Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Light Parade

The Treehouse entered the light parade this year. Bobby and company built this float. We won "Best Float!" The troubling part is that The Treehouse received no recognition in the paper or on the news. This is very disappointing for a small, local business trying to create ways to market ourselves. On a more positive note though, the float was fabulous, and the kids had a great time riding in it and on it through the parade. Dawson was so awesome yelling for a good, solid hour over and over, "Merry Christmas from The Treehouse!" Talk about free advertisement!

Monday, December 14, 2009


Bobby, Tom, Jason, and Jared decided it had been too long since they hiked Picacho. Aaron skipped out this time, and I'm bummed because there are some great pictures, but they don't seem complete when one of the brothers is missing.

Thanksgiving '09 Part III!

This is my Tiny hangin' out with the dog's at Joyce & Phill's.

It's tradition on Thanksgiving to saddle up!

Thanksgiving '09 Part II!

My boys have so much fun out in Roll.

Oh yes, Buddy broke his arm a few weeks ago. He and Tiny were wrestling and Buddy decided to quit and lay on the back of the couch. Unexpectedly, Tiny came and pushed him off the back of the couch. Oops! We have been parents for eleven years. We've had five broken arms so far. Mallory-3, Sydney-1, and Buddy-1. I'm sure there are more to come.

Thanksgiving '09 Part I.

These are just a few Thanksgiving pictures I took. Don't worry, Mom, there are a ton more just for you.

The view from Joyce & Phill's backyard.

The Aunties

Grandpa Harley

My cousin, Dillon, looking very interested in what my dad has to say.


We got a new dog about a month ago. It was fun while it lasted, but we just decided we weren't giving her the attention she needed. A friend of mine has taken her, and I know they will be a perfect fit for eachother. In the meantime, I have this picture to post of Buddy and our dog Fran. We have been considering sending Fran to live with Joan to keep Chuy company, but I don't know that I can part with this. Could you?

Horse Shows!

We had a horse show a month or two ago, and we had one this weekend. These are pictures from Sydney's first Yuma show. I forgot my camera, so we have none of Saturday's show.

My Aunt Joyce shows in the adult class, and it's so fun to watch.

This is my cousin, Elana, showing in a showmanship class. Cute kid!

This is "Belle of the Ball"-Sydney's horse.

This is my mom and Sydney walking the pattern for Sydney's horsemanship class.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Kindness Truly Does Make A Difference

Some awesome ladies I have the honor of being friends with run an organization called K.I.D.S. Cuddlekit Closet. Their goal for this winter was to help clothe 150 school aged children for the winter AND give them a day they will never forget, and they achieved their goal and then some. I was invited to bring a few of my own students from Rancho.

From 11:30 - 4:00 these students rode horses, went to a petting zoo, kicked some karate butt, tested out law enforcement vehicles, watched a hot air balloon get blown up, played in snow, made cotton candy, iced cookies to give to a retirement home, got their faces painted, heard a story, and so so so much more!

Our New Moon event was a small way to get involved with this special day, and next year I hope to do so much more to help. I would encourage each of you to look at their website and see what wonderful things they do for our community's children throughout the year. So many people volunteered and helped make this event a success. Now four of my students will be sporting new shoes and hoodies to school Monday. Not to mention, they all saw Santa and went home with one wrapped present containing something from their wish list! This organization truly makes a difference, and it's one you can witness for yourself. Tears came to my eyes several times today, but the best was when one of my students was skipping around outside saying, "This is the best day ever!" Mind you, this was long before the presents were given out.

Other quotes heard throughout my awesome day:

"These are Vans! REAL Vans."

"This is the coolest fake snow. I've never been in real, fake snow before!"

"We get surprises?! You mean, there's more?"

"Mrs. Lemmon, how long do we get to stay here?"

"Is all this for me to keep?"

P.S. Okay, Okay...I let them open their wrapped gifts in the car. I couldn't wait!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's Here!

Our event has finally arrived. Amazing how time flies sometimes. Just a last minute check to make sure everything is clear.

- We are meeting at the Pacific Plaza on Pacific Avenue right near the mall.

- If you need childcare go to New Moon rate of $3.00/hour/child applies!


- NO! We are not watching Twilight first. Yes! We are seeing the movie earlier than anyone else in town.

Shannon, Devra, and I would just like to thank you ahead of time for your infectious excitement about this event. We hope you enjoy every minute of your evening.

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Moon Madness!

We are just three days away! I hope you are as excited as we are. Here are a few things to remember:

1. Party is at 7:00.

2. Bring a finger food to share.

3. Bring a new, winter clothing item to donate to K.I.D.S. Cuddle Kit Closet.


5. We have two theatres. You can sit anywhere you'd like.

6. Raffles will be done at the party, and you must be present to win.

7. If you have any questions email them to

I think that's about it. See you all soon!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

One Week Until Madness!

I worked on homework (grad school) until 12:30 a.m. last night then decided to go to bed. The second my head hit the pillow I was entering the sleep zone (my favorite zone). Then all of the sudden I realized it was technically Thursday. This meant New Moon was now one week away! I shot up out of bed and wanted to call Shannon, but I didn't. I did however work on this little post.

This one's for you, Joan- New Moon is a week away, but you can't count the day of, and you don't really count today. The weekend is going to speed by, as always, so you don't count that. So really, if you think about it, New Moon is
practically here!

This one's for you Bob- Why does Edward have hair near his belly button? Why would a statuesque vampire have hair there? It makes no sense. These are the discussions Bobby and I have been having lately, and this particular picture of Edward really irritates him...I can't say it really "irritates" me. Ha ha ha.

See you soon everyone!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Moon Madness!

We are just about two weeks away! I am blown away that a year has gone by since our last extravaganza. This year is three times the event last year was, so I hope you all are geared up for a fantastic evening.

Now, let's update you on our plans. The location of our party is going to be (drum roll please)...The parking lot of Jeanie's Party Supply and Liquid Eyewear. It's right behind the movie theatre on Pacific. Email me if you aren't sure.

Party starts at 7:00 and goes until we are ready to head to our TWO reserved theatres. Movie begins promptly at 9:00. Just like last year, you are encouraged to bring a finger food.

No one is assigned a theatre or a seat. Once you show your special events ticket, you proceed to 13 or 14. It's your choice. We made sure no one would have to sit in the front three rows, so know that you will have an excellent view of all wolves and vampires!

This year Shannon, Devra, and I decided to give back to the community in some way. We chose K.I.D.S. Cuddle Kit Closet to focus on. They are trying to clothe 150 children for the winter. We would appreciate it if every party guest could bring along at least one new item (unwrapped) to donate to an underprivileged, local child. You can bring anything from crayons, to scarves, to books, to sweaters. For every item you donate you get a ticket to enter a special raffle.

If anyone needs additional tickets or has any questions just let me know.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Maggie's 1st Birthday!

My niece turned one today, so we went up to celebrate with her.

Happy Halloween!

I'll admit it's never my favorite holiday of the year, but it seems to be getting a little less stressful for me each year that passes. One day, I might even miss it.

The Boys- Strider and Maverick

The Girls- Sydney, Mallory, and my cousin Elena

Friday, October 23, 2009

Headed Home!

We stopped by to see Aunt Kelly and Maggie on our way home!

Random Disney!

Here are some other pictures I wanted to post of Disneyland.

The Haunted Mansion was my favorite childhood ride. I was so excited to relive the memories. It is all done up for Halloween and looks really, really neat.

Guess who!

This is just a silly picture of us.

This picture is for Aunt Katie!