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Wow, it’s been a long time since my last post

So many things have happened since November 2013, Xoe graduated from Kindergarten, she’s in the 1st grade now.  She has grown so much, I’ll try to post some pictures tomorrow.

We moved to a different apartment in Richmond, we are doing well here, but it’s not the best neighborhood.

I started college, then I just got too busy with school work I wasn’t able to do anything I wanted to do, so I decided to stop taking classes and resume and finish next year, or the year after.  There’s no great rush for me to finish, I have 5 classes left to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree.

Xoe is 6 now, she’s at a great age, I can have a real conversation with her, but she still has a bit of a baby voice, she is so sweet, too.  She tells me she loves me every day, and gives me a big kiss.  I am so lucky to have her in my life.

Xoe is having a tea party now for her stuffed animals, it’s 8pm and it’s been a long day.  She had friends over and they played for hours.

Well, I’ll make this post short, and start posting again on a regular basis now that I have more free time.

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11/17/2013 About Time To Wear Makeup Again

I woke up this morning and had no internet, no phone. I was going to go online and check my facebook, emails, and read my textbook, but I can’t because the house network is turned off, and it’s in Ray and Liz’s room and they aren’t there. I will have to wait for them to show up.
One thing I have been wanting to do is wear some makeup. I haven’t worn makeup for maybe 15 years now. I got tired of putting it on everyday so I just quit wearing it altogether. Over the last year, I have bought myself new make-up at Lancome. Each month I would get a mascara or an eye shadow, and this month, I completed my collection and can wear it. Lancome is fairly expensive and there is no way I could buy a complete set of make-up from them at one time.
I saved the foundation for last because I wanted to make sure it matched my skin tone. I went to Macy’s Lancome counter and had them match my face color to a foundation and powder. It’s the best match I have ever had, it looks like my own skin. I have never had a better match in my life.
Over the year as I have been buying my makeups from Lancome-usa.com they have been sending me free samples. I have enough cleanser and toner to last me another year. I have sample eye creams, face creams, and body lotions. They have sent me enough mascara so that I may never have to buy mascara again, and other various makes ups and eye shadows, even some eye shadow brushes. I really love shopping at Lancome-usa.com. If you are going to shop at Lancome, visit retailmenot.com for a coupon code first, and get free shipping, even more samples, and sometimes money off.
I’ll post a picture if I decide to do that today.
I need to take a shower before I put on my make-up, but let me tell you, just because I get up at 6am doesn’t make me a morning person. I like to sit and have loads of coffee before I do anything. I love my coffee it’s part of my morning ritual. Drink coffee, go online and check my Facebook, and take a shower.
Well, I just finished a cup of coffee and have decided to go take my shower while Xoe is sleeping. I’ll be back in a minute…. Well that felt good, I love taking a nice hot shower alone. I like taking a shower with Xoe too, don’t get me wrong, I just can’t turn the heat up with her in the shower.
I am going to do my makeup tomorrow. I was thinking while I was in the shower that if I do it while Xoe is awake she’s going to want to play with my makeup and it’s really too expensive to play with. I’ll buy her some makeup at the dollar store so she can play make up with me tomorrow.

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11/15/2013 I am going to a University to Earn My Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies, then off to Law School

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I just started back in college and I have been super busy.

It’s week 2 of my classes and I am doing well. I was really worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the younger students but I am holdng my own, as a mater of fact, the last two tests I have taken I have made 100% on both of them.

I am pretty proud of myself for going back and earning my Bachelors and doing well at it.

My ultimate goal is to be an attorney, that’s a long term goal and it’s going to be a hard road ahead but I think I can do it.

Well, I am going back to my studies, I will start posting soon. I just need to get back into the swing of things and get a good schedule going so that I have time to post.

Me and Xoe have been going to 6 Flags Discovery Kingdom a lot, we love it there and have season passes, so it’s really affordable.

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10/14/2013 Xoe and I Went to 6 Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA

Yesterday we were sitting here wondering what to do because I was kind of short on cash and I really had no ideas.  We decided to surf the net and found that there is a Theme Park, 6 Flags Discovery Kingdom that is just about 30 minutes away from Richmond CA, in Vallejo, CA.  They have tickets that you can pay for by the month for about $9 plus we bought meal cards to where we could eat lunch and dinner at the park for about the same price, it was a bargain.  We only spent $3 at the park and that was for a drink refill.  I thought they would be open today but it’s a holiday and they are closed.  

