September 29, 2010


Okay.  I totally know how my kids feel about chores.  They hate them.  They would rather be playing.  I totally get it.  I am home for almost 3 hours each morning by myself with lots of chores to do.  Sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, dirty dishes, unfolded laundry, etc. and I don't want to do it.  I want to do something fun!  So this morning, as I looked at the 4 loads of laundry laying on my couch in my room, I smiled to myself and thought I want to do something else.  So I created and cut vinyl for Ford's fish, Yoshi.  I know the laundry will not fold itself and the dishes in the sink won't wash themselves...and the crumbs on the floor may be cleaned by ants...but is that really what I want?  No.  So right after I post this I promise to fold some laundry.  

PS. I did clean my bathroom, bedroom, living room, kitchen, and dining room already this morning. 

September 23, 2010

Zac Brown Band in Concert

Okay, so Brandon got tickets to see The Zac Brown Band here in Reno the day after his birthday and we were really excited.  We picked up Amber and Jake....(youth from our ward, Amber bought Jake tickets for his birthday that was on Monday) at 6 and headed out about 6:15.  I thought we were going to be late.  It takes an hour to get to Reno and Brandon and I didn’t want to miss anything.  None of us knew who the opening act was and when we found out (Robert Randolf Family Band) we thought, ‘Who are they?’  So we decided to stop for In-n-Out Burger.  It’s a good thing we did because Brandon said it was either that or hot dogs and a beer at the event center.  And I really don’t like hot dogs.  That hamburger and fries tasted so good (I was thinking of Kendra Johnson whilst eating cause they don’ t have In-n-Out Burger in Michigan).  I hadn’t eaten anything all day...except a strawberry shake I made with Ford.  And that was good!  
Okay, so back to my story.  So we get to the Lawler Event Center about...I don’t know 7:15ish.  Maybe 7:30.  Amber pointed out the landscape and was telling us her father, who passed away this spring, had created all of it.  It was dusk and so I really didn’t get a chance to enjoy it but she said it was beautiful.  We get to our seat...the wrong seats...and then the right seats...and sat.  And sat and sat and sat and sat and sat.  I don’t think the ‘Robert Randolf Family Band’ (opening act) started until 8 o’clock! (the concert was suppose to start at 7).  We couldn’t understand a word they were singing and finally at almost 9 o’clock they were done.  It took The Zac Brown Band another 15-20min to get on stage.  We loved the songs they sang and were completely bored with all the instrumentals.  And a song that another guy in the band sang.  It was like Heavy Metal meets Country.  Yuk! 
I waited all night to hear ‘Chicken Fry’ and it was one of the last songs they sang.  Brandon was waiting for a song I can’t remember the title to...but it was the very last song.  
The concert finally finished at just about 11:00pm.  We left immediately, enjoyed a ‘radio concert’ on the ride home, dropped off Amber and Jake, and were in bed by 12:03am.  What a night.  
I got some okay video of the concert...from the side we were on.  And like I said before...we really enjoyed the songs they sang.  We had hoped for all singing.  We’ll know next time.  ‘Don’t buy tickets to The Zac Brown Band’ unless you like guitar and violin solos.  And really long ‘bridges’ in the middle of songs.

September 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, Brandon!

Brandon turned 37 today!  And he got everything he asked for.  A new BBQ grill.  He also got a BYU t-shirt, a Boise State t-shirt, the second season of ‘Chuck’ (the third one is on it’s way), and a cover for his fancy schmancy grill.  

We were sad that his birthday fell on a Wednesday because we didn’t get to celebrate till 8:45 at night.  We had high school soccer practice, Kennidy’s soccer practice, Ford’s soccer practice, and YM/YW in that order.  I left the house at 2:50pm and didn’t get home till 7:30pm.  Brandon and Kennidy didn’t get home till 8:45 from YM/YW.  
When he finally did get home, Adam, Ford, Makinley, and I jumped out to surprise him with ‘Happy Birthday to You’.  And after presents and a little catch up of the happenings of the day...we put the kids to bed and sat down to watch ‘Warehouse 13’ and ate Dutch Apple pie.  I think I’ve mentioned a time or two that we don’t do cake...and Brandon wanted Marie Calendar’s Dutch Apple Pie.  It was soooo yummy.