Thursday, July 17, 2014

Carson and Brady's Lego Challenge

I am home with two boys that are Lego fanatics!  A friend told me about a Lego Challenge that she saw on Pinterest.  It sounded interesting so I researched it and discovered the a website that had weekly lego challenges to get kids excited about their lego building.  I decided to adopt some of those challenges and invite you in the fun.  What do you think?

I'm going to try and not get to technical here, but here is what I am thinking….

Build the following challenges and post pictures of them on Instagram (with the #carsonandbradyslegochallenge) for all our kids to see and share with one another.

Build the challenges at your own pace.  One a day, or all today!!  

Ready, set, BUILD!

1.  Build a Lego Car.  Any car, truck or vehicle... anything with wheels.   

2.  Build an electronic device.  Any phone, camera, TV, iPad or computer, etc.

3.  Build an animal.  

4.  Build something you'd find in the sky.

5.  Build something with only BLUE legos.

6.  Build a Birthday Cake.  Or cookies or a cupcake, or something sweet!

7.  Build your favorite character.  Minecraft, Pokemon, My Little Pony… you get the idea.

8.  Build a home. A house or building of sort.  

9.  Build a Lego Hat.  Can you make one that you can actually wear?

10.  Build your favorite food.  Sandwich, hamburger, taco, fruit salad??  

Use your imagination.  Be creative.  Have fun!  

Let's get everyone involved and share!!  

I am excited to see all your kids and parent creations!!  (you better believe that I am going to build too!!)  

Be sure to share your pictures on instagram and hashtag #carsonandbradyslegochallenge and #legochallengenumber)(1-10)

Monday, June 3, 2013


Let's just say this life stuff is hard.  And hectic.  PHEW.  Who knew?  

I know I have said it before, but I really would like to start blogging again.  It has been over a year since my last post.  I am ready to start setting aside some "ME" time.  Some time to sort my thoughts and... LIFE.  

A brief little update since my last post of what is going on in my life right now.  

We just moved (well, in January) to a NEW house in a NEW neighborhood.  The new house and the neighbors had some big shoes to fill as our last house and neighbors were totally amazing.  And well, so far so good.  We LOVE our new house and our new neighborhood couldn't be better!!  To say the least, we have made some amazing friends!! 

We are in the process of putting in a rockin' backyard!!  

We have a pretty good size backyard.  It has been quite a tedious time consuming process.  I am in dying with anticipation as to how the end result is going to turn out.  If you need a pool guy, I highly recommend Bob with Signature Pools. He has been awesome to work with. 

I can't wait to post pictures of the finished project!!

We just celebrated Brady's 4th birthday.  YES, Brady boo just turned FOUR!!  Yikes! Time is flying. 

He is obsessed with turtles, the color blue, chocolate milk, his friend Marco and songs on mommy's phone such as Mony Mony by Billy Idol, Some Nights by FUN, When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars.  

My photography business is doing better than ever.  I sometimes have a hard time keeping up as I didn't intend to work as much as I do.    I am very fortunate to have such awesome and loyal clients!!!  Check out my latest work on Facebook and be sure to "LIKE" Patty Schmidt Photography

Steve and I just competed in the Bass Lake Triathlon over the weekend.  It was my 5th Tri that I have competed in.  Every time during the race, I ask my self, "Why am I doing this?" and promise to myself to NEVER do it again.  Yet, I sit here and plot how I am going to shave minutes off my next one!!

Who wants to join me for the Bass Lake Triathlon 2014?  

Well, that's a start for tonight....  

Hope to see you again soon!


Friday, March 9, 2012


TWO boys.

When Carson wants to irritate Brady, all he has to say is, "Brady, you like the Dodgers!"
Then Brady freaks out and starts screaming "NOOOOO!!"

As you may well know, this is not only comical but complete and pure torture to my ears.


TWO Giants fans.



Sunday, March 4, 2012


Is it to late in the year to make a New Year's Resolution?

Because if it's not, I resolve to shower more.

I came across this saying on Pinterest, and it hit a little too close to home for me.

Those of you with kid's know how impossible it is to shower at times. Or when you do shower, you have to hurry because kids are screaming outside the shower. Or BOTH kids demand to take a shower with you. Have you ever tried to shave your legs in the shower with two kids in the shower with you? I don't highly recommend it. However on the other hand, one of my favorite things to do is to take shower... at home, when no one else is home. But unfortunately that occurrence is quite rare.

Also, I have recently been trying to not to wash my hair every day. I have noticed a big difference in the health of my hair by not washing it so much. But I have to remind myself, just because I don't wash my hair doesn't mean I don't have to shower. Sometimes I forget that it IS possible to shower without washing my hair, so I opt for the no shower look all together. This is NO bueno.
Hence, my new resolution.

However, the main problem revolves around this... I am rather far from being a pleasant morning person. So, mornings consist of a coffee IV, throwing on some sweats, disguising myself with a hat and sunglasses, while rushing out of the house in barely enough time to get the kids to school on time.

Then, by the end of the day, my nose starts to wonder... "What is that stench?"

Which is usually followed by:

And thus, leads me back to my March 4, 2012 New Year's Resolution....

I resolve to shower more often.

Preferably every day, even if it means not washing my hair everyday.

I am also pretty sure my husband will appreciate this.

Wish me luck!

If you could make a March New Year's Resolution, what would it be?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Evidence of a Child, Installment I

A few years ago, I wrote about Things you Might Find in a Toaster. I really think a book could be made about the things I find in my house. But then again, as mothers, we always think our kids are funnier than everyone else does, so maybe not.

With kids, you never know what you will find where. Seriously, it is like an easter egg hunt every day, and every once in a while you find that rotten egg from last year.

