Sunday, June 17, 2012

Random Thoughts - Father's Day Edition

Even though it's been over 4 years,
I still have a split-second forgetfulness
when we're making Father's Day Cards for grandparents,
thinking that we need to make one for my Dad,
before I have that depressing
"oh wait" feeling. Bleh.

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I think Facebook is stealing people's attention away from blogs
with its "quickness" and banality
and I think that stinks.

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This past week, we took the kids to run "errands"
and surprised them by going to all fun places -
Fuddruckers,
a really cool bird store we've been wanting to check out,
a huge comic book store, a gaming store,
a used comic book store, and ice cream.
They loved it and we all had a nice time.

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Saw this in the news this week:

"The average American family's net worth dropped almost 40% between 2007 and 2010, 
according to a triennial study released Monday by the Federal Reserve.
The stunning drop in median net worth -- from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010 -- 
indicates that the recession wiped away 18 years of savings and investment by families."

Um, considering Mark and I have been adults for about that long, 
that means the recession has wiped out just about everything. 
No wonder everyone's stressed out. 
Good thing we can count on Social Security. 
Oh wait.

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Mitt Romney was in town the other day -
what an obnoxious traffic inconvenience.
We have friends who protested and held up Obama signs. :P

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The other day, a friend of ours came over and tearfully asked us 
if we'd be the guardians of his child 
if anything happened to him and his wife (which is very humbling).
This is the 4th family that has asked us this.
If all of our friends who have asked us kick the bucket,
we'll be the parents of 19 children.

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We are so excited for the new Pixar movie.
It is our family's tradition to go to the movies
for the June Pixar release every year,
whatever it is.

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We had SUCH a yummy brunch today
at a lovely seafood restaurant in Hershey.
YUMMY.

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I think it's weird when people take the time and energy
to add the words
"not sure if I spelled that right and I'm too lazy to look it up"
in an email rather than taking 2 seconds
to just LOOK IT UP and type it correctly.

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We have a big, red, 2-story barn
and people always ask us when they see it,
"What do you do with the barn?"
I keep wondering what they're thinking.
We use it for storage of our lawn mower
and snow blower and stuff like that.
What else would we do -- any ideas?

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Mark's mom told us that Thing 2's cousin Andrew's team 
just won their championship this past week.
They all went out to dinner to celebrate.
Great idea! Hopefully, we go out to dinner to celebrate this week, too.
So exciting!

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Our female, spayed dog had a play date in our backyard
with our friend's male puppy.
And she humped him.

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I love making new friends.

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My uncle died this past week.
That is the 4th extended family member to die
in the past 4+ years.
It sucks being the kid of older parents sometimes.

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We went to our friends' house the other night 
and they own several acres of woods.
The kids played a HUGE adventure of Hunger Games.
It was epic.

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I love summertime.
Ice cream, lemonade, watermelon,
BBQs, pool, park, beach, sunshine, fun.
Aaaaaaahhh.

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16 comments:

Jagged Rocks said...

Sounds like you guys have had a very awesome busy week!

Zelia said...

Stacy, Who was the fourth family member that died. Dad, Baltasar and Alfred and ???????

Boquinha said...

Tia Lourdes.

Zelia said...

U r right. Wow I forgot.

jim said...

TMI on scout.

Boquinha said...

I know, Jim! I only share because, well, she's a GIRL (who is spayed!) and he's a BOY and, well, it confuses us when she does that. Though it is kind of funny. We looked it up and it's a show of dominance - she likes to let people know this is HER turf. She just has a funny way of showing it sometimes. :P

jim said...

if you are confunsed just think of how por scout must feel.

Dr. Mark said...

What an awesome brunch yesterday. Thanks! I know it wasn't an easy day for you in a lot of ways.

I hear you on the Facebook thing. It's too quick and "easy." And so distracting. If one more person shoves a smart phone in my face to show me a picture of a cat or a joke that isn't even funny, I might scream.

If I hadn't seen our dog I almost wouldn't have believed it. She's crazy.

Jimmy said...

I like Jim's comment. And I tend to agree. TMI.

I like that you have a Tia Lourdes. It doesn't get any more Catholic than a Tia Lourdes. Sorry to hear she's passed away.

I hope you don't mind the analogy, but I read in Bill Clinton's autobiography that for years following his mother's death, he would still catch himself picking up the phone to call her when something good happened in his or his daughter's life because "mom" was always the first person he'd share good news with. So the fact that you still think of your dad when it's time to make father's day cards makes perfect sense to me.

Emily Foley said...

I like Jimmy's comment. Ditto everything.

Fuddruckers doesn't seem like your kind of place. Interesting.

Vote Mitt!

My brother ishe same with being asked to take care of kids if others die. He's up to 25 or 26. But that's because of his awesome wife, not him. Heh.

Cannot WAIT for Brave!

My sisters kids are constantly playing Hunger Games. I think it's a little weird.

Cows in the barn!

Emily Foley said...

Is the, not ishe.

kristenhcubed said...

What a great post. I dig random goodness.

Two words: Barn Dance.

Okay, four words: Vote Mitt!

:D

Boquinha said...

Thanks for the comments, all.

Vivian said...

I am sooo far behind on blogs and comments, but I really liked this one. I feel somewhat caught up.

Yeah, Father's Day. It does get mellower. A day of reflection, I guess.

Just to clarify: Andrew's team had a pizza party at the end of the season. We didn't go.

About being guardians: the Claveries asked us to take their 6 kids in the event of their demise. We prayed hard for the parents' well being:) Now that all the kids have reached adulthood, I guess we're off the hook. Did Mark know that he would have gone to Aunt Linda had something happened to us?

I love summertime, too!

Dr. Mark said...

Mom, I didn't know about Linda or the Claveries. Six more kids under the roof--that would have been interesting to say the least.

Dave Johnson said...

What Vivian said - I feel caught up now (finally!). I had no idea so much was going on while we were dealing with our own junk here. What was it about this particular month that was so pre-occupying? I know Father's Day is hard for you, and I know your Dad would be proud of what a good mom and wife you are. Sorry to hear about your uncle too. Maybe we can just skip this week altogether next year and have Father's Day in July?