Here is a picture of Xoe waiting for the bus to get into the park.  Image

 

And these are pictures of Xoe with some of the characters  

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We had a great day!

 

 

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It’s a sad day at preschool today.  I haven’t updated the blog in a while so for those of you who haven’t heard, I have enrolled Xoe into the Booker T Anderson Community Center preschool program called, Little Einstein.  This is a picture of Xoe walking into her first day of preschool, and her preschool.  Image  Image

Anyway, the school has stopped accepting 3 year olds, so Xoe is going to lose 2 classmates.  The preschool is also going to start closing at 1:30 which means it is one half hour less each day.

Xoe was sad, the mother’s were sad, the children who were under 3 were sad, and even the teacher was sad to see the changes.

It’s a terrific program, runs from 11am-1:30pm and every day the kids learn something new and exciting, and really enjoy going to class.  The class size is 5 children, so they each get a lot of individual attention.  They are working on their letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.  They have an exercise class each day, and I would recommend this program highly to anyone with small children.

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08/24/2013 Rearranging my File Box, IHOP, and Swimming

I haven’t posted in a few days, I have been pretty busy doing things like clearing out my file box and other little chores that I have been putting off for years.  I decided to replace my file boxes because they broke in transit out here.  The USPS broke a lot of my stuff and tore up moving boxes when I moved out here.  Here is an example of what happened to the 14 boxes I mailed out here, and of the 14 boxes 9 were like this.  Image

I didn’t get an apology,  because the boxes were uninsured there was little I could do.

Anyway, I bought notebooks and plastic sheet protectors to hold my important papers and keep them clean.  The notebooks have zippers on them, a handle to carry them and a shoulder strap if needed.  I love these notebooks as file boxes.  My papers are very easy to find and file.   Image Image  They are called Case It File Folders and the website to buy is either at Target where I got mine, or the Case It website at http://www.caseit.com

While we were at Target Xoe played in the Target circle outside Target. Image  Xoe loves to play on the big red balls and the circle sculpture at Target.

After Target and rearranging my file box, we went to lunch at IHOP with Xoe’s doll Jack.  Yep, she named her baby girl Jack.  We went to the IHOP on San Pablo Road, in El Cerrito, CA, the food there is fantastic.  Xoe always orders the French Toast and Sausage, and I have been ordering the Country Fried Steak and Eggs.  Here are a couple of pictures of Xoe and Jack while we were waiting on the food.

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After Lunch Xoe had a swim lesson, her second to last swim lesson.  She is swimming much better than when she started the class.  This is a picture of Xoe practicing her kicking at the wall of the pool.  Image

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08/11/2113 Xoe’s 4th Birthday Party

Yesterday was Xoe’s fourth birthday and we had a party for her at Miller Knox Park, in Richmond, California.  We kept the party small, there were only three girls invited, and one couldn’t make it.

Xoe and the girl across the street, one of the girls who was invited to the party, made cupcakes for the party.  The Theme was Butterflies and the colors were mainly pink.Image

Here is a video of Xoe blowing out the candles.

VIDEO Xoe Blowing Out The Candles  *Note* If you want to see the video of Xoe blowing out the candles, or any other video on this blog you have to be my Facebook friend.  See the About Me section to the right, last paragraph, on how to become a Facebook friend.

After we ate cake, it was time for Xoe to open her presents

VIDEO Xoe Opening Her Presents

Xoe gave each of her guests gift bags to take home.  The gift bags were filled with all kinds of goodies; a coloring book, crayons, paints, color wonder kits, a slinky, a Tiara, a whistle, a microphone, note pads, lip gloss, a puzzle, a lighted magic wand, and some other fun stuff that little girls like.  Each gift bag had 8 balloons attached to it.

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We had a butterfly Pinata, and I took lots of videos, this is a picture taken by Nana with me shooting video of Xoe opening her presents. I am the one wearing green.  1011230_10152162545779896_639919761_n

Here is some vidoe of the girls hitting the pinata, in this video the pinata has not broken yet.

VIDEO  Hitting the Pinata

In this video of of the children’s parent’s finally cracks the pinata, lol.  It was just too well made for the kids to break on their own.

VIDEO Breaking the Pinata

All in all, it was a great little birthday party, Xoe enjoyed herself and so did her guests.  We had cheese and crackers as a snack, and Nana made that platter, and the cheeses were so good.  Xoe has been talking about her birthday party all day today and she already is looking forward to her 5th birthday party.