Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy Grandparents Day September 12, 2010

Grandparents Day was first declared by Jimmy Carter as a national holiday in 1978. It is celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day. Grandparents Day this year is on September 12. Celebrate and reflect the impact that our Grandparents have on our lives.

Honor Grandma and Grandpa with memories of a FindMeBook that they can share with their grandchildren. There are different ways to say Grandma and Grandpa, but in our book it translate LOVE!

Grandmother in other languages:
  • Chinese: Nai Nai
  • Filipino: Lola
  • Flemish: Bomma
  • French: Grandmere
  • French Canadian: Meme
  • German: Oma
  • Greek: YaYa
  • Hawaiian: Tutu
  • Hebrew: Savta
  • Italian: Nonna
  • Japanese: Oba-chan
  • Korean: Halmoni
  • Polish: Busia
  • Portuguese: VoVo
  • Russian: Babushka
  • Spanish: Abuela
  • Yiddish: Bube

Grandfather in other languages:
  • Chinese: YehYeh
  • Filipino: Lolo
  • Flemish: Bompa
  • French: Grandpere
  • French Canadian: Pepe
  • German: Opa
  • Greek: Papu
  • Hawaiian: Tutu kane
  • Hebrew: Saba
  • Italian: Nonno
  • Japanese: Ojiisan
  • Korean: Halabeoji
  • Polish: Dzia Dzia
  • Portuguese: Avo
  • Russian: Dedushka
  • Spanish: Abuelo
  • Yiddish: Zayde
  • Source:

The Simple Things


We were at my parents’ farm for most of July. It was great. It is always fun to go home with the kids. Coming from the Los Angeles area, my mom always says “I hope they aren’t going to bored when they come to the farm.” It is actually quite the opposite.

My hometown is a population of 142 – probably less since my sisters and I don’t live there anymore! Everyone knows everything and everybody. When we are home we always eat at the Viking CafĂ©. They cook one meal at a time – not the speediest but you can get a HUGE pancake for 60 cents!

The kids love playing on the farm. My dad has those big round bails of hay. He moved them in a square so the kids could have a big fort. Boy, was that a hit! They were in there for hours. They had bedrooms, kitchen, tool shack, living room, and many more rooms. We had to put the kibosh on the bathroom. They actually had dug two holes and were coming in the house for toilet paper!

Gopher trapping is also a favorite of the kids. I know some of you think that sounds super cruel but in my dad’s fields it is a necessity. They actually got 17 gophers which adds up to a grand total of 51 bucks - $3/gopher. All the kids had to go to the Township Meeting and receive the check – super cool! The kids used that money to play games at the county fair.

The county fair is another HUGE highlight for the kids. These are the same kids that have season passes to Disneyland. My aunt has a Malt Stand for the American Diary Association at the fair and we always take a shift. The kids got a huge kick out of working. I think we sold around 600 malts during our shift. My aunt will never change the price of the malts – she wants families to be able to buy a malt for everyone without going broke! How awesome is that!

The kids also LOVE to watch The Lone Ranger with Grandpa. Yes, the series in black and white. They just love it because Grandpa loves it. My daughter even named her hamster Lone Ranger!

Worrying the kids will be bored – not a chance!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Find Me Booooo!

Find Me Book introduces Halloween pages:

If you're trick-or-treating for a good Halloween book for kids this October, why not create a personalized search-and-find book of your family’s faces in Halloween scenes?

Make it easy to share and preserve your Halloween photos and memories with a FindMeBook. Chose spooky and fun Halloween scenes to capture the spirit of the season. There are several characters to choose from including a flying witch, a ghost, jack-o-lantern, Frankenstein and more!

And the winner is

Congratulations to David Rios. Because you stopped by the Parenting OC Magazine's event at the District and filled out Find Me Book's entry form, you have been chosen at random to receive a FindMeBook.

Thank you!

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Birth of a Great Idea

Find Me Book celebrates it's first birthday.
Happy one year anniversary to us.

The crowd gathered at Find Me Book booth at
the Parenting OC Magazine event this weekend at The District
in Tustin, California.

Families sang Happy Birthday and ate our delicious cake
beautifully decorated cake by Simply Caked.

Thanks everyone who came!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Happy Birthday to Find Me Book!

On August 7, join Parenting Magazine at the District in Tustin to enjoy a Back-to-School Fashion Show, OC’s top child performers on stage, and the Cute Baby Cover Contest.

Plus celebrate with us – It’s our Birthday! We will be ONE years old!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


When we were visiting in MN, we were met with my sister and her three children. She has 2 biological children and her 4 year old daughter, Millie, is adopted. Millie’s biological father is Somalian and mother is Caucasian. She has been part of our family since the age of one. Millie’s been the biggest blessing in our entire family. She is a miracle.

All the kids were SO excited to see each other. Finally we were hugged up, buckled, and moving. Brock, my 3 year old son, put his hand on Millie’s cheek. Brock said to Millie, “Your cheek is brown, Millie.” Then he put his hand on his own cheek and said, “My cheek is cold.”

Absolutely loved that moment!