Sunday, April 12, 2015


Well, I woke up feeling much better! Yay! Today, I planned on making up for not doing anything really special yesterday and since the carnival was only in town for the week, I decided we would go during the day time. I had already booked us for a family fun bowling night for the evening. 
I got everyone up and rolling so they could get their chores done and lunch eaten before we left. 

I myself had never been to a traveling carnival before, but I already knew my pocket book was going to take a hit, so I had prepared myself to ignore that and just have some fun. 
Yep, it did. The sheets of tickets were not that bad, but when it came to HOW MANY TICKETS per ride, now that was a little over the top.  We probably could have gone to King's Kingdom in Sacramento for the same price! 
We split the tickets up and I took the two littles and let them pick what they wanted to ride. Everyone chose the swings first and the giggles and smiles even on my 18 year old were worth it. 


The kids ready to play! 

The first ride Isaiah and Violetti went on was the slides! 

Allenni and Andrew on the swings

Up, Up and Round and Round

Violetti wanted to ride the Carousel, She had never ridden one before. When I asked Isaiah, if he wanted to ride he said, "Nah, that ride is too booorring. " 

This ride was a space ship that spun to outer space- Supposedly. LOL! We misread the sign and thought it was only 3 tickets. Oops! It was 4 but since we had no more tickets, the guy let the kids in anyway. 

After the Space ship! Everyone of them was drunk and dizzy! They all fell on the ground and moaned and groaned. Andrew got the hardest hit and I didn't think he was going to make it. 

Well, nausea didn't last too long and we decided to get some funnel cakes. That was a must on Graham's list! We had been smelling them the whole time. We were disappointed to go to concessions and find no Funnel Cakes, only Churros. So we decided to head to the Mall Food Court to get a snack.  Graham was herding us all along so that we would not "shop". It didn't stop us from entering into a toy store where everyone wanted everything! A big reminder why I don't take 6 kids with me shopping.  Graham played a quick game of tabletop fuse ball with me where he creamed me, while Eli made much noise on a pinball machine. Isaiah was intrigued by everything and Violetti had never seen so much girl stuff. Graham herded us all out the door once again, reminding us to keep walking. You would have thought he was a grandpa with the kids! 
Well, we checked out all the food choices and no body wanted any of it and we decided to head back to Razzilicious for the 2nd time this week and get another frozen yogurt.

After running an errand, we made it home in time to chill out for awhile before we had to head to the Bowling Alley. 
I think we have been to the bowling alley only 1 time before as a family and that was many years ago. We had reserved two lanes, 4 pizzas and 2 pitchers of Soda ( a very special treat) and the kids were quite shocked that I had gotten soda, so it didn't last long. Right when we began to bowl, I happened to look at my phone and saw a text from a friend. I had forgotten to pick him up! I ran to the van and went after him! I was so glad he only lived down the road! 
Rosen joined us for a second game and this mama kept the score up better than I thought I would. I guess those college bowling classes paid off after all! 

Eli is smiling because he just pestered his brothers

Rosen, Nathaniel, Ben and Andrew is serious about this bowling thing!

Violetti, made a good bowl! Look! she painted her nails! 

Mama and Daddy's scores are looking good! We were beating the boys who had bumper guards! LOL!

Yes! I made a strike! 

This was right before the games began. There ended up being many more bowling balls

Competition is serious.

Cutie Patutie

Girls Just gotta have fun! 

See, I told you there ended up being more balls. Nathaniel had several more balls than anyone and most coordinated with his Alabama hat and shirt


