Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Confessional


Time to link up and confess - I had to get one last post in before the New Year!  Here we go.

I confess...
My New Year's Resolution to blog more in 2011 was an EPIC FAIL!  
But I believe in perseverance, so we're going to try again in 2012!

I confess...
Yesterday was my 16 year anniversary, and we went to dinner WAY early (because we hadn't really eaten all day and were starving) and were home before 6, watching a movie with the kids.  We're like 90 year olds in 30-something bodies I guess.

I confess...
I really wouldn't have had it any other way.  We had a great time watching a family movie with the kids, and then sent them to bed and enjoyed a grown-up movie.  A rated PG-13 one people...get your minds out of the gutter!!

I confess...
I lied when I just said I wouldn't have had it any other way.  In a perfect world I would be rich and we would be on a cruise or something for our anniversary.  But I think you all knew my meaning.

I confess....
I have not gotten out of bed before 10 a.m. any day since school got out last Wednesday - except for on Christmas day.  I'm a late-stayer-upper, and a late-sleeper-inner.  That's just how I roll.  Getting back into the 6:30 a.m. swing of things when school gets back in next Wednesday is going to be BRUTAL!

I confess...
This year has been the best Christmas ever. Truly.  I have enjoyed it more, stressed less, felt more joy and love, seen my family truly sacrifice in order to serve others, watched how it affected my children, and felt the spirit of Christ more than ever before. We also slashed several hundred dollars from our immediate family Christmas budget, and saw that our children's joy on Christmas morning was not diminished in the least.  I believe this is due to the way their hearts were touched by serving those less fortunate, and although it was a "lesser" Christmas material-wise than we have ever had, it was a greater Christmas where it counted.

I confess...
I really want my Christmas decor taken down and put away, but I REALLY don't wanna do it!  Have you ever wished you were like Jeannie and could "blink" things done?  I've wished that ever since I was a little girl and was told I couldn't come out of my room until it was clean.

Also I wanted my bedroom to be like the inside of her bottle.  And I still wished I looked that good in a harem-girl costume!

I confess...
This year on my blog, things may get political.  I know that is taboo in blog-land.  But it's an election year y'all.  And I'm a political junkie.  I know those who truly love me will not mind me sharing my opinion on occasion.

And finally - I confess...
I'm super excited to take you on the journey of the room-by-room reorganization and remodel of my home.  I am DETERMINED to get it done this year!  If I'm making this same confession next year at this time, I am selling my house and starting over!!

Remember that confession is good for the soul - so if you'd like, click the button and link up!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Proud mama here...

Today I thought I'd link up with my sweet friend Emmy and fellow blogger whom I haven't yet become acquainted with, but am eager to get to know, Kmama.  They host a great meme where we all get to brag about what makes us proud as moms.

I've been meaning to blog about this since last week, so today I'm linking up!  Last week was the culmination of months of rehearsals for the 6-9th graders at our school who were in the school musical.  This year Bookworm landed a lead.  They rehearsed 3 days a week between 2 and 5 hours each day.  With rehearsal, scouts, music lessons and basketball, not to mention just regular school and homework, I saw the stress start to take a toll on my 13 year old.  I always swore I wouldn't be one of those moms whose kids were so overscheduled that they couldn't enjoy life!  But somehow with the basketball season overlapping the musical, and rehearsal times being more often and longer this year - it just sort of snuck up on me, and I found myself to be one of those moms!  I was so grateful the day Bookworm played his last basketball game of the fall season!  I've already determined that if he wants to do the musical again next year, he'll have to take a hiatus from sports until the musical is finished.

To add to the stress, exactly 1 week before opening night, my son lost his voice.  Completely.  And he was waking up every morning with a very sore throat.  Although she handled it very calmly with me, I'm pretty sure Lisa, the director, was in full panic mode upon hearing the news.  She takes the musical very seriously, and the result is always an amazing production that is on a much higher level professionally than a typical middle school musical.  She loaded me up with herbal tea and essential oils to doctor Bookworm's vocal chords throughout the day.  He started to feel better towards the end of the week - but we still had to keep him home because he doesn't know how to shut up, and we couldn't get it through his head that even though he was starting to feel better, he had to COMPLETELY rest his voice!

He went to rehearsals, but was silent, and just acted out his parts while Lisa said his lines and sang his part.  Finally on the last day of rehearsal before opening night he practiced with saying his lines and singing.  Although he made it through, he said that his voice was definitely not all the way back, and it did hurt to sing the higher notes.  Opening night came and right before his solo his head mic went out!  Seriously!  Luckily there were 2 more nights of performances and although he said he still struggled a bit with some of the higher notes, I think he did awesome, and I was so, so very proud.

