Sunday, May 31, 2009

No Doubt

Just got back from Cancun! Swine flu free. :) It was a great vacation. But before I attempt to sort through the mass of pictures I took on our trip, I first need to unpack, do laundry, buy groceries post about the concert we went to the night before we left. I finally redeemed my birthday coupons and Kenny and I spent the night with No Doubt (my all time favorite group).

Because of some perks through Kenny's work we were given VIP stickers to wear and ushered past thousands of people to the front of the line to get in. We then entered the VIP lounge where we had a Mexican feast before the concert.

Then it was No Doubt time.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Gwen Stefani.
So I wore my most Gwen Stefani-ish shirt...
And my most Gwen Stefani-ish shoes. Which proves I don't have much in my closet that is Gwen Stefani-ish. (Something I hope to modify in the future)

The concert was AWESOME! Our seats were on the second row behind the mosh pit and we were rockin' all night long. By the end of the night my feet, because of my Gwen Stefani-ish shoes, were killing me.
No Doubt about it - this concert was Hella Good.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Quite simply the best

My mom is the BEST:

news watcher
calmer downer

story teller


party planner
phone conversationalist
advice giver

and of course the best MOM around.

Happy Birthday Mom! Hope your birthday this year is the BEST! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Last Weekend

A few pics from last weekend. Had a baby shower for two of my cute friends who are about to pop!

And went with friends to Disneyland.

Good times. :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Viva La Mexico

We've had a summer vacation planned for months. The party: my entire family. The destination: Cancun, Mexico. The problem? Possible drug induced violence and death by Swine Flu.

What problem?

About two days after we secured our 'ocean view villas' and booked our plane tickets to beautiful Cancun, Mexico the nightly news was suddenly full of warnings. Warnings for people to stay away from Mexico because of all of the drug violence taking place. My family discussed this and decided we'd wait and see if things got better before our trip. Things got better and we decided the trip was a go. Many swimsuit purchases later, the nightly news was suddenly full of warnings again. Warnings for people to stay away from Mexico because of the dreaded Swine Flu. This was a bit scary and it really seemed like we were NOT meant to take this vacation. Many e-mails were sent back and forth trying to come up with a consensus on our vacation plans. Basically, the men thought we should still go on the trip, while the women thought otherwise.

Our e-mails went something like this:

Erin: {long e-mail freaking out about Swine Flu...."People are wearing masks, people are dying, I'm not taking my babies to Mexico."}

Brother's reply: "Viva La Mexico!"

Husband's reply:
"Swine Flu be damned. If they close down the border we'll break through. If they put up a wall we'll tunnel under it. If they shut down the airlines we'll hire out a boat. We're going to Mexico baby."

Mom's reply: {long e-mail freaking out about Swine Flu..."People are canceling trips, cruise lines aren't stopping anymore, I'm not taking my grand babies to Mexico."}

Brother's reply: "Viva La Mexico!"

Husband's reply: "I say we throw on a gas mask (and possibly even radiation suits) and party it up. To hell with the flu. Just think how much fun we'll have if we have the whole resort to ourselves. Bonnie, you can drive the boat while I parasail!"

Sister's reply: {long e-mail freaking out about Swine Flu...."We're at a phase 5 Pandemic Disease Alert Level, there are beautiful beaches elsewhere, I'm not taking my baby to Mexico."}

Brother's reply: "Viva La Mexico!"

While this isn't the norm in our family, the men won the argument and we have decided that things have calmed down enough to go ahead and go on our Cancun vacation. Life is short. We'll wash our hands. Face masks make great beach accessories because they take the attention away from not super thin butts and thighs. (my reasoning anyway)

So...Viva La Mexico!!! (happy now Austin?) And happy summer vacationing to you. :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

My baby...

really isn't a baby anymore. When I picked Addison up at her little 'pre' pre-school last week she had made this orange caterpillar. While she was feeding it some leaves in our backyard I noticed that it just happened to match the outfit she had on that day. I also noticed how well the little orange outfit fits her right now and I remembered a day not so long ago that her sister wore that same outfit to meet her for the first time.

(May 30th 2006)

Feels like that was yesterday. It also feels like just yesterday we bought and assembled bunk beds because we found out we were having another girl. My sister and I shared a room and slept on bunk beds and I wanted the same for my girls.

(me and my sister on our bunk beds - 1983ish)

(Ellie on her new bunk beds - age 2 - March, 2006)

I remember Ellie was so excited and kept calling them her "big girl beds that daddy made." Kenny loved taking all the credit for "making" them when all he really did was hook them together. :)

Two nights ago for the first time, we moved Addison in to also sleep in the "big girl beds that daddy made." The girls were so excited.

They said good-night.

And their elephants said good-night.

(Addie - almost 3) (Ellie - age 2)

And then Addison stayed up reading books...just like her sister used to do. They also talked and giggled until way too late. Just like me and my sister used to do. And Kenny had to go up and tell them it was time to get to sleep...just like my dad used to do.

After they fell asleep, I went to check on them. And then I walked into Addison's room and looked at the empty crib. And then I started to cry.

