Friday, May 30, 2008
Today I had to register the new car; the "family Jeep" as the kids call it. I have been dreading this day and putting it off until the last possible second. I realized last night that the dealership didn't put the smog certificate in the car. Lucky for me, I am friends with them all and let them know I would be needing it. Well, turns out they were having a hard time getting it. I sat at the dealership forever waiting for it to be faxed over and finally after an hour we just drove to go get it. Then it was off to the stupid DMV.
I pulled in and the parking lot was packed. I grabbed my paperwork and walked in. The information line wasn't as long as I expected, so I was a little optimistic when I just in line. Next thing I knew I was at the front of the line and seconds later being handed a piece of paper with my number on it: G234. I looked up at the reader board and the last number to be called was G233. I had to do a double take. In less than a minute after that, my number was called and I was being helped. I couldn't freaking believe it.
10 minutes total at the DMV today. I was utterly amazed. I thought for sure I would be there between 45min-1hr. The lady said I just happened to get lucky that I was there at a time when it wasn't so busy. Had I waited til the afternoon, there would have been a much longer wait. So now the "family Jeep" is legal and I don't have to worry about registration for another year!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I did have a couple positives so far tonight. First, I got to go get my nails done. That is always nice. I love my nail lady. She is such an awesome person and the two of us can just talk and talk. Then I met Tara to get some goodies for Kara's bachelorette party. We went to the Chocolate Walrus. It was only my second time being there (the first being right before Kara's engagement). That place has more fun things.
Now I am going to just hang out and wait for my man so we can snuggle and watch some OC.
See how fun it looks?? The door to it opens like an oven and it is actually huge. I've never seen a microwave so big.
Look at all these buttons!!! Haha, can you see Shannon's reflection?
Definitely has more buttons than I ever thought I would need or use, but I am sure I will find an occasion to use them all!
You can come push the buttons anytime Shannon!!!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
In the last year that Eli and I have been together, we have had to over come many hurdles. At the time they seemed terrible and now looking back, I am thankful for each and every one of them. Because of each obstacle, we have learned more about each other, gained even more respect, become even stronger together knowing that we can get through tough times, and fallen even more in love. Our relationship is far from perfect, but what relationship is. All relationships have their down times and it is how you handle them and over come them that makes you stronger and better. Between the two of us, we have really made some great changes for the better.
I am not sure what it was that made me think of any of this, but all I know is I literally laid in bed, with him curled up next to me and I was over flowing with happiness and love. I love that we are best friends. We can sit and laugh over the littlest things and we have the best time just being together. We are never tired of each other and I am never bored with him and the same goes for him with me. To this day, I still get excited each and every time I see him or get a cute message from him. I still love everything about him and am falling for him more and more every day which I didn't believe was possible.
I am thankful for all the past relationships that I had because they paved the road and led me to where I am now. I am thankful for all the learning experiences that him and I have been through because I know without a doubt that we can make it through anything. We will always be by each others side and I couldn't ask for anything more. I am over come and overwhelmed with love and I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. I am so thankful that he and his two beautiful children are in my life and I am grateful for all they have added. I am a better person because of them.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
AMAZINGLY SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES
1. IF YOU'RE CHOKING ON AN ICE CUBE, SIMPLY POUR A CUP OF BOILING WATER DOWN YOUR THROAT. PRESTO! THE BLOCKAGE WILL INSTANTLY REMOVE ITSELF.
2. AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP.
3. AVOID ARGUMENTS ABOUT THE TOILET SEAT - USE THE SINK.
4. FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS. REMEMBER TO USE A TIMER.
5. A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON.
6. IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES. THEN YOU'LL BE AFRAID TO COUGH.
7. YOU ONLY NEED TWO TOOLS IN LIFE - WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN'T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40. IF IT SHOULDN'T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE.
8. REMEMBER - EVERYONE SEEMS NORMAL UNTIL YOU GET TO KNOW THEM.
9. IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I am so in love and happier than ever. And I know as more time passes, things will only get better. Eli has helped make me a better person, a stronger person. For that, I will always be grateful.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Before dinner cuddling on the couch:
Her beautiful cake:
Being sung to:
Taking a breath to blow out her candles:
Giving dad a high five cause she got all 17 in one shot!
She said that she had a wonderful birthday and that is all that was important. It was her special day. She got flowers delivered to school from my parents, a new pair of binoculars (she is a little hunter), and a little Coach change purse from Eli, the kids, and I. Also for her birthday, I am supposed to take her, her friends and my cousin and his friends camping real soon.
Monday, May 12, 2008
I couldn't imagine finding out that my son had passed away on Mother's Day. And he wasn't the only one. His girlfriend was in the car with him as well. It is just so terrible. So heart wrenching. There wasn't any alcohol involved, so that is good to know, but the not knowing exactly what happened has to be so hard.
I wish there was something we could do for them. We will definitely be there for them for support and right now all my love, thoughts and prayers go to his parents and their family as well as his girlfriends.
Although it is hard knowing she is growing up, it is such a pleasure having her not only as my little sister, but also my friend. She is amazing and I love that we are as close as we are and know that it will only get even better the older that she gets. I am so honored to be a big sister to such a wonderful person.
