Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
What person doesn't want to model 100% wool socks in June?
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I haven't posted any video in a long time. I decided that summer is the perfect time for Josh to work on his skating. After a few tries on our street, I thought it would easier for Josh to skate at the park. Wider sidewalks with a nice loop that is away from the street. Sorry for the shaky video but Josh really gets going and it's hard to keep up. Josh picked this music which is very appropriate to that whole skater vibe.
I'm not sure why the video is not showing up so I'll try again...click on the link since Blogger is messing with me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXMjBwWTzPs
- I wake up at 8:30 am (which was wonderful) suddenly thinking of the cheapie $1 movies shown by our local AMC theatre. I get on the computer and find the summer movies did start last week on Wednesdays. Oh today is Kung Fu Panda. Great. I hurrily feed the kids their breakfast and we rush the 1.5 miles to the mall. The parking lot doesn't look too bad and a few people with kids are heading over also. We get in line to buy tickets and 2 women with kids are at the window then they abruptly step out of the way. An employee says on the microphone that Kung Fu Panda is SOLD OUT. Say what?
- We are too far to drive over to Rolling Hills where Regal shows a different movie for free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. So we walk to Starbucks and I treat the kids to some caffeine-free ice blends while I think of something else to do.
- I end up driving home and rummage through the house for projects that the kids can do. Honestly we have some birthday presents still in the box or untouched from Tyler's birthday a year or so ago. It's nice to not rip into everything and space it out. Ha. So I found a bird feeder and birdhouse kit that we all worked on. Josh helped me put the bird feeder together and then we walked to Walgreens to buy bird seed.
- By the time we got home, it was getting warm so I'm thinking swimming next door at our neighbor's pool later. Tyler was ready to put his birdhouse together but first I had to round up some paint. I found about 3-4 cans of paint that we had used in some home project at one time or another which worked out fine. Tyler and I had a great time painting and we left them outside to dry.
- On to swimming...our recent power outage did something to the pool heater according to our neighbor but the kids plunged in anyway. They had their squirt guns and Sub skate thingy to play with. About 10 minutes later 2 other neighbor boys a bit older than Tyler came in to make it a party. Joshua didn't last too long; about 10 minutes in the pool was all he could take.
- Time for lunch! Sandwiches and yogurt in the family room while I start Kung Fu Panda which conveniently is on HBO. Just add popcorn and the rest takes care of itself.
- I had time to hit the computer. Meanwhile the movie finishes and Tyler assembles the birdhouse all by himself. Nice.
- Hector soon arrives home for leftover night. Cheap Chinese food for everyone. He takes the boys to Go Kart World where Josh finally gets to drive all by himself. He was so excited when he came home he could barely get the words out!
We managed a lot of activites for one day but it was kinda fun. It was the kind of day where we started with an idea and it took us all over the place.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Now for some reason we get brief blackouts every so often. Often enough that I usually won't set the clock on the answering machine because when I get around to it, the next day the power will go out briefly and I'd have to do it again. Sometimes I leave it alone for a month or so until I get tired of not knowing when messages come in and then I set the clock. So this power outage is going on for about 3 hours and I think I better find more flashlights and candles. Hector calls me on the cellphone and I tell what's happened so he said he'll bring home takeout. Great.
It's nice outside so we all head outside where the kids play with their rocket to and I knit until Hector comes home. As far as I can tell, the power is out for about 2 blocks. I called Laura, our neighbor 5 houses down to see how she is doing. Her power is out too and she has a full tub of cookies n cream ice cream so we head on over to help her eat it. The kids are having a blast playing in the dark (it's night by now) with Glenn and his spygear. Meanwhile Hector is looking to see what a generator costs cause he has a feeling this blackout might be a while. Laura and I chat which is nice because her husband just left that day for Utah leaving her and Glenn home alone.
Hector calls to say he got a generator from Costco so all of us with Laura and Glenn walk around to see how the neigborhood looks. Across the street and one street down the houses have power so we were the lucky ones. We all walk back to our house where the kids continue their play.
