Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ella is onto a new chapter!

It's now official.  Ella's preschool career is over. It's so sad. But it's also a happy time.IMG_3331  

Wednesday was Ella's end of year preschool party at the park and it was a bittersweet time for us all.  We have been attending the preschool out at Shasta College for the past 3 years (2 years with Ella and 1 year with Jacob) and have enjoyed it so much.  We will miss everyone out there.  I must say though, Ella has been ready to move on for quite a number of months.  I don't know if she's been bored mentally or academically but Kindergarten will be a welcome change for us all, if not a bit scary! 

What's on the horizon beyond that?  She has just informed me she'd like to be a fashion designer. And I now have a stack of pictures showing various clothing she has designed.  She is asking if we can go to the fabric store tomorrow so she can make some of them.  Ella amazes me everyday with what she can do. 

Click here for some pictures from the party.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Lego Mystery

So the other day Jacob came home from school and was in his room scratching hisIMG_3092 head thinking and saying he thinks he may be crazy.  I asked him why and he said because he thinks that maybe he woke up in the middle of the night and put together one of the Lego toys he received for  his birthday and he's bewildered that he can't remember any of it.  There sitting on his desk is a fully completed Lego car that I know I never saw him build.  I found out later, that that morning he even accused Aaron of putting it together without him.  I then was totally confused.  Jacob does have a history of sleepwalking, but sleep Lego building? 

It wasn't until later while the kids were eating their after school snack, that the mystery was solved.  Ella leans over to Jacob and says, "I put together your Lego car last night."  What?  Apparently Ella woke up in the middle of the night (sometime between midnight and 6:30am), couldn't sleep and decided to open up and put together one of Jacob's Lego 165-piece Lego toys!  There were 38 steps in the instruction manual and she followed them perfectly on her own, in the middle of the night unbeknown to all of us.  That girl never ceases to amaze us. 

Hip Hop Dancerella

Included in another Etsy Treasury! Love the theme...

So happy to be included!
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Rob Video Out!

His new album will be coming out this summer so that means publicity tour is soon to come as well as concert can bet you'll hear all about it here! LOL!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day...I love you Mom!
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Today was another good day...but I gotta say Jacob's birthday weekend always falls on Mother's Day and it can be exhausting!  I got to sleep in a little bit (7:15 or so)...after lounging around the house for a bit, we went to pick up Grandma and Uncle Jeff and cruised (in style again in the VW bus) to Win RiverP5103957 for their brunch.  Really good food...half breakfast food, half seafood.  So we definitely knocked out breakfast and lunch and pretty much also dinner.  We then went back to her house to lounge for a bit before shopping for some patio stuff.  Then back home for a little outdoor work and more hanging poolside.  So happy the weather got nicer for this weekend. 
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Jacob turns 7....woooo!!!

Saturday Jacob turned 7 years old and it was a crazy, fun day!  He woke up at 6am completely IMG_2688 excited...6am on a Saturday is not cool, I don't care what is happening!  I managed to stay in bed for a little while longer though and heard him finding his annual "Birthday Bucket" and the dozen donuts left for him on the kitchen counter.  We did something a little different this year and got him 7 presents that we gave him throughout the day...the trick was in order to get them he had to do a variety of scavenger hunts and answer different questions, puzzles and even some math problems to find where they were hidden!  He really enjoyed that and says he wants that to happen every year.  Yeah, me too...I want 30-something presents on my birthday too....I'll gladly solve clues to get them!  

IMG_2774 In the afternoon we had a birthday party for him at our house.  It started with a Wii Mario Kart tournament, game of laser tag, followed by swimming in the pool.  Everything was a great success and everyone was sorry to go. 
That evening we went to Hometown Buffet for dinner, Jacob's choice.  His meal consisted of jello, pizza, and bread...followed by 3 or maybe more trips to the desserts for ice cream.  The day ended with a game of Battleship and a movie.  I think Jacob had a great and memorable 7th birthday!
Click here for more pictures from the day!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Ashley Furniture SUCKS

So in order to get on with my life, I need to tell this story.  Redding's Ashley Furniture Store SUCKS and this is why...

  • January 25th we purchased furniture to complete our family room...a sectional couch, coffee table, pub table w/4 chairs, and a new TV stand and shelf to complete our existing entertainment center (previously purchased from Ashley).  We were told 6-8 weeks for delivery. 

  • At 5 weeks out we called--were told they have been busy and delivery has been running the full 8 weeks.

  • At 10 weeks we were told they would call to set up delivery for the week after Easter. That didn't happen. We were then told that portions of the couch have been backordered.  They have the other pieces but they can't deliver them separate (huh?)

  • At 12 weeks we demand that what they have be delivered immediately. "Oh yes, oh yes, we'll get it sent to our distribution center for delivery."

  • We are now at 14 weeks.  We call them on Tuesday and they say they have everything available but a section of the couch and that they can deliver everything else on Saturday (today).  That section is still in no where's land.  Fine give us what you have. 

  • Friday afternoon-they tell us that they've got the WRONG TV stand and they have to order another one.  Aaron goes in to find out what the heck is going on and to pick up the add'l shelf for our entertainment center that has been waiting for us.  First off-it ends up being the WRONG shelf.  Oh and then with a whole other big screw up related to the TV stand (complete other story), they eventually say they'll order the correct stand (which they claim will take about a week) and shelf and that the wrong stand won't even be on the truck. 

  • Saturday-Delivery guys come, kids are excited--we will FINALLY have a place to sit! It's pouring down rain so as they're delivering the pieces I'm wiping them down.  They go to deliver the TV stand-yes the one that was supposed to be canceled and not even on the truck-have to do a whole refusal process.  They then go to put together the pub table and chairs...they are the WRONG ones...the saleslady put in the wrong order number so all this time we have been waiting for the wrong table and chairs to be delivered.  I go to call her on her 'oh so special personal cell phone number she gave me in case of ANY problems from now on out' and guess what?  Goes to a voice mail box that says I can't leave a message because it's full. I call the store--goes to voice mail - the same voice mail that "NO ONE HAS EVER RECEIVED ONE OF OUR MESSAGES" ON. 

Current status--still waiting for the middle portion of our sectional couch, the pub table and chairs need to be swapped out for the correct ones, and we still are waiting on the TV stand and the additional shelf for the entertainment center.  Oh and I won't even go into the damaged coffee table....

In all these instance WE CALLED THEM, no one has called us. They have made excuse after excuse and will say whatever they can to get off the phone or have us leave the store.  The manager of the store Peter something or other is NEVER in the store and has NOT returned any phone calls. Customer Service should be everything to a business and is extremely important to us.  

When we purchased the furniture our saleswoman said that if we received the furniture within 6 weeks she'd be a hero, 8 weeks a heal.  What does it make her now that's it been 14 weeks and counting?