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Chapter 4- LAX

It was bad. I changed our tickets from departing at 8:30pm to 1:30pm because Aaron sent me a text message with a picture of Charlie and Jack that caused a highly emotional reaction. (It was a really cute picture, by the way.)

Upon arriving at LAX, more specifically Southwest Airlines, I see a huge crowd of people outside the doors, along with police men & cars, and firemen & trucks- a scene of mass hysteria. Another immediate and highly emotional reaction. A total breakdown.

I told Abby to just drop us off. We were going to fly home today, I just didn't know at what time or from which airport. Aaron's parents live "down the street" from LAX, so I knew I could always call them to come and pick us up if needed.

To make a long story short, all flights were delayed except for ours and the flights afterward. We had 20 minutes to check in, get through security, and board the plane. And we are standing in a mass of probably 500 people. Maybe more.

We crowded twice. …

Chapter 3- Bakersfield is NOT Baker.

Baker has the worlds tallest thermometer. Bakersfield has oil fields, Buck Owens, and really good people. (I just had to clarify.)

The entire purpose of this trip was to have some girl time with 2 girls that have been my best friends growing up and through my adult life. My little sister Abby. And my good, good, best, best friend of 28 years, Stephanie.

Let's talk about Abby first. She and I are 6 years apart, and weren't close at all while we were growing up. I don't know why. It wasn't until I got married that we started actually being friends. And figured out that we have some things in common. And that we eat pizza from Costco the same way, and have to wipe our fingers on our napkin after every bite. We love the same stores, the same shoes, the same nachos, the same chunky pieces of jewelery. The same things drive us crazy. And though some differences remain, we have become the best of friends and sisters. I love spending time with her, and laughing, talking, and ve…

Recipe Wednesday- Sirloin Skewers

This recipe came from my father-in-law, Bradford. And it is tasty!

Sirloin Skewers
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp season salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 garlic clove- minced
1.5 lbs sirloin steak cut into 1&1/4 inch cubes
walla walla onion

Combine first 6 ingredients. Mix well. Cube meat. Add to marinade. Put in refrigerator.

Soak skewers. Chop vegetables. Alternate meat and vegetables on skewer. Have husband cook on the grill.

This is my all time favorite dinner during summer. Please share yours!

Also, you can find Chapter 2 of my summer vacation below.

Chapter 2- Viva Las Vegas... and the Grant family

I LOVE Ocean's Eleven, Twelve, AND Thirteen. I love Sheryl Crow's song, Leaving Las Vegas. I love IN-N-OUT cheeseburgers.

But I do not love Las Vegas. However, I found some really great places last week while we were there. And more importantly I have to thank Ron and Roxanne for letting our family stay at their "vacation house". It made all the difference, and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute lounging by the pool.

It really was a great vacation. It reminded me that I spend WAY too much time on the computer, and not enough time enjoying my kids, and helping them enjoy their childhood. We made some fun memories. And I would do it again in a heartbeat.

We stayed NOT on the strip, and I had no idea that there was more to Vegas than stinky casinos and dirty billboards. Much more. Like a really great Target Greatland with a Nordstrom Rack a few doors down. And a Cheesecake Factory, and a Claim Jumper across the street from each other. And a great all-you-can-eat buffet at

Chapter 1- Homegirl

Sup! I'm back from the circus, and believe me, it was a circus.

I have to expose a weakness of mine. Maybe it's more like a disease? A phobia. It's a actually a fear. I hate traveling. I am a total homebody. I like my bed, my shower, my house. I like my routine. And while the idea of a vacation, or going somewhere fun is appealing to me. When it comes down to actually leaving, I freeze. I lock up. I don't want to go! With that said, let me begin to tell you about my recent vacation. It may take days to get through it all.

Aaron has an annual trip that he goes on with some friends that he grew up with. Or went to high school with? Or just hung out with? Anyway, they are good, longtime, do anything for you kind of friends. And as much as I hate it when he goes, I have learned that no amount of crying, pleading, or begging for him to stay home will keep him from going. It's a tradition.

To make a long story short, he flew to Mexico on a Thursday, and returned to Las Veg…

Happy Fathers Day To Our Dad

One of the advantages to marrying a man with children from a previous marriage is you get to see him in action.

When I met Aaron, the first thing he did was whip out his wallet to show me pictures of Parker and Maddy. "What a cute, proud dad he is" I thought. And as we "hung out" that summer, I realized just how attached to his kids he was. During the weekends when he had his kids (every other weekend) he would always turn down any invitation to hang out (even if we were all going boating). "I have the kiddies" he would say.

And he was sad when he didn't have his kiddies. Sometimes, really, really sad.

And when I did finally get to meet them, (he was very cautious about introducing them to random girls he was dating), he would often include me in their time together. And I fell in love with them as much as I had already fallen in love with their dad.

And I continue to fall in love with him more each day. As I watch him teach Parker to drive, see him painf…

It Was A Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday Maddy! Here are 13 reasons why we LOVE you!

1. She helps without being asked.
2. She is the best sister to her 4 brothers.
3. She makes delicious brownies.
4. She is always wanting to learn and try new things.
5. She loves artichokes.
6. She is a good friend.
7. She likes to sweep.
8. She is super smart and works really hard in school.
9. She makes the best birthday, mothers day, & fathers day cards.
10. She sets a beautiful table, complete with seat assignments.
11. She LOVES being the only girl in our family.
12. She's ready and willing to go shopping with me at any given moment.
13. She makes good choices.

Girls Night Out Super-Country Style

Thanks to KJ for reminding me to blog about our really great girls night out country style... and also thanks to KJ for the picture. (I took it from your blog.)

So, for all the ladies and the one man who reads my blog (that's you Joe Romine!), let me tell you how to do Girls Night Out the right way!

First, invite Summer to go to the concert with you. (Cause she's a hard working mom who needs a night out, if anyone does!) Summer says, "Hey, I have a brother-in-law who has a suite at the arena- I'll see if it's available!"

It's available!

Next, invite super fun girls who love Faith + Tim. And invite Shauna Romine (because even though you know she is NOT a fan of country music, she might like "mainstream Faith Hill" and she is a super fun girl that just needs to come since I just don't see her enough anyway.

Shauna R. & other super fun girls say YES! They can come!

Meet at California Pizza Kitchen @ 6pm. I HIGHLY recommend the BBQ Chicken Salad. …


Jack was "unexpected". We didn't plan to get pregnant with him when we did. I think it was because he was up in heaven, watching these 2 brothers have a great time together. And decided he couldn't wait to come down and join in the fun.
Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.
Marc Brown

Lucky # 13

Maddy turns 13 on June 13th.

It's a BIG birthday. She'll FINALLY be a teenager.

Any ideas how to celebrate the big 1-3?

Any ideas what to get for this girl?

These are all she has asked for. So far.

13... what did you get for your 13th birthday? I loved Debbie Gibson, Lip Smackers, and Espirit when I was 13.

I can't believe she is going to be 13. She was 5 when I very first met her. She hadn't even started kindergarten. She was so little. And now she is so grown up. And so awesome. And so sweet.

But back to the help I need with her birthday... please offer some!!!

p.s. Is this not the cutest picture of sibling love you have ever seen?
These boys LOVE their sista!