Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Who do you think this is?

Jamie is working on a game based on The Simpsons and had me and Kian "Simpson-ified"! How neat is that!!! It was a little extra birthday gift he had done for me :) What a sweetie!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Wish List at

Yeah, I'm one of the hardest people to please when it comes to buying me stuff lol Pre Jamie's prompting I made a Wishlist at Here is a link to it: You will have to copy the link and paste it into your browser because Blogger won't let me make it a link. I only have a few things on there right now, but I will add more later on :)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Slide Show!

I created a quick little slide show of some of the photos we have up at winkflash :) I will make more later - but this is a good place to start!

Create Your Own!

Friday, October 20, 2006


So, I just spent the last hour on the phone with someone from winkflash. Last weekend I was having issues getting photos uploaded. And this week I was having issues adding people's ID's to my contact list for viewing.

I think I finally got the bugs worked out! I ended up actually calling them for assistance and received some great tips as well as a direct email to this person for further help if needed.

SO, if you have signed up through the winkvitation I sent you and you cannot see our photos (make sure you click on the friends tab to get to our photos) please email me with your ID you are using on winkflash and I will add you on this end or take care of the problem.

PHEW! I'm glad I finally got to the bottom of this before I moved all our photos to another hosting site!

Also, remember that when you sign up for winkflash it's totally free. If you want to order photos you can - that's the only time you will pay.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Kian has a new love in his life


Kian has been asking to watch her show a lot. He has even learned to say "Blue" and "Yellow" in spanish and he says "Oh Man!" a lot which is also from the show.

Last week all he asked to watch was Dora or what sounds like "War-ah". Unfortunately we only have three episodes recorded - Dora is on at the same time as the Rachael Ray Show and unfortunately Rachael comes before Dora (well at least according to Mommy!) Needless to say, I was sick of hearing about Rojo the Firetruck and watching Diego (Dora's cousin) help her take pictures of animals.

Luckily this weekend Blue's Clues was back in rotation hehe

But Kian sure does love Dora. He even recognizes her toys when we are out and about. Today we went to buy him a winter coat and there were Dora toys around...of course when I told him we had to say goodbye to them he had to say goodbye to ALL the characters on Dora lol He's such a little nut :)

Pumpkin Patch!

This morning we all headed to a local pumpkin patch. I had seen it in the paper and heard about it in the class I go to with Kian. It was really neat! They had A LOT of pumpkins, a little old west town, pony rides, cows, chickens, sheep, goats...we had a lot of fun!

Today is very overcast here and it's pretty cold in terms of being California. I wished we had a winter hat for Kian since he just finished his antibiotic for his ear infection. He did have on a hooded jacket for him. After Kian's nap we are going out to get some warmer gear for our little guy.

Despite the cold, Kian had a great time! He loved feeding the goats and couldn't stop talking about them (he was calling them sheep and saying close enough!)

We left without buying pumpkins...weird I know! But they were a tad on the expensive side and since Kian doesn't really know the difference between me buying one there or at the grocery store I figured I'd wait to get them some where pretty cheap. The main thing was that we all had a great time and only spent .75 on feed and whatever we spent on gas :) It was a lot of wiped Kian out for sure though...he asked for a nap about a half hour after we got home! That's not normal for him! But he's out like a little light :)

I have pictures uploading on winkflash right now of our time there. I put them in the October 2006 folder and in a subfolder called Pumpkin Patch. Also, note one winkflash it has been taking some people quite some time before their ID is recognized as linked to my account. If you can't view photos right away, wait for about 24 hours and check back. If you are still having issues, email me and I might be able to help you out on my end.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

More New photos!

I posted a bunch of new photos at winkflash. Make sure you press the "Friend" button to view them. I have them in folders marked September 2006 and October 2006.

Also, just a FYI, Winkflash is a free service. You don't pay for anything unless you order prints from them. Just make sure when you sign up you do it through our invite and you will automatically be put on our friends list.