Well, Day 4 of Spring Break was scheduled to go to the carnival in town but got filled up with life. Most everyone (except mom) slept in.  I woke up with a horrible headache and congestion in my head. So I wasn't sure if the carnival was going to happen or not.  I ended up loading up on essential oils and Duane gave me a dose of antibiotics ( as I had fought this about two earlier)  and laying down because I was in misery. I woke up with Graham asking me what time his haircut was!  Right now!  Chelsea, Graham's sweet girlfriend had scheduled it with her grandmother. We were a few minutes late as the the dude and I both had slept in. It drives this mama crazy that this child always sleeps to the last minute for everything! Then acts like, "What?"  
Thankfully, when we arrived, she was still with another client and we had to wait a few minutes.
With my haired life of a crisis and stress popping up whenever it wants to, no matter what you have planned, it was kinda of a good breather for me as I got a little break in a quiet mom and pop salon.
Graham's new haircut.
God can meet you anywhere, He's always around if we stop and take a moment to notice and be aware. Right there in that salon, he met me. sitting there in my own little corner, I was thinking of some things I wanted to accomplish this spring and summer, I wondered how we would be able to do it. I had been a little discouraged here and there. Some of my dreams were big and necessary. Some were just to add some fun, beauty, stability and rest to our family. Inwardly, I was sighing, just when we would think we are getting ahead a little, whether it was financial, mental, emotional or physical, it has seemed like another mountain would appear and another struggle for health or wellbeing would be at hand. It seems like we have been in battle for years now, contending for certain victories in our lives. 
But in that moment of wondering how some things were going to come together, I looked over to a product shelf and there was a word of encouragement straight from Heaven. Tucked behind a couple of rows of products, sat a little plaque. It was old, covered in hairspray and dust but it had life giving words on it.  "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." 3 John 1:2 I stored that nugget away in my brain to look at later but got busy. 

Then again today, 3 days later, our pastor read from that same passage. I know that God is sending me messages of hope. A love note to his beloved (me) that He plans for me and my family to be prosperous in all things in body, mind and soul. 

Chelsea's grandmother got Graham looking all good and then wouldn't let us pay for it! 

Since our pantry and fridge were pretty much completely empty, we headed to the store to buy 2 buggies full of food. That is always a task in this family but we did it fairly quickly. (in under 2 hours) Grocery shopping is my least favorite thing to do so I was very glad to get that chore over with. 

By the time we got home, it was late afternoon and I again put my head down on my pillow I was never so happy to see my doTERRA order  show up at my door. I quickly opened it to get my On Guard Plus Softgels and the Breathe Blend.  Boy, was I ever glad to see those two essential oil products! We had been out of them for over a week! 

 Well, it was time to get dinner far too soon and I got up to get the boys assigned to cook going on dinner. 

To make up for not making it to the carnival, I pulled up a movie on Netflix for the kids to watch.  I ended up going to bed rather early, praying I would feel better when I woke up!   

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring Break Day 3 WEDNESDAY

Spring Break has gotten off to a fun start! Today I decided we would head to Turtle Bay. We enjoyed the nature walks, seeing the animals they had, playing on the playground, getting pooped on by Lorikeets, seeing the fish aquariums, and visiting the candy exhibit. 
The kids enjoyed going through the maze

Isaiah has food in his cup which is why the lorikeets are all over him

Andrew is excited ! LOL! 

The birds all made us giggle

I didn't have food but I had money and they tried to take it! 

Eli made a friend

Graham needed some brain power

yes, Allenni has a disguise


We stood and watched the Porcupine aggravate the Skunk for a while. Until finally the skunk had had enough! He turned on the Porcupine and raised his paws as if to say , " Leave me alone or I will slap you! "

The kiddos


on the boardwalk to the outdoor nature area- The "good" pose

The crazy wild pose

At the Candy exhibit. Violetti is sporting that golden hairdo.

They're not acting like sweethearts! 
They were so in awe of this incredible chocolate bar! 

Spring Break Fun! Tuesday Day 2

Day one was pretty fun but day 2 had great fun as well. My older daughter is living in AL and is close to having her 1st Baby! That is right! I am going to be a Grandma!
She's 34 weeks! 

Johnny and Magy

Little Andy's Ultrasound! 

So we decided to go shopping to Target to buy her some baby stuff. Everyone picked out something and it was fun. 

Afterwards we headed over to Razzalicious for some great yogurt. It was quiet fun having leisure time chit chatting.  

Picking out the goods for little Andy coming!

All wrapped up and ready to mail

Me and Andrew Selfie

Graham and Andrew

Allenni and Violetti enjoying their yogurt

Later that night, We decided to talk to Dad into going to eat Indian Food.  So off we headed to  enjoy some Curry and Masala!
This sweet girl is always full of smiles

Duane was tired after a full day of work but enjoyed his Biryani 

Violetti and Andrew

Isaiah is over waiting for his food to come out! Graham must have just gotten finished teasing someone

Eli is the stud muffin 'cause he just ordered spicy for his food, Allenni is dreaming of her shrimp curry coming

The food has arrived! 

I would say that our day 2 of Spring Break was a great Success! Wonder what Day 3 holds?


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