Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Marmee & Two Hour Delays

November 7 - Today I am thankful for Marmee, Carole, Mom, Mrs. DiFabio.  This woman has selflessly given her time to our family more times that I can count.  As my impending training trip to North Carolina gets closer it became evident with Joe's expansion and me being gone that help with the kiddos would be a huge benefit.  As she has done so many times in the past, Carole rearranged her whole schedule and dropped (probably nicely set down) her responsibilities to come out and make sure that my household, children and husband are in the best possible care.  I could never express in words what this act means to me but I can say that she takes the cake for my thankfulness today.

November 8 - Today I am thankful for two hour delays, while I don't want to sound greedy...clearly a full snow day is MORE magical but as it is all of the kiddos are building with Legos in the playroom and will be able to play together for at least the next hour and a half which warms my heart.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Our yard

November 6 - Today I am thankful for our yard.  Last night before it got too cold or dark out we bundled up and headed out to get some fresh air.  I love our yard and watching the kiddos and animals run wild in it.

And Miss Tyler Mae received an award at school for exemplarily citizenship in helping others. :-D

Monday, November 6, 2017

Progress & Change

November 5 - Today I am thankful for progress and change, we sat down with the kids after Tadd and Carri had left for the evening and watched the movie Hidden Figures.  The movie takes place in 1961, which for all intents and purposes isn't that long ago.  I watched as Austin's face twisted into uncomfortable expressions...asking, why can't she just use the restroom in her building?  What does the term "colored" mean?  Why would she have to wear high heals if she also has to run all the time?  I have always believed in the saying "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - this coupled with my belief that we still have progress to be made - makes a movie like this a necessary watch for my kiddos.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


November 4 - Today I am thankful for family and what that has grown to mean.  The kids and I attended Hannah's 5th birthday party, who as many of you may know is Chris and Heather's daughter...Chris who is my step sister's ex-husband and Heather who was his crush in high school and now his wife.  We brought the new puppy with us so he didn't have hang out in a kennel at home by himself...even with his fluff he is small enough to fit under parts of our fence so I didn't want to leave him in the yard.  He was a huge hit and Morgan pretty much just carried him around all party, which was nice to see because he's been having kind of a rough go at it lately, apparently life gets more complicated by the time you are 10.

Friday, November 3, 2017

30 Days of Thanks

I wonder if I tried for 365 days of thanks, if I would actually remember and carve out time to write in my poor blog.  As it least I will get some time on here in November.

November 1 - Today I am thankful for my time at People's Bank/Interbank1.  While it has been short, measuring in at only 9ish months...every job interview I have had recently can be attributed to the new technologies that I have worked with here.  Take for instance the new job I accepted on Monday, I will be a contract to hire (which just means that I will work for Insight Global for six months until the company decides to keep me on) Disaster Recovery as a Service "DRaaS" Engineer for Tierpoint specializing in a software package called Zerto.  Basically I will make sure that Tierpoint's clients won't lose any data if something happens to their servers.  It's a very exciting job, the pay is great and after training - which will take me to Raleigh, NC for a is 100% remote.

November 2 - Today I am thankful for the stars aligning.  Not sure what all had to happen but I do know that Hiro passed away, Joe texted our breeder to let her know, she said that she had some puppies but that they were all taken, she texted back two weeks later and said one of the homes backed out and he was ours for free if we wanted him.  This little amazing fluff ball became a member of the family last night.  We are calling him Amos, I am still working on his fancy Japanese name for his paperwork....although since he is a "long coat" Akita we won't have to show him.  Yay!

November 3 - Today I am thankful for the school's rule on fevers.  Austin was playing yesterday at recess and came in complaining of a stomach ache, when they took her temperature she was at 100.9 which means she has to leave school and be out for 24 hours.  I normally would be annoyed by this rule but today seemed like a great day to keep her and Tyler home. :-D

Monday, June 19, 2017

Look at our walker...

So many emotions run through my mind when I watch Hunter with her firsts.  Her learning to walk, feed herself and communicate are all important firsts in her life but lasts in ours...her being the last baby and all.

I mean just look at that salad dressing covered face?!?!

I love this terrarium that Tadd and Carri gave me two Mother's Days ago...I think I am on my fourth round of succulents in it but that's ok. :-)

Monday, June 12, 2017

And now we're in Soccer.

Joe desperately wanted the girls to play baseball, since it's his love.  But I missed the signup deadline and we really wanted them to be in some kind of organized sports this year, so it looks like Black Forest Soccer is it.  I signed up with the thought that they would be playing against the same 12 kids all year but at least it's outside...turns out soccer is quite popular out here, with 220 kids playing.  Whoa!

