—great job on amy’s banner! i still need to come up with some ideas and have you do one for me! haha, maybe in a few weeks. you are so great! btw, this is going way back, but i’m so sorry about your daughter and i heard spinal taps are awful! poor thing! lovely decorations!jaclyn
—i had a rat just like the one you posted a picture of when i was in 4th grade! it was one of our pets in our classroom at school and for some reason that i can’t remember, i got to keep it! i named it snowball. wow, thank you (and chrissy
) for your generous compliment—i looked up the girlfriend hannah (because i’ve never seen it!) and she is gorgeous! i’ll take a comparison to her any day! i do plan on posting more pics and maybe something else too of susie’s visit, but i need some time to organize it! and now we might be going on a trip for a week starting tuesday, so i may not post them for several days. so how was your mother’s day? i think that’s so funny that they are different days. did you have a back headache this morning from you night out? btw, i don’t like lamb either, but a greek gyro is one of my most favorite foods ever (and it has lamb in it)! you have to try one!! also, i don’t know how it is over there, but you could always give it a try at a makeup counter. i loved seeing how she applied the makeup and what colors, etc. you can always go home and wash it off if you don’t like it.
it was free too so that was awesome!susie
—thanks for reposting your pic of you and marielle—you both look so great! it’s so funny to see you all bundled up though because it was such different weather when you came here! haha, i reread your monday post last week, you are so sneaky (“A friend of mine knows how sick of winter I am and she is going to treat me to a pedicure!!”)! it made me laugh again! and i just saw what you said about me and my family and you are so kind, thank you! hubs and i are pretty relaxed, sometimes to a fault, but we’re happy this way. thank you for posting the pic at the gardens, it’s a great one and i love it! yes i did tell my friend about you! she thought it was really great and was really glad it went so well! that’s so cool that you are meeting up with a friend from 7th grade! i hope i stay in touch with my friends like that too. i hope you had a lovely time! your walk around the nature reserve sounds so lovely! i’m so glad the prickly pear syrup was good! i’ll have to buy myself a bottle and try it.fi
—wow, i loved your description of the place you want to live in someday along with gardening and solar panels and all! my sister in law is from washington state and her dad does all that kind of stuff. she wants to move her family back there someday and live in a totally self sufficient home and stuff too. it all sounds cool to me but not really my interest. i do think it’s important to be prepared for disasters though. we have a 6 month supply of freeze dried meals and cans of other stuff like rice, beans and wheat. i’m working on storing water next. yesterday, i went through our 72 hour kits and through out the old stuff and restocked them. those are basically 2 backpacks that have enough for us to live on for 3 days in case we ever had a natural disaster and had to grab something and leave the house. i love feeling prepared just in case... by the way, i just turned 29 last month (i saw that you said you were 27), that’s fun! i visited wales when i was 14 with a girl choir tour by the way. i remember climbing some hill/mountain to see ruins of a castle. wales is absolutely gorgeous. i bought a couple of love spoons there.
ooo, loved your pics of the inside of your cottage! it’s so cute!! i love the home made shelves in the kitchen! btw, i agree, so much meaning is lost in typing vs. just speaking. but i think we’re all getting to know each other pretty good after such a long time of communicating. you are very funny by the way, i love your posts! how is your new job watching little H going? i’m glad your friends are so nice and helped you guys move in! edit: i just saw your latest post. oh that's complicated. i'd give you advice, but i think i'm too tired to really think correctly enough to be trusted! my first thought is maybe you won't actually see him that often if it has been 3/4 of a year since you saw him last. but if you're worried about it, maybe you should tell him the right girl for him is out there somewhere and it's better for both of you that you moved on...?christina
—i’m so glad you got to see wicked. i’ve been wanting to see that for so long! someday! by the way, you said there aren’t any basements in florida and that reminded me of something my geology professor said in college. he said the water table is so high there that (i think) most of the state doesn’t bury caskets under ground but uses like tombs or crypts or something. is that right?! i felt the same about marlena’s back story by the way.tracy
—your daughters basketball league sounds so serious! (i’m sorry they lost but i’m glad they kept improving. they should be proud of themselves!) i’m so conflicted about sports for my kids. i grew up with 3 older brothers so i was pretty naturally athletic. i mostly played on boys levels until high school. but we didn’t grow up with a lot of money so i never did leagues and stuff (well i did a volleyball league my junior year of HS). but some people here are so serious. they put the kids in leagues for soccer and basketball at like 3 years old! i just want to have fun with my kids and not be demanding their time or mine by toting them around to all their team practices. but, i worry that if i don’t start them young they’ll be too behind and not get to enjoy any school sports because they’ll get cut at tryouts. gah. too much to worry about! so i guess i was wondering your opinion. does your daughter like all that playing or is it stressful? i was thinking that hubs and i are super athletic for fun and we could always teach the kids tons of stuff and have them play on team sports here and there... on to your other post, babyboy actually loved his medicine that he took for 8 days. it was kind of cute watching him suck on the dropper and want more. but i took him back after his antibiotics were up because he still has a rattling cough. so now he’s on another one (by the way, they did a chest xray on him to see if he had walking pneumonia but he doesn’t), and he doesn’t like that one so it’s a bit of a struggle. he’s getting better at taking it with each day though. btw, you’re right about susie
putting others at ease. i told her she reminds me of jasper! btw, it’s funny that you mentioned kristen stewart
and the smokey eye look. i remember thinking she had the similar ‘vanishing eye’ thing, but i remember her looking awesome with smokey eyes. so i looked up her images, and no, she does not have a vanishing eyelid. she does have a smallish space between her eyes and eyebrow, but she has that great eyelid that shows a bit and yes, she looks gorgeous
with smoky eyes. marielle—
it was so interesting to hear that getting married is out of fashion in holland! we would be out of work there then! it’s still pretty big here. it’s just that the trend for the public at large seems to be living together for a few years first. haha, i giggled when you said, “the only really nice part are the last 30 minutes or so when she ditches the pup and we get to see rob shirtless...”
