Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Jude!

We traveled to KC this weekend to 1) Celebrate my godson's 2nd Birthday!!! and 2) Try and sell our house...  I bet you can guess which one I had more fun doing!  Here are some pics of the little squirt and family from our outing to a Japanese Steakhouse to celebrate!

Mom and Madi cracking themselves up!

Group Picture (Minus J...who's taking the pic)

My Babies!

Check out those chopsticks skills!

Coolest thing ever!  This place had a sushi bar with a sushi train!!!  You just grab your plate of sushi that looks goods off the train and munch on down!  I think one guy had a bit too much sake...he kept missing his plate! 

Birthday cake and ice cream face!


How cute are those two!  Now I know why Jude was all buddy buddy with J the rest of the weekend!  He got to give him the cake and icecream!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Self Epiphanies

Some of these are more recently discovered than others...some were just discovered this weekend!  I had a long, boring, 4 hour road trip back from KC all by my lonesome to ponder on them all though and thought I'd share with you!

. I am the person to tell you that you have cilantro in your tooth, a boogie hangin' out, or a fly unzipped...whether I know you all that well or not!

. I am also the person on the other end of things that will self-assess myself to you...because let's face was running through your mind while I was talking to you anyways: For example, 'Oh, yes, that is Poison Ivy on my neck; not a moldy fungus!'  or 'I know I need to wax my hairy eyebrows so quit staring at them!' or 'Don't get too close to me, I stink!'

. I'm a procrastinator...and damn good at it!

. I have a relatively small perimeter when it comes to what size of things I'm capable of stressing out about.  Large things are just out of my control, so why stress!?!

. Why pay for cool junk when you can get it for free (more to post on that later!)?

. I heart bangs today

. A car that's paid for will always look better than one that's not!

. The End

What are some of your self epiphanies?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Prove it!

Goodness gracious! For those of you out there that read my blog and aren't the brave 4 that actually identify yourselves as 'followers' (which by the way, thank you guys!) and you also are not related to me (now they're droppin' like flies!) let me recap my year so far:

- January: Start new job and move in with my fiance!
- Around March/April (I don't even remember now!):  J relocates 4 hours away and starts new job.  I give two week notice that I will be quitting my new job.  I search aimlessly for new job in soon to be new town.  Oh, but I end up finding two part time jobs to equal a full time job.
- April, May, June: J drives 4 hours back to KC every Friday night after work to be with me (did I mention at this point in time I'm living with my sis, brother in law, and niece and slack off my back...did I mention I was living with my lovely niece and nephew!!!)  We work on fixing up our house every Saturday and Sunday so we can sell it.  J drives back home 4 hours (did I mention he is living with the 'rents at this point in time???).
- June:  I start my two part time jobs and we move!  Woo hoo!  Minus the moving part, having to learn 2 new jobs, 2 new sets of names, and still to this day not quite sure which direction North is in!
- July:  Did you catch my mention in January of 'fiance'!  We traveled to CO for our wedding (That we were also planning this whole time).  Then up North all over for our honeymoon.  (House is still not sold...we are still driving to KC every weekend to work on it....BIG FAT siiiiiigggghhhh!)
- August - Now: Still driving to KC every weekend.  House is finally complete...just waiting for a buyer now!  Finally starting to get all our crap settled and distributed.  By that I mean we took about 2,000 sq ft of stuff and consolidated it into about 700 sq ft of space.  A task that is not all that easy and if it weren't for J's parents allowing us to take over their storage areas...we'd be screwed!

I counted and last night was our 4th Friday night home at our new house since we moved here at the beginning of June.  The first Friday night here, we spent the whole night busting our tails to get stuff unpacked and somewhat clean and orderly because my mom was on her way to visit.  The second Friday, J went out with some buddies and I piddled.  The third one, we did much needed yard work and hung out with J's parents, and then there was last night...I worked until 8:30, we went to dinner...J got called into work!  Exciting...I know!  Lord only knows what we'll do with ourselves when we have a Saturday night here at home and not in KC.  Which, that would mean we sold our house...which that would mean we will be hosting a GREAT big party!!!

Not the most exciting post I know!  But, life has been very chaotic and things are finally starting to simmer down a bit!  Hopefully that will give me more time to post some crafts I have cooked up in my head!  Thanks for staying tuned in to our blog through it all though!  I have a ton of ideas for new posts on things that have happened during this chaos...soon to come!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Recap!

In memory of our two year anniversary doing this:

...I didn't drive at all on Labor Day!  Whew!  We managed to 'keep 4 on the floor', 'the shiny side up', and 'black on black' as my family tells us everytime we talk to them and they find out we're traveling on the road in a vehicle.

On to happier (and more current) topics of the weekend though!  The theme of our weekend seemed to be this:
Yes, that's hot, sweaty, dirty, and working for food.  No, that does not mean we hung out with a creepy old bum that liked to hang ten alot!
J and I went to the good ol' state of Okie-homa to visit my grandpa.  Amazingly enough, I always find myself wannin' tuh tawlk lack this...after being there for more than a day.  And!  Should you ever get lost on the way to Oklahoma and in a tired stooper catch yourself asking this question at the gas station,  'Are we still in Kansas or did we pass into Oklahoma yet?'  Just look around you for the answer.

  • Ginormous bugs crawling out of the woodwork outside?  Check!

