Sunday, October 19, 2014

All Together Now!

Day 2 of our Grand Canyon vacation! I started out my day with a short hike up to the coffee shop for coffee and a view.

A great way to start my SL day


This afternoon we had lunch together that my sister prepared. She's a really a much better cook than I am!

Sis makes a delicious lunch


The burgers were SO good! We have some non-face eaters in the family, so this was our time to chow down on cow and pig while they were not available for lunch. Payton said her burger was bigger than her head. I think she was right!

Lunch with the family


We also went on duck rides down the river! The scenery was so gorgeous, sometimes I forgot to paddle! But we managed to make it all the way around the canyon before I had to get to the airport.

Duckin' Down The River


Aldwyn's flight got in late this evening, and I jetted off to the airport to get him. Since it was our family plane and we have special privileges, they let me run out there to meet him as soon as he got off the plane. No waiting by the luggage terminal for this girl!

Well hi there!


The girls were really happy to see their dad! And Bella, Livvy, and Tess had arrived just a little while before we got back to the lodge, so we set off to explore and show everyone around.

With our girls


By the time we made it all around, the sun had set, so we all settled into the lodge to just chat and hang out as a family.

Family time in the lodge


It's wonderful now that all the family is together again, safe and sound on our vacation. But I'm so tired, so it's time to get into bed so I can be fresh faced for another day at the Grand Canyon tomorrow!



Saturday, October 18, 2014

We made it!

We made it to the Grand Canyon!!

The plane ride was LOADS of fun! We had to charter a plane just for us because of all the luggage. But that's okay, because we like it better when it's just us!

About to get on the airplane


But it was a good flight, and no one wet their pants! That's pretty much the marker for a successful trip, am I right?

When we got to our destination... well, it was BREATHTAKING.

It's amazing!!!!!!!!


But of course, you have to be careful with kids when you're at a place like the Grand Canyon. And if they're our kids? You have to be chasing them constantly!

Birdy, get down from there!


It's just so amazing! We explored around a bit before the sun went down, and there are so many things for us! Including a coffee shop!! [Birdy and I were thrilled!]

Our own coffee shop!!!


Since it was a long flight, we all were happy to get to the lodge and just chill out and relax. Or get comfy-cozy, as my sister says!

Just chillin'.

Abby, Payton and Me

Takeo sitting on my sister!


Even at night, the sights were lovely. I cannot wait to really have time to explore.

Nighttime at the lodge

Moon rising at the Grand Canyon


I am so so happy that we made it there! Riley came in on a later flight, and tomorrow, Bella and I think Tess and Livvy show up, and Aldwyn will probably be the last to arrive so I'll have to pick him up from the airport. Then the whole family will be together and that's when the fun will really begin!

Until then, goodnight from the Grand Canyon!

Relaxing in the lodge before bed

Loading up, ready to goooo!

We loaded up the car tonight!!

Getting ready to go


The girls and I had to just rest afterwards, though. Because we're only 3 girls and we really needed Aldwyn to help us take everything to the car and he wasn't here to help. See that backpack? That's all of his travel stuff for the week. The rest is all ours. We packed him all up... minus a certain pair of shorts.

We're tired after packing


We fly out to our Grand Canyon vacation tomorrow night! Only I don't think I have any room for the girls in the car, so I'm probably going to duct tape them to the hood of the car. I think that's legal, right? I mean, they'd be pretty secure with some good duct tape... Right?

I really can't wait to go! If you are a new reader who wasn't around for our Bahamas vacation, let me just tell you right that that it is much more immersive than our everyday SLives. We really get into it and that's really a good thing because it's a total bonding experience. And it's definitely good for me right now because I could use some immersion.

My next post will be from the Grand Canyon! Can't wait!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Zanzibars' Fall Photo...or two.

We have been trying to get together to take our fall photo for a few days. Finally we were like, hey, let's just take a picture of how we usually are in SL. Nothing fancy, you know. Just us hanging out the way we always do.

I think it came out pretty well, don't you?

The Zanzibars' Most Epic Fall Photo


Of course, we are KIDDING!! We have indoor plumbing, Abby generally doesn't try to fall off of pumpkins, Birdy doesn't eat dirt, and I would NEVER go outside with my curlers on! *laughs*

We laughed and laughed while doing this picture! It was so fun!

