Thursday, October 30, 2008

Trunk Or Treat!

This is the first year of many that I had Bobby's help with the kids at Trunk Or Treat. I was even extra lucky to have my sister, Katie, visiting. It was really a nice evening. Here are a few pictures, and I'm dying to put more up, so I might! We'll have to see.

Maverick wanted to wear his fireman costume from two years ago (still fits), and he stripped out of it within minutes of getting to the event. Not to mention he wouldn't wear the fireman's hat. He had to wear the muskateer hat Shannon brought over! Strider wouldn't have anything to do with dressing up. Like his mother! He was going to be a cowboy, but all I could get him to wear was the shirt, and that was even a chore.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cruising Around!

I remember teaching myself to ride a two wheeled bike in the backyard of my Uncle Boyd's house at six and a half years old. It took a while. I was very unsteady, and I fell many times over.

A week or two ago Maverick asked Bob to take the training wheels off his bike. The boy just took off as if it were old hat. This kid is amazing...So I thought. A week or two later his cousin who is the same age asked Bob to take his trainers off, too. He took off as if it were nothing, as well. Is this just a boy thing? There was certainly no shaking and nothing but steady riding.

It's so strange seeing a very small three year old riding a bicycle. He just seems so small still, and he's cruising around on a bike. I will add that he asks to put the trainers back on every single day. Weirdo!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Home SWEET Home!

Let's just start this one off with saying I know better! I keep our knives up on the highest shelf in the pantry, but this one escaped me somehow, and here is the price I paid (note the knife still sticking out of the sugar bag)! Again, rather than getting mad I just took a couple of pictures. Photography really helps with anger management. No wonder so many moms take so many pictures! I can't begins to tell you how many pictures my mom has of us as children.

Friday, October 17, 2008


I have been tagged by Meredith this time! I've been tagged several times in the past and have chosen not to respond, but now I feel the urge. Maybe Meredith has magic powers of persuasion. I have to list six weird things about me.

1. I hate money. Cash and coins. I love the concept of money. Don't misunderstand me. I just hate money. It's dirty and smelly, and it's everywhere! I can't function knowing there is money sitting on my counter, or vanity, or floor. Anywhere! I have grown leaps and bounds though and can actually have it in its designated pocket in my purse, but when it starts to smell or reproduce it's out.

2. I shave every single day, and I wash my hair every day. I feel filthy if I don't. My cousin, Dee, taught me as a child (rookie shavers) to shave every day, and it's easier. It's true! You just do it real quick, and what you miss you will catch the next day.

3. I have trouble sleeping if I know there are dirty dishes in my sink, and I do not use a dishwasher. I do own one, but I choose not to use it. I don't have issues with dishwashers. I just don't use one. It's easier to do them throughout the day as they get dirty.

4. I have abandonment issues. I was adopted when I was almost seven, so that explains why, but you would think by the 30's I'd get over it. I'm always worried about where I stand with people and how I can make things better and more secure.

5. I know I was Asian in another life, or there was some kind of mix up when my body was being put with my spirit. I love everything Asian! The people, the culture, the music, and the history are all so beautiful and amazing.

6. I hate camping. I don't know if that's weird, but I just think it's ridiculous to pack everything up to go out and live in the middle of nowhere. The entire time you're there you are trying to make it comfy like home. Then you sit around bored out of your mind for a few days and pack it all up and come home. It's just easier to stay home! Of course, I'm not opposed to Bobby taking the kids camping, so I can have some alone time at home!

Now, I am going to tag Joan, Patty, Jennifer, Shaylyn, Tina, Megan, and Nicole. Am I limited to six bloggers? I could go on and on.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mr. Dark!

Bobby is in the upcoming production of Beauty & The Beast. The show starts Thursday. Bobby plays Mr. Darke. He's the guy who hauls the dad, Maurice, off to the insane asylum. It's a small role, but he has also been busy with set building. He is having a great time! Thank you, Colette, for the picture!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Party at Patty's!