His leading lady was the adorable daughter of one of my good friends and I think they sounded great together, and looked darling!  So there's my proud mom moment.  I really hope he decides to audition again next year...but we will definitely keep the other activities down to a minimum during the months of rehearsing and performing!

I can watch this recording over and over  - even thought the sound of the recording doesn't do the performance justice.  I forgot to mention that before this, I never knew my son could sing.  I mean he sings in church, but he doesn't sing out, and I mean even I sing in church - and I can't sing!  Before this he's only ever really been small parts and in the chorus for the musical.  I was nervous for him performing because he would never sing for me, so I had no idea how he would sound!  Although I admit he's no Josh Groban, I was pleasantly surprised, and as I might have mentioned before - extremely proud.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Friend Makin' Monday - Dating!

What a fun topic, right?

I'm playing along with Kenlie's Friend Makin' Monday today!  You should go link up and play too!

The topic is dating, and now onto the questions!

What is your current relationship status? (Be as specific as you’d like to be!

Married - 16 years this December!

List a few qualities that you look for in a significant other.

Kind, hardworking, dedicated to faith and family.  Those are pretty much my 3 must haves (lucky my man has them!), but it doesn't hurt to be hot and hilarious as well.

If you could choose to date one character in TV or film, who would you choose?  And which characteristics are most appealing?

Um, Hello! Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarret!  Have you SEEN him?  I think this clip speaks for itself:

Most appealing characteristics?  Um - he's HOT, he can kick the crap out of anyone who messes with you, and he's HOT!  I posted this especially for you Myya!

How long should you date before becoming exclusive?

Obviously this depends on the people and the situation.  For me it took one day.  Yeah, we met, and I was done dating anyone else.

What are your thoughts on public displays of affection?

Honestly, it grosses me out to see other people make out in public, and I don't do it myself.  Hand-holding or a quick smooch is sweet - beyond that - keep it private please!

Do you kiss on the first date?

I have been known to, on occasion.

Biggest turn-off?

A foul mouth.  Treat me with the respect to not use vulgar, crude or obscene language around me.  And honestly it's not just a turn-off, but it makes you look significantly less intelligent.  Also, smoking - gross.

What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?

Probably the eyes and smile.  Then I move on from there - I like good-looking men, I'm not gonna lie.

How long do you/did you wait before becoming intimate?

Wow Kenlie!  Getting personal here, aren't we?  I believe in and practiced abstinence before marriage.  Which may be the reason I met hubby in July and we were married in December!!  Hehehe.  Just Kidding!  I really married him that quickly because I knew he was the one I was supposed to marry - so why wait?

Describe your dream date.

My idea of a dream date has certainly evolved over time, and especially after 16 years of marriage.  My perfect date with my husband would include an overnight getaway in a nice hotel in downtown SLC.  We would start the night off with a yummy dinner at any restaurant we were in the mood for - no matter what the price!  It would be an early dinner, because we would need to be done in time to make it to a ReAL Salt Lake game - which of course we would dominate!  It would have to be against Colorado or L.A. - because I can't stand them - so beating them would be fantastic for my perfect date night.  After the game we would go somewhere fun for a yummy dessert.  Then back to the swanky hotel with my cute hubby.  We'd have some quality time , and a RESTFUL night's sleep without ANY kids crawling into our bed halfway through the night - or coming in crying because they feel like they're gonna throw up, or coming in crying because they DID throw up.  And we'd SLEEP IN as late as we wanted!

Doesn't that sound perfect?  No?  Well, it does to me!

That was fun!  Click here if you'd like to read more, or join in!

P.S.  I have no idea why blogger showed my post with half of the sentences highlighted in white.  And I have no idea how to get rid of it.  Sorry.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Confessional


I'm confessing this week.  Yeah, I need a little soul-cleansing.

I confess that I have been listening to Christmas music for weeks!  And it makes me giddy!

I confess that I am listening to it right now!  David Archuleta's Christmas From the Heart is fabulous - just FYI.

I confess that my next confession may make people want to punch me....but I confess that for me, Halloween is just something that needs to be endured to get to the REAL Holiday season.  Yup, that's me - I do it for the kids, but I wouldn't be sad if Halloween got cancelled forever.

