Monday, June 28, 2010

Hey Twi-Moms,

Do you have your Eclipse tickets yet?  Look for me if you are going to Regal 21 Cinemas on Overland.  I'll be there with my Team Edward shirt on.  ::drool::

Thursday, June 24, 2010

You may have already figured this out

but in case you hadn't, I am a total flake.  Probably the most irresponsible person you will ever meet.  I am late for everything.  I say things and then never do them.  I intend to follow through and then completely forget or simply do not have time.  It's either that or I am a total jerk.  And if that's the case, I want you to know that even though I may be a jerk, it's not on purpose.  I'm just super forgetful and constantly overwhelmed and perfectionistic/idealistic.  I have all these ideas in my head and all these things I want to do, but maybe 2% of them actually happen.  Why?  I don't know why exactly.  I have some theories.  Mainly I think it's because I am slow.  My pace is slower than a turtles'.  Also, I absolutely cannot multi-task.  Oh, I know what you're thinking, I'm not good at multi-tasking either.  No, seriously, I'm the worse.  I can only do one thing at a time.  It takes me forever just to respond to emails because I have to have time set aside with no distractions to respond to someone.  And that time is at night after my kids are in bed.  Since the youngest child doesn't go to bed until 11 or 11:30 every night all the things I intended to do after she's asleep don't happen if I've accidentally fallen asleep with her, I forget, I'm too tired, I have to plan a menu, or I have to run to Winco for groceries.

As an introvert I often have fantasies about being alone.  I dream about my sister calling me up and asking if she could take my kids for me for a few days.  Yes, days, not hours.  I want several days.  I have things I've been wanting to do that have been on the list for five years.  My sister's wedding video for instance.   I think I've probably sworn to her at least 30 different times that I would get it to her soon.  Just recently I swore to her that I would have it done by August, gosh, I really hope that happens.  Since I haven't even started it yet we will see.

I need time to organize and get to a place where I feel like I'm in control.  Everyday I wake up and it seems like I am just reacting to the day.  The boy needs a drink of water, the girl doesn't have anything to wear, the baby needs a diaper change, someone needs a bandaid, uh, the kids are fighting about something gotta go see what's going on, the cat threw up in the garage.  Needless to say, I don't cope well with things like this when I am trying to get something done.  So instead of stressing about stuff,  I completely go with the flow.  Probably to a fault.  I say yes to just about everything.  "Mom, can you read me a book?"  I say "sure" even if I'm in the middle of making breakfast.  Before I know it, I've burned the eggs again.

I would say I'm fairly good at dealing with the immediate things around me.  I can be patient because my expectations of doing anything else flew out the window ten years ago.  This is my life.  The good thing about going with the flow is it helps me be happy.  I play with the kids, I stay in the moment,  I love my life, but here's the bad news, the laundry piles up, emails don't get returned, we're completely starving because nobody is in the kitchen making dinner, facebook friends get ignored, real life friends are never seen, the weeds don't pull themselves, and blog posts don't write themselves.

My list of blog ideas is two feet long and growing everyday.  I have too many post ideas and not enough time to write them all.   Last summer we did tons of things we never blogged about.  I have pictures on my computer still waiting for me to write about them.  Is it lame to write about something we did last summer?  I don't know.  I don't think so.  It's on the list of things to do.  I have other ideas, too, but I hesitate to share them in case I never get around to writing and posting them.  How lame is that?

P.S.  It took me 1.5 hours to write this and I was interrupted 13 times.

Embracing the fact that I am an INFP

Ya know that post I just wrote about what I loser I am?  Well, I used to beat myself up for being so lame, weird, stupid, irresponsible, all-over-the-place, different (insert criticism here) and then I realized I wasn't alone.   There are thousands of people out there just like me.   According to the Myer-Briggs personality type test I am an INFP.  What does that mean?  That means that there is a label for my disorder, no, just kidding, it means that I'm okay.  It means that I am not insane and that I am not alone.   And I am definitely not the only one who feels this way.

How do I know this?  Because I discovered a group of over 6,000 individuals that hail from all over the world on facebook who think, feel, and do things just like me.  I was happy to know that they were just as relieved as I was about finding out that they are not the only weird ones.  Here's the typical reaction one posts on the wall when they find the INFP group.  This is from Mark from Texas, "I just found out today that I'm an INFP individual. I thought something was wrong with me cause the world looked so different to me. I could fit in everywhere with anyone, but I never quite belonged."


