Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mommy + 2 Teenie Weenies + Travel = Interesting (to say the least)

So it seems that Santa DID get the memo about our spending Christmas in New Mexico. In fact, he even met us at the airport so that we'd feel entirely reassured! :) Check it:
Well, we survived the flight (though only just- ugh) and are currently safe and moderately sound in the Land of Enchantment. We've enjoyed our time here so far, though we miss our "daddy" quite a lot.

Because I'm too lazy to post more of our time here thus far, I'll just leave you with a few more pictures of our probably-as-good-as-it-gets-but-still-fairly-sucky day of travel. ;)

Here are my sweet kiddos in Phoenix.
Jolie finally decided to nap during our layover- all 20 minutes of it!
And please disregard the coat- it was WARM!
Also in Phoenix- with the pilot!! Pretty sweet, huh?
PS. This was the smallest airplane I've ever been on-
and the hottest, ugh. That poor pilot must have just died!
James and Jolie - This is how we felt initially about flying.
James and Jolie again - Jolie's demonstrating how we felt
about flying by the time we were done.
Nah, it really wasn't a bad trip. Just exhausting. I had thought Jolie would sleep most of the time, but instead she stayed wide awake and grabbed at everything (and anyone) in sight. Not naughty, really, just a lot of work. James was a really good boy, super helpful and very obedient. I never worried that he'd run off and/or get kidnapped. And people (employees and civilians alike) were very sweet to us- understanding, helpful, and complimentary (seriously- I know my kids are beautiful, but it sure is fun to hear them admired so much by strangers).

There's something about flying alone with kids that restores your faith in humanity. If you're feeling up to it, I'd say it just might be worth the exhaustion. :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Santa Claus is coming ...

... to town. And we're not going to be here. Hopefully he gets the memo to deposit our toys when he's down in New Mexico. I think he knows; he's a pretty smart fellow.

Here are a few pictures of our visit to "Santa's Pole." :) James is convinced that the North Pole is in the mall. We've tried explaining that he is simply visiting, but it's useless. I suppose it doesn't matter in the end.

James was so excited to see Santa. When we saw the room he was in, Santa waved at us- and James took off running! :) It was very cute. James hopped right up onto Santa's lap and immediately said, "I want a submarine!" lol. I think we may have prepped him too much. He chatted with Santa for a while. Then we sat Jolie up there with him. She was mostly trying to crane her neck around to get a look at him - beyond that bushy beard. She wasn't really happy but didn't cry- though she started to get there toward the end. Overall, I think the visit was a success.

When we left, James was kind of upset and wanted to know where his toy was. lol. Again, we had to explain. My goodness, December is long for a little kid! :)

Tonight we're leaving. Derek will stay. We will miss him oh-so-much. Those of you in town, take care of our "daddy." And Derek- please know that all I want for Christmas is YOU! See you soon. xo

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nakey Nakey and the Tall Old Lady

Jolie pooped tonight. No news there; she's a bit of a poop machine. But it got up on her shirt. So I stripped her of her clothes, changed her diaper, cleaned her off, then ran the dirty diaper outside to the trash. My hands were gross, so I left her on her changing pad (on the floor- fyi) and washed up. When I came back- literally seconds later, this is what I found!

She had crawled her little naked self all the way out of her room and into the hall. Silly girl! (And the cutest little nudist I've ever seen, don't you agree? Mmm... those darling little fat rolls!) :)

Also tonight...

James found Derek's old clipboard and some printer paper and told me that he wanted to color- with a pen. I tried to convince him that crayons would be better, as there were more colors to choose from. But he was insistent about the pen. So I let him.

He's done this before. Pens- since they are generally reserved for mommies and daddies- are totally cool, and he loves being able to color with them. But this was a first time for something...

Look at the below picture and tell me what you see.**
I walked by James as he was coloring, and he told me the following: "Momma, I'm trying to draw a tall lady."


He's never tried to draw ANYTHING- just a bunch of lines and scribbles and such. I've not pushed him about the "What's that a picture of?" sort of thing, as I'd heard it is too pressure-filled and they do not draw pictures, really, at this age. But apparently he does now. And I'm so excited for him!

Look at the picture again (click on it to blow it up if you want... and please disregard my awesome paint skills).
Here is how James explained it to me:
[1] is the head (Can you see it?)
[2] the hand (There is only one.)
[3] the body ("The swirly 'hings are the body, a course.")
[4] a foot
[5] another foot ("It's like a crunchy shark tooth 'hing... but it's not reawy (really) a shark 'hing... it's jussa foot.") lol.

He then proceeded to tell me that it wasn't me, but a different lady. One he's "ne'er seen afore." An old lady, "a course." :) Of course.

Can you see it? Or her, rather? Fun, right?? :)

Very cool. I tell you, I am totally entranced by these two. My children are ingenious. Or, you know, nudists at the very least. ;)

** (I didn't see it, either. Shh!) :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

What I Saw Last Night

{Quick tangent: So my title reminds me of a fantastic book I recently read- "What I Saw and How I Lied" by Judy Blundell. It's really very good. You should read it. You won't regret it. Okay, on with the post...}

Last night Derek put Jolie to bed, and I put James to bed. Afterward, Derek played World of Warcraft in our bedroom/office, and I read Moonraker's Bride {by Madeleine Brent -- this is my third time reading this book. THIRD! I rarely re-read books, but this one is Just.That.Good. Mmm... Thank you, Bonnie!} on the couch, by the light(s) of our Christmas tree.

Anyway, I heard Jolie start to fuss. I ignored her, hoping she'd get herself back to sleep... and if not, that Derek would get her. Then I heard her cry escalate a bit. Dang. I thought about going to get her, but then I heard it stop. I assumed Derek had gone in with her. But soon after the silence, I heard her giggling hysterically. What? I got up to see what the heck they were up to. As I peered into her room, this is what I saw...

James had gotten up, gone out of his room, opened her door and turned on the light... and gotten into her crib! :) Her giggles were a result of either his silliness or just the silliness of the situation- the fact that instead of sleeping, she was playing with her brother. :) Naughty children.

I must admit, it was about the cutest thing I've ever seen. It's the reason I want them to share a room someday... so they can giggle and whisper and conspire against us... you know - bond as siblings. Apparently they don't need to share a room to do that.

I sure love these kiddos. And I quite adore how much they love one another!

Monday, November 22, 2010


I've been meaning to journal about a bunch of things lately but just can't get the time or motivation to do it. (I tend to write way too much, too slowly, and go off on a bazillion tangents when I write. Surprising, I know.) So instead of journaling, I'll blog about it. Ultimately, my goal is to print all these online ramblings off and bind them up in journal fashion. So hopefully it all counts as equal in the end.

One day (a couple of weeks ago?), the kids and I were sitting at the table eating lunch. Jolie was in her high chair; I was sitting at the table next to her, and James was next to me. Jolie was busy eating, but James (as is usual) was jibber-jabbering away instead. On this particular day, I had a post-it note and a pencil on the table as well. And it's a good thing I did, because James was spouting off all sorts of funny stuff, and for once- I wrote it down so I could document it. Here are a few conversations he and I had. It's fascinating to me the way his little brain works...

James: Mom, where do ghost-ez (plural of ghosts) sleep?
Me: In haunted houses, I guess. In beds. Or maybe on the ceiling!
James: When it's Christmastime, what do ghost-ez hang up?
Me: (Confused... then catching on.) I don't know. Do you think they put up a Christmas tree?
James: YEAH!

A few minutes later... after asking him if he wanted some of my almond milk (which, PS. is super duper yummy... buy the Silk brand, vanilla almond milk. Mmm... you won't regret it) and telling him that it tastes like ice cream.

James: This smells like ice cream!
Me: Yeah, it smells yummy, huh?
James: Yeah. And your toes FEEL like ice cream!
(He was touching my feet with his; my feet were cold.)

And again, a few minutes later...

James: Mommy, can you help me eat more?
Me: Sure, just a sec.
James: You're a good mommy. You help erry-hing I want.

:) Aw... so cute. He is (generally) a super sweet boy. And apparently I'm a good mommy because I help him with everything he wants. lol. Well, whatever it takes, I suppose.

James has also been really into Hide and Seek lately. He's wanted Derek and I to play with him, and since that sort of play is actually enjoyable, we've been doing it. And let me tell you, it's been TONS of fun! My very favorite part is when James hides with me (when Derek seeks). It's awesome because James will giggle and giggle and be SO excited. Not surprisingly, we are easily found. But really, it's worth it to see him so happy.

Once recently, I was seeking... and Derek, Jolie and James were hiding. James was in his room (behind his rocking chair, probably; it's a favorite spot for him), but I was trying to find Derek and Jolie first. I was walking around the house calling, "Daddy!" when I heard a teeny voice say, "Daddy!" in return. :) It was soooo cute! It was Jolie! So I kept calling, "Daddy!" and hearing "Daddy!" in return, sort of in Marco Polo style. Finally I found them... in the hall closet! Derek says I cheated, but really- with a little voice that cute calling back, how could I resist? :) It was lots of fun.

More on Jolie's talking... she now says "ha" (hi), "ba" (bye), "dad," "daddy" and "mama" (though mostly when she's whining, go figure). Once I was getting her out of her bed in the morning, and James came into the room. She got all excited and started bouncing up and down (she seriously adores that boy) and said, "ha jay!" (Hi, James!) It was adorable, and I really think she meant it. So yes, our little girl is growing up way too fast. And talking. And screaming (who taught her how to protest?), too, unfortunately. She's still a very good, pretty chill little girl. She's just not okay being ignored anymore. It's probably better. You know, self survival and all.

Jolie's eating tons of real foods (among them: gingerbread cookies and banana bread... tell no one) nowadays. She especially likes diced up bananas, diced yams and diced apples. She especially hates most vegetable purees and acts like she's being mercilessly tortured when we try to feed them to her. (Don't worry. When it comes to power struggles, I always win. lol)

She's also been getting tons of new teeth. And by "tons" I really mean tons. James was very by-the-book with his teething. He got the bottom two middles, then the top two middles, then the sides... Jolie got the bottom two in one day, then a third bottom tooth. Now she's getting FOUR top teeth - all at once. It's awful. For her and, in turn, for all of us. But I think she's past the worst part (hooray) because - minus the veggie puree incidents - we've got our sweet little girl back. :)

Oh! And she crawls. Like for realz, yo. Up off the tummy and all that jazz. I'm so proud of her. She is pretty proud of her, too. :)

It's crazy up in here... but really, quite fun.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Halloween 2010

Happy {belated} Halloween! :) It seems that I never post about Halloween until mid-November. Hm. I guess we're always busy (or recovering from our candy comas) until then. Er, now. Whichever... you get the idea.

This year for Halloween, we were Goldilocks and the Three Bears! :) It was fun. Jolie was Goldilocks- though due to her general lack of locks, she wore a wig. lol. And James, Derek and I were the Three Bears. I made all of our costumes (Jolie's skirt and shirt, even)- from scratch! I'm pretty proud of myself. In part due to my fear of patterns and in part to my pride of figuring things out on my own, I didn't use any patterns and decided to "wing" it. I think they turned out alright. We do look like bears, don't we? Hope so.

I didn't get any decent pictures of Halloween night, but my friend Li took some (thank you, Li!). Here are a few for your festive delight...

(Please disregard my funky stance. I swear I'm not (I hope!) as squatty and deranged as I appear in this photo. Holding Goldilocks and squatting down were not the best combination, apparently. lol)
James with his buddies Evan and Asher.
So silly already! And they hadn't even
gorged themselves on candy yet! ;)
Family Photo
Take 1
Take 2
Take 3

Fun, right? :)

A little back story: We generally go trick-or-treating with our cousins in Smithfield and have a blast doing so. There is a family in their neighborhood (whom we now know and love but admired even before that) that totally grills up hot dogs for everyone and anyone who walks by- complete with hot cocoa and FULL-SIZED candy bars! (I know; they're awesome!) Derek and I have been totally impressed with this and swore that "someday" we were totally going to do this.

Well, this year, we decided to give it a go- on a mini scale, anyway. So we decked out (minimally, but still) our garage and bought some Styrofoam cups and warmed some hot cocoa in our CrockPot... and voila! Instant coolness! :) Mostly we wanted to do it because it is just so NICE and neighborly. It's not something you see anymore, and it makes you feel so special as a recipient. It was especially good this year as it was cold and raining; it was a good chance to let people step out of the rain and warm up a bit.

I think it went well. Thank you, Derek, for pulling it all off. It was my idea, but (go figure) I got stressed and overbooked doing other things- and Derek (again, go figure) saved the day. Night. Whatever. ;) Also, thanks to the Packs for stepping up and playing host/hostess when we were too lazy/busy to get off our duffs and help people. (We love you guys!!!)

It was a fun night. Our house is finally beginning to recover from it all. And I'm seriously considering boycotting junk food from now until December 23rd. :) I do love me some chocolate chip cookies, though, so we'll see how that goes...

Happy Halloween! We hope it was as spooktacular for you and yours as it was for us and ours!


Oh, and James really didn't wear flip flops with his costume. After the photo op, I made him change into real shoes with socks. It was freezing and wet that night (and spooky... definitely spooky). And as much as I try to convince myself otherwise, I really am a better mom than that! :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Random October Musings...

Can you believe it is October already?? I seriously cannot. When did all those months fly by? Is my baby really 7 1/2 months old already? I'm not sure I'm ready for that.

Seriously, time flies like CRAZY once you have kids. I'm pretty sure it's because they grow like crazy. It's hard to keep up... and sad that you always feel like you miss so much - even if you're always there and paying attention.

My baby Jolie can CLAP! Not sure if this is technically a milestone, but I'm still so proud. So is she. I'm pretty sure the first day she did it was October 1st. Here's a picture to prove it:

Notice the fact that she just might be getting hair now! Another milestone?? ;) And below, she is grinning at James- her favorite person in the whole, wide world. Really, she loves him so much.
Here's another clapping picture, this time when she was dressed and ready for the day. I actually took a whole bunch of pictures on this day (last Friday, I believe it was). It was just a lazy day... love those.

And here is a series of pictures I will now title "How To Get Fabulous Pictures of Your Children"... aka: "How Hard It Is To Get Kids to Cooperate for Pics." :)

1. Both kids are barely in frame... I'm pretty sure it was James who would not stay put.
2. Hey, everyone look at James' feet! Yes- perfect! :/
3. No, I said SMILE, James, not ROAR! (Side note: Jolie totally growls/roars like a dinosaur with/at James. It's their communication, apparently. It's pretty adorable, albeit not-so-ladylike.)
4. Okay. Good enough.

Here's another of my pretty girl... blow this one up to see it better. She's got such pretty eyelashes, such feminine features. Don't you just want to eat her up? I really do. Mmm... those cheeks!
Later that day, Daddy came home. He wanted to nap, but both kids just wanted to jump on him. I think they were supposed to be snuggling, but mostly they were just playing on Daddy. (Hop on Pop, anyone?) Check out this pair of photos... Watch Jolie.

Funny, huh? Poor James. Good thing he totally deserves it! He pesters her all the time... lovingly, mostly. It's only fair that she occasionally returns the favor. :)

And in case you didn't get your fill of videos from the last post, here are two more. This one is of Jolie clapping for the first time (well, as soon after I witnessed it - after the time it took to snag the camera and shoot). Disregard the awful lighting and crazy shadows. The front door was wide open, letting in some warm, wonderful sunshine. Unfortunately, my camera didn't know how to "read" it... making it appear super dark and weird. Still- she's cute. So enjoy!
And this last one is of the crazy kids we do Preschool with. A handful of moms in my neighborhood (on my street, really) got together and decided to teach a basic intro-to-academics kind of preschool to our kiddos. We trade off every week, thus having to teach only about once a month- though the kids get school twice a week. James is LOVING it! This last week, I taught for the first time. It turned out really great, actually. (I was nervous.) The kids are really well-behaved, sweet kids. I think that contributes hugely to the success we've had so far.

This video is one I ran to record after observing their crazy, kid-directed game (we were in transition from snacks to washing hands to waiting in the living room... apparently they got bored and invented some fun). :) It was especially enchanting to me because I hadn't realized that kids this age were old enough to invent activities all on their own like this. I love the creativity that James (and his peers, it seems) is developing lately. Love, love, love.

Anyway, here's the video:

It's been a great October so far... and it's only the fourth! We had a busy, enjoyable weekend just barely- full of General Conference that is always so peaceful and sweet and harvesting/canning out at Jon and Ashley's (aka: Julie's) place. Canning in and of itself isn't the bomb shiznat, but the results sure are! Mmm... Homegrown and handmade really do take the cake. Or, er, jam. :)

Okay. Derek is home from class, and I need to get moving to get ready for work tonight... so I'm gonna jet. But hooray for October... bring on the fun!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Charades... or not.

James wanted to play a game the other day, so I broke out the Memory game we got him for Christmas. He did pretty well- much better than the last time we played (ie. months ago... I'm really not a very fun mom)! Anyway, once we had done a few games of regular ol' Memory, James wanted to change things up. I decided to try our hands (does that work in the plural?) at Charades. James loved it! Here is a lil' video demonstrating his mad-awesome skills.

{Just kidding. It's too big, apparently... lame.}

Hm. Well, there are more videos I've been wanting to share as well. I'll try and toss those puppies up here, too. One is of James playing the uber-cool harmonica. Look out, Hollywood! The other is of Jolie showing that white girls can jump. And the final/third one is of James and his buddy Kona and... well, just watch. :)

Also, I'll throw in an adorable picture of our Jolie-- for Aunt Dena & Co. {Thank you for the sweet dress, you guys! She loves it... or loves eating it, anyway! :) It is such a pretty one and fits her perfectly! Oh, and don't judge us for the wrinkles; I'm pretty sure this is post-nap.}


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

So far this September...

Here is an update... and a few pictures (though quite frankly, each of these items deserves its own post):

1. James hit a milestone this month... his first day of PRESCHOOL! It's really more like pre-preschool (myself and four other moms are on a teaching rotation, cycling our five kiddos through each week and introducing them to the concept and basics of school), but still. What a big boy! He's loving every minute of it. On his very first day, he fought with me when I came to pick him up (just down the road). He dramatically declared, "I want to live here FOREVER!" Pssh. Thanks for making me feel missed, buddy. Oh, well. At least he had a positive experience. :)
2. Jolie hit a milestone as well. She has now officially conquered SITTING! She started getting the hang of it around 5 1/2 months, but she was still pretty tipsy. She now can sit and play for a good, long time without face-planting it too often. :) She's growing up too fast. My sweet baby girl...

(PS. This picture was taken while she was still in the wobbly stage... hence mommy's legs helping her stabilize.)
3. We got to see DENA & CO!!! Dena (my sister) and her family were up in Idaho for Labor Day, so we drove a couple of hours to visit them. (A couple of hours is no fun, but quite frankly- 18 hours is much, much worse!) It was super wonderful to see them all. They had never met Jolie, and it was sweet to see them loving on her so much. Dena pretty much didn't stop snuggling her the entire day! I loved seeing them... and was super weepy and homesick afterwards. Still, it was worth it. We really love you guys! Let's never let another year and a half (yikes, I know) go by between visits. Okay? Okay. :)
4. I had a birthday! I'm now the big 2-7, and I tell you- I'm feeling it. ;) I'm never going to make it to 100 at this rate! (Maybe it's the cheesecake...) lol. But really, it was a fabulous day. Derek spoiled me like none other. I didn't lift a finger in the kitchen (or altogether) the entire day... and we all ate super well! I was able to relax and nap the day away. I got sung to about SIX times (Derek and James sang a different version of "Happy Birthday" to me at every meal!). I was wished a "Happy Birthday" by about FIFTY different friends and family (seriously- could I feel more loved?), and we topped off the day with some yummy cheesecake with friends. It was a good day. Thirty... bring it!
Hooray for September. Let Autumn commence...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I'm baaaaack! (Warning: LONG post!)

My gosh. Where to start? So much has happened since I last posted. Shoot- so much had happened before that, things I never got around to posting. Sorry about that. I suppose I'll start with one thing at a time and work from there (genius idea; I know).

1. 8/13/10 Jolie got a pretty great present for her 6-month birthday: her two (bottom) front teeth! I was playing with her on my bed, just letting her chew on my knuckle... when I felt something pretty sharp! It got my attention, and I sat up to investigate. Whaddayaknow? Two teeth! She hadn't been fussy or anything (go figure; really, she's such a good baby!) so I didn't suspect. But yep- our girl's got some chompers. (Beware: they're sharp!)

Look at her goofy grin! Mama's funny! :)
2. Later that night, we went to Derek's 10-year-friends-reunion... a casual, up-the-mountain hangout with his buddies that graduated when he did. The official reunion was the next night. It was WAY less fun, albeit tasty. Though it was also cancer-free, and that's always a perk. (Seriously, that nasty smoke was carcinogen filled; I'm sure of it. Ick. My throat is better now, but if I get lung cancer later on, I'll know what to blame.)

3. 8/16/10 James had an appointment with a specialist (pediatric GI) at Primary Children's Hospital... at long last. It was a pretty decent experience, as you can tell from the not-sobbing-but-smiling picture below. Dr. Wu was super great; the whole hospital was! After a pretty thorough examination- which included a bit of bum-probing by Dr. Wu (ick- James says Dr. Wu is naughty cause he got poop on his finger... sorry for the tmi)- and some blood being drawn (which got him a TOY CAR as a post-draw prize... not bad, I say), we discovered that he's just severely constipated (ha- just...). Nothing is wrong with his plumbing, and he doesn't have a disorder or anything. He just needs to get cleaned out- and stay that way. Dr. Wu explained a lot and put us on a good regimen (diet, medication and routine) that has been helping quite a bit so far. Yay!

Jolie was at Micah and Brittney's (thanks, Britt!) while we were at the hospital, which helped a ton. Afterward, we took James to Red Robin for a James-only date. It was fun. We never really do that, and I'm glad we did.
4. Jolie is working hard on becoming even more GORGEOUS. Really, look at her! Just thought I'd share this picture. I really just love it... and her.
5. 8/19/10 I hosted book club at my place in August. It was fun! I love our book club- and all the fabulous women in it!
6. James loves reading, and he loves being outside (mostly because then he might have a chance to escape to Kona's house... sneaky boy). Here is a picture of how I found him the other day... doing both. Seriously, I love this boy!
7. Buzz and Woody (aka: James and Kona). BFFs. Need I say more? ;)

8. 8/23/10 When a computer is not available, the men in our family turn to the Xbox. :) James got to play video games with daddy for the first time... and loved it! Derek would tell James, "Good job!" and James would positively BEAM from the praise! Really. James is totally and completely in awe of Derek and wants more than anything to be like him. He copies his every move and misses him like crazy when he's gone to work or school. I love to see it. And I can't blame the kid; his daddy IS pretty fantastic! I quite love him, too.
9. You're still reading? Wow- good for you!

10. 8/28/10 I cut James' hair for the first time EVER! Though it took quite a while, he did really well with it. (Thank you, neighborhood girls who distracted him. I cut it outside.) I think it turned out pretty well, though you can't tell from the pictures. Ugh. He was NOT in the mood to model for me. Lil' punk. But yes- I was quite proud of myself. He looks even MORE handsome when he's not quite so shaggy! :)

11. Nope. That's all. I'll post again with other stuff...

The End.

12. I lied. Here's a pic of Derek (and James) with our new computer. I don't know if you can see how ecstatic he is about it all, but I promise you- he is! :) I love my handsome geek. But you can't blame his enthusiasm. We all share it. (It's a pretty awesome new toy!)

As James put it in a recent conversation with me...
Me: Don't you just love our new computer?
James: I love BOTH our computers!
Me: Me too.
James: Yeah, they're pretty sweet.

Cute, right?

Okay. I'm done.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Our computer died. It was pretty old and had lived a good life, but losing it still ... well, sucked. Because of this, however, a miracle has occurred. We are forking out the cash to get a new one {cue "hallelujah" chorus}! Derek is seriously so thrilled. He's like a kid in a candy shop. A fat kid.

Because of this tragedy, I have no access to our pictures. So... until next week, I won't be posting anything really. Too bad, too, cause I actually want to! {That's a lot of 2s.} Oh, well. And yes- if you want to see us pimpin' it nerd-style, swing by our place sometime next week. It's gonna be sweet.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My Shiny New Toy

So check out what I got yesterday... a pretty new bike!!! {Pause while I do a happy dance.} I'm so excited! I don't think I've ever had my very own bike, so it's a bit of a personal accomplishment for me. And look how sweet it is! :) It's an old-school Shwinn Cruiser. It fits me perfectly (which makes me less terrified of riding... seriously, I screamed like a little girl when I attempted to ride Derek's). And I got it for fifty bucks! I know. I'm a little jealous of me, too.

Disregard the awful sun-in-face shot and admire me and all my pimped-out-red-bike glory. Oh, and I got a haircut today. Gotta clean up for Derek's ten-year reunion this weekend (scary). Now I should get going... need to paint my toenails. And wax my back. (Ick!)

Just kidding on that last part... Or am I?