Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Catching up....

Though I probably won't have time to actually catch up on everything.

Let's see some of the big news -

I am now gainfully employed after exactly 11 months.  And I absolutely LOVE my new job.  I am a network and systems engineer for a company called Interbank1 that takes care of the IT for Peoples Bank.  Peoples Bank has about 30 sites throughout the US employing roughly 1,200 people, both banks and mortgage branches and we make their lives easier by making sure everything is running smoothly.  We are also owned 50% by Peoples Bank so we can take advantage of their insurance and other benefits while still being somewhat of our own company - one with only 27 employees and so far just about the smartest and friendliest people I have ever been around.  They allow me complete flexibility on where and when I work, so for the most part I work from home, though I do try and make it into the office at least one day a week for about a half day just to see some of the other guys.  Most of the engineers and management work from home but the technicians work from an office in Gleneagle which is about a 14 minute drive from my house, so I'll drive in there to hang out with them.


Here's the obligatory picture dump. :-D

Costco had bathing suits on sale, the complete rash guard sets with hats that I love so much, look at these cuties!



Chewy AKA Hunter is finally old enough on movie nights to sit in her highchair next to Jackson and watch the show.

J moved to New Orleans but not before we were able to stop by her old work for some lunch and dancing with the house band.

We got a new driveway...I am not sure who was more excited Joe or Jackson.

The driveway before.

Who knew paving was a spectator sport?

Chewy's birthday cake.


After baths with her siblings helping her open presents.

Look at that driveway, it's recycled pavement so it will wear differently than new traditional new pavement but wow, what a difference?!?!?!

This little girl will eat anything and everything.  This is her devouring a bean burrito from Taco Bell.

Or here, I believe this was an ice cream cone in its past life.

Tyler puts her in this wheel barrow and they stroll around the house. 

She has really been working on walking lately.  The girls were home from school the other day and were taking videos of her walking in the playroom while I worked.  I am positive that everyday this little girl wakes up and is thankful to be in this family, she is an absolute joy to be around.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

I swear I'm still here....

Whew, what a crazy ride this life is.  I told Joe the other day as we continue to wait and change things about our lives due to circumstances...on one hand it would be nice to have the foresight it would take to make the best decisions but then what fun would life be if it were predefined?  So here we sit, I still don't have a job, Joe hasn't sold the business (in fact he is debating on expanding it) and the kiddos are growing and loving and changing everyday.  Crazy huh?!?!?!

I can't get over how much I love seeing the four of them together - four individuals set to change the world - who all fit in one corner of the living room.


Austin has a wonderful teacher this year (as she always has) who does these amazing things like having a "class pet" who is a bear and travels to each kid's homes and the kids journal about what they did with JoJo.  Like here eating breakfast before school - in a tiara. :-)

This little girl is just amazing...still not officially crawling though she army crawls at a very fast clip.


Argh...Joe built the bunk beds...and I hate them.  The safety concerns for me could keep me up for a week, perhaps the kids will decide that they hate them too someday. ;-)

Again I just love the four of them hanging out, like here watching movies.


Oh my word...there was an fundraiser event last weekend called "Touch a Truck" where they brought a whole bunch of trucks and what not into a building and allowed kids to crawl all over them, what a cool event.  And Jackson was near passing out for the whole thing.



And Summer got to join us too. :-D



We even found a snowplow with Jackson's name on it. 


Summer looks so much like my brother here it hurts my heart.


And the sickies...the kids have been out of school for most of the week fighting off what must be Ebola related, running fevers as high as 104.5 and just feeling like junk.  They are watching movies and laying around looking quite pathetic currently - like Goose pictured here last night.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The sound of an angel.


I cannot get over how cute her little laugh is...this is what heaven must sound like.

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Picture Download

Whelp I have been slacking for sure on getting pictures up here.  Here are some highlights of our happenings over the holiday season.

This little man turned 2!!!  What a sheer delight this guy is, here is his Thomas the Train cake.

These two get to hang out quite a bit while Austin is in school.

Speaking of Austin and school, she was assigned the ocean life for a diorama project.  Which is a great story.  She told me that her project was due at the end of the year before she went on break but then failed to tell me that she actually had heard an update in which the project was actually due on Monday rather than Friday.  So when I dropped them off at school Monday morning and everyone was dragging their projects in, I turned and looked at Austin asking if it was in fact due today.  Long story short, her and I did it that night and she turned it in the next day for no credit (I was proud of the teacher for not giving in on this one).  I desperately want to teach our children to accept blame and take credit, it was your project, your deadline and your mistake for turning it in late...which is why I was glad the teacher allowed her to present it but not give her any of the extra credit the other kids got.

This little face just lights up my heart.  She is nearly crawling and does this fish flutter kick thing that is adorable.

They have such a special relationship, perhaps because they are both the "littles" or maybe because they are so close in age.



We decided to hang ornaments on a tree outside for our Christmas pictures...which the snow ended up covering up.

Hanging out at Austin's class party.


Decorating cookies, look at all the helpers I have?!?!

Taking the toys down to the toy drive - there are 4 kiddos smashed in there somewhere.


Our living room after Christmas right before the kids bedtime.

Took a walk around the neighborhood to burn off some of Jackson's energy.

The cool track set that Tadd and Carri got for Jackson.

Paint your own piggy banks.

Garlic and herb humus - yes please according to Hunter.

Look Mom I can peel my own oranges. :-)

Nate allowed for his year long beard to be shaved for proceeds to go to TESSA and the toy drive.


The kids inspecting the toys before I packed them up.

I love our Christmas village!!!! Someday we will be able to have it down closer to the ground but for now with little ones this keeps it nice and safe.

We let the kids sleep in the playroom Christmas Eve with their own Christmas tree.


There's Nate's face.


We camped out at Tadd and Carri's place for New Year's Eve and then celebrated Christmas with them the next morning.

And two pictures that didn't get chosen for the Christmas card but still turned out super cute!