Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Goodbye My Old Friend!

I sold my old friend this past weekend - my Pontiac Sunfire that I'd had since May of 2001. It was my graduation present from my parents/grandma (SO BLESSED - I know). It was sad watching it drive away for the last time with all those memories in it. I have always been a very nostalgic person, so this blog is a tribute to my old friend of 10+ years.

Here I am sitting in it the first day I got in back in 2001. Don't you just love the short, shorts? I was a rebel. :)

My parents and Grandma had taken me out to dinner and as we were walking out of the restaurant I saw this. I said in my typical bitter, sarcastic teenage voice, "Man, wish I was getting a car. Someone is SO lucky." Then I noticed the 'Allison' below the CONGRATULATIONS sign and immediately lost the attitude. I loved it!

Here I am on the way to graduation:

So it went with me for my two years at NAU. Drove me up to Utah and all through my college years. Drove me out to Washington D.C. and back 2 months later after I realized that wasn't where I was suppose to be. Got me through the treacherous snowfalls and ice of Highland, UT (barely - only spinning out every. single. day. because it's front wheel drive and drove like an ice skate on all those hills). Impressed my first graders because they thought it was a race car due to the spoiler. Saw me through the first years of my marriage and finally toted around my first little bundle of joy. And that's where our journey ended because I realized that it's just TOO HARD climbing in the backseat of a two door car to get your little one in and out of a car seat.


So this past weekend I watched my Pontiac Sunfire drive away sold to a cute, chubby, little hispanic girl who didn't even know how to drive yet. She pulled out her money that was stored in her hello kitty wallet and gave it to me after she had put her new key on her hello kitty key chain. She didn't know how to drive yet, but "She's going to learn tonight," she said. You should have seen the smile on her face when they pulled back in the driveway after the test drive. She's going to be a freshman in college at GCC. So who knows... maybe I'll see my old car around town.

That was such a good car to me with so many memories, but I am happy because I know it's going to a good home and will be filled with many more college memories.

Goodbye my old friend!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Brush Bar, Scottsdale

Saturday night we went on a double date with Kyle and Stacey to The Brush Bar in Scottsdale. We had SO MUCH FUN!!! I think the boys were a little apprehensive to go (I mean, it was coinciding with a BYU football game) but they even admitted that they had a good time too.

We started off by getting there with our reservations written on the table. Now the only reason this is funny is because my maiden name is 'Leybas' and our whole lives the spelling of that name has been butchered SO many times. We've had Leybag, Lenbus, Lebus (French), etc. When my great grand father came over from Mexico many, many years ago our last name was actually Leyva, but it got misspelled as he crossed and became Leybas. So needless to say, this was a new one. LEYAS!

The bar provided you with everything you needed for the project. The bar was in downtown Scottsdale so we got to walk by all the shops first. It was a 'posh' (as we said all night) little place. While the girl was instructing us they would play music and gave us drinks. The atmosphere of the place was totally relaxed and fun!! We signed up to do Van Gogh's painting of Starry, Starry, Night:

No that's not my painting above... just wait for it! So we all chose our aprons and got our easels. My apron said, "Kiss me I'm Mexican." And you'll see Mason's later.

Kyle and Stacey contemplating how it will go...

It starts:


I was amazed at how artistic and GOOD Mason was! I never would have expected it! Actually... I kinda would have... he's good at everything he ever does or tries... it's slightly nauseating. But I really liked how his turned out.


Kyle and Stacey's finished projects:

Kyle did the Arizona version of Starry, Starry, Night.

Our finished projects:


Here's a closer look at mine and Masons'. I love how his castles turned out. Mine just looks like a handicapped tree.

It was so nice to go on a date other than a movie date - I feel like that's all we ever do when we get a chance to go out. What a great night!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

CG Weekend Get-away!

This past weekend while Mason went up to Utah to get our 'new' car, Boonie and I went down to my parents for the weekend. We had a fun time just relaxing and eating good food. We also got to see two rain storms!! YAY!!

Here is Boonie and his Grandpa playing at the gate to the stairs.

Saturday Kyle, Stacey, and Darci came for the last swimming party of the season being the weather is starting to change. Even so, it was still a little chilly.

I swear he has a swimming suit that I usually put over this... I was just in a hurry to get out in the water!


