Monday, November 12, 2018

Warmth & Chili

November 10 - Today I am thankful for Colorado's ever changing was 55 degrees today and GORGEOUS!  So we were in full swing outside getting ready for the Chili cook off.

November 11 - Today I am thankful for great friends and family.  I was not my usual excited self about our 12th annual Chili Cook Off this year, it was hard for me to even schedule it.  With the stress of the sale of the business and what not everything just felt like too much.  But then I couldn't bring myself to cancel it.  So we scheduled it out and it ended up snowing a good 8 inches yesterday - which made me fearful after all of the hesitation that then no one would show up due to weather.  But when the party started everyone started piling in the warm house carrying crock pots full of chili - we had a total of 13 chilis to pick from and a ton of laughter to go around.

We will call this one - Yeah right Tadd.  I love the look on Rob's face.

Ahhh….my Mom what a great smile.

And someone actually got Tadd and I to hold still long enough to snap this one where I was trying desperately to be as tall as him. ;-)

Friday, November 9, 2018


November 9 - Today I am thankful for Marmee/Mom/Carole.  Talk about a woman who has helped and supported my whole family for so long now.  Words cannot sum up how much her love has meant to all of we are especially thankful for her.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Woodstoves and Stepdads

November 7 - Today I am thankful for woodstoves.  We have a wood burning stove in the living room and on nights like last night when it is 20 degrees and foggy it sure is nice to sit by a fire and warm up for a bit.

November 8 - Today I am thankful for Papa/George/my stepdad.  It's tough for me to call him my stepdad to most people, I feel like it implies that he would mean significantly less to me than my dad did - which is just not the case.  I have been supported by this man for more years now than I was by my own father and it's an honor to call him family.  Today is his birthday and I am forever grateful for the energy that he brings to my family.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Weekends and voting

November 3 - Today I am thankful for road trips, Joe's friend Adam moved just over 2 hours away and was hosting a Fall Fish Fry on Saturday.  We packed up the car and headed out to visit with him.  I am thankful that Joe and I agreed so long ago to not allow electronics in the car and limit movies to extended trips only...and one movie per trip.  Listening to our kids talk about the scenery and ask what things are, fall in and out of sleep...color and read.  All of these skills for a child - I feel - are so important for them to learn.  Just simply entertaining your self when you have no other option.

November 4 - Today I am thankful for Sunday, Sunday Fundays.  We still say that in our house even though our kids are getting older...on this Sunday we all stayed home and just hung out.  This is a true treat to us now days.  For the most part at least one of us has to leave the house each day, but on this glorious day no one did.

November 5 - Today I am thankful for the right to vote...while I know voting is actually tomorrow.  This night we sat down with Austin and talked through each ballot issue and looked up each person we voted for.  She was amazed to see one woman that we had ran into at a festival - and was so proud and happy that we were able to vote for her - exclaiming "boy I sure hope she wins, she was so nice".

Novmber 6 - Today I am thankful for Tierpoint.  Today marks my year anniversary with them - and while this time last year I was sitting in a hotel room crying because I missed my kids more than anything on the planet, I am forever grateful for the opportunity that they have provided me and my family.  I was moved over to another team roughly 6 months ago and completely love working with/for them.  They are a tenacious group that just gets things done - which are my type of people.

This just pulled into my office...boy do I love these little people.

Friday, November 2, 2018

The playroom and afternoon sunbeams

November 2 - Today I am thankful for the playroom and afternoon sunbeams.  While Hunter was feeling "sensitive" after her nap, we sat in on the couch in the playroom enjoying some shared sunbeams in the afternoon.  Since a majority of my peers live on the east coast, the afternoons are generally quiet and lend themselves quite well to sensitive little people. :-)  The playroom has always been my favorite room in the house, probably because it is so well lit with two large windows...coupled with the fact that I always wanted one when I was a kid.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

30 Days of Thanks!

One of my absolute favorite times of the year - and the most attention I pay to this poor blog.

November 1- Today I am thankful for headsets and working from home.  While there are the obvious reasons why working from home is spectacular - I get to raise our children at home rather than carting them off to daycare every morning.  But then there are days like today, I am handling a migration for a teammate while they are off today and have been on a call, sharing out my screen for just over two hours.  Which means that I have not been able to even check my work email except for on my phone - but because I work from home I have taken care of the kids and other duties while the team watches the virtual machines on my laptop being cloned.  If I had to sit there at my desk without doing anything for hours on end it would crush me.

And some Halloween pictures.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Halloween 2018

As we have for so many years now we went over to Rob and Jelene's house for their annual Halloween party.  We show up early and leave early and with enough threatening in the car - the kids left on their gloves (getting four small sets of hands into gloves is no joke).

Poor Taylor was so scared of Tadd in his Captain Hook costume that we had to snap a few pictures and let him take off the wig, hat and mustache.