But very often I will find something out of place, and it will just make me smile. Which leads me to my first installment of, Evidence of a Child... Unexpected things in unexpected places or Things you might find in your toaster. I took a look around the house today and this is what I found.

My night stand...(not to be confused with a ONE night stand). Two hot wheels. Simple, yet a sweet reminder that I am a mother of two car loving boys.

Next I found...
A piece of paper taped to the wall. Really? Why? I have no idea. But Carson refuses to let me remove it. We now just consider it his version of wall art.

Now take a look here...

Don't see it?

Let's take a closer look....

Yep, that is gum.

ABC Gum at it's finest.

The kind you find under the table in restaurants.


Cheers to Children.

See you next time for another installment of ...



Sunday, January 8, 2012

Two Thousand and Twelve...

I have been dictating my next blog over and over in my head for a while now. I wanted to write something profound for my first entry of 2012. But instead I am just sitting here with a laptop on my lap..(fancy that) while my husband is channel surfing. I'm bored so I am going to word vomit. My apologies early.

As I reflect on 2011, I realize how I am want to take 2012 by the horns and take control. 2011 was a year filled with some wonderful weddings, some new babies, some great times with a wonderful family, some picture taking...(ok, lots of picture taking), some loneliness, some tears, some heart felt questions on life and even some therapy.

Yes... Loneliness and tears.

How could that be you ask?

I just hit a place in my life where everything was content. I wasn't chasing a college degree, or some trying to earn a big corporate paycheck, or hunting down a husband to be, or fighting cancer, or busy making babies.... Life well... had become everything I ever dreamed of.

I had it all. Or what I thought was having it all. The family, the house financial security and everything short of the white picket fence. So why was I so miserable. Ok, I wasn't that miserable, but I definitely had my moments of pure sadness.

I had a wonderful husband. I had two beautiful boys. An energetic 2 year old and a high maintenance 4 year old. I struggled with finding joy among the screaming, the never-ending dishes, the never-ending laundry, the wiping butts and the lonely days at home with these needy children that I loved so much. Towards the end of 2011 life was spiraling out of control, overworking myself in my photography business, only to make my stress and anxiety sky rocket.

Then there was therapy.

I just needed to vent and feel as though I wasn't crazy.
I am coming to realize that the stereotypical way of life isn't that glamorous. On the inside it is a lot of work, regardless how easy others make it look.

I am willing to admit that I can't do it by myself. I need help. I need time for me. I need to utilize my resources and make it happen. Even if it means spending a little more money on child care. I am not the type to manage 10 kids, or even 2 for that matter. Everyone is different.

So that brings me to 2012.

Bull. Horns. Taking Control.

Yep. I have a pretty rigorous schedule lined up for these kids. Among it, I have two days to myself for work and or errands. Specific individual date days with each of my precious boys, so I can enjoy time with each of them separately. Time with them together for me to enjoy them, unplugged, no computer. I want to hang out with them and have fun with them. Time allowed for dates with my wonderful husband. And most of all ME time... Pedi's, wine and friends.

I can do this.

Putting on my big girl panties.
Changing my attitude.

Gonna rock it.

I'm not saying that I am going to not have days of tears of being overwhelmed, but hopefully they will be fewer and farer between in 2012 than they were in 2011.

So, CHEERS to 2012.

Let's rock it together.

What do you think?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday's Confessions

Wow, I am looking at the clock and I only have 35 minutes (PST) to complete this blog entry to remain in compliance with my own goal undertakings.

I have been putting it off all day because I just couldn't decide what to blog about. I am now up against the clock and going to make it happen. So, I thought I'd reflect a little on my very unproductive day and reveal some confessions in the life of a stay-at-home mommy.

My Monday Confessions...

1. This morning I drove 25 minutes across town to take Carson to school. After dropping him off, Brady and I decided to go to the gym that is near Carson's school. However, Brady left his "Bebe" (aka. baby blanket) at home. He screamed bloody murder for it and refused to go into the gym without it, so I drove all the way home to get it before going to the gym. And I wonder why my kids are spoiled.

2. I had a date with JIM. I did 45 minutes on the elliptical machine. Can I get a whooop whooop??

3. After picking up Carson from school, we came home, put Brady down for a nap, and I attempted to take a nap too. Notice the word "attempted".... Yeah, try taking a nap with a needy 4 year old. Doesn't work very well.

4. While trying to nap, Carson made me cut his toe nails. Really Carson? I am trying to sleep!! Does this have to happen right now?? Yes. Apparently it did.

5. I fixed Mac n Cheese with hot dogs for dinner. And not just for the kids. One of our family favorites. Shhhhh.... Don't tell anyone.

6. I selfishly made Gingersnaps tonight for myself instead of the Chocolate Chip cookies that everyone else loves. No one else likes gingersnaps, but I do. Just means more for me to eat.

7. I mentioned to Steve that I did not receive a single birthday gift for my birthday last month. Not one single gift. Yep. Wow. You know you are getting old when you don't get to unwrap anything for your birthday. Kinda sad. But whatever, I'm not bitter or anything. So, tonight, Steve brought home a cake and a present. The kids sang "Happy Birthday" and I unwrapped a Sonicare toothbrush.... (silence). I love my practical husband more than anything in the world.

8. I secretly (not so secretly anymore) dreamed of living in Salinas today. Moving back is not really an option so I really should stop daydreaming about it. But it is a nice thought every now and again.

9. I confess that this blog entry is really boring and I sincerely apologize. This whole blog writing thing is not like riding a bike, it takes some getting used to again.

10. I really really stayed up way to late.

But here's to me back on the blog.

Bring it!