And once again, let me know if you have any issues at all :)

Monday, October 09, 2006

ATTENTION: New photo hosting

Just and FYI everyone. We have changed where we will be putting up our photos on the web. I have sent invites to those of you that I have email addresses for. You have to create an account with Winkflash through an invite I email to you inorder to view our photos.

We hope to have photos up more often and it gives those of you who want to print off photos of your own a good service to get prints from (it's really reasonable according to what I have seen on other sites like this).

Anyway, if you want to view current photos and didn't get an invite, just send me an email and I will get one right to you :)

Kian's First Wedding!

Saturday was Kian’s first Wedding! Our friends Steve and Lisa tied the knot on Saturday a beautiful golf course/country club in Gilroy. Jamie stood up as one of Steve’s groom’s men. Kian and I faired pretty well! Especially considering he had no nap and was going from about 1:30 until 9:30 (drive time included). I of course had my bag of “tricks” with me filled with snacks, a small truck and some Color Wonder books and markers. We also got to sit at the head table where Kian almost started the clinking of glasses by tapping his spoon on his macaroni and cheese bowl. He normally has plastic dishes at home so I guess it made a neat sound lol Kian had a great time dancing too! We didn’t hang around long for that though. Our car ride was about an hour and a half long. Thank GOD for our DVD player and Blue’s Clues. By the time Steve and Lisa cut their cake, Kian was saying “bah-bye” – basically asking to leave. Luckily we drove separately so Jamie could hang around longer.

All three of us were beat on Sunday and just took it easy. We did make a short trip to Target where Kian had a melt down…that was so unlike him :( He usually can get interested in something else easily or he just whines – rarely does he cry. Jamie and I figured that his well over due bedtime combined with a fairly early wake up on his part (I did let him sleep as long as he needed) AND that the fact that the poor guy has an ear infection just compounded into one. Heck, I was even cranky yesterday myself lol! I just didn’t burst into tears in the middle of Target ;) Things are back to normal today though. Kian seems more like himself although I am still dog tired!

Speaking of Dogs…

Toby still has a “cone” head. He has become used to it being there and a lot of times accommodates for his head being about 4 times larger all around then usual. He doesn’t seem bothered by it at all unless he has an itch under the cone…I usually help him with that.

He has started pretty much not caring if he barrels head first into anything. The cone now is pretty dented up. Before Toby was moving at a slower speed and if he ran into anything he would just stop – we would have to coax him through things lol Now he just barrels right past stuff…let me tell ya my legs will be thankful to have that thing off of him at the end of this week! His wounds look great and I think his stitches are very ready to come out (but what do I know LOL).

I think the first thing Toby will do when he gets that cone off is rub his paws all over his head and then enjoy chewing on his cow bone – all he’s been able to do all week is just hold it in his mouth.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Ants and.......

MICE (insert puking sounds here!) YUCK!

So, I have known we have had a bit of an ant problem for a while. When we first moved in they infilltrated Toby's food (which was outside at the time) and I found some in our pantry area of our house. Well, the rainy season is now starting around here. Rain = Ants when you live in California. If you have ever lived here, you will have ants at least once a's just inevitable. Jamie felt we could solve our problem with some ant traps. I knew it would be fruitless but I was willing to spend $5 instead of $105 and having a bug guy come out.

Last night we bought a new food container for Toby's food and filled it up with a brand new 35lb bag. This morning I went to the pantry to get some things right away in the morning and notice a HUGE infilltration of ants all over our recycle bin and Toby's food. I showed it to Jamie and told him we really needed to call a bug guy. He luckily still had the card from the guy that did the inspection on our place before we bought it so we called them. AND boy, and I am glad we did!

The bug guy showed up and looked all around and suggested different types of service...we are now on a bi-monthly plan and it's a darn good thing because he discovered that our hotwater heater closet (which is located right off the back paito) has rats or mice.... YES I have the eebie-geebies thinking of mice/rats running through my house!!! In fact, while he was spraying outside and cleaning off cob webs from the house - I heard a click....we caught a mouse within 5 mins of him setting those traps!

Our house does butt up against a big open field so mice are something I kind of expected to be around...BUT NOT IN MY HOUSE bleck! He showed me areas of the house that we need to make sure are closed up - areas where they rodents are slipping in. Apparently they can get in anywhere that is the size of a quarter!

