31 July 2008

Visits, a Black Eye, and Two Midnight Surprises

Okay, I, like just about everyone else, did not take pictures at the reunion. Oh, I got a couple during the auction, and a few of G'Pa (telling us about how he met G'Ma), but nothing more. I was very busy chasing kids up and down stairs, and chatting nonstop with all my great cousins, aunts/uncles, and other people who showed up.
Let's start at the beginning.
Friday July 18th: Get on plane at 6:30 am, yeah, am...yuck! Dallas did alright during the first leg, and loved dashing around the Denver Airport. He slept during the second leg, but we had a lousy neighbor (he acted like Dallas was a disease he might catch), and Wes met me in Salt Lake to take me home. Dallas threw up in the car. We cleaned him up and Wes left for a movie with some friends, leaving me to unpack and let Dallas have some wiggle time. (That's "time to wiggle", not "watching the wiggles".) Mom came home from work and we played and talked and went to pick up Melinda at midnight. All the kids were up and playing until...well, late.
Saturday 19th: Swimming!! Dallas took to the water like a fish, didn't want my help and loved kicking and being dunked.
Sunday: Church, quiet, hot, and yummy dinner (Melinda cooked, check her blog for the pork and rice dish).
Monday: Massages, mom babysat, Mel and I were pampered. More swimming.
Tuesday: We made the cutest name mats. They have large bubbled letters to put pictures in. I love mine, I did "Dallas" in brown leather with a southwestern border. Cuteness!! In the morning we also went to sotry time at a little bookstore called "The Purple Cow", then to McDonald's to wear the kids on the playplace.
Wednesday: We went to Scouts with Mom, and let the kids play at the park. Then we headed into Salt Lake to pick up Wes from work, and we all went to dinner at Wingers.
Thursday: Spent all morning packing things up. Headed to the reunion at around 1 0'clock. Dallas threw up in the car. Stopped at a gas station for more than an hour cleaning up him, the car, and the carseat.
I'm going to skim over the reunion really quick. Tons of fun, swam, ate delicious food (I really want the chicken recipe from Jeanean), felt soo lucky to have lots of family around, played awesome games, stayed up late, talked to everyone about everything, cried....had a wonderful time.
Monday I stayed at Mom's while she went to work and I packed. I felt terrible, because when Dallas woke up, he went hunting for Mom, and Melinda, and Evie, and even Lizzie (they all pulled out in the early am for her flight), and couldn't find anyone. Monday night, Mom and I watched 27 dresses, and Dallas jumped off the bed and smacked into the corner of Mom's cedar chest. He has a black eye.
Tuesday: Scramble for last-minute stuff. I met mom at her work, drove all the way into Salt Lake to get there, also to check my bags early. Dallas threw up in the car. We cleaned him in the Beehive bathroom. We went to check my bags, thank goodness it wasn't too early, and certainly one thing I didn't have to worry about. Headed out for lunch (Chinese), Dallas threw up in the car. Cleaned up in the resturant, and stuffed my face. Realized it was nearly time to be on the plane, and scrambled to be there. Gridlock. Almost to the airport, Dallas threw up again. We said teary good-byes, and Dallas boarded the plane in just a diaper (at this point I was out of clothes). Made it on the plane, whew!
No delays, only a little turbulence, Dallas fell asleep.
So glad to be home!! Josh met us at baggage and squeezed Dallas til he was blue :) All is well.....until...SURPRISE!!! my bag didn't show up. Yeah, after an hour standing in line at the office, I found out they left it in Denver. They have to ship it to the house.
Home at sometime after 2 am. Josh shows me his surprise. There, in my kitchen is the most beautiful thing....a dishwasher. Yes, it's true! He got me a dishwasher! It's not new and it doesn't have all digital buttons, but I think it's perfect, becuase the dishwasher no longer is me!!!
I have a wonderful husband, and, as much fun as I had seeing everyone, I am so happy to be home with him.

