Thursday, October 12, 2006

Stuck Up-town Coffee

Hi all. Some of you know I had a job at the new coffee shop here in Kuna. After meeting the WACKO owners I immediately quit. Freaks. It couldn't be that I am completely unemploy-able---or could it? No. They are so full of themselves that I could not stand being in the same room with them for the two hour meeting. I almost ran out of there. Anywhoo. That was interesting.

I can't stop listening to the new Killers CD, Sam's Town. My favorite is "For Reasons Unkown." These guys rock. Their first CD (Hot Fuss) was the best of 2004. And this one sounds just as good. Take a listen.

The boys will be starting swimming lessons again, (they failed the summer lessons!)but this time it will be at the Rec Center. Cross your fingers!

We were in Salmon for Homecoming and got to see my nephews play. John was nominated for King. It was really fun to see the familiar faces every year. My sister (newly single) talked me into going out with her and two friends. Hmmmmm. Let's just say that rednecks and booze is freakin funny! I'm going back in few weeks and taking my friend Deon and we are going to go out to be entertained by the great dancers at Whiskey Willies! Yee Haa!

Well. That is about all I know. Love to you all.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Bachloretteing It (Spelling?)

Hi all. Jeff flew to Seattle Sunday morning and it has been a very long week without him! He gets in tomorrow at midnight and I can hardly wait! It would take me forever to get used to being a single mom. I don't know how women do it; or men for that matter, especially men!

And although we miss daddy, there has been some pretty fun stuff going on here! One night dinner was peanut butter and vanilla ice cream--yummy! Another night, we went to town and had french toast right after school. We've gone on long walks and rode bikes on the BMX track. But most of all we missed daddy!

After the kids go to bed I read or watch movies I know Jeff won't like. I've also been working a lot on my travel course. The software is a b*tch! Or I'm slow.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Sin City

Vegas Pics!

I’m home from Nevada. And I am so tired. I didn’t even want to blog, but I thought I’d better because the next couple of weeks I am going to be busy and won’t have time, so here goes!

We flew out after having a celebratory margarita at the airport. It’s HELL not flying with lip gloss. I hate terrorists. We took a taxi to the Luxor and got checked in with no lines–I know, that in itself is totally amazing!

We had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant in the Luxor and spent the evening wandering from our hotel down to and through NYNY. Before we knew it, it was 2am!
The next day we slept until 11am, spent several hours at the pool and took naps until it was time to go. We had to change rooms because our shower would not drain. One little side note here about the Luxor: the rooms and general hallways really need refurbished. Our air was hardly working either. And the pools waterfalls have been turned off for some reason as well. I’m pretty sure they rake in enough money to buy some carpets and fix the waterfalls, so I’m not sure why they don’t. And if you are at all effected by motion sickness, I suggest you stay somewhere else. The inclinators (not elevators because you move diagonally up and down the building to get to the guest rooms) made all of us nauseous for several minutes after we rode them.

Anywhoo–we walked to Mandalay Bay to see Ron White. He was completely sold out, so we were super glad we had pre-purchased our tickets a few months ago. We laughed so hard we almost threw up! He was worth every penny. After that, Andi went to bed and Britt, Deon and me went dancing at the House of Blues. That was the most fun I can remember having in years! My leg muscles still hurt! We got back to the room around 4am.

Strangely enough, I we woke up early and had breakfast. Deon relaxed by the pool while the other three of us went shopping. It was really hot there and after walking and no sleep from the night before, we all took naps. Later we walked to more hotels and looked for Criss Angel–Britt’s current obsession! Unfortunately, he was in New York this weekend so she had to settle for buying an outrageously expensive hoodie with "Mindfreak" on it. We tried!

Our last day we did more shopping and eating. Britt couldn’t get enough "weenas" from the NYNY hot dog stand! Andi splurged on a $7 ice cream cone. I yelled at the fish man. It was ridiculous and a long story, but let’s just say I really needed someone who can speak the language–that might have to be a pre-requisite when you work somewhere in America–just an idea. We also toured the Titanic Exhibit at the Tropicana. It was very sobering to see things from the ship and learn more about the people who were aboard that day. Amazing.

We flew home and reunited with our families who we missed terribly! My boys and Jeff spent 5 days in Salmon and took in my nephew’s football game and took a sight seeing airplane ride around the valley from Salmon Air. Benny fell asleep! Jeff said it was gorgeous and will be blogging and posting pictures soon.