But you know, we're adorable and clean up well, so we had to pose for another picture.

The Zanzibars - Fall 2014


Isn't my family adorable?

Birdy reminded us that it's been 6 months she first met us! Well, at least, 6 months since she met Abby and me. She didn't meet Aldwyn for a few days later because that's just how we roll. LOL

Aldwyn heads out tomorrow for a quick trip, so the girls and I are going to be in charge of packing his suitcase for our Grand Canyon vacation. I hope we don't forget his underpants. Nahh...I'm sure we'll remember everything. He'll fly out to join us on Sunday. We fly out on Saturday! Woo!

Goodnight!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Pickin'!

Tonight, the family headed out for pumpkin pickin'! And I should actually be in bed, so I logged out of SL without getting SLurls for places. Sorry!!

Our first stop was at the Gilmore Farms.

At Gilmore Farms


It was so cute there! We found pumpkins, the girls bobbed for apples, they met a horse, and then they found free baby chicks! Payton wanted one for umm...well, food purposes. But Riley cried and they made a deal that no chicken nuggets would be made as long as Riley cleaned up the poops. Abby asked if she could have one, and I said yes as long as she cleans up after it.

Abby's Baby Chick


After our time at the Gilmore Farms, we headed to a pumpkin patch that we went to last year because they have a LOT of pumpkins of different sizes.

Pumpkin Pickin!


They also had coffee and cocoa out, and Birdy grabbed the BIGGEST coffee. I couldn't control her!

Birdy LOVES her coffee!


Of course, the Oleander girls wanted the biggest pumpkin in the place. No worries, their daddy would somehow get it home for them!

We love pumpkins!!


Our girls didn't ask for the biggest... but somewhere along the way, Aldwyn ended up with a pumpkin head. I...I can't. LOL!

Pumpkinhead


We set out all our pumpkins when we got home. If you go trick or treating this month and stop by our house [more on that later!!], you'll be able to see all our pumpkins! I also worked on the front porch today because we are going to have candy out for trick or treaters, but we'll be heading out to our vacation soon and I wanted to have it ready before we left. Saturday is the day, so you know more packing pictures are to come!

But it's late, so I'm going to bed. ♥

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Havenhallow 2014

The family headed out to Havenhallow tonight!

The Family At Havenhallow


We took this after Aldwyn had to go to bed, which is why he's not in it. But he made almost the whole neighborhood round with us.

Havenhallow is this interactive Halloween experience and it's SO much fun. There are two parts of it really - The cute neighborhood where you do your trick or treating, and then the scary omg no part. I only got to take pics while we were trick or treating.

Payton and the dog

Flattening pumpkins

Could we be more different

Abby and the old lady


I would have taken pics when we were in the scary part, but I was too busy running and screaming because I am an incredible wuss when it comes to anything scary!

After you find your way out of the scary place, you get to go to a place with gifts. Some are free, some are not, but everything that's not free is pretty reasonably priced.

Anyway, it was a really good time tonight with the family, and definitely a much needed release for me for today. ♥

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Preparations

So the family is going to be going on vacation again! You might remember that we went to the Bahamas back in March and had an AMAZING time! It was our first big event as a family, since Abby had just been adopted 3 months before, and Payton and Riley had only been Oleanders for less than a month. It was a great bonding experience for us! Now we get to do it again, and we have more kids this time around!

We'll be heading to a resort at the Grand Canyon soon! Originally, we were supposed to fly out on the 18th [I think], but a few nights ago, my sister said "We're too excited! It could be ANY TIME, so be ready!"

Um. She's seen how we pack, right?

But since I had some time this afternoon, I decided I should start packing us up so that in case Lolita yells "It's time!" we're totally ready for it.

Preparations


I did NOT, however, pack Aldwyn's Bob Marley shorts.

This vacation couldn't be coming at a better time for me. I've been feeling... well, not sad, but just kind of down. And not as connected as usual. I know it's just this time of the year. It's not unusual. But I don't like it. I feel like I'm letting a lot of people down by not being as involved as I usually am. But it's not just in SL that it's happening. It's RL, too. It sucks but it's also not forever.

Our vacation will do me good, though. Get me back to being a better mom in SL and stuff. :)

But seriously, if the Bob Marley shorts come out, someone's gonna be thrown into the canyon. I'm just sayin'.



