Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Dominic still loves getting in touch with his creative side also.
Connor's final project... We did really small houses this year. Connor decided he wanted his to be a train station.
Did I mention I love Christmas time?!?!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Jeff wouldn't let Dominic up on the roof, but this was the first year he got to be the one up on the ladder hanging the lights! Oh, having a teenage son DOES have some advantages!
Connor can't wait to join in on the ladder action!
(Though he insists he's going to be an engineer when he grows up, I think he's headed for the
Later Jeff and Dominic took off to see a movie and have some guy time. So Connor and I had movie date night in, accompanied by Emma Kate. We pulled out The Polar Express...surprise! Connor's Favorite!
Emma Kate was more interested in the ads! She must have known it was party night...she
stayed up late!
Late tonight when Dom got home, he took a picture of the lights. He was very proud!
Yeah Christmas time! I love EVERYTHING about this time of year!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
It was SO cold so we went inside to the playroom for a while...
They have a beautiful HUGE oak tree with a swing...Connor couldn't get enough of it!
Emma Kate loved watching all of the excitement!!
And of course the yearly Thanksgiving Family Photo...complete with Emma Kate this year, but without Libby (she had Thanksgiving dinner @ Bunga and Papa's house with Allie and Bailey.)
The time came that we had to figure out how we were going to get Emma Kate her afternoon nap...let's take a walk!
She may or may not be sleepy!
We met some friends along the way.
That was right before Connor had a complete meltdown. Usually about this time of day he has an hour of quiet time in his room. He clearly needed this today! At least the meltdown occurred out on our walk and not back at the house. So he and I walked back to the house to have a little quiet/punishment in the van while Jeff and Emma finished their walk. It didn't take long before Connor had a "change of heart."
Surprise! We have naptime! My husband is awesome!
While Emma slept and the boys were busy, a few of us "young adults" took a short trip up to the new casino. Nick, Becki, Jeff, and I hadn't seen it yet, and of course we had to check it out. As remote as Uncle Chuck and Aunt Linda's house is, a few years ago, sadly, a casino was built in clear vision from their house. There is no access to it from their neighborhood, however you look out from their front yard toward the sky...and there it is...this big gray building.
We drove over, hit the bar for a drink, and Nick and I played a couple of hands of BlackJack. Oh, it was a good Thanksgiving!!!
We got back to find that Connor and Cale had become great friends with their 2nd cousins!
They had brought their little quad over to the house...
Time for rides with Uncle Nick!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Connor: So, the Pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower. And they found land
that had no houses on it! There they met the Indians. The Indians taught the Pilgrims
everything that they didn't know and the Pilgrims taught the Indians everything that THEY
didn't know. pause. And they all had dinner together. long pause. Their first food was marshmallows!
Me: Really?!?! Why do you think that?
Connor: Because they had fire.
Me: Of course! With every fire, you must have marshmallows!
Should I tell him what we think REALLY happened? Ehhh...I'll let him keep his innocence a little longer!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
We lounged around with the kids for awhile and decided to head to Costco for some groceries.
BIG MISTAKE! Please remind me that going to Costco on a Sunday the weekend before Thanksgiving is NOT a good idea! Usually Jeff is the more patient one...not today!
After the little ones got warmed up and jammies on, Dominic set up some fun speakers that light up with fun colors to the beat of the music from his Ipod. We turned off all of the lights in the upstairs hall and had a dance party. Aunt Shawna came over and was thrilled to join in on the party. (Jeff was m.i.a. downstairs "manning" the fire.)
Hmmm...what made today different? I have to battle the part of me that thinks that it was the more relaxed atmosphere of not having to get everyone up and out to church. Days like these make that small part of me say, "Maybe we shouldn't go a little more often."
But I know better...I know that it is worth the challenge...what is REALLY happening...and continue to pray every Sunday that "today will be different."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
And he has been patient. He rarely complains that our time together has diminished so much in the last couple of years...actually he is probably grateful that I am so busy. Half the time lately I am the last person he wants to hang out with!
Tonight after getting the "little ones" to bed, I asked Dominic if he wanted to play a game...not just any game...but RISK. Basically you have a board with a map of the world on it. Each player is a different army that is trying to claim all of the territories. I am not very good at this game. Dominic is pretty close to being a genius in my opinion, and is VERY good at it! I am a very competitive person though, which makes me want to run for the hills when HE asks ME to play.
I would have much rather played cards...Rummy perhaps? Now that's a game in which I can beat the pants off of him! But this time wasn't about that...I had to remind myself as he was slowly invading every territory I owned...grrrr! He does get together with some pretty good Risk-players once in a while, so I figured I was giving him practice for playing against them!
He was so kind at the end of the game to shake my hand and say, "Good game!"
Then we set this up to give an idea of how the game went...
Dominic loves it when he realizes that I'm about to blog about something.
He's asking to start his own blog...hmmm...
In the spirit of Thanksgiving...I want to Give Thanks to the Lord for Dominic. He is an amazing son.
I LOVE spending time with him when we are not frustrating the h*** out of eachother, even if he is kicking my butt during a board game!
Monday, November 15, 2010
This is my boss...Miguel and my Teller Supervisor...Perdy. They both came to our branch in the beginning of this year and fit right in. It's so nice to have some good management around there! Miguel has a baby girl about 3 weeks older than Emma, so we have fun comparing stories. Perdy...she's so much fun! We laugh...A LOT!
This is Karina...our new...new accounts person. Though she has only been with us a couple of months, it feels like a couple of years...in a good way! We've gone out as a group twice since she has been working with us and it has been really fun getting to know her better.
This is Corona...she came to our branch while I was on maternity leave. She is so sweet, young, and innocent. Sometimes I have to explain a few of our jokes to her...I LOVE that! She's a full-time-student/part-time teller. In other words...BUSY.
And we have Giant...I call him that because he is both giant and a huge Giant's Fan! That's kind of by default though...his wife is the TRUE fan...he just likes them because she does;) Nonetheless he has ALWAYS seen or heard the game, so I have someone to discuss the up's and down's with...this season...mostly up's!!!! He is also the "go-to" guy around the bank...he reads our intranet religiously and always knows the latest info. His wife also makes some pretty irresistable cookies that often sabatoge my diet...damn her!
The only person missing is Diva. See Halloween Weekend for a picture of her. We've been through a lot at this place together, both personally and professionally.
This whole time of picture-taking we had not one customer.
I thought since I share a lot about my family at home, I'd include my family at work.
After all I DO spend 3 or 4 days out of the 7 with them!
P.S...Names have been changed to protect the identity of these employees!