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Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit! We hope to share with you our journey of raising a child with Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. If this is your first time here, please start by reading Caitlyn's Story. It will share the beginning of her life with you. Enjoy!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 28th 2011

For today – November 28th 2011

Outside my window… I see a sea of leaves – time to think about raking them up. 

I am thinking… about how bummed I am that the parent of one of the kids that I have been watching after school called yesterday and said that they won’t be needing my help anymore :-(  The extra cash really helped out….already started looking for another family.  Hoping to find something soon.

I am thankful for…  my hot coffee right now – it’s cold outside!!

In the kitchen… there are a few things missing … my dad is going to refinish our kitchen cabinets so we brought him all the doors. 

I am wearing… jeans and a sweatshirt

I am creating… some blogs posts, have a few to catch up on…story of my life

I am going to… keep thinking positively that I will soon find another family who needs childcare

I am reading… nothing – still haven’t picked up a new book yet, was thinking of re-reading the Twilight books but I also have a ton of other books to choose between , so we’ll see

I am hoping… to find another family soon that needs childcare

I am hearing… Hanna and Elmo’s World

Around the house… laundry is drying, more needs to go in the washing machine…and I’m sure the floor could use sweeping

A few plans for the rest of the week… we have friends coming over tonight for Monday Night Football/drinks/dinner, not much else going on during the week (would like to head to Stoney’s on Thursday night so I can chat with Chris Gardner and Kevin Lutz – the owner of Stoney’s – about the 2nd annual LPA Country Music Fundraiser but we’ll see),  and on Saturday we have our LPA Holiday Party which is always wonderful!!

A picture that I’m sharing…


Friday, November 18, 2011

Flashback Friday

Flashing back to past November 18ths




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A visit to the Jelly Belly Factory

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Caty’s first haircut

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Getting ready for mommy’s birthday



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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Apple Hill Without the Apples

We headed up to Apple Hill back in October with some friends who had never been before.  We had a great time despite the fact that the apple picking orchard we chose to get our apples from had HORRIBLE looking apples and we didn’t come home with a single one.   Oh well, we had a great time and the weather was PERFECT – as you’ll notice…the guys were in shorts.

Claire, Caty and Hanna


Caty at High Hill, sitting on quite a pumpkin


The girls got their faces painted

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Hanna chose a kitty


And Caty chose a butterfly




Family picture


Onto Apple Ridge Farms

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Two Little Pumpkins


Three Little Pumpkins


Feeding the sheep

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Running through the pumpkin patch


Caty found one


Claire too!


Hanna too!

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We stopped at Abel’s Acres to have lunch but the line consisted of about 20 people and last year it took us about 30 minutes to order and get our food with only 5 people in front of us so there was no way we were going to wait.  I did get an apple pie from their Bake Shop though but forgot to take a picture but you can get an idea from this one…


From here we made a quick stop at Willow Pond Farm and were very disappointed because their apples SUCKED!!  Not sure if it was the crazy warm then cold weather we’d had recently but with 3 cranky girls who were tired and hungry we spent about 10 minutes here before we headed to Placerville to find somewhere for lunch.

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Thanks for a great day Traub family! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 14th 2011

For today – November 14th 2011

Outside my window… it’s sunny so far…we’ll see what happens later today

I am thinking… about not much…kinda boring around here this morning

I am thankful for…  family and friends

In the kitchen… not much going on except for some dishes that are in the sink and needing to be washed – I’ll just wait until after the lunch dishes get added to the pile

I am wearing… jeans and a sweatshirt

I am creating… some blog posts – at least in my head – I’ve got lots of catching up to do

I am going to… head out in a few to get one of our after school kindergartners

I am reading… nothing..need to figure out which book to pick up next

I am hoping… that Scott gets home early enough (it’s parents conference week so he’s got one scheduled for 3:30) so I can go for a walk ALONE!

I am hearing… Hanna playing with her doll house – she loves it!

Around the house… the sewing machine is out as I was hemming some of Caty’s pajama pants…have a few more things to alter. 

A few plans for the rest of the week… watching the after school kids – not much going on until Saturday – IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!  Heading to my parents for a birthday dinner.

A picture that I’m sharing… Caty’s 1st grade picture

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Saturday, November 12, 2011


Just looking back on my posts and have to admit that I sure have slacked lately!  Hoping to get a few done and posted.

In the meantime…here’s a picture to tide you over until I get them done…