Monday, August 31, 2009
Modelling is work......really!
It's not all it's cracked up to be.
And it's really NOT about being cute.
Garrett and I left the house today at 6:45 and returned at 3:00.
I accomplished nothing!
He accomplished a lot.
He had to work and work made him miss school.
You know he was sad.
But he should be.
His day included-
3 wardrobe changes
hanging out in an RV
doing "kung fu" kicks on a mini trampoline
kicking a soccer ball around for several hours
looking good as directed
cheering for an invisible football team
walking this way
looking that way
kicking the ball toward "me"
kicking the ball away from "me"
running at a diagonal
My day included -
watching all of this.
So you can see what I am exhausted!
The RV/dressing room
Garrett and some of the crew setting up the next shot.
The crew includes 2 local stylists, the photographer and two of his assistants, and the director, the art director and two marketing guys all from Atlanta.
Oh and the RV guy - really - it's a separate guy who is in charge of keeping the RV running and cool and making sure the steamer doesn't blow a fuse!
They come every year and Garrett loves working with them!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Go on over, pick a prompt and write your heart out!
Yep, 18 years ago, Garrett was born!
He is ONE OF A KIND!
He is at the front of the line!
So far, he has outperformed his older brother on every AP test that he has taken.
Not sensitive in that his feelings get hurt, but sensitive in that he can relate to others and he thinks about their feelings. He is empathetic.
* Garrett HoNoRS THe PRieSTHooD!
He willingly <- key word there, takes his brother to school, lacrosse, dances, and late night runs to Taco Bell. He is a good friend to both of his brothers. He never rats them out (darn!). He sticks up for them and he looks out for them.
He loves life. He's involved. He's always down for something crazy - boxing in the basement, dressing up and going to dinner downtown, TPing a girls' slumber party, going to the thrift store for wacky clothes or being a flag boy at the football games. He likes being creative and he's not afraid to put himself out there.
You wouldn't guess that he has played the violin since he was 6. He can sing. He can make up raps. He is an awesome dancer. He is athletic. He's a great public speaker. He is artistic. He has fashion sense.
He does the right thing and makes good choices.
I always ask, "Do you grade on funny? Is there a grade for that?"
If there was, he would be valedictorian.
Garrett, we love you! We're so glad you are in our family!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
* Here are the "Back to School" pictures.
And my subjects were not very cooperative.
"Really, let's do this after school."
P: "I don't know."
Me: "Didn't we do that last year?"
Me: "I know. But I swear we got out all the boxes."
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
If you know anything about me,
you know that I get pretty darn excited about
Ooooooo..........Look at these!
Special thanks to good friend Javan, for tipping me off about the new cupcake place in town.
I tried Carrot Cake, Lemon Supreme, Black Forest and Creme Brulee!
I also get excited about anything that is cute!!!
I love cute stuff!
Did you see something cute on my page?
Look to your right ->
Yep, I might be computer illiterate, but I have a great friend who took pity on me.
She made me that cool button.
Isn't it cool??????
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Ummm........if you are computer stupid like me but you like cute things,
Margaret will make you your very own custom button!
(at a great price!)
Go see Margaret at http://factwoman.blogspot.com/and just ask her! Reallly!
Oh and, she's doing cool seasonal buttons for Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving etc.
I am sooooo excited!!!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Go there. See the prompts. Pick one. Write! Link up!
I chose prompt #2 - Things I've Learned From My Toddler.
Except that I don't have a toddler but I have something a lot like a toddler...
but bigger and smellier and sweatier!
So without further ado:
Things I Have Learned From My Teenager
- Skip dessert!
You know what a good follow up to a rack of ribs, baked potatoes, corn on the cob and salad is? ANOTHER MEAL! Always plan on two dinners: D1 served at 6ish and D2 served at 8 or 9. Oh, and D2 can’t be a repeat of D1.
- When you get cash from the bank teller, ask him to give you that $100 in $5’s. No matter what denomination you hand a teenager, you won’t be getting any change back.
- “My math teacher is so dumb. She doesn’t know how to teach,” means “She’s on to me and I can’t get away with anything.” BUT, if you hear that from the entire team, then it means the teacher really is dumb and can’t teach.
- Never say never: as in “My child would NEVER….” Because right when you are saying that, your child is probably out doing it!
- It’s NEVER a good time to clean their room.
- Anything that is lost is probably under the bed or in their car. Check the trunk!
