Tuesday, November 27, 2007
the part that i love, almost as much as the $30 price tag, is that we are taking our swimsuits and we are taking our capri's and we are taking our short sleeve shirts and we are going to be toasty warm!! i can't tell you how much i need toasty warm right now! i very much dislike being cold!! i need some time to thaw out!
today, i love frequent flyer miles!!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
i don't know how it is for you when you go shopping for new jeans, but for me it is a nightmare that i try to avoid. this is how it goes for me...
i go to store x and load up my cart with a gazillion and one pairs of jeans each in 2different sizes because i don't know what size i am anymore! then i proceed to the changing room where i am told that i can only take 8 items in at one time. so begins the long process of finding the perfect pair of jeans. after about 40+ minutes of getting undressed, trying on the 8 pairs of jeans, then putting my gym pants back on so i can go back out to exchange the 8 unflattering pair of jeans for the next 8 pair that i have high hopes for, and repeat about 20 times, i leave the store empty handed! yup! that was a big fat waste of my time! now can you see why i try to avoid this nightmare?!
but there comes a point in a girls life when she needs to take some pride in how she looks and stop going to the grocery store wearing her gym clothes or her "boring jeans", as my sweet, kind sister has called what i wear.
so, i steeled myself and head to nordstrom rack to live out my nightmare. after experiencing the above shenanigans, i reluctantly settle for 2 pairs of jeans and take them home. another thing about me when it comes to new clothes, since i don't buy them for myself very often, i leave the tags on for a week and wear the clothes around the house before i really decide if i will keep them (and sometimes i even go to church with the tag hanging out the back like i did this past sunday, thanks lynn for telling me!). much of the time i end up returning them! i know, i am a nut case!
after wearing these for a week i fell in love with the way they fit! i'm still trying to decide if i like the other pair that i brought home, but these diva it jeans are my new love! and mitch is lovin' me in them! hehe!
success! sweet success! love it!
so, now i am going to raid the nordsrtom rack and buy up every pair of diva it jeans in my size that i can find!! when you find a good thing you have to repeat it, or in this case, buy them all! wish me luck!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
we were all having so much fun!! the boys, or i mean the men, were trying to flip each other off the boat, much to malia's discouragement (i think that was the first time that i almost saw them argue! malia was NOT happy!)
during all of this fun water play we didn't seem to notice the dark clouds encroaching on the edge of the lake from between the mountains.
it wasn't until we heard the thunder in the distance that we paid any attention to the darkening sky. it was then that we decided we should start making our way back. i'm afraid, though, that we were a bit late on starting back. there was no way that we were going to out ran those clouds or the pelting rain!of course we were not prepared for the 20 degree drop in the temperature! we were all wet from playing in the water and now we were in the wind and rain without a warm coat to protect us from the storm! thank goodness we left the sunshade on when they asked us if we wanted to leave it up or take it down!! even still, we could feel the sting from the rain as it hit us! i get goosebumps just looking at this picture of nani freezing in her life jacket.
i'm not sure if you can tell, but in those last two pictures you could see the rain hitting the water. by the time we docked the boat, the rain was coming down so hard and cold. our teeth were chattering and our bodies were shivering uncontrollably. as we ran for the shelter of the tiny tackle shop feeling the force of each drop of rain, we were amazed to see hail bouncing off of the deck. no wonder it was so stinkin' cold and the rain was hurting so bad!!
as soon as we crowded into the tackle shop along with everyone else whose boating plans got cut short lala announces that she needs to go to the bathroom. i reminded her that she had just gone. then in a very loud voice, much too loud for the smallness of the crowded room, she announces, "NO! i have to go poop!" embarrassed for her, and okay, for me too, i respond, "let's just announce it to everyone!!" she just gave me a really weird look!
and this last picture is one of my favorites. it just makes me smile! how can you see lala's big smiling face without smiling yourself?! i dare you to try!
but the best part about this picture, her shorts are practically down around her ankles and she doesn't even care! you've gotta love this girl!!
Monday, November 19, 2007
but i'm having so much fun! just a few more, i promise!
did i mention i was hungry?! i'm losing my patience!
i love how the white steeple shows through the brilliantly colored trees on this one! so picturesque.
that was a very fun day for me!! even though our littlest one was not as thrilled as i was, she managed fine!
