes them thin, yet fluffy with a little bit of crisp on the edges.
Ellison did not want to eat pancakes and she was on her way to Mutual to tie dye some tshirts.
The boys were excited and we had a yummy dinner. The tacos will have to be tomorrow.



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Splash Pad Fun

Today while I was at work staring at the computer, I was secretly wishing I was outside splashing around getting wet. Just like when I was a kid, after the rain, we would go across the street to splash around in the parking lot of the old folk's home. Well, I remembered reading that there is a splash park near my house. So I googled it and I called Sergio to tell him we'd be having a picnic for dinner at the Splash pad park---Aviator Park. After my visit with my dear friend Christine, who retired after 20 years with the City of McKinney, we headed to Subway to get our dinner. We had so much fun, splashing and running through the sprinklers.

Josh at the playground
Aaron makes a new friend and is giving him some scooter tips

I get in on the splashing fun


Aaron and I getting ready for our race
We had a lot of fun and I liked this little park so much I am planning on having Aaron's birthday party here in August. It's perfect and close to our house. I am sure we'll be frequenting this place pretty often. I love Summer!






Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day

On Saturday the kids and I went shopping for some Father's Day presents for Sergio. We bought him a new fishing rod and tackle box. Of course, Aaron wanted one too, so we got a good deal on them at Academy. Sergio was pleasantly surprised with his gifts esp. his new tackle box (he loves tackle and tool boxes for some reason).


I was trying to take a good picture of the boys but Aaron never looks at the camera!



And in this one, he's scratching... Sergio immediately starts to put his new tackle box to good use

















Later that same night, we took Sergio out to dinner at Enchilada's, his favorite restaurant in Dallas.



We also went to walk around this fairly new shopping center in Allen called Watter's Creek. The kids really enjoyed it, especially when I suggested we get iced gelato at Paciugo's. We then took a drive out to Aubrey to look at land. Sergio and I always dream of buying a few acres and Aubrey is our new favorite town. Maybe our dreams will come true once the economy picks up and Sergio gets a new job . He would love to have his own private fishing pond, but for now the lake will have to do. I have never been fishing or camping for that matter, so I am planning a suprise camping/fishing trip during the Labor Day weekend, when I have some time off.

On a sadder note, I was kind of bummed b/c I have no one (except for Sergio) to wish a Happy Father's Day to. My dad passed in 2005 so here is what I would have liked to say to him:

Querido Papa:


Te deseo un dia feliz y lleno de alegria. Tus nietos, Sergio y yo te extranamos mucho. Nos vemos pronto,


Con amor,


Paty







One of the few pictures I have with my dad
(I was around 6 years old, he was 25)
I am thankful for my husband and for my family. I am thankful that my husband is such a good dad. He is kind hearted, funny, hard working, resourceful and tender. I can't imagine my life with out him.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Young Women's Camp

Last week Ellison went away to our church's Young Women's camp. She had a great time horseback riding, swimming, laughing, eating, hiking and sweating! This would have been her last year at camp since she is graduating next year, but she may go back for one final time next year after she graduates. Ellison is the light of my life. It was so dull and boring being a whole week without her. I missed having another girl in the house. Although I love both my boys it just isn't the same without her. I don't know what I will do if she goes to college out of state. We'll cross that bridge when it comes. Here are some pics of her at camp:








She has made some good friends and had some good times in the young women's program. I am glad she had the chance to experience these things. I never got to do any of the things she has done. I am so grateful for the church and their leaders, they truly care about these girls.
They did have to come home early because a bad storm was approaching. But all in all she had a great time and great stories to tell me at 1 a.m. !!





Monday, June 8, 2009

SUMMER TIME AND FEELING ICKY

Not much went on this past weekend. The kids are excited to be out of school. Friday night Josh went to a friend's house for a sleepover. I am so happy Josh attracts good friends. His parents seem pretty nice too. I talked to Josh's friend's mom and she mentioned that she thinks my Josh is "adorable" (her words :) That's a great thing to say to the mother of a soon to be 12 year old! And I totally agree with her. She mentioned that all the boys that spent the night are a good group of boys and I agreed with her again. They will all be in band together.
Since Josh was at a sleepover, Aaron was very sad without his brother. He did not want to sleep alone so Ellison and Aaron had their own sleepover in the game room!! Aaron was thrilled.
Prior to Aaron's sleepover with Ellison, we cheered him up by taking him to Brooklynn's pizza, just the three of us (Ellison was on her weekly date). He mentioned how happy he was to have mom and dad all to himself.
On Saturday morning I woke up feeling pretty weird. I was very weak and have been having pain on my lower right side near my ovary. I am pretty sure I have an ovarian cyst, it hurts like the dickens!! (I've had one before) But since my insurance doesn't kick in until next month here at my new job, I'll just have to tough it out. I laid in bed most of Saturday afternoon into Sunday all day.
Saturday morning I toughed it out and went shopping for a new bathing suit for Ellison. She will need one when she goes to young women's camp this week. We went to 4 different stores and it's so frustrating to find a modest one piece suit. We had to settle on a tankini b/c that's all there was!! The one piece suits were so low cut it was terrible!!
So after shopping for all her necessities for camp I went home and crashed. I mostly watched DVD's in bed. I hardly could get up this morning to come to work. But I am here and so far so good. It will be a late night tonight since we are working on the budget.
So nothing really exciting happening, no cute pics, unless you want a pic of an ovarian cyst!!

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