Monday, June 30, 2008

Rejuvenation weekend

A friend of mine (after having her first little girl) was given a night away at a hotel by her husband for her first Mother's Day gift about two years ago. She spent the day at a spa getting pampered, went out to dinner with her hubs then retreated to her room, alone, to spend the evening by herself. When she told me about her gift (that she was SO excited about) I must admit, I was a little confused. Why would you want to spend the day and night by yourself? Why not with a friend or even with your husband? It wasn't until I became a Mom myself that I TOTALLY understood why she was so excited about that gift. A day by yourself so that you can totally relax without getting up early, hearing crying all day long (by both the baby and your husband!), being able to read without interruption and watch whatever you wanted to on TV. Sounds like total bliss to me! So, when Chris asked me what I wanted for my first Mother's Day gift, it was a no-brainer.

Chris put together a lovely weekend get-away at the Four Seasons resort here in Scottsdale. This past weekend was the big weekend that I decided to "cash in." The plan was that on Friday, Chris, Kaiden and I would head to the resort and spend the day at the pool together. Then were going to have a beautiful dinner at the resort and afterwards "the boys" would spend that night with me in the hotel room. On Saturday, we all would wake up and have breakfast together and then they would leave to go home and I was going to spend the day at the spa and the pool and have that whole day and night to myself. Well, on Thursday a friend of ours from church came over our house in the afternoon for a short visit. I was telling her about our weekend plans and without any hesitation she said, "We will watch Kaiden for the night so that you and Chris can have Friday together." I wasn't expecting that, but believe me, didn't hesitate to take her up on her offer (and she wasn't taking no for an answer anyways!). Without having any family here to babysit, a night alone with my husband hasn't happened since before Kaiden was born 9 months ago! See, we have had so many people offer to watch Kaiden while Chris and I enjoy a date night once-in-a-while. The problem is that we never take anyone up on their offer for fear that we are "imposing." Silly, I know. People wouldn't offer if they really didn't want to take him, but we just "feel bad" and have never followed through. So, when she said that her and her hubs would watch our little guy, and we didn't have a choice in the matter (LOL!), we just did what we were told!

So, after I dropped Kaiden off at our friends home on Friday morning (with my minute-by-minute schedule of Kaiden's day in hand) Chris and I headed for our romantic retreat. The whole weekend was fantastic. Definitely in my Top 5 weekends of all time. The resort was amazing. It was a small, quaint resort set in the desert with amazing views. Each room was a private casita type room with a patio. The food was phenomenal and the service was unsurpassed. Ask and you shall receive. They even had a robe and free slippers in the room for all the guests! It was the perfect mix of things to do. It was fantastic to finally spend a day and night with my husband, alone, to have the chance to reconnect. Something, I now know, that we definitely need to do more often. It was also nice to get pampered at the spa and lounge by the pool to de-stress and reconnect with myself. Sure, there were times when I totally missed my boys at home, and when I worried that things weren't going "according to my directions" that I left, and felt completely guilty because I wasn't at home taking care of things that needed to get done, but I just continued to tell myself to enjoy every moment of the weekend. I know that I needed that time alone so that I would be a better wife and mother when I returned on Sunday.

I told Chris that whenever he is stuck for a gift to get me that he can get me a weekend get-away any time he wants. For Christmas, my birthday, our anniversary, heck, even secretaries day if he chooses. What? As a "Domestic Engineer" I have been known to take on some secretarial duties every now and again. That's a stretch, you say? I think not.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

MOM-Job description

This is hysterical. If it had been presented this way, none of us would have done it!!!!

POSITION: Mother, Mom, Mama

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three sec onds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION: Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

We all scream for ice cream!

If anyone else is addicted to Coldstone Creamery like I am check out this offer for FREE ice cream on your birthday! You can sign up each family member to receive a coupon on their birthday too! Click here for details...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Picture Perfect

