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My Week in a Nutshell

This week has been super nice for the most part. I got a massage, got my hair done and then I went with my dear friend Adrianne and her sweet mom Diane to get pedicures. After our pedicures we got Jamba Juice and the drove to the cliffs to see the ocean since it was such a beautiful day. Spending time with Adrianne and Diane has been the best part about my week. They are still fighting breast cancer and they both look as beautiful as ever. I get inspired every time that I am around them by their courage, strength and inner and outer beauty. They are both blessings to my life!

Yesterday I took Hadley a doctor appointment that I had made for a reoccurring bump that she has on her lip. I felt like such a looser mom!! I promised her that the doctor would not touch her lip and I assured her that she was only going to look at it. Once we were in the doctors office I was informed that they were going to have to do a needle biopsy on it…. nice going Mom!! I had just promised Haddie that they would not touch it. The biopsy experience was hard for both of us. Two people had to hold my sweet girl down on the table while the doctor stuck a needle in her lip and did her work. Poor Haddie was screaming her head off. When we left she just kept telling me “Mommy the doctor hurt me” I felt like such a looser. I will not make any promises like that again. I did get the chance to explain to her that they were going to have to touch her lip and I promised her an ice cream. At two years old ice cream works well for most bribes.

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Disney Princesses on Ice

This weekend we took our girls to see Disney Princesses on Ice. They had such a blast as they love anything that has to do Disney Princesses. I love taking my girls to Ice shows as it reminds me of some of my best childhood memories. When we go to the ice shows, as we do every year I have to splurge on everything. We eat a lot of yummy junk food as it would just not be the same without cotton candy, snow cones and my favorite soft pretzels and cheese sauce…Yum! It is also an absolute must that we get some kind of light up today every year, this has become a tradition and we have to spin around the lasted and greatest light up toy. This year I was surprised when my girls passed on the adorable light up princess crowns and choose the spinning tinker bell light up toy.

Events like this also remind me of just how rude some people are. We were lucky enough to be sitting in front of a little girl who was kicking the crap out of the backs of our seats. Since I really like to avoid confrimation I thought that by turning my head and giving a few looks would let the mom know that the constant kicking was not appreciated. However, this mom thought that her child was darling and was not going to spoil her time by teaching her any manners. Finally after the second half of the show I had reached the point where enough was enough. I no longer cared about confronting this very rude mom who refused to parent her child.  I finally asked her very politely to have her child stop kicking the seat, she gave a very sweet smile and nodded her head. This mother then continued to allow her daughter to kick the seat, and let me also say that this was very constant and hard kicking, not just a few little kicks here and there. I finally snapped and just told her that enough was enogh and that it needed to stop. I am always amazed at the lack of parenting that some people display. I love that I married someone from Texas who is all about southern manners and having our children say, Please, thank you, Yes Ma’am, No Sir, etc…. I wish that I was from Texas!

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March 5, 2008 - 9:33 pm

Sarah Lewis - I know Amiee. We were there also and a great day but the people! Wow! If the parents are that rude, imagine how rude are there kids are going to turn out. uhhh


A Trip to the Duck Pond

We took a little trip to our local duck pond with Auntie Becca and our cousins Nathan and Johnny.  This was a multipurpose trip. First of all the sunshine finally came back so we just had to get outside and enjoy it. Secondly, I need to do a photo shoot of the kid’s modeling some products for Pink Taffy Designs . The kid’s loved feeding the ducks and we go to a great pond that has little bridges to walk over and paths to walk around. The picture taking on the other had was another experience. Trying to get three Little ones to all smile and stand still in a photo all at the same time is a huge challenge and I never did get a great photo of all of them together. However, I did get some great photos of them alone. You can see of photos here Pool Family Website


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February 27, 2008 - 11:01 pm

Sarah Lewis - Where is the duck pond at?

February 28, 2008 - 12:23 am

aimeepool - We LOVE this duck pond it is so great!!