Nicola, "I've only just found out my 'type' and it has explained A LOT! I've read a lot about it and really identify with a lot of it that it's scary. I've felt so lost my whole life, especially the last few years, and I'm actually really relieved and comforted to know that it's a type and that I'm not alone and not a just a total mentalist, which I have thought I was for a long time. I've never been able to accept myself, and as overly cheesy as this is, and maybe I'm reading too much into it, or just want to rationalise stuff somehow, it feels like I'm closer to self acceptance after finding out I'm an INFP!"


Kejsare, "I used to think I was a psychopath of some sort until I was convinced to take a personality test by an online friend that pushed me a lot to do so because he was curious about my kind. I've now come to the realization that I'm not a psychopath, but that we all are, and I'm very relieved."

Malissa, "Used to think was the weirdest creature on earth.....still do actually....it just feels good to know that I'm not weird alone."


Lol.  Aren't those great?  Okay, so you're starting to get the idea.  Does this make you want to know more about INFPs?  Does it make you curious about your own type?   

You can read about it here.  And if you want you can find out what your personality type is by clicking here or here or here.  Out of 100 people, 2 or 3 or 4 of the people are INFPs.  They are not very common.  I personally only know two.  My daughter is one and a friend I made in high school is the other.  She and I don't see each other much since we're both terrible at keeping in touch (it's an INFP thing).  Of course being an INFP is no excuse for lame behavior.  It doesn't excuse any of it.  And there are many other INFPs who have overcome the tendency of perfectionism and procrastination and who are very successful.  Princess Diana and JK Rowling are two INFPs that I look up to.  
Remember how I said I used to beat myself up for being this way, well, it turns out self loathing isn't uncommon for INFPs either.  We're a pretty messed up group actually.  We love things that are sad, we don't fit in, and we're hurt easily.

Friday, June 18, 2010

National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest & Festival

Coming up the third full week of June is the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho.  Our family has never been to this before but I've heard good things about it.  Maybe we'll try and make it this year, I don't know.  It looks really fun.  Check out the Weiser Festival website to see all that is happening in Weiser next week.

Our plans for this summer

Are you wondering what to do this summer with your kids?  Boy, I am.  My kids are ages 10, 5, and two-and-a-half.  It gets a little tricky trying to figure out something to do that would please them all.  Taking them to the movies doesn't work.  There's no way the two-year-old can sit through a movie, and even if she could, I wouldn't want her watching the same movies as her 10 year old sister.

I found that hiking and day trips work best for my kids.  I just have to make sure I've planned well in advance and I've packed plenty of healthy snacks.  Besides hiking and day trips, my kids also love going to different city parks, swimming, and having friends over to play.  Unfortunately for them, I am not the crafty-type, so we don't stay at home making crafts.  I'm also not into chores, so we don't stay home and work either.  (Sorry to disappoint you, Mom).  We play it up in the summer because that's what summer is all about.  Our summer = no schedule.  And we like it that way.

We're not completely unorganized though.  As soon as school gets out, we get out a big piece of poster board and write down all the fun things we want to do and see during the summer.  We tape it to the wall and mark off each thing as we do it.  We've done this every summer for the last three years.  It helps us remember what we want to do and helps us see what we've done.

Here's what's on our list so far for this summer
Roaring Springs
Play with BFFs
Swim @ Grandma's
Washington! (the girl and I and our good friends are going to Lilith Fair at the Gorge)
Race go-carts at Wahooz
Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City, Ore
Four Rivers Cultural Center, Ontario, Ore
Go on a train ride, Mountain Home
Meridian Dairy Days
Geocaching
Ponderosa State Park, McCall (we're going there for a family reunion in August)
MK Nature Center
Idaho Botanical Gardens
Boise Art Museum
Discovery Center
See a show at Starlight Mountain Theater, Garden Valley
Meridian bookmobile
Boise Farmer's Market
Eagle pop ups and snowshack
Deer Flat Nature Trail
Black Canyon Beach, Emmett
Sandy Point Beach
Boise Zoo
Parma Drive In, Parma
Go to the mall
Monkey Bizness
Greenbelt
hike Table Rock again
Hydrotube
Camel's Back Park
Hyde Park
Boise Depot

Things to do at the house
puppet show
collect rocks
nature walk
collect leaves
scavenger hunt
make an obstacle course
create a skit and video tape it
swim in our pool
play in the sprinklers

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We can't all have backyard swimming pools...

that's why there's city pools.  Going to a city pool is a great way to cool off and have fun with your family and friends this summer.

In Meridian, there is a pool owned and operated by the Western Ada Recreation District.  It is located off Meridian and Franklin Rds behind Storey Park.   I have been swimming there with my kids and it is a great pool.  It is reasonably priced and they have recently added a splash pad and shade umbrellas.  There's a high dive and a low dive, but no slide that I can remember.   See their website for entrance fees, operating hours, and information on swim lessons, private parties, open swim hours, lap hours, and free swim day.

