Monday, August 30, 2004


My best friend Summer is staying with me for the week with her son Kaden so I am not able to sit in fornt of the computer in order to blog. I am sorry, but I promise I wrap up of my week soon! I miss you all :)


Friday, August 27, 2004

TGIF- I am Outta Here!

What is up with Blogger? Every time I go to my dashboard it says that I don't have a blog, so then I have to retype my user name and password. HELLO- there is a blog here! I love my computer, but it would be nice if something worked on a regular basis!

Well we are off to the Bay Area (Los Altos, CA to be exact) today! I love going on a plane. It is a firm conformation that we are going somewhere. I am to the point now that going anywhere is a thrill. It could be 30 min away and I would be happy. Anything to get out of the desert and this house :)

Well I hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Terrible Two's- Gotta Love Them!

12 more days folks and the kid is in preschool!! Too bad the first day isn't tomorrow :) Today she lied to me twice about where she put stuff. I am not sure if she lies because she doesn't want to get in trouble or if she doesn't even know what she is doing. I have no clue how to handle it. Any suggestions?? I just hope it is a phase like all the other things- oh god I hope so!!

Other that today was pretty slow. Went to playgroup at the annoying mom's house. She had a spread of food that made us all look bad for the stuff we put out at our houses. Hey, I don't have time to cut of cheese and fruit- give them fruit snacks and string cheese! Same thing right? (I am kidding by the way) It did make it easier since I didn't have to feed Julia lunch. She also went right to sleep when we got home.

Sorry that I am bitter today. I think I need this to make me happy- what do you think??

Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts

Thanks for reading!


Just Venting

Why do you always have to start your period before you either have to wear something nice or go on a trip?? Well we are going to the Bay Area this weekend for my SIL's baby shower and of course I get my little friend!! That means of whole extra bag of all the goodies that comes along with getting your friend! Just great!!! Alright just have to vent and I know at least one of you out there can relate! I am sure now on Google my blog will come up when people search having your period :)

I will post later since it is only 9 am here. And it is finally not hot- yippee!!!


Monday, August 23, 2004

It Could Only Happen to Me

Today Julia and I went to the park with a couple of my friends and their kids. It is so nice out here today (I probably just jinxed myself) that I wanted to get her outside in the fresh air. I had never been to the park where we went, but it was really nice. Well to make a long story short- I had told Julia to stay away from a mud hole that was in the grass beside the playground. Well I decided to turn my head for two seconds (shame on me!) and she was sitting in it. She was covered from head to toe in stinky swam mud! Of course this is the day that I had not brought a change of clothes, but I managed to clean her off in the drinking fountain and change her diaper and such. You would think my kid was a boy! Or that dirt just loves her because she is dirty all the time! I don't mind if she is going to be a tom-boy, but I hate when I buy cute, nice clothes and they just get ruined. Anyway, she took a bubble bath when we got home and now all is good :)

I read on Yahoo that the Japanese have invented a Fat-Busting Microwave. Hey if it works-sign me up! What will the world think of next? Maybe someday we will have robots like Rosie on "The Jetsons" I alwayes loved on Jane could change her hair and her make-up by just putting her head into a machine. Anything to make it easier to be pretty :)

Well I hope you are having a wonderful Monday! Thanks for reading!


Saturday, August 21, 2004

Oh Yes it's Ladies Night...

Last night was Mom's night out for my weekly playgroup. We do this sort of thing once a month and we always have so much fun! Well anyway, last night we went to Pechanga Casino- which is a Indian reservation out here. I swear we were transported to Las Vegas. One of the moms in the group just turned 21 (yes I said 21- she also has 2 children!) so we thought we would get her liquored up a bit for her birthday. Not only did she get drunk, but she also won like $75! None of us were that lucky- my machine said "Thanks for your money. Now go away!" I did manage to come home with $20 because my conscious got to me and told me not to waste my money. We had fun and I can not wait to take the hubby there.

Today we are going to Sea World with some of my family. My uncle works for Gerber and got some free tickets so they invited us. I don't think we would normally go, but hey it's free! It will be interesting to see if Julia takes to it. My mom is also going so we will have an extra set of hands and it will also let Jon and I go on some rides or something. Let's just hope Julia is my sweet angel when we are there :)

Well I hope everyone has a great Saturday and weekend! Thanks for reading!


