Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Happy Birthday to Kacey!

Nineteen years ago today, I had a baby girl.
Let me introduce you to little Miss Kacey -

She was THE BEST baby in the universe! She loved sitting in her swing, and I'll admit that I let her for far too many hours. She was just so content to go back and forth and study her surroundings. I had my daughter and Matt got his sister. Life was good!

Her amazingly blond hair was so fun for me to play with, and she looked great in every color. Dressing her up didn't last for too long. Soon she decided that she would do her own hair and choose the outfit of the day. An independent soul was in the works.

Kacey developed a bit of an "attitude". This little girl knew exactly what she wanted, she just couldn't have it all as quickly as she desired and she began to be driven! She walked with a march in her step and a look that warned people off of her sidewalk. I was so proud!

In the midst of her whirlwind little world, a tooth was chipped, which seemed to take place of the chip on her shoulder. She gradually decided to let people share her sidewalk and decided to enjoy the journey of attaining all that she hoped for.

Little Miss Kacey turned into quite the tomboy! She loved playing sports and was very good at it. Her sport changed with each hairstyle ... basketball, softball or four square, it didn't matter, she loved it all and eventually even played on a powder-puff football team in High School!

Look at her now. Nineteen years later, she still has that beautiful blond hair, only now she has added a black strip down the back (which I am hip enough to admit looks fantastic). She still walks with a march in her step making sure that she is headed in the direction that she truly wants to end up traveling. She is still great at sports and is now going to be on a City softball league as an adult. A little bit of the tomboy remains on the interior of this gorgeous exterior. She's got enough attitude and independence to make sure that nothing gets in her way, and enough sensitivity and empathy to allow others to join her in her adventure.

You've come a long way baby ... but you're still my little girl!

Happy Birthday Kacey Michelle!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

American Idol -

If David Archuleta was my son, I'd put him in my purse and carry him around with me everywhere I went.


Monday, February 25, 2008

Exercise -

Tonight Kacey made me do Pilates with her. I am trying not to be too offended at her insistence, but it was clearly not an option for me to sit this one out. I don't like to exercise for many different reasons. High on the list, is that I don't like to be reminded of my lack of coordination. Well, I've been reminded. And can I just ask ... can ANYBODY really do this?

A) My legs have never been that straight ... under any circumstance.
B) Is her butt flat? I'm either going forward or backward ... teetering is not an option.
C) My muscles are trembling just looking at this picture. Isn't that good enough?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Not in Arizona -

One year ago today, this is where I was. Oddly enough, I'd like to go again!

Snowmobiling in McCall, Idaho ... standing above a street sign (where there is no more street)!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Rain, rain ... don't go away.

Mesa, Arizona is starting to feel more like Seattle, Washington ... and I like it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hotels -

You may not know this about me, but I'm a hotel freak. I LOVE staying in a nice hotel. I don't care where it is, I don't even have to leave the city ... I just LOVE staying in a nice hotel room with a fantastic bed. My favorite is a Marriott and my favorite Marriott was this one in Oahu ... that's right, I've been to a far away land and it was incredible.

But I seriously don't have to go very far to be happy, in fact, sometimes I don't even leave my home. I am the best at taking virtual vacations! I sit at my computer and I look up nice hotels and I even check for vacancies ... somehow it satisfies my need to flee.

But tonight, I'd really like to be here.

And I don't even know where here is! I just look at this picture and it invites me to crawl into the 618 thread count divinity and order a chick flick while my bath is being drawn. Every once in awhile, the need hits me like a serious hot flash and every once in awhile I actually get to go to these magnificent sheets. More often than not though, like tonight, I visit these places online, I remember the pure relaxation that they have offered me in the past and I look forward to the next time. Aaaaaahhhhh.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Let's Play ... Ugly Face!

Kacey taught me this fun new game called ... move your face around and around and see where the camera lands! Really - that's what it's called. Here are some very revealing results of what our faces are capable of.

Warning: If you are going to play this game ... get a sense of humor or it may cause severe depression.

This is us trying to act educated after we saw ourselves.

Cameras are fun!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Where in the world are you?

I think my time has come to ask you to disclose yourselves. I just checked my site meter and I'm so curious to know who is reading my thoughts. Most of my visitors are from good ole' AZ and UT and yes, even VA, but there are always some visitors from other lands far away (like Hopewell, Ohio)!

If you have blogs, you know how fun it is to receive comments. If you don't have blogs, I'm here to tell you that it is what I like to call a hoot!

So here we go. If you are reading this, just drop me a little note telling me who you are, where you live, what you are wearing, (ok skip that one) and how you know me/my blog!

I'm nervous and excited at the same time ... it's like our first date! And Tiffany darling, this includes you!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Ahhhhh Winter -

I just wanted to let all of you "foreigners" who read this from far away lands know that we are going to be in the 70's here this weekend. Pack your bags and come on over!

This is what we are doing today
(and when I say we, obviously I mean ... them).

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Welcome Home Shaq!

Come on over ... now it's a DRY heat!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I forgot to tell you that I was famous. This is just a little work that I did for Chevy during the Superbowl. Check it out ...

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I'm RUDE -

Today was a BIG day! I hope that everyone got out and voted. Garrison told me that they had a mock election at their school today and naturally I asked him who he voted for.

His response: "Mom you're rude! My teacher told us that we are never to ask anyone who they voted for because it's rude!"

My response: "Yes I am. Who did you vote for?"

So now, I would like to commence with some oh so controversialness and ask everyone ...
Who did you vote for?

I don't know what the big deal is. If you voted, then I'll assume that you are proud of your choice, right? And if you're not, then we'll begin some kind of discussion and get things fixed before November. This is a non-judgmental blog and I'm just plain curious who people voted for. And because I live in America, I have the right to be rude.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The next best thing is some basketball!

So what do you do when football is over? I go to a Sun's game! Gary and I got some sweet tickets (row 10) for a sweet deal (free) and we had a sweet time. Of course they won, which was also ... sweet!

Here's the best part. When the Suns make 99 points, you can take your ticket stub to Jack In The Box to get 2 free tacos! We surpassed 99 points. Two tickets = 4 free tacos! Well I came up with this genius idea. Why stop at 4 free tacos? Why not go for more? The building must be full of unwanted ticket stubs right? I have a family to feed! I was on a mission.

After the game was over, I began scanning the floor for abandoned tickets. I saw one and leaped over a row of chairs to get to it, sacrificing the first three layers of skin on my shin, but I got it. Woo hoo ... 6 free tacos! I wasn't above looking desperate and I'm pretty sure that I pulled that one off. As we began making our way out of the building, I had my right hand on the stair rail and my eyes were fixed and searching the floor for golden tickets. It became apparent to me that I just needed to go home right about the time that my right hand ended up under the butt of a man sitting on said stair rail. Oh dang.

On our way out the door, we were all handed coupons for free McDonald's french fries. So here's the way I see it. Row 10 Sun's Tickets, 6 free tacos and 2 free fries. I just got paid to watch a professional sport! Second job? Maybe.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Superbowl!

This was unequivocally, unbelievably, unmistakably, undeniably the BEST Superbowl game in all XLII seasons. Great food, great company, great game = great party. I love it when the underdog creates the story.

Go Giants ... and welcome to Arizona!

Now what?