Sunday, June 17, 2012

sunday chuckle

Laughing is supposed to be really healthy for us. I for one, don't laugh enough. But today I did. At church, they played the video below in honor of Father's Day. It was pretty funny.

Especially if you like rap. And live in the suburbs. And are a thirty-something. All three apply to me. Hopefully you will find this as amusing as I did. Check it out!

Happy Father's Day. It can be a tough day for those who've lost a father, never really had a father or are married to the perfect father (who hasn't had the opportunity to live that dream yet). I hope this silly, little video helps take the sting out of your day if it has been a rough one.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

believing in fairy tales

Believing that I can get pregnant without assistance is starting to feel a little like believing in fairy tales. The positive, innocent, hopeful part of me thinks that it is absolutely possible. I just have to be patient, remain hopeful and believe.

However, the piece of me that has been down this road before...month after month, year after year is quite cynical and thinks "yeah right, it's never going to happen that way for you". It is such a tiring, old conversation that I have inside myself every month. Sounds something like this...

Maybe this is the month. We tried to conceive after a vacation this cycle so I was relaxed. And I haven't really been thinking about it during the two week wait so that's good. I really feel tired and all the symptoms are there. Maybe. Just maybe, I'm pregnant this time.
Despite my best effort to keep it at bay, the fantasy creeps into my mind. The dream that I could become a mother without jabbing myself daily with needles and spending gobs of money on IVF. And days like yesterday, when my period arrives and my hope is extinguished, I feel quite mad at myself for getting my hopes up.

I feel like an adult who still thinks the tooth fairy is real or puts milk and cookies out for Santa Claus. Foolish. The cynical side of me says "I told you not to believe in fairy tales, silly girl." But yet, despite my feelings of anger, foolishness, frustration, and disappointment...I can't bring myself to move onto IVF at the moment.
Part of me still wants to believe that fairy tales are real and they end with happily ever after...

Monday, June 11, 2012

my dog's weekend

Yep, this weekend was my dog's weekend. Our activities were all about him. On Saturday, we braved a wind storm and walked the 19th annual Doggie Dash 5k benefiting the Sacramento SPCA. Participating in this walk at William Land Park with our Australian Shepherd Meetup Group is an annual tradition. Normally the weather is great but this year there were 45 mile an hour wind gusts. Not good for allergies. But the walk raised funds for animals in shelters so I suffered through the sniffles for a very worthy cause. Plus, we needed the exercise and it's always good to see our aussie friends and their people. {Yes, our sign is from 2 years ago...we like to conserve resources}

Then on Sunday, it was Splash Dog time! My lil guy competed in his first dock jumping competition. I must say...I'm a proud mama. Since aussies are herding dogs, I wasn't sure how he would do but I had high hopes. He loves to swim (not incredibly common for his breed) and obsesses over his ball. So I thought he might do well. But he's no lab.

First, let me start by telling you a little bit about Splash Dogs. The Splash Dogs Dock Jumping Competition is an event that travels to different cities where dogs compete for distance by diving off a dock into a pool of water to see who can jump the farthest. Dog/handler teams can compete in one or more competition waves throughout the weekend in order to qualify for the event finals, which are held on Sunday afternoons.

Last year, we stumbled upon this event in a strip mall parking lot and thought it was pretty neat. So this year, I decided to get in on the action. I'm so glad I did. We had a great time and my aussie baby jumped a whopping 13.1ft to qualify for the Junior finals. In the finals, we choked and took 10th place in his class. Not too bad for a newbie...we'll take it. But most of all, it was a ton of fun. Some family and friends came by to cheer us on which was so sweet. Thanks to all of our cheerleaders!

morning qualifying jump

practice jump with daddy

Finals jump

Now I have the Splash Dog bug and have been trying to strategize how to get my boy to jump farther next time. A started teasing and calling me "the crazy dog lady". Bottom line: I'm a competitor. Now I can't stop until we break some world records!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

making memories in mammoth

Since A's family lives in Southern California, we don't get to see them as often as we'd like. My grandmother's cancer diagnosis was a reminder that time with our family is so precious. Being the planner that I am, I decided to organize a family vacation for my hubby's family. Mammoth Lakes was an ideal spot because it is located somewhat in the middle of the state, making it accessible for us and A's family. To make it easier for everyone taking time off work, we booked the trip on Memorial Day weekend. (Yes, almost two weeks ago. Life has been so crazy busy...this is the first moment I've had to post about our trip.)

