Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Moms have feelings too!...

An open letter to my teenagers...
I have 2 girls in junior high this year--Erin in 7th and Emie in 8th grade, and at their jr. high they had "Shadow your Student" day this week. It's on a half day, and parents can come and go from class to class to experience a day in the life of their jr. high student. When we first heard about this at registration, Emie acted repulsed by the idea, and said something like, "I hope you're not planning on coming to school with me mom, that would be really embarassing." I said something like, "Well I'll be sure to come then, and wear my pajamas and curlers in my hair." Erin was equally turned off by the idea, and said--"Well, Dad can come with me if he wants, but not you mom." Emie said, "Sure--I'll take Dad, all my friends think he's funny." Nice. Strike one.
Fast forward a few weeks to this week. Shadow your student day was today for 7th graders and tomorrow for 8th graders. Suddenly, yesterday Erin is begging me to go with her. It seems that all her friends moms are coming, and she doesn't want to be left out of the club. But she proceeds to tell me, "you can come, if I can pick out your clothes for you." Ummm...yeah, that didn't sit too well with me. I said, "no, thank you, I have plenty of things to do tomorrow--and I don't need my 12 year old to help me pick out clothes. Maybe you can ask your Dad." Then she said, "No, dad has a bald spot--that's embarassing..." Ummm...how many of you would have smacked your child right upside the head at that moment, because that's exactly what I felt like doing. Strike two.
Then, so offended because her parents didn't take this kind invitation she had extended, this same child gets on facebook--and posts "my parents hate me..." for all the world to see. Now what the heck is that supposed to mean--ummm...strike three.
See, here's the deal. I had parents that worked--a lot. They were both VERY busy. So when I had a game, or a concert, or anything, it was very hard for them to be there. They had to rearrange schedules, find babysitters, find people to work for them, etc. It was hard for them to make it to pretty much anything. I really appreciated it, and was grateful when they were there for me. I guess that's why I feel so strongly that I want to be there for everything that my kids do, because it always made me feel so good when my parents were able to make it to my things. On the other hand--I feel like I'm the type of mom who isn't trying to be "cool" or "hip". I don't try to dress like my kids, or talk like them, or hang out with them and their friends. I've been there--done that, and who in their right mind wants to repeat their youth--especially junior high. Yeah, a big no thank you to that one! I try to keep my distance, and let them do their own thing, and be who they are, without interfering too much.
That being said--c'mon kids--moms have feelings too. I'm sorry if I threw a little tantrum because you didn't want me along at school today--but it's only been a few months it seems since you were 10 and you actually wanted me to hang out with you. You actually wanted me to come to things. Yeah, a few years ago, you actually liked to do things with your parents and your family. Do you remember? Pardon me if this new allergy to your parents that you've both developed is hard for me to swallow and get used to. I'm not sure when your dad and I became the plague--(or in your language--H1N1). All of that aside--I have decided that I won't put up with the rudeness and sarcasm. There are some things you think and don't say--especially to your parents. Something my dad used to tell me seems appropriate here:
"I brought you into this world--I can take you OUT!"
I love you,
Mom

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Georgia Day 2--ASU vs. Georgia!

We got up on Saturday morning and were so excited to travel to Athens for the ASU vs. Georgia game. Athens, Georgia is very much a FOOTBALL town! As soon as we drove into the town, you saw Georgia Bulldog flags on all the buildings, everyone in town was wearing the black & red colors. For miles and miles people had their tents set up and were tailgating--and this was 5 hours before gametime! We parked and walked into town and we were amazed at the number of people out partying and tailgating--it was truly a sight to see! ASU just doesn't have the atmosphere that this town had. I guess it may be because we have so many pro teams in town, and people just don't support the college as much, but it sure would be fun if game day were like that here in AZ!
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The campus was amazing--with awesome old buildings that have been there like forever. It was neat to walk up by the stadium and see the famed "Dawg Walk" where the team and the band enter the stadium, to miles and miles of fans cheering them on.
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About an hour before kickoff it started to dump rain on us--and I am not talking little sprinkles--I am talking about Noah's ark type rain! I have never seen rain this hard! We spent about an hour in the student center near the stadium waiting for it to clear up a bit so we could go sit in our seats. Ummm...it didn't clear up much--when we walked up to our seats we pretty much got drenched! About 10 minutes before kickoff I got this picture of Greg and Todd going up to their seats--notice that you can't even see the stadium in the background!
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The stadium was amazing--it holds more than 92,000 fans, and is completely sold out week after week! The football tradition in Georgia is just awesome! I got these pics while ASU warmed up.
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It did clear up to a drizzle in the 2nd half of the game--and the game was absolutely AWESOME--considering I thought we were going to lose by 30 points or more. If we only had an offense, we would've sent the dawgs out of that stadium with their tails between their legs. This picture to me sums up the game! I thought it was hilarious everytime this guy held up his foam finger.
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ASU just couldn't get it done tonight--and we were humiliated in true ASU fashion! Georgia pulled it out with a last minute field goal--20-17. I am a terrible loser--so I complained the whole time and booed and hissed at the refs who didn't do such a great job either. Sorry to those who had to sit by me--I'm afraid I'm one of those loud, obnoxious fans who you don't want to sit by if you just came to enjoy a friendly game of football! Oh well--there's always next year--and there is still NO better place to be on a Saturday night! Go Devils!
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Monday, September 28, 2009

Meanwhile...back at home...

