Friday, August 30, 2013

35/52: So, this happened today…


I have now married this woman three times in three different countries.  Clearly she’s a keeper.  Thank you, New Mexico.


And thank you to our moms for standing as our witnesses.  We are so blessed to have you both in our lives!


And thank you to auntie Anna who works at the County Clerk's Office and signed off on our marriage license.  It made it all that much more special.


Nani entertaining the bean during the hours we were waiting to marry. :)


I can’t believe that less than a week ago this didn’t even seem like a possibility.  It still doesn’t seem real.  Oh happy day. :)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer Bucket List: Denver Zoo


Before this trip, neither Georgia nor I had ever visited a Zoo other than the one in New Mexico.  Before our afternoon at the Denver Zoo, we also thought that our Zoo back home was the best of the best.  And while we love ours, after visiting the Denver Zoo, the bar has been set just a bit higher!  It was so much fun and even with us being there for 4 hours and on the go the entire time, we still didn’t have enough time to see all of it!  I’m thinking we’re going to have to go back soon.

Grace was super excited because we talked about going to see the lions and tigers and bears all morning.  We eventually had to stop mentioning the Zoo because she was at the door of our hotel banging on it shouting, “go, go!” and she still had to nap before we headed out.  Thankfully she fell asleep and when she awoke, we were on our way!

This was the scene as we pulled up to the parking lot of the Zoo.


The bean was ready to see some animals!


Allow me to set the scene for this picture.  This lion was lying down when we rolled Gracie up to the glass seated in her stroller.  Said lion stood up and walk directly up to Gracie on the other side of the glass and proceeded to stare her down like he wanted to eat her!  She was not a fan of this and immediately looked at both of us crying, “NO, NO, NO!”  We left shortly afterward, ha!


Gross.


Mama and the bean at the new elephant exhibit.  It was huge and so very cool!


Making friends. :)


Elephants and monkeys, oh my!


I can’t help but take pictures of these two.  The bean loved the carousel and I even took a ride too!


By this point in our Zoo day we were 4 hours in and Grace was pooped.  We had already promised that we would ride the train and she wasn’t going to forget it.  I’m glad she didn’t because it was fun!



Until next time!


Summer Bucket List: Visit the Zoo – check!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

An unexpected trip to Denver

I really do have the most amazing wife.  This past week, she treated me and the bean to an all expenses paid trip to Denver for a friends wedding and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  On Thursday, I experienced what was without a doubt, the worst job interview of my life and I desperately needed to get the hell out of dodge.

The interview was a 3rd and final interview for an organization that I had become very excited to work for.  The first two interviews were with S, a gentleman based out of Arizona and they went fantastically.  Not only was the position one in which I would be using the same skills I’ve developed over the previous 8 years, but they were also willing to nearly match my previous salary, which was awesome.  I was told in the first two interviews that my training would require that I be in Arizona for two weeks (with the option to come home on weekends) and that the job would require that I travel over-night three days a month.  This was all totally doable. 

In my final interview, the one I spent nearly two weeks preparing for, the one that I wrote a long and very detailed 30, 60, 90 day business plan for, as well as a presentation and a bunch of other stuff, completely fell apart.  I found out that the training in AZ was actually 3 weeks and that the main boss didn’t foresee me coming home on the weekends as an option.  More importantly, I learned that the position would require that I be away from home on over-night travel 2 WEEKS a month, not 3 days.  This meant that I would be away from my family 50% of the time, all the time and that was just not an option for me.  I ended up cutting the interview short explaining that this was NOT what was communicated to me over the previous three weeks and that I was no longer interested in the position.

As you can imagine, I was more than a little upset.  I was upset that I allowed myself to get excited and begin envisioning working for the organization.  I was upset that I was completely misinformed and mislead.  I felt guilty for missing family time and taking up G’s time preparing for all three interviews and I felt embarrassed for having told more than a few people that I felt really good about the position.  Most of all, I was upset that I allowed myself to completely slack on the job hunting for nearly a month thinking that I had found the perfect job.  Now, as it turns out, that was all time wasted. :(

My wife, the eternal optimist, keeps telling me that this was all a good thing.  That it’s given me more “life experience” that I can use in the future and that the organization was clearly not family friendly and if we’re planning to TTC #2 with me soon, this didn’t sound like the ideal place to work.  I guess she’s right… but it still sucks.  It sucks that I feel like the mayor of Loserville over here blogging about my laid-off situation (again) nearly two months later.  I’m so over it, as I’m sure you’re over reading about it.  In trying to “keep it real” here in blogland, we all, at times, have to write about the shitty stuff I guess and this is, without a doubt the shit storm I’m currently dealing with… Let’s hope that this is my last post about it and better things are just around the corner.  Fingers crossed!

