Thursday, July 30, 2009

Teeth, Paint, Pigeons & Baseball

We have had such a fun and productive summer. While some activities warrant their own post (ie. costumes & trips) the rest can be summed up here. :)

First Tooth GONE!

Joe lost his first tooth Tuesday, June 23. It was the standard pull for our family. What is the standard pull you ask...

That is when the tooth is so wiggly that if you were to look at it wrong it would jump out of the child's mouth, but the child is so nervous about losing their first tooth that they refuse to let your fingers anywhere near their mouth because they just know it's going to hurt terribly. So you, in your sneakiness, ask the child to let you wiggle the tooth...because they all know what a nut their Mom is about wiggling teeth. (Seriously! I love it! Wiggly teeth make me very happy.) And since my children are nice and indulgent, they will inevitably allow me to wiggle their tooth..."But only once!" So then I whip out a Kleenex with the excuse that I don't want to get their saliva all over my hands. As soon as I even start to wiggle the tooth, my goofy kids decide that they've had enough and will pull their heads away...exclaiming that they've changed their mind.

It's pretty funny at this point because they begin ranting about their wiggly tooth and how they are never going to let me wiggle their tooth ever again and trying to shield their mouth from me. It's funny because the tooth that they are trying to shield from me is sitting in the Kleenex in my hand. The kids are always so amazed that it didn't even hurt! Joe was the same. He was so surprised that I had his tooth in my hand and amazing of all, it didn't hurt. Goofy kids!


Rose did not have a wiggly tooth. Her adult canine decided to come in above the baby canine tooth. Resulting in a shark-like appearance. Dental intervention was required. The extraction took about five minutes and split her tooth in two.


It has been a painting frenzy! My sister-in-law just moved to New Zealand and couldn't take some furniture with her. I claimed it for my girls' room. We painted the dresser and nightstand a shade of black. It was quite a project.
Dresser Before

Nightstand Before

Kids painting the dresser drawers

Admiring the paint job

Dad putting on a coat of varnish

Finished Dresser in the girls' room.
Also, note the completed blue paint job. Pretty Schnazy!

In addition to the dresser, I have been painting bedrooms and Hubby painted my outside doors. Hooray!

Welcome to Sarah's Silly House!

Joe's Green Bedroom

BabyCakes yellow room

House painting is almost complete. The only rooms left are my bedroom and bathroom. I have voted to keep the laundry room off-white so then my sewing samples will show better in it. But mostly I voted to not paint it because I am worn out and sick of painting. :)


Just a quick note on the pigeons. After we disposed of the sixth nest, they smartened up slightly. They built their seventh nest on the post that is hidden from the walkway. It only took them seven tries to figure that out. Well, before we disposed of the seventh nest, Hubby was able to shoot one with an air-type BB gun thingy. The pigeon stayed away for two days. Then came back and built on their old post facing the walk. We are still trying to get rid of them. :(

Little League Closing Ceremonies

I already wrote about this, but wanted to include pictures of my kids with their trophies.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I Want to Go!

I am a great, big nerd. I love all things Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Science, and Comic-related. Well, to be completely honest, I love most all. Some stuff is just to gory for me. ;)

Anyhoo, Comic-Con 2009 is being held July 22-26 in San Diego this year. SAN DIEGO! Only three hours away from me. And I totally want to go!!

I've been talking to Hubby about attending for months. And the more info that's come out regarding this year's Comic-Con, the more I want to go. Of course, all conference packages were sold out long ago. And I really doubt there will be any scalpers because really! Who in their right mind would give up a ticket to Comic-Con? No one. That's who. Besides, it's against Comic-Con rules to resell, reuse, or transfer registrations. I know there's no way I'm going.

Even though I'm not going in person, I am still super-excited about several of the events that will occur. I'm just crossing my fingers that someone, somewhere will blog and post pictures of the events I would have attended had I gone to Comic-Con. Now, you may be wondering which events have me so hyped up. Well, frankly there are several. If I was attending, I would be hard-pressed to choose which events to attend because many of the events that interest me overlap. ;)

Interesting Events:
1. Behind the scenes look at The Hobbit, including the latest news, announcements, and rumors.

2. Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey - Key production personnel and cast members discuss the making of Quantum Quest, the 3D, CGI Large Format film that combines beautiful animated sequences with actual space imagery captured during seven ongoing NASA and NASA/ESA space missions...The panel will offer new work-in-progress clips and an in-depth exploration of the science behind the film.

3. Wonder Women: Female Power Icons in Pop Culture - EW will moderate a conversation with Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Mitchell, Kristen Bell, and other stars about the actresses who have redefined the rules and the female characters that have shattered the glass ceiling for all women. **I would attend this to see Mitchell, who plays Juliet Burke on Lost, and Bell, who rocked playing Veronica Mars and then one of the truly interesting Heroes characters that was killed off too soon.

