Thursday, September 11, 2008

Nothing like a weekend in the canyon!

My family (including but not limited to - Parents, brothers, brothers girlfriends, some cousins, some other cousins, friends, etc. - because if you know my Mom she invited you) decided to do a weekend camping trip before it became too cold. This included 2 very large combined camp sites at Redmond Campground (possibly my new favorite local spot) a bunch of full size trucks filled with coolers, tents, sleeping bags, barrels and barrels of the best firewood not available for purchase, chairs, chairs, chairs, fishing poles, lanterns, the top 3 drawers in my Mom's kitchen, too much food, monopoly, cards lets see did I mention food we had so much food. This was the first time we (Nonda, the kids and I) have been camping together. This might be the first time Nonda has ever been camping in his life (camping on the beach at a lake doesn't count) We hiked up to Twin Lake one day to fish and let me just tell you that I have some troopers for kids. The trail head says 1 mile no big deal, right? It is almost straight up and made up of very loose rocks. They did so great! Fishing wasn't very exciting, however Jeff decided to wander out to get his line unstuck from a rock. He ended up falling in the water and getting his feet attacked by fish. That was priceless, thank goodness for cameras. We even saw lots of baby ducks. For some "Random" (see pic) reason almost all of they guys on our hike wore a red shirt, 5 out of 7. Even more "Random" Eric and Russell even wore the exact same red shirt. Needless to say this got us some strange looks, but better yet helped for strangers to give some of our group directions to where the rest of our group had gone when we got seperated. And we didn't even have to ask, the guy was just so proud that he knew we were together, he offered the information. We roasted lots of marshmallows and made lots of smores. Andy even broke out the ukulele. It was such a perfect weekend. I wish we took advantage of the mountains we live so close to more often.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

6 Randoms...tagged by Nikki

6 random bits of information about myself...
My friend Nikki tagged me ...... I have to list 6 random facts about me...........

1-) I have to sing (not well, mind you) when listening to music, I CAN NOT just listen. Drives Nonda crazy.

2-) I have an obsession with the dictionary, I keep a copy on my nightstand. I will argue with you if you use slang when speaking. Even more so, if you try to find offense in a slang word. (No sense is being offended by words that aren't real) I have decided to refer to my children as progeny. I will pass my charm to my progeny.

3-) I secretly wish I was a race car driver, and every so often the urge escapes my control. Too bad, even with though the minivan has GPS. From NASA, it doesn't do 200 mph.

4-) I have a purse obsession and Nonda encourages it by buying me multiple purses at a time.

5-) I have a rather large accumulation of cookbooks/recipes and gardening books/magazines.

6-) I have A.D.D. hopefully this is not something I will pass on to my progeny.

now I tag..... Misty, Eric and Carrie.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Blog 'to do list'

This is more for me than anyone else. I need to blog about a few things so I am making myself a list. If there is anything else you feel I need to share, please feel free to add.

  • Whatever it was that Nikki tagged me to do...
  • The family camping weekend.
  • The ALA fundraiser we went to, the celebrities we encountered, and of course the make you look (or at least feel) like a star sunglasses my brother got me in Italy. And I guess I should explain why these have anything to do with the fundraiser.
  • Naia's birthday party...because she had the cutest cake...which will lead me to my aunts cake making.
  • Getting ready for school to start tomorrow. And why it has been more about me this year than the kids. Getting them ready was a cinch.
  • My torn thoughts about the possibility of going back to work full time.
  • Jen's new car.
  • High school reunions...mostly just because Ramsi gave me pics for my blog. Thanks Ramsi.
  • The only reasons I am okay with Fall being on it's way. Because the thought of summer ending makes me oh so sad.
  • My new hair cut.

I would start tonight, however the basement is way too cold and Nonda is gone with the laptop. I want to be upstairs, where it is warm, pretending fall is not coming.