Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Summer Bucket List

I live in a state that is known for Year Round school. Basically this means the kids go to school for 9 weeks then have 3 weeks off. This also means the kids only have a 3 week summer which SUCKS.

I remember my summers as a kid being filled with so much fun. Late nights, family road trips, staying out and reading in rain storms and watching the sunset, sleepovers every other night and we always went to the local city Fair. I want all of that for my kids but I have to squish it all into a 3 week time period. So our solution is a bucket list!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Keurig Rivo 500

You know what happens when I have too much time on my hands? I shop.  I go to all those little stores I should never know exist, I scour Amazon for new fun products and I buy my new chickens treats that they can't even have yet.

No, it isn't a good thing. You know why? Because I find products that I want RIGHT NOW even though I shouldn't order them. Today I discovered the Keurig Rivo 500 and it has taken everything in me not beg my husband to buy it for me for my birthday or to just go order it myself right now.

This thing looks amazing. No more standing there frothing milk while trying to get my dogs to stop jumping up on me because they hate the whistling sound my current cheap expresso machine makes. No more having to pick nasty balls of gunk out of my steam wand because, yes, that is was happens when you use a 50.00 machine.  No more over steamed milk to burn my throat with. No more stale, powdered milk nastiness. No more having to measure the exact right amount of water every single time I use my machine. Why yes, I am a little lazy, why do you ask?

This pretty pretty Keurig Rivo 500 is so automated that it makes me want to invest in their stock right away. Sigh. Have I mentioned that it is 400?! Yeah...that's why I'm not ordering one at the moment.

I'm just going to save it as my screensaver and will remind myself everyday that THIS is what I am going to buy myself when I get to go back to work.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mystery Noise Solved

Let me begin by saying I have the flu. Like most people who have the flu I am drugged up to a point of complete and total bliss. Seriously, I could kiss the person who invented Dayquil.

A person can only stay in bed for so long before they start to lose it or think the sheets are part of a conspiracy to keep them sick, wounded and vulnerable. No, I'm not paranoid, why do you ask?

Anyway, I finally got myself out of bed and decided it was time for some laundry because, really, when your kid pulls pants out of the hamper to wear to school then it is REALLY time to do some laundry. Now remember, I am sick. Like sick SICK. So I can not be blamed for putting everything into the washing machine at one time even if I had to lean my weight on the door to close it. Really, can a person with the flu be held responsible for sorting laundry?! No.

Fast forward about 30 minutes and I'm laying in bed, trying to sleep away the little monkey doing a dance with an F-ing tambourine in my head and I just keep hearing this thumping, like a neighbor is throwing a great big playground ball at the side of my house type thumping. So I drag myself out of my blanket cave and look out my back window wondering who in the world would do such a thing and I don't see anything. I look out my front window and don't see anything. At this point I am thinking that I'm either hallucinating or someone is trying to knock down my garage door.

While walking down the hall toward the kitchen I start to realize that The Noise is getting a bit closer. Maybe, just maybe the sheets have now conspired with the blankets to completely freak me the hell out.

No, it's the washing machine bouncing. Literally bouncing. I don't think they are supposed to do that.

The lesson we learn from this is that you should not do chores while on large doses of cold and flu meds.

Again, I should not be blamed for this. People with the flu should not have to sort laundry.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


It's a new year and we have the flu. The upper respiratory flu.

My kids were supposed to go back to school today but instead they are watching a food documentary on local vs. large scale agriculture and how that effects the both the nutrients and the taste of their food. They are BORED. I figure it's a show like that or it's two boys fighting over who gets to choose the next episode of Spongebob.

I also have the flu so I'm giving myself permission to be completely lazy and I'm watching YouTube all day. It gets me all excited to go plant a garden or something but then I stand up and remember that I'm sick as hell so I sit back down very quickly. That reminds me, I need coffee.

Why isn't there a coffee delivery service in Salt Lake?

I hear whispering downstairs instead of the listening I was hoping for. Sigh.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Cameron!

Happy Birthday Cameron! I cannot believe you are 9. Somedays I wake up and still expect to see a 6 year old walk out of your room. Other days I have to stop to think how old you are because you must be 12 if you can say the funny but wise things you say.

You are so kind, SO smart, so aware of everything and everyone around you. You don't struggle because you don't have to. Even if something doesn't come to you right away you step back and look at it like an engineer. You reassess and try again, you look it up on google or Youtube and you just don't stop until you figure out everything.

You have decided to be a Software Engineer just like Dad when you grow up.  This year you played Minecraft all year and recently added Tekkit (an add on that lets you develop in the game) and you do not want to put it down. If you aren't playing it you are reading about it or watching movies on it.

Last week you learned to do a back flip on the trampoline, it was so awesome to see you so proud and excited! Now the trampoline is covered in snow and you just keep wishing that it wasn't so you could go practice your back flip.  You love to pretend to be a spy and try to spy on us for as long as you can before we notice. You have a special video spy watch that has an actual camera in it and I think other than your laptop that is your favorite thing you own.

I'm writing this a little late this year, it's actually the week after Christmas and right this very moment you are hanging out with Dad and Wes downstairs in your underwear and you are all playing a video game. It is so great to see you be best buds with Dad and Weston. You and Weston like to gang up on Dad together and tickle him or trap him somehow.  We never know what trick you guys will play on us or when to expect a prank. It makes living in this house an adventure!

I love that you will still come cuddle me and hug me. You will still snuggle up with me so we can chat or I can read you a book. You are such a loving, sweet little man and I wouldn't change anything about you.

We are so proud of you for working hard and for being such an amazing kid. I am so lucky that you are mine! I love you little man!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Happy Birthday Weston!

Happy Birthday Weston! You are 7 years old! 

My little boy is 7. SEVEN. Can you believe you are seven?! I sure can't. You grew up so much this year buddy.  I have seen you lose the little bit of babyness in your cheeks and the way you run. You've stopped carrying your teddy bear and started carrying BayBlades and nerf guns. You are so sweet, sensitive, loving and kind.  You have decided to be brave a lot lately and tried so many new things like backflips on the trampoline, making new friends (You are a little shy) and going on small ramps on your bike with Cam and Luke. 

You discovered MineCraft this year and I'm sure you have played a good 200 hours by now. You have learned to read really well and now you and Cam even type back and forth to each other while you're gaming up a storm with Dad. It is so awesome! You discovered the Diary of a Wimpy kid series this year and have already finished 3 books. You LOVE math and are in the top of your class.  

This last year has been a rough year of moving, settling in again, starting another new school and dealing with your asthma. You have been a champ thru it all! You have been trying so hard to have a positive attitude thru it all. Last week you came to me and said "Mom, I like life is okay as long as I have my family". It was so sweet and I teared up. You already know the lesson that most adults still haven't learned. 

Your best friends are Cameron and the little boy next door, Luke. You guys will play spy's for hours, play on the trampoline or play Guess Who. You always seem to have 20 things going at once and it's pretty rare for you to tell me you are bored. 

Watching you grow up and become this amazing person is so awesome. I am so glad I get to be your mom and I am so proud of all the steps you are taking! You are an amazing little boy who is turning into an amazing little man. Someday I sit back and miss your Monkey Hugs so much that it hurts. But then I get to see you having your new adventures and I'm just so glad I get to be here to see it. 

I love you Weston!