Sunday, March 05, 2006

playing catch up

i can't believe how long it's been. i've started a new entry several times, but just end up deleting it in boredom. Here are a few highlights of my little life.

*Pride and Prejudice. If you haven't rented this yet, may I ask why not??? It is wonderful.

*Walk the Line. Same as above.

*Amy and Salomon visited. They'll be here for a few days, so we met them for dinner at Olive Garden tonight, and me and Bella will probably go hang out with Amy tomorrow. They painted their baby's nursery yesterday. I can't wait to see. It is apparently a cute sage green color with yellow at the top (very very high ceilings) They ordered a cherry wood crib and the most adorable bedding. I'll post pictures when I take some :) I love decorating nurseries. It is the most fun part, the nesting period, right before your new baby arrives. I used to sit in the rocking chair and look around the room at all the things that I imagined my little baby girl and boy would some day play with. And now they are. And tearing up the window blinds in the process. Our landlords are so hating us right now. Anyways, Amy's baby shower will be March 11th. Next Saturday. I can't wait to see all the sweet new stuff they get for baby Jocelyn. But not as much as I can't wait to meet sweet baby Jocelyn. She is so loved already.

*We took down the crib today. Julian is officially in a big boy bed. He is doing awesome. It is amazing that despite all our communication problems with him, he obeys us like you wouldn't believe. I don't know how long it will last, but I couldn't be happier with him. The first year of Annabelle being in a big girl bed was pure torture, and hasn't gotten much better. But Julian, he is my big boy. I wish each of you could have more time to get to know my Juju. Not to brag or anything, because it has absolutely nothing to do with me, but he has the sweetest spirit. You just can't be sad or angry while in the same room with him. He will love you and make you laugh and give you lots of hugs and dance for you. He is so much to me.

"If I have a monument in this world, it is my son." --Maya Angelou....and I couldn't agree more.

*Dustin has downloaded all the Grey's Anatomy episodes that I haven't seen yet, and I've watched them ALL. I'm completely caught up on the show, and now Dustin is watching them all. He made fun of the show for a couple of weeks, but he's hooked.

*We've had a fun couple of days. We watched G.A. last night and a stupid funny movie that I shall not name here. We danced to Biirdie, Joss Stone, and The Weepies. Seriously. We danced like maniacs around the living room, making up new moves like "The Kicker", where you kick to the beat. We are way cool. But you all know that, right?

*The weirdest thing is that we both are having back issues right now. Dustin wants to go to the chiropractor. I don't know if I slept wrong or what, but I pretty much just want some Vicodin and a dark cool room with a big bed and a down comforter. Is that too much to ask?

*My Florida trip is coming up in a few weeks!!! I'm so excited I could skip around the house. And I have a little bit. I miss my sweet Katie and look foward to having some quality girl time, split equally with ocean time. I love the ocean and don't know why I don't live closer to it.

*Mom sent us some Girl Scout Cookies. Oh man. They're so good. My favorite is the Tagalong. But I've got a secret. There is a cookie on the market that tastes every bit as good as the tagalong. I'll go ahead and let you in on my secret, but you will probably be upset. Because the best thing about GSCookies is that you feel like you are allowed to overindulge, since they only come once a year, right? Well now, you'll overindulge, but you'll be able to go to Wal-Mart and pick up more whenever you want. They are the ones described as Fudge shop filled peanut butter.

*The receiving of the Girl Scout Cookies made me a little sad. Last year we received our package of GSCookies when we were in Mexico. A year ago today, I was in Mexico, and if I looked up my journal entries, I could probably tell you exactly what I did a year ago today. I miss it. A lot. I've been thinking a lot about what it would take for us to be able to live there longer. What we would have to do to make it "financially". How we could afford it, and still afford to come home a few times a year. I miss going to the market. The weather. The culture. The food. Ice cream night. El Jardin. The language. The carefree attitude. The bad drivers. The music, always playing from somewhere. My gym. The view from our apartment. Our sweet sweet neighbors, Andres and Sofia and Ophelia. Our general attitude about life while there, that has been so hard to find here in the states.