Thursday, August 19, 2004

Just me and the Kid

Today I decided to take Julia on a little adventure. It was hot here AGAIN today so we went to the coast. I was going to just hang out at the beach, but then I passed the Legoland sign and decided to go there instead. We had a blast! She sat really good in the stroller from ride to ride. They also have this huge play area for the little kids and she just ran around the whole time. It was nice break from the heat and it was nice to spend time with her (especially when she was well behaved)

On the way home I stopped at the drive thru Starbucks by the freeway, where I discovered my new favorite drink. The Blended Strawberry Creme- HELLO- so good! I am sure it has 100,000 calories, but I thought I would treat myself. I am sure it is a summer drink, so if you have yet to try one go soon or it will be gone :)

I am keeping my fingers crossed now that Julia will be good for the rest of the evening. Wish me luck! Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, August 18, 2004

I hate when the days go by and I have nothing to report. Makes me hope that no one stops reading my blog because it is soooooo uneventful. I promise that I will get a life in the next couple of days so I can talk about that all the time :)

I did though have a good day today. We went to playgroup in the morning and then went shopping after Julia's nap. I HAD (not really) go to Old Navy and stock up on short sleeved t-shirts before they take them away. I have a question- why do stores take away all the summer stuff before it is even over? I live where it is 100 degrees till the end of September and that last thing I want to look at is sweaters and jeans. They should tailor stores to area and climate. If I was president that would be the first thing on my list :)

Well that is about it folks. Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Not a Whole Lot

Typical Tuesday over here. Went to a play date, Julia had a breakdown in the car because I didn't have any juice, cleaned the dishwasher out, folded laundry. That is about it so far. Awe the joys of being a stay at home mom. Doing everything for everybody with nothing in return. Nah, I don't really feel that way, but sometimes I wish that the house would magically clean it's self and my kid would be good all the time. I can always dream- right??

I signed up the kiddo for part time preschool yesterday. I think she is going to love it and hopefully thrive there. She will have 3 friends in her class, which I think will make the adjustment a little easier. She needs other interaction than just me most of the time. Just makes me a little sad- she is growing up so fast :)

Hopefully your Tuesday is more exciting than mine. Thanks for reading!


Monday, August 16, 2004

Diapers Suck!

I am getting serious today about the whole potty training thing. I must for my own sanity! If I change another diaper I am likely to lose it! So I am hoping some of you can help- what can I do to make this easier on Julia and myself? I kinda have an idea where to start, but I am not sure. Ideas and stories on how you did it or what you have heard from others would be greatly appreciated :)

This weekend was a good one. My in-laws came on Saturday and it was great. Julia just loves them so much and I love that she does. It makes my day when she does her little show off moves for them. She dances, sings, or just shows off toys for them when they are here. Very cute and extremely funny! I did get my break- thank god! My friend Leila and I went to Thai food for lunch (yellow curry- my favorite) and then we went and got the pedicure of a lifetime! It too like an hour and half, but it was wonderful. I would put a picture of what my toes look like since they are so cute with little flowers and such, but feet pics are gross! Not something to view on a blog, unless that is your sort of thing (wink, wink) Then I came home and we barbecued some steaks- yummy! So that was my weekend, noting too exciting!

Well I hope you all had a great weekend and can deal with Monday!

Thanks for reading!


PS Man that was a boring post :)

Friday, August 13, 2004

Storm Watch 2004- Yeah right!

