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All about us…

So, Tuesday night, we relaxed for a bit after Sully’s long day at work.  He reminded me that we were doing our birthday gift exchange.  In my worry about how he was doing during the day I had completely forgotten.  Boo and I dashed out to pick up Panda Express for dinner.  

We exchanged gifts before dinner because Sully couldn’t wait any longer for me to open my gift.  

Look!  A framed still from ‘Thor’, autographed by Chris Hemsworth.  

It even came with a Certificate of Authenticity card with a picture of Chris Hemsworth signing the movie still.

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It’s so beyond awesome.  Thank you to Boo and Sully!  They are the best. 

Boo and I got Sully a video game, Borderlands 2.  He wanted the super cool deluxe set so he pre-ordered it sometime over the summer and it came out today.  The last part being the main reason that we are celebrating our birthdays a week ahead of time.

Sully ooh’d and ahh’d over all of the nifty things in the set.

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In a funk…

I’ve been in a funk most of this week.  It kind of comes and goes but talking to Faith about her recovery from back surgery seemed to make it all a bit clearer.   I spent the morning thinking about how seriously messed up last year was and messed up is putting it lightly and a lot more politely than what really comes to mind.
When I say year, I mean the school year, last year from August to May things were all over the place.  If I were being honest I would say things went bad at the end of April 2011.  Papa was in the hospital or rehab from the first weekend in May through mid July.  The end of that school year was messed up and I really didn’t have anytime to regroup for school to start last year.  I am grateful that we are on the other side of things now but I can’t help but feel the weight of everything that has gone on.

 

It’s understandable that I would be down, it’s only been a few months since we lost Papa, and this month is the six year anniversary of my own mother’s death.  Six years seems like a long time and although I don’t have emotional outbursts on a daily basis I do miss her everyday.  I was 35 years old when my mother passed, clearly I was well into adulthood.  Adult or not, I was devastated.  I spoke with her everyday, sometimes just to ask her about the weather report on the news, or to get a dinner idea.  In the first weeks after she had passed I would go to pick up the phone to ask her about something, only to realize our long distance plan didn’t quite make it to the other side.  It actually took months for me to stop doing that.  

 

Of course, during those same months we were dealing with my father being diagnosed with lung cancer.  In fact, his diagnosis is what may have precipitated my mother’s collapse and subsequent decline.  I honestly believe that the thought of losing my father was too much for her to bear.  He started chemo the day that she was transferred to hospice.  In that same vein, I think my father gave up in his battle with the lung cancer because he couldn’t bear to live without her.

 

I was mad at both of them for a while, although somewhat indirectly, in a mostly head shaking sort of way.  I was not happy with how things happened, obviously, but they did things their own way.  My dad used to always tell me, “you’re making things harder than they need to be.”   When I get really bogged down with all of the ‘what ifs’ I try to remember what he said.   This is hard enough I don’t need to add to it. 

 

I have these moments of sadness and depression but at the end of the day I know there is only so much I can control.  I count my blessings, mainly Sully and Boo.  I hug and kiss them as often as possible and try not to make things harder than they need to be.

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All roads lead to Disneyland…

We are headed to California Adventure today.  

We were excited to see the changes to the entrance to California Adventure as well as the Carsland.

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Here is the Oswald gas station on Buena Vista Street.

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The lines were crazy for the rides, 180 minutes for the Radiator Springs Racers.  That’s 2.5 hours!  I couldn’t believe anyone would wait that long.  Crazy!  

 

 

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I was really happy to see the buildings in Radiator Springs.

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After, wandering around Carsland we grabbed lunch, rode the Monsters Inc. ride, did some final shopping and then headed out towards Downtown Disney.  We shopped at World of Disney, Build A Bear and then RideMakerz. Boo got a Disney Exclusive Pirate Bear at BaB and Sully got a Mater at RideMakerz.

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I titled this “All roads lead to Disneyland” because for some reason when we try to leave Anaheim we always get turned around and end up heading back to Disneyland.  It’s literally happened the last five times we’ve left Anaheim.  Even using the GPS we’ve had issues, so now we don’t trust it and we end up going the wrong way.  Seriously, talk about second guessing yourself.  I am making notes for next time.

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Ready for fun…

Today we are heading to Disneyland.  We checked out of our hotel in Encinitas and drove up to Anaheim.  We did a quick check in at the hotel.  This is the same hotel we stayed at on our honeymoon and they upgraded us this time to an executive suite.

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And then off to Disneyland. 

