Monday, August 14, 2017

Settled In

We are feeling settled. Some things I like about our new place:

The Colorado State marching band practices 2 blocks away and the music carries so nicely on the afternoon breeze. Is there anything more American than a university marching band?

Our house is nice. We are going to ruin it, but right now it's great.
drawers- they magically close by themselves.
leaves. There are a lot of them around.
lucas. Is hilarious and friendly. "Do you guys want to have a rotten tomato fight?"
biking to school. Feels healthy.

Summer 2017

Let's just make note of a pretty awesome summer. Some things that happened:

Summer started with Sarah's birthday trip to San Francisco. Wonder Woman, breakfast at Nini's, Magic Show.

Carrie/Beth/Viv and crews went camping near Santa Cruz. Jackson tried to drown in the ocean but didn't. Hugo "I threw somebody's keys" Thomas almost caused a vehicular disaster but then fessed up. After spending most of the rainy second day crammed into Vivian's tent with 9 kids ("so, what are we going to do now, Mom?") we packed it in and drove home.

Carrie and Jerry went to see the Mountain Goats. Jerry was so inspired that he quit his job and got a new one in San Diego.

Eric came out to Colorado and behaved himself very nicely.

Theo picked up the wrong thermos and got a mouthful of beer by mistake.

I think there were some scout/sport camps.

Beth and Viv both went to girls camp. Viv developed a love for giant creepy bunny suits.

Gregorys took a rafting trip down the Main Salmon river. Carrie rescued a drowning guy.

We all went to the beach. Viv and Tim took the teenagers to jump off of Cayucos pier. Everyone went on an epic kayaking trip. Sand snow-boarding. Hal made the ladies wait to pass him on the path until he finished dancing. Mae was consistently adorable.

The Rees family bought a new (to them) car. Welcome to the family, Toyota Prius.

Beach trip quotes:

"Popsicles. Well, they're a thing, but so is salad." -Sarah

Eric: What do you call a cow with 3 legs? Tri-tip!  What do you call a cow with 2 legs?
Lucy: Your mother!
Eric, eyes huge: She's. Standing. Right. Behind. You.

Carrie, punches Rachel in the face.
Rachel: "Mo- om!"

"Hufflepuffalo!" -Rachel, in a series of amazing buffalo jokes

"I think I'll sit here on the choir's lap." -Hal

"Hal, can you count to 10?" "Yes. H-A-L-7...I mean 12!"

"Water Cans!"  Carrie, under pressure, trying to name something found at an elementary school.

Cousins camp was pretty good. Most notably, an amazing game of charades. Ed Gruberman/Boot to the Head skit.

Thomases were homeless all summer, having moved out of their apartment and still being in escrow for their new house in San Diego. Who wants to sleep on the couch?!

What am I missing?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Remix aftermath

I thought this should be shared.

After Sydney sent out the Hal Remix, Hal commandeered my phone to listen to it over and over again. Sometimes, his fingers would hit things they shouldn't, and he'd lose the video. And he'd desperately try to get it back by talking to the phone.

Luckily, he would click on the microphone icon, which would then transcribe some of his pleas. (Some emphasis added)

that's not working 
you're not working
so that's so I think you're having a hard time 
and I think you're running out of battery 
and I still want to watch that show sydney sending me 
you're not working are you 
maybe I should go back where I work 
okay I was going to do 
okay me okay I mean robot okay 

okay okay okay baby 
why go back for you okay 
funny send me games okay go back to sydney's
go back where you were please 
the song sings it please 
go back where you won't let me send rap song about stuff made out of grass 
please right now please do that right now please do that 
go back to that song please please go back where you were 
the song shimmy scented (Sydney sent)
please do that one now back

Not you again 
not you again but I don't like it 
I want to sing that song!

Hahaha. Poor kid.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eric Comes To Town

Eric came to visit, and had some adventures:

- He got on the roof
- He licked a couch
- He used my leaf blower
- He sat in the hot tub. Twice.
- He herded chickens
- He did a puzzle
- He ate buffalo
- He was nice to our cats, even the dumb one
- He offered Theo a penny to climb into the movie theater fountain, but he didn't pay up
- He got my kids hooked on The Flash
- He went through a car wash
- He followed the maps I drew for him and never got lost
- He won Settlers of Catan
- He rode a bike to the library
- He and Theo got mauled by a dog and then Theo drank beer
- He helped me put things on high shelves
- He went to a hipster coffee shop
- He didn't get up too early
- He ate tamales from the farmers market
- He helped Lucy babysit Theo overnight all by themselves and he wasn't even scared
- He went on a very steep hike

- He made his bed when he left

I would definitely have him come to stay again.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pomp and Awkward Circumstance

I thought I should give an update for posterity - I graduated with a Masters in Public Health and started working for the Refugee Health Program at the Utah Department of Health! I actually started my job in November and finished classes in December (which was not a fun overlap, especially since I was doing extra schoolwork to graduate early) but just walked at convocation in April. It was nice to have something to commemorate the end to a very hard couple of years. Mom, Carrie, Lucy, and Theo drove from Colorado and Vivian flew in for the weekend, and we had a grand time.