Jack was staying with Aunt Jessica and Uncle David, because he was sick, and I just thought he would need a mother's love while I was gone--Thanks Jess! As you know, I have already posted plenty of times how I am NOT mother of the year--and this is just another one of those posts. I have never given Jack peanut butter, or peanut products, because when I was nursing him he had a terrible reaction when I ate a whole bunch of trail mix one time, so I just tried to stay away from the peanuts, and the doctor just told me to never even try them until he was 2 or older. Ummm...yeah, I should've mentioned that little tidbit to his poor aunt! He got hold of some Reese's Puffs at her house and this was what happened. She was filming it--after she gave him a nice dose of yummy Benadryl (which I'm sure was tons of fun because he does NOT like to even take yummy medicine) so I could see the reaction and tell his doctor exactly what happened. Nice--we have ANOTHER bubble boy! Great fun--SO sorry Jack Jack! Click below to see the reaction...

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Georgia--Day 1...

Todd and I traveled along with his brother Dr. Greg and Tera to Atlanta, Georgia this last weekend for the ASU vs. Georgia football game. We had the most amazing time, and loved every minute of it! The flight there was a chartered flight that the Sun Devil Club arranged, and man, there is truly no better way to fly! No long lines, and we even got lunch on the plane--woo hoo! We got to Atlanta around 4 in the afternoon, and got settled into the Hyatt, Atlanta. We ate at a great restaurant that night called Bricktops that was right next to the hotel. It was delicious!
The next morning, we headed off to the MARTA station, kinda like the subway in Atlanta, and started our adventure.
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We heard that we had to see Underground Atlanta, a shopping center that was all underground, and had been there since civil war times. When we got there we realized that it was truly in "inner city" Atlanta--and we started to feel a little nervous. It was pretty neat to walk around the buildings that were so old, and see some old cars and stuff, but we soon found ourselves wanting to get the heck out of that place...so we jumped back on the train and headed downtown.
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We decided to go to the World of Coca Cola next, mostly because we could get free drinks...(if you don't count the $15 they charge you to get in)! Being the Coca Cola drinker that I am, (well, now that I am fatter, Coke Zero) this was like a Mecca of sorts for me, I would never have felt complete as a person until I visited this place! Ha Ha!
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Turns out Coca Cola was invented here in Atlanta, by a pharmacist who came up with the concoction, but never really had a knack for marketing. He sold the formula a few years later to an entrepreneur for $2,600, and Coca Cola was born. The marketing blitz took off, and has never stopped. It is the most recognized brand name and logo all over the world. That poor guy who sold the formula...probably kicked himself for years for doing that! It was pretty fun to see how it was made, and all of the memorabilia over the years.
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Then we went into the tasting room where you can sample all 60+ drinks that Coca Cola makes all around the world. The worst?? This drink called Beverly that they make in Europe--it made Nyquil taste like a yummy treat in comparison! My favorite?? I mean c'mon--Coca Cola Classic--which I would drink every day if I wasn't brainwashed into thinking diet soda would make me skinnier! But I settle for the next best thing...Coke Zero--and Cherry and Vanilla Coke Zero! Don't tell anyone--but sometimes my Coke is the best part of my day--that sound when I open it is like a little burst of heaven to my ears! Pretty sad huh? No, I LOVE it! Now you know my only vice...I always tell people, I drink my Coke so that I can stay here on the earth a little longer, I mean, if I was perfect I would be translated...what good would that be?
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They even had a 4D movie theatre--and a movie of how Coke was distributed around the globe. The glasses are always fun! (ummm...yeah, this is more of Todd's toungue than any of you wanted to ever see! He's such a nut!)
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Next, we asked around to see if we could find an Atlanta restaurant with some good, Southern cookin'. We found out that Glady's Knights place was just a mile from the World of Coke, so we jumped at the chance to eat there--you know she's probably the most famous Mormon any of us have never met! Her restaurant is Glady's and Ron's Chicken and Waffles--and I'm telling you it was worth the walk! The fried chicken was delicious, even with syrup on it, and the waffles were awesome. On the side was homemade mac and cheese, "fried corn" that was to die for, collard greens (which I had never tried), and yams that were delicious, with corn muffins that melted in our mouths! To top it all off, a slice of southern Sweet Potato Pie! YUM! I'm comin' back to the south--just for the cookin'! The price was great too, under $80 for all four of us--for a TON of great food! If you're ever in Atlanta--GO!
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On the way home I couldn't help but snap pictures of some of the high rise buildings. I am still in awe of the big city--coming from a small town does that to you! It makes you feel so small to walk around a big city! What a great day in Atlanta!
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Escape Artist...

