26 June 2008

Crazy Week in Review

...hence the lack of posts that don't have to deal with poop.

Last Friday my brother-in-law got married. Hooray for them! But the wedding fun-ness didn't just happen on Friday. It started Wednesday.

My sister-in-law, T-Bone's only sister, and her family was coming down to stay with us. I have been meaning to clean my carpet, especially under the kitchen table for a while. While we are on that topic, who's bright idea was it to put carpet--cheap carpet--in the dining area? Sometimes I really hate living in an apartment. Anyway moving on....so a couple of my friends and I went in and rented one of those Rug Doctors. I used it first and while I was less than impressed at its stain taking out abilities the other two were satisfied. It wasn't really clean until I went around and used OxyClean and spot treated all the little spots around our table and in the living room. While it was drying Boogers and I went to the Library to kill time. We couldn't get any books though because I have an outstanding library fine on three movies. I will return them tomorrow though when they have Library Fine Forgiveness day. What a wonderful invention that is. That evening we drove down about an hour away for the Bridal Shower and the Bachelor Party. That was fun and my future sister-in-law (well now she is my sister-in-law) got lots of lingerie. Boogers was Katie's shadow the whole night. She will sometimes latch on to someone and just follow them around where ever we are. She did this last Halloween with a guy dressed as a chicken in our ward. We got home about 9:30 and crashed for the night.

On to Thursday...I had been meaning to clean my house for a few days but since my SIL was coming I didn't want to clean say on Monday and then have to clean again on Thursday. Why clean twice? So Thursday was cleaning day. And I really mean cleaning. I cleaned everything. I was tired but I love when the whole place is clean. There is such a sense of satisfaction. Thursday night was the wedding dinner. You know the kind where both families are invited so that we all can get to know each other but we end up sitting at opposite ends of the room and only talk to our own family? Yeah, that kind. Again it was an hour away. We were supposed to leave at 5 but Leah and Nate didn't get here until then. They drove from Sacramento with a 2 month old so we decided they needed some resting time before we drove another hour. Besides when we put Drake in his carseat after only 15 minutes he was not happy! So we ended up getting there an hour late but the food was still out and the company was nice. We ended up getting home at around 10 that night and crashed again.

The next day was the wedding nd the boys in the family had this great idea to go golfing before the ceremony. They got up at the butt-crack of dawn to hit a 7:15 tee time. I was actually glad they went because all T-Bone's brother's except one and his only BIL all spent time together. It was good brotherly bonding time. T-Bone and Nate got home around 11 and me and Leah took off to go shopping. I had been wanting a new dress for the wedding but just hadn't had the time or the energy to go shopping. So we left the kids with the men and took off. I found a cute dress and shoes--which I'm not super happy with now because they gave me mean blisters--in my price range so that was great! We made it home with barely enough time to change and head down to the Temple. We had the sealing, pictures and then and In-N-Out stop on the way to the reception. It was very much needed and appreciated because the food at the reception wasn't even ready for 45 minutes. The reception was fun with dancing and food, but from the activities of the last two days I was pooped. I got bursts of energy when they had a fun song on but otherwise you could find me slumped over on the table just waiting for it to end. I don't know how the bride and groom did it. Besides that my feet hurt. The one great thing about the night was ALL T-Bone's family was there (with the exception of two nephews). With 7 kids spread out between Utah, California and Arizona it gets hard to have them all together. We did and we got a picture! We got home even later that night and actually Leah and I ended up staying up until a little after midnight uploading pictures and chatting.

Saturday Boogers slept in until 8:30. Hallelujah!! We hung around the house in the morning and chatted with Leah and Nate before they left but otherwise tried to recover from the last three days of our life. After they left we tooks naps and then did something not worth remembering at the moment.

Sunday and Monday weren't worth remembering either, I guess but then the fun started up again Tuesday.

It's my sister's birthday today--Happy Birthday Emily!!--so on Tuesday we met half way between our houses and had lunch for a little bit. I was supposed to bring some books but doh! I forgot. So lame...Instead of going straight home Boogers and I stopped at the March AFB Airplane museum. Boogers had fun looking at all the planes but she wanted to touch them all. It was about 90 degrees in there so we only stayed for 45 minutes (plus they closed) but that was about all Boogers needed to be happy. We didn't even go outside to see all those planes.

And that brings me to yesterday! I went with a great group of people to The Price is Right! Woohoo! I have wanted to go for years. In 1997 I worked at Office Depot and my lunch was from 10 to 11 every day. So every day I watched The Price is Right. I've never been able to free a whole day from my life until yesterday for something like that. I was joking with some friends that I can't go to jury duty because I have a kid, but I have no problem pawning that kid of on a friend so I can go to the Price is Right! A huge thank you to Emily (no not my sister, I know a lot of Emily's) for taking Boogers for the day! No I didn't get called up but finally one guy from our group did at the very end. Here's what Brooke, who organized the trip, had to say (and she took pictures). She's just plain awesome for getting all those people together to go!

