30 May 2008

Have you seen this?

or this?

I never laughed so hard in my life!

29 May 2008

An all out crazy day!

Spencer knows how much I love the Padres so for Mother's Day he bought tickets to today's game. The Padres do day games once or twice a month in the summer on a weekday. The tickets are buy one get one free so they are a great deal. Today was also Rachel's last day of preschool and we had some crazy things happen also.

After I dropped Rachel off at preschool, I ran a couple errands and then got stuff ready for the game since we were leaving right after preschool ended. I went back to preschool thinking there was only 15 minutes left but really were was 45. I totally spaced on the time and for some reason thought preschool ended at 11:30 instead of 12:00. I hung out anyway and it was fun to watch Rachel with her teacher. She goes (or went, now, this was the last semester they are doing the program) to a High School preschool where the high school students are the teachers so it's a one on one situation. Rachel adored her teacher so I thought I'd get a little gift for her. I ended up just going with a $5 gift card to Starbucks but it turns out that she worked there! Oh well!

So after preschool was over Rachel and I went to pick up Spencer. He had his Spanish class this morning and left the scooter in the Institute parking lot. So there we are driving down to San Diego. Once we get off the freeway in Downtown I notice this touristy looking double-decker bus. I was just watching it while we were stopped trying to gauge the kind of people on it. They looked a little drunk or partied so it was entertaining. I was looking directly into the side door windows when all of a sudden I see this clear stream coming from this guy standing there. It took me a second before I realized that guy was peeing in a cup and I was lucky enough to be watching! He was not discreet either; I saw everything if you know what I mean. I will have that image burned in my mind forever and that's not what I want flashing in my memory for the rest of my life. The light turned green and the bus took off while I recovered still a little shocked at what I just witnessed. It was a good thing that the bus went faster than me because half a block up, that same door opened and a mysterious liquid was tossed out onto the street. All I can say is nasty! When we got to Petco park I really had to use the bathroom and Spencer jokingly asked "Do you have a cup?" Yuck!

So then we made it to the game and it was great! We got there a little late but we saw all the action and the Padres won! What more you you ask for? It took us forever to get back to the car and then the freeway so by the time we got to Spencer's scooter it was almost 5:30. I dropped him off and drove away. Two minutes later he calls and says someone tried to jam the ignition and he can't get it started. So Rachel and I turn around and drive back to the Institute. Sure enough someone tried to steal the dang scooter again but wasn't successful. So all of us went home together and the scooter sits lonely in the parking lot. Spencer and our friend went over there this evening to at least bring it home. The part will be here Monday so we'll have to make do until he can get it fixed. Spencer has to be at school at 7 am tomorrow and then work afterward so the scooter is sorely needed but we've been without it before. I'm just mad that someone tried to steal it! Who does that? Who looks at a scooter sitting in a "church" parking lot and tries to steal it. The funny thing is a few years ago when it was stolen it was at church too. What is wrong with people?

On a good note I took tons and tons of surveys with Mysurvey.com and finally got to 7000 points! That means my new 7 piece cookware set is in the mail! I don't do surveys for the stuff but it's definitely a bonus. I do surveys because I just love doing surveys! Spencer thinks I'm crazy but it's fun! (If any of you love doing surveys too, I can send you a referral link. Let me know.)

All I can say is we definitely had our ups and downs today. What a crazy day!

28 May 2008

10 Pictures

Thanks to my dear friend Cheryl you are all about to see my house in it's normal state. Here's what I was supposed to do: Take a picture of the following 10 things (immediately! No cleaning first!), and then tag 5 people to do the same on their blog. I just took these so this is how my house looks now...

#1 Your kitchen sink

#2 The inside of your fridge

#3 Your favorite shoes-Wow, my legs are really dry! I love these shoes and pretty much wear them every day. I've had them for about a year and a half. There's actually a story behind these flip flops. A couple weeks after I bought them we went to Arizona to visit Spencer's brother's family. My sister-in-law and I went for a late night brisk walk but these were the only shoes I had. I didn't know she was going to walk so fast or we were going to walk so far. About halfway I started to feel blisters forming but didn't want to say anything so I just kept walking. Then it started to really hurt. When we got home I had blisters on both feet but on the left foot they had broken open and were bleeding pretty bad. For over a week I couldn't wear normal shoes. I still have scars. So the left shoe has a stain on the strap but that doesn't deter me from wearing them cuz they are so comfortable!

