Monday, August 27, 2007

First Day

First day of school today, and I'm up and running. After I dropped off the two oldest, I mowed the lawn in the front and back. It's only my 3rd time in my whole life to mow the lawn; that's usually my husband's job. He spent over four hours helping a new family in our ward move in on Saturday, so that day was out. And then it was Sunday, so it desperately needed it today. It felt good. There's something about mowing the lawn that makes me feel good. And my 2 year old was so good, sat in his stroller having breakfast & watching Thomas the Tank on the portable DVD player. Then, we played outside for a while until it got too hot. By 10:00 it's too hot for me.

Then, we went to the thrift store, and I bought 3 pairs of pants for my son who is so hard to buy for because he has a tiny waist, but is so tall. Three pairs of pants and a Kate Spade bag for a total of $11. Not bad! I'm still trying to figure out if the Kate Spade is a fake; it's quite likely, but I don't care. It's a really cute bag. Then, grocery shopping and back home. My baby ate lunch and is down for a nap. I even mopped my kitchen floor! It's so beautiful. By tonight, I'm sure it will be all gross again. So far, it's a good first day of school. I'll see how my Kindergartener and Second Grade fared. In a few minutes, I'm off to face the huge pick up lines at school. No fun, especially the first day.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Six Flags

We're not a theme-park kind of family, but my husband's work sponsored a family outing at Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme park. We all got in for free and they even paid for parking ($12! How can you charge $12 for parking? It's not like it's New York City or anything!) We had a catered lunch and were given a free-refillable drink bottle that usually costs $12. We refilled that thing so many times for free. It was great. So, of course we went. The food was great- bar-b-que brisket and grilled chicken and hot dogs for the kids. It was a Saturday, so the park was full. We stood in line for over 20 minutes just to get in. And, did I mention it was over 90 degrees. Very hot!

We had a lot of fun. However, some of the rides were down and we stood in line for over 50 minutes on a few rides. The Gully washer was a lot of fun. My 5 year old's favorite was the train. The whole day, he kept asking. "where's the train?" They have a water park too which I think we all enjoyed the most as we were able to cool down a bit. We had anticipated renting a locker so I brought a handful of quarters which we didn't use. Lockers were $13 and took credit cards, not coins. I don't think I had $13 worth of quarters anyway.

The water rides were packed as well. We stood in line for over 30 minutes for the Texas Tumble which was quite a thrill. The bad part of it was listening to my 5 year old complain the whole time that he didn't want to ride it. It did look a little scary. He even double checked to see if he was to short to ride it. Unfortunately for him, he was tall enough. Quite a disappointment to him. He screamed the whole way down, but the rest of us really enjoyed it. So despite, the heat and long lines, we really did have a fun time. It's the first time my kids have been to a theme park. It's not our thing; it's just to expensive and I can't usually justify the expense. But, you can't beat a free outing. All we spent was the $13 for the locker and $4 for cotton candy that my 5 year old really wanted. It was the least I could do for making him wait in a long line for a scary ride he didn't want to do. Also, it's the first time he's ever had cotton candy. I really do deprive my kids, don't I? Five years old and has never had cotton candy. What kind of mom am I?

So, theme parks are okay, I guess. It was a lot of fun, but not if you have to pay for it. I don't think we'll ever make it to Disney or anything like that. My poor kids! It just seems like too much trouble and money. Maybe we'll try Sea World next. We've lived in San Antonio for over 4 years and have never gone. Man, I do deprive my kids.

Maybe next year, my husband's work will treat us all again. That would be fun!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Marsha Ward tagged me with this:

Four Jobs I've Had:
Program Coordinator for Centro de la Familia de Utah's foster care program
Office Manager for Chiropractor
Substitute Teacher
BYU Catering

Four Places I've Lived:
Salt Lake City, UT
North Plainfield, NJ
Victoria, TX
New Orleans, LA

Four Favorite TV Shows:
Grey's Anatomy
Santa Barbara (soap opera)

Four Favorite Foods:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
shrimp scampi
baked ziti
Krispy Kremes

Four Websites I Frequent:
San Antonio Public Library Website
LDS Publisher

Four Places I'd Rather Be Right Now:
Reading in bed
At the movies (watching something non animated and not chasing a two year old down the aisle.)

Four Movies I Love:
Pride & Prejudice
Anne of Green Gables
Malcolm X
The Cutting Edge

Four Bloggers I Tag Next:

Katie Parker
Elodia Strain
Crystal Liechty
Robyn Heirtzler

Monday, August 6, 2007

Summer Reading Update

Here is my update on my summer reading:

1. Persuasion by Jane Austen- finished

2. Until Proven Guilty by Betsy Brannon Green- another 70 pages to go

3. Silas Marner by George Eliot

4. Parenting the Asperger Child by Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson- halfway through

5. Nothing To Regret by Tristi Pinkston- finished

6. My Monterrey (unpublished manuscript by Claudia Armann, my sister)- read 90 pages so far

7. Perfect Timing by Michele Ashman Bell- I love her books, but couldn't get into this one. Perhaps in a few months, replaced with Gabriel's Angel by Nora Roberts- finished

8. The Cubicle Next Door by Siri Mitchell -finished

9. Perfect Targets by Rebekah Heinrichs

10. My People by Gordon Laws

11. It Takes A Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

12. Norah's Ark by Siri Mitchell- decided not to read another Mitchell book, replaced with River's End by Nora Roberts- finished

13. Frienships the Aspie Way by Wendy Lawson- I read a little, but found it wasn't what I was looking for. This book deals with friendships as an adult with Asperger's. I was looking for a book about helping my son who has Asperger's with friendships. I'm not going to finish it. I'm replacing it with Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.

5 books completed, 8 to go. Don't think I'll finish, but I'll keep going.