Monday, September 29, 2014

Quiet For A Bit

Earlier tonight, it was just Abby, Aldwyn, and me. Birdy was off studying and the rest of the family were doing their thing. So we sat quietly for a bit.

Quiet For A Bit


Then the Oleanders came over and it got really loud really fast. :) But that's how our family is, and I wouldn't have it any other way! ♥

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Baby, I'm amazed at the way you love me all the time

So it's been a running joke in the family that Aldwyn never changes clothes. In fact, he was in Bob Marley board shorts for like 4 months. I know. Embarrassing. LOL! The girls have been pestering him to change and finally last week he put some pants on. But yesterday I showed him some new stuff from FATEwear, so last night we grabbed the girls and headed out to do some shopping. They. Were. THRILLED. *laughs*

Since he actually changed clothes, I decided to get him on a pose with me to take a pic for the fashion blog. I'm one of the FATEplay bloggers, so I also get all the FATEwear stuff and feel awful that I so rarely get to blog it. I have a male shape and all, but I don't have a current male skin, just some old group gifts from Belleza. I really should put something together for when I get male items, but I just haven't. I'm kind of a lazy blogger that way.

I'll blog the actual picture tomorrow, but after I took the pic and we were still just standing around on the pose, I snapped this one. It's a teaser! *laughs* Or it's just a pic. Whatev.

Baby, I'm amazed at the way you love me all the time


So we suck and we totally let our 3 year wedding anniversary go by without actually doing anything for it. It was on the 18th. Can you believe this man has put up with me for this long? And now he has to put up with me AND our girls, who are [unfortunately for him] pretty much just like me. *laughs* But he loves us, even if we bother him about his clothes.

I should probably get in bed. It's way after midnight and I need to do stuff tomorrow - like getting snacks ready for our scouts meeting! I love our little Bumblebees and miss them during the week! I have some of them on plurk, but it's different there than when we're playing at the meetings. Tomorrow's should be a great one! But for that, I need sleep!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kiss Away The Pain

So it was one of those days where I couldn't STOP being a nervous wreck. See, my dad hasn't been doing so great the past month or so. He's been moody, anxious, doesn't want to eat [well, according to my mom. He always eats if I'm around.], and has been not wanting to move much because he says his knee hurts. He DOES have very bad arthritis in his knee but I guess he's been in a lot of pain lately. He's not the kind of man who cries and runs to the doctor every time he has a headache, so when my mom asked if she could take him to the doctor to have his leg looked at, and he agreed, we knew things had finally become too much for him to handle.

I'm extremely close with my parents. If they're unhappy, I feel it. It gives me a lot of anxiety. But neither one of them thought I needed to come to his doctor's appointment today, so I stayed home in this constant state of anxious prayer. I prayed that the doctor was good to him, that my dad wouldn't be scared, that there was something that could be done for the pain. I prayed and I waited for the phone to ring. I didn't even eat and barely drank water. I just waited. I'm normally the caregiver, the one who drives them to every appointment, the one who fills out all the paperwork, the one who listens to the doctors just so there's an extra set of ears in the room. But this time they didn't need me, and so I stayed home, prayed, and waited.

Finally I couldn't stand it any longer and called my mom. Everything went fine. The doctor was good to my dad. Gave him options. They decided on a steroid shot to the knee and some medication that didn't have many side effects. My dad took the shot like a champ and I guess the relief was pretty instant because he was hungry afterwards and was even laughing with my mom, something he hasn't done in forever. Pain makes you a different person.

But so does anxiety. I don't know what it's like to not be anxious 98% of the time. It's just this constant thing in my life, my "normal." Luckily for me, I have SL to escape into sometimes. And I have someone there to kiss away the pain.

Kiss Away The Pain








Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy Birthday, Bluebonnet!

If you've been following along with my blog for a long time, you'll know that in September of 2008, I suddenly acquired an island. Owning an island was DEFINITELY never in any of my plans for my SLife. I had moved to the island maybe only a couple of weeks before with my ex-partner. It was his, and it came with renters. Then on September 13th, a bunch of stuff went down and he offered to give it to me - lock, stock, and barrel - renters and all. He'd pay for the transfer, the name change [Bluebonnet wasn't the original name!], and the island changed locations. I was so overwhelmed with how quickly everything was happening, I agreed to it. If I'd had more time to think, I probably wouldn't have. But, I didn't. When the old renters left within that next month, I replaced them with new ones. I figured things out as I went along.

