Monthly Archives: May 2012

Graduated Pre-K

It is hard for me to believe that Kylie just finished pre-k.  Husband and I attended her “graduation” ceremony and while sitting in the small seats and round tables eating our hotdogs, veggies, and fruits it hit me that she was really done and moving on to kindergarten this fall.

Husband left before Kylie and I because he had to go to work but I left quickly right after him because saying goodbye was hard and I wanted to make it quick and painless (for myself).  After I hugged the assistant teacher, tears started blurring my vision while I tried to rush things along by shoving Kylie to keep moving and agreeing to whatever the assistant was saying to me, but it was too late. I ended wiping my make-up smeared eyes while she went on and on about the difficulties of goodbyes.

I think I miss this whole experience more than my daughter.

Deep down, I realize that this is it.  This is my last child in preschool and I will never get to experience this part of the journey again.  It is moments like these that I wish time would just stand still a little longer so that I can soak it all in.

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Gone Android

Last week, husband and I upgraded our phones to androids.  We tried to avoid getting into the android world because it’s too expensive and too time consuming…time away from the family.  But, we did it.

For me, it’s really about having a good quick camera with me at all times.  I wanted the flexibility of being able to take a photo anytime and anywhere without carrying a big bulky camera or separate heavy pieces in my purse.  Before, I would carry my cell phone, Nikon Coolpix, my wallet, Kindle, calendar book, sketchpad, keys, sunglasses, and some beauty products all in my purse.  I even wanted to get an HD camcorder to record my daughters’ activities and family events when we are out and about.  Imagine all that in a large heavy purse!

One year in college, I only carried a small cloth zipper wallet big enough to fit my ID’s, credit cards, and a chapstick, and it fit into the front pocket of my jeans or into a pocket in my jacket…life was simple and I loved it.  I have no pictures or video to remember much of that time though.  And, with me being forgetful these days…photos and videos really help keep me together, and of course, they are also for memories of our family.

I am glad to say that my new android phone has been a big help.  The all-in-one thing is great (I still have to carry an actual calendar schedule though) and I’ve realized that I’ve been missing out on technology, especially in the area of apps.  My husband loves playing with the apps more so than I do, but I do have a few that I am child-like about:

1.  Instagram

Love love love this app!  This is the app that I’ve been dying to have and have been going bonkers with it ever since I got it.

Here are some shots I’ve taken:




2. Shazam

My sister (who does not have an android yet but will soon) introduced me to this.  It will come in handy when I hear a song on the radio that I love but don’t know the title or singer.  I tested it yesterday while driving home from my parents’ house and got way too excited.

3. Barcode Scanner

Used to scan Quick Response (QR) barcodes and books.

I learned that I could generate my own QR barcode and generated two of them.

This blog:

My digital scrapbook blog:

Go here to generate your own code.

I promise, I will not get too deep into apps.  I know how time consuming they can be.  I’ve watched my husband play with his apps and I miss having him sit next to me with us lost in a good conversation.  I got down on him about it last week and he put the phone down but he did get right back to it over the weekend.

Flutter the Rolly Polly

I am not a bug person.  Bugs scare me (except for bees and spiders).  Rolly polly’s aren’t so bad but I’d prefer not to be near them.

My daughters, on the other hand, love bugs.  I don’t want them to have the same fears I have about bugs so I pretty much have to bite my tongue and deal with it when they get excited over them (well…except for a certain kind of bug that I can’t mention because I will pass out at the thought and sight of it).

Kylie captured this little one from her grandparent’s garden and named her, Flutter.  Flutter lasted about a day in her plastic container (with lid off at all times).  The next morning, she was gone.  We think she climbed her way out and is in hiding somewhere in our house.

Mother’s Day

Went to my 5-year-old’s Mother’s Day Tea Party at her preschool earlier today.  She was so excited when she told me about it last week, but on this day, she showed no excitement at all.  It was still a 99 on her scale of 1-10 (10 being the best).

Got a card and chocolates from husband.  We both are upgrading our phones to androids so that was my gift.  I can’t wait to get it!  Finally, a phone with a much better camera.  I’ve been dying to play with Instagram.

Friday, got a wrapped gift from Kida and she begged me to open it right away (as soon as she got in the car when I picked her up from school) and beautiful flowers from my youngest sister and her boyfriend.

Saturday  (It was actually on Sunday), we celebrated Mother’s Day for Mom.  I made a card for her using papers and elements from the “Moment In Time” kit.

Mom also got flowers from my sister.

I couldn’t resist getting a shot of this bird from her flowers.  🙂

The Nest

There is a nest by the front door up in the corner.  When it gets windy this nest gets blown out of place and lands by the door.  A new one always gets built right a way.

This all started last spring.

And, like last spring, an egg either falls out or gets pushed off, and makes a mess on the porch.

Last Violin Performance

Kida had her last orchestra performance earlier this week.  She, and the rest of the group, really improved since their first performance.

We (Kylie and I…husband had a schedule conflict) sat in a spot where I thought would work great for taking photos and videos.  We were in the second row from the front sitting just to the left from middle.  The front row was a half row that ended to our right (with the last seat in front of the seat Kylie was sitting in) which allowed us full view of the stage from an angle.  When Kida came out and took her seat on the stage, we realized that we would not be able to see her at all because there were two violinists to the right of her, blocking her from our view, but by this time the auditorium had already filled up.  To add to that, two big and tall guys sat just to the right of us in the front row, blocking our view.  Kylie was originally sitting right behind them but I switched seats with her so she could see and ended up recording with my camera between the two guys’ shoulders.

Here is a video of one of the songs they played.

Kida has been thinking about not taking violin this fall.  She says it’s too boring.  I reminded her of how excited she got when husband and I finally gave in and allowed her to switch from her guitar to violin.  And, I persuaded her to stick to it but I don’t know if that was the right thing to do.  I’m wondering now if I should have not given her an option and just told her she had to continue.  Frustrating.