I'm not ready for you yet.
Could you please wait for just a bit longer before you attack us with your unearthly sunshine? I am enjoying the Arizona weather. Warm and sunny one day...sunny, yet cool and breezy the next. Temperatures in the 70's - 80's = perfect. The cuties love to play outside and soon - it will be much too hot.
I promise to be ready for you in another month. The pool will be calling our names. It's already starting to whisper to Brady. He can hardly contain his excitement. And...Lil got the cutest suit ever and we can't wait for her to put it to some good use.
The year is moving much too quickly. I have barely put away my Christmas decorations...or so it feels. Maybe that is what happens when you turn 30 - life speeds up. Thinking about it - in a mere 7 weeks, Brady will be finishing his Pre-K program and will enter Kindergarten. Sheesh...where has the time gone? And, soon after that, Lily will be 3 and we will need to begin a hunt for another preschool program. Time is flying by too rapidly.
So, Summer...please delay your arrival. But, when you do make an appearance, we'll be ready and waiting for our nightly swims and weekend pool parties. Oh...and "summertime baths" as the hottie would say.
With much appreciation,
The Campbell Cuties
p.s. Thank you for even the bit of delay I have seen so far...I have yet to need the air conditioner. Making it to the month of April with not one day of air conditioning? Unheard of!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I do not have the patience to work little by little. I work quickly, accurately and relatively perfectly. (not to toot my own horn...) but, that's just the way I roll. I tend to begin work on a project and stay focused on it until completion. Do not worry - I work quickly. I do not give myself an option to fail, nor to miss a deadline. My procrastination does not enable failure.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I could get lost in blogtopia for hours...going from one blog to the next to the next, and so on. Each one different. Different people, different places, different stories.
As I peruse over different blogs - I often think about the people and where they live and their life stories. Stories that they share with whomever wishes to browse. It's almost a magical fantasy land.
I have a secret.
A couple of months ago - as I was browsing through one of my bloglebrity sites, I came upon this blog. Blissful Living Studio - so much creativity. I just know I will make it there someday to take one of their many classes.
As I was reading this blog, I became lost in the stories. 5 children - craziness - photography - happiness - stressful - honest. That is exactly what I felt from the read. She wrote plain honest life stories and feelings. Some hopeful, some sad, some exciting, and some just downright hilarious. As I continued reading on and on (for us regular blogsurfers...you start from entry one and read forward like a book) I realized that I knew her. Well...not technically...but I realized that this family lives across the street from my parent's house.
Small world, right?
I was kind of excited, yet mortified at the same time. I had gone from blogsurfing - reading through so many blogs of people that I don't know, but sometimes feel like I do, and yet will never meet - to eeeek!!! (sshhhhh!) a stalker? Nooooooo.
I didn't know what to think. I tried to pull myself away from reading the rest of the blog - but, I was already sucked in. Blogs are like books - you just HAVE to know what happens next. If you don't continue reading, it's like walking out in the middle of a movie.
So, I did what any good blogsurfer would do. I finished the blog. I tried to erase the blog url from my memory. But, you see - it has such a catchy url address. Besides, I knew that I found it from Blissful Living, so I could always find my way back.
Every so often - I secretly continued my chapters of that blog. Finally, one day I told Cori what I was doing. She looked at me very strangely...I could almost see the horror in her eyes. In my head, all I heard was blogsurfer??? or stalker??? which one is it?
A few days later - Cori told me she was sucked in, too. It didn't take Ashley long to jump on the bandwagon, either. After all...SHE is the one that taught us all about the blogging world.
Some blogs just pull you in. Ideas, recipes, crafts, politics, entertainment - these are all things I get from reading blogs. This blog is just one of those that has pulled me in. The difference is - in this case, I happen to actually know the blogger...from a distance anyways.
So...what do you think - Blogsurfer or Stalker?
** I definitely think blogsurfer. I read many a blogs weekly, if not daily - for inspiration, for laughs, for creativity...for fun.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday was filled with paint, paint, and more paint. They painted the entire house. It looks fantastic. Sheesh...the boys were exhausted!! Sunday for Bryan included packing, loading, and unloading immediately followed by 3 - yes 3, softball games.
I can honestly say - although my weekend was not laborious....although cleaning did involve some manual labor - I was exhausted.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Today - we didn't do much.
After dinner - we went to the park with Daddy.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Think of random, weird ways to justify a purchase?
That's pretty much my life.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Noscrapes. No bruises. No band-aids.
** being the great mom I am - I have no pictures...yet. video coming soon.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I love these weekends.
I always have plans to relax.
That never happens.
Well, mostly played.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
We had no plans or schedule.
Happenings of the visit:
5Filibertos trips. Me = 1, Them = 5.
And...that about sums up the visit.
Bless his heart.He comes for a visit - and we put him to work.
Thank YOU Glen!!
Isn't he awesome?
Besides enjoying the FIL's visit - this weekend was filled with a wedding and a baby shower. Glen came at the perfect time - perfect time for us...we had a babysitter while we attended the wedding!!
