Monday, December 28, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Baking and Gingerbread houses







"domestic goddess"



Some may be surprised that with all the talent I possess, I cannot cook or bake. Luckily for my boys, there soon to be step-father is a wonderful cook and loves to bake. Steveo has taken an interest in this. He is always asking me to whip up some tofu and rice like Tom does, or make a chicken-rice-cheese quesidilla the way Tom does. So when this happens and Tom is not here, we make do with Del Taco or microwaved Chicken Nuggets. Now baking is, WAY OUT OF MY LEAGUE. There was nothing I could offer Steveo to satisfy his baking interest. So yesterday, after making the club house, Steveo and Tom baked there little hearts out. They baked the yummiest cookies, I helped him make a gingerbread house that we gave to grandma as a gift. And Steveo (and I think Tom) learned lessons in patience. Steveo wanted the cookies NOW, and Tom had to patiently explain (over and over) that baking takes time. So while the boys were baking, I took some photos. Precious.




Other than cooking, I AM a domestic goddess, just had to throw that out there!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Welcome to Steveos Club house






















We used every throw pillow in the house, Charlie even got inside. It was pretty cozy until you try to sit up. We had fun anyway.

Friday, December 18, 2009

December 18th 2009
















8 years ago, I gave birth to Steveo. I cried, Sean cried, my mom cried. It was one of the best days of my life. The joy that he brings me is infinite. He amazes me daily with his wit and sarcasm. He has my dark sense of humor, his brothers fearlessness, and I'd like to believe he learned sarcasm from the king (Tom) He is truly an old soul.





Happy Birthday Steveo, mommy loves you more than you know.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I dont mean to brag, but...


This IS the 3rd year in a row that Steveo got student of the month!!!!!! He chose Panda Express for dinner. I told him how proud I am of him, I hope he stays motivated. I had his parent teacher conference today, and he is in the highest reading and Math group. She wants to test him for G.A.T.E classes. I forgot what the gate stands for, but I know its for the very smart, and in Steveos case, extremely gifted, artistic, creative, funny, and just plain sweet kids in his school.
So Congratulations Steveo, I hope you read this one day, and remember how much I love, adore, and cherish you. I am a proud mom, honored to be able to call him and Nick my sons. Not a day goes by that Im not grateful for having healthy, happy boys.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mans best friend





So Steveo decided that Jaxson needed to have a last name. And since Nick and I are "Anderson's" then Jaxson MUST be a "Kelley" I pointed out that his father brought Charlie home and insisted he was HIS dog. That lasted maybe 5 minutes, and after the divorce and move, Charlie became MY dog. But I always did consider him a Kelley, so now Steveo doesnt feel so out numbered, and we are enjoying our time with the new addition to the family of Canales's, Anderson's, Kelley's, and Murlless's.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Well, At least one of them likes to read...





Steveo was reading to me, and the lighting was perfect, he let me snap a couple of pics. I just love his freckled-face.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The moon is being bombed



Really? Okay, so Nick is excited and wants to go to school at 4:20 a.m. and watch. Okay, Nick, I hope you will be grateful, because I really dont like getting up that early, but if its school related, educational, or he's really passionate about something, I have no choice but to support him. So tomorrow, I will wake up at 3:50 and we will watch the "moon being bombed" together along with the telescopes the science teachers are providing for us.
Good Times.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This scares me



Yeah he's only 13, but his latest thing is starting the car. Thank god its a stick shift, or I would have to hide my keys. He has his heart set on a Mustang. I have my heart set on something big and durable, like a Van, or a Hummer. I cant afford a Hummer, and tanks arent street legal, so I guess that leaves the Van as a safe suitable option.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Smile




You cant help but smile when you see this. Thanks again Steveo for putting a smile on my face when Im feeling stressed out about laundry, dirty dishes, Nicks sleepover with 3 teenagers coming to our house, school, my Pituitary Gland project, and other non-sense.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Finally a day with the teenager


We went with Tom and his dad to Camp Pendleton for a marine reunion. I was super excited when Nick agreed, and actually seemed to look forward to coming with us. Tom and I spend a lot of one on one time with Steveo, but we havent done something with just Nick since the Day Of The Dead at the Hollywood Cemetery.
We got the grand tour, and Nick seemed to really enjoy seeing all of the tanks and helicopters. It felt good to reconnect with Nick. Im not sure if its the age, but lately, Nick seems interested only in video games, more specifically, Halo. He doesnt like to leave his room unless he really has to. More than anything, I dont want our relationship to ever feel strained, or stressful. I love both my kids more than words can describe, but Nick and I grew up together. He taught me to be strong when I wanted nothing more than to stay in bed and wallow when his father died. He understands me and I understand him. He teaches me so much everyday. Each day I spend time with him, I am more and more amazed at how intelligent and articulate he has become. I hope one day he realizes how proud I am to be his mother. He made our day so much better.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Why I think my son is so awesome


He comes up with his own ideas and creates the cutest pieces of art. He proudly displays them throughout the house.

He listens to cool music while he creates his art. He says the music helps to inspire him better than the t.v does.


Because he decorates his room himself with all his artwork. Notice the prayer flags hanging by a clothesline. He just made those... Im such a proud mama of my little creative/punk rock/energetic/irish/artist/buddhist in progress. He's so adorable and just delicious.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Huntington Gardens with the boys, well minus Nick







So Nick once again is in teenage mode (he's to cool to hang out with us) and we went to Huntington Gardens without him. It was so beautiful. It is a perfect place to just lay on the grass and read a book. Note to self, next time go alone. Anyway, I would love to go back. Steveo wants Tom and I to get married there. I just like that there is so much to look at and no matter which area you are at its just amazing scenery.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

water balloons

Who knew pelting the kids with water balloons could be so much fun....

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kids Birthday Parties



Candy, swim, more candy, swim some more, eat some candy, have a cupcake, and finish it with more candy.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Rey Mysterio



I'll be honest. I cant tell the difference between the two. Its as if Im living with Rey Mysterio.

Monday, August 3, 2009

1st time ever







First time me and my parents along with the kids all got together and went somewhere.
First time ever on the Midway ship in San Diego.
First time since Sam died that my father bonded or actually enjoyed the company of my boyfriend.
First time in San Diego with sunny skies, and no sunburns.
Sunday was cool until Steveo got overtired and had a few meltdowns, other than that, it was nice to be with family, and it was nice to see my parents happy.