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Our trip

We went to Napa Valley to do a bike tour of four wineries.  Let me tell you 2 things that no one told me before you decide to do this.  One – don’t take kids.  Yes they give you a bike trailer, but you ride up Highway 29 and it is just not safe.  It is incrediblly nerve racking!  Two – you do have to be in some sort of shape for this.  There are hills, the kind of long hill that lasts forever where you barely know you are climbing until suddenly you cannot breathe and you look behind you and it’s a loooong way down!  Here are some pics of our adventures …..

At our hotel

At our hotel

This was right outside our door.  There were 2 black swans and 2 white swans. 

I love watching him as he sees new things.

I love watching him as he sees new things.

Here is Ashton looking at the white swan.  It was a beautiful hotel!

Ashton loved the water.

Ashton loved the water.

There was a bridge over an indoor river and Ashton spent a looong time walking over the bridge, back and forth, over and over and over and O.V.E.R. again.  Here he is wanting to jump over the wall and into the river.  Such a fun age!

Daddy and Son

Daddy and Son

Here are Chris and Ashton with their helmets on, getting ready to go on our bike ride.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Here is my handsome boy in his bike trailer, all ready to take off.  In about 4 minutes from here he was sound asleep!

Mom on a bike.

Mom on a bike.

Here I am about 3 miles into the ride, where we stopped to look at the grape vines and learn a little about the flowering process.  It was interesting, but so cold!

Chris on the bike.

Chris on the bike.

Here is Chris with the group, and you can see Ashton completely conked out in the trailer behind him. 

Swish

Swish

Sniff

Sniff

There is Chris swishing and smelling the wine, like a seasoned pro.  We actually hate wine.  But we like to pretend 🙂

Our little family!

Our little family!

There we are on the beautiful grounds of one of the wineries, the Regusci Family winery which was the only place I fell in love with a gorgeous Chardonay that I purchased. 

Fun!

Fun!

We played in the grass.

Loves!

Loves!

Ashton loves to play with mommy – here he is just cracking up.  It was a gorgeous day!

So much love!

So much love!

I just love to hold my son, he is such a miracle!  A wonderful gift from our Lord, who I thank every single day.

The Greenhalgh's

The Greenhalgh's

Here is our little family again in front of some beautiful flowers – the grounds of the wineries are so beautiful to see in and of themselves, even if you are not so much into the wines.

Little furniture!

Little furniture!

I have about 12 pictures of Ashton on this little miniature furniture.  It was so damn cute!

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This was the cutest!  Ashton had his little backpack, and he wanted to pull it, and so he did, all around the courtyard while I got us all checked out.  He still does this all around the house.  It is absolutly adorable!

Getting ready

Getting ready

Here we are in the mirror getting ready for our anniversary dinner.  Chris doing his hair, and me getting my sexy on in the mirror behind him – haha!

The finished product

The finished product

Here I am, ready for dinner.  Nine years, four stepsons, two teenagers, 13-months-post-baby, I think I’m doing pretty dang good!  The boys at my daughter’s school think I’m a hot mom, so hey, what more can a 30-something SAHM ask for????

We had a great trip!  Thanks for sharing our memories with us!

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Last nights show was interesting.  I have read all the blogs I usually read, and I think the comments are kinda mean.  I am not a Kate fan by any means, but I do try to keep an open mind.  Here is what I saw: a woman who has been slapped across the face with a severe reality check.

The “we will never break up, I can talk to my husband any way I want to and he will take it, queen of motherhood, celebrity seeking, money is all I need, I don’t have to treat my kids well, nothing will ever happen to me” attitude was way subdued last night.  She was a different Kate.  And I do not mean the PR produced “be nice to the boys in this episode because the bloggers are talking” nice.  This was a woman whose world has been rocked.  Whose security is seriously in jeapordy.  She has had a dose of real world, and I think she has lived in this bubble of protection for so long that she just didn’t see it coming.

As for Jon, he is done.  Done done.  He is talking about how they need to be friends for their kids, yah, he’s done with her.  He hates her.  He has taken so much shit for so long, he has built up this wall.  I have seen it happen so many times and even had it happen to myself.  You take so much for so long, and once you get past that hill, and you seriously honestly do not care anymore, you begin to hate the person, and once that happens it’s just over.  They needed help a year or so ago.  And I honestly believe Jon was asking her for it and she was just ignoring it and not caring that she was stepping right over her marriage to get to the top.  That is my humble opinion on the matter.

