BLOG SLACKER…..

Ok, so it has been over a month since, I last blogged… Life has been crazy busy in the Scribner household!  We have lost, cried, and laughed in the past 2 months…

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New Traditions

What are you thankful for?

The loss of a loved one

New Traditions

I decided 2009 is going to be the year of the beginning of new traditions for the Scribner family! 2 traditions we started this month were:

1.  Disneyland trip during Thanksgiving break!  This was Katelyn’s FIRST trip.  We thought is was going to be a cold, windy day and it turned out to be such a beautiful warm day at the happiest place on earth!  We had such a blast walking around taking in all the people, characters and many rides!  Katelyn loved the carousel the most, she began crying as soon as the ride was over!  I was so surprised she didn’t nap or fuss the whole time we were there.  We thought for sure she would have fallen asleep in the car on the way home and NOPE she was wide awake!!!! 

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2. Festival of Lights:  The day after Thanksgiving, Downtown Riverside is transformed into the sweetest, festive place to be-The Festival of Lights! There were 40,000 people in Downtown Riverside awaiting for the light switching of the Mission Inn.  OH MY GOSH!!!! This was such a spectacular event…  There was ice skating, Santa, a ginger bread house that sold coffee, tea, and all sorts of treats, all the shops were decorated for Christmas, Christmas carols and once the lights were turned on we witnessed an UH-MAZING firework display {better than the 4th of July or the ones @ the baseball game} We were all in aww of the wonderful show in the sky.

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Can’t wait to do these events again, this Holiday Season!  They will also be a favorite for next year too! :)

Happy Holidays!

What are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving this year we had so much to be thankful for.  It was our first major holiday without Oma.  We laughed about many things she did that we took for granted on this wondrous turkey feast day.  It took us FOREVER to figure out how to make gravy.. {It was grams specialty}  We missed having her at the table and Grandpa who is recovering from hip surgery.  Oh, did I mention, the parent had my sister and I cook dinner????  OH WOW!  What a task that was!  We had a great time working together cooking our first big feast!  I am proud to report we didn’t burn anything and everything was deliciously edible.

After dinner with the Skajem family, we were on our way to our 2nd dinner with Mimi & Pops {Scribner Family}.  We had a great time playing holiday games such as riddles, and random weird holiday questions Mimi can find on the internet! :)  GOOD TIMES! 

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By this point, we {Katelyn} was not in the mood to take any sort of family picture…

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TOP 5 things I am thankful for:

1.  My family of 3

2. My entire family

3. Health

4. The memories made over the years with Grams

5. Our family is strong, healthy and employed.

More Pictures…

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

The Loss of a Loved One

On October 6, 2009 my grandma entered the gardens of heaven after a 5 year battle of Ovarian Cancer.  It was a bittersweet day, I am so grateful  Katelyn was able to meet and create memories for us with her Oma over the past year.  Grandma, you are missed so very much everyday!

We love you always!

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Oma and Opa with all their grandchildren

What a SPOOKtacular Evening

Katelyn and I went trick or treating in our neighborhood before heading over to Grandma’s & Grandpa’s for some traditional Chili and family fun.  (Rob has been working the weekend shift so he can have Thanksgiving and Christmas off, so he was @ work…)  We missed him terribly and hope we can spend all the holidays together next year.

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Trick Or Treat…

WOW!  Can you believe it is already Halloween?!?  This year is going to FAST….  Last year this, Katelyn was 5 months old and had NO clue as to what Halloween was.  This, year we have already started the festivities with the Annual First Christian School Halloween Parties and Trick Or Treating at the local Rehabilitation/Assisted Living Complex.  That’s right, @ 18 months, Katelyn went on her first field trip!  She really doesn’t get the concept this year, but she does know she gets something… CANDY!  My child loves dressing up an has already tried to put her costume on this morning…  I gave in and allowed her to wear her shoes :)  Enjoy the pictures… (More to come soon)

Pictures from First Christian School’s Festivities..

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And the post wouldn’t be complete without…

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a mommy and ladybug photo :)

happy halloween

from our family to yours!

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New Fall Shows

EASTWICK - Three very different women find themselves drawn together by a mysterious man who unleashes unique powers in each of them, and this small New England town will never be the same.  The series is based on the popular movie "The Witches of Eastwick" and the novel of the same title by John Updike. "Eastwick" stars Rebecca Romijn as Roxie Torcoletti, Lindsay Price as Joanna Frankel, Jamie Ray Newman as Kat Gardener, Paul Gross as Darryl Van Horne, Sara Rue as Penny, Veronica Cartwright as Bun, Johann Urb as Will, Jon Bernthal as Raymond and Ashley Benson as Mia. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Maggie Friedman is executive producer/writer.  The pilot was directed by David Nutter. (ABC/ROBERT VOETS)LINDSAY PRICE, JAMIE RAY NEWMAN, REBECCA ROMIJN

Eastwick~Totally LOVE it!  I so could live in a small town like this.  What a great way to start the fall season :)

Vampire Diaries~ AMAZING!!

