The Caffeine Addict

Good to the last drop.

Back home March 9, 2006

Filed under: Family,Vacation — Shannon @ 10:56 pm

I am back! We had a great time. It was a lot of driving! Apart from having a good time with the kids, I really enjoyed the independence. Normally, I am the passenger and do not really pay attention to how we get somewhere because Jon is just really good at navigating. So, I admit, I have let that skill slip. Armed with mapquest directions, I found my way around California. I had the hardest time with driving in San Francisco – I had to call Joel for help.

I really enjoyed seeing Joel and Erin and Holly. I will post some pictures when Jon gets home. She is so cute. Besides having some nice adult conversation, I enjoyed a homemade dinner of corn souffle (sp?) and cauliflower mashed potatoes. Two things I had never tried before – both quite good. I also took a shift with the baby in the middle of the night so Erin could sleep. I enjoyed that. Holding a newborn is so precious once your kids are past that! Don’t get me wrong, it’s precious when it is yours also, but you can enjoy it more because you know how fast it goes and you are not as sleep deprived.

On a girl note, it is funny how at least for me, vacation screws with my dieting mindset. I cannot tell you how much fried food I had while traveling, but lets just say I have a lot of work to do now that I am back.

I really missed Rachel. I got a funny call from my parents – they prefaced the call by saying that they love all my kids, which I know they do, but Rachel is the sweetest. It’s like no one truly believes me when I say she is the easiest baby in the world. Just a happy camper. I know that when she is older she will be the one to give me the hardest time, so to make me forgive her in advance – she is being easy now. Kind of like a seesaw behavior thing. I don’t know.

About the cabin, we had snow! I have actually never seen it snow – so it was quite fun. The kids also enjoyed sledding.

American Idol – Spoiler :

Can you believe who got voted off? I agree with the girls but the boys? I totally loved Gideon’s Sam Cooke sound. Why keep Bucky? It is not that I think he is horrible, because he is not, I just thought that Gideon should stay.

Well, back to laundry and all that fun! Jon will be home around midnight and I want the house to be clean. Isn’t that such a chick thing? I know that he could care less about coming home to a clean house but him being away is bringing out the June Cleaver in me.

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Trip madness October 31, 2005

Filed under: Family,Photos,Vacation — Shannon @ 10:48 am

Totally fun – Please check out the photos from my trip to Hawaii and San Francisco. My friend Shellie, who is my friend from junior high, works on a show with her husband called Hi Hi Puffy Ami Umi. Please check it out.

Shellie's Wedding DressShellie was wearing a wedding dress from 1940 that she bought at an auction 10 years ago. I remember getting that call and her telling me that she bought a wedding dress. She said, “I have no idea who I am going to marry, but at least I have my dress.” It was beautiful. She and her new husband are still vacationing in Hawaii.

Also up on flickr are the Halloween pictures. We had lots of fun going to our church event.

Oh, the San Francisco trip was also fun. I helped Joel and Erin register at Babies R’ Us. It is crazy to remember all the stuff you need in the beginning. I had a nice time helping other clueless expecting parents around the store. I think I am going to hire myself out. I was so severly jet lagged that I went to bed at 9pm and did not wake up until 11 1/2 hours later.

In the “Joel & Erin” set you will also see a picture of my friend Danielle whom I reconnected with after 12 years. Yikes that sounds long! We are already planning our next trip up north to spend more time with those folks! More than one day in Hawaii would be nice too.