Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Sorry about the McDonald's menu style background stuff. I'm trying to decide what to do about a new blog background, and it may wait until we know the gender of the baby.

ps: Only 9 more days until that happens! - don't forget to vote!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Vote

If you haven't noticed, I have "the vote" up in the right corner. You have until August 6th at 10am to vote on what you think the gender is! That's when I get my ultrasound and find out what it is myself! woohoo! - Counting down the days (23!)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Dave's Weekend Project

Dave had to stay home from my little trip to New Mexico to work, unfortunately. And then I went and took Monkey with me, too, so he was completely alone! Poor, lonely Dave!

One good thing about having Monkey gone with me was that it left the backyard wide open for Dave's weekend project.

Our backyard was about half grass, a quarter dirt, and a quarter weeds. Mix in some holes that Monkey had dug. So Dave cleared out and leveled everything. Unfortunately I don't really have a "before" picture, but here's after all the grass and weeds (except my sunflower) were removed and the holes filled in.

Then Dave bought some sod from somewhere and had a few friends come over to help him lay the sod. I'm pretty sure it was hot and tiring work. What an awesome husband I have!

Here's an "after" picture with all the sod laid:

The grass is growing together nicely, and there are only a few dead spots from the top layer of sod on the pallet. We may go petition the sod company to replace the ones that were dead. Dunno. I'm hoping it's "walkable" soon so we can actually go out and enjoy it. Monkey already enjoys it all the time, and even discovered that she could pull up the sod and dig UNDER it, but that was highly discouraged by us when we caught her in the act. Bad dog!

Dave also fixed the sprinkler system by replacing the sprinklers so that the sod won't die. Monkey loves chewing up the old pieces of sprinkler system. This one made her look like she was using a snorkel. Then with the flash, her eyes turned fluorescent, so she looks like an alien dog visiting from another planet using a snorkel! What a silly dog.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


So if you follow Molly's blog you've probably already heard about this. I found this blog through Molly's post about this giveaway for wall stencils and I'm addicted! (How's that for some sentences jam-packed with links!?)

Anyway, the stencil I'm hoping to win is called Spring Songbirds Wall Art Stencil

I'd tell you all to go enter for the free wall stencils, but that would lessen my chance of winning!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

To NM and Back!

Last weekend I got to drive home to New Mexico and spend some time with my family and my best friends ever.

I headed out on Thursday at around 10am. At about 10:20am traffic was at a dead stop in the canyon for 2 HOURS. Actually, that’s not exactly true. It was stopped for 1 and ½ hours, and then it started moving again, only to stop again for another ½ hour. Turns out there were two major accidents. Sad story. If you’ve ever seen 2 Weeks Notice, this next part may seem familiar: While stopped, I had to pee, so I knocked on a stopped RV and borrowed their toilet! Luckily I hadn’t just eaten 2 chili dogs!

Monkey came with me on this trip to keep me company on the long drives.

Here are some highlights from my trip:

  1. The miles rolled over just outside Monticello!
  2. Chili Works! Since I got there Thursday, I was able to go get a delicious Chili Works burrito on Friday: Sausage Red Cheese of course (with the red on the side because I’m a wuss). If you’ve never had a Chili Works burrito, imagine the best thing you’ve ever eaten, then multiply that times 10 and take $6 out of your wallet. (Or your sister’s if you forget your cash and debit card at home.)
  3. 10 hours of Friday were spent making the 20 boutonnieres, 15 corsages, and 2 bouquets for Christin’s wedding. Luckily I had help throughout the process or it would have been more like 15 hours. Lesson learned: never leave floral tape in the car, or any other heat.
  4. The main event was Christin and John’s beautiful wedding! There isn’t much else to describe it but beautiful and delicious. The ceremony was wonderful, the reception was beautifully done, and the food was amazing. Can one really expect much less from the Stradlings?
  5. Lisa, Danielle, and I went out to Gardunos with Nate in Albuquerque. It had been probably more than 5 years since I’ve seen Nate, so it was great to catch up some and just giggle at memories. (tobang…tobang…to…bang *gasp!* hehehe) Not to mention the food – DELICIOUS! I had a Carne Adovada Chimichunga and 3 Sopapillas. I definitely looked pregnant after that meal. Oh wait…
  6. Then I went wedding hopping to Grace’s wedding. I got there at the end of the ceremony. Sorry! I stayed for a bit to chat with some friends, then had to run off to get the flowers ready for Christin’s reception (see above).
  7. Sunday I went to church, slept a long time, chatted with Jenny, Lisa, and Danielle for a while, and then went through the boxes of junk in my bedroom.
  8. Monday morning Danielle, Lisa, and I (and Monkey) went hiking along the rim trail. It was a beautiful morning and the views were breathtaking. New Mexico is so gorgeous (that part, at least).
  9. Then I started the long drive back home. That drive was uneventful, although I had to stop and nap for an hour in Durango. Monkey slept the whole time, of course.

All in all it was a wonderful trip! I really miss New Mexico in the Summer.