Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wow..been a long time!

So I guess it's been a while since I've posted. To be perfectly honest, ever since I started planning my 20 year reunion and joined Facebook I have completely ignored this blog. Time for some new pics!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Call of Duty 4

Here's Anthony in "the trenches"

Anthony with braids after not having them for 10 years....he was in just a wee bit of pain that day.

Army Man Anthony

Anthony got his playstation privileges taken away due to his lack of interest and progression in reading. He's now forced to use his imagination...imagine that! Here he is playing "Call of Duty 4" his favorite video game. Who needs a T.V. anyway!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Everybody was kung-fu fighting

This month Meika and Anthony earned their blue belts

at Tracy's Karate is green. I didn't do a

good job of video taping the whole thing, so here's the part

where their instructor swaps out their belts.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Should've listened to the wife...

Where do I begin with this one... Well first of all Anthony asked me this morning "what should I do today? I reply with "hey how about taking down the Christmas lights. He says "naaaa, it's too wet out from the big storm yesterday and I'll get muddy" I asked again in hopes that I could get the last of the Christmas stuff put away, but no....and this is what he chose instead.
While I took Meika and Anthony to go see the Bodies Revealed exhibit in Sacramento, He was supposed to take Tatiana to go get her phone repaired and buy her some shoes. Somehow, after the shopping he heard the hills a callin' and decided to go mudding around in a field.
First he called me, then Justin and Mike. I was way up in Sacramento so Justin(metallic duly) and Mike came to rescue him.....but Mike(white truck) got himself stuck and Justin's truck was too heavy to get any closer..... so they called Tim (Jeep with the winch)
Here's Justin wearing his brand new duck hunting suit and Anthony on their way to go diggin!

....little Anthony admiring all the mud

muddin'part 2

Tim's saying to Anthony..."Uh, I aint getting dirty dude!" ...while Justin's under the truck just rolling around in the mud. Mike is the one keeping his distance.

"Awww, come buddy, gimme a hug"...says Justin covered in mud as he hugs Anthony.

Proud of themselves for getting all of the vehicles out..."say MUUUUUUD"!

The kids had some fun making their customized gingerbread houses this year!

This one is Tatiana's...she got her inspiration from her History class while learning about the French Revolution. King Louis XIII is on the guillotine that has written "End the Monarchy" while Marie Antoinette has the bloody axe chopping off her head while being whipped by a peasant with licorice, blood strewn everywhere. Honestly I really don't know where she gets it.

This is Anthony's creation complete with little Gingerboy leaning on a tree and candy path to the heart shaped entrance...

Finally, this one is Meika's. She made her's with a snowman and a Gingergirl and cute little candy path with trees at the front....

Here's our "fresh"(and I use the term lightly) Christmas tree that we had to get rid of........and replace with "old faithful" artificial.

New Zealanders

We had the pleasure of hosting some guests from New Zealand last month. They came over to
America to play Tatiana's school in basketball. There was a group of girls from a private all girls school and then there was the boys team from another all boys school. We had three of the girls stay with us and we had a blast.....
Here are the Buckingham girls(in white) and the Sacred Heart girls after they played. Tatiana is on the floor on the far right.

We somehow managed to cram all three girls into Meika's room for three days. Originally we were only going to have one girl, then it turned into two. Then somehow at the last minute we had three.

We tried to show them a good time in America and what better way than taking them out ! That's right, we took a whole package of costco's finest and went to town on a rival The girls were so excited and had always wanted to go look at the joy on Bryony's face! They can't wait to go home and get all of their friends. For the nightcap we did a chinese firedrill.

Ho Ho Ho

Santa and Mrs. Claus came to visit us this Christmas. While Santa seemed to have kept the weight on, it would apear that the Mrs. only gained some fur.

Friday, December 28, 2007


Many of you don't know this but I belong to an organization called ConKerr Cancer. This is an organization dedicated to putting smiles on pediatric cancer patients through the simple act of sewing pillow cases. My new years resolution this year is to make this possible for as many patients as possible. I handle the Bay area from San Francisco up to Sacramento but I'm pacing myself and working with one hospital at a time so that I can make sure there is enough pillow cases to go around. Check out this link and if you can help please do. At the very least, please spread the word.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Till the Cows Come Home

"look ma, I caught dinner!"

Emily and Ben

Every few years these cows come onto the property to graze...and leave special "gifts".

