Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Our trip- Part 2

Here are the highlights of the rest of the trip:

Friday: Matt went to work and then came back to the hotel to pick up Addilyn and I. We drove to his friend Otis' house and dropped off the baby and went out to a great little Mexican place. The town his friend lives in is beautiful, so we walked around for a while before going to pick up Addie.

Saturday: We checked out of our hotel in San Jose after a big breakfast and headed up to San Fransisco. We got there a little after noon and walked down pier 39 and fisherman's wharf. We then headed up to my happy place; the Ghirilldeli Factory. We enjoyed some chocolate and people watching then headed back to the car. From there we headed up to the red wood forest, Muir woods. Addilyn fell asleep in the car, so we didn't stop for long and just enjoyed the view. We checked into our hotel in Napa, it was awesome. Completely gorgeous with swans, fountains, beautiful outdoor sitting areas and an open bar.

Sunday: Our day of rest was spent worshiping God over the glory of beautiful country and good wine. We started at V. Suttie, where we have been before. We enjoyed a 6 sample tasting before moving on to Sterling Vineyards. At Sterling, you take a gondola up to the top of a hill that over looks the vineyard. This was our favorite. The tour was informative and you get to sample 5 different wines. On to our last vineyard, that was our least favorite. They had beautiful gardens, but seemed pretentious. They did have a nice display of pumpkins and gourds, which addilyn thoroughly enjoyed. We headed back to the hotel by way of the groceries store to pick up some munchies for dinner.

Monday: Are day started bright and early, after enjoying a cooked to order breakfast. We headed out to my second favorite places- the Jelly Belly factory. They have the coolest tour, but you can't take pictures. We ate a quick lunch and headed to the airport.

Well, that was our trip, we had a blast. It feels so good to be home as a family again.

A funny Elie saying: Matt was showing her the pictures we took. she saw the big things of wine and I explained that the wine was aged in the barrels. Matt told her some of the wine was older than she was. She said" I'm not old, I am regular. See, smell me!"

Friday, October 24, 2008

California

So far, its been quite a week! We left home on Tuesday, dropped off two large mutts at two different houses and headed to Pueblo. Elie was thrilled, she LOVES going to Nana's house. Wednesday morning we enjoyed breakfast and said goodbye to Elie, she was totally ok with us leaving, and started the almost 3 hour drive up to DIA with Addilyn.

After a quick stop at the Babies r us in Park meadow and lunch at our favorite Burger place, 5 Guys, we boarded a plane. Addilyn promptly had a huge, screaming melt down. It wasn't pretty. We were "those people". After about a half hour Addilyn fell asleep. The rest of the flight was uneventful. We stopped by our Whole Foods and picked up some GF stuff for Addilyn and I to eat this weekend.

Matt has spent the last few days working while us girls chill in the hotel. Addilyn has been taking great naps and I have been enjoying the quite time. Last night we rented the newest Indiana Jones movie and popped pop corn. Tonight we are headed out to a nice dinner, just Matt and I, while his Buddie watches the babe. Tomorrow we head north to San Fransisco. More to come...



Our "bathing beauty" enjoying a bath at the hotel



The bedroom


Our "living room"

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall Family Fun Day

Its that time of year again, time for everyones favorite made up holiday, Fall Family Fun Day. This year was great, we ate a huge brunch, carved pumpkins, played football and at the park and came home for a big soup dinner. Here are the pictures!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sisters


I am a lucky girl. I have 2 sisters, who I love dearly. They are my best friends. As my girls grow it is so fun to see them enjoy each other. Ok, so Elie likes Addie more than the other way around, but that is because Eliana is exceedingly annoying to her little sister and Addie is just to little to fight back. Give it a few months, when Addilyn can talk and move more and steal all of Elie's toys, and I am sure the tables will turn. But I am optimistic that when they grow up they will enjoy each other as much as my sisters and I do.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Todays Thoughts

-I just found out a friend of mine has cancer. At first they thought it was not too bad, come to find out it is stage 3. With her type of cancer at this stage, survival is about 50%. She has kids my girls age. I am not sure how to process this. What do you say? What do you do? Kinda puts my "bad" days in perspective. She is going to lose both breasts and have chemo. God, please be with her, comfort her and her husband. Heal her.