FLASHFORWARD - When a mysterious event causes the entire world to black out, humanity is given a glimpse into its near future, and every man, woman, and child is forced to come to grips with whether their destinies can be avoided or fulfilled. Adapting award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer's revolutionary novel, executive producers David S. Goyer (visionary co-writer of "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight") and Brannon Braga ("24," "Star Trek: Enterprise") invite you to embark on a journey to answer the question, "if you knew what your future held, what would you do?" "FlashForward" stars Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford, Courtney B. Vance as Stan Wedeck, Brian O'Byrne as Aaron Stark, Christine Woods as Janis Hawk, Zachary Knighton as Bryce Varley, and Peyton List as Nicole. The series is from ABC Studios.  David S. Goyer is executive producer/writer/director. Brannon Braga is executive producer and co-wrote the pilot. Other executive producers are Marc Guggenheim, Jessika Goyer, Vince Gerardis and Ralph Vicinanza. Guggenheim will be showrunner, along with Goyer.  (ABC/RON TOM)JOSEPH FIENNES

Flash Forward~ Very interesting. LOVE IT

Also, excited for TV to be back… I think I’m going to have to invest in ANOTHER DVR! :)

SAVE the TATAS

OCOTBER is Support Breast Cancer!  Wear Pink, Participate in a walk/run, Become aware! :)

For the past 10 years I have been participating in the annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walks.  I truly enjoy helping out and doing my part in supporting such a worthy cause.  Today, Katelyn and I participated in the Redlands 5k Believe in a Cure walk.  We had such a great time!  We walked, ate yummy FREE food, had our arm painted, danced and went down this GIGANTIC slide! Such great memories :) 

Our great friends Candice and Chloe  {Yes, behind us is the BRA MOBILE}

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We will definitely participating in this walk again next year!

We are signed up to walk October 18th in Temecula to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation! 

Find your local foundation and help save lives :)

Fall is in the air….

Rob and I really enjoy the small town atmosphere of Oak Glen, especially in the Fall when the leaves turn colors and the pumpkin, cinnamon spices, and apple scents are in the fresh, crisp air!   This past month at work has been pretty hectic… I know, you are probably reading this and asking what could be hectic about teaching??  Well, let me tell you real quick…  Not only did I move up a grade level this year (teaching 8th grade) I am also the ASB director and have been REALLY busy!!!  WOW, ASB is time consuming!  So with all work and hardly any play, I decided to be {cough, cough} sick for the day! :}  We took complete advantage of the early Fall trip to our fun spot in Oak Glen.  I think we are going to have to make another trip later in the season for some hot apple cider. YUM!  Ok, so Jenny and Jenny decided to hang out with the three of us for the day.  What a great time we had!  Last year, Jenny went with us too… we at this little restaurant that wasn’t so great, so we made sure we passed it on our way.  We stopped at the quaint, country style restaurant off the main road for lunch.  Such good food and cinnamon rolls!  After we had lunch, we walked through the little petting zoo and fed all the animals!  Katelyn loved feeding the animals! :)  Afterwards we drove over to Rios Ranchos Ranch to check out the Pumpkin Patch and to pick up our yummy apple crisp and cider :) {SO GOOD}.  This trip was so much fun with Katelyn being able to walk around and be more active!  I can’t wait for more family traditions!

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It’s been a while…

Ok, ok, I know it has been almost 2 months since I blogged last!!!!  Gosh, I’m slacking….  Well, let’s see… Oh ya, that’s right, I have been back to work now for 2 months!!! :)  Summer officially came to an end for me August 10th. 

There really is nothing to exciting to report in the Scribner household, other than Katelyn cutting MORE teeth.  (molars to be exact)  She has started climbing on the furniture and acting like a tumbler… She loves doing somersaults.  I think we are out of the biting stage for now…

A post is not complete without a picture!  Enjoy… I promise to be back soon with better updates.

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Pictures to Enjoy

Katelyn is staring @ the fountain in front of her…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jessica!

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Katelyn attempting to throw a fit… The reason, UNKNOWN

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PROJECT Home Improvement Front Yard Planter…

Rob and I bought our first home 4 years ago.  It is on a great tree-lined street, near great schools ( I went to all of them), and close to shopping…We have some great neighbors and some crappy ones too. (But that is everywhere)  Even though our house is old (1952) and has its quirks and great features, after painting and updating most of the inside, we finally decided to take our updates and visions to the outside of our home.  We had a small planter in front of our living room window that was never quite finished and we didn’t really know what we wanted to do: brick like the rest of the neighborhood or rocks or stepping stones or a patio or the thoughts were endless.   One day, as Katelyn and I were walking around the garden section of home depot (Can’t believe I would ever admit that)(I always hated that place when I was younger and the parentals dragged us there) found some really nice modern retaining wall blocks.  We bought a couple and I decided this is what we were going to do in the front.  We were going to modernize our 1952 style home.  Since Rob has been working like a crazy man lately (when I decided I had a plan for the front) I began digging out my planter.  That’s right, you heard me, me digging holes/trenches!  OMG that was hard work!!! I basically did the foundation of the wall and then had Rob go over it and make sure everything was level.  Once the project was started, Rob finished it in a day!  Thank you honey for making such a great looking planter.