15 July 2008


It is so close! I can't wait! I'm counting days and they go by sooooo verrry slooowwly.
I just had the most random thought: if we're all going to the reunion....what are we going to blog about? I mean, I'll be visiting my mom, and Melinda too, and we'll have that stuff to share with the rest of you. But what about the stuff that's going on at the shindig? I might be stressing about this a little too much....
Anyway, I had another thought, too. What is my house going to look like when I come home? I'm leaving my husband to look after it, and no matter how many easy meals I leave in the fridge, I just know I'm going to have pizza boxes and McDonald's bags all over the place. Will he remember to feed the cat? mow the lawn? do his own gosh-darn laundry??? And, taking all this into consideration, should I bother to make sure my house is spotless before I leave?
Oh, I must need some sleep, 'cuz all of this made sense in my head, but sounds utterly ridiculous in black and white.

....to clean or not to clean....that is the question....

14 July 2008

Memories are Precious

I've done the rounds, so I guess I got this tag from...everyone!!

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

10 July 2008

This is funny!!!

I just checked my e-mail and I'd recieved this funny calculation, it said to spread it around, but since I know no one wants to receive forwards, but all the people I write to read my blog, I thought I'd just do it this way!! Besides, this is funny!

Get a calculator ready!


Don't tell me your age; you probably would tell a falsehood anyway - but your waiter may know!


This is pretty neat


It takes less than a minute. Work this out as you read .

Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out!

This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to go out to eat.
(more than 1 but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1758...
If you haven't, add 1757.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number


The first digit of this was your original number. (I.e., How many times you want to go out to restaurants in a week.)

The next two numbers are....

YOUR AGE ! ~~~ Oh YES, it is!

09 July 2008

5 Random Things

The above are thoughts from Lurk (the new kitten).
Any way, 5 Random thins you minght not know about me:
1. I had to read the instructions when I bought an ice shaver in order to turn it on!
2. I love to watch "Word World" with Dallas in the morning.
3. Even though I want to go home at the end of the day, I hate coming home to the house being all dark and quiet, it feels like I'm all alone:(
4. I prefer crayons to colored pencils or markers.
5. I like to buy scented candles, but rarely light them, hmmmm, weird.


As a 1930s wife, I am

http://www.magatsu.net/maritaltest/">Take the test!

I'm sorry to say I am a superior wife, according to the 1930's, but it didn't have any of the interesting things that I am besides a wife in the test, bummer!

06 July 2008

Alright, I'm like the only person who hasn't said anything about the 4th of July. That is probably because there isn't anything to say. We bought some fireworks, but we set them off early, and they were mostly bottle rockets. There isn't a local fireworks display, and I had to work the 4th anyway, so Josh and Dallas didn't have a way to go. However, Josh's parents came home and we had BBQ with them, nothing fantastic: just dogs and burgers and some watermelon and chips.

At work on such a great holiday, we were dead. I mean the phone wouldn't ring for 45 minutes at a time! So we closed early, and I got a kitten. See, I'd driven past this house that had lots of little kittens around, but no one keeping track of them. So I talked to the neighbors I caught a tiny white one that appears to be the runt. She's cute and sweet and gentle even when Dallas is yanking on her face (which, for a kitten, is pretty good). I forbade Josh the option of naming her anything having to do with "snow" or "white". (I think white cats with names like "Snowball" or
"Whitey" are ridiculous.) So he names her Lurk instead. Because, he says, that's what she does.

So little Lurk runs and plays, sleeps a lot, and is litter box trained, but is perfectly willing to go outside and do her business. Not a bad deal for free!

Woops! I gotta go, Dallas has discovered our "important papers" folder, and I've only just turned around to see them all over the couch...oh dear.

01 July 2008

Danes Reunion.....

For those of you who are aware (and those of you who aught to be), there's a Danes Reunion Blog. I was just visiting, checking on all the family I'd get to see this summer (23 days, but who's counting?). I was a little sad to see some of you not on there, unfortunately, most of those not on the list don't have a blog, that I know of, and I can't even get a tiny glimpse at how they're doing since I saw them last. I've lived away from home only three years, but our family is so very close. When that first summer went by, and I didn't go to the reunion, it felt like part of me had just ripped itself up and died. I didn't plan on missing another one, and I'll be there in just a couple of weeks, and I've been so excited, reading all your blogs and thinking of talking to you in person. It makes me sad to think some of you can't make it, but I know I haven't lost touch because I'm here, on my blog, and so are you, and being away from you all doesn't feel so lonely.

Okay, this was supposed to be about how excited I am about it, not...gloomy. Anyway, I can hardly wait, and want to see you all!!