Sunday, August 26, 2007

Carlbad State Beach here we come!!!

We're off for our 30th year of camping on the beach in beautiful South Carlsbad. I hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sincerest apologies for my neglected blog

Here are my excuses:

Swimming at my mom's house
It's been consistently 199 degrees in Lakewood!

My sister and the boys are in town! Need I say more...


"Who needs a double stroller"- Kasey, on her boys stuffed in an infant stroller after a long day with Mickey.

Now to the present....

Consequences for neglecting my life:
Countless messes and piles to pick up.
And yes, that there to the right is a wheel to my stroller.
Your guess is as good as mine.

CLEAN laundry. Who needs closets and dressers?

One more thing...
Olive and I leave tomorrow morning for a weeks worth of tent camping on the beach in Carlsbad.
Oh my.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Simply Irresistible

Why are these cheesy , particle board cut-outs so hard to resist? Whether it be county fairs, amusement parks, malls, etc., these germ ridden photo opts are sure to be there screaming out "put your face in me!". And no matter what I am doing at the time of visual contact, the camera is dug out of my stuffed purse, the delicate faces of my loved ones are ordered into the splintered holes and I snap away. But, why? What is it with these things?

Are they flattering?

Absolutely not.

Will I blow this up and proudly hang it in my living room?

I don't think so.

Will this be used for our annual Christmas card?

There's a good chance.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Megan, you're swell!

This morning I received a phone call from my good buddy Megan asking me what my blog password was (is that even legal?) and then told me to check my blog "in 20 minutes". I did so and was breathless when I logged on. She completely redesigned my page and added the cute Disney Shag prints that we are both fans of. What a special gal to do such a nice thing for me and my once struggling blog spot. Kudos to you Megan for all that you have do for me...sassy haircuts, In and Out delivery, and now blog design. Although I do not have a photo of Megan for all to admire, I do have an adorable one of her cute-as-can-be daughter, Collin Mae. Thanks again Megan! You're swell!

Happy Birthday Olive!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Close encounters of the bird kind...

I am adding this to my blog primarily for my own viewing pleasure.

The San Diego Zoo has this spectacular caged aviary that is about 100 feet tall and God only knows how wide. Inside the massive cage is this lush, jungle-like setting complete with numerous water falls, rock caves, and deep green foliage in which hundreds of exotic birds are kept to "freely roam". We all loved it, especially Rob. As soon as we entered the steel sanctuary, Rob's inner Jeff Corwin emerged. He began franticly snapping pictures with our cheesy camera as if he was on a special assignment for National Geographic. Olive and I were impressed by our surroundings, but not as much as we were by our freshly popped bag of oil soaked popcorn. So, as we patiently perched ourselves on a near by bench, Rob was hard at work on his assignment studying every bird fact on display to ensure a proper presentation to our friends and family once out of the wild. After about 15 minutes of this, there was this particularly large yet timid bird that wondered next to Olive and I in hopes to share the scraps of popcorn that had managed to escape our two person feeding frenzy. Rob witnessed this and took the following picture:


Once the perfect image was captured, he turned to me and asked if I would take a picture of he and this interesting bird. I obliged and we began the photo shoot. Rob walked over to the "friendly" bird and stood about a foot away from it, quickly tasseled his hair, and gave me the go ahead to begin.
"Make sure you get a good one", he exclaimed. Little did he know just how good it was going to be.
Unaware of how unfriendly this "friendly" bird was, while Rob posed next to the bird smiling his best smile, the bird extended its wings to full wingspan, ruffled all its feathers, and let out the most God-awful, piercing squawk as if it had challenged Rob to a dual til death. Rob too let out a squawk, (that of a baby pigeon), jumped about ten feet than began spinning around on the toes of his oversized fake clogs, while the bird went in for the kill on his hairy calves. Instead of trying to rescue my husband or better yet protect my helpless little gal lost in a popcorn haze unaware of the impending doom, I did the best I could to capture this once in a lifetime photo through my tears of laughter-filled eyes.

Eventually the bird flew away, unharmed, leaving Rob to deal with my scrutiny. Once Rob caught his breath, he looked at me pale faced, paused for a moment, then began laughing uncontrollably. I soon followed his cue to laugh. And all the while Olive sat there with her bag of popcorn unaware of what transpired.
I love my husband.
I love my daughter.
I love popcorn.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Our Family Vacation

In honor of Olive's second birthday and mine and Rob's 2nd wedding anniversary, we took a family trip to San Diego. It was amazing! In three fun-filled days, we visited the San Diego Zoo and Sea World twice! I strongly recommend these amazing parks. They were truly fascinating! Olive wanted to take "Famu" back to "Olla's house" and won't stop talking about all her animal encounters..."Pen-wins nice"(penguins nice), "wa-wus ferry" (walrus scary), "mingos tute"(flamingos cute). It was wonderful being able to take such a memorable vacation.

Olive and I admiring an elephant at the San Diego Zoo

Olive and daddy meeting Shamu for the first time

"Ooooohhhh! A fa-shish"

Someone was parched after a long day of sightseeing.This is filled with water, I promise.

One happy, yet pooped family.

Friday, August 10, 2007

I Love My Dad

I love my dad. He is a strong, loving, funny, and generous man. He is simple and predictable. He will do just about anything for his family and his friends. He loves my sister and I unconditionally and couldn't be more pleased that he is a grandpa to "three little knuckleheads".
Just a quick tribute to the man who taught me how to be inappropriate at appropriate times.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

29 and Lookin Fine!

My fabulous sister is 29 years young today! Kasey is not only my sister but my best friend. She is the mother of the year and has "the best body in the ward". She can do it all...she sews, she waxes, and cooks a mean pot of chili! I love her with all my heart and hope she has the best day today. I love you, sister.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

"Two" Big

With Olive's second birthday only 10 days away, I am in awe just how quickly my "baby" has grown (case in point, it is now necessary to put the word "baby" in quotes). She walks, she talks, she calls the shots. She helps me with laundry by putting shampoo in the washing machine and likes to brush my hair with her crayons. She will not leave the house without her purse "like mommy's" which holds two rubber snakes, a plastic stingray, and four Bear and the Big Blue House figurines. She makes me laugh with all her quirky mannerisims and sayings. She lights up my world with her toothy smile and those beautiful blue eyes. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be blessed with such an incredible human being. She's my baby...and she's almost two.

Olive before her nap

Olive after her nap