Poor Hector is wrestling with a 250 lb generator in the driveway and trying to read the instructions with his truck headlights. Laura and I tried to help by holding flashlights and shining light where it was needed. Finally Hector tried to turn the thing on and it caught but died. After numerous attempts, Laura reads the manual and maybe it needs more oil. Okay, we fill it with more oil and vrooom, the generator kicks in LOUD and stays on. Yay!! Boy, it's loud. We send a line to neighbors to have them plug in their refrigerators and ours. I think they were grateful for that little bit of power and sacrifice a lot of peace. Just think of having a lawnmower constantly running. Yes, so from 10pm to 9am, the generator was running and at 8:45am the next morning the power came back on. Oh, I was so happy and exhausted. :)
Monday, June 22, 2009
So now I have to figure what Joshua can do. Since his older brother gets to go to camp maybe I can give him a little taste of camping, mommy style. So we are off to the Wild Animal Park sleepover for Wild West night. Gonna sleep in a tent (premium style for us) and barely rough it. Hey it's just me and Josh so no 'real' camping. We can roam the park before checking in and having a great time on our overnighter then enjoy the park the next day too. Of course, we have to pay for a day's admission for the park but we can take our time over 2 days. Also, we will be going in August so I'm sure it's gonna be HOT.
Meanwhile, the kids have been working on their sk8r skills. Tyler on the skateboard and Josh rollerblading. Once I found Josh all his safety gear, he has tackled skating with gusto. We were at the park yesterday and Josh skated around his park course about 8-10 times. Lots of falls but he gets right back up again.
When it gets warmer, we will start practicing on Josh's swimming too. Lots of fun planned for the summer!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Overall, the day went really well. I made Chinese chicken salad, sesame chicken wings and Skittles vodka. We added pizza and fruit to round out the menu. Oh, I also made my strawberry lemonade which is super easy...
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 bag of frozen strawberries (slightly thawed)
1 bottle seltzer water
Blend the lemonade concentrate and strawberries together. Pour mixture into punch bowl or pitcher and add seltzer water (approx. 1 liter) or to taste. Stir well and serve.
The Tupperware party was a success and I earned about $90 in Tupperware merchandise plus 2 items at 50% off. Yay!
My Skittles vodka was a big hit so I'll be on the lookout for smaller glass bottles for future parties. Thanks to all my friends, family and neighbors who came by. I had a great time visiting with you all.
Of course, I took zero pictures. Use your imagination.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I sorted my Skittles...
I chose green to be the first flavor.
The vodka has that vibrant neon green color and the Skittles dissolved overnight.
There is white residue that can be filtered out with some coffee filters.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Friday, June 05, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Now I'm thinking maybe Josh and I can do a mommy-son trip during this time. I don't want him to feel left out of something super fun. I remembered seeing that the Wild Animal Park does have special sleepover nights. It sounds kinda fun. I can take lots of pictures while he can 'camp' in a tent in the 'wild'.
I'll ask him about that idea and we will go from there...
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
They are very cheery and warm which is perfect for the gray, cold weather with some rain and thunder thrown in for good measure.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
- Hector and I saw the Star Trek movie. I liked it a lot. Great entertaining movie even if you're not a trekkie.
- gloomy, gloomy weather. I think I saw the sun for about a hour on Sunday.
- Did little errands. Like reloaded all the China photos onto a flash drive so my mom could view them on her digital frame. This was my second attempt which finally worked.
- Had to buy a new Bluetooth. My last earpiece I lost or misplaced somewhere and it hadn't turned up in a month. Boo. So I got a LG solar powered car kit and it works great! Of course that means my old one should be popping up soon.
- Have to take Tyler to the dentist this afternoon to fill a cavity. Eh.
- want to knit up lots of things but my hands have been empty. maybe later.
Yeah, see how exciting it's been here?