Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Last Friday night my mom let their dog, Fudge out and he never returned. He has taken overnight adventures before but never this long.

We contacted the pound & human society and found out all their residents are posted on Petfinder.com so we will continue to check it daily. Who knew, now days you can search for your dog from the convenience of your computer. :) Nevertheless, if you are in the Canton area please keep an eye out for Fudge. He is a 10 year old, slightly overweight, chocolate lab with a gray beard. He is also missing the bottom portion of his left ear.

After looking back at all these old photos, I just cannot figure out why he left! :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Cleveland Zoo

We took the kids up to the Cleveland Zoo last weekend. Theres nothing like hauling 2 kids bundled up in winter coats, hats & gloves around in the 40 degree weather. But, we all had a good time. Thankfully, many of the animals are housed indoors in the winter so we got to warm up in between. Andrew loved the crocodile and Sydney like the giraffes.

Andrew is really progressing with his verbal skills. I expected more of a delay since he never even heard English for the first year of his life. He is now 23 months old but, right on track saying mama, daddy, thank you, please, nemo, hotdog, fishy, choo choo, no and his favorite, MINE! We put the kids on the scale last night and Sydney is 33 pounds and Andrew is at 25. He is closing in quickly. That boy loves to eat!

Sydney is all registered for kindergarten. I can't beleive she is almost five. She is really looking forward to riding the school bus too. Thankfully, a few other girls from ballet will be on her bus so she will have someone to sit with. I'm sure she will thrive in school. She seems to catch on really quickly and is very social so making friends shouldn't be a problem. I was very pleased with what she has absorbed this year in preschool. She now recognizes & writes all her letters and is putting her name on the back of all her papers. She loves writing it so much its everywhere; in the shower steam, on the side of our dirty car.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Boca Raton

Matt & I had a fabulous time in Boca Raton. Chase really went all out to thank their top performers. We flew first class and spent 3 glorious nights at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The first night they had a Moroccan themed welcome reception with tons of appetizers, music, activity tables, even a fortune teller. The next day Matt went golfing while I had a manicure & pedicure. That evening was a beach party complete with crab races, hair braiding and shell painting. Mixed between all of these events Matt had to attend meetings but I got to hang out by the pool and get a little sun. I almost didn't know what to do with myself. We have not traveled alone with out the kids, ever! I almost felt naked without a stroller, diaper bag and tons of extra luggage. On Saturday we joined the deep sea fishing excursion. I grew up fishing with my grandpa in the Florida Keys and was really looking forward to getting out on the ocean. Turns out, the only thing we did out there was look at the ocean. We didn't get a single bite. Although our group was highly motivated I cannot say the same for our boat crew. Thankfully, we had the awards dinner & dancing to put a good ending on the trip.

I have to send a huge THANK YOU out to my parents,Matt's dad & Liz. While we were basking in sunshine, my parents were in cold Ohio dealing with our vomiting children. Andrew & Sydney both came down with the 5 day stomach flu. What timing! I felt terrible! But, they we awesome. Spending their weekend, tending, comforting and washing bedding & clothes 24/7. I LOVE YOU GUYS! Another thank you goes out to Greg & Liz who came down on Saturday & Sunday and took Sydney off their hands. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Weekend Without The Kids

Congratulations to Matthew!! He was selected for the 2007 Manager Incentive Trip. The top 10% of Chase Management earned an all expense paid trip to Boca Raton, Florida. And.... they are paying for the wives to come along too! This will be the first time both of us have left the kids for a long weekend. My parents will have them for 2 days and then Grandpa Greg & Grandma Liz will have them for the last two. Sydney is a bit apprehensive but I'm sure she will do just fine.