The business was pretty slow for a while and was driving Joe understandably nuts. It seems to be picking up now which is great news. This industry just happens to be entirely too stressful to then also not be profitable. Other than work which is just about all consuming, the girls and snowboarding take up the little free time he has. I can't believe how many days we have been up so far this year, I think we are at like 16 days. And when you consider it takes a minimum of 2 1/2 hours to get to the mountain and a babysitter it's amazing we have even been two days much less that many.
My Dad used to tell me that I had nervous energy and the specialists used to call it ADD but I tell you what if I am not busy I can feel my soul die a little bit each minute. So on top of everything else I have decided to dabble in the stock market. I have always been curious about it and with the Internet as long as you can read you can essentially learn anything. I have been building Joe and I's portfolio and having an absolute blast doing it. Not to mention it was brought to my attention by Helen that I LOVE gambling. We took her to Cripple Creek and while she was on the edge of a nervous breakdown I was throwing money out of my pockets like it was on fire. I watched her eyes as I lost and she shook her head, I just laughed and told her that she absolutely HAS to gamble some day with Tadd then. I watched him lose close to $500 while waiting for a beer. (She assured me that this is not something that she would like to witness.) I put in for our first IPO (Initial Public Offering) purchase of stock and we will hear if my bid was accepted this week. Let's see how much this spun up monkey has learned reading Wikipedia. :-)
Is still not crawling although she can take a few movements and put them together she still prefers rolling. She adores her sister and will "holler" at her if she is not paying attention to her. She can sit up on her own and feed herself with her fingers. I am still attached to that damn pump 6-8 times a day so she eats a mixture of milk and solid foods. She started saying "Momma" the other day and while I can assure you that she is not actually saying Mom she is completely thrilled when I answer back.
Is a sponge...she craves learning. So we work everyday on whatever, today was letters and words. Friday was denominations of change (penny, nickle, dime...). Everything that you can possibly teach her, she wants to know. And participates so well with you when you are working on something. She wakes up early every morning and comes into our room, crawls under the covers with me and plays with my phone. It's a nice way for me to wake up slowly and Tyler to remain in bed, not mention that it is pretty darn cute to watch this little blond mop step over each dog and crawl up our bed.
The animals and my family are just about the same, still living the dream. Helen started her new job today...YAY Helen, I am excited to hear how the first day went.
And here are some pictures.
Austin making Valentine's Day cookies...well actually eating frosting and making a mess.
The finished product. You can tell the two in the middle that ol' Austin made...just about a quarter cup of sprinkles on each.
My sister Amanda moved back and brought her daughter Liberty, so Austin had someone else to play with on Sunday while went snowboarding. And it looks like Liberty likes to swing too!