Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Just so you all know...I don't actually sleep IN my pantry, I do have a really nice, warm and cozy bed! (Although at times when I wake up in the middle of the night and am hungry, I am tempted to curl up on a pantry shelf with the bag of oreos!) Ok, just had to clear that up...I feel much better now...Thanks!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Hudsen: Mom, my lips hurt real bad, does dad have any chapstick in here?
Me: I don't think so, maybe I have some in my purse.
Hudsen: Yeah, dad probably doesn't have any in here...moms are much more prepared!
(Laughing...I find some in my purse, give to child)
Hudsen: Oh thanks, is this yours or dad's?
Hudsen: Yeah, I was going to be real surprised if it was dad's!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
What a mess... where's the maid when I need her...
And AFTER! Taa-Daa.
This is one of the down sides of having 4 girls...they can usually pass down their clothes but then that requires me to go through everything and see what still fits, what's too worn to keep and what's just Plain Ugly now. After all, my oldest is 16 so what was in style back then really doesn't make the Top Ten list today. Although I try to get them to wear the jeans that buttoned up by the boobs (aka 90's fashion) they just aren't going for it. Plus our closets aren't that big so I am required to stash fall/winter or spring/summer clothes up in boxes. What a pain that is...I usually wait so long to do this nasty task that by the time I get down the clothes they should be wearing, all the pants are now floods or the shirts are too tight.
This is when it'd be nice to have one girl, one boy..."oh darn it, we'll just have to go out and buy you all new clothes for the season." Then box up the old clothes and make a run to DI. Simple as that!
Then it's off to coach Hope's soccer team...yes, I did say coach. I know you are probably asking yourselves, "Does she know anything about soccer?" And the answer to that would be NO! But they were so desperate for a coach and after the guy called me like 12 times I said yes, I'll do it but don't expect anything great from me. You see, I think I can play many sports with relative ease (Ok, maybe back in my younger years when I didn't pee anytime I jumped up and down or exerted myself at all!) It just so happens that volleyball and soccer are 2 sports I never played...now basketball, softball, field hockey I could do...just not soccer! But I figured having me as a coach was better than no coach at all. After all, how bad could I mess up...I mean they are only 9, even if they all know much more than me about soccer, I just follow their lead. So far I have been really good at: 1. Learning their names (only 5 kids on the team, one being mine) 2. Being in charge of the snacks 3. Missing a bunch of practices and games while we were on vacation! There, so far so good! Now girls, remember the Cheer we practiced, "Girls RULE, Boys drool...Go, Fight...Hit 'em with a big hard tool" Oh wait...that's not it.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Maybe I can slip in a nap today...TTFN (those of you not familiar with tigger talk, that stands for "ta ta for now"!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Things I am doing today:
1. A butt load of laundry!
2. Nursing a sick child...poor Hudsen!
3. Eating a large amount of chocolate!
4. Not showering!
5. Mopping floors!
6. Blogging when I should be working!
7. Missing my mommy!! Isn't she a cutie...I miss you mom. Love you!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Oh I know, you are probably getting so sick of me talking about my trip and what a fabulous time we had and blah, blah, blah, shove it in my ear...right? So this will be the final writing of my 9 day adventure to Europe. (I think)
In short, views were fantastic; food was so-so; finding my diet coke when in need, a definite plus; frying my flat iron the day we got there, Sucked; buying a new one for way too much (I won't even put the price, in case RC reads this) Sucked; finding out the plugs were different in England than in France and couldn't use the flippin Louis Vuitton flat iron, suck, suck! Spending lots of time with Randy;great...except when I wanted to do some serious shopping then I needed him to just find a bench and have a seat! Seeing Wicked and Grease (which we paid for twice 'cause we missed the first show 'cause I got the days mixed up and then proceeded to throw the temper tantrum of a 3 yr old 'cause I REALLY wanted to see it); thoroughly entertaining!
Overall...a trip of a lifetime and one I won't soon forget. Thanks babe for being my traveling companion and keeping me in stitches with your great French accent...I love you!
But I'm happy to be home and see my girls... even if my house is not so clean and my laundry room looks like the entire contents of every shelf and closet in my house is now on the ground!
