This is my 3 year old after a day of playing and swimming.  Do you think he has had enough??!  He completely feel asleep just like that.  I carried him to his bed at 5:45 p.m. and he slept until 6:30 the next morning.  Today, we will take it easier (>:

The Simple Things


We were at my parents’ farm for most of July.  It was great.   It is always fun to go home with the kids.  Coming from the Los Angeles area, my mom always says “I hope they aren’t going to bored when they come to the farm.”  It is actually quite the opposite

My hometown is a population of 142 – probably less since my sisters and I don’t live there anymore!  Everyone knows everything and everybody.  When we are home we always eat at the Viking Café.  They cook one meal at a time – not the speediest but you can get a HUGE pancake for 60 cents!

The kids love playing on the farm.  My dad has those big round bails of hay.  He moved them in a square so the kids could have a big fort.  Boy, was that a hit!  They were in there for hours.  They had bedrooms, kitchen, tool shack, living room, and many more rooms.  We had to put the kibosh on the bathroom.  They actually had dug two holes and were coming in the house for toilet paper!

Gopher trapping is also a favorite of the kids.  I know some of you think that sounds super cruel but in my dad’s fields it is a necessity.  They actually got 17 gophers which adds up to a grand total of 51 bucks – $3/gopher.   All the kids had to go to the Township Meeting and receive the check – super cool!  The kids used that money to play games at the county fair.

The county fair is another HUGE highlight for the kids.  These are the same kids that have season passes to Disneyland.   My aunt has a Malt Stand  for the American Diary Association at the fair and we always take a shift.  The kids got a huge kick out of working.  I think we sold around 600 malts during our shift.  My aunt will never change the price of the malts – she wants families to be able to buy a malt for everyone without going broke!  How awesome is that!

The kids also LOVE to watch The Lone Ranger with Grandpa.  Yes, the series in black and white.  They just love it because Grandpa loves it.  My daughter even named her hamster Lone Ranger!

Worrying the kids will be bored – not a chance!!!

Find Me Booooooo!

FindMeBook introduces Halloween pages:

If you’re trick-or-treating for a good Halloween book for kids this October, why not create a personalized search-and-find book of your family’s faces in Halloween scenes?

Make it easy to share and preserve your Halloween photos and memories with a FindMeBook. Chose spooky and fun Halloween scenes to capture the spirit of the season. There are several characters to choose from including a flying witch, a ghost, jack-o-lantern, Frankenstein and more!


When we were visiting in MN, we were met with my sister and her three children. She has 2 biological children and her 4 year old daughter, Millie, is adopted. Millie’s biological father is Somalian and mother is Caucasian. She has been part of our family since the age of one. Millie’s been the biggest blessing in our entire family. She is a miracle.

All the kids were SO excited to see each other. Finally we were hugged up, buckled, and moving. Brock, my 3 year old son, put his hand on Millie’s cheek. Brock said to Millie, “Your cheek is brown, Millie.” Then he put his hand on his own cheek and said, “My cheek is cold.”

Absolutely loved that moment!


When I was on the plane – the very back of the plane I might add. I saw a mom with a baby struggling to carry her bag on the plane. No one was helping her as she kept going down the aisle. Then another mom with 3 kids and bags, stopped and grabbed the struggling mom’s bag, and helped her to her seat. I loved seeing that and it made me proud to be a mom. We “moms” stick together.

Moms are more likely to give words of encouragement when things are going downhill quickly.

Moms always have an extra Kleenex or band-aid.

Moms always help each other open doors when you are pushing a stroller.

Moms never give irritated looks when your child is fussing on a plane – instead they will give you a look like “ugh, I wish I could help – you poor, poor, woman!

I love being in the CLUB MOM!

When we moved from Minnesota to California and I had to drive with my 4 kids another member of CLUB MOM stepped up. My Mom. Not only did we survived, we had a blast and loved the time together!


We just took a plane trip to visit my family in the great state of Minnesota. I took my 4 kids by myself on the plane. It went really smooth and I just wanted to share with you all some of the items I felt were “LIFESAVERS.”

– Orange Tic Tacs
– Modeling Magic – it is this great no-mess playdoh. This kept my 3, 7, and 9 year olds busy for almost an hour.
– Goldfish Crackers – best snack food ever!
– Antibacterial Wipes – that one is for me. Planes completely gross me out.
– Ring Pops
– A book for each of the kids and magazines
– Color Wonder book and marker
– Bubble Gum
– Almonds –in the little bags from Trader Joe’s – love that store by the way!
AND of course a Find Me Book (>:


A Quick Look Into Find Me Book

My "Ah Ha" moment. It all started with this picture.The kids critiqued my work and were brutally honest.
Working in my home office.
My book is ready for the world!
Some pictures are funny,
Some pictures are easy,
And some pages are harder.
Here we are marketing our book at a local kid' event.
The best thing about Find Me Book is making memories!


My two sisters and their combined 6 kids came to visit for the last 25 days. I love my sisters. We fought like crazy growing up (mostly about clothes and hair products) but now we are best friends. Both of them are in MN so when they come to visit, it is so great. We get to know each others children and have lots of laughs!

My sisters got to see a lot of my children’s school activities while they were here. That meant so much to my kids because usually it is just mom and dad at their functions. It is amazing how proud they were when introducing their cousins from MN to their teachers.
We definitely kept busy when they were here. Here is a list of some of the things we did: Legoland-2 times, California Adventure – 2 times, Disney , Medievil Times, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Hollywood, Orange Balloon Ride (which is absolutely free), Karate Kid Premiere, and many times to the pool and hiking in the canyons.

Even with all these fun activities, the kids probably enjoyed just playing at home and outside the best. I really need to remember that next time. I get so caught up in showing family the wonderful things we have in CA, that I need to remember the simple things are sometimes the best. They LOVED having a lemonade stand and with that money, they got to purchase from the ice cream truck! They LOVED climbing over our backyard wall to play and climb in the trees. They loved making plays and having us watch (some were quite loooooonnnnngggg).

Next year I am going to keep it simple and maybe hit a few of the main attractions. Right now, I am going to bed!

Father’s Day June 20, 2010–FindMeBook for new Daddies

A Father’s Day gift should be much more meaningful than a tie or a set of golf clubs. Remind Dad of his special role by giving him a customized gift that lets him share special bonding moments with his children. Find Me Book is a personalized search-and-find book of faces in interesting scenes. Developed online, users simply upload six faces of family, friends or even pets and choose 11 available scenes. Each loved one is cleverly hidden into a fun, detailed scene such as a picturesque carnival, a chest full of colorful toys, a collection of peculiar seashells, or a lush green forest.

Find Me Book is especially a hit with little ones. Not only is it enjoyable for them, but they also learn about colors, shapes and objects while searching for familiar faces. When sharing Find Me Book with a child, Dad gets the special snuggle time. Children love to discover Find Me Book over and over, and Dad gets to enjoy that closeness and precious bond.

Find Me Book can be a treasure for years to come or can be passed on as a unique memento. Find Me Book is an size 9 X 11.25 quality hardcover book (8.5 X 11 pages), and each scene is double paged for a wider search. When your Find Me Book is ready, it will be shipped directly to you.