#4 Your closet-I think the inside of my closet looks pretty normal, unfortunately it's the floor right outside the closet that doesn't...

#5 Your laundry pile-this is actually my clean pile. Yay! Yesterday I did all the laundry except one load, I just haven't folded it yet.

#6 What your kids are doing right now-As soon as Rachel saw me open the computer to do this post she asked to watch a movie. She's watching Blues Clues right now.

#7 Your favorite room in the house-My living room. I can sit on this comfy couch--it may not be pretty with how faded it is but it sure is comfortable--and watch tv or play on my laptop. I can also see the kitchen table and the kitchen so it's pretty central. This is where I spend most of my time.

#8 Your toilet--We just cleaned on Monday but I guess I forgot to empty the trash. Not bad, I'd say.

#9 Your fantasy vacation
There are many places I would love to go but here are only a few:
Ireland, New Zealand, New York and Switzerland

#10 Your self portrait-I really debated posting this because it's only 8:30 in the morning--not exactly quality self portrait time. Plus I have such short arms that I always look weird when I take my own picture. All in the name of self humiliation right? :)
Edited: I felt compelled to add an after picture so that this image isn't burned into your minds forever! It's kind of a funny angle because I put the camera on the edge of the couch on timer and had to lean down to make sure I was in the picture.

Okay enough self degredation today! Now I tag Doretha, Emily, Emily, Jen and Shay. Have fun!

27 May 2008

Recap on the weekend

Okay so here's what we've been doing the last few days. As you know Rachel and I went to the Wild Animal Park on Thursday and here's a picture I took before we got soaked. I thought I took more, but I guess not!

Saturday we bought a new bed frame for Rachel and went to Costco. Then in the afternoon we hung out with some good friends, ate some good food and had some good old fashioned fun playing Mario Cart on the Wii. They even had steering wheels. I got worked big time because those little guys are pretty squirly but it was dang fun! One day we will have a Wii...

Sunday was just a normal day with church and visiting teaching. I love the visiting teaching program and hope to be better at it!

Monday we didn't do anything to honor those that have passed on but I thought about them. None of my dead relatives have grave sites--they were all cremated--so we don't have anyone personal to visit. In the past we have gone to a different ward's Memorial Day breakfast but not this year. I do honor and remember those that have sacrificed their lives in defense of our country though. I can not thank them enough.

We cleaned the house from top to bottom and then headed to the Wild Animal Park again. We were going to take the train to the beach again but we didn't know how the weather would fare for that. The good thing about living 15 miles from the WAP and having passes is you can go whenever you want! Spencer doesn't usually get to do things like this with us so we jumped on the chance. It was a little chilly but it turned out to be great. We saw the baby and the mother lions romping and wrestling. I could watch that all day! They also had a Cartoon Network thing set up in one of the pavilions so we went and checked that out. They had a inflateable jumper obstacle course that was fun for everyone that we went on a few times, a place to kick a soccer ball and ride a bike.

Then we headed to the Discovery Center that has little fun things to do for kids like look at birds and build with wooden blocks and do animal puppet shows. We usually head straight for the animals so it was nice to do stuff that we hadn't seen before. After that we were walking toward the gorillas and saw a very rare species of the comb-over. Wow was it a doozie...This thing was combed over from just over his left ear. Spencer and I were dumbfounded. It was combed so smoothly that it actually looked like he had a headband on. (No I didn't take the picture. I'm too embarassed but I have no shame posting it on my blog! haha) The funny thing is this guy had a woman sitting next to him. I'm not sure if it was his wife, but come on! Even if you were dating you do NOT under any circumstances let that out of the house! Rachel and I fell asleep on the way home so Spencer left us in the car to take a nap once we got home.

And since we are on the subject of head craziness here is a sight we saw at the Padres game last week. I like to call it the Everlasting Forehead...Seriously that thing goes on forever.