  • 110% humidity?  Check!

  • Count the number of vehicles around you...are at least 12 of them trucks?  Check!

  • Of those 12 trucks, do the 12 drivers have a combined total of 1.5 sets of full teeth?  Check!
Sorry my friend, we're not in Kansas anymore!
So we were there to help Grandpa do some work outside around his house so that he didn't kill himself...which he has been known to come close to doing before (falling off a ladder, with a chainsaw in hand, and shattering his ankle!).  We spent Saturday and Sunday running a chainsaw and hauling the mess away.  After Day 1 we had this burn pile created:
(notice the rusty old barrel)
After Day 2, our pile looked like this:
(notice rusty old barrel is no longer visible)
Okay, so the pics don't do our hard work justice in my opinion.  That pile is about 12 feet high though!  Here are a few more pics of us working hard:
Justin on the ladder that he precariously perched himself on while running the chainsaw...eeek!

That's Grandpa parking 'Ol' Blue'!
This is the after view...I forgot to take before's but as you can see, all those brown areas on the ground were covered in trees!
Moving along!  In turn for all this hard work we ate the following (and my apologies to Kay and Grandpa if I forgot some of the deliciousness we had!):   *disclaimer:  All being homemade of course!
Buttermilk biscuits, buttermilk pancakes, eggs, omelets, cooked spiced peaches and apples, banana bread, t-bones, salad, homemade jellies, hamsteaks, bacon, garden tomatoes, Senor Salsa's...mmm, rotel and cheese dip, homemade salsa, blueberry sponge cake, ice cream, margaritas, beer, juice, coffee...I'm sure I am forgetting a few...but good LORD!  We packed in the homemade YUM day after day!  I'm sure I've gained 10 pounds...I'm too scared to look!  We also took home okra, pickles, jams, and banana loaves with us.  It's not a trip to Grandpa's unless you leave with deliciousness as well!
Have you ever had one of those Oh.My.God embarassing moments?  You know, like when you accidentally walked in on two co-workers having an affair on the conference room table?  Or when you got busted snooping for Oreo's your brother-in-law hid from you?  Or that very terrible time you could have swore it was just gonna be a fart?  (Not like I'd know about any of these!)
(snicker, snicker)  Well now!  Heeeeeere's a story for ya!  Let me paint you a picture.  It's Saturday morning, J is long done with his shower, wide awake, and sipping coffee with Grandpa in the living room.  I on the other hand am peeling my eyes open, crawling out of bed, sleep showering, and getting ready to throw on some ragged work clothes whennnn...what's this?  Oh shit!  Noooooo waaaaayyy, I couldn't have!  No underwear!?!?!  I packed not one sole pair of undies!  Now, I'm not one for being shy nor am I one for a little commando action if need be...but we were getting ready to go get all hot and sweaty...and that's just wrong!  So what do I do?  Go scavenging of course!  I immediately think of looking in J's bag...'Crap!  He doesn't even OWN a pair of tighty whiteys...let alone would have packed them for the weekend if he did.  And I can't wear boxers...all I have for work clothes is spandex yoga capri pants!'  My throat starts to tighten, my stomach is filling with rocks, I'm starting to sweat, panic is setting in.  I spy the dresser in the corner of the bedroom.  'Hmmm...wonder if it is in use or not?'  I open the first drawer, it's my grandpa's hankies.  'This could be promising.'  I open the second drawer, socks and boxers.  'Warmer.'  Low and behold, laying there in drawer no. 3...tighty whiteys!  (Now, here is where I tell my audience to stop reading if you are actually my Grandpa...whom my dumbass gave this blog address to while there!...or keep reading, know this is a confession, and NEVER talk about it again!)  I pick up what looks like a perfectly pressed pair of brilliant white Hanes...size 32!  'Sweet!  They might fit me!'  (I stress this last thought to convey to you that my grandpa is a VERY clean man and I have no qualms or doubts in my mind that perhaps he hasn't even worn these at all...right???...they look that new!)  I'm standing there, desperate, naked, and in a hurry by now.  Without having to make my mind process what I'm about to do, I quickly snatch up the undies, shove my feet into them, and go to yank 'em up as quickly as possible!  Urrrrrrrrrr-ch!  Screeching halt!  'Shit!  My fat thighs and those little chicken leg size 32 holes are not compatible!'  Right.then.and.there. J opens the door!  Talk about a deer in headlights!
J: What the hell are you doing?
Me: Get out of here!  Shut the door!  Go!
J: What the hell are you wearing?
Me: Sigh!  What's it look like!
J:  Why don't you wear a pair of my boxers? (By now I have crammed them up on me, the waistband is under my boobs, and my fat thighs are bulging out the bottoms...pretty picture to paint...I know!)
Me: No, I can't becuase I don't have my work jeans.  Now, go back out that door and pretend this never happened!!!
J:  What are you going to do with them when you're done?!?!
Me:  I haven't got that far yet!  LEAVE!
Needless to say, the tighty whiteys came home with us.  Sorry about that grandpa.
So, I also bought some of these over the weekend:
I also have confirmation that I must have rolled around in this as well:
Leaves of 3, leave 'em be!  It looks like Poison Ivy gave me a hickey on my neck!  Bleck!
And that was my fabulous Labor Day Weekend!  How was yours?