Friday, November 16, 2007
while we were driving to seattle last week, mitch and i were reminded of a funny thing lala said earlier this year when my mom came to visit. tutu lady was here for another work conference in portland. she was staying at the holiday inn near the convention center for her first two nights until the conference was over.
on saturday night, after the conference had ended, we were driving to pick up tutu to bring her back to stay with us for the rest of her trip. we had been there several times before just to go to dinner with tutu and to see her hotel, etc. so the girls were watching for her hotel. as the building came into view the girls started chanting, "tutu's hotel, tutu's hotel!"
my mom was going to be waiting for us outside ready to just hop into the car. so, i explained to the girls that we would not be going inside this time.
after a short pause (i guess her brain was processing this) lala says, "well, they shouldn't call it the 'holiday inn'! they should call it the 'holiday don't go inn'!"
well, there you have it! you can't argue with that, now can you!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
mitch and i have been watching a series called "the war" about world war II and i cannot even imagine the sacrifices these young men and their families had to make. war is an ugly, ugly thing, yet these men and women went out and fought for our rights and our freedoms, and they continue to do so! i am humbled by the dedication and the valor of these individuals! i am grateful that there are men and women who bravely go to war so we can maintain the freedoms we have!
thank you to all the brave men and women out there!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
once seattle was out of view, we went inside the ferry to get out of the cold and to get some "breakfast". actually, the girls got a bag of popcorn and i had some ivar's clam chowder to warm me up. mitch and tutu lady were the only ones that had breakfast food. here's a cute picture of tutu lady and lala after breakfast:
the girls found a video game and "played" it while i took the camera outside. i played around with the aperture, exposure, and shutter speed to get some great photos. it was interesting because with the sun behind me the sky was blue, but as i shot towards the sun is was more orange. here are some of my favorites:
this picture is probably my all time favorite. nani's hair and expression are priceless! you can tell she is enjoying the experience immensely!
here we are back where we started the morning, minus the morning clouds! beautiful!
last week, we took the fifth wheel for another trip, the first trip since we put it into storage after the sabbatical. we were all very excited to travel in it again! this time we took it up to seattle to spend time with my mom who was on a business trip there.
on our second night, we went out for dinner. being in seattle, we, meaning my mom and i, wanted seafood, of which, mitch was okay with as long as the restaurant had something other than fish. my mom had heard from a friend that the crab pot was a fun place to eat, so we decided to try it out!
we entered the restaurant into our nuvi and headed out. for those of you who don't have a talking gps, it can be very comical at times to listen to the voice pronounce some of the street names. well, this night was no exception. as we got closer to our destination nuvi says, "turn right on alice can way and arrive at crap it on left." we all started laughing!
after finding an excellent unmetered, parking spot, we were able to enjoy a very fun dinner at the "crap it"! this place was so cool! my mom and i order crab, or "crap" as the nuvi would have called it, and shrimp. the waiter brought it out in this big stainless steel bowl and dumped our food out on the table. then, he gave us a wooden board and hammer to pound the crab legs open. we put on our attractive plastic bibs, provided by our waiter, and went to town on our little crab legs!
as i'm sure you can guess, our dinner took a tad bit longer to eat than the hamburgers and chicken fingers that the others ordered. there was a lot more work involved for us!
as my mom and i enjoyed our crab and shrimp, mmmm delish,
the girls occupied themselves by coloring on the table:and climbing in the windowsill (it's a good thing this was a casual dining establishment!):
the other two members of our family were not quite as patient! while mitch was gripping about how long i was taking to eat and feigning irritation and boredom: the baby had lost all patience:
and mitch finally gave up and took a nap (pretty good self portraits of mitch, don't cha think?):
FINALLY, i finished eating all of the yummy crab and shrimp that my belly could handle and everyone was so relieved and happy (ok, so i know the baby doesn't look too happy in this photo, but she really was happy to get out of her highchair! i think she just wanted to get down to show off her newly aquired walking talent she had just mastered!))
all in all it was a great dinner at the "crap it" on "alice can way"!
so, who can guess what the street name really was?? (if you already have been there and know the name don't ruin it for others).
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
after hitting the send button he went to the website to see what the reporting instructions would have been had he not defered and he saw something like this:
"we need jurors 1 thru 216 and jurors 230 thru 249 to report tomorrow at the
mitch was juror #219!
today in his email he received this:
"Per your request, you have been deferred from jury duty in the Washington County Circuit Court. You have been deferred to the 2nd half of October, 2008. This Court's policy is to grant only one deferral."
awww, poor baby!
this includes all of the rv bedding and towels from our weekend jaunt up north, plus our normal weeks worth of clothing, etc. oh, and it includes the baby's crib bedding and pj's because she woke up this morning swimming in her own pee! ok, not "swimming" but the closest you can get to swimming in a crib! it was so gross! i stripped her down to throw her into the tub and when i pulled her feet out of her footed pj's they were WET and starting to prune up!!! ewww gross!! how does someone so little pee sooo much in one night??!!
what this does not include, are the other two loads that are still in the washer and dryer just waiting to be added to the ever increasing pile! oh, and have i told you how much i despise folding clothes?? it's right up there with unloading the dishwasher, which reminds me it is full of clean dishes! ugh!
i bet you're jealous! you wish you were me today, don't ya?!
(note: have any of you mother's tried those night time diapers? i am so tempted to go out and buy them, like, right now!! i don't want this to happen again! do they really work? do tell!)