Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Depressing Fact #47 About Getting Older.

I can no longer "party like a rock star." As I quickly learned this weekend after I attended a bachelorette party in Vegas. I knew my soon to be sister in law's "last wild weekend before she ties the knot" event would be a blast. A weekend away with just the girls. No kids and no husband. What wouldn't be fun about that?

I knew there would be some drinking and partying involved, um hello it was a bachelorette party after all. I just didn't realize how much. At first we were told Friday was a free for all, do your own thing. Saturday we would be lounging by the pool and then Saturday was when the real partying was to start.

Turned out plans changed a little and we partied like crazy on Friday night and we were to continue the same type of partying on Saturday night. I was just not up for that. I had a great time on Friday night, but my body can only take so much drinking, dancing (especially in heels) and staying up until 3:30am.

Saturday I was not feeling so hot. Getting out of bed was torture. My head hurt, but not because I was hungover. No, I decided it was because the music was so loud in the club (I know I'm such an old lady). My whole body ached from busting out my kick ass dance moves and my feet killed from trampling around Vegas in my new red heels.

So when I heard we were doing the same thing on Saturday night I was not too excited. I just don't know when I became so old! There was a time when I could stay up partying all night, get up for a 7am class hungover (or still drunk) and be able to somewhat function.

One day I was a cool college kid then the next day I woke up and I'm a cranky old lady. Next I'm going to be yelling at the neighborhood kids to turn their music down and to stay off my lawn.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Kindergarten Here She Comes!

After a lot of stress, cursing of the school system, tantrum throwing and harassing phone calls to the pediatrician's office, I am pleased to announce that my daughter has FINALLY been enrolled in Kindergarten.

For awhile we were torn between enrolling her here where we live or if we should try for an intra-district transfer (so she can go to school close to where we work). I was a huge stress ball about the whole situation. I just knew an intra-district transfer was going to be a hassle and I wouldn't know until August if the transfer was approved.

My co-worker was having the same dilemma as I was, except the school district she lives in won't allow students to transfer out of their district. She told me she'd been thinking about charter schools and told me about one that is close to our work.

Listening to her talk about the school I quickly fell in love with the idea of my daughter going to Kindergarten here. The class sizes are VERY small (love it). It's a dual language academy, so half the day the children are taught in English and the other half of the day is taught in Spanish (really love it). The school offers a full day Kindergarten from 8:30 - 3:00 (totally love it).

Even though I loved the idea of the school, I didn't know how Bryan would feel about it. He liked the idea of the charter school, especially the dual language aspect of it. As he told me, "The Spanish will help her with Spanish classes in high school and college. I sure had a hell of a time trying to cheat my way through Spanish." So with Bryan on board we went for a tour of the school, just to be sure we liked what we saw.

While waiting for registration to start I made sure she had her physical, immunizations and dental check-ups all completed. Finally registration began and we faxed papers to the Doctor and Dentist that had to be filled out. The admin at the school told us in order for her to be accepted EVERYTHING needed to be completed and turned in.

Evidently somewhere along the line the Pediatrician's office lost the memo that we needed this back as soon as possible. It took THREE days of harassing phone calls (thanks for your assistance with those Bryan) to finally get one tiny piece of paper back. Seriously, all the Doctor had to do was fill out one box, check a few other boxes and sign it. That was all and they needed three days for it! Come on, give me a break.

After I finally got the papers from the doctor back I had a mini panic attack about a blood test she didn't have done. Luckily the panic attack didn't last long (turned out she didn't need the blood test after all). So I took the paper work down to the school and received the green light. The spot is hers and she'll be attending Kindergarten there next year.

I'm so excited and sad at the same time. I can't believe I just finished registering my baby girl for Kindergarten. I don't think Dylan is as excited to start though. My mom asked her what she thought of her new school and she said, "It doesn't have any toys."

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Moving Out

They grow up so fast don't they? We were playing a nice family rough housing game tonight when Dylan got upset because I knocked her over.

She started yelling at me over and over, "I'm mad at you!" Which only made me laugh at her and continue to bother her more. I guess I finally pushed too many buttons because she lost it.

Dylan~ "That's it, I'm going away and I'm never going to see you again!"
Me~ "Oh yeah, where are you going to go?"
D~ "To San Diego!"
M~ (Laughing) "San Diego huh, and how are you going to get there?"
D~ "I'm going to turn left!"

At this point Bryan are crying because we are laughing so hysterically. She continued on telling us how mad she was at us both and that's when we grabbed the camera:


video

After this she continued on for another 5 minutes. She stomped down to the door with her balloon in tow. However, she couldn't figure out those tricky front door locks. So she's stuck living with us, at least until she figures out how to get out the front door on her own!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Insult King.