So that's where I've been the last week and a half...If you made it through this post then you deserve a prize

19 June 2008

For the record

For the record faceless Mr. Potato Heads make really good bath toys. They provide endless enjoyment watching water spill out of all the little holes. There can be nothing more fun than submerging the tater and watching bubbles come from all orifices. Booger has been having a blast with them the last couple weeks. I think we're going to try to take them to the pool next time we go. I hope no one throws them at anyone...

17 June 2008

It's a Random Day

So I have all these thoughts running through my brain today that I want to get out. Enter the random post.

*I turned on the TV tonight to have something on in the background while I blog and the only thing worth watching was America's Got Talent. For the record I've never watched this show but I might just start. There were two acts that I saw that were amazing! This little girl, Kaitlyn Maher, is 4 years old. It's hard to believe that in 6 months that is how old Boogers will be. Boogers loves to sing and, I think has a great voice, but I doubt that she would be able to do something like that. And then there were these guys. I have never seen anybody play the violin like them.

*When I was driving home tonight I saw a gas station with $4.55 a gallon and I thought that was a deal. The good news is that I only spent $35 bucks...for a little more than half a tank. Ouch!

*Boogers and I went to the pool for 4 hours today. It's always so tiring spending hours in the sun doing nothing. I always feel bad telling T-Bone that we spend all day at the pool while he's slaving away making a living for us--especially when I tell him how exhausted I am. Being a stay at home mom is rough, ya know?

*My brother borrowed T-Bone's surfboard when he was here a month ago. He left it at my mom's house because it was more convenient since they were staying there. I had to pick up some other things in her area tonight so I decided to get the board also. Let me tell you I almost had a heart attack. I hate having the responsibility of strapping that board on the car and driving home. At one point I wasn't driving any faster than 55 miles per hour on the freeway--not consciously, but because I was too freaked out. At one stop light I glanced up through the windshield to make sure I could see it. I couldn't at first. I can't tell you how my heart dropped. It was dark and there was a shadow on it but it was there luckily!

*So that is all I have for you today. I leave you with a gem of a thought found on our neighborhood church marquee:

"Forbidden fruits make many jams."

14 June 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Photo and video editing at www.OneTrueMedia.com

Happy Father's Day T-Bone! Thanks for being such a great Dad!

To my Dad, I love you very much and am so grateful for all you have done for me. Have a Happy Father's Day!
(Can you believe this is the only picture I could find of me and my Dad? I better start taking more pictures!)

And to all the other Father's out there I hope you have a wonderful day!

NKOTB in San Diego

Yes you heard that right. New Kids on the Block is back together if you haven't heard yet. I have been checking their website since I heard they were getting back together to find if they were setting a date for San Diego. I just heard this morning that they are coming to Cox Arena in November! Tickets are a little out of our price range, plus I'm not sure how I feel about watching 40 year old guys dance around and sing Hangin' Tough or "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)".

13 June 2008

Flip Flop Search Term Friday

*Note: For future reference my husband's alias has now changed to T-Bone. Monkey just didn't work for me...*

So because of my blog title I get a lot of search terms that have the word flip flop in them. Some of them are just your normal searches but you'd be surprised what can go with the word flip flop. I give you these for your reading pleasure:

Why I love flip flops (tell me, tell me)

Made in love flip flops

I love you flip flops (I love you too)

flip-flop carno (I don't even know what carno is??)

flip-flop smell (gross!)

got my arms they flip flop flip flop (one of my personal favorites)

hawaiian cleaning flip flops (they have flip flops for everything out there)

how to flip a 70s split level

flip flop pillows

flip flops drive me wild (me too, me too)

flip flop couch (I want to know if someone actually found one of these!)

flashing flip flops (Sounds cool. 50 points to whoever can name the movie that came from)

"i love her" flip flops (Hmmm.....)

And here's a few that aren't flip flop related that I just thought were awesome:

remember to appreciate your husband's money

spongebob sounds awesome wrath of our mustaches

"princess bride" "crapped my pants" (I love that they searched for these two together. Like they laughed so hard while watching Princess Bride they crapped their pants or something.)

What are your great search terms in the past few days?

12 June 2008

Sunbeam Moments

So I teach the Sunbeams (3-4 year olds) in church. We have so many little kids there are three Sunbeam classes and I have to say mine is the best. They say and do the funniest things. Here are some gems from last Sunday:

We were singing I Love to See the Temple and the last line says, "This is my sacred duty."
Avery looking at me: Are the words "sacred booty?"
Me laughing: "No sacred duty" emphasizing the DU.
Avery: "No, it's sacred booty."
Never contradict a 4 year old

Avery and Carson were kind of getting into it for a little bit. I'm not sure what they were debating but Avery is pretty opinionated (see above). All of a sudden I look over and Carson is using his fingers to make a diamond shape and he says, "W is for whatever."

The lesson on Sunday was I have feelings and we were singing If you're happy and you know it toward the end. I thought it would be fun to do If you're happy and you know it shake your booty. One of the kids looks at me and asks, "What's your booty?" I point to the appropriate body part. But then Caleb walks right up and plants his palm flat on my boob. "This is the booty," he says. I very quickly corrected him.
Ahhh, fondled by a 4 year old!