It will be an interesting season.  I can see a lot of how it was last night.  Seperate interviews, seperate time with each of them and the kids.  It is sad to watch the old episodes.  You can literally see it happening in front of your eyes.  You can see the contempt between them grow, you can see Jon sinking back more, sitting further away from her, rolling his eyes as she talks, saying less and less and less and then just not saying anything.  Kate got bigger and Jon got smaller.  Now she is as large as life and he is, well, gone. 

Take care of your relationships people.  Take CARE of them.  When you have relationship issues, it seeps into every inch of your life.  You must take care of your significant other.  Learn from Kate!  It can happen to anyone, and the people who think it will never happen to them are the most likely to have it happen to them.  Love. your. partner.  Show them, don’t just tell them.  It is so important.

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My gift

I just love my husband.  Here is what he got me for our anniversary:

The new "Leah" bag from Coach's new signature collection.

The new "Leah" bag from Coach's new signature collection.

 

Isn’t he sweet?  I just love this new signature collection, and Chris doesn’t, but he knows that I really wanted it, and totally coveted Dylan’s new behaviorist’s bag, so he bought it for me.  And I just love it!  I love it so very much that I bought the matching wristlet to be my “to-go” make-up bag.  This is the bag where I hold my necessities, such as powder and lipstick and chapsitck, it goes in my purse, and I got an amazing deal on it! 

I’m gonna upload pics from our anniversary weekend and post them momentarily.

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Meant to be?

I usually don’t do this.  Count mychickens before they’re hatched.  I never announce something until it is absolutly for certain sure that is it going to happen.  But I have such a good feeling about this.  A really good one.  Things are going in the right direction, and we sign the contract next week.  I should wait until next week to make this public.  I really should.  But I am so excited!  I have to talk about it!

We are might be moving!  Into a house we fit in!  Ashton will finally get out of our room!  And into his very own room!  I get to do a nursery!!!!  This house is perfect – 5 bedrooms, plus an office with beautiful glass doors that close for quiet and privacy (for me going into grad school in Sept this is a huge need!), there is a fireplace in the master bedroom that is double sided and the other side is directly over the jacuzzi bathtub, it is just gorgeous and perfect.  It is in the 2nd most desired neighborhood in our town, the 1st being the gated community of million-plus-dollar homes on the golf course, which is directly behind this house and all of those houses are less than a mile from our house where we might move.

So….here is a picture of it.  And this is the last time I will talk about until I am actually living in it.  Fingers crossed!  This will be so wonderful for our family!

The new house

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I don’t normally share things like this, but this card moved me so I want to preserve it for all time, and share it with you, my friends and readers.  Chris is not a big “card” guy – he feels we say things like this to each other all the time so why the need to waste four bucks on a card that will be thrown away?  I love cards, never ever throw them away, and I think it is precious that he spent time reading through cards to find the perfect one for me.  Here is what it says:

Outside:
Although our anniversary is a very special day, what I’m really celebrating is the way our love makes every day special.  It’s not the big occasions that matter so much as the constant support, comfort, and warm companionship we find in each other.  Day-to-day love is really about the little things – a few words spoken, a quick kiss, the way we can tell what the other is thinking.  We are connected in thousands of beautiful ways that I can’t even fully understand.

Inside:
But what I do know is that daily life is never boring for me because you’re always finding ways to add a little excieement…  So happy anniversary love of my life!  Let’s celebrate the many ways that make every day a special day for us.

He wrote:
Misty,
The day I met you May 20, 2000 was the day my life started.  You are my life, I love you.  I couldn’t be happier!

After 9 years, we have given each other so many cards, for anniversarys, birthdays, mothers and fathers day, valentines day, it is hard to keep finding cards and writing things in them that say something different from the hundreds of other cards we have exchanged.  This card does say a lot about how Chris and I love each other —  our lives really did begin with each other.  I feel so blessed to have such a happy marriage, that we are both completely committed to getting through the hard times, to fully enjoying the good times, and that we are so content with our lives and our relationship. 

Chris is my world – and we have not had an easy road.  It has been 9 years full of court battles, custody battles, all kinds of horrible things done to us and said about us, people not wanting us to make it, money problems, and so on.  We have both completed college, we raise his very complicated mentally handicapped son, we went through IVF and had a baby, but through it all we have remained in the same community and given our children the gift of going to the same school their entire lives (a huge gift I never had… it is very important to me that my kids do), we own our home, he has a fabulous (recession proof) job, we retained custody of his handicapped son despite countless CPS reports from the bio-mother, we got custody of his other children, I have been able to stay home and raise our kids while working on my degrees, our kids are honor roll students and my precious Alex has been accepted in a collegiate preparatory school for 7th through 12th grades, all in all these trials and tribulations have made our marriage SO much stronger.  We are a team, always have been, it has been us against the world since day 1. 