Out At The Ranch

Last weekend we had the opportunity to go to our friend's Justin and Emily's family ranch. The ranch has been in Justin's family for ages and they invited us to go. It was a lot of fun. The kids got to practice their shooting and they even got to go fishing in one of the watering holes. Between the three of them they caught 6 Bass. Justin taught Anthony how to hunt quail (those things are fast...I guess I would be too if someone was shooting at me) Then the evening entertainment was having the kids watching me clean the fish and birds.

Tatiana shooting clay pigeons

Anthony holding pinecones on steroids

Justin teaching Meika to shoot a 22

Monday, November 19, 2007

Cool Story....

A man's daughter had asked the local minister To come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, He found the man lying in bed with his head Propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The minister assumed that the old fellow Had been informed of his visit. "I guess you were expecting me, he said.
'No, who are you?" said the father. The minister told him his name and then remarked, "I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up."
"Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man. "Would you mind closing the door?" Puzzled, the minister shut the door. "I have never told anyone this, Not even my daughter," said the man.
"But all of my life I have never Known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head."
I abandoned any attempt at prayer," The old man continued, " Until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, "Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter Of having a conversation with Jesus. Here is what I suggest. "Sit down in a chair; Place an empty chair in front of you, And in faith see Jesus on the chair.
It's not spooky because he promised , 'I will be with you always'. "Then just speak to him in the same way You're doing with me right now."
"So, I tried it and I've liked it so much That I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful though . If my daughter saw me talking To an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm."
The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, And returned to the church.
Two nights later the daughter called To tell the minister that her daddy Had died that afternoon. Did he die in peace?" he asked.
Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, He called me over to his bedside, Told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him .
But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, He leaned over and rested his head on the chair Beside the bed. What do you make of that?"
The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, "I wish we could all go like that."
Prayer is one of the best free gif ts we receive.
I asked God for water, He gave me an ocean.* I asked God for a flower, He gave me a garden.* I asked God for a friend, He gave me all of YOU... If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God Painful moments, trust God.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

My Secret Nightmare

Okay, for those of you who were born in the 1960's/70's you were surely the target audience for the 1980's cartoon Saturday commercials. Ya know those commercials that looked so hightech and cool back then but really look way cheap now. The reason I speak of such things is because of a certain Cheerios commercial that still haunts me today. I'd like to close this sorry little chapter of my life and I think this is how I can do so. It all started back in 1980-something or so while watching Saturday cartoons in New York (it must've been 1981 come to think of it) when this commercial came on....
Well, tonight Tatiana was being schooled on who "Mikey" was and why "he likes it" so we checked out Youtube for the Life commercial then that lead me to this Cheerios commercial.
It's yodel has stuck in my head for years and it drives me crazy so of course I feel that I must share it......hope you don't have nightmares like I did.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Prom 2007

Look at them duds....(no, not milk duds...the clothes! Look at the clothes!) This was Ant and I at the first annual "grown up prom". I decided to create my own version of a tux....we had a blast!...hard to believe, huh?


Here's the kiddo's on Halloween. Tatiana went as the trucker with the mullet and man-boobs while Meika went as a snow fairy and Anthony went as Pete Wentz. Little red is Tatiana's friend Alex.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

our punkins

OOps I did it again!

Oh, come on had to be done!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

yay halloween's a comin'!

even though my family and i don't really celebrate halloween like everyone else might, we still love to dress up every year. this year though, we've decided to pass out candy and put up a few spiders around the doorway. i have so many costumes to pick that i can't decide on just one! here's me last year as "michael jackson-after" (anthony went as "michael jackson-before") we'll just have to see what i will do for this year....happy halloween

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Princess Kitty

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Emily's 80's party!

I had soooooo much fun at my friend Emily's birthday party. It was all about the eighties! I couldn't believe that I could still get my hair that big! Talk about a blast from the past! We had about 6 signs leading up the hill to her house and each sign was a different year starting from 2007 and ending with the's a few highlights.....notice Emily making the hand sign "I love You" instead of the "Rock On" one...she's so funny!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Special Visit

Anthony's Auntie, Uncle, Grandma and Grandad came thru for a quick visit on their way back home to Compton. Can you believe it that his grandad is turning 87 in January?! Here's a random thought....that shirt looks really dumpy on me-yuck.


Can you say teenager?!

Oceanside 2007


This year's school pix. Aint they just so darn cute?!
No matter how fast I went I just could get them to fall off!

...note to self, never bring a 32 oz. iced tea into a porta potty- a person could slam the door next to you and the tea could spill on your white shorts that would become see through and your husband would laugh at you all afternoon! ...Take the picture already...happy now?!!

After 6 long years of waiting I finally got to go to the Gilroy Garlic festival! Garlic ice cream really isn 't half bad.