Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Despite my insistence that if I ever actually used a business card, I could just write a 1 in front of my old extension before I gave it to the person, I received my new business cards today. Sure enough, the only difference between them and my old cards is the 1. So now I have at least 500 outdated business cards (cursed 1) that I have no idea what to do with. It seems a shame to throw them away...they're so professional looking! Any ideas of what I could do with them? So far the only thing coming to mind is giving them to Addison to play with.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I think Addison's favorite thing there was the dog. Every time she woke up...well really, it was almost every waking minuet that we were at my parent's house, she wanted to be out to see the dog. It was pretty funny.
She also loved playing in the pool. There is this giant shallow part (really it's the first step to the stairs, but my parents made it big so little kids could play on it) that has bubblers on it that shoot up water. Addison LOVED these! She loved sitting right next to them and splashing the water that was squirting up. The only tricky part for her was the actual sitting down. She'd get close to the bubbler, and then bend over to set down and get a face full of water. It was pretty fun. She had a great time.
On Thursday we went to Balboa and Newport Beach. That was a lot of fun. I can't remember the last time I rode the ferry.
Addison LOVED the beach. At first she wasn't sure about it, but she settled in pretty quickly. I realized she's never played in a sand box before. She thought the sand was the most entertaining thing in the world. She would pick it up, throw it, and then laugh. It was pretty funny...as long as you kept your distance. On the way home from the beach the Vaccination clinic called from Provo and informed us that we might not be able to get the Yellow Fever Vaccine before our Africa trip because of the huge waiting list. I was not very happy since a month ago they told me it shouldn't be a problem. I called several other clinics in Utah to no avail.
Friday morning we frantically called clinics around Southern California to see if any of them had it. We finally found one and booked it over there. When we got there, they only had one left. Bart gallantly let me have the shot and declared that he wouldn't mind getting sick, "Yellow's a pretty wussy color, how bad could it be?" (I'm sure his gentlemanliness didn't have anything to do with how much he loathes getting shots.) Fortunately the nurses at the clinic were amazing and were calling around town for us while we were waiting. They found another clinic that had one just down the street. So a few hours and $300 + later (it would have cost us half as much in Utah), we went back to the house vaccinated against the wussy Yellow fever.
That afternoon we went to Discanso Gardens. I forgot how beautiful that place was. It was supposed to be cool that day, but it ended up being pretty warm. We decided to go home a little early because Addison seemed to be getting pretty hot. I think she was also allergic to something because her left eye was watering like CRAZY by the time we got home. She also had a good time watching "Increadibles" on the big screen downstairs that day.
The next day I think I had some reactions to the Yellow Fever shot. NOT fun! I got this TERRIBLE headache, so I took some pain killers and took a nap. When I woke up I felt better for about 5 min, then the headache came back. I decided to tough it out and Bart & I went to lunch with my sister and brother in law. Then we went to a movie. It was a lot of fun, but by the time we got home I was feeling HORRIBLE! I started feeling nauseous, and got a fever. I thought for sure I was getting Yellow fever. Fortunately that evening the fever broke, and I've felt fine ever since. I wasn't too excited about being sick on our vacation, but in retrospect I think it was a good thing. If I had gotten the shot here and had that reaction, I wouldn't have had anyone to watch Addison. Blessings in disguise.
Sunday we came home...unfortunately. Vacations are always too short!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Don't get me wrong. I love our house, I love being home, I love my life. But no matter how great life is, vacations are greater aren't they? That's why they're vacations right?
So I always find myself depressed when I have to leave my dream worlds and come back to reality. :o) Oh well. I'll get back into the swing of things soon enough. And when I get a chance, I'll tell you about our awesome vacation. :o)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
If any of you ever go to New Orleans, I have a suggestion... Don't visit Bourbon Street. We went there in the middle of the day, so it was mostly empty (thank goodness), but even then it just smelled of booze and puke! It was nasty. There were strip joints galore, and More bars than I have ever seen. I even saw a place where they vended margaritas out of Slurpee machines...which would have been cool if they had virgin ones...te he he. But it really was just gross. If you HAVE to go to Bourbon street, at least do it on your first day instead of your last. The rest of our trip was so enjoyable. I was sad to leave New Orleans with that last impression.
Other than that, though, our trip was thouroughly enjoyable. Here's a little video of the trip.
The street car ride was pretty cool too. We got to see more than just the down town area, which was nice. There were some really cool looking houses...I wish we had gotten pictures of them.
We also saw the saddest thing of the trip on the street car ride too. As we drove under a freeway overpass, there were tons of tents under it where people were living. It was a sobering reminder of the poverty that remains there, even this long after Katrina.
That night we also got to go to Emeril's for dinner. It was AMAZING!!! I have never had such delicious food! I LOVED it!!! The service was incredible as well. The only thing that could have made it better is if we hadn't had a toddler who loves to throw her food around with us. It was still great though! By far the most expensive dinner Bart & I have ever had, but totally the best!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Every time I find a little discovery like this it just warms my heart. It's a little embarrassing to admit, but I find myself not putting things away when I find them so that I can have these happy little mementos throughout the day. Don't get me wrong, if it's in the house, I will put it away, but if it's anywhere where I might see it at, or on my way to or from work..or basically anywhere where I'm not with my daughter, I will leave it.
I love opening the back door of my car to stow my laptop for the ride home, and seeing the ball that she so enthusiastic reaches for whenever she sees it. I love seeing the chapstick in my purse that I have to hide from her because if she sees it, she'll try to eat it. I LOVE having little reminders of all the things I love about my baby. I never would have thought that simple things like these could brighten my day so much! Life is just better with Addison in it...EVERYWHERE! :o)
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
On our way out we found some masks that the people in the parade had been wearing. We just had to take pictures in them. :o)
It was a great first night!!!
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
In her Easter basket, she got a stuffed duck, and little bucket hat (that was lost on the Mississippi...but I'll get to that in the next post). Bart and I got some chocolate eggs, and the family got some AWESOME Easter baskets and candy from Aunt Amy (whose name Addison is very good at saying now).
Although I didn't have time to do all the things I wanted to do this Easter, I did find myself reflecting on the last week of the Savior's life all week long. These little reflections brought a lot of peace to a very hectic week.
I am so grateful for my Savior; that he went through everything he did so I could return to live again with him and Heavenly Father. And I can't imagine the love that Heavenly Father must have for all of us as well. I would do absolutely anything to keep my child from experiencing pain. He had the ability to keep his son from experiencing the pain he had to go through, and he let him go through it anyway. I cannot imagine the amount of love he must have for each of us. I am so grateful for him.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter as well.