-I am doing a book club with some of my girl friends. We are starting with "The Love Dare" which is a 40 day challenge. I want to be excited, but then again I dread being challenged. This is pure laziness on my part. The more I learn about God and Love, the less I feel like I really know. The more I learn about love, the more I feel like I really suck at it. Sometimes I just want to hide behind my wall of "good enough". I want to hold on to my selfish nature like it is something to treasure. If I love like Jesus, I open up my heart, share all my possessions, trust God not to give me more than I can deal with. The thing is, God will give me more than I can deal with, it is what He does. That way I have no choice but to depend on Him. I am not brave. I like to be comfortable. God, give me courage to love like You, with open hands and no expectations. Lord, let me Love until I bleed.

-I have just made a discovery about myself. I (dare I say it "out loud"!?) like to exercise. Not that you will ever find me running, biking until it hurts (I will leave that to Kari) or any of that crazy nonsense. I like yoga, I do it 2 or 3 times a week. It works for me. I get into this "zone" I have always heard about and never believed. Not only that, yoga is kicking my ever-to-big ass. I am sore and I actually kinda like it. Maybe because my pants are fitting to big. I feel healthy (as I type this I am eating a Blondie)

-Politics are funny. They strike such an emotional chord. Everyone wants what is "right" and "Godly" and "best" but it seems we can't agree on what it looks like or how to get there.

-We have mice, again. Every year at this time we get them. We have caught 2. Otis just chased another one across the floor. ICK!!!!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Politics

Ok, since everyone else is doing it, I figured I would jump in again with my "2 cents" on the political thing. Those of you who don't give a rip or vote down party lines, you won't offend me if you skip this post. This by no means implies that I know which way to vote, it is just ramblings.

1- I am sick of rich white guys in Washington. This "main street" vs "wall street" crap is driving me insane. Everyone is pointing fingers when the truth is we ALL made this mess.

2- It annoys me when people want to take profits from successful business based on the fact that they are successful. My brother in law is making a killing right now. What does he do? He manages repossessed homes and has more business than he can handle. It is not his fault that people default on a mortgage and no one should be able to take his business profits to help those who can't afford homes just because he is successful.

3- Guess what, "big oil" doesn't set the price of gas, so stop blaming them!

4- I conceptualize the idea of "trickle down" economics. Give the big guys a break and they have better prices so the little guys can buy more. Give rich people tax breaks and they will spend money. I get it, I just don't like it and am not convinced it really works.

5- Must we keep arguing about abortion?! Killing babies is bad. Christian democrats agree with this. They are NOT going to hell. They are just balancing things they don't agree with with other life issues that they DO agree with

6- If I hear one more person talk about how hard a choice a mother has when she chooses to end a babies life, I might just...vomit or something. I hate the idea "she aborted because she knew they baby wouldn't have a good life". People, our poor people are fat. We are one of the only countries in the world that can say this. Babies don't starve here because there is no way they can get food. If a child starves, it is because of a selfish and stupid mother, not because the government doesn't offer options.

7- I am sick of the Pro Lifers preaching "abstain" instead of abortion. In a perfect world, kids wouldn't have sex. We don't live in a perfect world, kids do have sex, its about time we started being a little more pro active. There is a middle ground, it serves no one not to find it.

8- Want to get out of a recession? Lower taxes.

9- I have no faith in our government to handle my money. I am happy to pay my share for roads or schools or whatever, but when it comes to social issues I have way more faith in community organizations run by people who give a damn rather than uncle Sam.

10- I believe we should have health care that we can afford. I believe that doctors are sick of insurance company's too. I don't have a solution and don't like the ones we have been offered by either of the candidate.

