Saturday, January 23, 2010

Friday Night Fun

So what does a family of geeks do for fun on a Friday night?  They go and look at computers of course!!!



Ryan likes the notebooks


While Emily enjoys the touch screen

If I had my way, I would probably go with a Mac.  That is likely not going to happen.   But a girl can dream.

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Even in the pouring rain she smiles.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Ramblings

Ramblings...aka "Random Friday's" are just that...random thoughts or ramblings of the mind. 

I think I need a haircut.  I think I need a haircut because it has been approximately 3 months since my last haircut.  I think I need a haircut because my hair is laying limp and lifeless.  Maybe it is depressed.  I think I need a haircut because I am beginning to look like Cousin It. 

Yeah, I think I need a haircut.


It's finally Friday!!!  No homework.   I think I get more excited about this than the kids do.  And what are our big plans for the weekend?  Beyond restoring order to the chaos, I am not sure.  Rich works Saturday so there isn't much room for family fun until after 3.  But, it's Friday.  We usually let the kids stay up a little later than normal.  Play the wii or some other game.  Sometimes we watch a movie on pay per view.

Reading is good.  I love to read.  I can literally be whisked away in a book.  When I am reading I become part that world.  I am the quiet observer who gets to hang out with the main characters.  I can shut off the rest of the world and be in my own sweet place.  I don't do this for myself anymore.  And what's worse, I have done my kids a disservice by not giving them my love of books.  There's a lot of negativity about reading around them--mostly at school.  I will leave it at that.  Both of them struggle with it.  The answer of course...READING!!  I tried to get them to read.  The most I got was reading with Kristin.  Not that this is a bad thing.  It's good.  I just wish they could appreciate it the way I do.

I have to go to the store today.  It's my regular day to go.  I go with my mom.  The clerks know us well enough that when they see one and not the other, it throws them.  I don't want to go to the store.  I don't have a list made.  I want to take a nap instead.  Naps are good.

Yesterday I had to bring the garbage bins back from the curb.  Why?  Because I forgot to tell Rich to do it.  And he didn't think of it either.  It was raining...pouring actually.  I put my raincoat on and braved it.  One of the trash bins had been left open by the trash collectors.  It had about a foot of water in it.  By the time I got back in side...less than 5 minutes...I had to change my shoes, socks, and pants.

<---picture of the day .  More rain to come.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

But First....


It's Thursday!  Which means, it is time for the Writer's Workshop hosted by none other than, Mama Kat!  I am ready to play as I am every week...but first....

I just have to share my Wednesday with you.  I am actually thinking, that unless you were right there with me, you may not believe it.  This house buying stuff is really getting to me.  The knot that is taking over my neck and shoulder proves it.  Our bank statement is literally being picked apart piece by piece.  We have loan approval, so what I am confused about is why do all the dissecting now???  Everyday it's something new.  Oh and the lending company is across the country so the documents do have to come from there.  So I had to come home between shopping and going to lunch to pull up a bank statement from last month, scan it and email it.  Still stressed, but I am ready for lunch.  And so was Ryan at this point.

Grandma and Aunt Cathy(my sis) came over just as I finished sending yet another piece of information of our oh so mysterious lives.  Since I was driving, we went through the garage to get into the van.  Ryan was in the lead, then my mom, me and my sister.  My sister screamed a blood curdling scream.  I thought she got hurt...see my garage is very somewhat messy.  She was still standing, but she looked a bit pale.  We all looked at her.

"A rat just ran in front of me!"  Yep...she said RAT.  R-A-T disgusting rat.  It ran under my van, and the second I started it, the nasty little bugger ran back the way he/she IT came.  Of course me and my sister screamed.  Poor Ryan is now terrified that the evil rat monster is going to jump out and eat him alive.

Now seriously, my garage is pretty scary, but in the 2 years we have lived here, I have never ever seen any type of evidence of that kind of rodent.  ANY kind of rodent.  We had mice in our HOUSE in VA, but that was a base wide problem and some people on the block that we lived on didn't care.  Eeeeew.  I digress.  I bought the big sticky rat traps.  Not humane?  I am sorry, but when bugs, spiders, or vermin, yes I said that, cross the line they are going down!  If you are wondering, place traps where you saw the critter, they run a pattern.  It's why mice and rats are good at mazes.  So, I made sure the door to the house from the garage was shut nice and tight.  When Rich got home he wanted to know where the traps were.  I took him to the garage and I noticed right away that one of the traps was not where I had laid it.  It was about 6 inches away with our nasty little friend on it.  Yeah, he/she IT was scared and chewing the trap to get off, but like I said...sorry...you crossed the line.  Now don't worry, I would never do that to a cat or a dog.  I would find their owner.  I mean I am not totally heartless.  I was glad that it was caught.  Two of my kids were freaking out about the whole thing.  And yes, it was a rat.  Not a little tiny mouse.  Big fat street rat.  There is a green belt right behind our house, so we have all kinds of critters.  We have lizards all around our house outside.  They are my pest control.

So now, aren't you glad I shared?  I mean...it made your morning/day right???  I knew it would...so now to further the excitement...I will take on prompt #4  How many homes have you had.....?  HAHAHAHA....ok....here goes....

