Friday afternoon, as I sent the men of the family off on an overnight camping trip, I had a vision of how my weekend was going to go. I envisioned a quiet night, complete with chick-flick spent with the dogs (Mayo's best buddy was spending the night), followed by a quiet morning and then a soccer game on tv (with the boys who would by then be home). And I definitely envisioned a fantastic win by the US over Ghana. Four years is a long time to wait for that rematch, and it was about time.
But, as often is the case, best laid plans... My Friday evening was spent with dogs and a movie, but I added in several phone calls and major spur-of-the-moment, weekend-plan changing decisions. My Saturday was spent, not in front of the big screen cheering on my team with my family, but in front of the Temple, taking photos of a wedding I didn't know about until Friday night. And in the car on the long drive to the reception. And to top it all off, Ghana knocked us out of the World Cup. Again.
But sometimes our original plans aren't necessarily the best ones. Sometimes a change in plans is pretty great, too. And except for the disappointing soccer loss, and the copious amounts of "glowing" I did (ladies don't sweat, you know), I'm glad I got the opportunity to change mine.
If for no other reason than the early Sunday morning drive home from Buena Vista. Perfect beauty. (And yes, this is the road I take to get from my parents' home to mine. Mine is on the other side of those mountains.)
Can I share a little something about me (because I know we all love to learn more about me)? Something I didn't totally understand myself until fairly recently.
I have a real problem with crowds and chaos.
This doesn't seem to fit with my personality, since I'm a total extrovert, I love to be busy, and I figure, the more the merrier. But I guess we all have our limits.
And apparently, my limit is a swim meet.
Several weeks ago, Jake joined the local swim team. He's now a Wahoo. Kind of a goofy name, if you ask me, but since nobody did... He loves being a Wahoo. And I mean, really loves it. I love Jake being a Wahoo, as well. Because he is working hard - willingly!
Last night was Jake's first meet. When the boys and I walked into the pool - when I saw the crowd of people and not one square foot of space to park my family - I got a little panicky. Or maybe a lot panicky. My panic only increased as I had to figure out where to put us. What events Jake would be swimming (25 Freestyle and 25 Backstroke). Where he was supposed to be, and when. I better stop. I'm starting to get all worked up again, and we've got six more of these things before August.
Suffice it to say, it was very crowded. And very crazy. Oh, and did I mention it's Virginia in June? Yeah, it was 100 degrees. And no, that's not a dry heat. It's a very wet, sticky, humid heat. (Call me crazy, but I actually like Virginia summers. But nobody else does. And usually when I'm at the pool I can get in - not last night.)
But guess what! Despite the fact that by the time Jake finished warming up (still not sure why that was necessary) I was ready to go home, dish out a big bowl of ice cream, and watch So You Think You Can Dance, the swim meet was a blast!
Good people. Cute kids. A general feeling of summertime excitement. And best of all...
My Wahoo won his first race ever!
It's amazing what one's Mama-Pride can do for one's agoraphobic issues.
Jake's coaches are wonderful. They expect a lot out of those boys, and are proud papas when they do well. They are fun and supportive, even when some of the boys forget what it is they are supposed to be doing out on that field.
Coach: "All Rockhounds are baseball ready ... except one."
Followed by a pointed look at Shortstop Jake, who was studying the clouds with his hands behind his back. Shortstop Jake didn't notice the problem until a ball flew right past him. Oops.
That's okay, buddy. Your cute face makes up for it. And your coaches think you're pretty great, too. They told me so.
This afternoon I took a big long nap. It was very nice, and very necessary. Probably because yesterday was so great. Ever noticed how the best days are usually the most tiring?
Granny and Poppy came to watch some baseball games. This is not Granny. Or Poppy. This is the dog. I brought a nice blanket to put down for the grandparents' comfort, and the dog was very grateful.
I haven't written a ton about this baseball season, but suffice it to say it's been a good one. Both boys have done very well, and improved all of their baseball skills considerably. At yesterday's game, Jake had an RBI and made a spectacular out at first! He also took a ball to the ribs while playing catcher, but got back out there after only a few minutes. Phew! Glad he's tougher than his mama!
