Sofia's A Genius!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
I had attended a Festival of Lights rehearsal at church and had just gotten Sofia into bed. It was about 9:30 and I was partaking in one of my SSB's (strictly single behaviors): standing in the corner of the kitchen, all lights out, typing on my computer. The phone rang - it was Chris.
C: Hey yourself.
Me: What are you up to?
C: Not much. Pretty bored, actually.
Idle chit chat followed.
C: Sigh. I need a hug.
Me: Yeah, me too.
C: Well, why don't you come down the stairs and give me one!
Chris was officially home! What a fun surprise! We stayed up late chatting, laughing and hugging. I felt like a school girl again. It was hilarious! Chris definitely earned some brownie points on that early, surprise arrival!
We had such a fun weekend to celebrate the end of Chris's project. On Friday, we met after work and picked up our Christmas tree. I met up with my girlfriends on Friday night to attend the Santa Fe Art Walk downtown (a really cool opening of galleries with wine, cheese, music - all free!) and have a late dinner. Chris enjoyed his Daddy-Sofia time and when I came home was snuggled in bed with her. They had both fallen asleep during storytime. So cute!
Saturday, we got up to decorate our Christmas tree and have some much needed family time. We played Christmas music all morning long and spirited up the house. So fun! Around 4, it was time to leave. Matt and Stacey offered to watch Sofia overnight so that we could attend Chris's company Christmas party and stay at the hotel where it was being hosted. It was the first time we had ever handed Sofia off for an entire night with dinner and breakfast being taken care of by someone else. We were nervous, but ready. :) The party was great! We, of course, forgot our camera, but managed to get one photo from my phone. As soon as we get more from friends, we'll be sure to post. We felt like such grown-ups, enjoying great food, great company and staying up late. Blackjack and poker followed the dinner party making it so we didn't make our way back to our room until 3 a.m.!
The next morning, we couldn't wait to see Sofia. We gathered our stuff and were out of hotel by 8:25. :) We picked up Sofia and had a nice, relaxing Sunday. She was such a doll all day: snuggly, calm, and loving. She even went to bed without a peep!
Those should have been clues...I am sitting at home with her now. Sofia woke up this morning with a temp of 1o1 and tugging at her ears. :( She has a doctor's appointment in just a few hours, so we should get all squared away. Poor baby!!
That's all for now. Long post, but definitely one of the best weekends we've had in months. We're so happy to have Chris home now. :) We will certainly cherish this holiday season in a whole new way.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Not sure if you can tell, but I'm pretty FREAKING excited!
**On a side note, I was so excited when I wrote this last night that I spelled "hallelujah" wrong! Haha! I just changed it. :)
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Better day. Better night. Thanks so much for all the prayers and support today. I felt everyone's love.
I went into her room at 9:00. 1 hour was long enough for me. I picked Sofia up, turned off all the lights and took her to the living room where we swayed to Diana Kroll's Christmas Album. Head on my shoulder, she was asleep by the end of the first song. She's a doll. ;)
I know that this time of Chris being gone is nearing to an end and that we are so fortunate for the many blessings that have come along with this promotion, but the end of this project just seems so far away. I have tried so hard to look at the postive side of things during these past two months. Tonight I just couldn't muster up the positivity. Sofia wouldn't fall asleep and after an hour of tossing and turning, getting up and getting down, and "Momma?" I finally got up and left the room. She cried, no screamed for 15 minutes. I opened her door. Sofia flew past me and ran straight to our bed pointing to where Chris usually sleeps and saying "Daaaaaaa-deeeeeee" over and over again in her tired cry. I picked her up, held her on our bed and cried too.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
That's about it for now. Honestly, you must be asking yourself "how on Earth could there be anything else for her to talk about?"
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I was so embarrassed that I couldn't get my own child to sleep. Jen was gracious and supportive and stayed for a glass of wine. It was nice to have another adult in the house.
Sofia woke up later that night around 11:30 and then was up from 2:30-4 a.m. Poor thing. She just is in a funky place for some reason. Work has been crazy the last few days and we have our first school dance tomorrow night. My Give-o-Meter is running on empty and it is definitely time for some refreshing. I am very much looking forward to the long Thanksgiving weekend to spend with some major cuddling and family time.
