Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Minnie and Simba Clean Up Nice

Last week Rachel asked me how I clean the girls stuffed animals and I told her that I routinely through them in the washing machine. Baby Simba has spent a good portion of his life in there as he was Sydney's longtime favorite.

Today, I looked at Brooke's baby Minnie and decided that both her and Simba needed a good cleaning. In they went and out they came, after a trip through the drier they looked brand new.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween/Birthday Party (Preview)

Family Halloween Party 2011-The Food

Tonight we had the annual family Halloween party at Matt and Kim's. Depicted below are the Halloween Food items for the year:

(1) Skeleton Bones-By Becca
(2) Chocolate Covered Pretzels-By Kim Evans, Monster Cupcakes-By Becca
(3) Monster Toes-By Kim Thomas
(4) Giant Birthday Cupcake-By Mom (Grandma)
(5) Potato Skin Ghosts-By Kim Thomas
(6) Monster Cake Pops-By Kim Evans
(7) Goblins Slime-By Mom (Grandma)
(8) Halloween Cupcakes-By Kim Evans
(9) Graveyard Dip-By Kim Thomas

Tracking Daddys Flight

"He's Getting Closer"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Dinner Date At Rainforest Cafe

*The girls are smitten with the Sara. (Sydney wanted to continuously pose for pictures with her)
*No, I am not a member of the Rainforest Cafe Club (But if I am I cut my wait time way down? What?????)
*Girls are big fans of the animals, especially the elephants that were right next to our table
*The place is way too expensive
*The company was absolutely grand!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thinking of Baby Devin

My heart is breaking for Baby Devin and his mom. Read their story at and please pray that Devin is back and being comforted by his mom soon.

After reading tonights update, before bed I hovered over my little girls a few minutes longer than usual. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Micah and Nathan

This picture cracks me up! Both Micah and Nathan wouldn't have anything to do with the picture or the wagon. Micah is darn quick too, look at his moves getting out of the picture-LOL! I also can't believe I got a picture of either of them in the wagon as they were there literally seconds at best.

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe

This afternoon I was hot , had a craving for seafood and had this great idea about taking the kids to the beach for dinner and I decided that Paradise Beach Cafe (I had been there once before when we took Diane) would be perfect.

1 hour drive later, (with Sydney crying off and on about the sun being in her eyes) it was freezing at the beach and we practically ran into the restaurant since we were so cold
1 hour 10 minutes later, I dropped my phone in the restaurant and shattered the screen
1 hour 15 minutes later, The kids were driving me crazy
1 hour 45 minutes later, Didn't like my fish, didn't like my mashed potatoes
1 hour 50 minutes later, Paid for the expensive meal
3 hours later, arrived home

What a waste.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pumpkin Patch & Oak Glen Trip

On Friday we went out to the Pumpkin Patch and up to Oak Glen for the morning. I decided to drive the motorhome and we all had a great time together. I love it when all the cousins are together, we need Micah and Nathan 30 minutes closer. I bought some Apple butter, Peach Spread and Apple Cider at Snow-Line Orchard and the Apple Cider was absolutely outstanding (The gallon is almost gone).

Best Companies For Working Moms

For the 4th time Dell was recognized as one of the 100 best companies for working moms. While, I absolutely agree that Dell is outstanding for working moms (and couldn't be prouder to work at Dell) I would have loved to be able to enjoy more than 5 weeks of fully paid maternity leave (still better than most companies) and I am compelled to inform you of some companies that have unbelievably outstanding paid maternity leave:

Cisco-26 fully paid weeks
Deutsche Bank, Covington & Burling, Arnold and Porter-18 fully paid weeks
Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs,Pillsbury Winthrop, National Education Association-16 fully paid weeks
PWC, Pfizer-15 fully paid weeks
Ernst & Young, Deloitte, McKinsey & Co-14 fully paid weeks
LEGO, Citi, FINRA-13 fully paid weeks
Credit Sisse, Bank of America, Bain & Co-12 fully paid weeks

The average for the 100 best companies for working moms is 7 weeks fully paid maternity leave

Autumn at Southwest