Posts in : 2006 May
I am back and rearing to go. You would be so proud of me. I went four whole days without Internet access…without my laptop…and I was just fine. My Dad and WSM live up in the sticks so it was a perfect time to sloooow done and unplug for a little while.
Ryan (brother), Janice (SIL), and Harry (nephew) spent the night on Thursday. That was really fun. Kelly and Ryan went golfing with our friend Potter and his wife Marie came over and hung out with us. The kiddos just loved Marie. She got some great shots of Zoë and Harry in the tub, but I won’t post those since I don’t want to get arrested for posting naked baby pictures.
Despite the fact that we had to be up and out the door at 7am, Friday morning went really smoothly. The Escalade limo turned out to be just a plain old boring Escalade. What is so fun about that? I was pretty bummed, but it did fit all of our luggage and us without an inch to spare. The driver told us that the Escalade limo doesn’t have a trunk, only seating, which is why we didn’t get it. Lame.
Are you wondering what Zoë is sitting in in the picture? It is our carseat/stroller and it was an absolute lifesaver. If you don’t have one
for traveling, I highly recommend it. Zoë got strapped in it in the
Escalade, Kelly pulled her and the carseat out at the airport and
converted it into a stroller, we wheeled her through the airport (had
to remove her for security though dangit), used it as a booster seat
when we had breakfast, strolled her to the plane, hooked her into her
seat, again popped her out and strolled her through the airport,
converted it back to a carseat for the rental car, and voila.
The kids were great on the plane. Zoë and Harrison both slept and were absolute angels. I brought some new toys to keep Zoë occupied but I barely needed them. I did find a super cool new toy for you mom’s out there. It was an Aqua Doodle coloring pad. They have four pictures that your little one "colors" with the Aqua Doodle pen (the pictures are in very vibrant colors) and then they disappear when the water is dry and you can do it again. I bought Dora and Elmo ones. How cool is that? They never had anything that fun when I was little.
Our trip to California was for some quality family time. Victoria’s (step mom) dad past away last year and in her family they have a memorial service on Memorial Day for the person that past. We went down along with both my brothers and some more of Victoria’s family.
Catching up with everyone was so much fun. This was the first time my Grandpa Carpenter, Jerry (brother), Kelli (future SIL), and Eva (niece) had met Harry. All the parents watched the kids together. Dad and Victoria’s house isn’t even close to child proofed. My Grandpa was quick to point out that HIS children never touched anything in people’s homes. He would just smack their hands. (Thanks Grandpa). Ryan responded by saying, "Grandpa didn’t you know you aren’t supposed to beat your kids anymore?" HA! I just love my brother. The favorite activity of all the kids seemed to be throwing rocks into the pond which was pretty harmless so we let them do that quite a lot. I will post some pictures of the yard later. My Dad has an AMAZING backyard. It is like an oasis. It is simply gorgeous. Like something you would see in a magazine.
Now it is time for me to brag a bit. Most parents think that their children are geniuses. It is our jobs. But I think that MY child actually is exceptionally brilliant. We were coming back from Oroville on Sunday (that is where the memorial service was held) and Kelly and Ryan stopped at a gas station to get something to drink. Kelly got back in the car with a slurpy and I said, "Oh my gosh, I completely forgot slurpies existed!" Then from the back we hear Zoë say, "ICEE!" Kelly shushed everyone and asked Zoë, "What did you say?" She again said, "ICEE!" and pointed at Kelly’s cup. On his slurpy cup it said ICEE. Holy crap! She isn’t even two years old yet. Ryan’s comment was the best though. He said, "If she says thirst quencher I am going to loose it."
That was pretty much the weekend. There was a bit of confusion with the motel rooms and Kelly had horrendous trouble with his allergies, but other than that it was good. For two of the nights we stayed at the same motel as my brothers. In the evening after the kids went to sleep we would sit outside and visit for hours. That is the most time I have spent talking with Jerry and Ryan in years and years, and was probably my favorite part of the trip. We also got some family photos which is awesome. You know how I love the pictures. I am going to need to do a bit of Photoshopping on them but that is OK.
I am off to sunny (hopefully) California! Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you on Tuesday.
We are leaving for California on Friday. Friday at the crack of dawn. Literally. Our limo arrives at 7am. This means that I MUST be done packing by tomorrow. However, we are also having my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew as house guests on Thursday night which means that I won’t do any packing. I know this about myself. I will want to visit with them and I won’t pack. THAT means that I have today to get packing at get the house ready for departure.