That’s it for now–back to the real world!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Las Vegas Eve

Well I'm finally packed...after trying on 34 outfits and 50 pairs of shoes! (I'm kidding of course, but it was a lot!) Now I am ready to fall into bed and sleep very deeply.

Tomorrow will be a huge day for me and the other three gals going with me to Vegas. We plan on staying up all night tomorrow night because it is Britt's 21st bday! I don't even think I stayed up all night on my 21st--no I know I didn't because I got wasted at Hannahs and puked in my purse. How romantic!

It sounds like I am some alchy or something, but I'm not! I only drink socially and rarely get drunk. Anywhoo, this weekend looks to be very fun and exciting and hopefully relaxing. I plan to spend most of the mornings at the pool dozing.

Jeff and the boys drove to Salmon today. I miss them already! They made it safe and sound but Jeff is exhausted. He works so many hours I can't even stand it. And the drive to Salmon is tiring in itself. I hope he gets some much needed rest at his moms. They plan on taking day trips to the Divide, some caves out by Birch creek and a bunch of other stuff that guys find enjoyable! My sweet little boys will have so much fun. I got weepy kissing them good-bye this morning and hugged them over and over. I didn't want to let go of them. I took a dozen pictures of them and told them over and over how much I love and will miss them. They are the greatest things that ever happened to me.

Bud told me tonight he was glad he wasn't going with us girls because we would probably embarass him....I told him we were glad he wasn't going either! I wonder if he will really ever like me? We sure know how to dig at one another, but I love him in spite of the fact that he is a cramudgeon! And grumpy to boot!

Now my mother in law I cannot speak one word against. She has always been loving and fantastic. I wish she could come to Vegas with us, but her MS pretty much rules that out.

My folks are going camping this weekend with my sisters and the rest of the tribe. Today was my parent's 43rd anniversary--yay mom and dad! I love you guys! In fact, I love my whole family more than they even know.

Well, it's off to beddy-bye for me. Love to all of you.

Friday, August 25, 2006

School Is In Session!

PTL! The boys started school yesterday! First time in 8 years I am home alone all day and I am loving the freedom! Yesterday I spent 3 hours at the salon then came home a drank a latte while I read my new Allure magazine. Does it get any better?

Today I have attempted to keep busy cleaning, but that is sooooooooooo boring. Even with my ipod on, I just don't want to do it! But, since I have 20 people coming over tomorrow, I know I have to get on it. We are having our End of Summer BBQ and it will be a lot of fun.

Ok, I have to admit I caved on the speeding ticket. I mailed in my $62, but I included a strongly worded letter! I just didn't want to take the time to go to traffic court. My letter was short and to the point and ended with the phrase, "and in my opinion this was a chicken-sh*t ticket."

Have a super day...I'm going to mow. Yay.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Dog Days

I love this time of summer. No one is in a hurry (around my house anyway). We have really had a super week just lazing around. I've been planting stuff (I know it is the wrong time, but my friend Kate brought me 20-30 gorgeous plants from Edward's Greenhouse that were looking on the peaked side). The kids have been making up games to play and helping me outside. They've made forts in their rooms and stay up late whispering. Jeff's FINALLY off call--for a straight two months he was on call 24-7 and working so much I forgot what he looked like!

Yesterday he told the office he would not be available by phone, pager or carrier pidgeon and we took the kids to Roaring Springs! We played in the wave pool forever until we were so tired we could hardly walk out on wobbly legs! It was good for Jeff because his brain has been so consumed with work that I was sure he had forgot how to relax and have fun!

Next up is school shopping. I need to do an inventory of the kids clothes...I'm not sure exactly what they need. Last year I just went out bought a bunch of stuff only to find out that they didn't need half of it!

My sister Amy moved back to Salmon a week ago. It was just too hard to be with her kids having dad there and mom here. She landed a job the first day home at Rigby's pharmacy in Saveway's, so good for her! I will miss the heck out of Amy, Kinslee, Cody and Riley, but I know family is the most important thing for them to focus on.

Vegas trip coming up! The four of us girls going are getting plum silly emailing about what clothes to bring, hair do's and such! I feel 25 again! I was looking at dresses online last night and Jeff looked over my shoulder, saw the prices and said in his dry criptic way, "You better win at the slots in that dress." It is going to be so fun--we leave Aug. 31 and return Sept. 3.

Well best get on with my day. Love to you all!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Kidless...

Holy crap is it quiet around here! I did not realize the noise children make--but without them here, it is so quiet I can hardly think!