4. Terry Brooks discusses his return to the Magic Kingdom of Landover series with the August release of A Princess of Landover, as well as what's next in the Shannara series.

5. Mad Science: The Science Behind Science Fiction ...explore science as a double-edged sword - it's ethically and morally neutral in and of itself, but science depends on who wields it and how.

6. The Anthropology of Star Trek

7. Green Lantern: First Light world premiere!!

8. The Masquerade party. I would love to see all the cool costumes fans have made.

9. Dr. Who's David Tenant will make an appearance and might make an announcement about a Dr. Who movie in the works. I'm crossing my fingers that rumor is true!

10. Stan Lee has a new story coming out. I believe it's in movie format, but really. It's Stan Lee!! Who cares what platform he uses? We'll all throng to him no matter what. :)

11. It is Comic-Con's 40th Anniversary, so there will be many celebrations for that. There are many events that look back on the beginnings of Comic-Con and it's creators. History is always fun!

There are a myriad of events happening each day! It really is a good thing I'm not going because I would probably miss everything anyways just standing around trying to decide which event I wanted to see more! Hahahaha!!! I'm looking forward to all the reviews and pictures that will be coming soon. :)

Sunday, July 5, 2009


I'm still busy. I have pictures that go along with my busyness, but don't want to take the time to load them and write about them right now. Instead I will share a list that was chain-e-mailed to me many, many years ago. I am usually not a fan of chain e-mails. In fact, they annoy me greatly. But this list was so dead-on accurate in its portrayal of my favorite state that I saved it. This list has survived three computer crashes and upgrades and still rings true today.

So, without further ado, here's the list. My observations and comments are in blue.

You Know You're From Arizona When...

1. You buy salsa by the gallon.
And it's usually freshly made salsa. Yum!

2. Your Christmas decorations include sand and one hundred paper bags.
My family never did this, but Hubby's did. They also used them at Halloween.

3. You think a red light is merely a suggestion.
We got that trait from our California neighbors. ;)

4. None of your out-of-state friends visit during their summer vacations.
But you can visit them!

5. You think someone driving wearing oven mitts is clever.
This IS clever! They are used in the summer when getting into your car during the day is the same as getting into your oven. And touching your steering wheel is the same as touching an oven rack. I used socks for a long time, but they were too thin and my hands would still get burned. Oven mitts never fail.

6. Most of the restaurants in town have the first name "El" or "Los".
Mexican restaurants with authentic Mexican food. Yum! I didn't truly appreciate this until I lived in Kansas and was subjected to their version of "Mexican" food. Yuck!

7. You think sixty tons of crushed red rock makes a beautiful yard.
Rock yards dot the Arizona landscape. But this Arizona Native prefers grass and citrus trees and is currently trying to remove 12 tons of red rocks from her yard.

8. You notice your car overheating before you drive it.
This is not a joke. It can really happen. And it is funny to long as it's not happening to YOU!

9. Your house is made of stucco and has a red clay tile roof.
My current house is made of stucco, but we have a pink clay tile roof. *shudders* Pink is not my favorite color. I'd prefer a blue-gray clay tile roof. Oh well. My last two Arizona houses were made of brick and had shingle roofs. That's what houses in Arizona used to be made of.

10. You can say "Hohokam" and people don't think your clearing your throat.
Say it with me: "Hoe-Hoe-Come" although some people pronounce it "Hoe-Hoe-Cam" like camera. But those people are wrong. Don't believe me? Look it up. :)

11. You no longer associate bridges or rivers with water.
I associate bridges and rivers in Arizona with water, but not as constant running things. They were the back-up for when we had heavy rains and flash floods. The rivers were lucky to have a trickle once a year. And a true run of water maybe once every ten years...when those flash floods hit and hit hard. For the majority of the year, they were dry and dusty places. It wasn't until we moved to Kansas that I saw bridges over constant running water. Filled brooks, creeks, rivers, and streams. It was an amazing sight to behold. And all I could think was, I hope they are stock-piling that against a drought for next year. Haha! A Kansas "drought" had more rain than three or four years of Arizona rain combined.

12. You see more irrigation water on the street than there is in the Salt River.
This would make me so mad. You do not waste water in Arizona. On a side-note, in Kansas the majority of the people I met didn't even know what irrigation was! And when I tried to explain it, they thought I was crazy. Haha!

13. You know a swamp cooler is not a happy hour drink.
A swamp cooler can be your best friend in the summer.

14. You can say "115 degrees" without fainting.
115 is easy! It's when the temperature hits 120 then decides to stay there for a few weeks that you're in trouble. Haha! I'm just kidding. We all know that 120 is easy too. ;)

15. Every other vehicle is a 4x4.
Does this need an explanation?

16. You can be in the snow ad then drive for an hour and it will be over 100 degrees.
One of the best parts of Arizona! You could snow ski and water ski on the same day!