My lovely son is already an insult master. I don't even know how it happened, but it did. Anytime he's mad at me, or I tell him something he doesn't want to hear, he looks me right in the eyes and says, "You old mommy."

Ouch, now that cuts me deep Justin. I wonder who told him I was freaking out so much about turning 30 in August? Oh right, that was probably me and my big mouth. Me turning the big 3-oh no is turning out to be a weekly conversation topic over dinner. Guess he listens to more than I think he does! Better watch what other insecurities I let slip out around him, I don't want to give him more ammunition to use against me.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Totally Freaking Out Over Here!

Dylan has had a drawing obsession lately. Last weekend she sat for hours drawing pictures of flowers for her friends in her class. Today she had a similar drawing obsession. Only it wasn't about something as cute and sweet as flowers. She was drawing pictures of nothing. Just taking a crayon and scribbling circles on a piece of paper. A la the creepy ass kid from the movie The Ring:



I thought my horror movie phobia was just working overtime today, but my Dad said he thought the same thing when he saw her drawing today. This is only a portion of what she drew today. She seriously drew this exact same thing (in different colors) on about 60 sheets of paper. So if I happen to go missing in about seven days you all know what happened. If you have no idea what the hell I'm babbling about...then consider yourself lucky!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

25 of the Most Intriguing Things You Will Ever Read About One Person.

Yeah I only sound a tad full of myself don't I?

I was tagged a few times to write something called "25 Things" on Facebook. I really want to do this, but I don't want to put it out there for everyone on my Facebook "friends" list to see (I tend to be a friend whore and will accept anyone who requests friendship). So in my tiny brain it makes more sense for me to post it here on my beloved blog. Here are the rules:

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

On another side note: I'm not tagging anyone because I don't have 25 friends to tag, so...AWAY WE GO!

1. I am obsessed with Guitar Hero. When I first heard of this game I thought it was the dumbest thing ever, now I can't live without it.
2. This isn't really an unknown about me...I am a die hard member of the Raider Nation and have been since I was 5 years old.
3. Even though I was born in North Carolina, I will always consider myself a Californian.
4. I have never been outside of the U.S. except to go to Tijuana and Canada (totally pathetic I know).
5. I want to go back to school to get my Masters, but I'm terrified that I won't be able to handle college again.
6. I'm a closeted nerd, I live for geology, history and astronomy.
7. I hate pretty much everyone and talk shit about a lot of people. It's probably my biggest character flaw, but no matter how hard I try I just can't make myself tolerate stupid people.
8. I heart wine...especially red wine.
9. I love to dance. I break out my best dance moves after I've been drinking quite heavily.
10. I am so competitive it's sad. I can and will make a competition out of anything.
11. Despite all of the reasons not to, I want to have a third child.
12. Even though they drive me absolutely bat shit insane...I love my kids more than anything in this world.
13. I believe in aliens and ghosts and since I believe in them I feel they don't need to make their presence known to me. I believe without needing solid proof, so stay the HELL away from me!
14. I am scared out of my mind of dying. I have panic attacks every so often about dying. It's the finality of it all...I'll be here one day living, talking and breathing. Then suddenly everything will just be black. I will just be gone and that's it. Scares the shit out of me.
15. I wish I was a blond.
16. It really, really pisses me off when people tell me how much my kids look like my husband. I'm the one who carried them for nine months and had to do all the work for them to make their grand entrances into this world. I think they should look more like me dammit!
17. I am extremely depressed about the fact I am turning 30 this year. Not at all looking forward to it...totally sucks ass.
18. I say "like" and "totally" way too much. I guess that's one of the downfalls of living in California around all these surfer dudes.
19. The first time I got drunk was when I was 18 with one of my best friends from high school. We got drunk off wine coolers and watched "Boogie Nights." We couldn't wait to see Marky Mark's "penis"...good times!
20. I really want to learn how to golf, don't ask why, I just do.
21. I have gotten very lazy in my old age. I don't know what it is, but I can't stay up late at all anymore. Once it hits 9 pm I'm ready to go to sleep. I sure know how to party don't I?!
22. I love shoes. I mean really love shoes. I am currently seeking the perfect pair of red high heels. I've actually been seeking them for about a year now, but haven't found them yet.
23. I want a tattoo really bad. I've wanted one for years, but I just don't know exactly what I want.
24. I hate housework, all of it. I want a maid!
25. I still don't have any idea of what I want to be when I grow up. I just know what I'm doing now, is not what I want to be doing 5 years from now.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Will the '80s Die Already?