11- 2 party politics is crap. This is not what the fore founders of our country had in mind, Washington actually strongly encouraged us in his farewell address to avoid political parties all together. We should have listened.

12- It is not the governments job to take care of the poor, it is the Church's. The church has dropped the ball, we instead spend multi-million dollar budgets on camera crews, music, stages and big buildings to keep all us Christians happy and comfortable. Because of this the government has stepped in to take care of the poor. Unfortunately, they spend waaaay to much money and don't do that great of job. Where does this leave us? With comfortable Christians who pay high taxes.

So, that is where I am politically. I am not a republican or a democrat, I am a disillusioned American who is proud to be part of this country and hopes for so much more.

Circus!

We went to the circus yesterday, it was a blast. Elie loved it, but there was so much to see she didn't know where to look. Here is a video of her telling you all about it!
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Life

I haven't really updated on what the Crocker fam has been up to lately. Maybe because my life is just not that exciting? I do have some cute new pictures. So, lets see, we went up into the mountains (well, Evergreen) and went leaf peeping, walked around the lake and ate at Beau Joes (they have gf pizza). We went on a nice bike ride with the girls. Matt and I had our 9 year anniversary, he was soooo sweet and had flowers delivered and chocolates from See's. We are going to celebrate Grandma and Grandpa's 60th anniversary this Friday. That about covers it! Here are some pictures!



Sunday, October 5, 2008

Eating

We do a lot of it in our house. Sometimes I feel like I spend my day either cooking or cleaning up. Hungry is Elie's default, and if she is eating, Addily wants some too. I lack creativity on some (most) days and end up feeding my kids the same stuff-over and over and over. Here is my list to break out of the rut, I choose one from each category. It will look different than yours because we are gluten free. I don't believe in making our kids a different meal than we have at dinner, so most of this is what we do for breakfast and lunch.


Carbohydrates
Rice cakes
Pancakes
Arypas (corn cakes)
English muffin or bagel
Crackers
Oatmeal
pasta
Polenta
quinoa
Muffins or
Rice
potatoes
Bread
popcorn
tortillas

Protein
Hot dogs
Chicken
Taco meat
Cheese
Yogurt
Cottage cheese
Eggs (boiled, salad, mixed)
Lunch meat roll ups
Hamburger sticks
Beef jerky
Peanut butter
beans
bacon
Cream cheese

Veggies
Tomato soup
Frozen mixed
Patties
French fries
Raw (peppers, cucumber)
Fresh steamed
Pumpkin pancakes
Zucchini bread
Carrot sticks
Freeze dried

Fruit
Fresh
applesauce
Frozen berries
Fruit leather
Banana bread
Dried
Baked crisp
Fruit muffins
jelly
Freeze dried
Here are some kid friendly things I make and keep in the freezer or fridge for quick lunches and breakfasts:
Meat sticks: Make your favorite meatloaf recipe (1 lb of meat, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs/cereal/oatmeal/smooshed crackers, a big squirt of ketchup/bbq, 1 egg, seasoning) and shape it into sticks and bake on a cookie sheet for about 15 min. or until done. Serve with ketchup for dipping.
Salad: smoosh/grind up egg/tuna/ham/leftover chicken and mix with mayo and small chopped celery. Serve on rice cakes, crackers or toast.
Easy Pizza: Take a piece of bread or English muffin, toast it till crunchy. Top with pizza sauce and cheese then toast again.
Cucumber Sandwich: Shred a cucumber into cream cheese and serve on whatever your kid will eat.
Baked Goods: At any given time I have pancakes, waffles, muffins, arypa's (corn cakes) and bread in my freezer.
OK, this post has gone on long enough. Please, give me some inspiration, what do you feed the little people at your house or what was your favorite meal growing up? Extra credit if it is gluten free...


Thursday, October 2, 2008

A little help

We have two really cute costumes for Addilyn. Which one should she wear for Halloween? Let me know because Matt and I can't decide.


A Bumble Bee




A skunk