Cam played his last tee-ball game ever and, not to be outdone by his brother, he too made an impressive out at first. He also scored several runs, but is always more impressed by the outs he makes because in tee-ball we don't keep score. He can't wait for next year. After the game he ate a slice of pizza the size of his head, got a trophy, ate several slices of watermelon, got a game ball, ate a cookie, and got squirted in the face by Poppy.
In the evening, after Granny and Poppy went home, we had a buzz-cut extravaganza. Dan and I thought it was lots of fun. The boys thought it was the end of the world. And the neighbors - I'm sure - thought of calling social services.
Camden, to Nico: "Don't worry. You'll know Bubby because you will feel the love."
Jake: "Sometimes I crack myself up. Like right now, when I wrote this first part of my comic strip. Good job, me!"
Camden: "Remember this, women are crazy. Choose wisely whom you will marry."
Jake, totally offended: "Dad, Cam says Jake's Turd is too small!"
Camden: "Sometimes I dream that I'm at school and I don't have any pants or underpants on. I'm in the hallway and lots of other classes are going by. And I think, 'Maybe they won't notice.' Actually, I dream that a lot."
Kindergardner, staring at my giant belly: "What do you have in there?"
Primary Leader: "If you put good things into your body, good things will come out of it!"
Jake: "...plain and circle." Mommy: "I think you mean plain and simple." Jake: "What's that?" Camden: "What do you calli t when you escape from jail?" Mommy and Daddy: ? Camden: "You know! It's a piece of meat!" Mommy and Daddy: "Oh! On the lamb!"
Camden: "I'm at an amusement park and I'm amused!"
Camden: "This is a hang-out!" I'm pretty sure he meant "hold-up."
Primary leader, to Sunbeam: "Do you remember the day you were created?" Why were Dan and I the only ones dying over that one? Bubby: "Wouldn't it be neat if we had millions of dollars? We could live in a big castle and have servants to cook and clean for us." Camden: "Mom!"
Camden, at IHOP: "This place serves pancakes all day? Even at breakfast?!"
Mommy: "Camden, what are you doing?" Camden: "Trying to look like Mr. Bean."
Daddy: :Move your bum." Camden: "Just sit on it."
Jake: "That. Movie. Was. Awesome."
Mommy: "Camden, you are going to fall and crack your head open and we are going to be in the hospital for Christmas." Camden: "That's okay. You can bring the toys to me there."
Mommy, after passing Jake leaving the room in a huff: "Are you playing nicely?" Camden: "No." At least he's honest.
Camden: "The nuts are what hold on the penis."
Jake: "When I feel something gooey I take my finger out of my nose."
Camden: "You are being mean! Just like Daddy was this weekend!" Jake: "Yeah, Mom. We expect it from Daddy, but I'm really disappointed in you!"
Camden, after getting the flu-mist: "Can I still pick my nose?"
Camden: "Let's stay up all night and we can be vegetarians!"
Buddy: "Why do you have so many scriptures? They're all over your house!"
Camden: "You never know where you'll be when you need to learn the gospel."
Camden, on why he doesn't need aloe on his sunburn: "I'm a man."
Camden, after dissecting a slug: "Now I know what our brains look like, because everyone's brains are the same. Except dinosaurs."
Jake: "Boys are tough and strong so they can take care of girls." Camden: "And girls are sweet and nice so they can be spies."
Jake, after a talk by President Boyd K. Packer: "I really like that old guy."
About a worm... Camden: "The first bite tasted good, but the second bite didn't. So I put the rest back in the dirt."
Camden: "Owen said he's my BFF forever."
Camden, on why he couldn't sleep: "Jake is annoying me by smiling." (editor's note: the room was pitch black...)
Jake, after eating too much popcorn: "I ate them two-by-two instead of one-by-one!"
Jake, about a video game: "This one has mutant children." Bubby: "What are mutant children?" Jake: "They're just like smaller mutants."
