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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Little Claire

Wow I didn't realize how behind I was on blogging until I noticed I hadn't posted any blogs about some new little girls that have entered the world. Slacker much?

My bestie had her second little girl last month!!

Claire Love Latour was born bright and early Monday September 20, 2010.

Just as I was pulling into my parking spot at home I got a text from Jessica saying Claire was here. Apparently Calire was in a hurry to come into the world. They barely made it to the hospital. I wanted soooo badly to go down to the hospital right then and congratulated this little family in person. Unfortunately I had just gotten off work and I was exhausted. It probably wouldn't have been safe for me to drive.

That afternoon I made my way down to Pomerado to visit. The timing actually worked out great. Their other kids were at the hospital meeting their new little sister so I got to see all of the kidlets! 4 for the price of 1.

Claire immediately stole this auntie's heart. She's simply gorgeous and just more precious than words. I was able to hold her for a long time that day. It was wonderful.

In life you hope and pray for friends that are more like family. The LaTours are family to me. I am greatly blessed to have them in my life. I am thankful to have been able to visit each of the babes on the day they were born. I cherish those memories.

I was on a sugar cookie making kick so I thought it would be fun to do something a little different for the older siblings and the new arrival. The kids seemed pretty stoked about the cookies. Jack was even more excited when he realized they were trains! Those boys and their trains. So cute!

CONGRATULATIONS LaTours! I love you!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Race For the Cure Pictures

Here are the pictures I forgot to add to my original post.

Becki, our team captain, and I

Mindi and I

Ali, Clay and I. The Night Shift Trio
The Kings

Baby Lyla

Tanya from work had her sweet baby girl, Lyla, on July 26. Lyla decided to put her "back into it" and turn breech the last few weeks. Tanya had a scheduled C-Section and has been off from work for the last 3 months. She finally returned Oct 21st. During her time off she made it a point to bring Lyla in to meet her Cal Fire family.

Lyla and Miss Ali

         Lyla and Miss Suzy. She was camera shy by this point :)

                                                     The proud new mama

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tick Tock

I can't believe I am sitting here, a few hours shy of going to a halloween party. Really? October is basically over? How is this possible? I have been working like a mad woman.

Two people on maternity leave + people on vacation+ more overtime that anyone anywhere could ever want. Ever. 

I have so much that I need to catch upon, blog wise. Weight loss journey, pictures from the breast cancer walk ( I forgot to add them and I was too lazy to go back and edit the post again), Flyleaf Concert/Harvest Festival, Bates Nut Farm and our Family Fall Baking Day, Beauty and the Beast and Halloween.

Sometimes I wish time would slow down. Christmas is a mere 2 months away. I can't believe it. Someone hit the "stop" button. Please?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Race For the Cure 2010

This was my third year walking with Team Cal Fire in the Inland Empire Race for the Cure. Once again, the day didn't disappoint. Not only did I get to see some friends/co-workers outside of the navy blue uniforms, I also had part of my family with me this year! Brian, Katie, Peyton, Tyler and our friend Mindi joined the team with me.Of course my wonderful partner from work, Ali, was there along with our night shift buddy Clay.

I offered to make the cake/cupcakes for the team this year. At the time of the offer I expected about 75 people to join the team. Boy was I ever surprised when my team captain told me 176 people were on the team (not including last minute registration and kids). Holy cow! So my simple 75 cupcake plan turned into a 200 cupcake plan. It was a lot of time and work but everyone loved them. I was pretty happy with how they turned out. I used some of the cupcakes to make "cakes".

One wouldn't think that a couple boxes of cupcakes would be very heavy to carry. Mindi and I got their early to unload the cupcakes. We thought we could make it from the parking structure to the tailgate area no problem. I'm pretty sure a little elf made its way into those boxes, removed the cupcakes and replaced them with rocks because farther we walked, the heavier the boxes got.

Of course there is always an underlying competition or "Battle of the Badges" if you will between Law Enforcement and Fire Departments. For the last few years Riverside County Sheriff Department has beat us out in fundraising. This year we finally swept the floor with them raised more money than they did! It is a friendly competition that pushes our teams to raise even more money for the cause.

The weather was blissfully cool this year. Hallelujah! I wasn't looking forward to walking 3.1 miles in 85-90 degree weather.

It really was an incredible day. Every year it is a blessing to be part of the team and helping raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. I am hoping next year my WHOLE family *hint hint, wink wink* will join us.

Total Fundraising Achievements:
Personal: $375
Team: $8,048


Monday, October 4, 2010

The Farmer's Market

Everyone is always trying to save a buck, especially me. I carefully look at each grovery store add to find the best deals. A lot of times those sale items are not things I normally buy, they are still too expensive or they don't fit into my semi-healthy eating lifestyle.

I can rarely win with produce. I buy it and it goes bad within a couple day. It is frustrating and a waste of money (sometimes). I've heard locally/organic grown produce lasts longer. So, I thought I would give the Ramona Farmer's Market a whirl. I'd never been to a farmer's market but I know others that have. I hear nothing but good things.

I high tailed it to Collier Park, where our Farmer's market is, and immediately I was slightly disappointed. 6 booths. That's it? Only one of those booths held any sort of produce. There was a bread stand (against diet rules!! run away! run away!), a knife sharpening stand, fresh squeezed , plants, cookie lee jewelry (uh huh?), and produce. That's it.

Honestly, I was expecting more. Nuts, fruits, vegetables, bread, etc. I am sure that this is true for most Farmer's Markets. Unfortunately, not this one.

I wonder, are there any good Farmer's Markets in San Diego where I can score some good deals?

It wasn't a total loss. I did get a few pieces of fruit and some squash.