Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Parade

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I hadn't been to a parade in years. I was so excited to learn that there was a Memorial Day parade in my own town of Portsmouth. I asked a few friends and they asked some more friends and soon we had a little group meeting downtown to watch the parade together. It was so fun. William LOVED it! He would wave to the veterans and police officers. He'd clap for the fire engines and high school bands. It was a total Norman Rockwell moment. Afterwards we stopped for some ice cream and then went down for a nap. What a great day!!

Perfect Day with Grandpa

We had some good times with Grandpa. We went to Nauticus in downtown Norfolk (the naval history museum, aquarium, and maritime center). Then we went to lunch in Virginia Beach, went home for a little nap, then off to the park until bedtime. What a great day!

Grandpa and William at the Park

William climbed the the baby rock wall . . . with grandpa's help.
The victory dance after reaching the top.
William loves making friends
Boys and dirt . . . go figure!
Poor guy hates it when it's time to go.

Spring Fling!

I know this is late but I just barely uploaded my photos.

My dad surprised me a few weeks ago and it was so great to have a distraction while waiting for Sean's homecoming. We went to Robyn's and got to go to Lauren's elementary school's Spring Fling. The boys had a great time. There was a bounce house, hot dogs, and a playground. Kid heaven! It was so fun to finally be outside.

Bounce House! William wasn't too sure about it. He crawled out early.
Say 'Cheese!'William was on the go non stop!
Shootin' hoops in the gym.
Ryan and Robyn
Me and William
Ryan on the slide
William will only go down the slide on his belly

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Stuff About Me Times Eight

8 Things I’m Passionate About
1) Family
2) Scrapbooking
3) Sean
4) Playing piano
5) My religion
6) Taking naps
7) Having a nice house
8) Finding the right gift to give

8 Songs I Can Listen to Over and Over Again and Never Get Sick of
1) It's My Life - Bon Jovi
2) Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
3) Pachelbel's Canon in D
4) Come What May - Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
5) Time to Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
6) Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
7) Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
8) Move Along - All American Rejects

The Past 8 Books I’ve Read
1) Guinevere, Queen of the Summer Country - Rosalind Miles
2) You Are Special - Max Lucado
3) Grimm's Fairy Tales
4) Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
5) Something Borrowed - Emily Griffin
6) The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
7) Constant Princess - Phillippa Gregory
8) Greeting the Day With a Song - Frances Peterson

8 Things I Say Often
1) Say, 'Mama!'
2) Awesome!
3) William, come here
4) Large Diet Coke, please
5) Oh man!
6) Oh, my sweet baby
7) Say, 'Yes' William
8) You need a diaper change

8 Things That Attract Me to a Friend
1) Similar interests
2) Not uptight
3) Sense of humor
4) Likes to do stuff
5) Likes my family
6) Dependable
7) Helpful
8) Able to vent frustration to

8 Random Things About Me
1) I miss my PlayStation 2 (it was sold in a garage sale)
2) I love making fun of B movies (with the right crowd)
3) I hate clothes shopping
4) I used to hate kids
5) I love to play the piano (but I can't accompany singers very well)
6) I love spicy Thai food
7) The show, "Friends" always puts me in a good mood (and still makes me laugh)
8) I Hate My Ghetto Car!

8 Things I Want to Do Before I Die
1) Walk on the Great Wall of China
2) Tour Europe
3) Go on another cruise
4) Go back to Thailand
5) Have grandkids
6) Live in my dream house
7) Go to New York
8) See Mount Rushmore

8 Things I’ve Learned This Past Year
1) I'm not as tough as I thought
2) I have a hard time sleeping alone
3) How to stand up for myself when I believe I'm being wronged
4) I love/hate being in a military family
5) You don't have to have the perfect family to be useful in church
6) Buying a house is tricky
7) Single parents have it ROUGH!
8) Socialized medicine SUCKS!

8 People I'm Tagging
1) Robyn
2) Melissa
3) Anne
4) Sara
5) Becky
6) Emily
7) Krisha
8) Lauren

I'm a Gardener! Sort of. . .

As soon as we moved in our first home, Sean wanted to begin home improvements. I love that he showed initiative and a genuine desire to work on the house, but the projects proved more than we can handle. I say 'we' because he would start it, and I would be left home to finish, or continue. Anyway, one of the first things we did was replace the back lawn. The grass here is very ugly and not green and lush like we're used to. So we killed it off and seeded a new lawn in the back. The front is still a bunch of weeds. Eww. Oh well, it was the beginning of Fall and everyone had crappy yards with dead leaves all over.

Now that it's Spring, the grass/weeds are growing like, well, weeds. I started getting notices in the mail about being fined for being 'The White Trash House.' What a burn! We didn't have a lawnmower, but we had a weed whacker. I got it out and after figuring out that it was battery powered (Sean's idea), I tried to clear up the weeds along the edge of our property. It was the most gutless, waste of power tool I had ever used! I swear the weeds were laughing at me. Angry and fed up, I packed William in the car and we headed out to buy a lawnmower. . .

Here is the lawn mower I wantedHere is the lawn mower Sean wanted
This is what we compromised on

So I got a normal mower that's is pretty powerful and had it delivered today. I put William down for a nap and went outside to 'stop the madness!' that was our backyard. I was amazed how nice it looked after a good mowing. Even though there are a bunch of weeds and bald spots and thin grass patches, it looks okay. I liken it to a balding man who finally shaves off the comb-over. I finally mowed our yard's comb-over and now we're not the ugliest yard in the neighborhood. Hooray!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

My Poor Little Website

I have so many things wasting my time online (MySpace, Facebook, IMDB, Homestarruner, etc.) that I have neglected the upkeep of my scrapbooking website. I logged on to look at it hoping to be inspired to add another post. I couldn't believe what I saw. All of my Google ads were hijacked for online pharmaceutical websites. My poor little website was turned into a drug dealer! I had to consult Sean in how to fix this. It's tough because these hackers are so relentless. When I blocked one ad, ten more come up. I hate that my site is promoting second rate prescription drugs but I hate even more that it prevents me from making any money on my website. I get paid by how many clicks a day I get on the ads. Scrapbookers don't usually have ED problems so my click rate has gone way down. I just wanted to let you all know that I'm not a drug dealer on the side and I am trying to fix the problem.