Thursday, May 31, 2012

The First Husband

I'm a big fan of romantic comedies. I love watching them and I really love reading them!

The First Husband by Laura Dave is about Annie Adams.  She is a travel writer that is rarely home with her up and coming movie director boyfriend.

Her long term relationship is abruptly cut short when her boyfriend's life coach tells him he needs a break.   A break named Pearl.

After a  chance encounter with a new guy and eggs with lobster, Annie  finds herself in a whirlwind romance, married and starting a new life in a small town.  A life that she's not sure she fits into.

Annie's struggle to finally find a place that she belongs and love that she deserves makes for a very lovely story.  A story that I was sad to see end.

This is the perfect summer beach/pool read!  For more information and discussion, join me at BlogHer's Book Club.

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are all mine.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 Summer Fun List

Wow....I just realized this post marks 1001 posts.  That seems like a significant milestone or that I'm a little chatty.

Yeah....I'm a little chatty.

Tomorrow is the last day of school for Alex!  We are beyond excited to put the alarm clock away and have some fun on his first ever Summer Vacation.  Oh course, Mallory is very excited for school to 78 days.  Yes, she's keeping track.

Last year, we made a Summer Fun List and the kids loved it so much that I decided to make it one of our family traditions.  You know how I love traditions and making my kids happy so here it is!

NOT Bummer Summer
I did leave a little bit of room at the bottom to add more things as they come up.  Because I love to mark things off from lists.

In other Summer related news....I posted my Summer Reading List on my book blog.

What's on your list of things to do this summer?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ten Things to Smile About in May

1. #hb7 My trip to California! So Fun!

2. Kindergarten Field Day

 I was told that it was the best Kindergarten Field Day the school has had in some time and then I heard that the one for the rest of the school was very disorganized and not at all awesome like mine.

3. Mommy Friends

 I have been so fortunate to make several amazing friends this school year!

 4.  Spending time with Keith

We went on a date this month!  We saw Dark Shadows, ate Indian Food and went to a polish bar.

5.  Recreating a favorite California breakfast.

6. Flowers

7. Beer on the patio.

8. Thank you card from our Principal.

Even though she called Keith a honey badger.

9. Notebooks

Available at Staples

10. Hugging the Prom King.

He was in our wedding 8 years ago.  Now he's a man.

Linking up with......

Impulsive Addict and Shawn for Talk To Us Tuesday

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More Burning Questions

People...are weird.

I love looking at my keyword activity in StatCounter to see what has brought people to my blog.  They have a burning question and unfortunately, they don't find the answer so as a public service, I like to try to address them.

funny squirrels with guns

This one was an image search and I can't imagine why anyone would desire to see those little rodents armed.  If the squirrels that terrorize me found a weapons cache, I'd move back to Utah.

what do non-mormons need in utah

A sense of humor and a big wine closet.


Sorry pal.  I can't help you with this one.

what do you need in the kitchen

You need a good set of pans, a good set of knives, a cutting board, a coffee maker, a mixer and lots of cookie sheets.

can I date my brother in law

I only recommend dating your brother in law if you are still married to his brother.  Just last weekend, I shared my brother in law with my best friend.  We went on a double date and her husband was fine with it.  It also helps if your brother in law is gay.

how to organize legos

I just gave up on this.  I finally went to Target and bought the largest container with a lid that I could find and threw them all in.  Done.

is emily maynard a natural blonde

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say no.

squril pants


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Random Thoughts....

Today feels like a random kind of day.

I have all of these thoughts floating around and they need butterflies!

I recently discovered that my husband loves Jersey Girls.  I found out when I was watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey and he sat down and watched intently.  I also found out that he and his brothers' call butter on popcorn...shine.  We've been married almost 8 years and I've never heard him call it that before.

There are only 7 school days left and I can't wait for this year to be over! There are some children in Alex's class that don't treat him very well and he just wants to be friends with everyone but they make it hard.  I'm hopeful that there will be much nicer kids in his class next year.  Keith tells me that there will always be jackholes to deal with.  He says it's human nature.  I said, 'even in a convent?' and he said, 'Yes, even they have predatory lesbians.' I almost peed my pants and now I shall blame everything wrong with the world on predatory lesbians instead of Obama.

Mallory had her last tumbling class yesterday and is mad at me because I had planned to take a activity break for the summer because I have so much fun stuff planned for us.  Keith and I talked it over last night and decided to let her keep going because...what if she is good enough for the Olympics? It could happen.

There is a picture of my ass on Impulsive Addicts blog.

After watching The Bachelorette last night I have made two observations.

1.) I've been married for almost 8 years and there is no way in hell I could write a 7 page letter to my husband.

