Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Well we blew it. WE DID NOT MAKE AN SNL WITH THE AUSSIE.  I'm sorry.  We tried!  He was over there and then we were here and she was there and it just never worked out.  Darn it!

So Bryce is gone, and we will miss him forever.

Now, onto my newest phase.

I need a vacation.  A REAL vacation!  A place that will whisk me away from work and worries.  This place will have to supply me with amazing food, incredible lodging, preferably a beach and a pedicure that will knock my socks off ... pun intended.

I LOVE to dream of these vacations.  I've even been known to have them perfectly executed on paper.  And then ... I browse them.  That's right.  I find these magnificently perfect get-away packages and I pull them up on my double monitors and press 'NEXT' all night long.  Eventually I get tired of clicking ... and I'm done with my phase, without even having to pack a bag, find a sitter or take a sedative.

So help me out ... where should I go for my next web-cation?
And what was your bestest real vacation ever?

I've been here before ... maybe it's calling my name again!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dear Friends & the Australian parents -

We've been having a blast!  As soon as Jake met Bryce, he turned to me and asked "Can we keep him?"  I will never get tired of the accent.  Try as I might to perfect it, I just can't do it justice.  He says that I sound British.  I'm afraid that's as close as it's going to get.  

Poor little Bryce (who really isn't little at all) has had a cold or allergies or something that is creating some serious discomfort since he landed in our fine country.  He's allergic to America!  But this kid is a rugby player and he doesn't let anything slow him down.  Tough as nails I say!  (I typed that in British).

He has been to a hockey game, go-kart riding, touring Tempe, checking out the high school, tasting American food, hiking Sedona, viewing the Grand Canyon, shooting guns, experiencing our family and all the while making sure to leave his shoes outside the front door (even though we don't).  He's a very well-mannered bloke!

He calls me Mummy and pats my head.  We've grown to love him and we are so glad that we signed up for this experience.  I really hope he gets feeling better so that he can enjoy his last weekend in the states.

... and you can all look forward to an Australian Sunday Night Live 
coming right up!

Until then, here is a little glimpse of Bryce the Australian.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

I heart 2012!

Good grief!  
A friend came over this morning and stated ... 
"you need to stop having your twinges!"   
Oh dear.  
I suppose it did look like I was having twinges all through December.  
Don't be silly.

Actually, just like December in every home, 
it's just been very busy.  
Busy, busy, busy.

I had a lovely Christmas!  
My favorite part of the day was getting to Skype with my son.  
Oh Keaton.  
I can't wait to see your face again 
and get a big bear hug in August.  
Hooray for 2012!!

But first things first!  
We have an Australian student coming to our house tomorrow!  
I'm feeling a bit frazzled.  
I don't know what to cook ... 
I don't know how to entertain ...
 I don't even know how to throw a boomerang!  

But the boys are SO excited and I'm sure it's going to be an adventure that we won't soon forget ... mates.  I'll be keeping you posted as we experience a bit of down under.