Stalking Mr. Brown...

Well, it's that time of year again. The time of year that every Stampin' Up demonstrator or fan goes a little wonkie... new catalog arrival week! None of us know exactly when the dear UPS man will show up with our eagerly anticipated package, but we remain hopeful that "today's gotta be the day!" I got this *memo* from my friend and upline, Jane, and couldn't stop laughing, so I thought I'd share it with you all:

UPS Memo
To: Drivers and Security
Date: June 20th , 2007
Subject: Crazy Stampin' Up! Ladies

This time of the year has come around once again. Stampin' Up! is releasing the New Idea Book and Catalog. Please be extremely cautious of Stampin' Up! demonstrators (SUDs) for the next two weeks.

How to Deliver the New Idea Book and Catalog:
1. Be sure you have fixed your squeaky brakes - if not, park your truck two blocks away so the SUD can not hear you coming.
2. Put in your earplugs and secure your safety glasses.
3. If you see children looking out the window, put your finger up to your lips and say "SHHHH".. They are on a "lookout" for you and are being paid to "alert" their mothers (SUDs) when they see you coming to the door.
4. Approach the front door and very quietly, set the package down in front of the door (Make sure you place it in FRONT so when she opens the door, the box will be in the way and give you a little more time to escape).
5. Back up as far as you can and reach for the doorbell, (BE READY TO RUN !!!). Ring the doorbell and make a mad dash back to your truck and drive away....DO NOT LOOK BACK !!!

The UPS corporation is informing you of this because in the past years, SUDs have been known to scream at the top of their lungs with excitement and try to tackle you with hugs for delivering their catalogs. After you have been smothered with appreciation for getting them their catalogs on time, watch out for flying packaging material as they will open up the box before you have had a chance to leave, or they have gone inside.

They have also been know to drive up next to you at a stop light in their mini vans and SUVs and ask if you have a package for them. Turn up your radio and pretend you cannot hear them. Do not let them approach your delivery truck at an intersection. SUDs have been know to stop traffic and throw all your packages off the trucks until they find their new Idea Book and catalog.

Best of luck to you with this mission, and remember: Let's Be Safe Out There!!!!!

Hee Hee! :) Well, I'm off again to stalk Mr. Brown...


A busy weekend!

Whew! We had a very busy weekend, although a fun one! Saturday we went to Moira's preschool graduation, which didn't really mean anything, since it's a year-round preschool and she won't move to the pre-K class until August, but it was cute all the same! They sang songs to show the parents what they learned that year, and had caps & gowns for the pre-K kids going on to Kindergarten, so it was a neat experience. Afterward was a Luau lunch on the playground, and Moira and Ian enjoyed playing for a bit.

After napping at home for a couple hours, we headed down to Lompoc for the annual Flower Festival, where we saw some neat vendors and got dinner. Then, it was back to the house to get everyone in their PJs and head off to the drive-in to see Fantastic 4! We've decided the drive-in theater is the best thing EVER, especially for families with small children that won't sit still in a movie theather. We spent many years in Montana missing out on all the newest movies, and now we bundle the kids up (with our ever-handy portable DVD player and a selection of Disney movies) and go to the drive-in to see the Summer blockbusters, tailgate style! We love it! :)
This afternoon my good friend from Florida, Amy, and her family came over for lunch. They're here for a wedding in San Diego and came to visit for the afternoon (which was definitely not long enough)! Amy and I worked together and became good friends when we lived in CA before, and it was a lot of fun to see each other again after 5 years and 3 1/2 babies! Moira, Ian and Riley enjoyed playing together (not that we could keep them still long enough to snap a picture of them together!), and we enjoyed catching up and meeting David. :) Hopefully it won't be another 5 years before we see eachother again! Our door is always open...


Collin's 1st Op

The Western Range was standing by today to support a contingency landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, if they were unable to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Florida weather prevented a KSC landing, so the Shuttle had to land at Edwards AFB, CA. Vandenberg's mission is launching rockets into space, so the base has several radar dishes for tracking objects coming in and out of the atmosphere. Because of this, NASA relies on information received from our equipment when the Shuttle has to land at Edwards. It just so happens that Collin was scheduled as the primary Range Control Officer, and got to sit on console in the huge Operations Control Center and be a part of this mission. Even though he says he didn't really do anything, it's still considered his first operation as a Range Control Officer and it's cool that it turned out to be a Shuttle landing! Above is a picture of Atlantis' landing today.


Introducing our new Niece...

Hope Sandra was born at 6 lbs, 10 oz and 19 inches long on Monday evening to Stephen and Paige Wilhite (Collin's younger brother and wife), and we have a new niece/cousin to welcome to the family! We're so happy for Stephen & Paige, after all their struggles to have a little one, Hope has blessed their lives, and ours too! Congratulations to the happy parents, we can't wait to meet her!

Finally on the bandwagon...

"I really should be doing that" is my thought every time I peruse one of the many friend or family member blogs that I visit on a regular basis, so I've finally stopped saying 'should' and here I am! As a military wife, someone who takes an obsessive amount of photos, a scrapbooker and one that likes to talk (a lot), this is the perfect venue for posting our pics, experiences and general thoughts. Thanks for caring, and check back in regularly as I *plan* to post frequently. ;)