BIRTHDAY to MATTY!
Wishing you all the best for a funfilled day! We'll celebrate when
you get here, oka'?
Miss ya lots, brah!
Ashlyn and I spent the afternoon at the park with Grace, Lauren, and
Taylor. The weather was warm and clear with a slight breeze. We had
a KFC picnic and fed the ducks.
Grace had a bag of old cereal and a box of stale crackers she wanted
to get rid of. hehehe
With all the hungry ducks, birds, and seagulls, the cereal and crackers
disappeared fast. I started tossing them some of the outer layers
of my hot wings then soon realized that I was "cannibalizing"
them! *Zoiks!* Is that cruel? I wonder if they knew that they were
consuming a fellow feathered friend? They didn't seem to mind one
bit...but it bothered me, so I stopped. =P
our picnic lunch, Grace and I were approached by a couple of young
men. It's not what you think so stop looking at me like that.
hehehe. They introduced themselves as Elder Lamier and Elder Brown
(or something like that), and wanted to enlighten us with The Book
of Mormon. We quietly and patiently sat there smiling while they gave
their schpeal. I never know what to say when people try to convert
you to their religion. Especially when they're so nice.
Grace nodded along, since she's Christian and agreed with the importance
of Christ. I'm Buddhist (and not very religious), so I just sat there...looking
dumb. Grace discussed "witnessing" with them and after a
while they wished us a good day and left.
I'm not very comfortable discussing religion, nor do I have much of
a religious background. It's not to say that I don't believe in God.
I do. I have faith. I strive to be the kind of person whose strength
and goodness can be shared with others. I just don't like to be condemned
for not being a part of a certain religion. I respect others for their
choices and I appreciate when they respect mine. Live and let live,
right? It was one of those "thanks, but no thanks" type
interruptions. Anyhow, enough about that.
took the kiddies to the playground afterwards. The first few times
Aric and I took Ashlyn to the playground, she didn't seem all that
jazzed about it. She didn't find anything (expect the swing) amusing.
Ashlyn, once freaked out over sand, put some of it in her mouth today!
She totally took to the playground and was ALL over the place! She
was climbing, rocking, swinging, teetering, jumping, running, and
being extremely brave and fearless. I had to keep a close eye on her.
She's not shy either. She joined some older kids in chase and also
helped herself to other people's sand toys. *shake head* She had a
When it was time for us to go, Grace and I had to pry Ashlyn and Lauren
away. They were bummed to leave.
and I rested at home for a bit before Aric came home. Grace invited
us over for dinner again, so we went over. While we ate, we watched
"The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant
To See". I was torn between watching that and "The Bachelor:
Tell All Interview"...but Aric had it recording at home. SWEET!
The Michael Jackson interview was good...but I didn't need to watch
it to be convinced that Martin Bashir's interview was not the complete
truth. After all, Martin Bashir stayed with Michael Jackson for 8
months, and you're not going to get the whole picture from watching
an edited 2-hour special. Watching tonight's interview just confirms
my beliefs that we should just leave the poor man alone. He's never
had a "normal" life and he probably never will. It was depressing
listening to the part where he talked about going to the market and
"pushing one of those carts and tossing things into it".
Grocery shopping is a weekly thing for most of us....and until tonight,
I never thought much of it...but for Michael Jackson, he'll never
have the freedom and autonomy to do the simple things we often take
for granted. So so sad.
Ashlyn, and I didn't get home until midnight. *YAWN!* Super tired.
Ashlyn's "surprised" face!
Ashlyn and Lauren playing
and Ashlyn on the see-saw