I miss my boys so much--their little kisses and dirty feet. They are having a ball at grandmas and papa's house. They play in the dirt pile and treehouse. They've gone for a load of wood. Gma's taking them swimming today. They've caught flying grasshoppers and let them loose in the house! Yay!

I've managed to take one test and am working on my next study unit. Jeff and I just laughed at each other because we are sitting there at the table eating and we could actually talk to each other and then we'd have this awkward silence and laugh. We watched a movie at 6pm--usually we wait till 9pm and the kids are in bed. Even the cats are acting weird without the boys!

I think I'll move my bedroom around today. I have to take the bed apart, but I think I can do it. I've never done that alone before, but hey, who needs a man right?

I walked 3 miles yesterday with my ipod and will do again today. I feel so free!

Well, no great stories really, so I'll go. Can't wait to get the kids on Sunday--I miss them so!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Salmon

Hey, it's me again! I decided on the spur of the moment yesterday afternoon that I should take the kids to Salmon to stay with my folks for awhile. So after calling mom and clearing it with her, we will go there today and I'll leave the kids with her for several days while I come back here and try to get 3 of my travel units tested for.

The kids are excited as we haven't been to Salmon in ages. I think mom and dad are going to take them camping in the 5th wheel which will be a fantastic thing to the boys. Ah, the simple life!

Jeff is starting his 2nd job tonight. People ask me how I can ask him to take on more work when he is already working 50-60 hours a week at Micron...well....I am not asking him to do this! He is determined to wipe out our debt, and we don't even have that much---but he hates it so bad, he wants to throw all extra money toward it and figures we will be out by Christmas.....so, if you are worried about him like I am--that he doesn't sleep enough and he is going to have a meltdown--please pray for strength for Jeff and also that I can meet his needs when he is at home.

I try not to add pressure to his life and after 20 years together, I've become less needy and high maintenance than I used to be! Our relationship is so strong right now it is wonderful! I thank God everyday for guiding me to marry Jeff. He is the best man in the world as far as I am concerned and I know how blessed I am. I don't deserve Jeff--he is too smart, generous and funny to be with a mixed up girl like me...but it works and I am so grateful.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Optional

That is the word for the day. I just like it. It is freeing. Shoes optional, nuts optional, etc. It lets me decide. Hate is optional. So is anger. Guilt and stress are also optional today! Have a nice day, (optional).

With both Isaac and Jeff’s birthdays past, we can concentrate on the rest of the month’s activities. I believe there is a camping trip, Kuna Fun Days for the kids, a BBQ competition, three tests for me for my online course, a couple nights out with friends and last but not least, helping Todd move into his new place. He has been staying with us and will for two more weeks. It looks to be a busy month.

And yet, I have had so much fun with my boys! I forgot how nice it is to sleep in on week days! They both usually wake up around 830am and climb in bed with me. It is a great way to start the day! We decide what to eat and what to do after that. We plan the day, loosely, remember, everything is optional!

Jeff and I had planned a Vegas trip for today through Saturday of this week, but cancelled it. There is too much going on around here for us to just take off. However, there is the trip to Vegas that myself, Britt, Andi and Deon are taking to celebrate Britt’s 21st bday. We leave Aug. 31 and come back September 4th. Now that will be one fun trip! Andi is Britt’s mom, and Deon is Todd’s ex. We all still love each other so kept the Vegas trip planned despite Todd and Deon’s breakup last month. It’s hard to break up the girls!

I hope you all are having a fabulous start to summer. Keep in touch!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Goins On

Hi all. My last two posts were insane, but hey. Anyhoo, I'm a bit more stable today. Last week I went on two field trips--one with 47 second graders and the other with 50 six year olds. Sheesh. Good thing I'm on meds! It was fun to see the excited faces and eat lunch in the beautiful parks. I know my kids are growing so fast and soon they won't want me to go with them on field trips, so I enjoyed both days to the fullest.

Other news....my garden is looking fantastic! I made two raised bed out of rocks. Boulders really. We got the rocks up by Murphy. I've planted the cool veggies and will plant the rest this week. Everything is sprouting and looks so cute! I spend hours out there.

Isaac's bday is coming up and we have a weekend full of plans for the 3-5th. Jeff's is on the 10th and I might throw a party. Never have. Sounds good to me. Better get on planning that!

We are going camping for one night this coming Memorial Day. I am a one night camper. Don't know where though. We will just drive till it looks good I suppose. I am so glad Jeff is getting less anal as we get older. I'm rubbing off on him!