In Southern CA we hardly get any kind of weather besides sunny or cloudy. And when we do get any kind of special weather all the news stations freak out and report from different locations. Well today was one of those days. I awoke around 6:45 to a loud rumbling noise. I got up and assumed it was the construction sight near our house making all the noise. Well to my surprise there was a flash in the sky! We were actually having thunder and lightning. I grab the camera and looked outside and this is what I saw:

I then turned on the news and it they were having "Storm Watch 2004". Lets' freak everyone out now! Well it lasted about an hour and after that it was sunny again. No wonder why people think people from CA are "different". We get excited over this! Well anyway, it was a nice break from the heat, yet it continued to be hot for the rest of the day :)

Today has also been the day where I am officially DONE. I need a mommy break as they say. Terrible twos have reared it's ugly head. Today Julia took a whole tube of Desitin (diaper rash cream)from my dresser and smeared it all over herself, my bed, my bedside table, and the carpet. And from where I was I could see her the whole time, but had no clue she was doing this until I smelled it. Desitin is the worst stuff to try and get off anything- took me three tries to get it off the carpet. Mind you this all happened at 9 am- great start of the day. So this weekend I am going to go and escape for awhile. Maybe I will go and get my toes done or go to Barnes and Noble and read. Whatever it is I need it and will enjoy every last bit of it :)

Well I hope you all had a better Friday than I did. May your weekend be fabulous!

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, August 12, 2004

Calling all 80's children!

I loved this quiz!! I got 101.5 on it, but it took me 45 min. because I had to sing all the songs! Have fun!

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Alright- I Have Had Enough!

So another day out in desert suburbia and it is freaking 104 degrees!!!! I am going to melt away and never be able to post to my blogger again! Okay, so there are two things that are so bad when it is hot that it makes it ten times worse:
1) Having a two year old that doesn't want to stay home in the air conditioning
2) Having a two year old that doesn't want to stay home at all- EVER!

I have been creating things for us to do inside and I have been letting her do whatever she wants for the most part, yet she is still not satisfied. Someday I hopes she learns the importance of air conditioning :)

To get her out today I drove to my grandma's house which is about 45 min. away. I love her so much!! We went to the mall and got all of Julia's bedding for her big girl bed. It is so girlie (green and purple). I remember getting my first real bedroom set when I was 6. It was Strawberry Shortcake- I loved it! I still have my pillowcase from that bedding. Aw the good old days :)

Well kids- Sorry if I am bitter lately. The heat has gone to my head! Hope you are all having a great Wednesday! Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Nothing much

So Julia and I checked out her future preschool today. It is totally brand new and clean- I loved it! Now it will take my husband some convincing, but I am sure I can do it :) Julia also loved it so much that she didn't want to leave. I guess we will have to see- I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Other than that- nothing much else going on. I have been super tired lately and kinda grumpy. I have no clue why? I am not pregnant- at least I don't think so. I think it is because it is so hot here that I am bored, which would make my cranky. Maybe it is also because my kid is going through a throwing of her toys stage and it always seems to be right at my head! Oh well, I am sure I will get over it :)

Well I promise to have more for you all. Thanks for reading though :)


Sunday, August 08, 2004

Some info

I got this little quiz from Amanda (which she got from someone else.) I thought it was a cute way to give out some info about me :) Thanks Amanda!

First best friend: Anne Tenwick
First date: Jon Gill when I was 15. Went to see Aladdin- kissed the whole time, so I didn't see the movie :)
First break: Jon Gill- told him in a note
First self purchased album: Bobby Brown- My Provocative. Heyit was cool once :)
My First funeral: My grandpa's when I was 17
First pets: Cat named Herbie
First piercing/tattoo: Pierced ears at 10. Tattoo at 18
First enemy: Allison Bird. Dated my boyfriend in high school before me. Hated her!

Current best friend: Summer Gardner
Current status: Married
Current song: "All star" By Smashmouth. I have been watching way too much "Shrek"
Current thoughts: Can I go to bed?
Current emotions: Happy
Current wonder: Am I going to make it till 9 pm to watch "Six Feet Under"?
Current instrument: none
Current need: Sleep

Last cigarette: Last night. I know I am bad :(
Last kiss: Today
Last good cry: My birthday- long story!
Last movie seen : "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"
Last beverage: Diet Coke
Last food consumed: Chicken fried rice
Last phone call: To my friend Erin
Last tv show watched: "Barefoot Contessa"
Last shoes: My black flip flops
Last item bought: Baby shower gifts for Gabs
Last annoyance: My kid feeding our cat hotdogs soaked in apple juice. The future chef that she is :)
Last disappointment: My couch was not coming till Monday
Last ice cream: Butter pecan custard
Last time wanting: to go to Hawaii
Last shirt worn: My brown tank top
Last website: Miss Amanda's!