1.  Maywood, CA the home I was born in
2.  Midway City, CA the house I grew up in
3.  Anaheim, CA the apartment I shared with my BF for 18 months until we both were broke.
4.  Huntington Beach, CA my first married home
5.  Martinez, Ca our first transfer home
6.  Santa Rosa, CA transfer #2
7.  Novato, CA a smart move to military housing
8.  Fort Belvoir, VA an early transfer following 9/11
9.  Sunny CA where we currently reside.  I hope to stay here for a long time.  Make fun changes, paint, and watch my children grow here.  I am close to family and in an area I really like.  Of the 9 I listed, the ones I liked the most before here would be 7 and 8.  Seven was and is a beautiful part of Northern,CA right across the bay.  VA introduced me to snow, fall, spring and was rich with history and culture.  CA is laid back--where I live--and (usually) has fair weather.  Every home has memories good and bad, and I am glad to have experienced as much as I did!

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Picture of the Day

Crazy straws are the bestest fun.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Invisibilty

I did another one of those goofy survey things on Facebook.  You know the kind where it asks who your first crush was, and then five questions later it is asking who was the first person to break your heart.  Well this survey was a what would you do if...what would you do if you won 10 million dollars etc.  Well one of the questions near the end was, "What would you do if you could be invisible?"

Just think of it.  Totally invisible.  Nobody can see you.  My first thought was, I could go in my room and sit in peace.  They wouldn't find me because they couldn't see me.  I could be really evil and spy on all their play.  Not that they are doing anything they shouldn't.  They know I am around. Then it hit me.  This invisible thing really isn't all it's cracked up to be.  First of all, I couldn't sit in my spot with my best friend laptop.  They would see it....typing independently.  That right there would be a dead give away.  Then there would be the whole breathing thing!  All of the sudden I would become Darth Vader.

So I have decided that invisibility alone isn't enough.  It has to come with some other perks.  For instance, you should be able to block out sounds around you.  There should be the ability to block out sounds you make...such as heavy Vader-like breathing.  But these things should be a choice.  Like maybe I want to be heard.  I mean come on, wouldn't it be fun to just mess with people.  Think of the kind of fun you could have at Wal-Mart!!  You really could do all those things you read about in the email.  So all that is left, is how do we become invisible.  Do we snap our fingers?  Blink?  Or put on cloak?    These are the kinds of things I ponder after the kids are in bed.


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I can honestly say...I have seen way worse.
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Oh...and I would really love to go to this!!!!



Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I'm Bored

I'm bored is something I heard more than once yesterday.  Sunny CA was not sunny, and it will not be sunny for the week.  We haven't needed an ark yet, but we are on alert.  I think if I start seeing animals in pairs I am running for higher ground.


When I was a kid, I loved the rain.  I remember playing in it.  Chasing rainbows, and splashing in puddles.  But this was heavy duty rain.  The kind where you do stay inside and watch it come down.  And down.

That is rain...not snow.  The blue blobs on the left are the "rock wall" on the play structure.  It was dark and gloomy all day.  Ryan wanted to go outside.  I told him no.  He promised he would come back in.  I tried so hard not to laugh.  I almost let him, just to see how fast he would come a running!

So what do you do when you are bored and cooped up all day...oh and remember it is a holiday so there is no school..and apparently no mail....hey...why not play the play the mail game.  How do you play?  Well....

First grab some pen and paper.  Then start writing letters...to each other.

Letters can be whatever you want.  Ryan drew pictures...all were of maps...to people's houses.  After you are done with your letters, or maps you call for the "mailman."


The letters are collected and put in the appropriate person's mail box.  Then you all take turns reading your letters.  It's a fun and silly game.  And it kept us busy.   Today it is back to reality.  School.  Rain or shine.

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This is my patio...can you see the leaf floating there?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Paper Work

We have been in the market to buy a house since May 2009.  We have seen houses from fair to sad condition.  I can even remember seeing a house that was well beyond our abilities to repair.  So much time passed that we had to reapply for our loan.  Not only that, but we also got a different Realtor.  More houses. Short sales.  And we just weren't getting anywhere.  It was so frustrating.  We always joked about buying the house we are renting.  After all, we have been here two years, no change in school, church, and most important...NO MOVING!!  Sorry, KK.  

In September, our Landlord approached us about short selling the house to us.  Oh we bit.  For two months the process dragged on.  Our offer was not accepted(by the bank) so we submitted again.  They accepted it.  On Dec. 22, 2009,  things took off and began to fly.  We were overwhelmed with what was only the beginning of the paperwork.  I was warned by many about the mounds of paperwork.  I declared I can handle it.  After 16 years with the Military, I was used to it.

I now have three file folders that are easily 1 inch thick and growing.  We had to be inspected for termites.  The house had to be appraised by the V.A. people--big gripe here:  he came out TWO days after Christmas, Rich and I worked our kids all day on the 26th alongside with us to make the house presentable.  They wanted this turned in ASAP so that we could close on Jan.15th.   Well, he didn't turn his paperwork in until he got back...TEN days later.  So glad I busted my butt the day after Christmas.  I digress.  We are now ten days behind and being hit with more and more paperwork.  Literally, we are under the microscope with the lending agent.  It's amazing the things they are asking for.  So I have to ask, how come is buying a house harder than attaining a Top Secret SCI Clearance???  Seriously?  I am buying house, not selling secrets, which I do not have anyway.  The most I know is...oh yeah...NOTHING! 

It is totally insane.  We are doing our best to take deep breaths, sign, scan, and email.  The sooner we get it done, the sooner we can BE done!!   We are waiting for the lending agent to send the documents--from FLORIDA!  But first we have to send them 7 more signed and scanned documents.  I bet tomorrow they slap us with ten more.  Do they want blood?  DNA? Just sayin!

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The boys got haircuts.


GPS...don't leave home without it!  I took Kristin to a friend's house.  Never been there before.  Used google maps.  got me good and lost.  Turned on my little buddy, and he told me how to get there.  I love him.

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