Well, just wanted to say hey and give a short update. Love you all.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Jackpot

Well, I didn't sit in front of my new TV last weekend like I said I was going to. Friday night, Jeff and I decided to go to Jackpot! Amy took the boys and we left around 8pm. Once there, we stayed up playing until 5am! It was such a nice mental break. We slept til 10am, played some more then headed home and arrived around 4pm.

Todd and Deon were supposed to go with, but couldn't make it. We are rescheduled with them in April for her birthday.

Spring Break is next week, and I think I'll take the kids to Salmon to see Grandparents. It has been since Thanksgiving since we last went.

Not much else is new here. Britt is coming for dinner tonight. And of course Idol is on so we'll Tivo it and watch it later w/o comercials like always.

My tulips are coming up! Can't wait to see them bloom.

Jeff and I have reservations in Vegas for the second week of June. It has been a couple of years since we were there and we need to check it out again!

Hope you all have a nice day!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Birthday Blahs...

Okay. I turned 36 on Sunday. My family and friends were wonderful and made me feel loved and appreciated. However, I am 36. Closer to 40 than 30. Do you ever feel like life is slipping away and you haven't done half the things you want to do? Well, that is how I feel.

The weather is not helping. I need sunshine! I need green grass! I need flowers!

Well as long as the weather is nasty, I at least will have a fantastic TV to keep me entertained! For my bday present, Jeff bought me a 56 inch HDTV! It is being delivered Thursday and I can't wait to lay in front of it all weekend.

That is it for today...just some depressing age and weather news. Maybe next time I will have some very super news to share!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Southern California

Well! This blog is later than I planned on, but as we had company for a week after we returned, what could I do?

So here is the scoop...We really surprised the boys on this one! When we woke them up, we told them they did so good on their report cards that daddy was not going to work and they were skipping school so we could take them to breakfast. They were cool with that!

As we ate, Jeff asked them what we should do for our family day. They came up with Pojos or Boondocks. We then drove to the airport, opened the trunk and showed them all of our bags with Disneyland luggage tags. Isaac looked and said, "Our suitcases are going to Disneyland?"

After the shock that they too would accompany their bags, they got really lovey dovey and told us we were the best parents in the world and so on!! We had a slight delay getting on the plane due to fog in San Francisco–this really bummed them out. Once we got going, it was pure excitement! Other people on the plane got a kick out of the loud exclamations and maniacal laughter.

After arriving at LAX and over an hour long drive to the hotel during rush hour traffic on the crazy freeways, we were all beat. We spent the evening (77 degrees!) in the pool and hot tub. It was so nice with all the palms and flowers. I especially liked the Bird of Paradise flowers. They resemble Isaac’s hairdo!!

The first full day there, (Groundhog’s Day) we took in Disneyland. There were NO lines. We walked onto every ride with NO waiting. It was so fantastic! The weather was warm and the crowds were non-exsistant. We highly recommend going there this time of year, just to avoid the heat and crowds. The only risk is some of the rides are closed down for maintenance. During our trip, the Haunted Mansion was closed for repairs. We were lucky that was the only one closed.

The second day we took in California Adventure Park right across the way from DL. This turned out to be my favorite of the two. The crowds were a bit heavier as it was a Friday and both parks draw the locals on weekends. However, we hit all the major rides with little to no waits. The use of FastPass was a real time saver for those rides that did have lines. You just insert your Park tickets, it spits out a stub with the time you should return (or later) and when you come back, you get to bypass all those in line and go right to the front. We couldn’t understand why people would choose to stand in line for 40 minutes when they could FastPass and go do something else for awhile. Maybe they don’t know how it works or think it costs extra. We loved it, especially on rides we wanted to ride more than once, like California Screamer and Soarin Over California. The boys were not too hip on the Tower of Terror (plunging elevator in a haunted hotel), but of course Jeff and I loved it!

Our third day we drove to San Diego and took in Sea World and the ocean. We were all a bit tired and grouchy that day. Jeff says that SW is layed out like a used car lot–you get in and can’t find a way out!
Some of the highlights of SW:
Petting the Manta and Bat Rays (so silky soft, and would suck fish out of our fingers!)
Flamingos!
Shamu (of course)
Dolphin Show (with the cutest black pilot whales :)
A comedy show called "Deep Trouble" (seals and sea lions have great senses of humor and can really act!)
Shark Encounter
Penguins!