Jake: "So you'd rather have kids and look like this than not have kids and look cute."
Jonah (a little buddy): "That smells like dog!" Jen: "What does?" Jonah, pointing at the dog: "That."
Camden, wielding sword: "Jake! Compare to die!"
Camden: "Can I have a leatherneck for snack?" He wanted fruit leather. No, we don't eat Marines at our house.
Mommy: "Camden, you have to keep your clothes on at church."
Camden, half a second after taking the last bite of ice cream: "Hey! Where's my ice cream?!" Yes, he was serious.
Clark: "The Halloween hotdog is really under-appreciated."
Camden: "Look! A dummy!"
Mommy: "I think that's a mummy."
Camden, singing: "Got mud on your face, You're a big cheesecake..."
Camden: "I think I'm going to have a pretty wife because you have a pretty husband."
Natalie (the cute little sister of a buddy): "Whoever wins gets the girl - which is me!"
Camden: "What are we having for dinner tonight?"
Mommy: "I haven't decided yet."
Camden: "I hope you don't decide until it's time to eat!"
Camden: "Because then we can have mac-n-cheese! Or nuggets!"
Hairdresser: "What's your last name?"
I told her.
Hairdresser: "Are you sure?"
Camden: "I really love Jesus. I wish I could be just like Him."
Jake, about go-karting: "This is the first time I've ever experienced anything like this!"
Curious George Narrator: "Being a cat, Noki found it exhausting to watch somebody else doing so much work."
Jake: "I'm going to marry the prettiest Mormon girl I can find."
Bubby, about a paper airplane: "Straighten your nose."
Jake turns and tries to straighten his nose. You know, the one on his face!
Jake: "How long have you had your diamond ring?"
Mommy: "Nine years."
Jake: "Wow! You must be really old!"
Jake, on his way up to the second floor of the Marine Corps Museum: "I get a nerf attack when I go up high. But don't worry. I won't pee all over the place."
Fran: "It must be hard being a teenager. Making sure the world keeps revolving around you."
Jake: "I'm just crazy about Heather!"
(Heather is our super-cute babysitter.)
a long-distance phone conversation... Jake: "Dad, you wouldn't believe the terrible things that have been going on around here since you left." Daddy: "Oh, you mean like that fit you threw the other day?" Jake: "Yeah."
Camden, in response to Mommy's singing: "Stop making that noise!"
Della: "They're just your average buffoons, like me."
Camden, sound asleep: "Mom! Look! He took his eyebrows off!"
Camden, on the phone with Daddy: "So, how been you doing down there? ... "I bet you better wear your flack jacket every day!" (Oh, Mommy sure hopes not!)
little girl leaving wedding reception: "I met a lot of grown-ups tonight! That was so fun!"
Camden, sitting on my lap: "Mom, your freckles are prickling me!" I guess I need to shave...
Jake: "Camden, I'm in love with Taylor Swift." Della (who is bald): "Now I know why people have hair!" Jake: "I have something in my head that's called 'imagination.' I just imaginate all the time!"
Heather (our way-cute babysitter): "So, Camden, which do you like better, Star Wars or Transformers?" Camden: "Well, persniply..." (I didn't here his answer, I was busy giggling.)
Camden: "Today was a great day! We went straight to school and then straight to Jonah's house and then straight to Jake's school and then straight to piano and then straight to crack my head open and then straight to our game!"
Jake was less than pleased with dinner... Camden: "Jake, I don't want to hear your anger about this!"
During family scripture study... Mommy: "So Lehi was in a field..." Camden: "And he saw a COW!" Jake: "With white fruit growing on it!" (followed by much giggling) Yes, we're very reverent.
Jake fell off the couch... Mommy: "What did you hit?" Jake: "The ground!"
Jake: "I think it hurts worse than the dickens!"
Jake: "I'm a venomous snake!" Camden: "I'll get you, vitamin snake!"
Jake, upon seeing the blanket of snow this morning: "This is the day I've been waiting for my whole life!"
Mommy told Camden he had to finish his lunch before he could go play... Camden: "If you don't stop being mean, I'm not going to...well, I'll still like you...but...uhhh!"