I am happy to be blogging away and catching up on all the posts that I missed this past week. Even if I am going a bit overboard...Hailey told Randy tonight that she hates when I blog because I am the worst listener. Ok, I'll try not to be so obsessive!
Goodnight my friends, sweet dreams.
Me coming out of the bell tower in Notre Dame, acting like Quazimodo. Wow, look at those rolls, take it easy on those pastries Missy!
Enjoying a hot beverage outside a cafe in Paris on our first day!
Oh Paris, city of love and romantic sights...like this one straight up the ole nostrils!
This is for real...this sign was in the restrooms at the Tower of London. Didn't know they had such distinguished awards over in England!
This was out in the English countryside, in a town called Lower Slaughter. So quaint and tranquil (if you ignore the name)First time I saw this in England I just thought the "I" was missing (I obviously didn't read the entire sign) Soon I realized this is just like a "To Lease" sign over in the States. I am so brilliant I know!!Westminster Abbey, really beautiful...couldn't believe how many churches are over there. Almost as many LDS chapels as in SLC (like one on every other street corner)
Felt like I was in a fairy tale...the houses were so small and I was on the look out for the seven dwarfs singing "Hi Ho" on their way home!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Last night we went to the show, GREASE, it was fantastic and fun. And no real British accents that I noticed because Sandy and Danny were from the States. Today we went out to the English countryside, saw Oxford University and the Cotswolds. Absolutely breathtaking!! (Great suggestion mom, you get an A) Oxford was very cool and old... Hailey would be so jealous because we saw where alot of Harry Potter was filmed. I was hoping to take in a quick game of Quiddich but no luck, besides my nymbus (sp?) 2000 had broken down. We looked all over for Harry but didn't spot him...but Hailey, dad did bring home the closet thing he could find. While we were in the countryside R and I went into this old, quaint tavern to eat. It was one of the highlights of my trip! We sat next to this old British couple, probably well into their 80's, and couldn't help but ease drop. They were the cutest couple and I was having a ball listening in on their conversation (by the way after 9 straight days with your spouse, love ya RC, you start to listen to alot of other people talking because quite frankly you are sick of talking to the same person over and over!!) But anyway, at one point in the conversation the wife said, "You know dear I am highly suspicious of salads" Which the husband replies with, "Oh yes, I know dear, so am I." But imagine it all said in a very English accent. I almost asked them if I could take their picture holding their salads! Chrissy Lou...you would have loved it.
Well I must run...have to go pack and fit all my crap in my suitcase which is now the size of a small house (My stuff that is)! Lots of love and I'll post lots of pictures when I get home. (Sorry no pics while in London, can't get this computer to cooperate!)
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Let me first say that yes indeed, all that have warned me about the brits and the yellow teeth thing are absolutely right. I think they need a few more Zoom whitening labs and orthodontists over here...better yet why doesn't ABC start a Extreme Mouth Makeover...England edition? It is quite unattractive, but I'm sure that when they come over to the states they say the same thing about Americans and us being such an overweight country. I have noticed that is such a huge difference...not very many fat people at all.
OK on to what we have been doing...we have seen Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Tower of London, the crown jewels, Harrods, Hyde Park and so much more. Tomorrow we go to Buckingham Palace and see the changing of the guards. We also saw WICKED the first night we arrived. I've seen it twice in NYC but wanted to show RC what I am always talking about. Very good but took awhile for me to get used to the british accent on Galinda...overall still one of my favorites. Sorry girls that I saw it without you...Hope and Hudsen I promise your next:)
Well I have lots more tales to tell but I am using a computer that has no chair and I have to type standing up, hunched over...so I must make this short. Don't the Brits believe in planting your butt down in a comfy chair and blogging till your hearts desire? It's not like I haven't been walking 100 miles a day with a friggin bag weighing 30 lbs slung over my shoulder and a diet coke in one hand(yes, I have found them here) and more souvenirs than I know what to do with, in the other hand!! I mean c'mon lads, give me a CHAIR so I can sit for a spell!!!
Love to all, especially my cute kids...miss you soooooooo much and see you soon girls!