I remember shortly after arriving back in Arkansas, I saw my Uncle Jimmy and his kids at my Grandma's house. He said, "So, Mindi. You really enjoyed Mexico, huh?"

I told him yes, and that I would live there permanently if I could figure out how to make it happen. I asked him if he and Stacie would ever consider moving to Mexico, since it would only be improved by having more of my family closer.

He laughed and said, "Mindi, my family worked so hard to get out of Mexico, that I can't imagine ever wanting to go back." :)

Well, my family got out. And I appreciate their determination. But something there calls me back. And it calls my white boy husband. So that sort of puts me in a dilemma, eh? I don't know what we'll do. But I do hope Mexico is in our future. Even if just for a short time.

I'm off. Movies to watch. Girl Scout Cookies to eat. Blogs to read.


At 3/06/2006 1:51 AM, Blogger said...

OK. WOW! so much going on :) i am so glad to hear that you are inded going to florida! u deserve a break.

is it harder knowing your little boy wont sleep in that crib again. i know my sister had to kind of mourn little pieces of her daughter hope as she grows up. i think its great that it all means so much to her.

i am officially renting walk the line this week. your approval has put it on my must see list.

im glad you have so much going on... u sound pretty sunny today.

thinkin about u and wishin u well.

ps. i know what it is like to start blogging on to delete it and leave. i hate dry patches ;)

At 3/06/2006 11:25 AM, Blogger Kara said...

I missed your blog!! I enjoy your posts and what is going on in your life and your sweet family's life.
Take care.

At 3/06/2006 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, (Crystal from the photog forum)

We have even more in common then music! I lived in Mexico for three months (not super long) but I love it there. I also took several trips to Reynosa when I was in high school (youth trips). I lived in Matamoros (oh gosh, I can't spell, sometimes I can't even remember how to spell Michigan. Not sure if I spelled the city name right or not) Ok, so I love it for alot of the reasons you listed. I also love Alaska, the culture there is alot different too. I am from Alaska, and would love to move back.

Also, I love Pride and Prejudice. I have read the book a few times and the original movie is the best. It is much longer, and while I liked the new one, it was on speed compared to the old one. Also love Collin Firth (sp?) He is Mr. Darcy in Bridgette Jones too! He rocks.

Peace, Crystal

At 3/07/2006 10:25 PM, Blogger Valerie Dykstra said...

Cool entry. For some reason it reminded me of something wild and true that I read about today. A set or twin girls, one white and one black. 1 in a million chance of it happening and it did. I checked it out on my urban legend site and it was authentic. Now what did you say that reminded me of that enough so that I wrote all that? Lordy, I'm losing it?

No one ever sends me GS cookies. It's the pits. Girl Guides up here only sell one kind of cookie. Isn't that sad?

Fancy you and Dustin both down in your backs at the same time. Begs the question, just what position was that?

At 3/08/2006 12:13 AM, Blogger mindi11 said...

Valerie, I knew somebody was going to ask that question. And as similar as we are, I had a feeling it would be you. Because I, of course, would have asked you the same question :)

I think it's because I fell asleep in the recliner, and Dustin fell asleep on the couch while watching a movie last week. Or that's our story anyway. :)

At 3/08/2006 12:29 AM, Blogger mindi11 said...

Stephen, I was a little long winded, eh? :) Glad you made it through the whole thing. Let me know how you like the movie :)

Kara, you are so sweet :) Let me know when you want to get together. Annabelle and I look foward to hanging out with you and Haven.

Crystal!! So cool to see you here :) I had no idea you were from Alaska. Or that you lived in Mexico. How cool. I would love to hear more about it. Off to visit your blog...

Valerie, I don't know what sparked the twin story either, but it is so amazing.
And your "girl guides" only selling one type of cookie is almost blasphemous. What kind of gscookies do you like?


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