Jake, half-asleep: "I want to give you a hug, but I can't seem to get up."
Dan: "I think Camden might be smart. It's possible. Don't you think?"
Camden was all excited that we were getting a new bishop...until the new bishop got up to bear his testimony. Camden, disappointed: "That's not Arock Obama!"
Jake: "Are you telling me that I have to go downstairs and get myself in trouble?!"
Camden: "All fingers up!" When something tastes too good for just two thumbs.
Jake starts climbing over someone's fence. Della: "Jake, what are you doing?!" Jake: "I want to climb on that roof!"
Daddy and Camden were having a bit of a disagreement... Jake (starts laughing): "I love watching you two fight!" Thanks for breaking the tension, Jake!
Jake: "Uncle Clark has a huge meatball!" I think he meant "mole."
Teacher: "Jake, you're so smart. I know you're going to be in AP classes, like history, when you're in high school." Jake: "Well, I have other choices. I like Army stuff and art too. I have lots of choices." Teacher: "You really are smart!"
Camden: "You're over-reacting, Jake!" Jake: "What does that mean?" Camden: "I don't know."
A case of a little misunderstanding... Daddy: "Oh, that's only for people who have happiness." Camden: "I do have a penis!"
mommy: "Camden I have told you too many times to stop hitting. You know better." Camden: "I know, but my heart told me to do it!"
Jake: "Hey! You're stealing my germs!" (He was really ticked that his brother was using his whistle.)
Jake: "Who's Joe the Plumber?" Daddy: "A plumber named Joe." Jake, astounded: "Then WHY are they always talking about him?!"
Jake: "Mmmm! Mommy, you smell like refreshments!"
Camden (in response to some teasing by Daddy): "Jesus told me that's not true!"
Camden: "I'm so embarrassed!" I think he meant "excited."
At Kindergarten Orientation... Teacher: "The children may not bring any toy weapons to school." Camden: "What about real weapons?"
An example of the differences between my boys. Jake calls it "instruction paper," while Camden calls it "destruction paper." I call it "construction paper.
Camden: "Drinking water helps my spit-powers!"
During Primary... Bishop: "Who knows what faith is?" Camden: "That's one of our cousins!"
Dan: "Boys, tomorrow you'll be in Sharks!" Jake: "But not in sharks' tummies!" (editor's note: Sharks is the next level in swim lessons.)
Dan: "That's the problem with having edible pets."
Jake thought Mayonnaise seemed "impressed." (translation: depressed)
Camden: "I'm glad I'm not a girl. So I don't have those big things on my chest."
Camden, playing soccer: "We're the Remericans!"
Jake, after getting out of the pool: "Mommy, my belly button's acting like a bucket!"
Camden's favorite part of a trip to the grocery store: visiting with the "hamsters!" (translation: lobsters)
Mommy: "Camden, you're such a big boy!" Camden: "No I'm not." Mommy: "Are you a little boy?" Camden: "No!" Mommy: "What are you?" Camden: "I'm thirsty!"
Jake was on the phone with Bubby and couldn't think of the word he wanted to use. Jake: "Bubby, my brain just ran out of gas. I'm going to have to fill it up."
Jake: "Daddy, I'm not a brave little toaster!"
Jake: You're doing great, Camden! Camden: What? Jake: You're shooting great! How many baskets have you made? Camden: Zero. Jake: Oh...well...keep trying...
According to Camden, our weather lately has been "gorgeous!" Said with a perfect southern drawl...
Jake, about Poppy's long hike: "Oh, that is really, really, really, really, really long! I got tired even saying that!"
Camden saw a "ladderpillar" (translation: "caterpillar")
Camden: "I just want to be with my favorite guy!" How can you say no to manipulation like that?
Jake: "It's an e-mom-gency!"
Camden: "I just can't get rid of this sadness." Said when told it was time to get ready for bed.
Mom: "I love you." Jake: "I love bunnies." Mom: "Bunnies?" Jake: "Yes, they're very cute."