Being CK

August 4, 2009

Damn, does that last entry say May 18?!?

Filed under: Alexandra,Celebrations,Dillon,Random,SF Outings,Travel,Uncategorized,wedding — Christina @ 10:00 am

Been busy busy busy these last few months, I guess. Lol. Let’s see…went to San Diego/Anaheim over Memorial Day weekend, celebrated my cousin Lisa’s graduation from SDSU, took the kids to Legoland then Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland. The kids’ first time, and they LOVED it. I guess that’s going to be our vacation destination from now on…well, when we go to SoCal, that is.

After our SoCal vacation, we came home so Dillon could finish out the school year, then it was off to Vegas…where we got married.  Yep, finally did it.  I was chatting with a friend and he asked why we weren’t married, and I explained that I didn’t think it was necessary, since there was really no benefit to being married.  We argued for a while, then he told me to look up the tax benefits.  Sure enough, we’ve been missing out all these years, lol.  So I decided since we were going to Vegas anyway for my sister’s high school graduation, and (some of) my family was going to be there, we might as well do it while we’re there.  The kids were the happiest, I think. The family members that weren’t there, and weren’t notified, were NOT happy. 

Hmmm…let’s see what else.  I don’t think anything big since then.  My car passed 100k miles, lol.  Had a mini family reunion in Monterey. Alexandra started a new ballet school. We’ve been doing the normal daily stuff, but I’m trying to do more outdoors-y stuff with the kids.  We went to Point Lobos a few weeks ago, they had a good time there.  Been spending more time at GG Park.  Spent a day at Gilroy Gardens.  Celebrated Jasmine’s Sweet 16th at Seacliff Beach on a cold ass day.  Oh, got a new iPhone 3gs, but I didn’t want to…yet.  HBY made me 😉  Been shopping, of course.  I buy things faster than I can take them out of the bags at home.  I’m now debating between a 17″ Macbook Pro or an iMac.  Actually, I’m really still debating if I should make the switch to Mac at all, I have a hard time thinking I’ll be one of “those Mac users”…

That’s been our summer in a nutshell.  I didn’t get to bring the kids to Hawaii this summer like I wanted…I can’t use a Delta buddy pass on a Northwest flight until 2010, and I dont want to risk getting stranded at SLC or LAX alone with the kids, so we may go in October, or we’ll just push it back until next summer.  Hopefully October, though.

Still on our to-do/visit-in-the-near-future list:

  • Ferry ride to and picnic on Angel Island
  • Explore Point Reyes (specifically “Dillon” Beach, lol)
  • Santa Cruz Boardwalk (I can’t believe I haven’t gone all summer!)
  • Great America
  • Coit Tower

Dillon goes back to school on Aug. 24…wonder if I can get all that in before then? I also have two birthday parties…oh, AND  a stamp day!! I REALLY can’t believe I haven’t had a stamp/scrap day at all this year.  That’s just crazy, lol.  Scrapbook Expo coming up this week…I may go down on Friday, but I’ll have the kids, so I don’t know if I should do that to myself…

Our long-term to-do/visit list:

  • Explore Big Sur
  • Hike the Pinnacles (although I’m not sure if Babygirl’s big enough for the caves, which is really why I want to go)
  • Visit the Giant Redwoods
  • Yosemite (but not to camp)
  • Dillon wants to visit Mt. Rushmore…I don’t even know where that is
  • Grand Canyon

I hope to get to do all of that by the end of next summer, although Mt. Rushmore is iffy..

Okay, I think I’m current now.  I’m sure once the school year starts and we’re back to a normal routine on a normal schedule I’ll update more often.  I think I’ll start a new Project 365 on Aug. 24.  Lol.



  1. Yay! An update! Haha I like how getting married was kinda like a grocery item you needed on your next Safeway trip LOL. In any event, congratulations! About your uninformed family? That had me cracking up! Getting married is all about you not them 🙂

    I know there are lots of things in the future we never really think about, but getting married does have way more to it than just tax benefits – especially for all the things that go unplanned – health problems, employment changes, etc. Being married can only protect your kids in the event that anything happens to you two (knock on wood.)

    MacBook Pro! I was never big on Apple until last year. After getting my first MacBook, and now upgrading to the MacBook Pro, I haven’t looked back. Since you are into photography, blogging, and doing all kinds of web projects, it might just be your cup of tea! It took a while for me to get comfortable with OS X, but you will quickly realize how much quicker and efficient OS X is compared to Vista or XP. The included applications are pretty good (iLife.) I think you will really like iPhoto to organize your digital pictures. And you will definitely use iMovie as well to put together movies or slideshows. The good news is that if you ever want some form of Windows installed on it, it’s pretty easy to do – with the included Boot Camp software, or third party software (Parallels or VMWare Fusion for about $50.) As far as your 365 project goes, iWeb will definitely get you going! There are built-in templates in iWeb that are geared for photos and galleries – perfect for what I’m thinking you are trying to accomplish.

    You just missed the Amazon promo from a few weeks ago…where you could get a free iPod Touch with the purchase of any MacBook Pro, and obviously tax free. You can still get the free iPod with the MacBook Pro thru the Apple Store, but you will have to pay tax. I hope you get a MacBook Pro or an iMac, that way I can geek out on my blog knowing that somebody actually understands what I’m talking about! Nobody I know owns a Mac!

    Sounds like you and your family have been having a fun summer! Good to see you are back on your blog!

    Comment by itcrashed — August 4, 2009 @ 11:18 am | Reply

    • Yeah, looks like I’m going to go with a Mac. You tipped it, Rex 😉 Marvin’s had a macbook for almost a year now, and he’s about ready to upgrade to a pro. He’s been telling me to switch over too. I REALLY like the bigness of the iMac, lol. I rarely travel with my laptop, so I’m leaning toward the iMac. I think one of the reasons I first considered switching to Mac is this stupid Vista. I would definitely run Windows on a Mac though, since I have CS4 and Lightroom. But I can see myself liking the Apple Software also. I think every person I’ve talked to that has a Mac has only good things to say about it, so I guess I’m sold 😀

      Comment by Christina — August 4, 2009 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  2. Beans,

    Mt. Rushmore (S. Dakota),Big Sur, Grand Canyon, AND Pinnacles –count us in!:) Seriously.. whenever you plan to go, let us know. Christian’s been trying to get me to Pinnacles forever, but now it’s too hot. Maybe beginning of fall ? Let’s take a road trip to Grand Canyon. Maybe over Thanksgiving week or even two weeks before Christmas ? What do you think ? I think Jordi wants to go, too! I want to learn how to scrapbook! Maybe one day.. when I have the time.

    Ciao for now! -L

    Comment by Lorie — August 4, 2009 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

    • Quit working…then you’ll have more time. Oh, but wait until next fall when Alex starts Kindergarten…then I’ll have freedom! Six hours a day…sounds like heaven ;p
      Yes, I was thinking of going to the Grand Canyon this year around Christmas. We’ll drive down to Vegas, hang out for a couple days, then take a day to see the Grand Canyon. What do you think? Or is it more than just a day trip?
      And yeah, Pinnacles would be TOO hot right now, I’d probably pass out. Fall sounds good, maybe late October/early November.
      And Big Sur – for sure! Remember that time we went out there with Jon? Was it just the 3 of us that day? That was the last (and only) time I’ve been…I definitely want to go back, and I know the kids will love it.
      Damn, South Dakota. I’ll have to think hard about that one, maybe push it out another year or so, combine it with a trip to Utah or Colorado, or both. Or maybe see the Old Faithful geyser? where is that? lol…

      Comment by Christina — August 4, 2009 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

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