Long Time Coming

I ran across some old photos that I took of my sister, Ashley when she was pregnant a little over a year ago, and I thought I’d share.  It’s crazy how long ago this seems, this was before I lost my camera (*sniff*) and before all of our new babies were born (Audrey, Collins & Vivi).  They make me happy.  (the pictures and the babies).  Maybe someday I’ll get around to giving them to her.

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Summer Scrapbook

Hi everyone!  It’s been a while, I know.  Things have been pretty crazy over here, so blogging has been put on the back burner…that and I got a serious case of the blogging blues.

Anyway, if I were a scrapbooker, which I’m not (because I’m horrible at it) I would have a scrapbook excerpt that would look something like this:

What we’ve been doing this summer:

 

  • Graduations and a Blessing

Galen (brother-in-law, who I swear was ten only yesterday) & Cody both graduated.  Cody is Ash’s husband, who just finished his Bachelor’s in Accounting, I don’t have a pic of his graduation because I was lazy and didn’t use my camera, and LiLi was having a melt-down that day, so pics weren’t the number one priority.  It was a lot of fun to join in the celebrations.

My niece Gracie, Aidan & Raquel’s little angel was blessed as well.  She is so beautiful.  All it took was about two seconds of me holding her to fall completely head-over-heels.  They’ve been waiting for a little girl for a while, so Gracie coming is super exciting.  You can go to their blog to see more about the blessing.

  • Blueberry Muffin Mornings

I made these the other day, because it’s blueberry season. I love summer. I used to hate blueberries, until I went to Oregon a few years ago. We stopped by the grocery store and my mom handed me some trifle, which I devoured, and then asked what those amazing berries in it were. The answer? Blueberries.  Of course. Why is it that I hadn’t had decent blueberries until then? So tragic to be twenty something and never have experienced them. Don’t let this happen to you. Make some fresh jumbo blueberry muffins. They will make you dance and sing. I made some for LiLi, and she actually did dance and sing.  And so did I.  I’ll try and post the recipe later for these, if you’re all good and play nice. (And leave comments on my blog so I can kick those final blogger blues.)

 

  • Gardening

I have completely fallen in love with gardening.  Right now we’re in the process of building a fence around our veggie garden.  It’s wonderful that Don is such a handy.  I love that man.  I love my fence.  I love the fact that Lady can’t get in it and dig up my plants, or poop in my garden, or dig holes in it.  I don’t like Lady right now.  She’s a poo-head.  We have one all kinds of wonderful things in there, grape vines, raspberry bushes, tomato plants.  I’m a plant freak.  I’d rather spend money on plants then clothes or food.  Anyway, I bought LiLi a little plastic rake so that she could help me garden.  But all she really used it for was to chase Lady around the yard and beat her with it when I wasn’t looking.  As mad as I am at Lady, I figured no one deserved that.  So I put the rake where LiLi couldn’t reach it.  Apparently, Lady got her revenge, because the next day I found it, with a Lady-sized bite taken out of it.

 

  • LiLi’s Second Birthday

Can I just tell you how much I love this girl??  She is my heartbeat.  I can’t believe that she’s two already.  I try not to think about it, to be honest, because my throat starts to get tight and my eyes start to water.  She’s so much fun to be around, and a bundle of energy.  She’s also very literal.  For example, every time I sit down to eat, I’ll turn to her and say, “Let’s say prayer”, to which she’ll say in an excited voice, “prayer!!”  Then Don laughs, because he does the same thing too, just to tick me off.

The other day I was looking at something on the computer and holding LiLi in my lap, irked, I grumbled something like, “coupon code, my eye!”  LiLi, happy that she knew what I was talking about, then chirped, “eye!!”  and poked me in the eye with her chubby little finger.

I need to watch what I say.

And last but not least–

 

  • The Princess Festival

Thanksgiving Point had their 4th annual Princess Festival.  It was a blast, they had all kinds of plays and activities.  LiLi was a little bit young to do them but she did LOVE the Noah’s Ark fountain, and the hill that had a sign saying, “Run and Tumble”.  She went with her cousins, Madi, Brynnleigh, and  Jaden.  (Jaden had to go because no one would babysit him.)

 

So, now you’re caught up.  Whew.  If only I had a real scrapbook with all of these things in it…baby steps.

Enjoy your summer and 4th!!

 

~Erin

Musings: The Yolk’s on Me

 

It all began when Ashley called me this morning, letting me know that our plans to go visit our new niece, and sister-in-law Raquel had been canceled.

“I can’t go, “she lamented.

“What?” I ask in dismay, and my thoughts start going in a dark, downward spiral.  They grasp at a spark of hope.

“Wait a minute…April fools! Ooooh, clever!”

“No, I really can’t go…”Ashley’s weak protests are cut off by her good humored laughter.  “What gave me away??  I can’t even lie on the phone.”  Ashley can’t lie to save her life.

“Don’t worry.  You had me going for a second there.  That was a really good joke, better than anything thing I could think of this morning…” I trail off.  I’d been trying to think to think of jokes to play on Don, I’d thought of everything from the mild, and over used, “Your shoes untied” to covering the toilet bowl with Saran wrap.  My better judgment decided against the latter, too messy, and it was just asking for trouble.

I hang up the phone and shake my head.  Ahh…April Fool’s Day.  I have a love-hate relationship with you.  The last time I ever really tried to prank someone was probably back in second grade.  And what a prank it was.  I’d saved my snap pops all the way from the 4th of July.  And then when April 1st arrived, I snuck into the bathroom, and strategically placed a few underneath the toilet seat.  Then I cracked open the window that looked into the backyard, so I could hear the surprise of my victim.  I waited, innocently swinging on the tree swing.  And my face broke into a smile of impish delight.  What I hadn’t planned on was my mother being the next person to use the bathroom.  I can still hear the loud pops, the surprised scream that assailed my ears, and I can still feel my panic at my April fool’s joke back firing.  I got in enough trouble that I haven’t tried to punk anyone for a very long time.

But a terrible idea formed in my mind as I shook my head after Ashley’s phone call, one that brought a second grade smile to my face.  I tried to fight it.  Really.  But this, this was like a chicken jumping onto a fence-sitting vegetarian’s lap, and then plucking and dousing itself with a whole bottle of BBQ sauce.  What else are you supposed to think besides,” this chicken wants to die”??

So before I’d realized it, I’d dialed Aubrey’s number.

“Hey, I just got a call from Ashley and she said that you guys weren’t going to be able to make it today?”  My tone is mildly inquiring, asking in subtle undertones if she knows anything about it.

“What?”  Aubrey sounds put out.  “That’s not what she was saying last night.”

“Yeah, she said that they had a meeting come up.  She didn’t really give me any details.  You should call and ask her about it.”

Aubrey is not happy, and agrees to call Ashley to get the scoop on things, and then call me back.  I laugh delightedly as I snap the phone shut, thinking how of how tricky I am.  Aubrey calls me back in about five minutes.  And I fight to keep the smile out of my voice as I answer.

“What did she say?”  I ask nonchalantly.

“She didn’t answer.”  Aubrey replies back.

I start to sweat a little bit; I hadn’t planned on Ashley not answering.  What if Aubrey never gets a hold of Ashley?  What if Aubrey blows off all of the plans and doesn’t get ready to go?  What am I going to tell her in order to go then?  That I’ll drive up to Logan and pick her up and take her to Raquel’s myself? It’s a bit of a gamble…

“Well, keep trying until you can get a hold of her.”

“What did she say exactly?”

And so I mumble through a half-baked lie, and repeat what I’d said before only in a different way.  I realize for the hundredth time in my life what a crappy liar I am.  Lucky for me, Aubrey can’t see my face, and she’s has a really time hearing tone on the phone.  Her world became a lot better after caller ID.

We hang up, and I start doing the dishes.  I’m halfway through washing a spoon when I get another call.  It’s Aubrey.

“Well?” I ask the trepidation in my voice earnest this time.

“She can’t go.  She has a meeting.”  Aubrey confesses.

Bull crap. “Hmm…” my eyes narrow.  Aubrey is in on it.  “What did she say, exactly??”

“Just that she had a meeting today, and so she couldn’t take it off.  In fact, she won’t be able to get home until her regular time.  I was really looking forward to going and seeing Gracie.  I’ve been looking forward to it all week.”

I decide to let the sham slide.  “Whatever.  What did she really say?”

“That she can’t go,” Aubrey honestly responds.

“Bull crap.  Was she surprised when you called her??”  I don’t even try to hide the excitement in my voice.

“What are you talking about?”  Aubrey sounds confused.

“Oh, come on!  Ashley is a crappy liar.  I’m positive she caved.  Admit it!”

“Ashley can’t go.”  Aubrey is adamant.

“Come on, you can drop it now.  It was all a joke.  April fool’s!”

“This was all a joke?”  Aubrey asks, anger creeping into her voice.

“I know you know about it.  Ashley had to have told you!”

“Well, one of you is messed up!  I just called Raquel and told her that Ashley and I aren’t coming!”

I can feel the laughter flicker out of my face.  What-oh. “You did not,” I hedge incredulously, not wanting to believe it.

“I doubt she’s going to think it’s funny.”

“Why the heck did you bring Raquel into it?”  I panic.

“This is your fault!”

“How was I supposed to know you’d jump to conclusions before you knew what the heck was going on!?” I ask, my voice creeping higher. “I told you to call me right back!”

“I forgot!”

“Obviously you didn’t, or else we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”  I simmer.

“Whatever.  I’m not calling her back.  One of you two pranksters can call her and tell her about this whole mess.”

“Don’t be mad.”  I say in my best soothing voice.  “You have to admit its kind-of funny.  In a couple days you’ll laugh about it…or maybe a year,” I amend.

“It’s not funny.”  Aubrey’s voice is humorless.

We end the call, and I exhale.  Then dial Ashley’s number.  No answer.  Crap.  I bite the bullet and call Raquel.

“Hello?”  She answers.

“Hey!” I cut to the chase, “you’ve probably heard from Aubrey, right?”

“…No, I haven’t.”

I’m skeptical, “not at all today?”

“Your call is the first one.”

I still press her, “She didn’t call you at all?”  I ask hollowly.

“Nope.”

I can almost feel the egg running down my face.  Sunnofa!!!

“Well let me tell you a story…” I laugh dryly.  Raquel was a very attentive and polite audience, and even said she would try to think of a way to get Aubrey back for me.  I told her my wounded pride would appreciate it.  Really, I should know better than to go up against Aubrey.

Five minutes later Aubrey called me back, “April fool’s!”

My “dark chocolate side” as Ashley calls it, gets me into trouble.  But after everything, I’m a bit relieved that it didn’t end up worse, so I bite into my just deserts with a smile.