Boise has many city pools.  Borah Pool, Fairmont Pool, Ivywild Pool, Lowell Pool, South Pool, and The Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube.  My sister was on a swim team and we got to spend a lot of time at these pools.  This summer I plan on taking the kids to the Hydrotube.  I've heard great things about it and I think they would love it.  Click on the pools above to find their location and more information about what each pool offers.  The City of Boise also has this fantastic website that tells you all about swim lessons, swim team, parent and child swim time, pool events, pool parties, and it has a map that shows you where all of the pools are located.  If you are new to town you might want to check out the map to see which pool is closest to you.

Also, if you think you'll be doing a lot of swimming at city pools this summer, I recommend buying a season pass which is good for all the outdoor city pools.  There is a resident price and non-resident price.  See the list of admission prices here for all the Boise city pools.  (The Hydrotube is not included in the season pass).

Nampa has a fun waterpark you might want to try.  My sister-in-law has taken her kids here for years and she loves it.  It's Lakeview Waterpark located near Lakeview Park off Garrity Blvd.  I've been to Lakeview Park a few times but never knew that there was a fantastic waterpark right there.  It has a zero-entry beach (great for small kids who want to enter the water), a gigantic water slide, spraying water toys, and a nice pool house with restrooms and showers.  And it's very affordable.  Only $1.00 for kids under five, and $2.00 for kids 6-17, and adults 18 and up are $3.00.  We'll have to check that out this summer too.

Nampa also has a city pool called Lincoln Pool in Lions Park along Davis Ave.  It has a diving board, a splash pad, a toddler area and a slide.  They also have great indoor pools at the Nampa Rec Center.

Caldwell has Caldwell Municipal Pool at 512 Harrison.  It has two slides and two diving boards and goes from 2 ft deep to 12 ft deep.  

The YMCA also has three indoor pools in the area.  One in downtown Boise, one in West Boise off Cloverdale and Chinden, and one in Caldwell off of Indiana Ave.  We've been to all three Y pools and the one in Caldwell is our favorite.  (Although I am still really upset at the lifeguards for making me take waterwings OFF my two-year-old.  They say they are not safe.  I say let me be the judge of that and if you see her drowning with her waterwings on, go ahead and jump in the water and save her.)

If city pools aren't your thing, you can always try and befriend someone with a backyard pool or a neighborhood pool.  Or if you are more of an introvert like me and you don't have any friends, then I suggest doing what we did and buy an Intex pool for $149.00.  We have one that is 12 feet in diameter and 39 inches deep and the kids and I swim, or in my case sit, in it almost everyday in the summer.   Even my husband jumps in with us after he gets home from work.  We absolutely love it!

Meridian Dairy Days Starts Tonight

Did you go to the Meridian Dairy Days Parade last year?  We did.  And we got rained on.  Hopefully, this year, there won't be need for any hoods or umbrellas.  The parade is on Friday night and tonight is the Pancake Feed in Storey Park and the free concert afterwards given by the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.  Bring a lawn chair if you're staying for the concert.  See you there!

"Meridian Dairy Day is held the third full weekend of June each year, and celebrates our community’s heritage when Meridian was the dairy center of Idaho. The event has been celebrated in some fashion since 1929.... The Dairy Days Festival begins on Thursday night in Storey Park with a Pancake Feed followed by a free concert by the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.

On Friday, the Festival Marketplace opens, with 80 vendors selling food, crafts, art, and various other products and services. For the children, the “Kids Corral” provides free fun activities and games.

Friday evening, the “Real Dairy Parade” begins at 7 pm with 100 entries focusing on a dairy theme. 



Saturday morning begins with the annual “Milk Run” fun run at Meridian Speedway. Little tykes can participate in a ¼ mile run around the track, and then the older kids and adults do a 5K race that starts and ends at the Speedway. Vendors open at 10 am. At noon the "Dairy Dash", a kid's bicycle race, takes place at the Meridian Speedway. In the afternoon, area coffee shops and restaurants participate in the “Milk Mocktail” Contest, and the public votes for their favorite dairy-based drink. Join us at 2pm to sample the recipes and vote for your favorite.

Other events for 2010 include: the Annual Dairy Princess Contest a carnival, a farm animal education exhibition and dairy cattle and dairy goat shows." (taken from the Meridian Chamber of Commerce website)

Check out Meridian Dairy Days new website at www.dairydays.org

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sorry it has been so long since I have blogged.  I'm working on a post of summer activities.  Look for it on Monday.....or Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday, or whenever I get a chance.  :)