I am looking forward to sharing her special day with her tonight for dinner. And I was happy to know that I was the first to wish her a Happy Birthday this morning!!
I love you Sweet Boo, always and forever!!!! Enjoy YOUR special day!!!
Also, Happy Birthday to our cousin Paul who is 19. Yep, they were born on the same day. Mom's water broke when we were at Paul's 2nd birthday! I love you both!!!
Sunday morning I woke up to a bunch of hugs and kisses. Then while I was showering they came in with a present and a card. I love when they are so proud and excited like they were that morning. I didn't expect at all to get anything, but it really made me feel good that I was thought about. Eli picked out the cutest gift bag. It had a cute little boy and girl dressed up in wedding attire and Eli wrote on the bag, "This should be us". For someone that can come off as such a hard ass, he is so very thoughtful and seriously has the biggest heart and is actually romantic!!! Then I got to the card. First of all, this is the first card from him...in a year. I am not complaining at all because the following melted my heart and was absolutely perfect. I cried. It made me feel so good and I was just so happy!
This next part is the best part. Its the part that really had the tears flowing...
The words were perfect. As I was trying to read the card, Seth was pulling it out of my hand to show me that he drew me a boat. The boat would be the black scribble. He is the cutest thing ever. And check out how great Swae writes her name. She can even write it in cursive too. Such sweet angels. I was on top of the world after that.
We took the kids to their mom by 10 and they showed up bearing a gift from each of them. They were so cute holding them. I had gotten some great pictures of them when we were up playing at a park in Tahoe, so I framed one of each of them and then got a couple cute pictures of flowers that could be hung.
Then we were off to have brunch with my family. My dad spent two hours cooking and he did a fabulous job - fried potatoes, a ton of bacon, eggs, and cinnamon rolls and orange juice. I loved spending time with my mom and showing her just how special she is and just how much I love her. She is truly amazing and my best friend.
After we went to see Eli's parents because his dad was shooting. We hung out with them for a bit then went and did our own thing for a while...wink wink...then dinner with his family. It was such a wonderful day. Oh and his mom even got me a present for Mother's Day and thanked me for loving her grandchildren the way that I do and for being so good to them. Totally made me feel special.
I hope everyone else had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Me and the girls doing girls night is something that just started happening a few months ago and it is something that is so nice because then we are guaranteed to see each other every week. And with Kara's upcoming move, I feel very fortunate to have this time to spend with her. I never imagined that my best friend would be moving 8 hours away. Us getting together weekly is something that I look forward to and something that I know I am going to miss when Kara isn't here and it is just Tara and I.
I have contemplated many times asking the girls if we could move 'girls night' to a Monday or a Wednesday, that way we could still get together weekly, but I wouldn't be missing out on any time that we have with the kids. And then I thought better of it. I don't want to mess up a system that we have that is working for three. The weeks that we have the kids is definitely a lot easier for me than when we don't because then I am not going a week in between seeing them. I am hoping that maybe after Kara does move away that Tara and I carry on the tradition, but can move it to a different day. I think that she will be quite receptive considering she is my best friend as well and knows the love I have for those kids.
I truly think that everything will work out in the end just as it is supposed to. For tonight, I will miss the little ones but know they will enjoy every second that they have with their daddy. I will have a yummy dinner and enjoy some excellent company. I will wait for 5pm tomorrow when I the four of us get to be all together. I will have to make something yummy for dinner...something that I know the kids love. Tomorrow will be a great day!!
Thank you!!!! You have been truly amazing and so extremely helpful. I truly can't thank you enough and hope you know how much I appreciate everything! I am sure that she gets super sick of me because she is pretty much the first person that hears my ranting and gets me before I have had any time at all to cool down. But she handles it well and some how is able to help me find a more even level so I don't explode. I am definitely thankful that I have her in my life.
Instead, I settled for a very vanilla yogurt, some honey nut Cheerios and some water.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Not only am I a home owner, but I just purchased another vehicle. My truck just didn't cut it for a 'family' car, so I had to go ahead and buck up. I didn't get a new one, but it looks like it is. It is a 2005 Jeep Cherokee Limited. It's white and beautiful. I went ahead and kept my truck since it is paid off and has been a great vehicle. Plus, it is my baby and I couldn't part with it! I am still a little overwhelmed by it and everything else, but know that I am just moving right along and doing what needs to be done.
I am loving the new house and am so extremely excited to decorate. The girl that I work with will be moving in come June and her and I are way excited to start shopping and getting things together. I still can't believe that it is real, but it is!!!! Yesterday while I was out grabbing a couple birthday presents, I got a pretty flower pot for the front porch. It is so pretty! I was so excited. The littlest things amuse me when it comes to the house.
Work has been steady busy as well. Lots going on, but nothing that I can't handle. With as busy as I was last week, the week just flew. I was so thankful for the weekend and being able to relax. The best part was sleeping in and cuddling with my honey. The littlest things make me one happy girl!
Tonight is going to be a night with the girlies at my mom's house. She is having a Pampered Chef party and since it is Cinco de Mayo, it is going to be a Senoritas and Margaritas theme. Should be a good time. I will try to post some pictures this week of the new car and house.
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