2.) My husband's new nickname is Chopper.  (he used to fly helicopters)

I am proud to announce that this morning I am being sworn in as the PTA Membership Chairperson.  I know what you're thinking and yes, I might be cray cray.  BUT....I think this will be the perfect job for me and I'm already thinking of ways to blackmail get people to  join the PTA and come to meetings.  It involves suckers.

Have a great Tuesday!

Linking up with Impulsive and Shawn for Talk To Us Tuesday!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Summer Pen Pals

This sweet little boy is going to miss his friends this summer.

We'll see some of them for playmates at the park but I wanted to have him do something that would surprise his friends and make sure they don't forget him.

I found these cool fold and mail cards at Target last week and I just knew they were perfect!

This way, he can keep in touch with some of this classmates and practice his writing at the same time.

What I'm hoping is that this will encourage his friend to write back to him and they can be summer pen pals!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Book Club: Jeneration X

Congratulations to Stephanie from Everyday Stephanie

Today is the day!

Young and Relentless

It's book club time!

Mimi picked the book this time and I'm thrilled.  I'm a huge fan of Jen Lancaster and am super excited for her next book.

For a chance to win a copy of this book, leave me a comment telling me what book you're excited to read this summer.  

Contest ends on Friday at 8pm (MST).  

Already reading Jeneration X?  Join our book club on Facebook.

Disclaimer: The book I'm giving away was purchased by me and I'm not being compensated for blogging about the book.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lunch at The Ivy

Happy Tuesday!  Did you watch The Bachelorette last night?  I'm crushing hard on a guy with a head injury named Charlie!  There are some interesting men on the show and I think it's going to be a great season.

I'm joining Impulsive and Shawn for Talk To Us Tuesday to tell you about one of my favorite parts of our Huntington Beach trip.  Impulsive Addict has done a fantastic recap of the first couple days here.

On Saturday, we drove to Hollywood and Vivienne showed us around.  

Our ultimate destination....The Ivy Restaurant on Robertson Blvd.

Our table wasn't ready yet, so they gave us Champagne cocktails.  We felt soooo very special and I think some people thought we were somebody.

Becca always look fantastic when she is holding a glass (or bottle) of Champagne! 

Jen decided to go to The Ivy as Betty Draper.

The food....was amazing.  I will dream about my meal for years to come.  Becca licked my plate clean for me.  I also had a sip of The Ivy Gimlet and can't wait to make one at home.  

I had to try the coffee and we had a couple desserts that we passed around.

I loved the flowers on our table and the ambiance on the patio.  

Such a fun day!  

Come back tomorrow for the next Give A Blogger a Book...Club selection!! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Get In The House Carl!

We were invited to a party over the weekend.  I'm still so amazed sometimes that we have friends and that they like spending time with us.  Our social calendar is FULL now and we love it!

I may have unleashed my inner Skinny Girl.

And iKeith may have had a few un-skinny Margaritas and then done the Macarena.  I may have laughed until my side hurt because iKeith doesn't dance.  The last time I saw him bust a move was in September 2003.

Have you ever seen a child's birthday cake lit with a blow torch.  Now I've seen everything!

I commandeered one of the birthday boys gifts and turned it into a Sobriety Test.  If you could catch six fish in 90 could leave in your vehicle.

On the way home, my margarita-drinking, macarena-dancing husband asked me to stop at 7-11.  I did, but only because I wanted Peanut MandM's.  This is what he purchased.

Spiral?  I'm concerned.  I'm picturing this.

Funny story.  When we were on vacation in California in monthly visitor was 5 days late.  iKeith was freaking out!  I told him that we would have to find a different way to spice things up because playing Shane and Lori in the Zombie Apocalypse is a dangerous game.  And if I was pregnant I was naming the baby Carl. (Have you seen The Walking Dead? If you haven't this won't make any sense to you) My visitor did show up and we're not having a baby named Carl.

I guess iKeith found a different game.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Field Day, The Kindergarten Way

It's been six and a half years since I have held a paying job.

Before I got pregnant with Alex, I worked for a collection agency that did medical collections.  I was a customer service rep and worked as a liaison between the hospitals and my collectors.  I loved tracking down information and delegating.  I was also really good at being bossy.

Nine weeks ago, I volunteered to be the Kindergarten Field Day Coordinator.

I had a fantastic team of six ladies helping me and we pulled off a great event!  Several teachers and the principal told me that it was the best and most organized field day they have ever had. Parents keep coming up to my husband and telling him how much their kid enjoyed it!

Even though....I was stressed out and had nightmares about popsicles.....I loved it!

The planning, the meetings and setting everything up.   I was in my element!  I had so much fun that I agreed to do it again next year.

I hired my brother in law Robert to walk around and take pictures.  He did an amazing job!

Our Assistant Principal was the emcee and I rewarded him with a popsicle! 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mommy's Home!

I got home late last night from my fabulous Huntington Beach Vacation. The kids and I are playing hooky and we're going to snuggle all day!