Anywho, back to Denver.  It was an absolutely amazing 4 days with my little family and I LOVED every minute of it.  Georgia and I have often said that if we had to live anywhere besides New Mexico, it would be Denver.  The days were packed with toddler activities and yummy meals so I’ll be sure to share some of those photos soon.  Until then, I’ll leave you with a few pics of our road trip out to beautiful Colorado.  Grace did A-mazing (thank god for the ipad and endless episodes of Dora the Explorer)!  She didn’t whine or make so much as a peep until we were about 5 hours into the trip.  As it turned out she was hungry and while we hoped to fit the 6-hour drive in between an early breakfast and late lunch with the help of snacks, she wanted real food.  Soon after our lunch break we arrived in Denver ready to begin 4 days of adventure.

Thank you for a wonderful mini-vacay babe.  It was much needed and I had a great time!

The bean sitting on top of my Jeep as we were getting ready to hit the road.


The only way to travel. :)


We drove by a wind farm on the open road and it was pretty cool.  I had never seen a wind turbine in person.  They are huge!


Me and the stinker at our lunch pit stop.


I asked Grace to draw me some flowers on her Etch a Sketch and she proceeded to spend 20 minutes creating her masterpiece, hehe.


More pictures of our Denver trip coming soon. :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

34/52: Bunny

Inspired by Ashleigh’s recent post on her daughters favorite “lovies”, I thought I would introduce you all to Bunny, Gracie’s absolute favorite stuffed buddy.  We’re not sure who gave us Bunny or why Grace has decided to love this little rabbit more than any of her other “buddies”, but she does.  Bunny sleeps with the bean every night and comes along when she leaves her crib every morning.  Bunny reads bedtime stories with us before bed and keeps Grace company when she has her morning banana.  The poor thing is pulled from room to room (often by the ears) and is smothered with kisses on a daily basis.  Grace has also recently started chewing on Bunny's nose and shoulder so little B is looking a bit worn these days. ;)

We have yet to give Bunny a wash but I’m thinking it’s time!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Me, Me!

That’s the name Grace has given her cousin, Mia.  She LOVES to say it and she says it often.  Any time we’re on our way to a play date with M or a family night, Grace yells, “me, meeee!” in the backseat the entire drive to our destination.  It’s pretty darn adorable.  My mom will tell G and I stories of Mia squealing with glee anytime she sees a picture of Grace at Nani’s house and often asks my mom where Grace is, which makes my heart so happy, especially considering the girls aren’t even two years old yet and already they enjoy each others company.

While G and M are cousins and will obviously be in each other’s lives forever, I love that they’re friends too.  It definitely makes the TTC #2 break a lot easier on me.  I want nothing more than for my little one to have a sibling, a partner in crime and a person to build tents out of sheets with.  And while she may not have a built-in-buddy here at home yet, she does have her Me, Me.  I’m thankful for that. :)

Here are a few recent iphone pictures taken of G&M’s little adventures.

Family night celebrating our nephew Oc’s birthday at the local fun zone!  This was our first time visiting even though both G and I have driven by the enormous structure a hundred times.  I rode some of the adult rides and felt like I was going to barf… I’m getting old.  Good times!

Here Mia, have a pea. :)


Oh thanks.  Here’s a spoon full of Jell-O!


Dance Revolution with auntie Ang.


And the ride that almost made me spill my cookies… That’s my brother in the picture (trying to hold it together) haha!



Toddler air hockey!


Play date at the city’s JUMP center!  Who knew there are warehouses full of jumpers all over town?!  Now that it’s back to school for the big kids, Toddle Time has started on weekday mornings.  The girls had so much fun!



The bean was so brave!  She slide down the big slide three times before deciding it was too scary for her, hehe. ;)



They didn’t even ask for quarters…



There were six jumpers to play in but the girls really loved the crayon castle and big slide!  Apparently, so did Georgia, lol.


Restaurant fun with two toddlers is possible.  We had zero meltdowns and they shared crayons and snacks.  They did however make a huge mess.  I had to scrape mac and cheese, fruit and ketchup off the floor before we left. ;) 


So silly.  Love them!

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