Once we found our way out, we drove to Mission Beach and got revived in the freezing cold waters of the Pacific. This was the boys first time at the ocean and the looks on their faces was priceless. Ben must have collected hundreds of sea shells! We got soaked and sandy (mom forgot to bring suits so we went in our clothes!). The ride back to our hotel (over an hour) was cold and miserable. We couldn’t wait to change and shower. We all slept like dead logs that night!

Sunday was our last full day, so we made the most of it. We spent the morning back in DL and the afternoon and evening at California Adventure. The rides at night are fantastic and Jeff and I took turns riding the big scary ones that the kids couldn’t go on. Our favorite was the Maliboomer. We rode something similar at the top of the Stratosphere in Vegas. It is a fantastic G-force ride that only lasts about 4 seconds but is such a fantastic thrill! You can see for miles if you look quickly! I wanted to scream, but couldn’t pull any air into my lungs. All I managed was a squeaky grunt which made the guy next to me burst out laughing!

We had the kids picture painted in watercolors by an artist there. It turned out so cute and really captured their likeness. It was fortunate the Block Party Parade came by about the time they got tired posing to keep them entertained while she finished. It took her over an hour to do. We finished the night over at DL watching Fantasmic. It was okay–I guess we were expecting something grander. We had heard it was a not-to-be-missed event. It scared Isaac and he wanted to leave before it was half over. I think Ben was too tired to really care and layed down on the steps for most of the show.

Monday, their was a fire in the hills and it was raining ash all day. The boys and I spent the morning at the pool while Jeff packed up the hurricane in our room. He’s good at that stuff because he was in the Army! As we were waiting for our 4pm flight, Sean Penn came and sat down near us. He was on our flight to San Francisco. Why couldn’t it have been Ewan McGregor? Oh, well! He was the only famous person we saw unless you count Goofy, Pluto, Buzz, Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale, etc., etc., etc!

We took hundreds of pics on our digital and Jeff is supposed to post them anytime now...hint hint...I don’t know how of course.

Disneyland:
Rides I don’t recommend for anyone:
Teacups
Autopia (only if you like to smell like exhaust for the rest of the day)
Any of the spinning rides (Astro Orbiter, Dumbo, etc., Teacups again)
Rides I’d say don’t live up to expectations:
Space Mountain
Innovations
Tom Sawyer Island
Honey I Shrunk the Audience (although the kids loved this)

Rides I liked but thought I wouldn’t:
SmallWorld
Jungle Cruise

Rides We all Loved:
Splash Mountain (Isaac looked like he had jumped in a pool after this!)
Pirates of the Carribean
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Enchanted Tiki Room
Everything in Mickey’s Toon Town
Matterhorn Bobsleds
Storybook Land Canal Boats
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
California Adventure:

Rides I can’t wait to ride again:
Tower of Terror
Maliboomer
California Screamer

Rides/Events the Kids Loved:
It’s Tough to be a Bug
California Screamer
Orange Stinger (swings inside a half peeled Orange)
Soarin’ Over California
Grizzly River Run (Jeff got so soaked!)

A word about food now. We were advised to eat outside the park to save money. After doing this the first day we decided the money we saved was not worth the 40 mile walk to and from and back and forth. So, we ate mostly inside both parks. We had some of the best meals we’ve ever eaten inside the parks. Outside eats are the things you can find anywhere. Also, our travel agent had included a coupon book with lots of deals for eateries in Downtown Disney etc. Speaking of Downtown, the stores there are fantastic! Jeff would hardly let me spend anytime there!

There was great live music at night all over the parks. We saw someone playing the glass harmonica, an instrument Ben Franklin invented and very few people can play them. We also saw a great percussion duo and I bought their CD. The kids love it and listen to it at bedtime.

All in all, we had a great vacation and one I hope the kids never forget!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Getting Ready!

The wait is killing me! As some of you know, we are flying to Disneyland on the 1st of February. Jeff and I have not told the boys and won't until we arrive at the airport that morning! We've been planning this for two months and keeping it a secret is so hard! I've managed to pack the boys' suitcases and stow them away. Now just getting Jeff's and my things together will be easy. We'll swing down to San Diego and Sea World next Saturday. We will arrive home at 10pm on the 6th. Of course I'll write about our trip when we get back!

Over the weekend, we moved my sister Amy into her new place here in Kuna. She started at St. Luke's this morning, and Kinslee is now in school with Benjamin at Hubbard. My parents are here to help for the week while we are away. After we get back, Kinslee will come to our house after school until Amy gets home from work. I think it will work out fine. Thanks to all of you who have been praying for her and the kids. God really has provided so many things to make her move go smoothly.

Take care until next week!