Sunday, August 23, 2009

millionaire in the making

It's been a fabulous weekend. I had an inkling it would be, since late Wednesday I got a voicemail from Stine requesting lodging for she and the husband at the Bates Motel for the weekend. If there's anything better than house guests in general, it would have to be when James & Kristina are the house guests. Good times have been had more than once when it's the Boothes and Bateses. Side note: approximately three weeks after Matt and I got married, the Boothes moved in with us for a little over a week. It was the best thing ever. They were between apartments and needed a place to stay and that was one fun week. As I recall, we watched lots of Man Vs. Wild, several documentaries about pygmy elephants, and drank fruity beverages...but anyways.

They were in town for a wedding James was in so they had several wedding events to attend, but in between we had time for some hanging out and laughs. Stine and I spent Saturday morning/afternoon going to yard sales and the flea market. You see, I've been wanting to make a present for my sisters' birthday (which was...umm...a few weeks ago...). I had seen something for sale in a shop downtown a few weeks ago which I thought was FABULOUS and perfect, but one of those things I figured I could make myself for a fraction of the cost. All it would require was some poking around at yard sales and a little craftiness. Stine is much craftier than I, so together I knew we could make this thing fabulous. AND WE DID. I would put pics up, but on the off chance my sister or any of her friends see my blog, I want to wait until I actually give it to her. But if you're really curious, I'll be happy to email you some pics and details, just ask.

After we made The Gift, I decided that this could be my ticket to stay-at-home-momhood and becoming a millionaire. I mean, this is a super cute and customizable gift that works as home/office decor. I can so see myself getting rich off this. We shall see, though. :) But I've got lots of plans for when that does happen...

First off, we will buy a bocce ball set. Matt & I played this game last night over at his parents' house and it was FUN! Neither of us had ever played before, and in general I'm not much a fan of any backyard sports...mainly because I tend to suck at such things. And I don't really enjoy doing things I'm terrible at. But I decided to be a sport and try bocce ball, and it was so much fun!! I had a good run of beginner's luck, which didn't hurt my attitude any, but it really seemed to be the kind of game that didn't really depend on how athletic you I liked that.

That's Matt and his brother Steve contemplating their next move (and scratching mosquito bites). We had a lot of fun hanging out with his family and some other friends for the evening. We also got about a million mosquito bites. I guess that's one of the hazards of playing bocce ball! We finished off the night back at our house with the Boothes and Catherine, enjoying pina coladas and discussing the finer points of blogging and Google Analytics. And looking at pictures of strange and bizarre weddings. Yikes.

Today has been a relaxing and productive Sunday-- church followed by lunching at Barberitos and picking up some gifts at Target. We spent the last hour or so working on our continuing efforts to erradicate the ants from our yard. It doesn't seem like a fair fight, since there are millions of them and only two of us. But then again, they don't have poison. Mwah ha ha. Anyway, I do have high hopes that one day I will be able to take two steps onto the lawn and not be swarmed by fire ants. It's a dream I'm clinging to.

Well now Matt's running around doing all sorts of athletic things, so I better join in. I think my Rollerblades might be calling my name. Then again, it could be the ants.


  1. i would love to see pictures of The Gift, erika! i'm always up for new ideas for creative projects. and i love bocci ball, too! chris & i played this summer with some friends, and i think it'd be the perfect tailgate game...

  2. Pretty sure we need to schedule a small group fun night that involves bocce in our yard. And that I need more details about this amazing project I've now heard and read about.

    WV: heakin. I like it. Just in general.

  3. I want to see pictures too!! Glad you guys had a good visit, Kristina is going to come take pictures of Leah next month I think!

    And to answer your question, she goes to a daycare at a Baptist Church down here. It's like 2 minutes from my office, which is really nice because I can go see her at lunch if I want, and it doesn't take me long to get there after work. I really wish I could stay home with her, but someone's got to pay the bills, right?

  4. I miss you!! Are you going to Sarah's wedding??


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