Sunday, June 30, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social - Week 56

Sunday Social


This week's questions are all about movies. And I love movies. But I have a terrible memory and never remember anything about any of them, or so it seems...

1. What is your favorite movie of all time?
My first answer is Pretty Woman. Love that movie. But 50 First Dates is a really close 2nd.
    



2. What is your favorite movie quote?
"I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." - Notting Hill
"You people work on commission, right? Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now." - Pretty Woman

3. What is the best movie to watch for girls night in?
Well, I think it depends on what kind of mood I'm in. But I would watch one of my faves, or something really funny, unless I'm in the mood to cry, then I would go for Steel Magnolias, My Life or Beaches - all tearjerkers.

4. What is the best breakup movie?
Something funny to forget about the break-up.

5. Who would you want to play in a movie about your life?
Jennifer Garner. I think she's great.



6. Which movie star's closet would you want to raid?
Probably any of them. They all seem to have way better style than me!

~Michiko

Friday, June 28, 2013

There's Something About: Beaches and Noses

About a week before school was out, Lightning's class had a beach day. It started out nice. He played in the sand with is friends and had a snack.




But, about an hour after we got to the beach, the high school nurse called. Buzz had been elbowed in the nose in gym class and it wouldn't stop bleeding. Buzz is sort of prone to nosebleeds anyway, but if the nurse was concerned I thought this might be a bit of an emergency. Not enough of an emergency, however, for the nurse to call an ambulance, but enough that she figured he should go home and relax the rest of the day. I was a little confused.

So, I had to leave the beach. Poor Lightning didn't want to stay without me, so I was able to sign him out and bring him with me.

By the time I picked Buzz up, the nurse said his nose had been bleeding for 40 minutes!!! Really?! Thankfully, I had already called the pediatrician (I have an "in" since my MIL works there) and we were on our way. Buzz said he felt fine and his nose really wasn't "dripping" anymore. And of course, by the time we got to the doctor's office, the bleeding had stopped. He said he had no pain and there was no bruising. We were just supposed to watch it for swelling and bruising by morning, but the doctor said he was probably fine.

What a day. Lightning's beach trip was cut short, Buzz was assaulted in gym, the day was a wash!


 

In the end, it was kind of a nice "mommy and boys" day at home. Surely, nothing bad can happen at home, right?

~Michiko

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

There's Something About: A Hole in the Ground

It has to get filled.

When we bought this house, it came with a pool. It was about 4 feet deep and was sunken into the ground about 1 foot. We were happy to have a pool, but we were not happy with the location of the pool in the backyard.


This is our pool, circa 2009

The previous owner had planned to build a deck right off the dining room, so that it would be level with the top of the pool. However, the deck was never built. And we were definitely not planning on doing that.

We were never thrilled with the location of the pool in the backyard. Plus, there are so many trees and not enough sun gets to the pool. It was always full of leaves and always cold. (I don't like a cold pool.) But, after 6 years, we decided we were done with the pool. That is, the Major and I were done with the pool - the kids, not so much.

At the end of last summer, we took the pool down. And there has been a nice sized hole in the backyard ever since - through the whole fall, winter and spring, and during the Major's last deployment. Well, now, it's time to fill the hole.


But first, some s'mores over a little bonfire!


We started filling the hole Memorial Day weekend. Then we had some nice rainstorms that helped settle the dirt and we finished filling it on Father's Day.


 



So, now what to do with this dirt-filled area? I bet I could really use one of those reality show designers that re-design backyards and make them beautiful. I would love that!



 
 
 


But, for now, I just hope we get some grass to grow before our big Fourth of July party!

 
~Michiko

Sunday, June 23, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social Week 55

It's Sunday! And I remembered:

Sunday Social


1. What is your favorite store to shop at?
That's a tough one. I shop at Kohl's a lot, so it's sort of my favorite by default because it's just close and convenient. And, who doesn't love Target and Victoria's Secret!
 
2. If you could afford anything and everything, which designer brand would you covet?
Well, since I can't afford designer stuff, I don't really "know" many designers. But, I'll take anything that will make me look good!
 
3. What is your must have closet staple?
Being a Cali-girl, I don't like to wear a lot of layers, so a nice pair of shorts and a loose fitting tank are probably perfect!
 
4. What is your favorite kind of shoes? (brand or type)
Flip flops are great during the summer and so are a nice pair of Skechers no-back sneakers. (Yes, I called them sneakers. Sorry to my Cali peeps.)
 
5. What is the best clothing deal you've ever gotten? (sale or amazing find)
I pretty much don't buy anything unless it's on sale, but I can't remember anything particularly amazing right now. Never pay regular price!!
 
6. What is a style you'd love to try?
Maxi skirts and dress are so cute, but I just don't think I'm tall enough.
 
~Michiko
 

Monday, June 17, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social Week 54

Ok, week 2 for me and yes, I know it's Monday again. I don't usually blog on the weekends, so I kind of forgot about this until now.