It is in a funny location….. It is in Spring Lakes Mobile Home Park in Scotts Valley. =-)

The Man Cold….

This last week the flu has been running through our house. Poor Kinley and Hadely have had fevers as high as 104 and they have just been feeling terrible. My husband has also had the flu and I must say he is a bigger baby then any of our kid’s. What is it with men that makes they tun into two year olds when they are sick? The whining and moaning is unbelievable. When I get sick I still have to take care of everyone but when my husband gets sick he excuses himself from all responsibilities because he is far too weak to do anything for at least week. You have to watch this clip of “The Man Cold” it is so funny and it is totally my husband!


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February 26, 2008 - 3:29 am

Christy - That is the funniest thing Ive seen in awhile…I had my husband watch it bc it is sooooo him too. Geez…

Starting Kindergarten Early vs Late

I totally had my mind made up that I would not start Kinley in Kindergarten until she was six and now I am second guessing if that is the right thing to do. Kinley goes to a private school where they want the children to be 5 1/2 before they enter in to kindergarten. When the children have a summer birthday like Kinley does you can really go either way. I had decided that I wanted to wait and give her another year to just be a kid without the pressure if school. Not only do I feel that she would be more socially and emotionally ready if I waited but I would get to have her an extra year of her life and she would not go off to college so soon. She would also not be faced with peer pressure of sex, drugs etc.. as early. Kinely’s teacher told me that academically she is ready. She is very smart and is already writing and doing math. However, Kinley is a very shy and quiet girl and I think that she would benefit by waiting another year. I will most likely stress about this decision for quit some time. but i won’t be alone. Every time I get together with the other mom’s this is a major topic on conversation. We all have the same concerns. What to do???? I am really leaning towards waiting. Many of my friends are teachers and they all say to wait. the common thing that I hear is that you will never regret waiting but you may regret not waiting. You will here more on this subject later. I need to go stress about it now!

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February 25, 2008 - 3:51 pm

Christy - We are waiting…part of the decision is made for us bc Jett’s b-day is in November. He will be 6 when he goes to Kindergarten…however, I had always planned on sending him later anyway. Boys do better going to school a little later for social reasons. My advice…go with your gut…it will never steer you wrong!

March 17, 2008 - 4:21 am

katherine - I have the same dilemma – please help! My daughter is four now (early December b-day). Our district cut-off date for K is 12/31, so she definitely makes it. And while I first was certain I will send her, I now have doubts because it is a full day kindergarten (8:15 to 2:30) – will she be able to handle such a long day and 8 lessons a day and then homework? If it were a half-day K I would send her without a doubt, but what should I do now? SHe still naps if I put her down, but she is very bright, naturally bi-lingual, tries to read and write in both english and russian, and has a phenomenal vocabulary for her age (in both languages). And whomever I ask I hear the exact opposite things – some say definitely hold her back, the others say no, let her go. Her teachers in pre-school say she will be fine either way. And I just canot make up my mind! One day I decide to hold her back, but next day I make up and think – no, I should send her… What should i do?

Valentine’s Day 2008

We had a great valentine’s Day! The girls were so cute. In the morning we went to a little valentine cookie decorating party. the girls enjoyed the yummy frosting and I enjoyed talking with the mommies!

This year I decided to give Reggie a gift that I knew would should him how much I love and appreciate him….. Reggie recently lost his cherished Texas A&M Class Ring and he was so sad. He had this ring for 20 years and wore it with great pride everyday. I never really liked the ring but it did start to grow on me because it was a part of him. It must be a Texas thing because I never got who important the Aggie ring is, they even have “Ring Day”.  I was not sure how to get the ring without him knowing about it because I had no idea what size it was and I did not know what was engraved on the inside. To my absolute surprise the Aggie Ring Office had all of his information from 20 years ago and I was able to get the ring made just as it was. Reggie loved his gift and was extremely surprised!!


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