Monday, July 24, 2006

Happy 24th to you

To those of you not from Utah. The 24th of July is a HUGE holiday here. It is the date of the founding of the state of Utah.

Dahlia and Bobbie enjoyed their first ever parade. The loud noises from the muscle cars was a bit much for them. The fire trucks were a big hit!! We got lots of candy (yeah for them, ugh for me). We were sitting right at the end of the route on the corner so everyone was unloading the last of their candy real quick. There were tons of people we knew, and people home visiting for the weekend. Was like a big town reunion.

Dahlia and Bobbie were going to ride the Fire Engine with Dad, but they were crying and when I went up to trade Dad places the firemen told me to hop on, and not worry about not having a ticket. Once the truck got moving Dahlia calmed down, and Bobbie kept looking around, like what are we doing up this high??.

Then Dad stood in line for Navajo Tacos while Mom and I took the girls around to the kiddie booths. They fished for plastic duckies, Dahlia played Spin the Wheel, and the both got a star painted on their cheek. By the time we got back to where Dad and Mom (she left part way through to help Dad with the food) where waiting in line for food they had just reached the front of the line. Navajo Taco's are very popular at the fair and the 24th celebration. A couple of years ago they sold out, and Mom still hasn't quit talking about it. We sat in the shade and ate.

After that the only thing left to do was get a sno-cone and walk back to the cars. Grape Sno-cones are not exactly haute couture but is tasted fabulous on a hot summer afternoon. Between Mom, Dahlia and myself we ate it in the 4 blocks back to the car. Dad got double-stroller pushing duty.

All in all it was a great way to spend 4 hours.

Ran into Shawna from school. She asked about my missing the 10 year reunion yesterday. I told her about the Martina Tickets, and she laughed saying she would have done the same thing (Attended the Martina Concern and drove down the next day). She said about 20 people showed up, and they voted to skip the 15 year, and just do a 20 year reunion. I told her I was sure I could make that one. I guess I can come back to see how everyone has done 20 years out from high school.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Oops, forgot to type a message

Saw the cute tickertape (different model though) on someone else's blog, and thought what the heck I'll make one of my own for fun. They have tons of different options. It turned out cute, and I had fun making it.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Martina McBride RULES!!!

I went to the Martina McBride concert in SLC last night. WOW!! The opening act was Mark Wills (sp?). I cried when he sang Don't Laugh at Me. But then again all the women around me cried too, so I don't feel so bad.

Martina sang all of my favorite songs, and a few I hadn't heard before. It was totally awesome!! Julie, you would have loved it. I got up and danced for a couple of songs. The gal that went with me had never been to a concert, but loved Martina too. We had front row center seats on the balcony. A perfect view of the stage and crowd. There were screens up on either side of the stage. Martina looked like a little barbie doll, but the screens showed a lot of close-ups on her face.

I did feel a little bummed when she sang one song (My Love, My Valentine). But I got over it really quick.

She sang a Pat Benatar (sp?) song ---> Hit Me with Your Best Shot. She sang Concrete Angel, Broken Wing, Independance Day, In My Daughter's Eyes, My Baby Loves Me. Tons of great songs. She also sang a lot of cover/tribute songs. She sang songs from Johnny Cash, Loretta Lin (sp?), Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, and a few other names I have forgotten. She sang Stand By Your Man, and in the back ground they showed footage of Tammy Wynette rolling, and it looked like she was actually singing. That had to be difficult to time the band and Martina's vocals to match video footage from years ago. Definately a memorable portion of the show.

She had been singing lots of fast songs, and then she stepped back and the stage went dark. There were purple spotlights moving around, and new-age sounding music, for about 3-4 minutes. Then she sang Concrete Angel. They showed footage from her music video, and I cried like a baby. (I tear up just thinking about it). It didn't effect me nearly as much before I had the girls. Now it just about tears my heart out to hear the song (or see the music video). The little girl in the video is a blond hair, blue eyed absolutely adorable little thing. I can't help but want to gather her up and take her home. I keep thinking that I should be doing something more to help kids in that situation, but I don't know what. I know the obvious things, like report abuse, educate people about alternatives, etc. But it doesn't feel like it's enough. As you can guess I pretty much sobbed during this part of the show.

Luckily she followed it up with a fast song. I felt there was some irony in the fact that the next song was Independance Day. Hmmm interesting timing, someone has a sense of humor.

I have to say that I would definitely go to one of her shows again. Maybe in a year or two she will come back through Utah. Would be a blast if Val, or Julie, or Mom (or all of us) could go together.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Yeah for Internet at home!!

Hello All,

The cable guy just left and now I finally have internet at home again. YEAH!! No more going to the little internet/computer room at the rental office and trying to keep the girls from going crazy while I check my messages, and use the internet.

Dahlia wants to type now.
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Soon I will figure out how to add pictures and then we will be all spiffy looking.

Goodby for now

Monday, July 17, 2006

I am not stressed. I am NOT stressed!

As you can guess from the title I am not stressed. I figure if I say it enough I will really believe it. Ahhh, one can only hope.

Things are coming along well. I have a few more ducks to line up and then I will be doing great. I need a job, and for my divorce to become final.

The girls are doing well. Active and cute. Dahlia is getting more independent by the minute. Bobbie is really starting to show her personality. I'm not sure yet, but she is definately not shy.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

New Fangled Inventions

Well, I suppose I better join the world before it passes me by. Seems I am one of the minority that isn't blogging, or pod-casting. Since pod-casting sounds complex, I better give blogging a try.

The girls are full of energy. What do you expect for a 13 month old, and a 2 1/2 year old??

I am soo excited. Mom and Dad came up 2 days ago and helped me get the apartment set up a little more. Pictures on the wall. Clock on the wall. Bookcases secured so my little monkeys won't pull them over when they climb (note the when, not if). The livingroom, and dining room are looking great. The kitchen still needs some love, mostly the counters. The bathroom needs to be de junked, again!! The girls room has way too many toys. The girls are spoiled!! My room is the junk room at this time, but that will change over the next few weeks. I am getting tired of tripping over stuff I am not sure I even need.

I am down in Monroe to buy Sister Barney's car. She is selling it for a reasonable amount. The previous owners are the Wingets (Corrinne and Glade). So I'm pretty sure it has been treated well.

It's a little scary. Soon I'll be a single mother of 2 girls. Never really thought my life would turn out this way. But it is for the best. I feel better and more calm/peaceful as time goes on. Well some days I have moments where I panic and think what in the world am I doing, what had I gotten myself into. But they are getting fewer and farther inbetween.

My family has been absolutely wonderful. Very supportive!!

Oops, gotta run. The little ones are planning a revolt if I don't feed then now.