Sunday Social


1. What is your biggest driving pet peeve?
When people aren't polite. I try to be nice and let people back out of parking spots, or go in front of me on the highway. And I almost NEVER get a "Thank You" wave. You know, where you stick your hand out the window and give a little wave acknowledging that the person behind you just did a really nice thing. I ALWAYS give the thank you-wave.

2. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
I realized the other day that I think it's the misspelled words. I know I'm not perfect, but I will check if I'm not sure. In fact, I just checked the spelling of "misspelled". How awkward would that be if I misspelled "misspelled" and misspelling was my blogging pet peeve?

3. What is your biggest general pet peeve?
Because I know I'm crazy, I could probably list a whole bunch of pet peeves, but one that's kind of front and center lately is picking up after people; and by people, I mean the ones in my house. And by picking up, I mean their garbage!!! Like empty juice boxes, straw wrappers from said juice boxes, string cheese wrappers. I could go on and on. I've started making the kids pick up all the garbage no matter who it belongs to and I'm hoping this will help them to take care of their own garbage in the future.

4. What is your most irrational fear?
I would say it used to be spiders, but when Buzz was about 4 years old I realized that I didn't want to pass on my irrational fear of spiders to him, so I sucked it up and killed the spider. Plus, Daddy wasn't around and now Buzz can do it for me!

5. Name 3 celebrities you'd want to have dinner with.
Bon Jovi - yes, they count as one!
Jennifer Garner - she just seems so down-to-earth, I feel like we would totally connect.
Kevin Bacon - then maybe I could be 6 degrees from anyone through him.


~Michiko

Saturday, June 15, 2013

There's Something About: Playing the Viola

Buzz had his Spring concert a few weeks ago. He's been playing the viola for 6 years now. I'm soooo proud of him for continuing to play, since I had quit playing my flute when I started high school. He says he'll keep playing, too, "because it looks good on a college application." Not because he likes it, apparently, but I like where his mind is at.




The concert was on a Wednesday night, the same night as Lightning's baseball game and church activities. But Lightning loves his brother so much he insisted on leaving his game early to be able to watch the concert. And Tink was so excited to watch Buzz that she took her Kindle with her to the concert - sisterly love.




The Major was due back in town the day before, but due to bad weather here at home, they had to delay their return flight a day, which meant it was going to be a close call if he was going to make it in time for Buzz's concert. It looked cloudy to me all day that Wednesday, so I was trying not to get my hopes up. It was chilly and cloudy during Lightning's baseball game, too. But I finally received a text that the Major had landed and was on his way. And he walked into the auditorium with mere seconds to spare - right as the orchestra was making their way on stage. Just one of the ways the military keeps us on our toes!



 



The concert was nice. I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll never actually recognize any of the music they play, but that's ok - I won't be able to recognize any mistakes either! But when Buzz practices his guitar, that stuff I can recognize and I will be all over him for his mistakes.  Just kidding - I have a hard time recognizing some of those songs, too.

~Michiko

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

There's Something About: Mountain Bike Trails

They. Are. Fun. Really!

The Major started mountain biking last summer with some friends from work. He bought an expensive Trek bike and other related paraphernalia and off he went.

When he came home from his first ride, he had some bumps and bruises and scratches, but the look on his face was complete joy. He's been riding almost every chance he gets ever since.

Did I mention he burned 1200 calories on his first ride? Yeah, 1200. My interest was piqued.

So, the Saturday before Mother's Day, we bought me a new bike - with shoes, helmet, gloves and special pants with butt-padding. Yes, I said butt-padding. I wasn't sure about it at first, but I'm so glad I had them. And my bike is a Trek Cali - which seems perfectly fitting for this Cali-girl!







The very next Saturday the Major and I went for a ride. We were on "beginner" trails, but since I really had nothing to compare that to, they were definitely challenging for me. We rode 10.2 miles and I burned about 1000 calories in about an hour. It was so much fun!


Post-ride happiness!


And no bumps or bruises for me, since I had the butt-padded pants, of course. Plus, I didn't have the special clip-in pedals yet. They have since arrived, but we have not had a chance to go back out. I predict some minor injuries on our next ride.

I can't wait!

(I was going to post a short 20-something-second video of my ride, but it's not ready yet. Maybe next time.)

~Michiko

Monday, June 10, 2013

There's Something About: Sunday Social Week 53 (My Week 1)

Found this link up today. I know it's Monday, but it seemed interesting and fun. And they're starting over at week 1, so let's see if I can do it. Weekly seems a little more possible than daily, if you know what I'm talking about. If not, check out what happened in May. Here goes:


Sunday Social
  
1.  How did you come up with your blog name? 
I got some advice from The Chatty Mommy and GiGi's Place and used my somewhat unique middle name, but I didn't like it by itself. Then I was told to try and use it in a phrase, and VOILA! My blog, however, could probably use a serious re-design. Any freebies out there?

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
It would have to be the new "friends" I've made. I love commenting on their blogs and receiving comments from them!

