Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Grrr

A few weeks ago I received a letter from America First's security department informing me that my visa card number may have been compromised and if I wanted to have a new card issued that I should give them a call. I figured I would call the next day, which it came and went and I did not call. Pretty soon it was out of my mind and I didn't think much else of it. Larry called me today to let me know that there was a message on our phone asking me to call because there was suspicious activity on my card. Well, I should have cancelled my card a few weeks back because I have close to $600 worth of charges pending. All but one of the charges are coming from Great Britain. Lovely (in a sarcastic voice) I went straight in to a branch and filled out all the paperwork needed to dispute the charges. The securities lady working with me is going to try to get all the paperwork processed before the charges actually post to my account. I would love to not have $600 come out of my checking account. Apparently, what happened is I swiped my visa checking card at some store and a hacker was hacking that store's computer system and was stealing all the information from the card strip...account number, expiration date, security code...and placing that information on new cards. Hopefully, we caught the charges before anymore could go through. I HATE DISHONEST PEOPLE!!!

On a side note...

I usually always park my car in the garage but last night the boys scooters were blocking my spot in the garage and I was having a migraine so I didn't feel like getting out of my car and moving them so I left my car in the driveway overnight. I am crazy about locking my car and I know I did...well I could have sworn I did...but I received a phone call this morning from my lovely neighbor, mom, who asked me if I went to my car last night around 1 - 1:30am. I told her I was dead asleep with a migraine and I wasn't out there. She went on to tell me that she heard a car door close quietly so she got up and peeked out her blinds (she's such a snoop j/k). She said she saw someone with long hair sitting in my car. She figured it was me getting something from my car and didn't think much else about it until this morning when she called me. I know when I went to my car this morning it was locked and I could swear I locked it last night. I can't see anything missing from my car. My registration is still there, the folder with my paid bills was still sitting on the passengers seat (I know, that should have been taken into the house), the curly fries from Logan's dinner were still there along with the lovely odor, the cd's were still there (maybe they don't like Spongebob music or Kids Bop), and the change in my door was still there. I can't see anything missing.

So, the question is..are these both random incidents or do they have something to do with each other?

I guess my advice to you is this, if you get a letter from your bank or credit union letting you know your information MAY be compromised, it probably is so you should change your account information. The other thing is, be aware of your neighborhood! A prowler was lurking around my yard which means he may have been lurking around your yard. Watch out for your neighbors and if you think something is suspicious go ahead and give your neighborhood police a call!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Birthday Boy Logan

Logan celebrated his 5th birthday on the 18th. He wanted a pirate themed party so we accommodated his desires with pirate eye patches for all to wear, a treasure chest cake, little treasure chests filled with necklaces, rings, and money for the kids to take home, and a parrot pinata. Logan was showered with lots of gifts from his friends and family. He certainly is a loved little boy!

Logan, the serious pirate.

Cheesin' it for the camera.

Acting silly with the eye patches.

Aunt Kenda and Grandma BJ were very generous! Big thank you's to the both of you!

Larry's influence...Star Wars. Logan wanted this Storm Trooper helmet and a Storm Trooper gun. The helmet hasn't been used much but the gun certainly has!

We are very lucky to have a little boy like Logan in our family. He is so full of love and compassion and is a joy to have as a son and brother.

We love you!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I can do it!

I have been trying to make it to the gym at least 3 times a week since April 1st. I usually run on the treadmill and then lift weights. I started out only being able to run, with out stopping, a mile before I thought my head was going to explode. I have worked my way up to 2 miles and have sort of stopped there. Well, this morning I decided to push myself and see if I could run 3.1 miles. Guess what?!!! I did it! I actually ran 3.1 miles in 33 minutes and 15 seconds. I feel so good about myself. In the back of my head I have wanted to run a 5k with my sister. We talk about it but that's as far as it goes. I am too afraid of failing or I worry about what people will think if I am walking part of the 5k. I worry too much about what others think. I hate that my face gets sooo red when I run that I am worried people will judge me for that. Anyway, those are some of the reasons I have never really considered signing up for a 5k. Now that I have accomplished it on a treadmill I am going to go and map out a run in my neighborhood and try it there.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Open wide