I know I don't get out much. Between work, kids and a hour and a half commute every day,I don't see much of the world outside of my own little bubble. So, can somebody tell me when hideous '80s fashion snuck its way back into this world? I thought all that crap was dead and buried. Gone in a freak fire caused from all the hairspray used for that big '80s hair.

I went to the mall today and actually thought for a moment that I walked into a terrible '80s time warp. In every store I went in there were bright fluorescent green, pink, yellow and blue shirts. Those terrible jeans. You know, the ones you had to jump off your bed to get into because they were so tight. If they weren't the freakishly tight jeans, they were the even more hideous jeans in any shade you can imagine.

I saw teen after teen picking this stuff (or should I say crap) up off the rack and buying it. I wanted to pull them aside and tell them they would live to regret this fashion choice one day.

I'll admit I'm not the most fashionable person in the world. Give me a comfortable pair of jeans, a tank top and flip flops and I'm all set. But seriously what was so great about the '80s that somebody felt they had to bring this fashion back from the dead? If you want to bring something back from the '80s it should be the music!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

100 Things

I just got done reading a post from my lovely friend Jess called "100 Things" and I just can't resist doing it for myself. You are supposed to put in bold the things you've done, but I'm just have to add a little narrative to a few of the things:

Put the ones you've done in bold.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped ~NEVER!
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty ~On my list of things to do, I've wanted to do this since I was a kid.
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill ~I know I'm such a goodie goodie
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice ~Bolded half because I have ridden a gondola, just not in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person ~On my list
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David ~At Cesar's palace (hey it doesn't say the actual David!)
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted ~By a caricature artist
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching ~While I was a Girl Scout
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving ~Never and you couldn't pay me to do it
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square Sadly no, but it's on my list of things to do.
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House Does standing outside on the sidewalk count?
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake ~I've visited the Great Salt Lake and if you want to come away with your health I wouldn't recommend swimming in it!
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee ~Sat on the bastard!
100. Read an entire book in one day

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wise Beyond Her Years

I wasn't actually present for this conversation, but I sure wish I was.

My dad is staying at our house for the next few weeks while his semi is in the shop. Turns out that an elk can do some serious damage to a semi.

Anyway he was watching cartoons with Dylan this morning, George of the Jungle to be exact. He asked Dylan if she knew what the monkeys name was, and she replied:
"George W. Bush."

Oh, how I love this wise child of mine :)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mission Completion!

Sorry...guess we watch a little too much Little Einsteins in this household.

Last week I pleaded for help with a little decorating problem Bryan and I were having. I am happy to report that thanks to all of my incredibly wise friends, my problem is solved!

Before:



And after:



I'm so happy, finally our living room seems complete! Thanks to everyone for all of your help! You guys are awesome!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Decorating HELP!

I'm totally stumped. I'm calling on my fellow blogging friends to help me out and give me some ideas on what to do with this:



We've been living in our house for eight months now and I can't figure out what to do with this shelf. At first we had nothing there, but over Christmas we had decorations up there and we really liked it. Now that we've taken all of the decorations down we feel like there is something missing. The problem is we just can't figure out what to put up on that shelf. The only thing I know I don't want to put up there is fake plants. I'm not one for fake plants, plus I'm not exactly excited about having to climb up there and clean the plants when they get all dusty.

So I'm open to any ideas you have. We don't really have a decorating theme going on in our house. It's mostly full of pictures of the kids. However we do have a wine theme in our kitchen. Here are some pictures of my kitchen and living room if that helps conjure up any ideas. THANKS!



Thursday, January 1, 2009

This Year I Will

The list of things I plan to do this year:

~First up: I vow to not be so short tempered with my children. It's not their fault that I work with kids all day and have zero patience for their attitudes when we get home. I will take a deep breath, try and talk to them in a calm voice. Then if that doesn't work, I'll resort to yelling and screaming like a mad woman.

~Second: I won't talk shit or gossip about people anymore. Oh who the hell am I kidding, I wouldn't last a day. I won't talk as much shit or gossip about people as much as I did in 2008.

~Third: I'm going to write more on my blog. I love writing and writing on my blog is a good outlet for me. I love sharing stories about my crazy family and venting if I've had a bad day. I tend to get busy with life and neglect my writing. This year however I won't let that happen.

~Fourth: I'm going to get Bryan to take me on vacation somewhere other than Vegas. I love Vegas, but really I need to go somewhere else to get away and relax and forget about it all.

~Fifth: The last thing on my to do list for 2009 is to be happy. I tend to let little things bother me and get me all bent out of shape. I'm going to take things slow. Enjoy my family, my kids and my life.

Happy New Year!