I am a compulsive cleaner before we travel. I truly am not normally that uptight about cleaning, but before we leave to go anywhere the house must be spotless (whether we have house guests or not). I have no idea why I am like that. One of my adorable quirks I guess. Not only do I compulsively clean, I also tack on extra projects that must be done before we leave. Again, I have no idea why I do this to myself. My project this time? Touching up all the scuffs on our walls. I went to Home Depot the other day and got paint but apparently the previous tenants used flat instead of eggshell and so the eggshell I bought for touch ups will not work. I did a test patch yesterday and no luck. Back to Home Depot for me. The weird thing is, I have a gallon of eggshell in the garage that the previous owners left (although it is dried up…thanks). Where the heck did they paint with it? I can’t find it anywhere. Hmmm.
So, this is my last little scrap related project before I leave. I have been using the Tag Book Treasures kit by Christy Lyle that I showed you a couple days ago. I am using it for the journals from my high school mission trips to Tijuana, Mexico. I don’t know if this is considered altered art or not. After I finish typing all the journalling out (that way I can break up my one journal into three parts: one for each trip) I am going to print out the pages and make a little tag book to insert into a pocket of each scrapbook. These are digital representations so that you can see what I am up to. I am very pleased with the results so far. Once I have them finished I will take a photograph so you can see what they look like all assembled.
So why am I blogging? I am waiting for my stupid printer to print. I should know better than try to do that at 10:45pm. Inevitably something will go wrong and I have the patience of a gnat when I am tired. Not kidding. I seriously get more cranky and pissy than Zoë when I am tired. Kelly just backs away and hides when I get in the mood that I am in right now. He has done nothing, and I totally realize this, but somehow I cannot control my wrath. Stupid printer! %$#@!
On to better things. I had a lovely experience of diarrhea in the bathtub tonight. No, not me. I was giving Zoë her bath and I looked down to see…well….yuck, shall we say. I scooped her up, called Kelly to come upstairs, and I wiped her down with wipes while he cleaned out the tub. Fun fun. It never occurred to me that that could happen. I expected that someday I might see a dookie floating in the tub but not the other. Ick. Wait, I said onto better things…
OK, now REALLY onto better things. I finished up another layout today. Woo Hoo! This one uses the new Cutie Pie Sweet Sheets by Christy Lyle. I just love the colors of these papers. They are so yummy and well, cute! These photos were taken last year and are part of of series I call "Ladies Who Lunch." My Aunt Mary always plans little outings and before I moved last year we got together for lunch a couple times a week. Here is our first lunch.
Now for one final item of business. Have you noticed the funny thing about my prom picture yet? I am going to give it a few more days before I post the answer for those that don’t check my blog daily.
Ding Ding Ding. The light bulb has just turned on. After seeing "Vote for Pedro" shirts for a little over a year now and wondering who the heck Pedro is, I finally get it. Kelly and I had date night Friday and we watched Napoleon Dynamite. The Pedro mystery has finally been solved. It’s all so clear now. The movie was pretty cute. I was pretty dorky in high school but compared to Napoleon I was the freakin’ prom queen. Wow.
Speaking of high school, my friend Tami participates in a message board that challenged everyone to post their high school prom picture. I thought that was a fun idea so I am doing the same thing. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. (Oh that sounded dirtier than I was intending it too). Here is my prom picture, circa 1997. 10 points if you can tell me the funny thing about this photo. Hint: Does someone else in the photo look familiar?
What else? I cleaned off my desktop yesterday. Yeah! These are the three layouts that I decided were worth salvaging. The others I just deleted and will start again when I am motivated to work with the pictures. I also redesigned my photo storage/archiving system. At the end of each month I copy the photos that I took to a folder on our server as a back-up. I then move my photos to the "To Scrapbook" folder and organize the photos into sub folders, one per layout. I also delete the photos that I don’t want to scrapbook. Every couple months I also burn my photos to disc. I make two copies. One for home and one for our safety deposit box. That could have been too much information. What was I talking about? Right, the layouts.
This is a complete scraplift of Heather Ann’s layout in the new BHG Scrapbooks, Etc. Baby special issue. I just loved the simplicity of it, and how you could include lots of photos without it seeming cluttered. (Stamp by Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals – CK Anecdote and Times New Roman Fonts)