I confess that even though Halloween is not my favorite - I do put a lot of effort into helping my kids come up with costumes - and I'm sorta proud of how they turned out this year: (prepare for picture overload)


skeleton ballerina

And I'm not gonna lie - I am the most proud of turning Cowgirl into a Major League Soccer Player - our own team captain, Kyle Beckerman!

 I had to do the lettering out of sticky foam sheets because Bookworm didn't want his RSL jersey permanently lettered! 

  The temporary dreads took me all morning, but they definitely were the perfect touch, along with the eyebrows and goatee! 

And this is my favorite photo, taken at the team store next to a mural of Kyle - I can hardly tell the difference! 

I confess that I totally just used Friday confessional to show off my kids and their costumes!

I confess that I'm trying to make my post sound more cheerful than I actually feel.

I confess that I am dreading tonight.  It is not okay to be going to the viewing for a 13 year old boy.  Especially when he is a former student at our school, and his siblings still attend, and I have a 13 year old boy of my own.  I hate it.

He was struck by a car on his way to school Wednesday morning.  You can read the article here, if you're in the mood to cry.

I confess that I can't begin to understand why these things have to happen.  And to such good people.

I confess that I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ at times like these, and I don't know how people deal with the tragedies of life without that knowledge and comfort to bring them peace.

I confess that I really need to lighten the mood of this post now.

I confess that I think it was super hilarious of me to send MiMi this creepy satanic cat after her post about the mean cats.  Don't y'all think it was hilarious?

I confess that I also thought it was super hilarious that one of her readers was offended, and compared hating cats to laughing at a handicapped person.  Really?  WTHeck?

I confess that every day since I made a commitment to eat better in order to lower my cholesterol, I have started out with a really healthy breakfast.  Then, by the end of the day I have consumed pizza, or french fries, or a spicy chicken sandwich - something that is the complete opposite of heart healthy food.  Let's see how today goes, shall we?

I confess that my house is a ginormous disaster, but I am so eager to put Christmas decorations up that I feel very motivated to get it whipped into shape the next couple of days.  Anybody wanna come help?

And finally - I confess that I called the cops on a guy who is renting a room from my across the street neighbor.  He wrecked his car, while DRUNK - then didn't call the police.  And there is a huge "head print" in the passenger's side of his front windshield!  Would you have done the same?  I think if someone is hurt or worse, there should be something done about it.  So call me a tattle tale, but I did what I thought should be done.

What do you have to confess?  Go check out Mamarazzi's blog for more confessions, or to link up!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Pinterest Linky Party? I am so there!!

Yes, yes - it's been a couple of weeks.  I was planning on blogging tomorrow anyway.  But then I saw THIS.  A PINTEREST linky party?  I. could. die.

So the idea of the party?  Link up something you tried that was inspired by something you saw on Pinterest.  Well I'm telling you - I get all sorts of inspiration from Pinterest.  All. Day. Long.  Yeah, no problem in the inspiration department.  It's the motivation department that needs work.  You know, because a lot of hours can be spent being inspired.  Just sayin' - it takes some time.

So here's my pinterest story.  The inspiration:

So, instead of  "Liked it, Pinned it, Did it" story is more of a "Liked it, Pinned it, Tried it."

Yeah, this totally didn't work.  I followed the directions, sliced my pepper to the correct thickness per the instructions - cracked my eggs into the peppers.  And instead of these tidy, flower-like eggs in peppers, my result was more like, peppers in eggs.  The whites totally did not stay contained within the pepper rings.  They ran all over the bottom of the pan, and the result was just some pepper rings sitting in my pan of fried eggs.

I bet you didn't think I would be linking up a Pinterest fail,  did ya?

Hey - just keepin' it real.  So, I don't know if it's just me, I mean SOMEBODY must have done them right to have them posted to Pinterest, right?  So what do y'all think I did wrong?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Birthdays and Soccer, and Concerts - Oh, My!

I'm coming up from beneath the piles of black and orange, and green and purple tulle to check in with my peeps.

Aside from the Halloween costume making - it's been a fun few weeks.

On the 17th, Hubby and I took Bookworm and a friend to the RSL v. Sporting KC game, followed by the One Republic post game concert.  The tickets were a present for his birthday back in June (the concert was originally supposed to take place after a June match, but the band had to reschedule).  The little punks wouldn't let me take any pictures for posterity's sake.  The bums.  But it was a great night.  Mainly because we kicked trash.  But the concert was good too.  I'm not a die-hard fan by any means,  I mean I probably wouldn't pay to go see them if they were touring, but they sounded great live.  And I do enjoy their songs.