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There were a lot of people in the park.  As a rule, we don’t normally go to Disneyland during the summer.  Our normal Disneyland vacation time is during October/November or January/February.  We had a pretty good day, we got on the rides that we wanted to ride and didn’t wait more than 30 minutes and mostly it was less than 20 minutes.

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.We had a fun time on the Jungle Cruise.  In the afternoon, we left to go officially check in at the hotel and on the way out we stopped to upgrade our tickets to Annual Passports.

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Fun day out…

We had a fun day.  Boo and I drove over to Gramma’s house and then we went to meet Sully forlunch.  The food was great, it took forever for our order to arrive but the Jumbalaya pasta was quite tasty.  After lunch we went shopping at the Disney Store Outlet for my great nephew’s 3rd birthday.  

We made another stop on the way home at Walmart.  We were looking to see if they had this groovy shirt in Sully’s size.  They didn’t but we are going to check at another Walmart tomorrow.  If we don’t find it there then I will see if I can’t order them online.

The best part of the day though was the great purchase I made on eBay.  There’s some backstory   here that needs to be told.  

Back in December of 2005, I saw that a number of snowglobes on the Disney Store website were on sale.  I had been looking at a Sleeping Beauty snowglobe all year.  It was on sale for half price and I told Sully that I wanted it for Christmas.  I ordered it along with a number of other things for Christmas presents and waited excitedly for the shipment to arrive.  I was a bit disappointed when it never arrived.   I don’t know if it was stolen from our doorstep or delivered to another house and they kept it.  Sully thinks that the FedEx driver kept it.  

I don’t blame him since we got a visit from the FedEx driver in February demanding that I sign a form stating that I had received all of the items.  I told him no and he told me that he wouldn’t leave until I signed the form.  I finally signed it but added my addendum to the form explaining that I never received the original shipment.

The Disney Store was very cool and replaced all of the items except the snowglobe which was out of stock by the time FedEx got everything straightened out.

I was incredibly bummed about the lost shipment and after that I was pretty freaked out about any and all shipments that came after.  Over the last several years, I’ve looked on and off at eBay and Amazon for the snowglobe.  About three years ago, I found one on eBay that had been damaged.  Sully said no, he wanted to find one that was in good condition.  Back in May I found another snowglobe on eBay but the price was set at $145.  Sully told me to buy it but I couldn’t get myself to pay that much for it.  I was hoping it would not sell and be re-listed for a lower price.  Apparently someone bought it right before the eBay sale ended.  Luckily, I didn’t buy it because at the beginning of last week I found one that was stated as ‘new in box.  Never taken out of box.’  The bidding had started at $0.99 and was up to about $16 when I started watching.   I waited until the last minute and made a super high bid and won the auction.  I was so excited, I felt like I was going to cry.

Day 15

1.  Water –  3 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 15 (gawazzi step, m&m’s and chest camel)

3.  Writing  –  

4.  Exercises – Abs and legs/Stretching

5.  Project –  Garage (2 x 20 minutes)

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Fun in the sun…

Today is all about the pool.

I should have gotten up earlier but it was 9:00 by the time I got myself into the backyard.  I had my leveling board, level, tape measure and shovels all ready.  I measured the area found the center and started leveling from there.  I got half way around and realized that I needed to start over.  I remeasured, looked at my area and moved the center to a more level part of the yard.  After an hour or so and several breaks I got the yard pretty level.

No that’s not us, but I always get a kick of how cheesy the stock photos look.

We ran some errands around lunchtime, watched the Olympic trials for diving and then prepared to get the pool up and running.  We went back out around 3:00, give or take a few minutes and starting putting water in the pool around 3:45.  The pool was mostly filled by about 6:30.

We swam and relaxed between about 5:00 and 7:00.  It was a bit of work but definitely worth it.  Boo had a great time and Sully really enjoyed being in the pool.

I was back to being excited.  I feel like this summer we are able to give Boo some of those things we weren’t able to do before.

June+1 My June +1 for today is working in the yard.  One of the selling points for getting the pool is the fact that I knew it would make us want to work on the yard.

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Family life…

Often times I hear people commenting on other people’s marriages and how they don’t understand certain aspects of the relationship.  I’ve had conversations with friends about people that are happily married.  Happily married!  Why people would want to find trouble where there isn’t any is beyond me but we all know people who are like that.  My philosophy is basically this, if it works for them what does it matter to me.

