Thursday, November 27, 2008
And that's one of the reasons he's the best.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The best little sister a kid could ask for.
Dad and Deb with their brand-new great-niece Juliette (daughter of Jen & Jim)
Kiera (daughter of Melynda & Edward) and Makayla (daughter of Daniel and Holly)
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Anyway, last night I heard from a couple friends who used to be reporters and they seemed a little down about missing out on the excitement of the newsroom during a presidential election. But even though I was working, I somehow missed the excitement, too. In the afternoon and evening, I did a couple of videos. Once the polls closed, I was sent to the county Registrar of Voters office to observe and file updates for the Web site and be there in case there were any mishaps. I was squished into a small space with photographers and videographers from various news outlets, with the door wide open for when the polling managers arrived. It was freezing cold (it had snowed earlier in the day) and I had to put on a jacket, gloves and scarf to keep warm. There were no TVs, so I found out very anti-climactically online that Barack Obama was the new president-elect. I saw no reaction, no speeches. No one around me was really talking about it. I expected a buzz, but there was nothing. Though I can watch videos online, I felt like I had missed something big.
Meanwhile, polling managers trickled in at first, dropping off cartridges from the electronic voting machines to be counted and then uploaded, and then they arrived in a steady stream. Finally, just three were left. Then one. We waited at least 40 minutes for that last one. (One of the workers suggested the manager at that location must have been really articulate. I think she meant meticulous. Heehee.) Anyway, she finally showed up and everyone thought we were in the homestretch for final results. Of course, it was too good to be true. When uploading the last batch of cartridges, the system said there were too many blank ones and they had to double check them - but first they had to find those 40 blank cartridges out of more than 1,300, boxed in no particular order. This took a long time, and it was nearly 1:30 in the morning before we had those "final unofficial" results in our hot little hands. I spent most of today feeling exhausted, and still feeling like I missed something.
The Happy Couple
The Bridal Party
Chris and Me
They had fireworks!
The Boys: Kyle, Ernesto, Chris, Marc, Daniel and Edward
The Girls: Holly, Melynda, Kristin, Me and Kelli
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Chris spent Thursday golfing with his dad, while Rita, Alison and I went shopping, had pedicures and lunched at my favorite Gilbert barbecue joint.
The main reason we made the trip was for Marc and Kristin's wedding in Tucson, so Friday we all headed down for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
Four couples rented a house for the weekend. We were in somewhat of a hurry to get ready for the rehearsal once we got there, and somehow I managed to lock myself out of the bathroom with the straightening iron plugged in inside. Apparently, the lock was put on wrong. We eventually got it figured out (thanks, Daniel!) but it was quite the fiasco.
Since the rehearsal coincided with Halloween, the kids wore their costumes so they could go trick-or-treating later. They all looked so cute!
They had a lot of fun playing with Uncle Chris.
For the rehearsal dinner, Kristin lined the walkway leading up to the building with pumpkins, and inside were more pumpkins, along with Halloween pictures of her and Marc when they were little. Everything looked great, and we had a really nice time.