I'm glad I didn't say no to him back then. We've had good times on Bluebonnet. Parties, so so many parties. I've had fantastic people live near me - Bloggers, jewelry makers, home builders. I've had people who stayed a week, and some who have been with me since I got the island. This is where I met some of my best friends, where I got married, and now where we have our family.

It's home.

Happy Birthday, Bluebonnet!


Happy birthday, Bluebonnet! Six years is a long time to love a place, but oh - how I do love you.

And When We're Apart, I Know How Much You Miss Me

Weekends are usually pretty busy for the both of us. I've probably mentioned it before, but one of Aldwyn's jobs is that he's a DJ. [RL, not SL.] So his weekends are often taken up with various events that he DJs. And often, my weekend days are taken up with visiting with my parents or doing other RL stuff. But nights...it sucks sometimes when he's not able to be around on the weekends. I actually didn't expect him to be around tonight [neither did he], but he managed to make it in. Too late to see the girls, because they needed to sleep, but at least I got to be with him.

And when we're apart, I know how much you miss me



So, can I confess something? Sometimes I have teeny tiny tantrums internally when he tells me he won't be around. I know, it's awful! Don't get me wrong, I adore that our girls are normally around to be with me, and if I were ever really lonely, I have the rest of our family to lean on. But it's not the same as having my partner around when I want to do things. Not that we ever really go out any more...but you get my point! :-p But, RL comes first, for the both of us, and we know that.

The one saving grace is that I know he misses me when he can't be around.

If I didn't feel that, I totally would have jumped on that newbie that blazed through our house earlier tonight when the girls and I were in the living room. *laughs* Hey, Birdy liked his accent. It could have worked!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

All I've Got To Give To You Are These Five Words Tonight

Tonight, the girls and I headed to Prehistorica and met some dinosaurs!

Hi Dinosaur!


It was a lot of fun! The dinosaurs are avatars, but most are bots. We happened to come across a T-Rex that was very obviously being run by a person and that T-Rex chased Abby and Birdy ALL over the place! It was so funny! My girls might have little legs, but they are FAST and at one point, the T-Rex went and laid down. It was super cute how he played with them.

A little while after the girls went to bed, Aldwyn came online and we got to spend some alone time together. It's been a while, so it was really nice. :)

All I've Got To Give To You Are These Five Words Tonight


Some things have been going on lately, unpartnerings and unfriendings because of some serious serious stuff. As I was filling him in on what has been going on [he has been around the past few days but he's been under the weather so hasn't really stayed online long enough to understand], he stopped me and said, "Thank you for being you." Awww. :) No. He'll never have to worry that suddenly I am going to tell him I'm a man or an alien or a cat. After over 4 years together, he knows who I am and what I have done in my SLife. We laughed about how we were in our very early SL days, too, when families were weird to us but being in the club every night or walking around wearing latex was normal. It's funny how things change. It's good that things change, especially when they change for the better. We are both just so happy with each other and our girls and the rest of our family. We don't always have a lot of time to spend with everyone, or each other, but that just makes every moment precious.

bedtime!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Well, it's kinda never ending?

Good grief, almost 2 weeks away? What's wrong with me?? LOL! Just blame it on The Arcade and being pretty lazy, I guess. It's not that I haven't had things to say, but ... well, things happen. :) Have you completed your Arcade shopping lists yet? Aldwyn helped me out and we finished up my list on Saturday. Awesome, right?? If you are still looking for stuff, check out our yard sale!! We have commons at pull price and rares that are marked up a bit, but still not that bad.

So last night, we went to this place called Escapades and it was supposed to be a game where we killed aliens and did stuff. It was kind of fun, although we didn't quite understand what we were doing! We ran all over and hit random things that came out at us, but mostly it was just fun to explore with the family. Oh, and we got prizes here and there. Like... FALCOR!!

Well, it's kinda never ending?


That's not the best picture in the world, but it's not easy to ride Falcor and take pics at the same time, you know.

Bedtime for me! Sorry I've been so boring in here lately. I need to get back in the habit of blogging my thoughts and stuff!