Friday, June 18, 2010

7 Quick Takes Friday {#2}

Here we go again, thanks to Jennifer at Conversion Diary. In no particular order...

1.) Last night we headed to a nearby town to celebrate an extended family member's birthday. We met at a concert-in-the-park, and it was a Beatles cover-band that was playing.

I love the Beatles.

When I was a kid, my parents would listen to the oldies radio station anytime we went somewhere in the car. Every.single.Sunday, on the way to church, we listened to "Breakfast With the Beatles", on that station. (Basically just a lot of Beatles songs in the morning.) I remember getting soooooooooo tired of oldies, and being none-too-impressed with The Beatles at eight and nine years old. BUT, apparently at some point I fell in love with their music.

Anyway, we had a great time at the park last night, the company was wonderful, the kids had a blast dancing to the music, and I loved getting to hear songs like "Nowhere Man" and "Imagine" while sitting in the warm sun looking over the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

2.) Yesterday I had some fun things planned for the kids and I. Library program and meeting Daddy for lunch. I got all the kids loaded into the van, ran back to grab my keys (I hadn't locked the van up last night, thus they were able to get in without my keys)...and couldn't find them...and finally had to tell the kids to come back inside, that we would NOT be going to the library program magic show, but hopefully I'd find the keys in time to meet Kevin at lunchtime.

No such luck.

I looked and looked and looked for HOURS. Hours. Where could they be??? I offered a prize to whichever child could find my keys. Nope, none of us could find them. I scoured the house, the yard, the van...nothing...and finally gave up, defeated.

Later that evening though while I was on the phone with my mom, I found them!!! In a totally random place that either I absentmindedly set them, or Kaitlyn somehow put them there (in a linen closet wedged between some towels!) Whew!

3.) Since becoming pregnant with Mary well over a year ago, I have become a bit of a soda addict. Yes, I admit it. I know it's not organic (at least, not the kind I drink!) or remotely healthy. In fact, it's the opposite of healthy. But I craved soda (from a fountain--it's just better that way) my entire pregnancy, and hoped it would subside once Mary was born. Well, Mary is eight months (!) old now, and still I want it. And drink it. My favorites are Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper and Root Beer. It is really pathetic and I am incredibly embarrassed to admit that at age 28, I'm completely in love with soda. But, it is what it is. Cheers!

4.) Anna cries at movies. She has done this for as long as I can remember. If a movie is remotely emotional, sad, heartwarming, what-have-you, I can guarantee that if you look over at my six year old daughter, she'll be crying. She bawled during Astroboy on Wednesday, when Toby died...and when the dad sent Astroboy away...and when the dad was going to deactivate's hilarious. She's really not a huge crier in general, and I wouldn't say she's a particularly emotional child, but movies get her every time.

5.) I had something horribly creepy happen at a park on Tuesday. Let's just say I pulled into a parking spot, looked over and this guy in a van was, well, leering at me. Wouldn't stop staring. In a super awful, creepy way. Then I noticed a huge sign hanging from his rearview mirror that read, "I {heart} my _____" (you can all guess what part of the male anatomy completes that sentence). Um, yeah. He just kept intensely looking at me, and right before my precious, innocent children (including one who can read) piled out of our car, I put that puppy in reverse and circled around again to find a different spot. I felt so incredibly violated. I know exactly why he was parked there and how he was spending his afternoon. Yuck.

6.) Being an at-home mom to many children is hard work, but I'm so glad I'm not in the workforce. Honestly, the thought of having to get up every single day and go in to work does not appeal to me in the least. Sure there are jobs I'd enjoy, and I loved working in a legislator's office (the only "real" job I ever had--incidentally, my former boss is now Lieutenant Governor of California), but the day-in and day-out of a 9-5 type job seems none too fun. Kevin works so hard to provide for our large and seemingly ever-growing family and I don't envy him at all. (I need to reread this tomorrow when I'm frustrated by all the crumbs on the floor or by the child that pees their pants for the umpteenth time!)

7.) I love summers in Denver. So many fun things going on, gorgeous weather, free kids' movies at the movie theater, late afternoon thunderstorms...the beautiful mountains...picnics with is great. I miss the ocean, but summer is magical in its own way here.

Okay, I'm suddenly really sad that I can't see the ocean whenever I want to.


Good thing there are so many other fun things to do.

But, still, boo.


Jeannett said...

okay wait: i've never ever been a soda person. maybe every once in a blue moon i would want one...but not really. ever since i got pregnant with the girls...i've craved them! AND i drink one a day since! i've drinken more soda in the last 11 months than i have in my entire life!!! My faves: Diet Pepsi 1 (it's caffeine free), Diet Pepsi, Diet Dr. Pepper, and Diet Root Beer (also caf. free).


Rachel said...

I loved this post, not sure why, but it was just fun. And you can tell Anna that her aunt cried like a baby through Astro Boy!

Do you have a e-copy of the free movie schedule? I couldn't find it online and I feel like I am missing out!

Brianna Heldt said...

Jeannett that IS strange!!!! I wonder what it is? I too used to be able to just take soda or leave it...but I have craved it with all of my pregnancies, and being pregnant with Mary REALLY put me over the edge!!! And, yeah, it seems to be here to stay. I have it most days too.

Rachel yes it is It looks like the closest to you is at Park Meadows. (We go to the one at River Point in Sheridan!)

Kristen said...

Ooohh, that is really, really creepy re: the guy at the park. Next time (and hopefully there won't be a "next time") I would definitely call the police!! That guy has no business being around children...chances are good that he isn't even allowed around parks, etc.

anna said...

Super cute post. And...what a freaky creeper! The part about working made me laugh out loud! I was literally just thinking yesterday how I really like working and the thought of staying at home all day with kids totally freaks me out. lol. Maybe that will change with time! :)

Brianna Heldt said...

Kristen I KNOW! I wasn't sure about the laws though and was afraid to call the police! (I know, who is afraid to call the police? Me, apparently!)

Anna heehee! Definitely a different lifestyle, for sure. Being home isn't all fun and games, it's a ton of work, but nobody is saying I HAVE to be somewhere at 8 or 9 am and that is something I can get behind! :)

Monica said...

Brianna, I loove your posts.

With each child I craved something I would have *never* eaten otherwise and can't get out of the habit of eating or drinking whatever it was I had been craving. I think Audrey was my soda craving (after not ever really needing to drink the stuff). Pizza, cheeseburgers and really spicy food are other things I've randomly started eating.

Eww! I can't believe there was such a creepy guy. Did you call the police?! Natsty, nasty, nasty!

Have a great weekend.

Kristen said...

I keep the local "non-emergency" number for the police in my cell phone. I have used it only a couple of times - mainly to report on out of control parties - but it's a great thing to have on hand. If the creepy park guy ever crosses your path again, just call & give them the heads up. Chances are he probably had a warrant out for him & he'd be sitting in jail right now and away from children! :)

Amber said...

When I was little I used to cry at the end of EVERY movie I watched, not even if it was sad...just because it was over. In fact, I remember bawling at the end of Short Circuit! :)

I TOTALLY agree with the others about calling the cops. Kristen's idea is great, to keep the non-emergency number handy! That is so creepy and NOT someone who needs to be ANYWHERE near a park!

PS I'm afraid to call the cops too!

Kristen Borland said...

Soda! Yes!! I don't think it will actually kill us.

Creepy guy... yuck. So glad you drove to a different spot!


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