I took the boys to the dentist this morning...their first visit ever. I have been talking about their visit to the dentist for the past couple weeks to make it familiar and something they shouldn't be scared about. This morning while the boys were brushing their teeth Dresden finally showed his concern and said he didn't want a shot in his gums. I felt so terrible that he had been worried about this and I assured him he wouldn't have to have a shot, unless he has a cavity, but he keeps his teeth brushed and he doesn't eat a lot of sweets. Dresden felt better after that. We arrived at the dentist and the boys were so brave and did a great job of letting the dentist work in their mouths. Their teeth were clean and we were happy to learn that they didn't have any cavities. We were finishing up listening to the dentist give us advice on keeping limits on the amount of juice drinks, chocolate milk, and soda pops we drink when the hygienist came in and gave the dentist Dresden's films and pointed to something. Without an exchange of words between the two of them the dentist looked up and asked me, "Do you have a family history of missing teeth?" Apparently, genetics have played their part in Dresden's mouth and like his dad, he will be missing his permanent lateral incisor. The dentist said that he will have to have a bridge of some sort so that a temporary tooth can be put in place and then when he is older they can put in a permanent tooth.
Genetics are amazing. You see your kids and you notice they have your nose or they have your husbands eyes. I know that one day I will probably have diabetes because both sets of grandparents have had diabetes. But, this is the first time that a genetic trait is so obvious. Same tooth, same side of the mouth. I am fascinated by genetics and I think it is so interesting that something so obvious on Dresden is because of the genetic makeup of his parents. Fascinating.

Anyway, this really isn't a big deal and other than the expense of orthodontic care we could really care less. So he'll have a fake tooth...which I can just bet when he is a teenager a few pranks will be played on unsuspecting friends. Logan's permanent teeth will remain a mystery until he is six. The dentist will do the full mouth x-ray in a year. So, until then we won't know whose genetics played a part in the makeup of Logan's mouth.

By the way, did you know that it is recommended that your child's first visit to see the dentist should be when they are one. Seriously???!!! My boys didn't even have teeth when they were a year old.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happiest Place on Earth

I'm not sure if any of you read Larry's blog but as we were planning to make our trip to Disneyland, which calls itself "The Happiest Place on Earth", Larry wrote on his blog about what his Happiest Place on Earth is. I was thinking about what mine would be this morning as I was getting ready for work. These were some of my thoughts...
  • I love lazy mornings when Larry and I are still in bed, the sun is shinning through the curtains and I can hear the birds chirping in the tree outside our window and the boys climb in bed with us. They are mischievous and like to try to tickle us and jump on us and hide under the covers. It usually ends up that we gang up on either Larry or they gang up on me and we try to pin them down and tickle them. Mostly it is Larry and I torturing the boys with tickles. We laugh and giggle and completely enjoy being with each other. I love mornings like these.
  • It doesn't happen often but I love being on a beach that has warm sand. It makes me feel happy to bury my feet in the sand and to pick up the sand in my hands and have it fall slowly through my fingers. I love the feeling of that. I love the sun on my face and hearing the ocean and waves. I was in heaven a couple weeks ago when we were sitting on the beach early Saturday morning. Not many people had made it to the beach yet so it was like we had the beach to ourselves.
  • The last Happiest Place I will mention is when Larry and I get together with some friends of ours. I feel happy being with Larry and sharing our time with these friends. When we make plans with them it is something we I look forward to. It is relaxing, comfortable, and enjoyable to be in their company. And for the evening, it is my happiest place.

I wonder what your happiest places might be and I can just bet that whatever or wherever your happiest spot is your family is there too.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Dresden

Well, it is official, my kids are getting old. Dresden had is 7th birthday on Friday so we had a weekend full of parties. Dresden invited a few of his friends to a Luau party at our house. It was crazy having 8 boys and 2 girls packed into our living room...the snow kept us from being outside. The kids were crazy, loud, funny, exhausting, and enjoyable! The party was a great success and we are just so grateful that Dresden has such great friends.
Happy Birthday, Dresden. We love you with all our hearts and are so happy that you are ours!
I have always tried to make a themed cake for the boys and this year was a bit of a challenge. I wasn't really sure how to make a volcano cake but I think it turned out o.k.

Here is Collin posing in the Hula girl stand-up. All the boys wanted their pictures taken as a hula girl.

Logan as the surfer dude.

One of the things we did at the party was have a hula hoop competition. I was surprised these kids could hula hoop. In fact, there were a couple boys that could have hula hooped all day if they had the opportunity.

You can't have a party without going through the spanking machine!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Pink DS


Logan has a birthday in a couple weeks so when I picked him up from daycare we talked for minute about what he would want.

M- What do you think you would want for your birthday? Maybe a scooter or a bike so you can play with Hunter and Dresden?

L- Maybe a pink DS for you.

M- Logan, it's your birthday, what would YOU want?

L- It's my birthday so I can get a pink DS for you. And then we will have four DS's and we can all play together.

My heart melted that he was thinking of me and wanted me to have a DS so our whole family will have our own DS's and we can all link up and play games together. Seriously, this kid is going to get away with EVERYTHING when he gets older because he knows how to work it! Who am I kidding...he already gets away with TOO much. Don't get me wrong, he is a stinker and sometimes says things that aren't as charming but mostly he is a thoughtful caring boy.
By the way, I still don't know what HE wants for his birthday.