I'm pretty particular with my kids and their activities, and I'm very over just the right amount of protective, in public settings.  Especially when there's a lot of public around.  This was Bookworm's first concert.  Following the game, fans were allowed to come down onto the field for the concert.  All fans had to enter through the north gate.  Since our seats were near the south goal, you can imagine that it took us FOREVER to make it to the other end and down to the grass.  The kids were bummed that we had so many people who got there before us.  I pulled up my big-girl, mama bear panties and told the boys that if they promised to stay together, and then wait for us at the big KFC sign after it was over, they could worm their way through the crowd and try to get closer to the stage.  After the show, I  frantically calmly made my way over to the big KFC sign.  The grin on my son's face made my night, and he said "that was incredible!"  Apparently they made it right up to the stage and had a perfect view.

We won't talk about the next two RSL games.  We just won't.

Today is my sweet, beautiful Cowgirl's birthday.  Her gift was surprise tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert 2 nights ago.  Her first concert ever.  Pixie was also included in the fun, and her ticket is an early gift for her upcoming birthday.  So the three of us, along with my dear friend Kimberly had a fun night rocking out to Taylor Swift.  I think she has some great songs, but the thrill for me was watching me girls excitement for their first concert.  We had high seats, that weren't the best, as you'll see by the video, but it didn't stop them from singing along to every song and having a magical night!  I couldn't help but break away from the action on the stage a couple of times, to take some video of my cuties performing themselves!

It's been a fun month of family time, and I just thought I'd take a break from costuming to share with y'all!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Starting the school year off right!

How many 8 year olds can say that they've shared the ice with an Olympic Champion?  AND in the same building he won silver and gold medals?

Thanks to the amazing Discovery program at her school, Pixie now can!  She signed up for ice skating this session, and has learned figure skating, speed-skating and hockey.  The ice skating class takes place at the Utah Olympic Oval, which was built to host skating competitions for the 2002 Winter Games, and is just down the street from our school.  We are very fortunate to have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the oval, since before we even broke ground on our building.

Yesterday the kids had the opportunity to train with Derek Parra!  If you don't know who he is, you're probably not obsessive about the Olympic Games like I am, particularly the ones that took place right in my back yard!  It's been over 9 years, but it still feels like yesterday!  Anyramble, Derek won Silver and Gold during those games, and he often comes back to take part in some of the programs the Oval runs.  Including Pixie's Discovery class!
 He's cute, no?

He was even cuter in person, and seriously the nicest guy!  He was so good with the kids, and patient and funny.  Pixie had a blast, and it was such a thrill for me to get to watch her have this opportunity.

He wasn't too good to get down and help fix the laces of a little boy's skate.

 Or let a little girl "score" against a champion skater.
Then he taught her how to do a little victory dance - with singing and everything.

Here's pixie practicing taking the puck around the cones.

 And practicing her skating maneuvers.  Derek just skated right into the shot at the moment I took it!

Sorry for the low-quality dumb phone pictures.  I forgot my camera.

Tomorrow is Cowgirl's last class for this Discovery session, and she has been in heaven being able to train at a local stable, and take horse-back riding lessons.  Of course now she asks me for a horse for her birthday next week like every 5 minutes.  I'll post pictures of her riding soon.

In the Middle School there is no Discovery (despite my best efforts).  Instead we have our Adventure Program, where the students go out into the outdoor classroom overnight, or sometimes a few nights - and do fieldwork and their classroom learning in the natural world.  It's very cool.  Last week Bookworm and Hubby traveled with about 30 other students to Dinosaur National Monument for a 3 day science intensive.  Unfortunately the husband didn't take any pictures - so I have to bug some of the other adults that chaperoned to see if they have any they can send me.  Bookworm said it was an amazing experience and he learned so much.  Much more than sitting in a classroom reading from a textbook.  A few years ago on this trip, one of our students actually discovered a NEW fossil - it was a huge deal at our school, and made the news and everything!

So to say that my kids have had a fantastic beginning to the new school year would definitely be an understatement.  I'm so grateful that our family is blessed to be involved with so many wonderful people, from those who helped get this school approved and opened, to the wonderful educators and administrators, and our partners in the community who help make these programs possible.  One of my greatest fears as a mother was that my kids would have the same experience with school that I did.  Which was basically so boring that I spent more hours skipping school than attending.  I didn't care about my education, I wasn't engaged, and I can't get those years back to do it over the right way.  This is the reason I got involved with the opening of this school, and the charter school movement in general.  It has been one of the hardest, most time consuming things I have ever done.  But it also ranks right up there as one of the most worth-while and rewarding.