Patty had her annual Halloween Sleepover with the older grandkids Thursday. The rule is you have to be four to attend. My girls seemed to be more excited about this party than Christmas. It was quite entertaining to watch until I took the kids to the party, and Maverick realized he wasn't invited! It took 23 minutes to calm him down and a trip to my mom's. He kept screaming and crying, "Turn around! Go back! I'm going to throw up! I need a potty to throw up in! I want my grandpa! I wanna go to the party!" I've never seen a kid so devistated. So, I had two kids as happy as clams, one kid on the verge of doing himself in, and then I had a one year old wondering what the heck was going on!

The girls had the best time. I will post a pre-party photo to give you an idea of how Patty throws a party! We love to decorate!

P.S. The Lemmon Family Blog is now open to all readers and stalkers!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Childhood Memories!

I thought it would be so fun to list ten childhood memories. I didn't say they had to be happy...Just memorable! These are in no particular order. In fact, they are quite random, but they are all pre-high school. High school memories might come another day. Remember Zac wasn't born, yet, and Joan had just arrived.

As pictured above we are playing Beastie Girls! We would pretend to be the female version of the Beastie Boys and make pretend music videos! "I'm Mike D, and I get respect!" Even Joanie!

Driving across country and making music videos in the van with my sisters. The most memorable artist would have to be Billy Joel! I was always Christie Lee! Katie would be Billy Joel, and then Kelly could pick an air instrument to play (Sorry, Kellumbus.).

Making up "routines" on the back patio with Katie and Kelly. We would rock out to Wham and create endless dance routines. Hysterical. I later taught my younger cousins some similar dance moves!

Meadow Girls was a favorite for the three of us older girls. We would pretend we were three orphaned sisters living in the meadow just living off the land. Hours and hours went into creating or shelters and meals.

Picking apricots for hours before the sun came up, and then we'd head in to town and sell them to FedMart (now Staples on 16th). Remember FedMart, anyone? This would be our "fun" money. Really, I have many memories of creative ways to earn money from Dad. The summer of book reports and laps in the pool for sale!

Mom dressing up Asian and preparing Chinese food for us in a wok and everything! She served us wearing a kimono and a black wig with chopsticks in her hair. We would have to use chopsticks! Maybe this is where my obsession with everything Asian began? She would put so much work and energy into feeding us, and I now appreciate it. Other than the liver, I apologize for any rude comments, Mom!

Dad making bets with us! A song would come on the radio, and he would bet us usually $50.00 that we didn't know who sang it. I remember Bat Out Of Hell came on, and he challenged me! I responded correctly with, "Meatloaf!" I never saw the money, but the winning was in the look of disbelief on his face when his years of teaching us about music was starting to pay off!

Playing in those huge wooden boxes with Dee and Ralph! HOURS! Why did the temperature never seem to matter back then? We would also float down the river, run the packing shed, and ride bikes. Cousins and siblings were just about all you had in Bard.

Anything with the Durham family was great. It was just cool to see how other families lived. I always felt included, and that was very important and special to me. My favorite Durham memory would have to be Annette having to hunt down her birthday present using clues and her party friends. She found a Cabbage Patch Kid! I will remember all of Annette's special pets and Tamy's outrageously long hair!

Learning to drive with my Grandma Evelyn! Any time with Grandma Evelyn was special, but her teaching me to drive on those dusty roads of Bard, CA tops them all!

The memories could go on and on, but we limited it to ten. I might edit this a hundred times before the day is over!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Ticked Off Tuesday!

I'm not really ticked off, but I have something to share that really irritates me. My sister and I agreed to do Ticked Off Tuesdays sometime ago, but I have yet to post anything. Here is something that bothered me today.

Shirts used as seat covers! Yes, I said it! Shirts are not meant to be seat covers! Come on folks, if the seats of your precious car are that important can't you splurge on some Pep Boys seat covers? You look ridiculous, and it doesn't matter how impressive the shirts are you are using. It's just plain ridiculous. Enough said.