Sunday, December 21, 2008

Our HO HO HOliday schedule for Christmas

Pete and I were checking the weather, and of course there's a snow storm coming through Flagstaff on Tuesday and Wednesday. We were going to drive to Phoenix on Wednesday, but we've decided we'd better play it safe and leave Tuesday. We're going to get snowed on either way, but at least this way our odds of getting to Phoenix in time for Dad's Christmas Eve party improves dramatically. There is no missing that rules. Here's our holiday schedule:

Tuesday the 23rd -
Leave NM at 4pm
Arrive in Phoenix some time LATE
Spend the night at Melanie's

Wednesday the 24th -
IKEA! (I didn't get my IKEA fix last visit)
Go to Dad Nicolai's for Christmas Eve festivities
Sleep over at Melanie's

Thursday the 25th -
Christmas morning stockings and pressies at Melanie's
Christmas lunch at Dorothy's from 11am until 1pm
Drive to Prescott for Christmas at Grammy's - get there at 2:30ish
Sleep over at Grammy's

Friday the 26th -
Hang out in Prescott all day
Sleep over at Grammy's

Saturday the 27th -
Drive back home in the morning, loot in hand!

If any of you want to hang out with us in the morning on Christmas Eve, or the day after Christmas in Prescott, speak now or forever hold your peace! We haven't made definitive plans for those times, so we're just going to do....whatever. Unless you let us know otherwise, of course!

Pete, Peanut, and I can't wait to see you all soon!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

I woke up at 6:45 this morning to Maya practicing her jiu-jitsu on the upper-right side of my abdomen for about 5 or 10 minutes. I think she was trying to tell me "Happy Birthday, Mom!" in her own little way. She knows how much I love it when she really goes to town and puts her elbows into it! Even if it is early.

I am 30 today.....WOWZA.

P.S. Thanks for the awesome card, Grammmy!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I Love This Guy!

A couple weeks ago, Pete called me from work saying he got a call from his old boss at Emcore (they're still friends). She called to tell him that he switched companies just in time, because the guy who replaced Pete was just laid off! Pete knew their stock was in the tank (because we own some of it) and had mentioned to me earlier that he was glad he works for ITT now. He assured me that his division, which works mostly with defense contracts, would not be affected by the yucky economy, and they had in fact increased production for the next year and had been awarded some pretty big contracts. That made me feel much better, and SO grateful that he made the move when he did. Phew!

Well, today he called me again. Pete's boss is in Virginia, so the only feedback she gets is from people either calling to complain about or praise the work he does in Albuquerque. Well, apparently his boss' boss called him to say that department heads had gone out of their way to call Virginia to say how awesome Pete is, and how it's like night and day compared to the woman who used to have his job! Then, she asked him what his career aspirations were, and of course he told her that he wants to move up the ladder as quickly as possible. They had a long discussion about possibly moving to another ITT location in the future, and whether Pete would be willing to relocate, etc. Of course he said yes! She said she would keep him in mind, and was really happy to have Pete working with her.

I am so proud of him! Pete really is a hard worker, and does his best to make sure that everyone he works with is satisfied with the work he does (he's in Human Resources for those of you who didn't know). He does such a good job taking care of our little family, and I couldn't have asked for a more awesome husband!! PETE ROCKS!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More Musical Goodness

Prop 8 Musical with a BUNCH of famous people. Short and sweet. And funny, of course!

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Pete found this awesomely hilarious video. He called me in to watch it, and after a couple minutes went by I asked how long it was. It's 45 flippin' minutes long! I sat and continued to watch, and once the singing kicked in I was totally hooked. We watched the whole thing together. It's really, really funny, and makes me love Neil Patrick Harris all the more. There are a couple commercials, but they're well worth watching to get to see the rest of the show. Enjoy

Monday, December 1, 2008

Baby Shower in Phoenix!

Melanie was kind enough to throw me a baby shower while Pete and I were in Phoenix so we wouldn't have to drive out a third time before the baby is born. Isn't she rad? (Hint: the answer is yes). Anyhoo, it was a big success. I wish I could've chatted a little more with a bunch of people there, but I'll catch up with you all at Christmas, for sure.

I got so much stuff! I really didn't expect to get too much, and I scored big time! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who showed. You guys rock! And thanks to Mel for putting you time, effort and moolah into making the party so special and pretty. I love you all!

After the shower, Melanie pulled out a bucket full of bottles and breast-feeding paraphernalia, and Brandon thought the pump was pretty neat. He immediately put it on his face, and after I pumped my tummy to see how much pressure it created, he wanted to do it too. Evil Katie put it on his little man-boob and proceeded to pump away. Brandon thought it was just great!

Thanksgiving with the French's and the Nicolai's

This Thanksgiving was awesome! First, we headed over to Ron, Dorothy, and Mady's house where we then drove to Mimi's Cafe for their annual Thanksgiving feast. It was mahhhvelous. Afterward, we drove out to the site of their potential new home. Pete and I are keeping our fingers crossed that they get it. That house was AMAZING!

Next, we drove out to Terea's sister, Sondra's, house for a Vink/Nicolai buffet feast. Once again, yummy-ness. We were a little full from Mimi's, but we nibbled a little and partook of the piggie pudding. We took a few pictures, mostly of the kids. Olivia and Brandon were too cute! It was awesome seeing everyone and getting caught up. Thanks for the baby pressie's Terea and Angela! (They couldn't make it to the shower, so I got some early gifts...yippee!).

Dan's Wedding

My brother Daniel married his sweetheart, Autumn, this last Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was awesome because all the siblings made it there (with the exception of Rob, but he doesn't count!). It was a sweet ceremony, and we had a pot-luck reception afterward. It was really cool that they did it when they did, because I really wanted to be there, and was able to do so without too much shuffling of our schedule.

Autumn wore the dress that my Mom wore when she married Peter, which I thought was really cool. She just changed the trim from peach to blue to match her colors. Autumn, though I haven't really had an opportunity to dish with her, seems like a rad addition to the family. Dan, if you're reading this we are going to have to definitely hang out when we're there for Christmas!

Here are a few pictures from the wedding. Some of them may be a little fuzzy or weird, but it's a new camera and I'm still figuring it out.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Our Holiday Schedule

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays will soon be upon us, and with them comes the chaos of figuring out where we're going to be and when. Last night I did some calling around and shuffling of schedules, and I think I have hashed out all the details. It's really impossible to accommodate everyone's schedule, so I tried to squeeze in seeing as many of you as we can during both holidays. Because we're not going to be in Prescott for Thanksgiving, I threw in a whole day to hang out with the Prescott folks over the Christmas break. Here's what we've got so far:

Wednesday the 26th -
Leave NM around 7am - Get to Melanie's house round 2ish
Hang out with Mom in the evening - movie perhaps?

Thursday the 27th -
Go to Mimi's Cafe with Ron and Dorothy at 11:15
Thanksgiving at Aunt Sondra's at 1pm
Back to Melanie's around 4ish and go to bed early

Friday the 28th -
Hit the shops with Melanie at 4am (yes, I think it's crazy too)
Baby Shower at 3pm

Saturday the 29th -
Drive back to home sweet home and relax before we're back to work!

Wednesday the 24th -
Leave NM around 8 or 9ish
Drive straight to Dad Nicolai's for Christmas Eve festivities
Sleep over at Melanie's

Thursday the 25th -
Christmas morning stockings and pressies at Melanie's
Christmas lunch at Dorothy's from 11am until 1pm-ish
Drive to Prescott for Christmas at Grammy's - get there at 3ish
Sleep over at Grammy's

Friday the 26th -
Hang out in Prescott all day
Sleep over at Grammy's

Saturday the 27th -
Drive back home with all our loot!

If for some reason this schedule doesn't work for you, please voice your concerns now so I can re-arrange our plans and let everyone know about the changes. Also, keep in mind that I am getting huge pregnant and that driving a lot or sleeping on a futon may not be the most comfortable arrangement for me. Two road trips to AZ in two months is kinda pushing it as it is!

Speaking of schedules, I just thought I'd put it out there that Maya's due date is February 22nd. My mom has already let me know that she will definitely be coming out here after she's born (and while she's being born for that matter!), but I wasn't sure if any of you other AZ folks were going to make plans to come visit in late February. If so, could you please let me know. I don't need exact dates or anything, I just wanted to find out for my own type-A curiosity if I should be expecting visitors. I'm a planner! I'd love a visit from anyone and everyone. Just keep in mind that the guest bedroom has already been claimed by my mom, so y'all may have to get a hotel. But, it's worth it, right?! Right!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An Important Message From Keith Olberman

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Belated Halloween Blog

Pete and I had a party at our house this Halloween. I threw it together two days before Halloween, so I didn't expect many people to show up or that they'd have costumes. We had an awesome turnout, and almost everyone was in costume (including our Boston Terrier, Peanut!). It was really fun, and we partied 'til the wee hours of the morning. It was also really nice to see a lot of people we haven't seen in ages. We turned into homebodies when I got pregnant, so I hadn't seen some of these people in months. Thanks for everyone who came out and made it awesome! Here are some pictures for posterity.

Bun in the oven...get it? I thought I was being really clever until I saw pictures from Erica's blog of a couple in the same costume. Oh, well. We were cute anyways!