- The best time of the day is probably 2 am. It is completely unreasonable to expect anything to get done or anyone to move before noon and nothing fun starts before 9:30 pm.
- Just because it’s 8:30 on Friday night and your teenagers don’t have plans, doesn’t mean they are “in” for the night. Anything can happen!
- You can sleep in the same sheets for a month, but if you get a clean pair of jeans out of your closet and try them on, wear them for 30 seconds and then decide to change, the jeans are now dirty. Do not put them back in the closet. Throw them in the dirty clothes.
- Speaking of closets, why have one? Nothing needs to be hung up. It is much better to throw all the clothes on the floor so you can see exactly what you have to choose from.
These are just a few things I have learned.
And it's obvious that I need some more schooling!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
RANDOM THOUGHT TUESDAY with Keely at The Unmom/!
Here ya go - not that random - not that exciting.
Oh and Blogger is messin' up on the spacing!
*Did you know that LISTEN and SILENT have the exact same letters? Interesting! I learned that from the comics today.
*School starts in less than a week. Things will be pretty SILENT around here! And I’m not looking forward to it! Parker is in the family room reading All Quiet on the Western Front as I speak. Then he needs to type up his dialectic journal.
*Did you ever notice that “studying” is “student” and “dying” put together? I learned that on Facebook. Wow! I rely on such good sources for my education.
*If you can’t have chocolate cake for breakfast, may I suggest mashed potatoes and gravy? Scrumptious!
*I’m making cream puffs today- yummmmmm. I made the shells yesterday but I’m making the filling and assembling them this afternoon for a baby shower. Anyone want to guess how many I'll eat in the process?
*Tonight is email night! We get our weekly email from Trammell sometime between 10 pm and 2 am. I’m excited every Tuesday, but I am particularly excited because 12 new missionaries arrived last Wednesday and 12 missionaries left last Thursday, so Trammell was probably transferred AND probably has a new companion. Change is always exciting!
*Hmmm…….In my travels, I’ve noticed a few cars/vans that have little stickers, like Disney stickers, puppy stickers, “good job” stickers coating the inside of their back windows. Why? Do the parents figure that only the kids have too look through the stickered window? Are they thinking that it’s a good idea because it keeps the kids quiet? Are they thinking that a couple hours of scraping off Snow White and Cinderella is worth five minutes of quiet time? Just wondering.
*Oh, and lastly, my favorite Bonehead Brother got his Senior Pictures. Just when you are thinking of killing them, the photographer takes you in a dark room and plays a video of all 50 shots set to music. With Trammell, I just kept looking up at the ceiling so I wouldn't cry. With Garrett, I just let the tears roll. Yep, he saw me. Yep, I am totally sentimental about that kind of stuff. Yep, at the end of the year (or sooner, like today) I will say, "Good Riddance!" But I will cry too. I'll post some of the pics tomorrow.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Everything was going great.
Our time with Simon (the foreign exchange student) was awesome.
Remember, Simon was here for three weeks.
Everyone got along.
There was no fighting or bickering.
It was LOVE AT HOME.
Garrett and Parker were perfect gentlemen.
Everyone was polite and well mannered.
I know! It was almost boring.
AND THEN – Tyler came home.
He has been home for 24 hours and 20 of them have been here.
Parker and Simon and I were playing Farkle.
It was a perfectly cultured game.
Until the BONEHEAD BROTHERS came in.
They have never played Farkle and somehow, they thought the just repeating the word over and over was hilarious.
Garrett: “Did you just Farkle?”
Tyler: “No I just Shiatsued.”
Aren’t they soooo clever?
So of course, Simon is not getting any of this “intelligent” dialogue.
Isn’t that a shame!
But Tyler doesn’t want to leave Simon out of the hilarity.
Tyler: “Simon, how do you say ‘Fart’ in French?”
Simon: “Fart? I don’t know that word.”
Tyler, ever helpful, does what every boy in every country mastered when they were two.
He makes a loud and realistic farting noise.
Ahhh………the fart noise………another international bond.
All the boys think it’s beyond hilarious and are out of control laughing and pounding the kitchen table like they are back in pre school.
I can see the handwriting on the wall.
So much for our game.
So much for class and culture.
Americans are pigs!The Bonehead Brothers are pigs!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Not today. The trip was not today.
I playing along with Mama Kat at MamasLosinIt.com and Writers’ Workshop.
Today’s prompt is to tell about a trip to the ER.
