Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Getting Caught Up!

Blogging has taken a backseat to life. 
October was such a busy month for us that when November hit, we just sat back, relaxed and procrastinated for a few weeks! It doesn't help that E. is getting 2 molars in at the same time while battling a cold that was worsened by his flu shot. I was a hermit for a good week because of it! Now I am trying to catch up on all that was ignored or set aside, and it hasn't been easy. So this is my attempt to update the ol' blogster with the latest happenings in my life. 
The Beehive Bazaar is rapidly approaching so I have been trying to get my butt in gear and get my projects finished for the show. They are a lot more labor intensive than I thought and I am finding myself getting burned out. My house looks like the craft fairy took a dump on our dining table. It's a disaster! Only 1 week to go before the show...must...stay...focused! Please try to make the Bazaar if you can! I will post an add next week as a reminder!

The Gallery Stroll has always been one of our favorite Friday night past times. We decided to hit the 3rd and 3rd district this time and I am happy that we did! We usually hit Pierpont, but I really had to get my Frosty Darling fix and check out the local goods! There are some really good showings going on downtown right now and we especially liked the photography exhibit at Saans Downtown! If you go, leave your boot cut jeans behind. Those are not allowed here!

Gardener Village is just a hop, skip and a jump from our house. Aren't we lucky!? I love this place! The Christmas elves are up to their usual mischief again so it was a must stop for our little family on Saturday! I really thought E. would get a kick out of these tiny fake people that are just his size. I was wrong. He didn't give a crap!

The highlight of our week was going to the Coldplay concert! I am a music snob. There is no doubt about it. I am not a fan of most music on the radio or bands that have been commercialized and saturated. This band is indeed an exception. I bought us tickets this summer for Wes' birthday, and at the time, the concert date seemed like an eternity away. I couldn't believe that it was already here! We went with our friends Holly and Andrew because Wes and Andrew bonded at a Coldplay concert in Orlando after a cross country road trip they took last year. (It's a long story!) I had to steal my friends pictures from her Facebook page because I didn't have any of my own (and Holly hasn't sent me the one's from her phone)! The tickets said right on them, "No Cameras" so I didn't bother bringing mine. Once we got into the arena, I saw that EVERYONE had cameras! Agh! It was honestly one of, if not, THE best concerts I have ever been to! 
No Camera, no Scmamera

Oh Chris Martin! You make my heart sing!

Here are the billions of velum butterflies that fell from the sky! It seriously gave me goosebumps. I love sensory overload and I love Coldplay!

Friday, November 7, 2008

No, No, Nooooo!

So, we have this problem. 
When we moved into our house, we ripped out our small windows in the front and replaced them with large picture windows. They are wonderful in every way, except for one. They are bird murderers! The second I hear the "THUD" echoing through the house after impact, I can hear another "THUD" as my heart drops to the pit of my stomach! As I have said before, I am an animal lover through and through, and I mean it!
-I nursed a baby robin back to health for 2 days after it fell from our tree this summer. 
-My friend Lisa and I stood on the pier in Huntington Beach and saw a man pull a stingray out of the ocean that he accidentally snagged on his fishing line. We watched it gasping as it bled profusely and I started crying. It didn't help that some touristy Asian guy equipped with a fanny pack kept saying that he wanted to take it home and eat it!
-I helped Wes rescue a batch of baby ducks that had fallen into a sewer drain after witnessing the mommy duck fall into panic mode and screaming for help! 
-I make Wes stop the car whenever I spot a lost dog so we can try to find it's home or owner. (Maren, your dog has been a client of ours a few times!)
So, as you can see, having my feathered friends fall to the ground after flying aimlessly into our windows is heart breaking and traumatizing! Our neighborhood is filled with quail and dove families and I find much happiness in watching them and admiring how beautiful they are. I know they are families because quail and doves are monogamous. I think this is very endearing and tender! So when I see one that had a fatal accident in my yard, I get very sad knowing that there is a loved one awaiting it's return. I want to help prevent this but am not sure what to do. If any of you have suggestions, please share them! I don't want to be responsible for any more birds kicking the bucket!

Image may be considered graphic and not suitable for the big hearted!


-The stingray was released back into the ocean by the fisherman and lived happily ever after! I'm sure he had nothing to do with the death of the Crocodile Hunter. Oh yeah, I also reprimanded the Asian tourist.
-The baby robin was soon found by his mother (who nearly attacked MY mother for getting too close to the baby!) and learned to walk, then jump then fly!
-We were able to save all the baby ducks (but 2) by fastening a plastic bag to a wire hanger and scooping them out of the drain before they were sucked down. Wes still talks about the 2 ducks that were lost to this day. He has a very tender heart, as well!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The first snowfall of the year always brings a little holiday spirit into our home. Here is my confession: I am one of those people that could listen to Christmas music everyday for the next two months straight and not get sick of it! I love it and I have such a hard time understanding why people bitch and moan that the radio stations and mall's play it beginning the 1st of November. They cringe as though they just walked by a homeless person and took in a deep breath! When I was young and worked retail during the holidays, I had to hear my coworkers complain that the music was "unbearable". I was always too embarrassed to admit that I loved it and that as soon as I got into my car at the end of that shift, I would be playing it on the radio, too! Instead, I agreed with them and followed by saying things like, "I know, it's like, totally ridiculous" or "I can't believe how totally lame this is", when inside I was beaming and singing along in my head....because I know every word to every Christmas song and I can also tell you who sings it! Growing up, my mother played records of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole singing their holiday favorites! Now, we are fortunate to have not 1, but 2 radio stations here that play it all day everyday. So here is to all the Christmas music lovers of the world! Stand up proud and sing your hearts out this holiday season! Thanks to KOSY 106.5 and FM 100, We can get into the spirit NOW!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Men in Black

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Gundry!

This weekend we had the opportunity to attend the wedding of our good friends, Ben and Rachael. It was a beautiful event and we are so glad that we were able to help them celebrate their special day! 

Ben and Wes have been best friends since they were 12 years old, so naturally, Wes was the "best" man. The real kicker was that little E was the ring bearer! Oh my! Emerson was not really on his best behavior that night since the day was loaded with tiny black shoe shopping, the rehearsal luncheon, the rehearsal and finally the wedding - which left no time for napping! He didn't want to walk down the isle or carry the pillow that held the rings and when he eventually got to the front of the room with the rest of the wedding party, he didn't want Wes to hold him during the ceremony! He finally crashed early in the night and woke up with a second wind just in time to hear his daddy give a wonderful toast to the new bride and groom! Aside from the irreverent behavior from our child, the two of them looked so handsome and charming! Wes did a great job with his duties and Emerson, least he looked good! 

Out cold! A very hard day for someone so little!

(Calm down's just sparkling apple cider!)

That's my boys!

Up to his usual mischief!

Getting him ready and trying to keep the suit wrinkle free was the biggest trial of the evening!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Graveyard and Grins

What do you do with a 14 month old child who doesn't understand the magnificent details of Halloween? I, being the morbid mom that I am, took my child to the cemetery for a nice and haunting photo shoot! I don't have the nicest camera and I have never taken any photography classes, but I am happy with the results! My neighbor gave Emerson a ballon left over from her family's Halloween party almost a week ago and he has not taken of his wrist! He is obsessed with it and I thought it was too funny to resist taking a million pictures of it. Here are some of my favorites! Sorry, they are low resolution for quick uploading purposes!