06 June 2008

This story made me cry happy tears

Click on this link from FoxNews. It's about a surprise that the Padres did for one of our military families in San Diego. First of all I am so proud of my local baseball team for doing this and second of all am so thankful for the service this man (and all the other service men and women) did for our country.

Go read the story and watch the video then tell me what your thoughts are...

05 June 2008

Furniture Moving Chronicles

*Note to audience: I am going anonymous. I just feel the need to not use our real names anymore. So for further reference my husband will be T-Bone, my daughter will be Boogers and I will be Jumbo Shrimp. Now for your regularly scheduled post.*

Do you ever wake up feeling so tired it's like your head is glued to the pillow? Inevitably it's one of those mornings where your kid (or kids if applicable) is raring to go for the day and begging for breakfast all the while coughing in your face.

I had one of those mornings today. It started yesterday when we ran into my friend Lacey at the library. we usually go to the library on Wednesdays anyway so no surprise there but she was supposed to leave town that morning. We hung around a bit, picked movies for our girls (Boogers is addicted to Blues Clues right now) and tried to decide what to do next. It was playgroup at the park but freezing outside. It was June 4th in beautiful San Diego people and the mercury didn't even rise above 60! It even rained. Cold rain! Moving on....

So anyway we opted no to go to the park and I invited them over to play and have lunch. During lunch we were chatting as friends normally do and Lacey told me that she rearranged the furniture in her living room the day before.

Now I love to rearrange things. When I was younger it seemed we rearranged my bedroom every other month. Unfortunately this apartment doesn't give us much flexibility in that department. So for the last almost 2 years we've lived here, our living room has been the same. Our bedroom and Booger's room has been moved around a couple times but never the living room. So in an effort to not sit down on the couch with the laptop after I put Boogers down for a much needed nap--and I mean much after the freak out tantrums she's been having (more to come later) but I digress--I decided to move furniture around myself.

To those who have been in my apartment it may look like all I did was move a bookshelf into the living room. I assure you it was much more than that. I don't know about other obsessive furniture movers but I have a hard time picturing things in my head. I have to see it in place to really know what it will look like.

My idea was to move the piano over by the window and the blue and white chair next to the couch. So first I moved the couch to make room for the chair. Then I had to move the entertainment center over about a foot to make room for the piano. That thing is freakin heavy. It took me more time to move that a foot then it did to drag the piano 15 feet. I even took out the TV and it was still heavy. I had to just shimmy it back and forth until I got it moved. Then I moved the piano to where I thought I wanted it.

It didn't look right.

By this point my living room was a disaster and I was exhausted. I rested on the couch trying to decide what to do. I knew I didn't really want the piano in the living room anymore--it looked too cluttered. When we got the piano we just stuck it the first place that we could. I didn't really have time to move a whole bunch of stuff around. Plus it was right after my first miscarriage that kicked my butt physically so I was in no position to move anything around. I also decided that there weren't really any other good options for the living room so I moved everything back--except the piano and the entertainment center.

So I started thinking about what I could do to the office. I actually have been dying to reorganize the office for a while but didn't know what do to. Then it hit me--put the piano in there! I know it sounds weird-a piano in an office but it works. So that was a whole project in and of itself. I had to move the computer desk over, take a book shelf out and move our other table to where the book shelf was. And then then I had to drag and push the piano all the way to the office. Moving the book shelf also entailed taking out all the books and finding places for the ones that I didn't want on display in my living room.

It was tough, muscle working work but I did it all by myself and dang I feel good about that. I still have a couple little things to do like have Spencer move the entertainment center back a few inches and clean up the office a little more. The living room is more open without the piano and the office looks good too. I was exhausted but it was fun. Now where is that Advil...?

03 June 2008

The computer will still be here but Rachel won't

So I've been thinking the last couple days. I spend WAY too much time on the computer. I am an internet addict. Not anything bad but a blog reading, email checking, scrabulous playing, mouse clicking addict.

I find myself opening up the laptop and the first sign of boredom. I also find myself ignoring Rachel when I shouldn't. This has to stop. The computer and the internet and my email will still be there after she's in bed or even the next day. But I'm missing my choice chances with Rachel that I will never have again.

This isn't to say I'm going cold turkey on the blogs or email. I'll still be around just not as much. It's funny because I've tried to decrease my internet time before, but I've not been able to do it. (That's how I know I have a problem) But last night I really felt like I needed to pray about it. Ask Heavenly Father for help. So I did. I decided I would lock the laptop in the office and that way I wouldn't be tempted to use it because it's easily accessible. It worked! I really didn't feel the need to check my email or my blogs all day (I did check my email on my phone but nothing was important) which is seriously huge for me.

So here we go. I know I cannot go without the blog completely--it's my outlet, my journal and one of my ways to stay connected and networked with people--but I will be cutting back. So if you don't see me around your blog, don't take it personal, I'm just trying to be responsible. :)