17. Vehicles with open windows have the right of way in the summer.
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory too, but just in case...Vehicles with their windows rolled down in summer usually don't have working air conditioners. Because we don't want the occupants of said vehicle to die by baking to death, they have the right of way.

18. People break out coats when the temperature drops below 70 degrees.
Um, Yeah we do! 70 degrees is COLD!

19. You discover in July that it only takes two fingers to drive your car (see #5).
Unless you were smart enough to bring your oven mitts with you. But make sure not to leave the mitts in the car. Otherwise they will be too hot for you to wear.

20. The pool can be warmer than you are.
Who needs a jacuzzi?

21. Your run your air conditioner in the middle of winter so you can use your fireplace.
I have not been guilty of this one. Mainly because I've never had a house with a fireplace. But if I did, I would totally run my fans and air conditioner just to use the fireplace.

22. Most homes have more firearms than people.
So? This is said like it's a bad thing...

23. Kids will ask, "What is a mosquito?"
Mosquitoes don't like the dry heat of the desert. However, pools and other standing water have brought more mosquitoes to Arizona. Yuck!

24. People who have black cars or black upholstery in the car are automatically assumed to be from out-of-state.
Or they're assumed to be insane. Black attracts heat. Same goes for almost black cars like forest green and navy blue. Arizonans tend to dive white or light-colored cars.

25. The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
Oh Yeah! Even if it's only a patch of shade 2 inches by 5 inches. Any and all shade will be used.

26. The AC is on your list of best friends.
I know it's on my list!

27. Monday night football starts before you get off work.
And any games played in the Phoenix area have to start in the afternoon so the East coasters can watch the show without having to stay up into the wee hours of the morning.

28. You know that valley fever isn't a disco dance.
It is most definitely not a disco dance. And it is not a laughing matter. It kills several people every year, mostly targeting the elderly and young children.

29. You can finish a Big Gulp in one minute and go back for seconds.
Big Gulp found exclusively at 7-Eleven. Holds 32 ounces of cool liquid refreshment.

30. The water from the cold tap is the same temperature as the hot one.
Well, at least we don't have to wait for the shower to warm up.

31. You can (correctly) pronounce the words: saguaro, ocotillo, Tempe, Gila Bend, Tucson, San Xavier, Canyon de Chelly, Mogollon Rim, cholla, and Ajo.
I would tell you how to pronounce these words, but then you might try to impersonate an Arizonan and I certainly don't want to help anyone trying to be tricky. ;)

32. It's July, it's noon, kids are on summer vacation and not one person is walking on the street.
Are you kidding? Of course no one is out! They would melt into a puddle of goo! Or die of heat exhaustion! Or dehydration! No joke!!

I've got to confess that when I first saw kids in Kansas playing outside in the afternoon in the summer, I seriously thought about calling child protective services on their parents.

33. You experience third degree burns if you touch any metal part of your car.
Rose still has a mark on her leg from when she was two and a seat belt buckle got her. That was a bad day. No third degree burns, but a pretty bad first degree bordering on second. :(

34. You know better than to get into a car with leather seats if you are wearing shorts.
Doesn't everyone know this? First off, you will burn your legs on the hot leather. And then you will be forced to sit and endure the burn because your hot, sticky legs will have permanently glued themselves to the leather seats. Ugh!

35. Announcements for Fourth of July events never end with "in case of rain...".
Actually, no events ever end with "in case of rain..." It rarely rains here. And when it does, people freak out. It is hilarious to watch!

36. Footprints in asphalt.
This one is fun to do, as long as you have shoes on. In the summer it gets so hot that the asphalt gets soft. Especially the new tar spots. You can literally stick your foot on certain spots and make a footprint. It usually goes away after a few minutes, but while it's there...totally cool!

37. When someone asks how far you live from a location it's always in terms of minutes, not miles.

38. Everyone is smiling and talking about the great weather on rainy days.
Everyone except the Snow-Birds. It's makes their old bones and joints ache.

39. If you haven't worked for Motorola at some point then you must be a newcomer.
Even though it's considerably downsized, it played a large part in Arizona industry. If you haven't worked there, odds are that someone you are related to has.

40. You have to explain to out-of-staters why there is not Daylight Savings Time.
For those out-of-staters reading this, here's the explanation: Arizona doesn't need Daylight Savings Time. We don't need to Save Daylight. We have plenty of it. For example, on the day of Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year) the Arizona sun rises at 7:30 am and sets at 5:30 pm. On the day of Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year) the Arizona sun rises at 6:15 am and sets at 8:45 pm. See. No need to save Daylight. However, we do have extensive programs in place to save water...