Oh,man. My little Jack is becoming an escape artist! A few weeks ago, I left Abby to babysit for 10 minutes, while I went to pick up Emie and Erin at the school after volleyball. It turned out that they got a ride from a friend, and got here just in time to see a man carrying Jack around trying to find where he belonged. He had wandered out of the house, and was walking around in the front yard--barefoot--in 115 degree weather! The man rang our doorbell, but no one was answering, so he was going to go to the next house. I got home a few minutes later and the girls had brought him in and thanked the man for his help. Boy, did Abby get a yelling at for not watching her brother when I asked her to--she was in front of the TV where she was when I left her, and didn't even know anything had happened!
Fast-forward to this morning... Todd left to go to work, and I had 5 of my 6 kids home from school with this nasty stomach bug that has them all down this week. Everyone was in the living room watching TV, and I was in the study checking email and news for the day. Then I hear the doorbell ring. I yelled at the kids to go get the door--as I still had my pj's on, but no one would come, so after a few rings I run out there. What do I see? This sweet lady holding my Jack--in his little sleeper still, and another man who had seen him and stopped to see where he belonged. She told me he was walking in the street. That little stinker, I had seriously been holding him not 10 minutes before that. The sad thing is, he can't even open my front door, and I didn't think he could open the garage door either, but he opened 2 doors to go out this morning! Needless to say, I locked the deadbolt for the rest of the day so I could prevent him from escaping again! I am very grateful that we don't live on a very busy street--and that we have kind people in our neighborhood that were willing to stop and help, (and not call CPS on his negligent mother). It seems I have an escape artist on my hands...yikes! (But isn't he adorable!)
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This isn't the first time I have had an escape artist--Abby was my other kid who liked to run off...although she wasn't quite this young when she started disappearing! We lost her when she was 2 in the beach club that we stay at. We were on the 3rd floor, and she wandered out of our room because someone had propped it open. I don't know how long she was gone before we noticed, but we were searching like crazy for her, when I found her in the basement parking lot in the maids quarters. Another time she got on an elevator in California without us, and we had to stop on every floor (like 15 of them) until we found her. Another time, we were at Todd's parents house on Christmas day, and everyone was playing, and I had the thought that I should look for Abby. She was no where to be found, so we started searching in the orange groves around their house. We finally found her about half an hour later, and she was about a mile away in the orange groves, just walking, and having a great time!
The scariest time of all was when Todd was working on starting his first funeral home. We didn't have any money, so we were doing all the fixing up and painting ourselves, and we had the kids down there with us. Abby was about 3 years old. I was painting, and the kids were all running around, and there were people going in and out moving furniture. All of the sudden, we hear someone banging on the front door, which was locked (so Abby wouldn't get out--she snuck out the back door instead). So I go and open it, and there is this man there holding Abby, and he proceeds to SCREAM at me, "what the bleep are you people doing, this bleeping baby is out here in the street, and it's rush hour." It was about 5:30 on a weekday, and the funeral home was right on the corner of Horne and Southern (a super busy intersection!). You should've seen the amount of cars on the street that day--it was truly a miracle that she wasn't killed or stolen. I immediately started to cry and apologize, and thank him for stopping to pick her up. His heart softened a bit, and he just said we needed to be more careful--which was great advice--but when your daughter thinks she's Houdini it's easier said than done!
I have thanked the Lord over and over again for saving my Abby, and I thanked Him again today for watching out for my little Jack. I am grateful that he sends angels to help when Mom isn't doing the greatest job! I need all the help I can get!
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Soccer Time!...

Josh started soccer last week, and is on a team with two of his cousins, Kam and Carson. They have so much fun playing together, and are so cute to watch! They are all so funny--at this age, I don't think you pass the ball much--because they all want to score the goal themselves! Josh didn't play last year, because I signed him up too late, but he didn't miss a beat. He is SO stinkin' fast--he is all over that soccer field! I feel a little sorry for those on his team who aren't so aggressive, there are a few little girls who hardly got to touch the ball at all. Josh didn't care though--he scored 3 goals, and thought he was ALL THAT! I am going to have to make sure his head doesn't get too big, (although if his head gets bigger--maybe it will grow into his new ginormous front TEETH!)! Ha, just kidding--I love you buddy!

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Getting advice from Dads during the break:
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Cheering for his cousins...
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This is his, "Oh yeah, I just scored a goal" face:
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Being silly...these boys are so much fun! Love you guys!
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