The weather couldn't have been more interesting. When we arrived in Mammoth, it was snowing and 28 degrees. Perfect for bundling up, sharing a big, hearty meal and sitting by the fire. You don't expect winter weather on Memorial Day weekend. But that's what we got. Initially, at least. However, by Sunday, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and the weather was warming up. This change in temperature allowed us to enjoy some great hiking and site seeing.

It was so nice to have everyone under the same roof. Our amazing tri-level cabin had plenty of room even boasting a sauna, jacuzzi, gym and game room with pool table. Sometimes we stayed in and made meals and played board games or hide & seek with kids. Other times, we explored Mammoth and dined in some great restaurants. The trip was perfect!

But the best part was the company. I'm fortunate to have married into a very loving family that has welcomed me with open arms. Everyone in A's family has a huge heart and we truly enjoy each other's company. The memories that we made on this trip will be cherished by all. Hopefully it will become an annual tradition.

4300 sq. ft "cabin"...roughin it
living room
gourmet kitchen
enjoying the snow and view on my bday
my beautiful hubby A
golf course in back of cabin

my niece M, a few days before her 6th birthday

brothers...taking a stroll

the whole fam
father and son
not his finest moment ;)
mama's boys
SIL and nephew R, rockin the red kicks just like his "Unc A"
the boys with gma B
the boys with gpa S and gma M
SIL and BIL - high school sweethearts
a "no ball" fight
just us girls
celebrating 6 and 36
licking the candles clean

auntie jess eatin cake with the kiddos
sweetest smile
quality time

like branches on a tree,
we all grow in different
directions yet our roots remain as one.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

meeting new blogger friends

I've seen blogger meetups in other parts of the country and always wanted to attend one. Thanks to my dear friend Tracy, who hosted the Sacramento Area Blogger Meet & Greet, I finally had the opportunity to attend one yesterday. She did such a great job pulling this event together. Our party favors were these darling mason jars to be filled at the candy bar. My jar was filled to the brim with gummy worms. Yum!

Our meet and greet took place over lunch. There was a fixed menu which made everything easier. The menu had several scrumptious dishes to choose from. I ordered the spinach salad with the chipotle chicken pizza. It was delicious!

Eighteen bloggers attended this meet and greet which was perfect. It was still an intimate group which allowed me to really get to know everyone. Bloggers from all different niches shared their stories about how and why they started blogging. There were DIY, infertility, adoption, humor, lifestyle, wedding planning bloggers and much more. The women that attended were from all walks of life, ranging from 20 something to 50 something. Yet, despite our ages and life circumstances, we all bonded over this crazy, little thing called blogging. It was such a fun event!

At the end of the event, I gave each of the bloggers that attended a small favor with my blog URL. Since the name of my blog is Dreaming of Dimples, I thought the most fitting gift would be an eye mask and a wish that each of their dreams come true.

If a blogger meetup pops up in your area, I highly recommend attending one. If you're in the Northern California area, I'll be posting a button for the next meet and greet. It's currently planned for September 22nd.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Celebrating in the Suburbs

When we moved to "the burbs" a few years ago, it was a huge adjustment. My friends, work and whole life had always been in the city. After a few weeks in the new house, I began building a social network a little closer to home. It was a necessity. I didn't want to commute almost an hour each way for work AND for my social activities.

My colleague (at the time) lived in my new area and introduced me to a group of working women that she met through a group. I hit it off really well with her friends. This positive experience gave me the idea to start my own meetup group surrounding books. My meetup group grew to over 50 members in the community and connected so many like-minded women in our little town. I'm so glad I started it.

Although the women in our group have different connections with each other, we all enjoy each other's company and have fun together. For my birthday last week, some of the girls celebrated with me and treated me to dinner at one of our fave local restaurants. Happy hour. Darling decorations. Delicious homemade lemon cupcakes. Thoughtful gifts. And some great friends. It was such a fun night. I'm so happy that I found each of these unique ladies.

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