I am so thankful that I have such a wonderful friend and listener in Chris. Despite his distance from Sofia and I, he has done nothing but be as supportive as he possibly can. We love him!
The agenda for tonight: Lots of Momma and Sofia hugs, bath time, story time, and bed time....for both of us. :)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
If I have missed you in my email update, IGNORE anything that comes from my Yahoo! address from this point on...it isn't me sending you a message. Simply DELETE it. If you are interested in new email address, just post a comment and I will send it to you. :)
By the way, we took some great pictures of Sofia and Chris cooking pancakes last weekend. I will be sure to get them up ASAP!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Happy Birthday! (October 16th)
Mittens made with parents in mind. :)
White girls CAN jump!
The ABC's of Bedtime. Listen closely for L and W. :)
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Getting ready for the big Halloween Event at my friend Amber's house.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
- I hear the heater. I've never really noticed it (or the air conditioning) before.
- I don't make the bed in the morning, but instead do it about 10 minutes before I get back into it at night. It's my way of tucking myself in. :)
- Jack is completely territorial. When Chris isn't here, he sleeps at the end of the bed...when he is here, Jack sleeps right next to my head in between Chris and I. Hilarious!
- I stink at cooking. I try and try to be creative and plan out my meals for the week but I often end up eating like a toddler...hotdogs, mac 'n cheese, and peanut butter and jelly. I really want a steak!
- Waking up is hard. I like my bed...no, I LOVE my bed!
- This is the first time in my life that I have ever lived by myself (kind of). I know, I know, Sofia is here and Chris comes home on the weekend, but when Sofia goes to bed during the week, it's just me.
- I like quiet. More often than not, the tv stays off at night after Bug goes to bed. With such busy days and non-stop toddler evenings, the lack of stimuli feels nice.
- I miss Chris. He is the love of my life and the one person who truly understands me. He makes me laugh, think and dream. He inspires me in more ways than are even measureable.
- My friends are invaluable and have been so supportive. All my neighbors offered to help when my rear window was smashed on Sunday night. Sofia and I have been to numerous homes for dinner and I have had several cups of coffee delievered to my office on many a tired morning. The way people have just dropped by or called to say hello has meant so much. I am truly blessed.
And I guess that is where I am being led in all of this...I am blessed. Blessed to have a wonderful home, job, husband, daughter and friends. Blessed to come from a strong family. Blessed to be able to take on each day as it comes. Below is a picture that I took on Saturday night at sunset standing in front of my house. THIS is being blessed!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
The news of the promotion was followed by what needed to be a very quick site change. With Lafyette essentially completed, the company needed Chris's help on a jobsite in Gunnison, CO and FAST. We got the news of the promotion on Friday, Sept 26 and Chris left for Gunnison yesterday. Left? You ask? Yes, Gunnison is 4 hours southwest of Denver meaning that Chris will be staying there in a small cabin that his company has rented for him during the week and then home on the weekends. Smack dab in the middle of the mountains (1 hr south of Aspen!), Gunnison is a beautiful area that is filled with TONS of stuff to do as a family. When Sofia and I get to go up, there will surely be lots to do and lots of memories to be made.
Luckily, it looks like the project will be completed by Thanksgiving and then our Daddio will be home with us again. :) In the meantime, Sofia and I will be having some serious girl time.
Maybe I'll teach her the art of shopping...
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Each students was given a hard had for the site tour and guided through the school's new classrooms.
Here is a picture of a finished classroom. We self performed all of the steel erection and glue-laminated beam (big wood beams) installation on this project. We also self performs the hot water heating (hydronics), all foundation and sidewalk/site concrete, rough carpentry, door frame, door and hardware installation, and miscellaneous specialty item installation (i.e. marker boards, tack boards, fire extinguisher cabinets, etc.).
Here is a nice candid shot of one of our drywall finishers who I continually tried to talk to in my broken Spanish only to get the response of "ok senior" with a big smile. Great finisher and a even greater person.
Hope you enjoyed this recap as much as I enjoyed this project and community improvement. So many parents shared their excitement with us while picking up their little students. It is now almost 1:45am and I only fell asleep once while writing this post. I'm out!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Hey Daddio, can I have my crayons back?