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Next project, changing out the shutters in the front..

Take me out to the ball game….

We took Katelyn to her first ever Angels baseball game!  This little girl is going to LOVE sports!!!!  She had so much fun, watching people, eating all sorts of yummies mommy normally doesn’t let her eat, and allowed her to run around the kid’s store as we picked out the perfect little jersey for her so she can show her Angel pride.  Katelyn made it through the 5th inning before she called it quits and went to sleep in Rob’s arms.  This child can sleep!!!!  In the 7th inning the crowd got rowdy{Showing their Angel pride} and Katelyn slept right through it!!! We were UH-MAZED out how well she slept @ the game!  It was tons of fun taking her to the game even though the Angels lost :( 

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Of course Rob HAD to wear his Mariners hat

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30 minute surgery~ in & out= great improvement

Katelyn had tubes put in her ears on July 6th!  WOW! can we see the difference in her :)  Katelyn had many ear infections in the past 12 months; we averaged 1 a month!!!!!!  INSANE.  Our pediatrician referred us to the ENT and said her hearing was fine, and she had a little fluid behind her ears and that if she were to get one more infection prior to her first birthday, she would need tubes.  So we went home, and was hoping we would be done with the infections… needless to say the week of her birthday, WE GET AN INFECTION!!!! The procedure took less than 30 minutes to complete.<Rob didn’t have time to finish his cup of coffee>  Katelyn was back to her normal bubbly self a few hours afterwards, hence her swimming in her lil pool sporting her super cool neon orange earplugs!  

“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” ~ Albert Camus

Happy 4th of July!

Today, Katelyn and I spent this festive, glorious day with my parents and grandparents.  We had a great BBQ lunch with the grandparents and then went swimming for the afternoon!  It was a great and relaxing day.  We are now home recuperating from the HOT sun and waiting for Rob to get home from work to watch the fireworks from our front porch :) 

  

1st Adventures for Both…

This past month/week has been full of fun 1st adventures for both Katelyn and us. 

WALKING:

This past month Katelyn began walking (12 1/2 months) and is now walking and WANTING to walk EVERYWHERE!  On Monday, we had a pre-op appointment scheduled with the ENT specialist.  (Everything is ok, Katelyn is getting tubes put in her ears on Monday (July 6th) because she has had 12 ear infections within her first year of life :(  poor poor baby & me!!!!!)So, I take her to the Dr. by myself (Rob had to work)  We get into the Dr.’s office and tell me why, the nurse leaves the door barely cracked as she walked out the exam room?!? Only Katelyn realizes the door is partially opened and decides to wiggle her way off my lap and make a run for it… so, we pace the hallway for a bit, walk back into the room only for her to want to take off again! OH MY!!!!  Well, Katelyn enjoys destroying the white paper that sits on the exam table~ We sit there, destroy it and she figures out the table/chair can move up,down, and recline by pushing this little button on the side…we play with that for about 10 minutes until we are ready to have a meltdown because now it naptime… FINALLY the Dr comes in and asks if I have any questions regarding the procedure we “try” to talk about as Katelyn is making a run out the door… Oh man, this was such an exhausting visit to the Dr.

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Huntington Beach:

On Wednesday, My sister-in-law Ginger & I took Joseph(8), Matthew(7), Jack (3)(Katelyn’s cousins) & Katelyn to Huntington Beach for the day.  What an adventure for Katelyn and mommy.  WOW!  this was a lot of work…  The beach is about 45 minutes away from us, Katelyn did amazing on the car ride there (for the most part).  As we unloaded the car and walked all the kids over to the beach (sand meets the sidewalk & the volleyball nets)  This group of volleyball players had the nerve to ask for “a little help”… UM, yea, “A LITTLE HELP” would be nice~ I was carrying Katelyn in one arm and 2 chairs in the other, while making sure we didn’t lose any of the little dudes.. I looked at them like, really? you can walk your happy, skinny, butt over here and get your own ball.. after a minute of making sure we were all situated, I kicked the ball back to them…  We set up our perfect little spot near the water to watch the kids play..  As soon as the boys decided they wanted to go in the FREEZING cold water, Katelyn had to follow…  she tried running through the sand, fell in the sand, LOVED the sand!  As we approached the water she was all smiles and full of laughter but when she got down, and the water came up to her, it freaked her out.. she fell down and began crying.. She didn’t care for the water.. (Thank heavens… it was cold!)

San Diego Zoo

The weather was warm and it was a great day to be outdoors, so we headed to the fabulous the San Diego Zoo. What a day!!!!  We had such an amazing time walking around checking out all the animals and seeing Katelyn’s expressions when she was excited about an animal or when she didn’t care to see one.  SO AMAZING!!!  Katelyn really enjoyed the turtles, gorillas, tigers, and the elephants.  She attempted to walk and get away from us at the gorilla exhibit because there were other little kids running around playing with the life size statues… (Crazy how little ones want to imitate everything other kids do)

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The joys of being a teacher :)

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Summer fun for us has consisted of lots of water (waterslides, beach trips, swimming, Minute Maid Fruit Falls) AND goldfish so far…