My mother used to worry about my sister’s marriage.  Lily and her husband, Hagrid (family joke) like to go camping and take the motorcycle.  So, sometimes if they are going to be gone for more than a day or so they need to take the truck.  Lily drives the truck and Hagrid rides the motorcycle.  My mom was so upset by this, she couldn’t imagine going on a road trip and not spending all that quality time chatting on the way.  Honestly, I love that conversation with Sully and Boo on our way to San Diego or Disneyland too.   The thing is I don’t really care if my sister and her husband rode robotic turtles on their vacation.  It’s their vacation, and if it works for them, then awesome.  Why would it matter what I would rather do?  

We go to Comicon every year, the local one in Phoenix and until recently the huge one in San Diego.  My parents, siblings and their spouses looked like we had just announced we were moving to Borneo when we mentioned where we were going.   It works for us and it’s what we do.  I don’t care if my sister wouldn’t go, or she thinks I am crazy for going.  I don’t mean that in a mean way, it’s just the truth.  She loves me and I love her but we don’t have to agree on everything.  I like being out in nature but I don’t really love camping.  Cooking s’mores around the campfire, you bet, sleeping on the ground, not so much.  I think it’s great she and her husband like to do that, more power to them.  


 In one of the conversations about Lily and Hagrid, Mom started to get upset.  I told her, “Mom, if it works for them, why worry?”  She started to say something and then stopped, and I added, “Would you want to be stuck in a car with Lily for eight hours?”  Of course, that sounds mean but it’s more of a family joke.  Lily grew up with ADHD back in the 70’s when no one really knew about it.  Lily could talk about anything, for hours…  Road trips were crazy because she honestly could not shut herself up.   She’s much better now, as long as she doesn’t drink Pepsi, it makes her hyper.  My mom had similar ‘worries’ about my brother and his wife and probably voiced a few about Sully and me too.  I kept repeating to her, if it works for them why should we care.  I mean if they were having cage fights in the backyard and hurting each other then yeah, we might want to say something.  

People get married for different reasons and it’s not anyone’s place to say what is the right reason.  I am sure we could list a few hundred reasons not to get married but it would be narrowminded and ignorant to limit the right reasons.

Here is part of a online conversation that I had with a friend last week…

Talking about going to Disneyland…

Hope:  Yeah, I get funny looks from people when I tell them we go to Disneyland every year and are saving up for annual passes.  I actually had a FB friend that posted that Vegas was Disneyland for adults. I thought ‘uhm, no, Vegas is for people that like to drink and lose money.’ Not that I hate Vegas or anything but it’s so not Disneyland for adults.
Leah:  Oh, I get those crazy looks too, even the comments of “oh you are one of those moms”…my response “nope one of those people, those disney fanatics, Disneyland has been been my favorite place for 30 years…and only Aurora’s favorite place for 2 years:)” Stefan normally says its my longest relationship:)
Hope:  That’s awesome. We went to Disneyland in 2010 for our tenth anniversary. We actually had more than one person asking if we were leaving Boo with Sully’s parents.  Seriously? Who would leave their kid behind and go to Disneyland? We got married to be a family. Oy
Leah:  Exactly!  We are the same way. 
Hope:  I can’t imagine how upset, devastated I would have been as a kid if my parents went to Disneyland without me.
Leah:  I know!!!  Aurora would be wrecked if we did that! Plus, we are a family, and yes dates (far and few between) are wonderful and we need our private time…but seriously!

We had been talking about her parents and her not so much fun childhood and how her parents think it’s ok to give advice on parenting, which is laughable seeing all of  the collateral damage they left behind. 

Leah: But I think the big thing is that people look at children as an accessory in their lives (I know my parents do) and Stefan’s family and Stefan and I look at Aurora as our purpose in our life. I know you and Sully are the same way  🙂
Hope: I totally get that. I feel like my whole life I was looking for Sully. Not that I am nothing with out him but that he is so much of a part of me that I felt incomplete without him. Now, that I have that part of me I am able to become who I am supposed to be.              And Boo, she is like the score to a movie. The movie is flat and uninspiring without it. Our lives would be so flat without her.  We are so lucky because Sully gets to work from home three days a week. And with Boo being home schooled we spend a lot of time together. We’ve learned that time is fleeting and we are very thankful for being able to be together so much.
Leah:  That is so beautiful…

We all have a path to take and hopefully we will find someone to walk that path with us.  What we do on that path is  up to us.  🙂

June+1My June +1 for today was drinking three, 240z tumblers of water.
Yay me!