Where to begin –
Last summer, Parker (aka Tiny Baby) played summer lacrosse with the high school team.
Last year, he was 13, 4’10”, 80 lbs and starting his Freshman year.
(As opposed to this summer – 14, 4’11 ¾”, 95 pounds and starting his Sophomore year)
Anyway, Parker usually played Junior Varsity.
The chances for death are so much slimmer there.
He plays “attack.”
His job is to score.
The opposing team uses their biggest guys as defenders.
Their job is to keep Tiny Baby from scoring.
Some games, Parker played Varsity.
You know what seniors look like.
Do you know what senior defenseman look like?
They are slightly bigger than 4’10” and they usually weigh more than 80 lbs.
Undeterred, Parker could usually be counted on for a couple of points.
We could also count on Parker taking a beating.
He usually got laid out at least once in a game.
One game, he got hit so hard that he flew into the air like a rag doll.
He didn’t get up.
He didn’t cry.
Since I like blood, gore and death, I didn’t panic.
Everyone else did though.
A nurse ran onto the field.
Parker was in tremendous pain.
The nurse could tell that his ribs weren’t broken but couldn’t tell if there was any type of internal injury.
He recommended that we go to the ER and get checked out but then mistakenly mentioned that IF there was an internal injury, there would be an increase in symptoms.
As we got Parker situated in the car, he said,
I just want to go home. I’m fine. I don’t want to waste 2 hours at the ER for them to tell me I’ll be fine.”
Every time we approached a hospital, I asked him about the pain and if he thought wwe should stop. He insisted we drive past.
It’s good parenting to let 13 year olds determine their course of treatment.
Five hospitals later, I finally pulled into the one closest to our house.
“Mom……I’ll be fine. Do you really want to waste the money on this? This will be the biggest waste of time.”
We paced around the car.
“On a scale of 1-10, how much pain are you in?” I asked?
“Mom, really, lets go home.”
So we did.
We went TO the ER
And then we went home.
That was last year.
He’s still alive.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Real whipped cream that is not whipped into stiff peaks but light peaks with vanilla and powdered sugar.
The fact the August is half over
*You know what my MOST PRODUCTIVE time of the day is? BEFORE 7 am.
You should see what I can accomplish if I get up around 5:30.
I am NOT a morning person!!!
*You know what is stupid?
You would not believe how many parents not only accompanied their seniors,
but actually insisted on carrying the pack of paperwork and doing all the talking for their 17 year old.
My job was to collect certain forms and then hand the student a small card with their information so they could get their picture taken and student ID made………nothing to do with parents.
After collecting the forms, I always handed the card to the student and addressed the student, giving them instructions.
What I wanted to do was ask the moms if they were going to go to college registration with their little baby next year. I didn’t though.
*You will not believe what tomorrow is………
I will sing you a song to give you a hint:
“Reunited and it feels so good…
Reunited and nah nah nah nah nah.”
Okay, so I don’t remember all of the Peaches and Herb song.
The other ½ of the BONEHEAD BROTHERS gets home tomorrow.
Brace yourself! Tyler arrives fresh from the summer session of college.
Garrett has reminded me EVERY day!
One of Parker’s friends was staying with us while his parents were out of town and Garrett told him that he was welcome to stay, but he would have to vacate the couch on Wednesday because that was Tyler’s bed.
Friday, August 7, 2009
We’ve had Simon with us for 10ish days. I’m too tired to do the math.
- 3 Trips to the Driving Range
- ½ day bowling
- 2 game nights
- 1 18 hole Round of Golf
- 3 days at a cabin in the mountains (remember the panning for gold, hiking, etc)
- 1 day at the water park
- 1 party at someone else’s house
- 1 party here with firepit, s’mores, and nightgames
- 2 boxing matches (I’m just a spectator here)
- 1 day at the Museum of Science and Nature
- 1 pizza/pool party
- 1 BBQ/pool party
- 1 lacrosse game
- 20 movies in French with English subtitle or vice-versa
- Too many hours to count down in Garrett’s “lair,” also known as the basement playing pool and video games.
- Countless late night runs for slurpees: “Mom! We HAVE to show Simon 7/11,” Taco Bell and pizza.
And now, the little angels are leaving for a 3 day leadership retreat with the high school. Simon gets to go along.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I picked Prompt #3: Tell what you found out when you spied on someone."
Except, I wasn't really spying.
I was eavesdropping.
And it doesn't count if it's your own kid!