3. What is one thing you have discovered because of blogging and now can't live without? 
It's probably just the whole aspect of social media. And I think I'm ok about not overdoing it. Although, that statement itself could mean I have no idea what's going on! But you can determine that for yourself when you follow me, well, on everything!

4. Facebook or Twitter? and why? 
Both. I'm mostly on Facebook, but Twitter is great, too. It's just that I follow so many people, blogs, shops, etc. that I can't keep up with all the posts. And sometimes, I feel like I HAVE to read EVERYTHING - I need help. Oh, yeah, don't forget Instagram!
 
5. If one celeb read your blog who would you want it to be? 
A celebrity reads my blog?! I don't care which one it is! But really, maybe Bon Jovi, cause I love them. Maybe Denise Richards - she went to my high school. We even had science together. Plus, I was a cheerleader with her sister. So, that would be kind of cool, not that she would remember me or anything. (Name dropping?)
 
6. What is something you want people to know about your blog?
That I'm not perfect. I'm not a writer. I just want to share my life with whomever is interested and I have a special place in my heart for the military. Really, it's kind of my life.

~Michiko

Sunday, June 9, 2013

There's Something About: Aquariums

Last week Lightning had a field trip to a local aquarium. My family always loves going to the aquarium, even though we have our own beautiful fish tank in the house! I know, I know - it's not quite the same thing.


But it's interactive!


We don't have sharks and stingrays in our tank at home.  Those are always pretty popular, no matter how wet one gets while trying to touch them.






Everyone loves the shark tank, too.






That's Lightning peeking his head into the penguin area.


Getting ready to watch the sea lion show.


Of course, we have to pick up a crab.



My favorite is the butterfly and bird room. At an aquarium? Yes! They're just so beautiful. No matter how many butterfly bushes you plant around your yard, you're just never going to see so many beautiful butterflies in one place. And if you're lucky, one or two will actually land on you!


This is the 1st one. I wasn't fast enough to get a photo of the 2nd one.


This is how they feed the butterflies, sugar water and fruit. They're just beautiful.



 





The birds are beautiful, too. There's an employee in the bird room that will help place a bird on your arm or shoulder. I had one crawl all the way to the top of my head - it felt really weird! Lightning loved holding the birds. He held several, but couldn't believe there was a bird on his head. Just look at that face!




It was a great field trip, especially since I was able to keep Lightning with me to enjoy more of the aquarium while the rest of the classes returned to school. It turned into a "mommy and me" day and those are always great!

~Michiko

Thursday, June 6, 2013

There's Something About: Cross Fit

And I think I like it!

Hopefully, you've read my fitness story. It turns out, I needed a change in my workout routine. My own running and toning exercises were ok, but I was getting bored and wasn't quite maintaining as well as I wanted to.

I had been seeing some photos of friends on Facebook who do Cross Fit and I was getting very interested, so I started researching stuff online. With the Major's help, we found a local gym and I signed up for their introductory class. It was great. By the end of the week, I signed on the dotted line!


First workout

Second workout


It's a little more costly than most typical gyms, but Cross Fit is not typical exercise! To me, it's like having a personal trainer in every class. I think that's the part I like the best - the motivation of the instructors and even from the other people in the class.


Memorial Day beach workout

So, if you haven't figured it out, Cross Fit is part of what's been keeping me so busy lately. I signed up to go twice a week and sometimes it's been a bit of a struggle making sure I get to the gym for my workouts. I have to work around the kids baseball/softball schedules and the Major's flying schedule, plus my job. And there are only certain classes I can go to since I'm a beginner Cross Fit-ter (is that even a word?).

I know what some of you are thinking: why would I add to my already busy week? Well, after having my first baby, my dad told me that I had to make sure to take care of myself first or I wouldn't be able to take care of my child. I've never forgotten what he said and I think that I'm doing exactly that! And I'm showing my kids how important exercise is for maintaining your health. They ask me all the time, "How was the gym?" Or, "Don't you have to go to the gym today?" I think it's awesome!

Make sure you take care of yourself today!

~Michiko

Sunday, June 2, 2013

There's Something About: My Blogging Inspiration

Whoa! It's been awhile. Somewhere in the chaos that is life, I couldn't seem to find my blogging inspiration. I blame it on the "busy" that life is sometimes. And that seems to be the common thread in some of my posts - being busy.



I made cookies!

I don't consider myself to be much of a writer - meaning, my love (or lack thereof) of writing is not why I blog. This thought sometimes keeps me from blogging because I don't feel like I have any real wisdom or special messages to relay. I think I enjoying blogging because I enjoy talking and there just isn't enough time in the day to talk to everyone!

On the flip-side, who really wants to read about my life anyway? Then I remember why I started this blog: to let my friends and family, especially those that I no longer live near, know what's going on in my life, with a military husband and three kids. And to hopefully connect with other military families, too.

I'm thankful for all the new connections in my life, military and non-military alike. As much as I enjoy and relate to the military spouse blogs that I follow, I also realize there's so much to relate to with lots of bloggers out there!

So, stay tuned...I've got some things to share with all of you!

~Michiko