My cousin Georgie marriedhis longtime girlfriend Cristi. The wedding took place at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Phoenix. It was beautiful. Then - all 9 of us (Bryan, Ash, Brett, Cori, Mike, Billy, Mom, Dad, & Me) loaded into the van and coasted a few blocks to the reception. It took place at an art gallery - Bentley Projects. The venue was awesome.
After gobbling up a buffet
After gobbling up a buffetof food from around the world - it was party time. You can always count on me to make a fool of myself out on the dance floor - and this time was no different. Well...except this time - the hottie danced with me. He owed me after rockin' out at the Saurin Wedding without me. wink wink.
And - what is a good thing to follow a wedding? Well, a baby of course. Sunday was filled with a trip out west to Tiffany's Baby shower. She is expecting a little baby boy - to be named Logan - with my cousin Stan.
Sorry - no pictures of the baby shower...but once the baby is born - watch out!!
But, I'll leave you with this picture of Aidyn at the boys' softball game - my favorite picture of all the weekend:
Monday, March 9, 2009
In some ways, the last 8 years have flown by...yet, in other ways - not so much. I truly know our future is only filled with countless more.
As I write this, exactly 8 years ago - Bryan and I were sitting in our hotel room laughing, ordering pizza (yes we did), and glowing with only dreams of what our future would hold...among other things ;)
I can't believe it's been 8 years - I still feel like that giddy 22 year-old girl in love....
Ahhhhh - isn't that feeling great??
Although we decided to forego our norm anniversary date dinner - I did end up getting the best anniversary present ever!! My father-in-law has been visiting for the weekend (more about that later) and this weekend was full of lots and lots of handyman type work.
I guess there is something about his father visiting that kicks the hotties tush into gear and things get done.
I. LOVE. IT!!
And...I. LOVE. THE HOTTIE!
Happy Anniversary Babe - here's to many, many, many more!!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Not to mention she has no job. No house of her own. She lives with her parents in a 3-bedroom home that is facing foreclosure. Did I mention she has no resources to provide??
Don't get me wrong - I'm sure she loves those babies, but is she not freaking out? I know there are times that I freak out - bills to pay, childcare, school, debt, work, and 2 kids to love. 2 - not 14.
I'm not seeing a freak out - I see pure greediness. Did ya hear the latest? Angels in Waiting has offered good ol' Octomom a fine hefty little prize...free housing, childcare, counseling, and medical services for at least 6 months. That's like a million dollars worth of free assistance.
And she declined!!!
I guess she's holding out for her very own reality series.
Octomom = GREEDY.
I am frightened for those children. They do need the assistance. Not Octomom - but, the children.
p.s. don't get me wrong...if I had octuplets (which would never happen - that's a whole other post) I'd be calling on TLC for my very own show, too...but - someone just offered you a million dollars. ** Translation - immediate relief upon the release of your babies from the NICU.
Monday, March 2, 2009
I tried talking myself out of it all day. And...it almost worked. Then, on the way home - I had to give in. I called the Hottie...he was excited - he had been wanting Italian for a few weeks...so it was a definite go. I'd pick up the cuties and pick him up at home to head out to dinner.
At 6pm - we headed out. Where to? We decided on an Italian place called Baci. I guess it has been around forever...but, recently just opened in a new location at Germann and Ellsworth. We had never been, but had always heard good things.
And...mmmmmmmm it was.
But, that's not the whole story.
We never go out to dinner. Well...that's not fully true. We'll pick up a $5 Little Caesar or a have a Wendy's night. It is pretty rare that we head out - all 4 of us - to dinner. And...it's times like tonight that remind us why.
Have you ever been at dinner and there is that really loud, obnoxious, annoying table with children and you wonder, "who brings their kids out to eat like that???"
Well, tonight that was us.
Here's what all of the patrons had the privilege of enjoying this evening:
- We were all starving - they couldn't bring the food fast enough and Lily sure let them know.
- We were at Italian (remember the craving?) yet Brady
is not Italian's biggest fan. Pizza = yes, spaghetti = no. He sure was vocal.
- It was freezing. I admit...I was shivering, too. But...we have Brady literally saying over and over and over again - "it's freezing in here." And - believe me...he does not speak quietly. Well, the restaurant did get the message - they were constantly turning the air on and off for us during our entire meal.
- Slamming forks on the table - immediately replaced by splenda on lemons to quiet Lil up.
- "Boken" buckle highchair as Lily said - and boy did she loooove that!!
- Screams and laughter - followed by the "shhhhh...inside voices."
- Lil yelling "happy burday guys" to the nice lady behind us with the birthday cannoli.
- Me repeating over and over - "whisper. whisper. whisper. whisper." Followed by Lil's nonexistent whisper and VERY loud laughter.
- Lil - in and out of her highchair (remember the "boken" buckle).
- Mommy and Daddy scarfing food down SUPER fast before just asking for a to-go box.
- Sugar packets ending up on the mini kids pizza...don't worry, Lil didn't care.
- Brady reminding us of his hatred for spaghetti and sauce.
- Mommy quietly scolding.
- Daddy quietly scolding.
- Cuties laughing.
- Finally...giggles from the next table over as they hear Lily talking LOUDLY and me shushing and asking for the check.
Good news - I got some cute pics...check em out: