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Sunday Brunch – Wedding Mishaps

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2010 by juliannah

I posted about Cinderella’s wedding on juliannah by design. What I did not talk about was everything that seemed to work against us getting to and from the wedding. Let me start at the beginning.

We left last Friday the 22nd. We had to travel two hours to the wedding destination and I needed air in my tires so I stopped at Discount Tire to fill the tires. The technician started filling the tires and when he got to the last one he said, “Ma’am, will you please step out of the car?”

So I do and he proceeds to show me cracks in my front tire. Then he tells me all the tires are the same and if I keep driving on them we could be in a very dangerous situation. Great. So a few hundred dollars later, we were finally on the road.

Next, we just had to leave in a winter storm that also brought blizzard conditions to the Desert Southwest. Luckily the blizzard was further north, but we did experience rain, sleet and high winds. I do not much like driving on the highway, so needless to say it was a bit of stress for me.

We arrived at our hotel, which I must say was very nice. It was a Hilton, so there you go! We went to the rehersal and then we attempted to go the rehersal dinner. I misunderstood Cinderella’s directions and of course we got lost. After going back and forth and some choice words, we finally arrived. Corvette actually had the nerve to tell me we were rude for arriving late. What does getting lost have to do with being rude! As it turned out, several other people arrived after us and they were not late because of getting lost. Hah!

One the way back to the hotel we somehow missed the street for the hotel and wound up getting lost again! I finally stopped at a store and and got directions back to the hotel. Yea, you guessed it. More choice words.

The next day we arrived at the church with no problem and caravaned to the reception. All went well and we had a great time. When it was time to leave I was told to follow one of the bridesmaids back to Cinderella’s house where I would be spending the following week with Butterfly while Cinderella and Tango honeymooned in Hawaii. Ok great except when we went to leave the bridesmaid was gone. Ok. So I went back the way we came and Corvette who was driving Cinderella’s car back pulled up along side of me and yelled that the gas light just came on. Great. Again. Of course we were kinda of in the middle of nowhere and it took awhile to find a gas station. We did. We finally made it back.

The rest of the week was pretty uneventful except for a secret between Butterfly and me that we agreed we will laugh about in twenty years. I am sure you can figure out what it has to do with. Ok, so fast forward to this Saturday, the day we are due to go home. I woke up about 8:oo and was playing with my Blackberry before everyone else woke up. The phone rings and it is our alarm company calling to say the alarm was tripped at our house and what do we want to do about it. What? I am a hundred miles away! So I tell them to call the police and then we run around like mad people trying to get our stuff together. We throw everything in the car including my Chihuahua, against his loud protests and start back. Corvette calls the alarm company and they know nothing at that point. We call my good friend Lady Godiva and she agrees to go to the house and check things out. We finally get a call back from the alarm company and they tell us the police said everything seems ok. Lady Godiva calls us back and after going to our neighbor’s house and jumping our side fence (we do not have a gate, dumb, I know) tells us everything is ok and no one broke in. Phew. We are happy to find out we still have all of our worldly possessions.

Now you would think this would be the end of it. You. Would. Think. Apparently a truck became disabled on the highway and we became stuck going about 10mph or at a dead stop for about an hour. So what would normally take 1 1/2 to 2 hours took us just about 4 hours! Can you say, What the @%$#!

You are probably wondering if I still have my sanity. Yes, but I am done with weddings, vacation, driving and false alarms.

Somebody pass me a margarita. Please!

And order me a pizza!

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Cinderella’s Wedding is Coming!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 20, 2010 by juliannah

Please go read about Cinderella’s upcoming wedding!

Military Monday – Reenlistment

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by juliannah

Today’s Military Monday is taking on a more personal note as it should because my son, Lcpl Honda reenlisted for another four years into the US Marine Corps!. He stood on the flight deck of the ship on which he is current deployed and to the oath and once again pledge to honor and defend his country.

This is important because not only are they willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for us and their country, they also make many other sacrifices on a daily basis. From having to share living space with other people and be stationed away from family members for most of their service time.

Sometimes they are not also able to come home for holidays or special events. Cinderella will get married in two weeks and LCpl Honda will still be floating around the ocean somewhere. His cover and gloves will be gracing a pew in the church to honor his place in our family, but that is not the same.

Military families make these sacrifices too! Millions of mothers have lived through deployment. Even though LCpl Honda is not in a combat situation, it is still hard none the less. Also wives and children have to miss having their husbands and fathers, not to mention they have to live like single mothers for months on end.

So, yes these men and women should be commended for reenlisting and committing more time to the service of our country.

Thank You LCpl Honda. Your family is proud of you. You country is proud of you.

Sunday Brunch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 13, 2009 by juliannah

This week started out with a real bang. We had a fierce storm early Monday morning bringing close to hurricane force winds, downed trees and mud rain to the Desert Southwest. I recounted the whole experience on juliannahbydesign. My other blog is still in transition so if you cannot get to it check back in a few days.

The rest of the week was uneventful except Corvette came down with a nasty cold, for the fourth time this year! He tells me there are many people at his work who are sick and that is why he keeps catching it. As for me, I have managed to dodge the bullet each time. Knock on wood! I just walk around trying to avoid touching anything he touches and even spent a couple of nights on the couch to avoid the germ fest in our bedroom. At least he is feeling better now, so hopefully there will be no more sickness this year.

Saturday was Cinderella’s wedding shower; complete with, of course a Cinderella theme. My daughter’s BFF, Navy Girl and soon to be MIL threw the shower and along with some great food, we had glass slipper favors, a rum vanilla cake and a surprise visit from a special friend that Cinderella has not seen in awhile.

We played lots of games which included: Bridal Charades, another one trying to not mention the Bride and Groom’s actual names (in which case we would lose the diamond ring on a ribbon to the person catching us saying the names), and my personal favorite, dressing each other in toilet paper wedding gowns. We had teams for that one and I will tell you why it was my favorite. I got to be one that was dressed and guess what? I won! My prize? A pumpkin coach candle. My team consisted of Cinderella’s future SIL and one of Lolly Pop Kid’s daycare teachers. They designed my gown complete with a train and veil. I even had a bouquet! Butterfly got to be dressed as a bride too. Cinderella’s future NIL was the third bride. Personally, I thought we all looked incredible considering it was toilet paper!

Six weeks until the wedding and considering how much fun the shower was, I know the wedding will be perfect!

Today’s Sunday Brunch is Man-Size Manicotti. If you ever saw the movie Grumpier Old Men, you know what I am talking about. Also, this manicotti has meat in the shells, not just cheese. Corvette is anything but a Vegan and meatless meals do not appeal to him. One time we went to eat at a local Italian restaurant and he ordered manicotti. I forget to tell him that it is usually made with cheese. Needless to say he did not really enjoy his dinner that night. Just another reason mine is called:

Man-Size Manicotti

1 box manicotti pasta

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 pound hamburger

1 15oz tub of ricotta cheese

2 tbls spoons parmesan cheese

1 tsp parsley

Brown the hamburger. Mix in about a third of the ricotta cheese and about a third of the sauce. Cook the pasta and let them cool. Spoon the hamburger mixture into the pasta. Place them in a baking dish and pour the remaining sauce over the stuffed pasta. Put the rest of the ricotta cheese on top and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and parsley. Bake at 350 degrees for a half an hour.

That’s it. Happy Sunday Brunch!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by juliannah

It is now snowing on the Box of Chocolates! Interesting little extra from WordPress. We do not see much snow where we live so I will just have to settle for this. Plus no digging out, sliding around or blizzard!

I have really been having a block on what to post about lately. Maybe it is the time of year. I don’t know. I think I need a vacation too so I can just relax and get my mojo back. I did not really have a vacation this year. I had time off but it was not a vacation.

I also have not heard from LCpl Honda for over a month and even though I know he is fine it would be great to hear from him. If you out there LCpl Honda, I love you and miss you!

Cinderella’s wedding shower is this weekend so that should be fun. Can you guess what the theme is? It was supposed to be a surprise but Tango’s sister let it slip to Cinderella. Actually she pretty much figured it out anyway. If you know my daughter then you know why I call her Cinderella.

One last note, we had another heartbreaking family event this week. I do not want to mention it here but please say a prayer for my family. Enough already God.

Prayers for Ft. Hood Families

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by juliannah

Please take a minute to say a prayer for the soldiers lost, families and friends of the Ft. Hood shootings.

Cinderella served at Ft. Hood as an MP so this tragedy hits home for our family.

 

Sunday Brunch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 26, 2009 by juliannah

Sunday is here again. I really wish it was still Saturday, but it is not. The week flew by and on Friday, Corvette and I were off to watch Cinderella graduate from college. I left work a little early because we had a two-hour drive to where Cinderella lives. The trip started off well and about half way there we stopped at a fast food place to get something to eat. I ordered a double cheeseburger and Corvette got chicken strips. So we get back on the highway and I opened the bag to get out the food. I pulled out a closed, odd-shaped box and asked Corvette what was in the box. Right at that moment Corvette was getting on the highway which we could go one of two ways. North to where Cinderella lives or west to where there is not really anything for about forty miles. Guess where we were heading? Yea, west to the point of no return. So of course he says it is my fault for asking what was in the box. So now we had a decision to make. Go forty miles out of our way to turn around and be late or make a fast turn around on one of those emergency turn around spots and risk a ticket. Well since there was no one around we took the risk and made a fast turn and got back on the right path. By the way, in the box were the most pathetic looking chicken strips I have ever seen. They definitely did not call for the packaging they were in and Corvette said they were not all that tasty either.

When we arrived at Cinderella’s house there was excitement in the air. Sailor Girl, Cinderella’s best friend was there along with Tango and Butterfly. After taking the biggest balloon bouquet I think I have ever seen to the graduation party site7133_1271353187386_1336572765_803684_6541686_n along with cake and cupcakes we were on our way to the graduation venue which of course was at a downtown convention center. Thank goodness Tango was driving because considering the number of one-way streets, high-rise buildings and our general lack of knowledge of the downtown area, we never would have made it there.

Once we got there and after walking around the entire convention center we finally found the building the graduation was to take place in. We took our seats and waited for the processional to begin. Once it began we waited to see Cinderella. Picture 003We waited and waited and waited… Finally we saw her!

So the ceremony began. There were several speakers of course. The one that stood out was an Anesthesiologist who spoke about surgery and how he was responsible for all bodily functions including the bowl function. Yea, we could not believe he said that. But he did!

Next they read the names of the graduates and Butterfly and I stood up front and waited for Cinderella’s name to be called and wouldn’t you know it, my camera malfunctioned right when she was receiving her diploma! Arhggg.

But I got to witness it close up and my heart took a  big picture.

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We went on to have a nice party at Tango’s parent’s house and… we celebrated by covering Cinderella with silly string. Why? because she did it to me when I graduated college. Pay back is a mother!!!

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Oh, and Butterfly was such a trooper, but in the end she just had to give up.

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Cinderella, I am so proud of you!!!!!!