Hopefully our pests of all shapes and sizes will be gone quickly. Right now I am a bit grossed out.

But boy am I glad we called them! It was worth it!

Kian's Vist to his New Pediatrician

So today Kian and I met his new Ped. I REALLY REALLY LIKE HER! She's a no-nonsense kinda gal, which I like! She’s also very informative. The office is fairly big with a lot of Dr.s but we got in right away (I wasn’t even able to finish our new patient paperwork until AFTER the visit!). The staff there is very kid oriented – it really gave me flash backs of what Dr. Bravo and his staff is like. And of course our beloved Dr. Bravo will always be the comparison for whatever Ped we have for Kian :)

Kian wasn't sick (that I knew of). We were going to get his prescriptions for all his breathing meds and fluoride stuff redone (there is no fluoride in the water here!) as well as him getting his flu shot. She suggested that he get it toward the end of October since they are only good for 4 months (I had no idea!)

She checked him all out and discovered he had an ear infection! We honestly had no idea!!! We were all sick a few weeks ago and I am wondering if it was from that. Kian also has been sleeping a lot lately – I figured it was maybe a growth spurt or something but now I think it might be this infection.

We left the office armed with scripts for our pharmacy to have one file and one for an antibiotic for his ear…poor guy :(

As for the flu shot, he is scheduled to get it at the end of October. Kian is in a high risk category - first of all he's under the age of 5 (which is considered high risk) and second of all he's an asthmatic which puts him in the must have category. He’s had the shot every winter since his birth.

The pediatrician told me that their office is only giving them to kids that have health issues (like asthma). They aren't even doing any kids unless they are under three - not even up to five because of companies buying up the vaccine that sell them to drugs stores and other places for people WHO REALLY DONT NEED the shot!!! GRRRRRRRR! It ticks me off to the nth degree that people who don't have a risk of DIEING are getting the flu shot and those who are labeled in the high risk category have to be evaluated just how high risk they are. At Costco, Walmart, Safeway...all these blasted places have the vaccine but yet my Peds office is in short supply.

This is not only sick but it’s wrong in so many ways :( Sad...very, very sad....

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Toby Update and Cows

Toby is doing very well after his surgery. He has an incision that’s about 5-6 inches long down his leg where they removed the tumor. And one that is half the size where his neutering was done. He seems sore, but in pretty good spirits. He has pain meds for the week and we are trying to keep Kian’s interaction with him fairly minimal. Kian has a habit of wanting to chase him with is play lawnmower or kicking him. Of course that was squelched right away (the lawnmower will be in our downstairs closet until further notice). For the most part, Kian has been good with him – I just hope it continues through the week too.

Toby has a cone on his head which makes it hard for him to get around or get to us to have us pet him. He’s getting used to it though and I’m sure he will be a pro getting around with it before the two week is up. Yep! Two weeks he has to have that thing on! bleh…not looking forward to that! He hasn’t eaten much or drank a whole lot either. I’m sure he’s not feeling so hot. I will be putting a call into the vet tomorrow though to see what they say about that just to make sure.


Yesterday we were sitting at our dining table eating a meal together and Kian said something about a cow and made a mooing sound. He was looking out our patio door toward the hill in the back of our house. I had shown Kian the moon a few nights ago and we have been saying the nursery rhyme at his class that has the line “the cow jumped over the moon” so I thought that might be what he was thinking about.

Well, this evening we were eating again as family. Jamie was facing the patio door this time. And all of a sudden he said, “there’s a cow!” I turned around to see at the top of the hill there was a cow grazing! Apparently Kian DID see a cow the other night lol! So of course for the next 15 mins Kian asked, “did you see the cow?” lol It was so cute!

Also, for those of you who don’t know our patio butts up against a fairly steep hill. The top of the hill has barbed wire and the land up there is protected. I guess that also means that a farmer has access to it. Our realtor told us that in the spring there will be sheep grazing up there this spring so I guess Kian will be in for a treat then :)