It's too bad that it's really all my kids have ever known, so they don't actually realize how fortunate they truly are.  But I'll take it.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Friend Makin' Monday...All About Me I was going to make a deep, heartfelt post about yesterday, and the way our family commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11 - the emotions of the day, the conversations I had with my children.

But then I got called out by Kenlie.  She said it was an "invitation"...but I know better.  Good thing I like her.   And I do like FMM, it's how I've made some of my dearest blog friends!  Including you Kenlie!

So here's the deal - I'm going to answer the FMM questions and go link up over at Kenlie's.  You do the same, and we can both find out more about each other!  Only, y'all are probably sick of hearing about me by now!  I'm not sure I'll even be revealing ANYTHING new to some of my regulars.  If you are visiting for the first time - hello, and get ready to know more about me than you'd probably care to!

FMM: All About Me
1. What are your talents? 
I have some hobbies - not sure how talented I am at any of them though!  I play the piano, although I'm a little rusty these days, I enjoy crafting, and would say I'm a pretty decent cook.
2. What is your best habit? 
I'm seriously drawing a blank here.   Wow - that is eye opening - I mean I try to do good things, I don't totally suck as a person - but I'm not sure I have a "best habit".  I guess I'm going to have to start a new good habit so I never find myself in this awkward situation again.  Any suggestions?  What good habit should I start?
3. If you had to be stuck with someone in an elevator for 8 hours, who would you want it to be?
Okay, the obvious answer would be my husband - because I would be a horrible wife if I didn't pick him, right?  Plus, he IS the person who can keep me most calm in an alarming situation.  HOWEVER, if he was stuck in there with me, who would be taking care of our kids?  If I was stuck in an elevator for 8 hours, I would definitely want the peace of mind of knowing that our kids were with daddy while I couldn't be with them.
It would probably also make me a horrible wife if I said I pick Chris Wingert to be stuck with for 8 hours, right?
I have a few girlfriends that I know I could spend hours with and it would fly by like minutes - and I would have burned quite a few calories from laughing as well - so I'll go with one of them.  Who knew such a simple question could be so complicated?
4. Share one odd fact about you that we’d never know to ask.                                                                                                                                        
I have such severe acrophobia that even if I'm watching a TV show where someone gets close to a ledge, or is looking down from the top of a building or something - I literally get a sick feeling in my stomach, and sometimes even have to look away.  
5. What’s your latest project (work, home, whatever you care to share?) 
I am really, REALLY trying hard to get my "house" in order.  And by house I don't just meant my dwelling, but truly get some order to my life, and that of my family, and our finances in particular.  I have made some good progress, and am excited to share some of what I've accomplished.  However my getting my house in order is putting a severe dent in my blogging time!
6. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be? 
Well really at this point it would be my weight.  I know that's not really very original, but that is definitely what I am most unhappy about with my physical appearance.
7. What do you do in your spare time? 
Spare time?  What's that?  I plan on having spare time again someday, and then I would definitely like to spend it reading, and reading, and reading.  To make up for all the books I haven't been able to read over the years - due to lack of time, and my serious problem of letting EVERYTHING fall by the wayside while I finish a book.  Seriously - I just had to quit starting them, because my whole life becomes irrelevant until I finish that book.
8. What is your biggest pet peeve? 
If I'm being honest, at the risk of offending or alienating any bloggers - political correctness.  Our society has become so PC that you can't say ANYTHING without it offending someone, or getting misinterpreted in some way.  I get so annoyed with being told what I can and cannot say, that sometimes I find myself using terms I would normally never use - but I just do it in defiance of those who are telling me it's not okay to use them!
9. Why do you blog? 
The reasons have evolved over the years, but I currently blog for journal-keeping, and to keep up the great associations I have made through my blog.  I love my bloggy friends!
10. Are you tidy or messy?
I'm a hot mess.  But I'm working on it!  Remember - a house of order.
11. What’s the last song that played on your iPod?  
I haven't used my iPod in forever - I just play my itunes library on my laptop.  I've been listening to lots of Taylor Swift lately, because I'm surprising my girls with a girls night with mom to her concert in a couple of weeks!
12. Do you cook?  I do cook.  Tonight I am making fajitas.  Not with a mix.  Mmmmm.
13. Do you like sports? 
Are. you. kidding?  I love sports. I'm a pretty competitive person, and I think sports satisfies that part of my personality.  My teams are the Utah Jazz, anything BYU, and of course my favorite boys, ReAL Salt Lake.
14. How often do you read and/or watch the news? 
Everyday…a few times a day.
15. Did you stick to your new Year’s resolution this year?  
Still working on it.
16. What are you looking forward to most in the remainder of 2011? 
Finishing Cowgirl's bedroom in the basement - there is beginning to be a light at the end of the tunnel!
17. Shoes, sunglasses or handbags?  
I would pick them all if the budget allowed.  For now I have to stick with shoes.  And that means only 1 purse and 1 pair of sunglasses.  Boo.
18. How do you feel about sleeping on satin sheets?  
It seems like they would be slippery.  Not sure how much I'd like them.  Maybe one of you should send me some so I can test that theory.
19. Do you sing in the shower?  Nope.
20. Describe yourself in one word.  Loyal.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The blog-worthy week. Part 2

