June 30, 2009
Today was quite a long day. This morning I went running at 6:30 to beat the heat of the day. That may have worked if I hadn't missed the turn. I was focusing on my music and by the time I noticed it, it was too late. I was on a frontage road with not way to turn around. I had to run 11 miles to get home :) When I got home I had just enough time to shower and get the kids ready to go to Woods Cross Elementary were my mom works to surprise her for her Birthday. As you can see, she was quite surprised and it was worth the craziness! When I got home I fed the kids lunch, picked up Whitney from dance and came home. It was 2:00 and I realized I hadn't eaten yet today...I was dragging especially after the long run. I ate while I called people back that had left messages. I tried to sleep for 30 minutes but there were about 8 kids in the house playing, so I gave up and decided to pick up the Singer kids from Grandma and Grandpa Moss' and take them to the movie "UP". I had to take two trips to the theatre because they wouldn't all fit, even in my Suburban! The movie was great! Then we drove to get Little Cesar's Pizza and a MC Donald's salad for me. I took the kids to the Moss' and ate as we discussed our plans for the cabin on the 4Th of July. Then I came home, got the kids into bed and sat down to unwind by blogging. I am tired but need quiet time!
June 28, 2009
Yesterday we took the boat out the first time this year. It has been raining SO much we haven't been able to enjoy my favorite past time yet! The water was still a bit cold, but worth it all the same! We went with the Leavitts. They loved riding on the Molecule. The molecule is fun because you don't get hurt like you do on tubes. I am happy all the kids but Halle dare to get out in the water and go crazy!
Labels: summer fun
June 27, 2009
Are you ready for this one?? This is one of my all time favorite stories that only my closest friends know. I guess it has been long enough now that I can actually laugh at it enough to share it with everyone :)
Back when Jon and I were first married we were working through the normal things newly weds do in the first lets say... 7 years of marriage. I think it takes a while to set personal boundaries, the things that drive us crazy and would do us in if we really had to deal with it for eternity. Jon and I had a crazy start to the whole marriage thing anyway. I will post that later when I get up the energy to write it all down! Needless to say...this was my favorite fight :)
One day my friend Jaymi was sitting on my couch. She dropped her ring down in the couch. So far that we had to basically disassemble the whole thing to get it out. We took off the cushions and that didn't work. We then moved to shoving our arms clear down inside and fishing around for it. Eventually she pulled out her ring...and along with it came a handful of dust bunnies and random stuff that had piled up over the years. I wasn't even the first one to have the couch, so as you can imagine the collection was exciting.
Jon looked over as she pulled out her hand, and about died. He was so embarrassed that we would have dust in the couch (and a random sock and toy ) as I remember. He ran to get the vacuum so it could be cleaned out immediately. My mother in law is very particular when it comes to ANYTHING to do with cleaning. She reads cleaning magazines, files papers daily, organizes her spices..you get my point. Jon was raised this way. I would have to say I am more random. I am always cleaning up and straitening things but if I have the option to file paperwork or go hiking..or anything else for that matter I will take choices b,c,d,e, etc. I juggle cleaning and kids daily. ANYWAY, I was laughing at him for being so freaked out, and a little annoyed that I failed so miserably in his eyes. He eventually left for work.
Later that night Jon came home with a combo meal from Mc Donalds, which is the most nasty place to eat in my opinion. I could smell the big macs from across the house. The smell makes me sick. (Once I had a tube in a chicken nugget from Mc Donalds once when I was little and I haven't eaten there since other than salads.) He sat down in front of the T.V. while he ate. I walked in and he was basically falling asleep in his food because he was so tired. He was dropping that pink nasty smelly sauce and I couldn't help but tease him for the mess he was making after the days events. I said, "Oh no! You are getting sauce on our table, NOW what are the neighbors going to think?" He didn't like my taunting very much I guess because he took his 24 ounce glass of water and threw it at me!!! I was so shocked I started laughing and said," NOW WHAT ARE OUR FRIENDS GOING TO SAY when they walk in and see water marks dripping down the wall by the FRONT door???" I don't think he liked this much either because he proceeded to THROW his big mac at me! I dodged and it hit the wall beside me. I had two choices at this point. I could either let it drop and go to bed OR I could continue down the path we were on. Well, I am not one to raise the white flag in a situation like this so I picked up the greasy, smelly, condiment-less, tasteless hamburger and threw it as hard and fast as I could. It flung apart in the air like a bad airplane and hit the piano and splattered up the wall. Now Jon isn't FAST most of the time, BUT today he was fast. He unwrapped his other Big Mac as he was getting up. I am naturally fast. I walk fast, I run, I hike etc. but NOTHING unleashes fear in me like Jon when he moves FAST. (I once saw him jump an 8 foot wooden fence in a single bound when our hunting dog was about to eat our kids new Easter rabbit!) I turned and ran the only way I could in our small house, up the stairs. I skipped 2 steps at a time which obviously wasn't enough as I glanced back and saw Jon skipping 3! I bolted into my room, slammed the door and ran into our bathroom. Jon DIDN'T EVEN CHECK TO SEE THAT THE BEDROOM DOOR WASN'T LOCKED! He just plowed through it and popped the whole door off the frame...because the frame was smashed also! He ran into the bathroom and all I could do was turn and stare at him daring him with my eyes. Well, the dare worked. He through the last hamburger at me. All I said was, "I didn't even lock the bedroom door." (I didn't have time :)) He just grunted and walked away.