My baby really isn't a baby anymore.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thanks guys

Just wanted to thank those of you who commented on my little questionnaire! Your words were eye opening, insightful, and quite frankly...hilarious. A special thanks to my husband who left a few comments of his own (in fact, if you commented and never checked back, he addressed each of your arguments individually). Ryan and Josie hit the nail on the head (they know Kenny all to well). It isn't about the mail, it's all about a good debate - arguing for the sake of arguing. I have to say that when Kenny and I first met this drove me crazy...the way he would spin my words and make points I didn't even know existed. He somehow won every time, even on arguments where I was clearly defending the obvious choice. But now, after going to battle with him for over fifteen years, my vocabulary has improved, I know him well enough to know what he is going to say before he says it, and I am starting to win a few arguments of my own. Especially when I have my bloggin' peeps backin' me up. :)

Hope you all have a great Thursday night. I'm off to watch the Season Finale of Grey's Anatomy and once again, marvel over the wonder that is the human body.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A little Q&A

Just a few questions I'd LOVE some answers to:

1- Lately I've been noticing some wrinkles 'fine lines' around my eyes. Does anyone know of a great something to start using that will help in this area? What is your nightly facial routine? Any product that you SWEAR by?

2- I've been in a bit of a rut with my exercise routine (dragging to the gym) so I bought myself a new workout outfit. (Just a little Mother's Day gift to me from me and one of my sure-fire ways to make exercising fun again!) Now all I need is some new music. So...question is...what do you have on your i-pod? What are your favorite workout songs that keep you moving?

3- While we're on the subject of music... music on blogs - fun or annoying?

4- Last question. Which is more amazing... the human body or the mail? This is a debate that has been going on between Kenny and I for oh...about 10 years. One day after one of my many knee injuries healed, I commented on how amazing and cool the human body is. Kenny, being his usual sarcastic self, answered: "it's not as cool as the mail." We then went back and forth debating this and finally agreed to disagree. It comes up often in our marriage as we think of more reasons about why our choice is the correct one. A few points to consider before making your decision:

Human Body

  • Miraculously heals after most injuries

  • Childbirth (enough said)

  • It has its own heating and cooling system

  • It's full of systems working together all the time to keep us functioning

  • The human brain is... 'the most complex and orderly arrangement of matter in the Universe.' (Quote by Isaac A.)

The Mail

  • Delivers during rain or shine -- it doesn't need to heal because it never gets sick
  • You can get something from across the country or the world in one day -- way faster than the human body
  • Doesn't sleep, doesn't eat, and never asks for favors such as random computer help
  • The mail is... 'the most complex and orderly arrangement of letters in the Universe.' (Quote by Kenny R.)

So those are the questions that are keeping me up at night. If you're reading this right now I'd love to hear your answers/opinions. Unless you're going to tell me that the mail is cooler

Monday, May 11, 2009


We had a great Mother's Day weekend full of food, food, and a little more food.
First we enjoyed a night out with friends. {Fondue in downtown La Jolla}
(I love the picture of Angie and Eliot with steam from the fondue cooker clouding their faces)
What's fondue without ice cream after?
And we couldn't leave the kiddos out so we took them with us the next day. I think Ellie was under the table during this picture. We don't take our kids out to dinner often and after this meal I was quickly reminded why.

On Sunday I woke up to surprises hidden in the living room from Kenny and the girls (a bit like Easter). They were hiding too and when they jumped out Ellie yelled, "Happy Valentines Day Mom!" (we had a good laugh about that) Then while I was getting ready I turned on a Christmas movie for the girls to watch - so it became a multi-holiday day. Ellie also told Kenny "Happy Mother's Day" several times. We clearly have a bit to explain about this beloved holiday. :) Hope yours was a good one too!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Daddy's girls...

...and mommy's too. Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the moms out there! Go ahead and splurge...go to the bathroom by yourself for a change. You deserve it! ;)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Quotable Quotes

Addie's latest: (March/April 2009)

While doing her hair "mommy you're ruining my curls!"

"Mommy...does Minnie Mouse go to time out?"

"Mom I'm hungry." "Do you want some yogurt?" "No...I want some real food. I want a sucker."

Looking at a picture of Kenny in front of the Coliseum in Rome... "there's my daddy at his office."

"I'm not being Ellie's sister because her feathers are in a bunch." (must be from their favorite show Little Bear?)

"Mommy I need another popsicle." "You haven't finished that one yet." "I can't ... it's too cold. I need a new one."

"Mommy...I need to tell you something...don't smile, don't laugh, don't get mad." (I don't even remember what she needed to tell me...I was too amused by the way she started the sentence to pay attention :)

Ellie's latest: (March/April 2009)

"Mom, remember when I was little and we sat around all day eating Wheat Thins? Remember that mom?" (I don't remember this, but I'm not denying it)

"Mom - I named this bear Shiver Anatillia China." (say that three times fast)

"Mom...why do those tortilla shells taste different?" "They're fat free." "Fat free is so gross."

When my mom was visiting for Easter Ellie smelled her arm and said, " smell good Utah. I smell like San Diego." Then she smelled her again..."yup....Utah."

"Mom, what if something was wrong with our house - like if it was backwards and you couldn't get in?"

"I have a tummy ache and it hurts when I wash my hands."

"Try this mom. It's hot noodle coconut soup with root beer."

After getting her haircut: "Mom - Am I still 5 now that my hair is short?"

Talking to Addison: "Say it love ice cream more than me."

Monday, May 4, 2009

Palm Springs

Quick weekend getaway to Palm Springs. I love Palm Springs because it is such a combination of my two homes - Southern Utah desert heat with San Diego landscaping. The girls couldn't wait to swim. My favorite is the picture of Ellie in the car driving to our destination with her suit and sunglasses on, favorite "friends" on her lap, and a huge grin on her face. Kick-off for a great weekend. :)

Summin' up the trip:

Pool, pool, pool. A bit of wind on day one. Lots of slidin'. Mom over packed again.
Semi sleepless night. Palm trees everywhere. Really nice villa to call home. Impromptu run in with friends. Not too long of a drive. Overall, a Good time was had by all...despite Sunburned shoulders.