I have been wanting to get a family picture taken of us for, like, forever. I have checked out a few photographers and there are so many great ones out there, but come on, $300 for a sitting fee and $10 for every 4x6 that you want to order. Give me a break here people! And I really didn't want to go to some fly-by-night photo stop that makes you stand against some cheesy holiday backdrop. I want quality with a reasonable price tag. Is that too much to ask?
So anyways, one day I am reading a blog by a gal, Katie, that leads the moms group that I got involved in at our church. She posted about another gal in the group, Jolie, that is trying to start her own photography business. Basically, she wants to find willing subjects to photograph so she can start compiling her own portfolio of work. She has to have something to show off her talent to interested "paying" customers in the near future. She is waiving all session fees and giving you a FREE 8x10 of any of the (hopefully) 10 good pics of the session. Plus, if you want to order anything else above and beyond the free 8x10, she will offer those at a discounted price. But, there is absolutely no obligation to order anything extra. Uhh, sign this clan up, sista!
Our session was last Saturday. We arranged to meet Jolie at our community park here in Anthem. We have the fishing ponds, railroad, and many beautiful trees and open spaces that I thought would make for a wonderful setting for our pictures. Well, let me tell you, it just happen to be about 5 million degrees on Saturday and, here we are, in jeans and black shirts! Anything to make our pictures turn out, though, even if it meant sweating bullets in our jeans.
Jolie was a easy and pleasant to work with. She made the session fun even though we all felt like we were going to die a slow death here in the Arizona heat. We even got to trade "mommy stories" about the little ones, as she has a Cayden about the same age as our Kaiden. She really does some fabulous work that you can check out on her blog. There is even a sneak peek of two of the pics that she took of Chris, Kaiden and I (the 5th and 6th one down on the page).
We are hoping that some of the other pics turn out just as well because, at her prices, I will definitely be placing an order! Funny how things turn out, huh?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Taking the plunge...into Blogland

So here I go. I am jumping in. With both feet and no floaties. I hope I don’t drown.

After months and months of reading other stay-at-home mom’s blogs and thinking to myself, “Self, you should start a blog to better keep connected with family and friends and to help capture your memories,” I am finally gearing up to give this adventure into blogland a go. My final inspiration came from my cuz’n Trish and her husband, Darren, who just started their blog to keep us up-to-date on their newest adventure of fixing up their first home that they bought outside of D.C. I love to log on and see pictures and read about the day-to-day journey that they are going through. And, had I not had this avenue to stay connected with them, I would probably only get the shortened version the next time we see them. So, thank you Trish...this is all your fault!

So there are a couple reasons why I felt it was finally time to start my own blog.

  1. The other day I was on the phone with a friend of mine who lives 2000 miles away from us. I hadn’t talked to her in, what seemed like forever, but was realistically about a month. So, of course, she asked the familiar question, “So what have you guys been up to?” My response, “Not much.” Not much? Not much? I am up at 4:45am most days (that I am ever-so-motivated) so that I can get a work out in before Chris leaves for work and Kaiden wakes at 6am. Then I am going about my day (at what seems to be a 100 miles per hour) taking care of the house, the baby and running here and there. Finally at 7pm we put Kaiden to bed, clean up the kitchen, pick up toys, fold laundry, etc. until about 8pm when we crash in bed either to watch a quick show or read. Not much? It was then I realized that for those 15 hours that “not much” was going on I was missing out on what was really going on. I am so busy “running” that I am forgetting to slow down and enjoy the little memories that we are making each and every day.

  2. I am not a phone person. There I said it. I actually despise, loathe and detest the thought of getting on the phone. And lets face it, with most of our family and friends spread out everywhere except here, it actually makes it quite difficult to time a phone call correctly. Once I do finally get a free minute to talk most of you are (a) either at work and can’t talk or (b) in bed since you are 3 hours ahead of us. Blogging will eliminate that! You will get to read about what is going on with the Rezapour clan on a daily, weekly or monthly basis (I make no promises as to how often I can keep this updated) and I don't have to get on the much. Okay, okay, I know that it is not the same as hearing our voices every now and again, so I will put aside my hatred of the telephone once-in-a-while and dial your digits.

  3. I am a stay-at-home mom. Aside from the occasional library reading hour with other kids and moms, playgroup get-togethers or lunch with a friend most of my time is spent with Kaiden at the house or out running errands. I don't always have an outlet to speak with other adults. My poor husband gets the brunt of me being home alone all day with Kaiden when he walks through the door and I suddenly want to play 20 questions and have adult conversation. "So how was your day?" "Is traffic bad?" "How's that construction going on I-17?" "Did you have to put out any fires at the office today?" "Kaiden did this or that today." "What do you want to do this weekend?" You get the point. He needs some time to unwind and I am all geared up to hear about the "outside world." So, I guess I figure this will give me a place to "speak" and "get away" from the hustle and bustle of everyday life...if only for a couple of minutes.

So, there ya go. I'll try to stay on top of this so you all can hear of our adventures. We welcome your comments and, yes, still welcome your phone calls!