That evening my Dad and his wife, Karen took us to Jake's for dinner to celebrate his graduation. They were out of town two weeks ago so we got to celebrate it a little later with them. The food was delicious! We all of course were stuffed and on the way home Rachel and I had this conversation:

Rachel-Mom, I have a baby in my belly.
Me-Oh really? How did it get there?
Rachel-All the food I ate
Me-Oh. Can you feel it move inside you?
Rachel-Yes, I can.

It's funny because we haven't talked about babies in bellies for quite a while but I guess that if you eat too much and get fat that's all you need to have a baby in your belly. If only....I love the simpleness of 3 year old's minds.

We were pretty full and wasted last night so we all went to bed early and called it a night. It was a great weekend full of good food, good people and good times.

23 May 2008

Drenched in a downpour and other things that aren't a post by themselves

So yesterday Rachel and I went to the Wild Animal Park. I knew that it was predicted to rain today but it was just supposed to be cloudy yesterday. We saw the elephants, the lion (no females in sight) and the giraffes. Then we rode their new Journey Into Africa tram. It was fun for Rachel to get closer to the animals. About 3/4 of the way through I looked to the north and noticed how dark the sky looked. I thought to myself that it is going to rain this afternoon so we better see the gorillas and get out of there. Not 2 minutes off the tram the drops started. And I'm not talking light sprinkle here, it was pouring! We were about as far from the parking lot as you can get so I put Rachel in the stroller and walked as fast as I could back to the car. Thunder was booming the whole way up and by the time I got to the car, I was soaked. My hair was dripping and my flip-flopped feet were cold. Did I mention all I was wearing was a t-shirt and jeans? At least I had the brains to bring a sweatshirt for Rachel. It was kind of funny going through it because it was just such a freak of nature storm. Unfortunately I didn't get the things I wanted to do afterward done because I went straight home to get in my jammies and call it a day.

It's hard to teach your child about seasons when they keep jumping back and forth. Rachel is waiting for winter because that means Christmas and her birthday. When it's cold and rainy Rachel thinks we had summer earlier this week when it was almost 100 and now it's winter again.

Rachel has been playing with her wooden train set almost non-stop for the last 4 days. Hence the must needed trip to the Wild Animal Park to get out of the house and regain my sanity. Otherwise it would have been, "Mama, can you play train tracks with me?" even longer than we did. I'm glad my brother and sister-in-law came over on Wednesday because they gave me a reprieve from the train tracks.

I have had a headache for the majority of the last two weeks with the exception of when I take medicine. Anyone have any good ideas to get rid of headaches?

I'm a Youtube.com nerd. You know how I know? I have seen almost all of the videos in Weezer's new video. Go watch it. It's hilarious.

That is all for today. Rachel is asking me to play train tracks again....

21 May 2008

Have some time?

And want an 80's flashback? Here's a user on youtube.com that has tons of 80's cartoon theme songs. Classic! http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=80scartoons&p=r

20 May 2008

American Idol Finale!

Okay it is down to the Davids tonight. David Cook and David Archuleta. I hated the boxing analogy but I loved that they had Andrew Lloyd Webber back to help Archuleta. He had great feedback during the season.

Round 1: I loved Cook's version of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. I think it fit him well. Although Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me fit Archuleta better I think. I would buy Cook's song on iTunes though.

Round 2: Cue the cheesy songs. I thought Cook did well with the song he chose but Archuleta poured on the cheese the way he should have.

Round 3: I loved that Cook sang a song he hadn't before and what he said about that. I think he knows he is not going to win against Archuleta and that it's okay. We've heard Imagine before and it was beautiful again tonight. He knows how to sing for the crowd and they love him! He deserves to win the whole thing and I hope he does well!

One thing though...what happens in 2 years if David Archuleta wants to serve a mission? Do you think he'll go on a mission?

I'm looking forward to tomorrow! Oh and who wants to come to San diego this summer for the American Idol Tour with me?? We went to the one a few years ago with Chris Daughtry and it was awesome!

19 May 2008

A momentus day!

I know that this is my third post for the day but I'm just in a blogging mood I guess! I have so much to report!

Today we went swimming with my friends and I am proud to say Rachel swam in the big pool ALL by herself! With floaties but she did not want me to touch her. "I can do it myself, Mom." was her favorite thing to say. She spent over an hour in the pool just swimming and kicking around and LOVING it!

