Monday, October 3, 2011

Firm Foundations

Conference weekend! My hub thought it was predictible, and in a way it was.

As expected we were inspired, uplifted and edified, but there were also a few surprises. For instance, I didn't expect to give my entire litter of children a haircut and a pedicure during the Sunday sessions. (Not breaking the sabbath if you think about it, since we were obeying the commandments to exercise self-reliance, avoid debt, and stop looking like rugrats.)

I also didn't expect my 15-year-old son's phone alarm to wake me up at 7:00 a.m. to the tune of How Firm a Foundation.

"HOLY COW!" Was alls I could think to yell at him while throwing my pillow across the hallway.

I also didn't expect my daughter to do a Nacho Libre leap in front of the whole school at the Homecoming assembly on Friday. Or to ask the boy she beat at tennis to Preference. Apparently she thinks she can have her cake and eat it too. In my day you either beat the boys, or you asked them out. You didn't get to do both.

Come to think of it, you didn't get to do either. You just got to walk to school uphill both ways in the snow.

And we liked it like that.

Another surprising thing that happened this weekend was that Martha, my ex-door neighbor from Hawaii, came to town. And she brought us Japanese rice crackers (Mmmmmmm) and strawberry belts and li hing mui powder and Seaweed (I have no idea why I capitalized that).

We were going to play tennis together at the magic cabin, except she kept getting lost, which, bet your bottom dollar, she'll blame on me.

So instead we took a partial family picture together, which sounds easier than it looks. Particularly if your holy cow son is a little on the irreverent side.

Not only does he like to take bad pictures, he also likes to take bad pictures.

You get me?

And at least my son's foundation isn't too firm.

p.s. Speaking of foundations, my house had it's by-pass surgery on Friday and is recovering like a trooper.

Visitors are welcome. And meals would be appreciated.


The Little Foodie said...

Bwah ha ha. Nose picker.

But actually I think that last picture of you is amazing. :) Frame it. Now.

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Oh my goodness, did you have so much fun with Martha? There is nothing like reuniting with old friends. How wonderful. Love the pictures.

Garden of Egan said...

Very exciting weekend at the Dummies house I can tell!

Yay to have a neighbor from the hood visiting you.
I think it's totally normal to have a picture with a kid with his finger in his nose.......totally normal.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Ha! That's true, Garden. I have lots of pics of my daughter with her finger in her nose. She was three years old, but still.

YES, it was a MAJOR flashback to hang out with Martha again!

And Mariko, you're kidding me, right? Pulling my leg!!

Leslie said...

What a great laugh this post brought to me...thanks Debbie

especially the nose picking

Stephanie Black said...

Those are awesome family pictures.

Martha said...

So I have been so swamped I am just now checking this. That last picture is pretty bad. It was so fun to see you guys. And now that you are such a working girl save your pennies and come see us this summer.