Thursday, September 1, 2011

First Day of School~~ Hockey in the news~~ Dave Ramsey!!!

Officially, all my kids are back to school. The girls started last week and the boys yesterday. I also am back to work my 2.5 days a week. I am a really bad mom and only took first day of school photos with my iphone camera so I'm so sorry the pictures are horrible but it's all I've got :(

Here is the 2011-2012 line up---

Ethan, 13 years old in the 8th grade

Owen, 11 years old in the 6th grade (Jr. High--yaaaa!!)

Mia, 4 years old in Preschool

Finley 3 years old in Preschool

The girls in their line. We decided to keep the girls in the same preschool class. They do very well together and we thought it would be really good for Finley (Mia too). This is Mia's last year in preschool and Finley will have one more year after this one.

Finley and the back of Mia at their desk. Parents were there too waiting for a little orientation.

Finley and Addy. Addy is my good friend Kim's daughter. She lives right by my work and by the girls school. We had them in the same preschool class last year and are continuing this year and on Mondays and Tuesdays Kim picks all the girls up and watches them at her house till I get off work and on Wednesdays and Thursdays I pick all the girls up and watch them till Kim gets off work. It is a wonderful arrangement and we are able to avoid any child care expenses. Plus the girls LOVE each other!!!!

Mia hanging out in the library

The boys started school yesterday and both seem pretty happy about it. This is my handsome 8th grader in his uniform. The school started uniforms for Jr. High this year-- the boys were not happy-- I think Ethan looks so handsome in his uniform-- he is growing up sooooo much and actually sounds like a man- his voice is soooo low!!!

And my new Jr. Higher Owen!!!! He is so happy to be in Jr. High and totally motivated!! He got back from Haiti with Kevin on Monday at 3am (actually Tuesday morning) and had to be at Jr. High orientation at 10am on Tuesday. Poor tired kid! He did fine and is now all rested up. He had an amazing time in Haiti and I would challenge any parent to send their kid on a missions trip-even at his age. It was a wonderful life-changing experience!!!!

Ethan's School Hockey Team made the news!!!! Ethan is on our schools ice hockey team-- Upland Christian Academy (we combined with another private school- Bishop Amat to create our team- this is only for the first year or two till we get enough kids to make our own team). He is an 8th grader but they allowed certain 8th graders on the team (hate to brag but he is really good!!!) for the first couple years since the team is new. I'm really proud of him and his passion for hockey-- now we need to bottle that passion for school work:) Owen will be on the team when he is an 8th grader but our school is starting a Jr. High roller hockey team through the league the boys have been playing roller hockey for the last couple years. It is a great league and we will have our own Upland Christian Academy Jr. High Roller Hockey Team!!!!!

Here is the news Article-

Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League Adds Three New Schools11 Teams from the Eight Schools, Including Both Junior Varsity and Varsity Squads, Will Compete This Season Friday, 08.26.2011 / 3:08 PM / News The Ducks today announced an expansion to the club’s Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL) for the 2011-12 season. Bishop Amat/Upland Christian Academy, Edison High School (Huntington Beach) and Long Beach Prep have joined the three-year-old league, bringing the total enrollment to eight local schools. In addition, the league has grown to include 11 varsity and junior varsity squads, up from last year’s total of seven. Servite High School, which joined the ADHSHL in 2010, has added a varsity team, while Bishop Amat/Upland Christian Academy, Huntington Beach Edison and Long Beach Prep will all enter the league with a junior varsity squad.

“It’s been extremely fulfilling to witness the growth of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League over the last three years,” said Vice President – THE RINKS Art Trottier. “The expansion from one team in 2008, up to our 11 current teams, is a great example of the roots we are continuing to build here in Southern California.”

The 2010-11 ADHSHL season culminated with a championship match on Feb. 28 between junior varsity clubs JSerra Catholic High and Servite High. Over 3,000 fans attended the game held at Honda Center, as Servite skated to a 5-1 victory and first-ever ADHSHL title. In addition, the varsity squad from Santa Margarita Catholic High served as California’s sole representative at the USA Hockey High School Varsity National Championships from Mar. 23-27, 2011 in Bensenville, IL.

The Ducks launched the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League on July 1, 2008 with JSerra Catholic High School (San Juan Capistrano) as its charter member. Santa Margarita Catholic High (Santa Margarita) joined in 2009. The league then swelled to seven clubs for the 2010-11 season, with the addition of five teams and three new schools: Servite High School (Anaheim), Damien High School (La Verne) and Lutheran High School of Orange County (Orange). All league games are played on Saturdays at THE RINKS - Anaheim ICE. As the league continues to grow, the Anaheim Ducks will continue to provide financial support for each team involved in the program.

The Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League has a brand new website with news, videos, stats, standings, rosters and more for each of the teams in the league. Visit and click the High School Hockey link.

The full list of teams competing in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League:
Santa Margarita
Servite - new in 2011-12

Jr. Varsity
Santa Margarita
Orange Lutheran
Edison High School (Huntington Beach) - new in 2011-12
Bishop Amat/Upland Christian Academy - new in 2011-12
Long Beach Prep - new in 2011-12

Oh Ya, I also wanted to mention that we are starting the

We are amazingly motivated and we are going to get out of debt and pay off our house and save and do all that awesome stuff!! We officially start today - Sept 1-- but we have been living like this for a few weeks now. Iam so motivated I can hardly stand it. I will keep you posted on how we are doing!!


  1. We did Dave Ramsey's program, and for the last two years, everything is paid off but the house, and only 5 more years on that (supposed to be 9...). We have more savings than I ever imagined, so I don't worry about one of us losing our job anymore. All the money I made on stock options is in a college fund for my older daughter, and we've just started working on Sophie's. AND our charitable giving has tripled in two years. You will LOVE it! It's hard work, but so worth it. Go for it!

  2. good luck with DR...I'm intrigued....cute pics of the kids!!!

  3. We took an FPU class awhile back and were well on our way to being debt free of all consumer debt by last December. Then with Lauren's adoption and my oldest daughter's wedding we got off track a bit. So we've renewed our efforts and this month began a challenge I joined from one of the debt free blogs I follow to inspire me. We're on the same page with you and wish you the best in your endeavor. Oh, and great shots of the kids, they all look quite happy.

  4. Lots of exciting things going on! cute pictures of the kids' first day of school! I can't believe they are all growing up!

    Love Dave Ramsey! We implement a lot of principles, but need to renew our commitment as well! Keep us posted!

    Loved the Haiti posts!

  5. Can't wait to hear how you do with the 30-Days challenge - I'm sending people your way to track your progress! Be sure to blog about it!

  6. Found you on Christie's blog! Congrats on getting started with Dave Ramsey! We took Financial Peace University 2 years ago and became consumer debt free this last April. It is amazing what you will accomplish! Can't wait to follow your journey!