This is one of Hunter's favorite places to stand and explore outside...the girls fairy gardens don't have much rhyme or reason to them after everyone "plays" with them but they sure enjoy it.

Look...the last of my babies in non-footy PJ's.  Whew, what a fast year this has been.

Soccer Orientation Clinic...the park is beautiful and only 5 minutes up the road from us.

Can you tell that I finally bailed her out of her stroller...that's a look of shear excitement there.

Friday, June 9, 2017


Whelp the library and I were just about friends - right up until "Critter Day" today.  Luckily the girls are far more brave than I.

This nice plastic play place was much more my speed and allow my racing heart to slow down a bit.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

More Summer fun....

Not only are we having fun this summer but we are also having a lot of fun with Summer.  I am trying (even though I am working) to do something fun for the kiddos each day.  Even if it's something little I think it will help in making their summer magical (and let's be honest I don't have that many more summer's with the bigs before they would rather do something with their friends).

Joe had the kiddos at home yesterday so I could go in for a meeting, but then I got off early enough to stop by swimming lessons.  The littles love playing with the blocks while the bigs swim.

Look at that "used to be too scared" Goose floating all by herself.

Chewy got this bunny for her birthday from Great Grandma (the girls dressed her up) and she loves to hug her.

I am not a big fan of the park, but it was available and we brought sandwiches and hung out with Carri and Summer.

This last weekend was Colorado's annual "you don't need a fishing license to fish" weekend.  So we took advantage of that and Joe's last little bit of patience and drug Summer and our kids to the lake to drown bait and snag sticks.  Of course we also needed to stop for lunch and dinner.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Look where we ended up today...and being sleepy.

Zzzzz...that's me adjusting to my new self induced schedule.  I have never been given a schedule at work and to be honest I don't think they care when or where I work just that things get done.  Which for a Momma with four kiddos is the perfect schedule.  So I have decided to get up and going and logged on to work by 6AM so I am done around 3ish if I want or can take a longer lunch and stay on a little later.  I LOVE my new quiet time in the morning and get so much done with work that it's insane - take for instance myself and one other person on our team were given a project a week ago or so, we decided to split it in half equally...I am completely done with my half other than one or two items that I am waiting on answers about and the other teammate is about 10% done with theirs.  Give me two solid hours of quiet in the morning with nothing but coffee and I can literally rework the world, especially since it's too early to do housework because everyone else is sleeping.  I am not a morning person and it has been a tough two weeks while my body adjusts to waking up and getting going that early, but I think (since I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm this morning) it is finally starting to kick in.

With my new found time and freedom the kiddos and I decided to take advantage of a science presentation at the library today, we couldn't help but invite Summer and Carri along too.  The littles weren't paying very close attention but stayed quiet while the bigs were holding on to every last word this scientist was saying (who just happened to be a woman and made my heart happy).

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Trying desperately hard to keep up...

Trying desperately hard to keep up with my blog.  I myself click on Anne's blog every single day as a way to make the distance between us seem now that I have nice things to say again, I would like to keep up with it.

Of course that often means more and more pictures, but I think that's a good thing. :-D

We are biting the bullet and taking the girls back to Donna's Dolphins for swim lessons - even though they are expensive they seem to be the ones that work the best.

Last night after an amazing dinner at Carrabba's (Goose's choice for her birthday) we came home and the girls asked if Jackson could sleep in bed with them.  This picture turned out blurry and dark since I didn't want to risk the flash waking them up - but wow is that one full bed of little people. :-D  Jackson did end up waking up in the middle of night (quite possibly from heat exhaustion or suffocation being shoved in the corner) but they sure thought the beginning part was neat.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

More pictures...

The girls got fairy gardens for their birthdays from Tadd and Carri...they spend a great deal of time playing with and rearranging the items.

This face...look at how cute she is?!?!

Look who got a haircut...nearly held still for seconds at a time.  Joe did a fabulous job of wrangling him and getting it done. may never speak to me again...but this was my first trip to the library as an adult. :-(  There is a training website called that hosts a ton of technical training videos and I was going to have my work buy for me but then one of the guys that I work with pointed out that if you have a Pikes Peak Library district card you can take the training for free.  Well, that was apparently enough of a motivator to get me to go in there and while we're at it check some books out for the girls.  Obviously from the pictures the "littles" had a blast at the train table.

We officially have a 1st and 3rd grader.  Crazy huh?!?!? Here's Tyler's graduation ceremony.

Look at both of those them.

This is the view from in front of my office building.  With the Thunderbirds flying over for Air Force graduation.

Joe was home with the kiddos that day so he drove them up so they could watch the air show.