Last Friday the kids were all out of school (inservice day). My daughters each had a friend over to play, but that was just not enough kids, so my friend came over with her 3 children and her daughter’s friend. We spent the day carving pumpkins.


There were also 4 teenage boys present, who are too cool for pictures.


Balloons Aloft

My daughters school was one of the schools chosen to particpate in the early morning balloon aloft. So last Friday they had 2 balloons from the balloon fiesta come to the school at 7AM. My 2 daughters, D#1’s best friend and I dragged ourselves out of bed and went to see the balloons.

They had a blast. Hot chocolate, burritos, and coffee for me(a must at 7AM). They were able to go right up to the balloon baskets, and did’nt have to deal with the crowds.

Weekend Relaxation Not!!!


                          Three soccer games on Saturday

                        Visit to the library to stock up for nightly reading for all.

                      A little knitting in between soccer games.

Don’t forget food, laundry, and some one (teenager who will remain nameless) has to go shopping and get a haircut on Sunday. I’m not a TGIF type of girl, I am more of a Thank God It’s Monday they are all gone back to school and work, so I can now relax.

Happy Birthday


Happy 11th birthday to daughter #1. I can’t believe she is 11 already, it seems like only yesterday she was born.  I won tickets at my girls school for the Vanessa Hudgens Concert with Corbin Bleu from High School Musical, it just so happened the concert was on her birthday. She was sooo excited, this was her first concert, she had a blast. Here she is at the concert,


She is all sunburnt from her soccer game that day, (someone who will remain nameless forgot to make sure she had sunblock!!!!). One piece of advice if you ever bring your daughters to a concert, WEAR EARPLUGS!!!! or bring your ipod.

Bad Habits/Good Habits!!!

I have had a very bad habit for years, that 6 months ago I finally quit. Alot of people did’nt even know I did this, infact it never happened in the house, or car, only outside. I had tried many times to quit, used all the new tools for quitting but always  failed. Finally I quit cold turkey in Feb of this year, yes I quit smoking!!!.  Part of what helped me was running, I started the Couch to 5K program listening to Katia and Kyliemac podcast (yes I did get strange looks as I laughed out loud while running). It has been 6 months now since I quit, I am now running 4-6 miles a day with the help of Freeway to 10K. I had been saving my nicotine money for a special treat, here is what I bought:


                                It is the Trek FX 7.2 WSD.

I spent alot of time researching this, thanks to Chris from Stumbling over Chaos for all her advice and suggestions. So this week I have cycled 13 miles a day  for 3 days listening too Katia and Kyliemac, Lime & Violet, and Stash & Burn podcasts. I am really loving this bike.


Summer Is Here!!

Yes, summer is here. My kids have been out of school for a week, right now they are all still in bed. We had our last soccer tournament last weekend, so that means scheduled activities are over for the summer. No more driving here and there, instead just relaxing, fun, swimming, playing and reading. My friend thinks I’m crazy for liking summer break, with the kids home, but I do. Not only do I have my kids, but there is usually some of their friends sleeping over every other night (we had 6 the other night).

I have another finished project. My daughters 4th grade teacher is expecting so I crochet a baby blanket. My Daughter picked the color and the pattern.

                  Pattern:Make One For Baby

It was really quick to make, usually I hate following crochet patterns but this one I managed to stick too. I’m making another blanket for a friend right now, and then I want to start this.


As usual in April we had our spring day and then the next day it snowed. I was waiting for that last cold day, so I could plant flowers. Living in the desert, most of our yard is rock!!!, but coming from Ireland if I can’t have green then I have to have flowers. So this weekend I filled my outdoor pots with flowers.

Hopefully I will have flowers everywhere in a few weeks. Now unto the next thing!!!!

What is that??? Well when we were redoing our bathroom, my husband had the bright idea of putting the bathtub in the back yard as a flower pot!!! and for some reason he spray painted it bright green ( I guess he thought it would remind me of Ireland). So needless to say it has acted as a bug collector over the years. It is also too heavy to move. But I have finally found a use for it.

My herb garden, I planted Thyme, Parsley, Mint, and Sage.

Have a great day.

Las Vegas

I’m off to Vegas this weekend with my 13 year old son for a soccer tournament. We are going to be staying here. When I first immigrated from Ireland with son#1 (he was 7 at the time, now he’s 26), I moved to Las Vegas. I know what a change!!!! But I have very good memories from Vegas. It is where I met my husband, where I went to nursing school. I lived there for 5 years, until we moved here. It will be interesting to go back there, son#2 wants to see where we lived, worked etc. So wish us luck in the tournament.

Happy St. Patricks Day

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. I have been such a bad blogger lately, but I ‘m hoping to blog more frequently now. We had a wonderful Christmas, I had to work Christmas eve night but it actually makes you appeciate what you have. When you are taking care of critically ill people, and seeing their families spending Chistmas in the hospital, or the patient with no family you realise how fortunate you are.

My best friend had her baby on Christmas Day, a little girl.

I do have quite a bit of knitting done, finally found my knitting mojo,I’ll post pics this week. So now I’m off to get the dog groomed, followed by my 3 kids 6 monthly dental appointments. Have a great day.

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