I listened in as Amber (Tyler’s mom) and Garrett discussed the sad, sad separation of the Bonehead Brothers while Tyler has been attending summer session at BYU.
Now, remember that after THREE WEEKS of separation,
Garrett had to go out to Provo for a 5 day weekend fix.
Now, a week later and just 7 days (but who is counting) until Tyler comes home,
Amber and Garrett have a chance to chat.
So go ahead…….listen in……..I did!
Amber- “So, has it been tough this summer being without Tyler?”
Garrett – “Ummm….well kinda.”
Amber- “Yeah, cuz he’s like having a twin.”
Garrett – “Well, kinda, but it’s been like I’m missing………
not really a twin or…
not really like an appendage…….
but more like a tumor.”
Did he just call his best friend a “tumor?”
Is that like a cancerous tumor that you are relieved to get rid of or like a more pleasant kind of tumor?
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
25. We met when we were 14, started dating when we were 16, I sent you on your mission, we broke up, we got back together, we married when you got home. We grew up together. It’s been fun learning, discovering and growing together!
24. You are good at everything you do! You are smart, sensitive and knowledgeable ….except you still don’t know which group sings which 80’s songs.
23. You’re a hard worker! Whether it was for Proctor & Gamble, Black & Decker, Laundry Land or now at Cobecon International, you get up everyday and go out and “slay the dragon” for our family!
22. You’re a hard worker! Even after a long day at work, you come home and mow the lawn, clean the garage, help with dinner and then take me out to do something fun!
21. You’re a hard worker! Even after a long day of work and serving your family, you find the time to serve others whether it’s counseling young adults, running a meeting, or going to a scout activity.
20. You can fix anything – from string trimmers and vacuums to untangling necklaces and relationships. You can do it!
19. You are the master packer. No one can pack a suitcase, a car, or boxes on the basement shelves quite like you!
18. You’re organized. If someone needs a phone number for a plumber, a specialty battery, or a drill bit, not only do you have it, you know where to find it.
17. You are generous. When someone needs your time, advice, the number for a plumber, a specialty battery or a drill bit, you are always willing to give it to them….even though you may not ever see your tools again.
16. You are generous. You always look for the good in people and you see them not for what they are but what they can be. You build people up and help them reach their potential
15. You have the patience of Job!!!! You don’t freak out over little things or even big things (except when the boys complain about cleaning the garage but then, it wouldn’t be the same if they bounded out of bed all eager and happy to work and then what would you do with that lecture?) When there is a crisis, you just dive in and get to work.
14. You don’t just identify the problem, you come up with solutions. You are slow to find fault, quick to praise and you are a life line to many!
13. People are more important to you than things. You always take care of your possessions but you are even more passionate about family and friends. Everywhere you go, you know people. You always do a good job of maintaining relationships and showing that you care. 12. You always do the right thing. It might be hard. It might be painful. It might be a sacrifice. But you always take the high road and try to do what the Lord would do.
11. Family comes first. Even though there are a lot of balls to juggle, you always make US a priority. You always find time to reconnect and spend time with the ones you love.
10. You are thoughtful. Everyday is “Be nice to Lee day.” You truly look for ways to make my life easier every single day. And you encourage the boys to treat me lovingly and with respect.
9. You are thoughtful. You can tell when I need a little pick me up.
8. Our relationship comes first! I love when everyone is asleep and we sneak out for early morning runs for donuts, bagels, or breakfast. I love it when we leave the kids home to do the dishes and we “run and errand” that includes a stop at Dairy Queen or Sonic. We don’t have a date NIGHT. We have nightS and entire date weeks!
7. I love road trips, airplane trips, long weekends, and vacations with you that are just the two of us. I love the uninterrupted hours we get to spend together to laugh, cry, talk, reminisce.
6. You are patient. You listen to me when I get on a rant without pointing out that while I have a valid point, it could probably be expressed without 25 expletives. You don’t judge. You try to help.
5. You make me a better person. You never come right out and say, “You should change.” Or “You would be more loveable if……” You model Christlike behavior and set a righteous example. Maybe, in another 25 years, it will rub off on me.
4. We are united. We are passionate about the same things: God, each other, family. You know what I will say or what I think about something and vice versa.
3. We’re a team – whether we’re making the bed, doing dishes, making a career decision or solving the problems of the world. We’re in it together!
2. I come first with you. You are my protector and defender and are completely loyal.
1. YOU ARE THE BEST!