Now this may not seem like much but up until today she was deathly afraid of the water. I mean death grip on my arms and panicky breathing any time I brought her into the big pool and she was off the safety of the steps. She wanted nothing to do with the big pool. She was happy splashing about and kicking in the baby pool. But today something changed I guess.

She went into the big pool today with her arm floaties and her fish ring and starting "swimming" around. I was so surprised she was comfortable. Then I asked her if she wanted to take her ring off and after thinking about it for a moment she decided she would. Again I was surprised! That was it! I could not get her out of the pool for over an hour! She was following her friend's dad around saying, "I'm coming C.J.! I'm coming C.J.!" I felt bad he was being bugged so much...but she was swimming back and forth across the whole length of the pool and back over and over again. I'm so proud of her!!

I know it's not that great of a video because it was my cell phone but here you go!

Best kept secret in San Diego!

So last week my brother told us that Legoland is free for the last hour it is open every day. We live literally 4 miles from Legoland and have never been there since it's so expensive. We've talked before about buckling down and just paying but now I'm so glad we didn't. Not that Legoland isn't cool! It is way cool! Just the fact that we can go for free! So we went today and had a blast!

We rode in helicopters and pulled ourselves really high up

Played at the spray ground (Rachel's always a little nervous about getting wet)

And Elizabeth didn't like it at all...

The dads had fun though!

All the girls

And then as we were walking out we saw the Google Maps guy bicycling around taking pictures. So check out Google Maps and the Legoland website 360 video tour. We may be on it!

So fun! Rachel was bummed that we didn't get to spend as much time there as she wanted to but we will definitely be back!

Pictures of Graduation

So as requested here are pictures from this weekend. Here's Spencer at my Dad's house before we left for the graduation ceremony. Doesn't he look handsome? I'm so proud of you Spencer!!

A bunch from the ceremony. The third one is him being surprised that I was right there taking pictures. He saw his really tall brother but I had to yell to get his attention because he didn't see me.

And after:
We had to wait a while for Spencer to come down and there was a fountain there. It was really hot and Rachel had a long day so I let her play in the fountain.

All our family left before the ceremony was over so there are no pictures of them. And it was super crowded there so as soon as Rachel and I met up with Spencer we took two pictures and then got out of there as fast as we could so we could get ready for the after party. Thanks to Spencer's parents, his grandpa, aunt, brother, future sister in law, my sister and brother in law, my brother and sister in law and mom for coming.

Here's a crazy story to remember. Rachel and I got to the stadium at 2 o'clock and the ceremony was starting at 3. By this time lots of seat had already been taken but there were plenty good seats still available. I threw my bag down at one end of the row and saved the row of 15 seats. As you can see from above we were going to have a lot of family come and I wanted us all to sit together. At first it was fine, just a few people coming to ask if the seats were taken and all of them graciously went somewhere else. Then around 2:30 lots of people started coming and some wouldn't even ask if they were taken, they'd just sit down. Most people would just say they were sorry and find another seat. Until this one guy. I had my bag about 3 or 4 seats in from the end and he came and sat with his girlfriend/wife on the other side of my bag. I didn't see him at first but when I did politely told him that my family was coming and that those seats were saved.

He very curtly said, "Well where are they?" I was a little shocked so I kind of stammered that they were on their way. They were by the way. My in-laws were in the parking lot, my sister and her family showed up minutes later and my brother was 5 minutes away. He proceded to tell me that I couldn't save seats and that he was just going to call security. I couldn't believe that he was talking to me like that! I told him that I had been there for half an hour to get these seats and it would be great if he could find another place to sit. Then I told him again politely that my family was coming and there would be 15 of us and we needed all the seats. He kept his butt in that seat and threatened to call security again. I was SO mad! Finally I conceded and said he could have the last two seats in the row but what gall! There were plenty of open seats! Two mintues later my sister and her family showed up and sat right next to him. She asked me if we had enough seats and I said, "We did until someone came and sat at the end of the row." Not until a few seats a couple rows up from us opened up did they move.

We did end up using all 15 seats. Stupid people. You couldn't see anything anyway.

**I had a video but for some reason my computer is not capturing sound so this is all you get**