Are you ready for part 2?  If you haven't already read Part 1, you really need to do that now.  No, for reals...I mean it.  You just won't be able to appreciate part 2 if you haven't read part 1.  So go here and do that right now.

Did you do it?  I have a feeling that some of you didn't.  Sigh.

So by Thursday afternoon, I was done.  I woke up Friday with no small amount of trepidation over what THIS day might bring.  I was seriously on high alert all day, wondering what was to befall me next.  I spent the afternoon at the school, chaperoning Cowgirl's Discovery class.  I KNOW I've told you all about Discovery and what an awesome program it is.  Anyway Cowgirl is doing horseback riding for this session.  We made it through the afternoon unscathed, and we got home from school, and I immediately went to the laptop, because you had been ALL DAY.  I only have a dumb phone, so I can't keep up on all the happenings when I'm separated from the laptop.  I first checked my email.

I had an email from Utah@kfc4you.  The subject line said: REAL tickets.  Now I had completely forgotten that at the beginning of the week I had entered a FB contest to win 2 free tickets to Saturday's game.  I opened the email, fully expecting something like, "thank you for entering our contest, we're sorry you didn't win.  But enter this code for a discount while purchasing your tickets".  You know some sort of apology for not winning followed by a sales pitch for some promotion.

Instead I read:

Hi Xazmin,

Congratulations on winning the KFC Utah contest!

You have won 2 free tickets to the September 3rd Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia game and a catered dinner courtesy of KFC in the SE VIP Tunnel at Rio Tinto Stadium.

I am not exaggerating even a little when I tell you I double fist-pumped the air and "whooped" out loud!  My kids thought I was nuts.  But after my week, I was STOKED to have my luck finally turning!

And it just. gets. better.

Date night rolled around, and hubby and I headed to Carnival ReAL (little carnival they have the few hours before the game starts), to pick up our tickets at the KFC booth.  So the guy hands me the envelope, and it is FAT.  Like way fatter than 2 tickets should be.  He says, "Here are your tickets, and your VIP field passes to get you to your seats.  Head down the stairs and the reception area is in the south east tunnel."  Say whaa?

We followed the couple in front of us who were also sporting VIP field passes around their necks, and headed down, down, down the stairs into the SE tunnel.  There were all these cute little tables set up with table cloths and little center pieces and everything!  And a KFC spread for us to eat to our heart's content.  Now, I'm not gonna lie, KFC isn't my favorite.  But cooking or paying for dinner isn't my favorite either - so I wasn't complaining!  PLUS I do triple heart their mashed potatoes and gravy.  They also had dessert for us at half-time!

Now why did we need the VIP field-passes?  Oh yeah, because we had to get down to the FIELD.  You know, where our seats were!  Like in FRONT of the cement barrier that separates the FIRST row of seats from the field.  Like where the ball boys stand?  There was a cute little row of RSL camp chairs that we got to sit in!  Oh, and after the game we got to take them home with us!

 Here are our cute camp chairs:

And this is how close I was to Kyle Beckerman...Tanielle was ticked when I sent her the pic.

What could be more fabulous than an evening (FREE) with my favorite guy, watching my favorite boys play some awesome soccer?  Oh, winning.  Yeah that would make it even better.  And we did.  That's right - it was an awesome game and we were victorious.

The only less than perfect aspect of the night was the fact that my boy Chris Wingert is out with a broken wrist.  Boo.  But don't worry Myya - I'm still going to post some new pictures for your viewing pleasure.

