Wednesday, April 23, 2008


(Not actually Nemo Goldfish. Photo courtesy of Flickr.)

Rest in peace Nemo Goldfish. With us for a short time but, um...well, in our hearts forever? Okay, maybe not. However, the tank is a little less exciting without you.

Nemo Goldfish


So Debbie "Dweebie" Austin tagged me a while back so I thought I would take care of that.

What were you doing 5 Years Ago?
1)April 2003. I was getting ready to graduate Cal State. Dating Walter.

What are 5 Things On Your To-do List Today:
1) Clean the front room AGAIN.
2) Finish the dishes.
3) Have dinner with the Walters and Kate
4) Get everything ready for the Missionary dinner (Mutual) tonight.
5) Attend Mutual

Name 5 Snacks That You Enjoy:
1) Cold cereal
2) Wheat Thins
3) Chocolate chip cookies
4) Strawberries
5) Bread

Name 3 Bad Habits You Have:
1) I hate folding laundry and put it off as long as possible.
2) Watching TV at night instead of heading to bed.
3) Not drinking enough water.

If you were a billionaire...
1)Pay off the truck and mortgage
2)or maybe sell the truck and house and move to Spain
3)Make sure mine & Walter's families have a comfy retirement
4)Set up a college fund for Little Walter
5)Buy lots of clothes and shoes

List 5 places You've Lived:
1) Napa, CA
2) Sherman Oaks, CA
3) Van Nuys, CA
4) SW Bakersfield
5) NE Bakersfield

List 5 Jobs That You've Had
1) Front desk/towel washer- Exertec Gym in Napa
2) Shift Leader- Golden Bagel Cafe in Napa
3) Intermural Volleyball Ref at CSUB
4) Payroll Tech at CSUB Extended University
5) Mom and Kate watcher

List 5 Things That People Don't Know About You:
1) I bit my fingernails until I was 24.
2) I eat more cold cereal than most people I know.
3) My family owns a pizza shop so we get free pizza everytime we go to Napa.
4) My minor in college was Criminal Justice. Profiling serial killers was my favorite class.
5) I love to grocery shop. It is relaxing to me.

Wow. That was harder than I thought. If there is anyone who hasn't done this and wants to...consider yourself tagged.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Watching Buboff

We have been a little busy lately so I actually have a few stories to share. On Thursday the 17th Walter and I went to see Wicked. It was wonderful. There was an understudy playing the part of Elphaba (the Wicked Witch) and she was AMAZING. There was something about her singing voice that was awe inspiring. Mom and Dad Ray got the tickets for me for my birthday and I am so grateful. Walter didn't even hate it. I was a little worried about that at first, but he was good about it. I think his favorite part of the whole night was dinner. We ate at a restaurant called La Paella. It was an authentic Spanish restaurant in L.A. We ate too much for our own good but it was delicious.

Click this link to hear Teal Wicks singing "Defying Gravity".

Walter has been doing a lot of work in the backyard and it is coming along quite nicely. He has had a lot of help lately so that has been really nice. He has had his Dad, Grandpa Crowley, Uncle Don, Bradon and cousins Kurt and Kyle. This weekend, while the Crowley side of the family was here in Bakersfield, the guys got the last of the yard cleaned out, the ground roto-tilled and smoothed and the yard looking all-together fabulous. The ground is so smooth now. I can't wait to get the grass in. Here are a few pictures of the crew working.

Last night we had my Mother-in-Law's surprise 50th birthday party. There were a lot of people there to celebrate with us and I think, for once, the surprise was actually pulled off. The food was delicious and the decorations were marvelous if I say so myself. The only down side were the blisters I got from my new shoes. Oh well, it is the price you pay for cute shoes sometimes. I would but up some pictures from the party but I forgot to take the camera out of little Walter's backpack. Oops.

Lastly, the latest little boy happenings...He has been really enthralled with Rudolph (a.k.a. Buboff, Weewoff and my personal favorite, Momoff) and Frosty the Snowman videos. I guess he doesn't quite get the concept of "Christmas" videos yet. I enjoy a nice Frosty the Snowman video as well but I try to save them for the month of December. He also started saying "Cheese!" for the camera. I have been working on this for a while and he would never do it. That was until yesterday. I was outside taking pictures of the backyard and he sees me taking pictures and stands in front of me saying "Cheese!", "Cheese!". Unfortunately, he wasn't in view of the camera when he was saying it but at least he got the idea that camera=cheese! I few minutes later I did get him to repeat it so we got this picture.

He is just too cute for words. Oh, and the dog he is holding now goes EVERYWHERE with him. The poor thing is so dirty but he loves it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Easter and Stuff

On April 20-22 we took a family vacation to San Francisco. We realized that we rarely do things like this (where we get to run away for a long weekend) so we thought we would give it a try. We had a really nice time. Our hotel was about 2 blocks from Ghiradelli Square and about ¼ mile from Pier 39. We tried to see all of the local sights, while still leaving time for naps.
I think Little Walter’s favorite part was the Aquarium of the Bay. We ended up going twice because it was such a nice activity for him. We also made a trip to Golden Gate park where he was able to play with the 15,000 other kids. I am exaggerating of course, but I couldn’t believe how many kids there were. Maybe it is because I am a big fan of personal space but it didn’t seem to bother anyone else. Oh well, the little guy had a great time.
After we left S.F. we headed to Napa to visit my family. We had a really good visit and a wonderful Easter. Little Walter had a great time looking for Easter eggs. He never ceases to amaze me. I was convinced that he wouldn’t look for the eggs but didn’t want to ruin it for everyone else. Well, how wrong was I? He was running all over the yard. Granted, the eggs weren’t exactly hidden, more like tossed on the lawn, but he still did well.
In house related news, we are working on the backyard. By we I mean Walter only at this point. We have all of the trees out that we plan to remove, we have put down the stuff to kill the grass and weeds, the sprinkler lines are in out back and we will get the ones on the side in this weekend. Walter will sod cut while I am at the Temple with the youth on Saturday. Then next week we will get the sod removed, put in a cement border, put up a fence around the pond and seed the yard. Once the grass is growing (at least 2-3 weeks) we will put plants in bordered area, put up a back fence, put in a shed out back. Then eventually get around to putting up a porch railing on the back porch, building planter boxes for a garden and adding swings to the climbey, slide thing.
Oh, and I want to send a big internet high-five to Thad and Britt on the future baby. I am so proud of myself for keeping the secret. I rock. Oh, and I guess you guys do too.