Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We've been having a GREAT vacation! We went to the movies in Irvine... Went on a GIANT ferris wheel- the biggest one I've ever seen- and I've seen a few!
We went to Knotts Berry Farms on Monday, and had a blast!It was so much fun to go on all the crazy rides with the kids.. Luke went on his first upside down ride (like the tidal wave at great america) he loved it!!! He wasn't quite tall enough to go on a ride similiar to Top Gun, but he waited for us patiently- while the rest of us got on as a family.. I didn't know how Emma would do- I guess my kids take after me!!!! We've been having fun together- playing games, watching TV, staying in our jammies all day.
I don't know if I can figure out how to download a picture from my phone... But yes, I will have to post pictures like I promised.
Hope you all have a Happy New Years! I got cute hats and tiaras for us for tonight. Andrew's going to make pizza and we'll probably play games and watch movies... It's sad to think that all this fun will end in a few days- Hopefully we can go to the beach, go bowling before this vacation comes to an end.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Hope this Holiday Season finds you all healthy and happy!
I just thought I'd write and update you all about what's happening with the Clawsons......
The children and I are all off for 2 weeks, so we're going to really try and enjoy it! Andrew won't be off until after work on Christmas Eve day for a few days. We are looking forward to enjoying spending time with the family during those few days. Hopefully we will be able to give our children all the attention that they need or want for the next few months in a few days! (smile)
The kids are doing well in school- I'm proud of the way that they've grown. Ashley only has 6 more months before she goes to Jr High! Scary!!!!! I'm not sure who is taller now, her or me.. but like everyone else in the Clawson side says, " it's not hard to be taller than you (me)!"
Emma got her braces a few days before Halloween, she has been able to adjust to it. She has to wear it for 18 months.. Ashley only has a year left before hers is taken off. I'm not sure if Luke will need them, I'm crossing my fingers that he won't, it is so darn expensive!
Last week, all 3 kids performed in the Nutcracker at their school. What a WONDERFUL experience it was to see all the hard work that they've done - come together- into a beautiful program. The kids really enjoyed doing that. I will post pictures on the blog later, when I have some time. They all looked so CUTE in their costumes. We were able to make a movie on MY new camera that I got for my birthday, but Andrew needs to figure out how to make copies and then we'll send them off to family... We also found out that the director was able to get a video made and will have copies available after Christmas break.
I finished my last final on Monday, and just saw my grades online, and saw that I still have my 4.0 gpa!!! Andrew wasn't surprised- he actually said, " I wouldn't expect any less from you!" So, I hope he'll still be proud of me even if I don't keep that up!!! I guess education is so important to me. I wish my kids would see that. It's just too bad that my grades from when I was 17 and 18 at the JC has to follow me around- I had a 1.8 gpa back then!!!! I'll be taking a class during the winter session, Psych 9. We'll see how that goes, hopefully I can keep up with the fast paced classes.
Andrew is still loving his job- So, I'm glad that we're here... It makes a big difference in our family when he's happy and I'm happy as well. There are times where we get too busy and that's when we get a bit cranky- but it doesnt last for long! :-)
We just found out on Monday, that we will have to look for another place to live. The owner of the house, this nice big house that we love... has decided to give it up and turn it over to the bank. We were stressed about what we were going to do. We don't have money saved for a deposit to put towards another house, so after going to church today and talking to someone about the situation, a woman told us to talk to a man who deals with foreclosures. He was able to give us some information. He said from the time that the bank puts a notice on our door, we have 5 months or maybe more to move. So, we feel a lot better knowing that we don't have to rush and find a place right away. Hopefully we can save some money and be able to find another place or maybe continue to rent this home from the bank, who knows what the situation is, there's a silver lining somewhere! I know of it and I feel it! Our Branch President told us today during tithing settlement, that because we are full time tithe payers that we will be blessed, I just had a warm feeling inside, that everything will be OKAY!
We are really truly blessed... After church today, our branch had a gathering to share Christmas treats.. I was looking at the members, and how much LOVE... LOVE... that I have for the members. The branch has become my family. I know that I feel alone at times, with no close friends like I used to in SR, but, there's so much LOVE there....Yes, there are those who gossip, or have bad attitudes, and such, but, it's everywhere...
I am so grateful for my family and for Andrew. Andrew and I have grown so much as a couple since moving here. We've had some rough times, but we've had to rely on each other with no friends to go talk to. Emma asked her dad today who his best friend was, and he told her," your mother." How good that was to hear that he sees me that way! He's my best friend for time and all eternity!
So, my dear ones...I hope that this season makes you look inside yourselves and see how blessed all of you are! Everyone is blessed with something, it's up to you to find it and acknowledge it (them).
Much Love to You....
The Clawson Family
Monday, November 3, 2008
Anyway, I was driving and noticed that i needed to get gas, so I pulled into a gas station. I pulled into an empty "stall", and someone else was in front of me filling his car. A man in a big SUV pulled in behind me, I guess he saw my big, "in your face" sign on my car, and started getting mad at me, so he pulled over and parked to the other side of my car. Another man (older man with a wife) pulled in behind me- "waiting in line". I found myself blocked in and trapped, the man that parked his car aside mine got out of the car and started walking around my car, yelling at me and at my car.. started walking to the man that was filling up his tank in front of me.. pointing to me and making obscenities at me.. I was TERRIFIED!!! The man waiting behind me saw how scared I was and pulled back out so that i could wiggle back out and escape. I had a silent prayer that i would get out asked for protection. Once I got out, i saw the older man get out of his car and start walking to the other men.. basically scolding him for freaking me out. I know that once I put this sign up on my car, that it would stir things up and cause problems, but it was something that I felt strongly about, and felt that I would be protected. I am so grateful that it was just me in the car that day, and not my husband. I feel that if it was Andrew, then it would have been more physical. I have read so many stories about people getting hurt over this.... Anyway, just wanted to share... I hope and pray for every one's safety while there is so much chaos in this perilous times.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Doesn't Em look cute? (I'm biased I know!)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
...Things I've done and Been to (Mine are in RED )
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child (in the process of )
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible (& Book of Mormon)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Now that things have settled down, I thought I'd post some pics of what we've been doing this summer!
ATVing on my parent's property in Washington. Everyone had fun!
We decided to stop in Fillmore, UT on the way home, to check out a museum. My great grandfather was involved with the building of this building which was supposed to be the State Captiol for Utah. It is only 1/3 or 1/4 finished. It was only one of the "wings". They did not finish building it because it was decided that the state captiol would be in Salt Lake city. We saw pictures of my relatives on the wall and there was a book of my great grandfather. I was thrilled to pieces!
Yes, you read right! I was on the videophone talking to my sister, and all of a sudden, I feel a loud BOOM! I was sitting on the couch- unable to think but hold on to my couch for dear life! It took me by surprise! Yes, I have been through many earthquakes, but still... My sister saw the shaking images, my t.v. was shaking and my couch was as well. Tigger ran around like crazy- meowing- unsure of what happened. I felt a few more aftershocks. The epicenter was a stone's throw away and it was scary to think, that if it was any worse, there would be a problem. I tried to call Andrew- the phone lines- no matter how many times or different numbers I tried to call had a busy signal. I finally got a hold of Andrew's work- I think it was the secretary- he had gone out to lunch. He paged me back and told me that he was out at lunch and didn't even feel it! Good Riddance! I called the children's schools, thankfully it happened during lunch recess, so the children were already outside. Everything was ok. So, I felt better- but this ordeal has made me realize that I better have my emergency kits ready, and I know we have one, but we probably need to update it. and make it possible so that if I'm at home alone with no hubby, I can carry it.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Don't we make a cute couple? This was taken the day after he proposed to me.
My mother's father: Grandpa Call holding me.
I think this one is when I was 6 years old
This picture of Emma always cracks me up!!! Isn't she cute?!
Ash and Em at my favorite Pumpkin farm that doesnt exist anymore- Westside Farms
My father: Grandpa Potter, holding Emma in Yosemite
Back in my glory days when I used to run- I used to be fast!
Me napping with my father-
My little Monkey Lukey Pukey Wukey
Friday, June 13, 2008
Finally an update on the Clawson family! The kiddos have been out of school for 2 weeks! Ashley got an award for being on the honor roll for 5th grade. We're all proud of her, because we know how she works hard. Math is a hard subject for her. Her teacher has been really good with Ashley, and tutored her 2x's a week after school. I can't believe that my little girl is going into 6th grade!
Emma did well in school, we hope that she'll have Ashley's old 4th grade teacher. Mrs. Fairfax was tough, but we think Emma can rise up to the challenge. She's a smart little cookie!
Luke also did very well in school, he's hoping to get Emma's old 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Jimenez, who we loved. I spoke to her and told her that I hoped that Luke gets in her class, and she told me not to worry, because she'd already been "fighting" for him. Smile!
Andrew has been busy with work- same old- He likes his job- there are just some "idiots" as he calls it that he has to deal with. Smile.
I just finished a semester. I took 4 classes and I just found out that I got straight A's this semester!!! Kudos to my family -especially Andrew for always helping out; making dinner, helping clean, taking care of the kids etc... I love you!!!! Now I'm starting to get a bit nervous about taking a year of Anatomy along with Psych 9, Speech 9, English 1A. My counselor told me that once I've got those classes under my belt I would only need 4 more stinking units before I can get my A.S. degree! I have been doing some research on the deaf in the nursing program. There are not many deaf nurses, just a handful. There's even a club for the deaf in the medical field, and a book! It's exciting to research and find that it is POSSIBLE to do this! I have a VR counselor who doesn't really support me in pursuing my dream. She said to me, " Who the heck would hire a deaf nurse?" I told her that I did not appreciate her squashing my dream. She basically told me to be "realistic." UMMMM...
If I do get accepted into the nursing program, I'll have to find all the assistive listening devices to help me, like for the stethescope, and such. So.. wish me luck!!! If I do get accepted, I'll start next fall. It's nerve wracking to realize how fast time flies, and before I know it.. I'll be deep in the throes of a cadaver studying all the body parts!
We're all doing well! Andrew and I are very busy with our callings. It seems as though we never get a chance to just sit and relax at church. I am getting ready to go set up for Encrichment meeting. We're making aprons made out of towels. I have a fabulous committee, that is willing to help me with whatever needs to be done! KUDOS to you!!!
On another note, on Monday, Tigger got out of the house, and was missing for 3 days! We went looking for him, and we found him at our old house with another "friend" cat. So, we were all happy that he's home and safe. Now we know where to look for him. It was heart wrecnching to take him away from his "friend." Emma kept telling me that Tigger ran off and got married, so when we saw the 2 cats together, she kept telling me, " I told you mommy! he ran off and got married!"
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Yeah, I know it's been a month... Can't I make excuses huh? This post is just to let you know that yes, we're still alive and kicking! The children's last day of school is May 29th, so they're pretty stoked that there's only a few weeks left. My last day of school is June 11th (that's when I have my last final) As far as I know, I'm getting straight A's in all my classes, so hopefully I can just keep that going for a few more weeks.
Andrew is still being WONDERFUL! He surprised all the sisters in our branch, including me, by making huge cinnamon rolls for mother's day. The women had a hard time believing that Andrew made them. They thought it was either store bought or made in a bread machine. I know for a fact that there were quite a few women who were jealous that I have a husband that can make delicious cinnamon rolls! Smile! I'm lucky aren't I?
I took Luke in to the orthodontist, and he got fitted for an appliance to help him stop sucking his thumb. It's going to be costly, but I hope that this will work. It has 4 spikes and will be hanging on the roof of his mouth. He will need to wear it for between 4 to 5 months. He gets the appliance put on this coming Monday.
Last week, we celebrated Luke and Andrew's birthday, Luke wanted a build a bear, so we took him to the Build a Bear factory at the Ontario Mills Mall. He picked out a cute monkey and put a heart inside, stuffed it, and picked out clothes for it. He picked out a fly fisherman outfit, complete with a fishing pole with fish on the string! Luke named his new friend, Andy, it's cute!
Emma has one that she bought with her birthday money a cat named Sophia, and the 2 kids look so cute carrying it around and cuddling with their "friends"
Andrew purchased fly fishing stuff that got stolen out of the garage when our garage got broken into last year. He is planning on taking Luke on a fishing trip this weekend, so, we'll see!
Ashley has been going to different band concerts and playing the flute. She enjoys playing the flute, so hopefully she can keep at it and get better.
Hope all is well!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Everyone's in bed, it's only 9:50 pm! I just finished writing an essay that's due tomorrow morning. It was very personal and healing for me to write. I really like my English teacher and even though I have a lot of homework, I don't feel stressed somehow. Hard to explain.
I have a busy week ahead of me. 3 midterms this week and one a few days after Spring break. I am looking forward to Friday!!! Yippiiieee!!! I know that the week will be over before I know it!
Tomorrow, Andrew and I will be celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary. Have we been married that long? Or better yet, it seems longer! Smile! I wrote him a love note and put it in his car, hoping that he finds it early in the morning when he goes to work.
I really enjoyed watching General Conference and liked how our new prophet opened up in his closing remarks. It makes him seem more human.
I'm sorry I have not been able to post any pictures as of yet. I have not been able to find my camera! Someone has been hiding it from me!!! Will have to find it and start taking snapshots of the young un's.
Tigger update: He's doing so much better!!!
Have a great week!!!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
As for my excercise classes, I am doing really well.. I am now fitting into my too small clothes that I wasn't able to wear a year ago. SO!!!! tapping my back! Hopefully I'll be able to get smaller as time goes on. I love excercising!
I'm home today, Emma has the stomach flu, woke up in the night and started throwing up. I had an essay due this morning, so I left for a few minutes to go turn it in and get my homework assignments. So... Maybe I'll have the chance to get all caught up with homework!? We'll see!!!
We can't wait until my Spring break, that's in a few weeks in April. We got a free hotel stay for 2 nights in San Diego for signing with All State Insurance. So we're excited to go there for a few days, and just have fun! Andrew and I hope to go to the San Diego Temple, he has never been there, and I have wanted to take him since I went there last Aug. with Katrina. It's GORGEOUS!!!! So, thats something I'm really looking forward to!
Well! Hope all is well with you guys! Sorry I am so bad with posting...
Love ya all!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I know it's been a while! I've already been in school for 3 weeks now. The homework has been piling, I am trrying so hard to be on top of it since tying to settle down in a new house takes a lot of time. We already feel at home, There are a few things left to do, like set up the office and put curtains and pictures up. Hopefully we can tackle that soon!
I am doing pretty well in my classes, I have quizzes every week in both my English and Computer Information Systems classes, and I do well. I am not as stressed as I was last semester with that stupid English teacher. I love my teacher now... He makes it fun and makes you responsible for your learning and treats us like adults. I love my kickboxing class! My teacher has been kicking our butts! (literally!) I was unable to walk normally yesterday or today! I'm still taking Physical Fitness, but the teacher sure likes to talk and leaves us with like 40 minutes to workout, so I don't feel like I'm getting my full excercise in. Hopefully she'll be quiet soon!
I am truly busier than I have been in a long time. I havent been able to sit on my sore bottom (thanks to Karen! my kickboxing instructor) and watch t.v.! haha
Well... Just an posting to let ya'll know we're still alive and kicking! (I am barely!) And we're happy... getting back into our routines of reading together as a family... and dinner time.. I am so grateful to have such an understanding husband who knows what homework is like and his understanding and patience, I dont know if I did the same thing when he was going to school.. I guess I see all the hard work he has had to do, with going to school and working 40 plus hours a week and have 3 little children. I am very proud of him for accomplishing everything he has done... I hope I can make him proud and do the best I can. Although he says he was happy with a "C" grade, where for me, a "C" means failure..I think I get too serious with my school work because I want that "A", which I do get, but then and again, I do miss out with my kids. I hope that I can find that perfect balance that will work for me.
Emma is going to be 9 years old on Sunday the 9th... She's growing up so fast! I remember her beautiful birth and how she was born as the sun was rising. I have yet done anything for her birthday, so I hope I can get something together either tomorrow or Saturday. Hope everyone is doing well!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
It's the first day of the Spring Semester for me. I'm up early, trying to get a headstart. I'm taking 9 units this semester. I'm taking English, the same one that I dropped out of last semester, CSI 1A (Computer Information Systems). I'm also taking kickboxing and Physical Fitness. So, we'll see how that goes!
For those of you that don't know, we are moving in a few days to a different house. We've been packing and taking stuff over to the new house. A family friend moved to Massasschutts and couldn't find a buyer for her home, so she came to us and asked us if we could move into her house. It's a 3700 sq feet home with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. I'm thinking.. what are we going to do with all that space! I'm used to a 950 sqfoot apartment, and more currently a 2600 sqfeet house. Sooo... we'll see. Just wanted to let you all know, and sort of make sorry excuses as to why I have not been blogging! Once we're all done and settled, and internet hooked up, I'll start again. Time to get going! Wish me luck!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Don't know if you can see, but kids are with Darth Vader in Hollywood.
"Luke, I am your Father........"
Children's Discovery Museum in Temecula. Kids had a blast there! It was only 3 bucks a pop!! Whoo whoo!
Tigger under the Christmas tree!!
Here are the kids with the Simmon Kids, (the Simmons came to stay with us for a few days and went trick and treating with us! FUN!)
Arent my kids CUTE? (I'm biased I know!)
Thanksgiving Dinner with our special friend Patty! She's our adopted aunt or grandma! We LOVE her!
We went to the La Brea Tar Pits. It was awesome to see all the fossils of the animals from prehistoric times! Saber tooth cats, huge mammoths etc..
We went to Hollywood, and looked around, walked on the Hollywood walk of fame. whatever thats called! I saw Doris Day, and immediately thought of my dad, and the movie "An Affair to Remember" Andrew and I watched that movie the first day we met at my house! Memories!!!