So, after a really, really craptastic week, the weekend turned out to be quite lovely.  I had a wonderful, much deserved (by both of us!) date-night with my handsome hubby, and we didn't have to pay for any of it!  We had awesome seats, adequate dinner, and a fabulous time screaming our heads off for our favorite team.  

So concludes my story of the blog-worthy week.  And here's to no more rotten luck, but hopefully many more soccer date nights!  And free would be nice too.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The blog-worthy week. Part 1

Well, as you know - I've sort of put blogging on the back-burner while I try to get some things done, and get my household in order.  However, sometimes a week is just TOO blog-worthy to NOT get it recorded!

For those of you who are on FB with me, you already may know some of the details, so I apologize.  Let's start at the beginning.  I woke up on Monday morning, feeling cheerful and ready to embrace the week.  My facebook status read: "It's going to be a good week.  I can tell".

Well, Tuesday we woke up to discover that someone had tried to steal gas from the carpet cleaning van, by cutting the fuel hose.  They didn't get any.  But that was really a very small consolation, considering the fact that the repair wasn't something hubby could do on his own.  It ended up being an $800 repair bill.  It really put a damper on the week that was supposed to be good.  Not to mention that it put hubby in a really lovely mood.  Luckily the shop was able to get the repairs done in one day, so we only had one job that had to be rescheduled.

Our van is too tall to fit in our garage, so hubby had been parking it on the curb at the side of our house (we have a neighbor that complains if we park it in the front).  He decided that he needed to have it in the driveway after the vandalism/fuel stealing incident.  So he pulled the van and trailer up into the driveway.  Well, Wednesday morning we woke up to a ticket.  Because it was overlapping the sidewalk.  I wasn't sure my husband could be in an ornerier mood - but he proved that he absolutely could!

Cue Thursday.  I get up early and fix my kids some fabulous turkey sandwiches with lettuce and pickles to pack in their lunches.  We get everyone ready and out the door.  Hubby returns from dropping the kids off, and I head to the kitchen to put the lunch-making mess away.  I pick up the package of turkey, and accidentally hold it upside down.  Turkey juice runs down my hand and arm.  Gross.  I put the turkey away, and rinse off my hand, then grab the pickles to stick them in the fridge.  I forgot to mention that this is no ordinary jar of pickles.  It is a ginormous, Costco-size 62 ounce jar of pickles.  Since my hands are still wet from rinsing the turkey juice off, that ginormous jar of pickles just slips right out of my hands and shatters onto the kitchen tile.  Yes I did swear at that point.

But Thursday wasn't finished with me yet.  Here's what Jeremy brought home from our vehicle safety inspection:

I sense they really wanted to try to make us feel good about our failure, don't you think?

So I need to get my car in to have the emergency brake adjusted.  The same emergency brake that has needed to be adjusted since we bought the thing 3 years ago, and has passed inspection every single time.  Because tell me - have you ever actually had to USE your emergency brake in an emergency?  Yeah, me neither.

This brings us to the weekend - which was blog-worthy as well.  If you want to find out how this week ended, make sure to come back tomorrow and I'll tell you the rest!

Part 2

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Back to School Blues....

I know it's been a while.  But I have to's amazing what one can get done when not spending 75% of the day - butt glued to couch, eyes glued to monitor.  But I do miss everyone.

Tonight I'm feeling sort of emotional.  Not sure why, really.  Perhaps it's because a week from today my 3 oldest will return to school - each a year older, starting a new chapter at this school we have poured so much of ourselves into.  I'm sitting here in the dark, while the rest of my family sleeps, and I feel so blessed for the family I have, and at the same time so inadequate to be in charge of them - not sure I am doing my best to help them become all they are meant to be.  My heart is full as I think of each of my children sleeping in their rooms, and as often happens while they are sleeping, all the things that seemed to get under my skin throughout the day, or during the week, seem so inconsequential.  And then comes the guilt for not being more patient, for letting the things I needed to get done rob us of an opportunity to just "hang out", or chat, or have a tickle fight.  I think back through the day, reflect on the week, and wonder if I have shown and told them enough how much I love them.  Have I built them up?  Have I helped them know that they are valued beyond measure in my life?  At night time I worry.  Worry that I am not the mother they deserve.

I haven't blogged in such a long time.  Not only because I have really been trying to get things done around here that need doing, but also because I haven't felt that I had something entertaining, or witty, or funny enough to share.  But the thing is, there has been much about my family to record.  I just always fear becoming one of those bloggers who people get bored with because they are sick of all their family stories.  But I'm getting over that, and blogging about my family this week, because they are truly what my life is about.