The next sound I heard was the doorbell. "DING DONG". People have the worst timing I thought. I couldn't believe my ears when Jon answered the door. It was Jon's mom and Grandma Ginny. I peeked around the corner from the top of the stairs. Patti and Grandma Ginny took one step in and looked around. I am positive they smelled the nasty pink sauce because Patti's nose curled. It may have been because they were seeing the water drips on the wall and the lettuce on the piano. It also could have been Jon's look on his face. The look of foreboding. I walked down in front of them all and said, "Jon, you threw the Big Mac, I AM NOT cleaning this up, and I am not coming back until it is." Jon's mom and Grandma being the nice motherly type, started cleaning up the mess. I left. Years later when we were moving out of that house I found a piece of lettuce still stuck behind the piano on the wall.
The moral to this story is:
Don't eat Big Mac's, they are nasty.
Don't boss each other around, it doesn't get you anywhere.
Run fast if you take on Jon.
Marriage gets easier as time goes on. You get used to each others crap :)
We solved the vacuumed couch problem by hiring a housekeeper that helps me a few times a week. I love her like a sister. Her name is Maria.
June 25, 2009
Jon and I tried to go water skiing with Spence and Melinda yesterday, but it was too windy. We ended up going to Costco instead to get some groceries...I don't know how that compares but that's OK. As we were leaving, I saw some beautiful pink, and lavender roses. Jon noticed that I loved them and told me to put them in the cart. When we came out to the Jeep, Melinda told me to pose with my flowers...probably because I looked (or am) spoiled. I felt a little naked, and Melinda kept saying I looked like the girls on "bay watch." Jon wasn't complaining, he isn't used to seeing me walk around shopping dressed in my crock high heels and tight outfit. Jon is a great guy, and I'm sure loves me for the right reasons :)
June 24, 2009
HAHAHAH! I LOVE this picture of David James! He is so DANG cute! I may have even posted it last Halloween but I just saw it and had to show it again. This picture reminds me of Dave when he was little. He ALWAYS had a Super Man cape on! He thought he was part Super Man/HeMan/Transformer/and GI Joe. This must explain his great love for Jack Bower on the show 2, Daves modern day super hero! When Dave was about 6 he was running down the hill in his cape and tripped! He skid his chin all down the sidewalk. I remember him running into the house with blood dripping everywhere....Now he just jumps off houses to practice flying instead. As you can see, he has passed on his flying ability to DJ who.... I may say, has grasped the concept slightly better!
What more do I have to say when I show this picture of my parents?
This is obviously where I got my love for life and living it to the fullest! I was so blessed to be raised in a home where I was loved and cared for. I learned from a young age to have a sense of humor and let things roll off my back. My parents always taught me (by example) that this was a much happier way to live. Everyone goes through hard times, and the only way we make it is to look forward to the future and not let hurt fester. If we wanted, we could all have some reason to stop engaging in life. We could all find something that has hurt us bad enough to never trust again...BUT this is no way to live. I love watching my mom and dad laugh at the stupid mistakes they make. It makes me feel like I can mess up and still have friends :)
My parents also taught me to look for the best in people. To focus on their strengths, not their weekneses. My parents are non-judgemental and don't sit around talking about others. I don't understand when families come together to gossip and tear each other down.
My parents NEVER fought in front of us. This is something I was adament about when Jon and I were married. I believe it is o.k. to discuss in front of them, but if something is too "exciting" it must be done away from the kids.
My parents taught me to play. Nobody does it better than my mom and dad! We were always waterskiing, snow skiing, or riding horses. We bonded by spending good quality time together. I try to do the same with my kids. My parents also taught me hard work and dedication. Once again, this wasn't through lecturing, it was through example. My dad worked tirelessly for the High Schools and District office, and then come home to work on the house. My mom raised 5 kids and paid for all of our braces from painting ceramics!!
These are only a few reasons I love my parents and will be forever grateful for their sacrifice. I understand it more now than ever trying to raise my own crazy kids!
I wanted to post this picture of my brother Dan because he is a doll! I love his smile and his love for the outdoors! From and early age, all of my family has loved to be outside. I think part of the reason is because we grew up in the forest and played there every day. Dan realized this pretty early on and decided to make his career in this area. (Smart Guy). His "job" is to ride four wheelers, motorcycles, snowmobiles and to hike through National Forest areas. He is also an amazing rock climber. I have wanted to go with him, but never have because of our distance between us. Dan is dating a girl named Kristy that I love. They are so sweet together. Kristy has a daughter named Bella that reminds me a lot of Brighton. They play so cute with each other. Dan is very talented at playing the guitar. I love listening to him play and sing. My kids do also. It has always been fun to watch them dance to his music. I love Dan's laugh. When he really thinks something is funny he laughs great! Dan and I have a special bond...as all siblings do. (In my family at least.) I feel so blessed to have family that I love and choose to spend time with!
It's about time I shared my RLS issue with you all! It is getting steadily worse as I age. I run so fast every day, so when I finally get a chance to sit down and watch movie....I fall asleep ALWAYS! It is so frustrating because I am without fail, the one up for the movie party and urging everyone else to brain fart with me. As soon as I finish eating my popcorn I am in neverland. I have tried to remedy the situation by eating my popcorn REALLY slow so I am busy doing something. This has worked before, but I eat WAY too much and end up sick for about 14 hours. The butter DOES NOT sit well in my stomach. It never has. I remember once I went to a movie with Amber Bloomquist when I was about 12. I ate so much popcorn, I came home and had the sweats until I threw up! I know TMI, but had to share.
If I fight my urge to fall asleep, my body FLIPS out! My legs start CRAWLING. I feel like I am going crazy! First I start moving them around a lot. Crossing and un-crossing them over and over. Then I have to pull up my pants and start scratching them. Poor Jon will try to help by rubbing them. I am sure we look rather weird :) (Not as weird as the time I went to the only movie I have alone "Lord of the Rings" and was in the front row scratching myself!)
About a year ago I gave up trying to eat popcorn all the way through the movie and just started laying down on the seats long ways and sleep. One time I even slept on the FLOOR! Nastiest place ever...but I didn't care! Needless to say I need to either stop forcing myself to stay up and watch movies or get medicated. Or better yet, stay home like I did tonight and write about it!
June 14, 2009
When Jon and I went to pick up Kinley we arrived early at the airport so she wouldn't worry. We checked in and walked to the gate! When they got there some guy let us know that we were supposed to go to customs to pick her up. That would have been great information to know! So we walked out of the terminals to the separate building and waited for quite a long time. We were starting to get nervous because we were the last ones waiting. FINALLY she walked out. The airlines had lost her bags. We went to report the lost luggage. This was on a Sunday, so we only had Monday to buy all new clothes for camp starting on Tuesday! She was 8 hours off our times schedule but made it somehow!! What an experience.
While Kinley was visiting France she lost TWO teeth on the same night! They were both loose and she sat and wiggled them both until she could pull them out. I hope it was worth the two dollars the Tooth Fairy brought.
The kids called me on the way home and made sure I blind folded Kinley for their big surprise!
They were pretty excited! I wish they always got along this well!
June 13, 2009
We had a raging great night on Thursday! It was raining all day, and we were expected to go to an outdoor concert (Kelly Clarkson). It was Whitney and Brighton's first concert! I went and bought rain ponchos to wear. Melinda and Mandy came with us. We went out to eat at Bajio's before.We met Allyson, Staci and their gang there. We cranked up the music in the Jeep with the base box and listened to Kelly to get ready. I LOVED watching Whitney and Brighton dance to the music. My first concert was Lionel Richie when I was in third grade. I went with Heidi Rardin Moes and her sweet mother. I have been addicted to concerts. ever since. There is nothing like live music.
I thought Camille's eyes looked so pretty with the umbrella, I had to get a shot!
Brighton looked darling in her hat. What an artist!
"Since you've been gone!"
There was a DOUBLE rainbow right over the stage, it was beautiful!
Bozo the Clown
The rain made everything SO vibrant.
Staci, Me, Camille, ?, Mandy, Ally, Ivy, and Meilee
Mandy must be thinking of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Mandy and Staci (My cousin LP's wife).
My sister Camille and I
Other concerts I have been to are:
The Grateful Dead (2 times)
U2 (4 times)
Mc Hammer and Vanilla Ice
Dave Mathews Band
3 Doors Down
Kanye West (opened for U2)
Rage against the Machine (opened for U2)
U2 puts on the best show, by far!
That's all I can remember right now.. I know I am missing some.