Friday, August 06, 2004

Hello My name is Amanda and I am...

Okay so I figured my blog would be the perfect place to tell the world that I am addicted to...Reality TV. Any show that shows people creating drama, I am so there! My latest show I have been watching is "Big Brother 5" Yes, I know, it is the bottom of the barrel of shows, but for someone reason I am into watching it. There is something about seeing what people do all day while they sit in a house with a bunch of other people. Plus, there are a bunch of jackasses on that show that make it interesting to watch.

You know as I am reading my last paragraph, it just occurred to me that I either need to get a healthy additction, like shoes, or I need to get a life! But in the spirit of things- Tell me about your shameful addictions???? I know we all have them and it would be interesting to see what you have to say. No judgments here either. How can I judge- my additction is horrible :)

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 05, 2004

I am Big Girl Now!

AW it brings tears to my eyes, but my little baby girl is now a big girl! I just started to notice it in the last week or so. I had bought her a Disney Princess purse with fake make up in thinking that she would just play with it and move on like all her other toys. No such luck- the purse must come with us every where! She also puts on the fake makeup when we are going out, just like I would. She also "cooks" in her little kitchen and serves the food complete with utensils and a drink. And to top it off, we have purchased a "Big Girl" bed. It will not come till next week, but I am sure I will be sad when Jon takes down the crib. Both of us actually got all sad lying in bed last night talking about it. I know that I have talked about wanting her to be bigger, but when it starts to happen, it is such a change. Soon she will be going to school, getting a car, going on dates, and going to college! I must mentally prepare for all of that :)

I went to Cost Co yesterday and spent out life savings! Not really, but it always feels that way when I leave. I did get a booster seat for the plane when we go to the Bay area at the end of the month. It is so light weight and it was $25.00- I thought that was a pretty good deal. I also got a whole bunch of crap I didn't need, yet had to have :) They hubby was happy though with is big can of mixed nuts. See if I get him something that he likes the buying the rest of it is okay. Just a little trick I learned :)

Well gang- I hope you all have a great Thursday! The weekend is just around the corner :)

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Must go outside...

I am sitting here singing the "Dora the Explorer" theme song! That is when you know:

  1. Your kid watches way too much TV
  2. You watch way too much TV
  3. You need to go play outside
  4. Oprah is calling you to come and watch her show instead of "Blue's Clues"

It is so gorgeous here today! Julia and I had swim class and now I am looking outside at the park and thinking that we should go and play! It is very hot here in the summer, but this week it has been high 70's with a nice breeze. It is park weather! So I am going to be a good mom and take the kid outside!

So on my sis in-laws blogger she mentioned that she was going to make homemade twinkes for her husbands b-day dessert. I was so excited that you can actually buy the molds and the filling from Williams- Sonoma and make them yourself. Chocolate ones at that! I will let you know how she said they turned out! If they are good, I will be purchasing my own set!

Well I hope you all have a great Tuesday- Thanks for reading!


Monday, August 02, 2004

Painting Sucks-AGAIN

Ugh- I hate painting! We now have to do all the trim and touch up the ceilings and such. I am being good by taping everything, but I hate it! I wish we could have hired someone to paint, but that would have cost us 10 times more than it would if we did it ourselves. I also hate all the labor involved. I am more of the decorating kind. I like to buy all the stuff and point to where I what to put it. So sad, but true! I will do it though so I can help and make things easier that way.

Other than that, we had an awesome time at our weekend away. All we did for two days was swim, eat, nap, swim again, eat again, go to sleep. Julia also loved the water! She was swimming all over the place. I am very proud of her having no fear and having so much more confidence in the water. I can not wait till I can lay out while I am watching her swim. Oh the things I aspire to be- the mom who watches and doesn't participate! I think that I am just looking forward to her having some kind of independence and being her own person. I hope I don't sound like a bad mom, just one that looks forward to seeing her child grow. Well anyway, we had a good time and it was nice to spend quality time with the family.

Well I hope you all had a great weekend and are braving Monday- Thanks for reading!!