i’m going to have to look for some decorating pics for sure. so what does an allergic reaction to the sun mean? edit: saw your response to christina, nevermind! i’m glad you don’t live here because there’s a lot of sun and the sky is extra big, which would be bad for you. btw, my dogs are mutts. one is a lab mix and the other a pitt mix. the latter is the sweetest dog that loves to cuddle, which is good because he’s big and looks mean. i’ll try to post a pic of them next time!amy—
your weekend (from the previous last weekend!) sounded so perfect! it was like the picture perfect american dream day, i pictured it with a picket fence even... great weather, pulling weeds, playing on the swing set, grilling steaks...sounds wonderful! i’ve passed through blythe many times on my way to cali’s beaches! i guess i’ll be going by there again in a couple of days. i will wave out the window to you as we speed by!
maybe some day we’ll actually meet! beanbag bananas. so funny! i hope your dogs didn’t get them.caryn
—apparently you filled in the halfway house on rob’s reunion with tai, but i couldn’t find it and i would SO love to know how it went! could you let me know, please? also, i totally laughed when i read twilight and it was all talking about “normal” phoenix girls being blonde volleyball players. i was just that! but i grew up in central phoenix and all my friends were all kinds of races and cultures (mexican, indian, greek, black, native american, puerto rican, israeli, and a few other white non-blondes), so i didn’t really see that many ‘blonde volleyball’ players. anyway, you are so right about susie too. she’s just awesome. i ended up telling her my whole life story by the time she left!
seriously though! we never had a conversation with hubs about twilight though, that would’ve been fun! i loved hearing your description of college ball to fi. it is huge and millions of fans, my brother and his wife included. i never got into them though, but i do love hearing randomly how my alma mater is doing.
hmmm...i think i do have some kind of feature on my eclispe of new moon dvds that do something like what you’re talking about. i’ll have to look into it. that would have been perfect! duh. rockwall climbing is so fun! i’m glad you had such a great day. loved your comments on the leaked photos. i didn’t have a peak, but your descriptions were nice!raine
—a pedi with susie
and EW with rob was definitely a great thing! that article was totally awesome by the way. one of my favorites! i loved your post about the BD pics! you almost made me want to go find some, but i’m good. i never cared much about spoilers with the other movies, but i’m kind of wanting BD to be spoiler free for me! oh my gosh!!! obviously i totally adore twilight, but that shirt your cousin gave you for april fools day was sooooo funny!!! i guess i’ve just been surrounded by lots of boys my whole life and seeing that made me LOL because it’s just such a boy thing to give! oh man, so funny.sandy
—so good to see you again!chrissy
—wow that was quite the story about the sick coughing guy on your bus. the people at the place my husband has been working are extremely sensitive about sicknesses. they do NOT want you there if you are sick. it makes for easily getting off the hook when you’re a little sick and not wanting to go in.
germs do spread so easily though. it would probably help the world if everyone was a little more conscious and careful about it. anyway, yes, susie
is sweet, and so fun too. that song from the 40s-ish “young at heart” reminds me of her! rachel—
that’s cool that you got to write a review for thefictionaters! that site is so cute and so well done! yeah, napoleon dynamite is good for the soul every so many years.
i loved what you said about your boy. i’m sure i will feel the same with when my baby gets to be 7. right now he’s just baby. but one of my brothers has 3 girls and finally had a boy and he just says the kid is sooo different. the girls are all cutesy and sweet and then here comes bigD who is maybe 3 now and he’s just stomping around and wanting to wrestle or is looking for a ball. they just love him. i always wanted a boy first and i’m just head over heels in love with my babyboy. how did the baseball game go? it is hard to keep up with all the posts. i edit wedding videos at home and take care of my 7 month old, so i know what you mean. i try to do a “mega post” as often as i can, but if real life is just too busy, sometimes i’ll hop on to say “i’ve read your posts and loved them” or something. that they the girls know i’m around but i don’t get too behind in my life. btw, before you hit submit, i always recommend selecting all you wrote and hitting ‘copy’. that way if you lose your screen for whatever reason, you can just paste it in a new one and submit again.jennjen
n—well you should just go to a makeup counter and try out the smokey eye look! it was free and besides that you can see it done right and see if you like it or not. i actually bought the colors, then took them to a grocery store and matched them pretty close with eye shadows from maybelline and covergirl. so it was like $6 instead of $45! i tried using them less dramatically and not so high up my lid and they actually look nice that way! newjen
—i loved your april fools prank on your kids!! wow, loved what you said about the whole rob/jacob jankowski/marlena thing. i agree!tonise
—i’m so glad you love your new bed!! yay for a great night’s sleep. oh you are in tornado country? wow, that is one thing that i’ve always thought would be so freaky. how do you endure it?!
wow girls, how’s that for a mega post?! i think that took me 3 hours!! i don’t even remember when i started. oh boy. well it needed to be done and i desperately wanted to catch up with you girls. sorry i’m not going to proof read so i’m sure there are typos and stuff everywhere. forgive me and i hope it all makes sense! it’s almost 1am and i need to get to bed! take care and i'll check in with you later. maybe before our trip if i find time.