I love weekend getaways where I don't have to worry about cooking or cleaning. Ahh...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Today we remember...


Today our nation is remembering the tragic events that happened 10 years ago on September 11th. My heart goes out to all those who are still feeling pain today and who suffered so greatly that day. I am so thankful to be part of such a wonderful nation where I am free and feel protected. Today in church we sang "America the Beautiful" and it touched my heart as to how blessed I am.

Mason and I were talking the other day how it was interesting that anyone 12 years or younger doesn't really have a strong emotional tie to or remember the day 9-11. It was such a monumental day in US history. I imagine it's comparable to the JFK assination that our parents went through, but doesn't really mean much to us. But yet it was life changing in so many ways.

I thought for journaling sake I should write down where I was 10 years ago today:

I was a freshman at college up at NAU in Flagstaff, AZ. I was asleep in my all girls down when I started hearing all kinds of commotion going on in the hall. There were girls running up and down the hall screaming and slamming doors. I remember thinking... "Come on girls! It's like 6:00 am!!" They usually stayed up all night doing that, but not early in the morning. My roomate Mary Crookston then got a phone call and I was again so frustrated that my sleep was being interrupted. It was her parents calling her to tell her to turn on the tv. She did and that's when I first heard the devastating news. She quickly left to go to class and I called my dad. I remember not quite knowing how to feel. I was at a point in my life, 18 years old and only one month after moving out of the house to college, where I was pretty self-centered and caught up in my own little problems in my own little world. I remember it shaking me to the core - something that I had never felt before. It's interesting as I have seen some of the pictures and videos now how much more they effect me. I just didn't understand some things back then... I don't think I understood the true horror of it all. My heart just aches for those poor, poor victims. But I do remember wanting to go home (which was 3 hours away) just to hug my parents and be with them. I went to classes that day and then that night I went to a candle lighting memorial that they held on one of the NAU fields. I remember standing amidst the crowd of people not knowing anyone, lighting my candle, and sending a prayer to heaven for all the poor lives that were lost that day.

Mason was on his mission when he heard the news. He found out by some people in the street telling him that the buildings were falling, the buildings were falling!! He had no idea what they were talking about until he walked into a shop. That must have been so hard to hear that way.

Today we honor the lives that were lost.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Not a lot going on...

We are just hanging around waiting for the weather to cool down so we can go outside and play. Boonie stands at the back door calling to the birds for atleast an hour a day. He's so ready to go out there and be a real boy.

This weekend Mason is flying up to Utah to pick up his Grandma's car (that we are buying) that she can no longer drive and bring it back here. I keep trying to convince him to take Boonie with him. I mean come on... he is always wanting quality time with the little guy... Don't you think an hour and a half flight and then a 12 hour drive down on Sunday would be just the thing to solidify their relationship?! For some reason he keeps saying no - I can't imagine why. *Grin* Geez... So being he's leaving, so are we. We are going to go down to my mom's for a weekend at Grandma's. I'm so excited to finally be having a 4-door car!! My 2-door (although very loyal) was just too difficult to get in and out of.

So here are some random pictures that have needed to be fit into a post somehow. Here's Boonie doing his daily deed of pulling all the books off the shelf and looking quite guilty about it.

And not to mention unloading his shelves. Remember this hat!? I could hardly get it on his head now!


These pictures were from the same day as Kyle's birthday. Here Boone and Darci hitchin' a ride.


And here's a picture from WAY back in July that has been waiting patiently. Boonie looks like such a nerd in this picture it cracks me up!

Boonie and I before church this past Sunday.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Noodles!

We had a very relaxing Labor Day not really doing anything but hanging around being lazy. I love weekends like that.

In the meantime Boonie has discovered a favorite food:

Noodles!!

We went to Olive Garden for their never ending pasta bowl and I swear this kid ate a whole bowl of noodles himself!! He ate them as fast as we would put them down and if there weren't any in front of him he'd sit there and scream tight-fistedly like Jabba the Hut. I can't possibly believe there was that much room inside that little belly.

I'm afraid that the noodles have tainted his taste buds though... because my baby who once ate anything you'd place in front of him has now become a picky eater. Sorry Boonie... we just don't eat noodles around here that often. Please come back to the veggie side.