Tonight Bookworm is on my mind in particular.  I can't believe how quickly my firstborn has grown into a young man.  It's a little hard for me to deal with, I'm not going to lie.  I am constantly faced with tougher and tougher decisions.  He is at that in-between age where it's really hard to decide if a certain activity/show/topic is something he is still "too young" for.  It's such a fine line at 13 years of age.  But I am often struck by what a fine young man he is growing into.

He recently returned from Scout Camp, where sadly he grew up just a little bit more than a mother would hope for her young son.  Tragedy struck at the Bear Lake Aquatics camp where my son's troop was participating.  The neighboring troop lost one of their scouts to an accidental drowning.  Our troop helped them break camp early so they could start their somber trip back to Las Vegas.  My husband was chaperoning and made sure to let me know as soon as something had happened, that it wasn't one of our boys.  It didn't make me hurt any less for those poor parents whose boy wouldn't be returning home from camp this year.  I'll be honest - I get a knot in the pit of my stomach every time my son leaves for Scout Camp, and it doesn't leave until the moment he walks back through the front door.  My heart still aches when I think about those parents.

Our troop was in charge of the "cheer" for flag ceremony the morning the Las Vegas troop returned home.  Instead of a cheer they decided to sing "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again."  They then led the rest of the troops in singing it - over 300 scouts singing in tribute to this young man.  My husband said there were many wet eyes in that group of boys and men, including his own.

My son returned home to me, safe and sound, and perhaps just a little bit more understanding, and patient with his mom regarding her irrational fears and worry whenever he leaves for camp.  Hopefully.

Bookworm is entering the 8th grade this year and it's about to put me over the edge!  I really don't feel old enough to have a son in 8th grade.  But I guess no matter how I complain, time isn't going to quit moving forward, just to please me.  So I guess it's my wake-up call to stop spending so much time on the urgent "stuff", and start making time for the important things.

The sunrise brings a new day - a new chance to try harder, to love better, and to live more.  I can't wait to wake my kids up, and tell them how very much I love them.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

We Want To Know Wednesday!

Haven't blogged since Bookworm's Birthday post.  Not going to apologize - I figure that crap's getting old.  I've been crazy busy, and I guess I'll just have to blog and visit when I can - and hopefully you'll all still love me by the time I get around to being back here on a regular basis!

I love WWTKW, and it gives me a great blogging prompt....thanks Impulsive Addict, Mamarazzi, Shawn and Janette for providing me with Wednesday blogging material!

So here goes the Q&A!

1. Name five of your favorite new blogs that you're reading.

As I mentioned previously - I haven't been too up on the blog reading.  However I HAVE been spending some time reading money saving, and homemaking blogs, because I have seriously gotta up my game in those departments!!

2. When you were a young child or teenager, did you have an idea of how many children you wanted and what their names would be?  Did you follow through on your ideas?

I always wanted to have 4 children, and the names I picked evolved as I grew up.  I ended up not remembering/using any of the names I picked out in my youth.  I do have 4 kids - but now I'm thinkin' that's not enough.

3. What is the silliest thing you fight with someone about?  It could be your spouse, sibling, parents, co-worker, etc.

My husband and I fight over fabric softener sheets.  Yes, you heard right.  I think they create a buildup in your dryer parts that are a fire hazard, and it also ruins the flame-resistance on children's clothing (don't laugh - it's true!).  Hubby doesn't care about fire hazards - he just gets ticked that his clothes have static.  

4. What is your favorite scent that others may not find very nice?Ex. gasoline, sweat from your sweetie, etc.

Oh, where to begin.  I love the smell of most things with "fumes".  Permanent marker, gasoline, nail polish, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol. I tell ya - if I were ever going to be a druggie (which I'm NOT) - I would totally be a huffer.  Don't tell, k?

5. What are your thoughts on plastic surgery? (Have you had it? Want it? Regrets?)  

I have never had plastic surgery, and I have sort of a hard time with the idea of plastic surgery for vanity's sake.  That being said, I have friends who HAVE had it, simply for cosmetic reasons, and I don't think less of them.  I guess I just don't get it.  On the other hand, severe deformities that truly impact the quality of a person's life are something that I have no qualms about people having plastic surgery to correct.

So there you have it.  I'd love to hear your opinions on these thought-provoking questions!  Click the button if you wanna link up, and a special thanks for the questions for this week, courtesy of: