Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Hottie and I have been married for fourteen years.
One. Four.
I like that.

We celebrated our "Animal" anniversary.... or so I thought.

Steve told me that year 14 was commemorated by the theme of "Animal"...

We had "Animal-style" cheeseburgers from In N Out.

We boated at Shaver Lake and took our youngest "animal" lab, Scully to the lake.

So here I sit.
Ready to blog about our anniversary celebration that revolved around the "animal" theme.

I like to be right.
It helps for a position like mine where I'm the librarian/research information specialist at our school.
I feel the need to have proof of such things.

I google "14 Wedding Anniversary Symbols" because I totally want to show off my google skills and my hyperlink skills and have all my friends who are ready to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary prepared with what you are going to do that embodies all things "Animal."

Site one: 14th Anniversary- Ivory and Gold.
Site two: 14th Anniversary- Ivory and Gold.
Site three: 14th Anniversary- Ivory and Gold.

When you told me it was the "animal" anniversary were you pulling my leg?

His response: no.
He claims he googled it too and saw animal.

I google it and see a picture of an elephant.
The text underneath says "ivory."
I'm thinking because ivory is a no-no these days maybe he saw the elephant and just thought...
let's go with that.
THAT works in my favor.
Note to all you researchers out there:
Read the text.
However, if Gold and Ivory aren't your ideal gift options: go with animal.
It's more fun that way.

He swears he read it online.
He has just spent the last few minutes re-googling to prove what he saw.
Animal themed and all.
(in fact he did find it...on one hallmark site)
Notice there is an asterisk by it.

There also might be this little part were we were almost stranded on the lake because the boat wouldn't start, and then it suddenly did and we may or may not have squealed in delight.

I love you Hottie McHotpants.
Thanks for duping me.
It makes for the best 14th wedding anniversary story and it's so your style. 

I amand we totally fixed the boat together.

Macy is a DECADE

Saying someone is a decade sounds way different than saying someone is 10 years old, right?
Well it does to me.
My baby turned 10.

Since we had just celebrated her birthday trip in San Diego, we had a very small gathering for her 
"fr-amily" birthday party.

Her day started with tradition.
Macy and Cole are long time friends and we started the tradition of going to Blue Sky Cafe each year to have them celebrate together.
Macy's Great Auntie Jamey surprised her during Lego Camp with popsicles for the class.  
So thoughtful and sweet.
The class sang to her, twice!
We went super easy this year with a taco dinner followed by 
banana splits and an outdoor movie night.  The perfect summer celebration.

The kids munched on popcorn and sweets while watching an all-time favorite:
"Because of Winn Dixie"

When Macy was an infant I read her the book by Kate DiCamillo.
It seemed fitting that 10 years later we would watch the movie.

I amand while Macy may have aged 10 years, I HAVE NOT. #denial

Summer Camps 2015

As soon as we made it home from San Diego I had scheduled for both of the kids to attend camps in town.  What I didn't anticipate (true story here) was how much time it would afford me of quiet reading moments, coffee, and super efficient errrands.
And now I will award myself ten genius points.

Zach headed to Fresno State Baseball Camp.

Macy was just a short drive away at The Artist In Me

Conveniently located next door to the art studio was a lovely little French Bakery that I enjoyed sitting at each day reading my books.

Day One:
Day Two:
Day Three:

Day Four:
 I ran errands and missed out on my French Macaroon, so I took Macy out to eat for lunch at the Phoenician Mediterranean Grill.
We started off with the 

Baba Ghannouj: smoked eggplant with garlic and lemon with sesame cream
We also ordered the Vegetarian Plate
An assortment of stuffed grape leaves, falafel, hummus, burgul pilaf, and tabouleh salad. Served with pita bread.
 For dessert we tried something I have never had before and it was amazing!
It reminds me a lot of flan in the consistency but it's super refreshing and easily shared!

A delicious homemade Lebanese breaded pudding. made with half & half and whipping cream, topped in rosewater syrup and pistachios.
Day Five:

Zach was all finished with his camp but Macy still had a day left, so we had a date at the library!
 And a late breakfast at another bakery in town.

We rounded out the week with a nice date night.
The heatwave was in full effect and the melting happened again.
It was hard to enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting when you are sticking to a bench.
Gazebo Gardens had become one of our favorite places to visit.
We love the food truck options and the beer garden.
We hit up Dusty Buns Bistro again.

 From Meltdown Bistro we enjoyed a watermelon iced tea and
"dessert"- a nutella, banana, marshmellow toasted concoction sure to put you in a sugar coma in 10 seconds flat.
We scarfed it down.

I am and I kinda had a perfect week despite the heat.  Books, Macaroons, Food trucks, and Mr. Hotpants. See. Perfect.

San Diego Adventure Day FIVE

Technically our San Diego Adventure on day five only consisted of leaving San Diego and all things ComicCon related and we went straight to the heartland.
Dodger Stadium that is.

Dodgers vs. Brewers

It was so hot.
Hottest Dodger game I've ever been to.
That's saying a lot considering I sit next to Hottie McHotpants himself during the games and he radiates some serious heat on a daily extra hot!!
Why do dingbats have to go to games?
I'm so irritated with grown men AND women who were never taught manners.
Don't get me wrong...I love baseball banter.
Ask any of my dear Giants fan friends.
I think banter is fun, especially when it's witty, on point, and bottom line...respectful.
We can all cheer on whatever team we want, get snarky pants over the opposing team, I'm good with that.
I am not good with utter rudeness and disrespect.
I don't care what team you are cheering for.
So dingbats sitting behind me dissing Braun (who by the way is super talented and also extremely cute and yes I know he snagged the MVP award when it REALLY should have gone to Kemp)
I think your mamas need to wash your mouth out with soap.
You need a lesson in witty because what came out of your mouth was stupid and rude and it made you look like really big a double snakes.
My kids even gave you the stink eye and you continued.
So Dodger fans, I'm talking to you...
Be witty, be on point, learn your stats, learn the game so you can talk the talk.
But do NOT make yourself look stupid with your disrespect.
....drops the microphone.

Yes, that says 1988.
I know.
It's still a ring.

If Steve gets to kiss the Queen, then I get to kiss Tommy.
It's kinda the same thing.

 After the game they invited the kids down to the field to run the bases.
It was a lot like herding cattle.
We may or may not have lost Zach for what felt like forever, and luckily spotted him in time to get his turn running the bases too. 

The bullpen.

 They really didn't want adults running the bases with kids who appeared old enough to run alone, but having just misplaced Zachary moments before Steve told the ushers no, he was running the bases with them.
I was very happy because it was a nerve wracking trying to find them afterwards.
I was glad the kids were with Steve.

I am and I may have forgotten to mention that the Dodgers won that game...but who's counting when you're in first....