The real story, though, is that Vivian and Carrie presented me with a meritorious award - a real dead crunchy frog from the halls of Blue Heron Lane. I was so proud. But after I dropped Viv off at the airport I realized to my horror that I had forgotten the box containing the frog at the Gregory’s house (as in, Martin and Glynis Gregory with the nice British manners and impeccable taste and absolutely no dead animals lining the halls of their home). AhHHHH! I hurriedly called Carrie in the hopes that she was still at their house, but no luck! They had driven away. So I called the Gregory’s home number, hoping beyond hope that they hadn’t found the box yet and that I could recover it before they realized what was in it. But when I said “Hi this is Rachel! I forgot something at your house...” Glynis responded “Oh, is the frog yours?” Mortified and giggling hysterically, I drove up there and collected it. They were very nice, of course: “Your family have such wonderful senses of humor…” but I wonder if I’ll ever be invited back.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Sun Will Come Out...

I have crawled out from under my blankets and suddenly I feel like skipping, and singing, and planting stuff, and writing a blog!

Although, it may have been too soon on that planting stuff part. The warning sign on the tomato plants at the nursery said, "It's too soon!" Our neighbors who stopped by as we were planting on that warm Saturday afternoon said, "It's too soon!" My friend Joann took one look at our little vegetable garden threw her head back and laughed. "It's too soon!" But it was 65 degrees outside, birds were chirping, Chris and Theo had bought 16 tomato plants that were taking up room in the kitchen, and Gregorys are optimists.
It was too soon.

On a more successful note, I was looking at Theo last night and something seemed weird. Finally I realized that I could no longer see his ribs. I ushered him over to the scale and determined that Theo now weighs in the 52nd percentile for boys his age! He's practically robust! After years of languishing somewhere between the 5th and 25th percentiles for weight, 52 warms a mother's heart. "That's some good parenting, that's what that is," said Chris.

Theo had a dream that he had a beloved pet pig. One day he came home from school to find that I had decided to make pork green chile out of it, in order to save myself a trip to the grocery store. Because he really loved his pig, he put the pork green chile in a little bag and carried it around and talked to it. Then he woke up kind of mad at me.

Lucy would like to know if anyone wants her to sing all of the songs in Hamilton? Because she is willing.

Lastly, the tree in my backyard is about to be spectacular.
Happy Spring, Everybody!

Monday, March 6, 2017

"I have an idea. Let's make...."

Hal has been wearing me out. He has a very creative brain, and loves to think about how things work, and how they are made. For the last few weeks, he has been wanting to "make" .... well .... everything. All day. Every day. He's asking if we can make things. And he doesn't just accept a simple "no." He will ask multiple times, and days in a row. 

Here is a list of things he's asked to make in the last week. MAKE. Not grow, or visit, or buy. Make. Some seem relatively easy, like lemonade. But others seem pretty impossible, like beach. And it seems endless.

I've starred the ones we actually did, to varying degrees but at least to his satisfaction.

*Ant house
Gopher house
*Easter eggs
*Bed (3 different times)
*Spider trap
Underwear (out of a diaper)
Garlic bread
*Lava lamp
Ice cream
*Playground for Mae
*Party decorations
*Trash can
*Dog food
Blankets (one by knitting, one by quilting)
*Salt shaker
*Flower holder



Gopher house

Beehive and Piñata 

Easter Eggs (we hid these three days in a row)


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Home hunting

Well I found a place to live! I thought I should document some of the things it took me to get here:

listings Sarah sent me: 43
times my request to see a place was completely ignored: 7

times I was hung up on: 2
people who decided they weren't going to move out after all: 1
times I was scared off by a crazy landlord: 2
days I decided not to go apartment-hunting due to snowstorms: 4
days I decided to go apartment-hunting in spite of snowstorm: 1
hours spent digging my stuck car out of the snow: 1
snow shovels "borrowed" from unsuspecting strangers: 1
times I considered buying a trailer in a trailer park: 2
complexes that lied about having apartments available at the listed price: 4
complexes that smelled like a meth lab*: 2
apartments leased to someone else before they were even available to be viewed: 4
times I thought I might have activated a tripwire: 1
times I accidentally broke into the wrong apartment: 1

aaaand finally,

times I peed in the bathtub of an apartment for rent: 1
It sure has been an adventure!

* I do not know what this smells like.