Monday, June 21, 2010

On Target, GNO

Whilst Brad and I were in OC a couple weekends ago for Father's Day, it was also my brother-in-law Jono's birthday. So after we all ate dinner at the Crab Cooker in Newport, we drove to On Target in Laguna Niguel for some good old-fashion target practice. It was my first time ever shooting a gun (with the exception of a BB gun at my grandpa's cabin, but I don't think those count as real guns). I shot my dad's .22 mm rifle first - felt a lot like the BB gun. Then I shot my brother-in-law Sterling's .9 mm. Holy cow! See for yourself:

We all did great shooting the bad guy and not the hostage, but he became so shot up that we couldn't tell where our new shots were! So we started aiming for her, poor girl. She was just the innocent by-stander.

Not a bad grouping for by first time shooting a gun in general, let alone the .9 mm!

I shoot to kill.


Friday, June 11 my mom, sisters, and I went for a girls night out. We first ate dinner at Bistango which is located on the first floor of my mom's office building. 3 of the 4 of us got their special - clam chowder soup, fillet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus, and a slice of cheesecake - and Claire got a Caesar salad. Because my mom knows the owner we got treated with two complimentary desserts, moulton lava cake and creme brulee - so delicious. Fat and happy, we all headed over to the Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC) to see the Lion King. It was spectacular!! I love spending time with these lovely ladies. Let's do it again girls!

Happy Father's Day!

Yesterday was a great day. It was a day to honor all the wonderful dads and other men in our lives that have helped raise us or our children.

Sunday night was our family Father's Day celebration for Braddy. I made Brad's favorite dinner (sour cream enchiladas) and then we opened presents. Connor gave him coconut M&Ms and a new orange tie, and I gave him a 12 month XBox Live subscription. He got cards from both of us too - Connor even wrote in (and sucked on) his - I translated. Connor just loves his dad. He looks at him with such adoration, it makes me a little jealous. Dads just have that special bond with their kids that no one else can ever have. I love to see Connor and Brad together.

So to Bradford: thank you for being a wonderful dad - you are Connor's chew toy, playmate, masseuse, entertainer, walker, rescuer (when mom is going crazy :) ), and comforter. And thank goodness Connor has your good looks. Connor knows how much you love him and he definitely loves you. I love you too. Happy Father's Day!

This is one of my favorites of Brad and Connor together.Connor definitely has some big shoes to fill.

And to my dad: you have taught me so many invaluable life lessons. I have been fortunate to follow in your footsteps and now I have a career as a civil engineer. I am happy to have so many fun memories of us fishing, camping, playing softball, and partying (harder than normal) when mom was away. You truly are "the father who knows everything", Master Woodworker, and Norm's biggest fan. Connor and Jaxson are so lucky to have you as their grandpa. I can only hope your generosity, good looks, and sense of humor rub off on them too. Thank you for being my dad and Connor's grandpa. Happy Father's Day Dad! I love you!

Connor has so many wonderful grandpa's and great grandpa's. So to all of you who are wonderful examples for my son to follow, thank you. We love you all! Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 18, 2010


Connor has been able to have several play dates recently. Whether his friends come to our house to play while their mom is out or Connor goes to their house, they always seem to have fun together. Connor just CAN'T WAIT to be walking so he can move around with these big boys!! For now, he wants to just hold my hands and follow them around everywhere they go.

Cousins are friends too. Cousin Jaxson is 6 months older than Connor.

Connor's friend Kevin. He is about 4 months older than Connor. I couldn't stop snapping pictures of these two cute boys together!

Connor's friend Cohen (sounds like co-en). He is about 8 months older than Connor.

Connor's friend (and girlfriend) Adelyn (Addie). These were taken a few weeks ago before they moved to AZ. At least we got in one last Disneyland trip before they left! Addie is 4 hours older than Connor. Oh we miss them!

Connor and I have so much fun with our friends!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Checking in

It's always been too long since I last posted. This time there are a few things to report on:

Today I completed my second week of work. I went back to work on Monday, June 7 and I'm on the 32 hours/week schedule right now until my 20 hour/week schedule gets approved, which will probably be another couple weeks - I can't wait! I'm in my same job and doing the same things I was doing before (working at a wastewater treatment plant in the Project Management group) and it has been very nice not having the stress associated with learning a new job. And I'm still only 5 minutes from home. Right now I work from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. everyday. It's hard to be away from Connor for that long (I know, it's not THAT long) but my goal in going back to work is to keep up my skills as an engineer so that eventually when my kids are older and either in school full time or out of the house, I will be able to go back to work full time as an engineer. Sure the money is always nice, but retaining my engineering skills is what I'm most interested in. That's why I'm working on getting the 20 hours/week (the minimum at my office) schedule approved - being a full time mom is still my #1 priority.

As far as child care for Connor, Brad doesn't have to go in to work until 9 a.m. so he watches him for the first 2 hours in the morning until my little sister Ady gets to our house and watches him from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. If Ady can't watch him a day here or there, I have wonderful friends who have offered to help out as well. My friends Becky and LeeElle have already watched him for me a few times. Thank you everyone for your help!! When I get on the 20 hour/week schedule, Ady will only have to watch him from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - which is when Connor usually takes his morning nap so I'm glad I won't miss much of his awake time while I'm gone. It's been a fairly easy transition, all things considered. I really miss Connor while I'm at work though. I try to lose myself in my work, and the time seems to go by faster. I try to come home everyday for lunch (another reason why I love working so close) so I can see him and hang out with him for a little bit before going back for a couple more hours.

Work so far has been going well. My boss is glad to have me back (he told everyone in the office how excited he was that I was returning - what a great boss) and he didn't waste any time giving me work - I had only been there a week and I already had (and still have) 4 projects to work on, one of which is a $115M job! It has been fun getting back into engineering projects and I'm glad to be kept busy.

Connor is doing fantastic. He's now 7.5 months old and he is so happy (but that's a recent development - his first 3 months were great as well, but there were a few months in the middle that were VERY HARD). He is eating everything in sight (solid food, toys, your finger, you name it) and he is getting more and more fun, responsive, and playful all the time. He has two teeth on the bottom and he's teething again so we are looking for teeth to poke through on the top; but it will probably be several more weeks before we see any more. He loves to hold onto our fingers and run (quite literally) everywhere, and his newest favorite thing is to kick his ball all over the house. We could be raising a soccer player!

The past several weeks have been fun. For Memorial Day, we went down to my parents' house and bbq'ed, played at the park and in the pool, had our first cousin bath (Connor didn't have the best time) and just hung around. It was a fun weekend.

This was during nap time. Can you tell he's totally relaxed?

I just love this smile. The last one is a good shot of his 2 teeth.