Monday, June 29, 2009

Recent pics and a cute video of Maia

These photos came off my iPhone. The first one was taken a few days ago by Micaylah. She found Maia and Penn sleeping on my bed, I think it's precious. The other is of my girls at Mt. Gatti's last Friday.

Maia attempts the Thriller dance from Melissa Lopez on Vimeo.

Morning Joe

Good Monday morning! This weekend was a lazy one. Friday night was the usual hang out, don't do much kind of night. Mike played Street Fighter on XBOX and the girls and I watched movies in my room. Mike and I were both tired, him from work and me from cleaning house all day doing the unusual chores that I don't do daily. Saturday I went shopping for Maia's birthday presents, cooked dinner and then we had family game night. The girls LOVE family game night! We played Sorry ( I won) and several games of Yahtzee. The dice seemed to be lucky for Mike who scored 2 yahtzees in one game. He won of course, but one of us girls will take him out next week, his luck has to run out sometime. I bought Maia Yahtzee Jr, Princess edition for her birthday. I know she'll love it and Kaylah and I can play it with her. She loves games and puzzles and for nearly 6, she's great at them. Sunday we all slept in, it was wonderful! When Mike crawled out of bed Maia crawled in. I love cuddling with her, she's just so sweet in the mornings. Later I made breakfast, washed laundry, cooked dinner, and settled in for my Sunday night TV. It was a great, lazy weekend.

One of my shows is a program on Animal planet called Whale Wars. Those of you that know me well, know that I have always loved the ocean, marine life and even wanted to be a marine biologist since the age of 6. My parents took us to Sea World all the time, and I'll never forget the joy I felt watching the Shamu shows, feeding the dolphins, and laughing at the sea lion shows. Sea World holds great memories for me. Anyways, I'm rambling now. Back to Whale Wars. This show follows the Sea Shephards on their campaigns to stop Japanese Whalers from meeting thier quota. They're basically hippies on a ship that sail around the artic looking for thge japanese whaling fleet. When they do catch up to one of the I beleive 6 whaling vessels it's on! They throw bottles of buteric acid, some slippery powder bombs and try to fowl their propellars with huge cables ( that never works). They claim that Japan kills way over their quota of Minke whales and that they need to be stopped. Japan claims that the Sea Shephards are Environmental Terrorists and consider them the Al Quaida of the seas. Japan aslo claims that they are collecting research data on whales which I don't doubt, but when the main ship is a floating factory vessel that processes and packages whale meat... Japan you do not have me sold on that idea.

The Sea Shephards are just one ship full of volunteers. They donot all get along and the captain and first mate clearly have their heads up their butts. Their sailing experience is minimal, they're in the artic manuvering around icebergs and completely ignore coordinates to constantly find themselves hundreds of miles in the wrong direction or like in last weeks Ep they found themselves DEEP in a sea of ice ( In a ship not capable of crushing ice) with maybe 200 ft of visibility. It was insane. There are some people on the ship that know what they're doing but I'd say it's only 25% of the crew. It's sad, they mean well but nearly kill themselves in the process every campaign! Either way, I love this show! Mike and I watched it last night in bed and laughed at what a moron the captain is. Wikipedia Sea Shephards, it's an interesting read if you're up for it.

In other news, my big sis turned 31 yesterday. She says her birthday wasn't all that great :( She did get some nice gifts but was completely sideswiped when she realized she was not getting her chocolate birthday cake. If I had been there I would have made her one. She loved the cake I baked her last year. I think my brother in law needs a smack upside the head for not even bothering to buy a $2.00 cake mix and some Chocolate frosting and baking her a cake. I'm sorry sis, that really does suck, what's a birthday without cake?

This is it for me this morning. The girls will be awake wanting breakfast soon and I have plenty to do before Maia's birthday later this week. See you soon!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Test run

Well, I haven't blogged in awhile but this seems to be a surefire way to keep in touch with family and friends not so close by but close to our hearts.

I'm on summer vacation from work right now, thanks to my lovely school district job. I'm enjoying the time with the girls, but I am not enjoying this heat. It is HORRIBLE. I have never sweat so much, and that's bad considering I grew up in the tropics of Guam and the Philippines.

Mike unfortunately works for the real world and doesn't have the time off that I have. Luckily he's a Scrooge when it comes to his vacation days so I'm hoping we can take a day trip to Lubbock and get a change of scenery. We've had the Sequoia for 14 months now and the farthest that best has taken us was Andrews to get Penn and Teller. Don't get too excited, Andrews is barely an hour drive and there is NOTHING to be seen on the way but crop dusters and the occasional cow.

Tomorrow is my sister's birthday. Happy Birthday Jada! Last year Jada and her kids spent just under two weeks here in Odessa with us. I had not seen my sister and niece in 10 years and had never met my nephew. Vice versa, she hadn't met my husband or kids so her visit was definitely overdue. She was here for her 30th birthday and we had chocolate cake and good times. I miss my sister, Cassia and Deion so much. It will not be another 10 years before I see my sister again!

Speaking of birthdays, Maia is turning 6 on Wednesday July 1st. My baby is going to be six and I can hardly believe it. She has grown into quite the little lady. She's so bright and funny. Today mom sprayed her with a spray bottle to cool her off and she said " Wow Grandma, you're inventive." From the mouth of babes. I went shopping @ Target for birthday presents and it was so hard. What do you get for a 6 yr old genius? I ended up buying fun things for my little mensa. Polkadot sidewalk chalk, Yahtzee Jr. Disney princess edition, Little Mermaid game for her DS, an outfit and a Mitchie doll from Camp Rock. It's not a lot, but she's easy to please. Wednesday we're having Thai food at Maia's request, and her Tita Susie from the asian Deli is making her Pancit ( for long life) and a carrot cake from scratch. Maia doesn't like carrot cake, but this is seriously the BEST CARROT CAKE in the world! She can eat her pink pirate cupcakes ;)

Micaylah is finding herself more and more bored these days. All she wants to do is play video games or get on the computer. I don't mind those activities in moderation, but she wants to play all day only stopping for the bathroom and food. I am looking for vacation bible school, and any other activity to keep this girl entertained and off the Wii. If you have any suggestions, just throw them out there via comments or email.

I guess this is it for now. I hope everyone is well and enjoying their weekend. Be back soon!