Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lily, Jobs, Car and Fun!

Last published on September 23rd? Oh dear, that just won't do! No wonder we're losing readers and have family calling wondering if we're still alive!

My goodness, what on earth has happened since September 23rd? Last I left you I was dying of the plague. You know, now that I'm looking back, trying to figure out what I did in September, I'm pretty sure I updated for the beginning of October. I wonder what ever happened to that post. Oh well!

The last week in September was pretty much business as normal. More work and more cruising baby. We went to an awesome teppenyaki restaurant for my birthday along with two of Mike's coworkers and their wives and one of my coworkers and her husband. It was fabulous! For those of you that have not expereince teppenyaki, you need to! It's one of the restaurants where everyone in the party sits around the grill (built into the table) and the food is cooked in front of you. There's a lot of utensil flipping, flying food and fire. Totally good fun!

Speaking of that - can you imagine - I'm 25? I know I'm not, but man I feel old saying that! A whole quarter of a century...*cry*. It's just downhill from here as everyone keeps telling me.

Let's see, what else was interesting in October. During the first weekend of October we had the Hullabaloo in the town that I work in. I was asked to be a judge for the Karaoke contest and that was tons of fun! Those singers were fantastic! Lily didn't last the entire time so it was a good thing that the contest was held just a few blocks from work. M took her back to the office and let her snooze for a while in the stroller while I finished up. I brought back lunch, we ate, she woke up and we ran off to a birthday party. Lily did okay. She was angry that mom wouldn't let her have more than a bite of chocolate cake and it was cold out. We stayed until presents were opened and then high tailed it out of there so that she could go home and sleep. Speaking of sleep - that girl went to bed at like 5:30 and didn't get up until the next morning! Poor sleepy little bug.

I believe around that time Lily was also cutting her back molars and still cruising around the furniture. Now, however, she has a full mouth of teeth. I can still see some bare gum in there, but not very much. Sounds like it might be time for the dentist! When are we supposed to go see the dentist anyway? The other new part of Lily's life is that she is walking now! One day we noticed that she stood up and took a step toward the couch, which she usually cruises on. We were shocked and wanted to see if she could do it again so we played the "walk to Mamma," "walk to Dadda" game. Lo and behold she would take steps (2-3) between us. Later we found out that she'd been walking between the furniture at daycare for a couple of days, but since we didn't know we still felt like we got to see it for the first time!

Okay, what else happened in October? M had a department change in his office. Instead of IT and Financial continuing as one department, the split into two. This meant that M got bumped up in classification to an IT Specialist instead of an IT Tech. He'd been doing that work for a while (increased responsibility and accountability) so it was nice to see him actually get credit for the work. The additional $600 a month (before taxes) doesn't hurt either. In addition, he's doing some contract IT work, so that extra money helps as well. A few weeks later, my probation at work ended and I too got bumped up and reclassified as an EH Specialist instead of an EH Technician. My pay raise is only about $140 extra a month before taxes, but still, that's more than we had!

Along with the promotions and pay raises came the death of my Saturn. I know, it sounds like an odd mix - happy things and sad things in the same sentence, but trust me, it works. Nothing really changed about the Saturn; it was still leaking oil, refusing to shift out of park and had a cracked windshield. What did change was the fact that our increased take home pay meant that we could now afford to not have to sit in a car for 30 minutes praying and hoping that it would eventually shift out of park and allow us to drive away. One day, we took half of the day off, drove up to Spokane, took a look around and ended up coming home with a 2007 Trailblazer, power locks, windows, AC, four wheel drive and sunroof with what we think is a pretty good deal. The best part is that now we can fit both our dog and child in the car at the same time. Tweak likes this and is having fun getting to run around at the dog park now that we can take him.

Other news in our lives? We've been down to Idaho to visit our dear friends that abandoned us. Their new house is gorgeous! They have had quite a number of setbacks recently so we send lots of hope their way and wishes that it gets better soon. Just this past weekend they actually came up to visit us in our new duplex. It was fantastic getting to see them and I think they should come back. Now. J, the husband in this dynamic duo, actually has a little sister that is starting her first year in college nearby. I keep thinking that we really should have her over more often. Hmmmm, perhaps a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party would be the perfect reason!

Speaking of Christmas - I'm so excited! I hope to have a new, larger dining room table by then. I really want to get one on Black Friday, but I'm unsure if we can afford it right now. We really should save our money for Christmas. Sigh. We shall see.

Oh - Halloween. It was great fun! Mike wore a sign that said Nudist On Strike while wearing his street clothes, I had a foam #1 finger and a shirt that said - Go Ceilings! (think about it - answer at the end) and Lily was a bumble bee. We went to the local haunted houses before Halloween and went up to a coworkers house and neighborhood for trick or treating. Lily had a fantastic time! Our coworker, E, was so generous in allowing us to come spend time with her and her family. Their neighborhood was gorgeous as well. I love any sort of holiday decoration and those houses were decked out! Since Lily had just started walking, that's all she wanted to do. She cried anytime we picked her up, even if it was to go up stairs that were taller than she was. The only down side to the night was that M got a pretty significant gash on his head from the overhang on someone's roof. Guess he shouldn't be so tall!

Okay, I've been writing so much lately that my brain is just fried. I'm pretty sure that this blog is going to be rambly and full of poor grammar. Oh well.

Hey, if anyone is looking for something to get me for Christmas or wants to keep their eyes out for a good deal so I can get it myself, I am really wanting to get an embroidery sewing machine. Let me know if you see a great deal! In addition, I'm looking for good deals on picture frames (black, silver or dark cherry) for the wall and shelves to put on the wall. I also need a media organizing bookshelf thing for my collection of DVD. Preferably something that Lily can't pull over or that I can bolt to the wall. She wants any sort of sorting toy so let me know if there are any great deals on those. We also hope to get her a set of those magnetic refrigerator letters. I used to love those! M, well, you know him. He always wants techie stuff!

Okay, that's it for me. I'm sure there are things that I meant to mention and forgot about, but, that's how it goes.

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Oh, one more thing I forgot to include. Lily is sick. Took her to the doctor and found that she has a really red throat with some other words that I didn't understand and the doctor didn't want to explain. She's on antibiotics now and actually slept through the night last night again for the first time in a few days. Hopefully she's on the mend in time for Turkey Day!

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