I feel so lucky to have what I do, in my marriage, my kids, and my life.  I truly do have a wonderful life!

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9 years and….

Today is our 9 year anniversary.  9 years ago today we met for the first time and fell so hard for each other, and we have talked every single day since then with the exception of a 3 day period where he thought he might want to go back to his then-wife and work on his then-marriage.  I freely gave him the space to do that and did not call or contact him or try to get him to come back to me or talk him into leaving her.  I knew in my young 22-year-old wisdom that he needed to make his very own choices by his very own self.  It took 3 days and I remember still to this day where I was when my cell phone rang and his number was on the screen.  I was drivng in my car turning left from Old Auburn onto Wachtel.  I looked down, and there was his number, and I answered, and he sang me that song by Shaggy “Girl your my angel, your my darlin angel, closer than my peeps you are to me, baby……..”  LOL – that night he had school and he asked me if I would come down and have coffee with him at the pavillions so we could talk.  I did.  I had lost some weight from being upset about our break-up and I remember he asked me if I was eating enough.  I said I was.  Then my phone rang and it was this guy I had gone out with a couple of times before I met Chris, he called me and I just quietly said “I can’t talk now I’ll call ya in a bit” – then my phone rang some more and it bothered Chris because I totally had this “I don’t care that we aren’t talking” attitude.  Anyway, I ended up turning my phone off and he told me he hated his wife, his life, his situation, that he was miserable there and all he thought about was me, and that time away from me was all he needed to make him certain that I was the one he wanted to be with forever.  It was one of the greatest things I had ever heard.  So instead of him going back to school we went back to my apartment and bumped em all night.  He moved into an apartment the next day and I came to live with him that month. 

The rest, is clearly, history.  I would probably change some things now if I could, but God, I just remember being so dang in love with him, I was so blinded by that.  I was not clearly rationalizing to myself “this man is still married and he needs to make a break away from that before I get involved” – I was already so involved just in my own head.  He was so beautiful, so funny, so sweet, so great with my kids, such an amazing daddy to his own, and did I mention the hotness factor?  YUM!!!!  Anyway, 9 years later and I still feel the exact same.  We truly were meant to be and I realize now why that attraction was so strong and undeniable.  S.o.u.l M.a.t.e.s.  !!!!!

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Gosselin Drama

Poor Jon and Kate.  Poor Jon?  Poor Kate?  Hmmm.  These 2…  Wow.

If you have AOL I’m sure you saw that they are one of the top stories.  She will be on the cover of People this Friday.  There is an article on people.com now – here is a snipet:

“I don’t know that we’re in the same place anymore, that we want the same thing,” she says quietly. “I’ve been struggling with the question of ‘Who is this person?’ for a while. I remember where I was the first time I heard her name. It’s one of those things where you can try to make it go away, but there’s blaring, red flashing lights.”

The name to which Kate refers belongs to 23-year-old Deanna Hummel, whose brother later claimed she’d been having a months-long affair with Jon. ”

It’s too bad – ya know – all of the viewing public has been able to clearly see their problems for a long time.  Many many times I have read about how blaringly obvious their marital troubles were, and I have commented myself many times.  My husband can’t stand her because of the way she treated Jon, and even my 12 year old son notices and says “they don’t like each other very much, do they mom?” 

So we all noticed, and constantly commented, and they constantly denied denied denied that there was any problem or trouble, even going through with that so obviously staged vow renewal ceromony that’s sole purpose was to let their children know that their mommy and daddy would “be together forever” – wow.  I mean yah, shit happens, but this was so obvious.  So clear.  So, I don’t know, OBVIOUS!  And if we saw it then what must it have been like living it?

I don’t like to be considered an idiot, I really don’t.  I think they treat their audience like gulible morons.  Even when the allegations first came out, and Kate went on TV saying “I’m heistant to believe anything” and “people are being paid to talk” yet in this article she says she has wondered “who this person was for a while now” which means she WAS lying just a few days ago.  I can understand the humiliation.  I mean here she has gone on for years as the perfect mom and wife, the one doling out advice, the one who had it figured out, and her husband cheated on her.  I get that the knee jerk reaction would be to lie.  But it’s just that this was so clearly obvious with pictures and vidoes and all that stuff. 

It will certainly be interesting to see what transpires between now and their season premier May 25, if they go on with the 5th season, if they are honest, if Jon is really living in the garage, if they show it, etc.  I bet they have absolute record turnout – and what irony, huh?  All she wanted was riches and fame, and in order to get the best viewing audience of her life, she is going to lose what she held most sacred – her life partner and husband.

Tough lesson.

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