Monday, September 17, 2007
But not to worry I am still having a fantastic time. Woke up early today at 7am and we were out the door and shopping when the stores opened. I have never been so amazed by the endless shopping possibilities here in this city. We went to a few department stores where I literally stood there with my mouth wide open, not knowing where to start. The kids clothes are to die for but I would probably have to sell one of them (my kids, that is) to pay for the outfit. And then that would really defeat the purpose of shopping for them...so alas, I managed to find some more reasonable finds. Don't worry girls...we don't have to draw straws yet to see who has to go! (Just kidding...I love my girls soooooooo much and do miss them.)
We really have had a wonderful time here and will leave for London tomorrow. I will miss Paris but will not miss the foul odors...I'm not kidding when I say they are some of the worst I've had the displeasure to smell. (And I think it's bad when my girls get home from school smelling like "recess" and "puppies") We have taken the metro (subway) all over this city and so you really are packed in tight with all these "frenchies" and other non deodorant wearing tourists. Of course Randy and I always smell divine! 'K folks time to make my departure for this leg of the trip. Bon Jour!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Ok on to other things...we saw the Eiffel Tower today and it really was amazing. Didn't go up though because lines were ridiculous! And after climbing Notre Dame I thought I'd give my feet a rest. We went to Moulin Rouge tonight and that was fun to see. It is in the red light district, so not a place I'd like to take my kids! On 2nd thought...it really wasn't any worse than Vegas and they've seen that. Tomorrow is our last full day here and we are going to do some serious shopping! Any requests?
And for my last commentary of the night, I have only one thing left to say...
BUY SOME DEODORANT PEOPLE!! I'm sorry and I don't mean to be rude to the French but please, just apply at least once a day!!
We really are having a great time and seeing some fabulous sights...it is beautiful here. So good night for now...sorry I have no french words tonight...I left my english to french translation book in the room! I love you girls (if you are reading this) and be good while we are gone. Big kisses to you all!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Then we headed over to Bastille for some exploring although we went at the worst possible time I think. There was some music fest going on, a parade and all sorts of drunken french teenagers EVERYWHERE! I have never seen anything like it and was glad for my sweet innocent Hannah...who I'm sure would never be caught dead at one of those soirees (party, for those who don't speak French as fluently as me) RIGHT HANNAH??
Tonight we went to Champs de Elyssess, lots of cool stores...my favorite was Sephora. I never seen so many beauty products, perfumes, etc in my life. Tara, I thought of you the whole time...you'd been dizzy from all the products and might go into shock. This is a picture from there:(Don't be confused, that is not me in the upper right hand corner)
So I must go now, I'm sure Randy (who is in the room) is wondering where the flip I am...he can't even get me away from this blogging thing in the most romantic city in the world! Poor thing...but don't worry, he's not going without attention (Wink Wink, Nudge, Nudge)
Au revoir ma ami
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Just for a moment I'd like to go back to the days right after 9/11, when our country came together and stood united, as one, without political divides and with a true love for mankind. Maybe we can start today in our own little lives to make a difference, to truly love our fellow man and neighbor. I'm willing to give it a shot! Thanks again to all those who matter in my life and may you and your family be blessed on this day.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Ok this is the day I've been dreading for awhile now! All 4 of my kids are gone to school...we have year round school here so my two youngest started back at the end of July, but have been off track for the last 3 weeks. So while they have been off track, my JR High'r and HS'r started school. So today, the youngest 2 started back to school...are you still following this? Anyways, my little sidekick Hudsen, has now decided that she is old enough to leave me all day. Excuse me, I don't remember giving her permission to grow up...how rude! So I will have to find a way to pull myself together and go on with my day...my first stop of course, after I dropped them off, was to race to the nearest 7-11 and grab a SUPER Big Gulp Diet Coke! Life just goes by too fast, one day you are changing diapers and the next you are crying your eyes out because all of your children are at school. Good thing I have a list a mile long of things that I need to get done before I leave for Europe. (I know I make it sound like I can barely live without my children and just 3 short days later I hop on a plane to take me 1/2 way around the world without them! ...'K girls, bye bye...be good, see you in 10 days")
So now I must quit my boobing and get on with it...did you notice though that my blogging made it 1st on my list (well right after my Diet Coke run), I really have my priorities straight!