Monday, October 26, 2009

Meet Chloe

She was too cute to pass up!

This little kitten weighed just 15 ounces when we got her. She had taken residence in someone's yard with 4 other kittens and a wild mom. She seemed too small to take from her mommy but the women who had her was clearly ready to get them out the door. I couldn't risk losing her (and besides, I know how to bottle-feed kittens now).
Charlotte is a little too aggressive with her (Charlotte is going to be the world's biggest cat...just wait and see) so we can't let them stay together without supervision.

We have named her Chloe. Now both kids have a kitten to play with and they do seem to mimic each kid: Charlotte is a Tasmanian devil (Elliott's buddy) and Chloe is sweet and tiny but we sense a mischievous streak (just like Beth)!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

2010 Simpler Times Calendar Benefits Friends of NICU

My friend Robert David Bretz is donating proceeds from his 2010 calendar to the Friends of NICU. I know all I do is write about the NICU event and foundation these days but I can't help it.

If you have need of a calendar, please consider buying one of these. I will be buying them as year-end thank-you gifts for my clients. Perhaps your company would like to do so as well??

See the calendar and more of Bob's fabulous fine art at

Monday, October 12, 2009

Entertainment Books for Sale

If you are looking to buy an Entertainment Book for 2010, please consider doing so at this site. This is a fund-raiser for Beth's preschool.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Elliott Turns 8!

Elliott is a big kid now! I notice that the shape of his face is changing, becoming more angular, more knowing, more grown-up. Yes, I am melancholy thinking that my children will grown up and one day not need Mike and me. In the meantime, we are going to enjoy every minute!

Elliott's birthday was a lot of well-deserved fun. The week before was filled with professional and personal... set-backs... but none of them compared to the call we received a scant 5 days before the party...AdventureLand closed its doors and we had to find a new party venue!

All told, I am grateful that AdventureLand had the courtesy to call me ahead of time to not only refund our deposit but to let us know their doors would be locked on Friday. Can you imagine 20 kids showing up on a Friday afternoon with the doors locked and a giant OUT OF BUSINESS! sign in the window? I spent the entire five days scrambling to find a new location (Sunrise Fun Center) and contact his schoolmates and best buddies.

Sunrise Fun Center came through with flying colors! We had the party corral in the middle of the park, set the kids up with miniature golf, car races and the water-balloon wars. It was a beautiful afternoon and even I managed to relax and chat with friends (thanks to my mom, Mike's mom, Grandpa Ron and my brother, Mark for all their help).

Mike had the "exhausting" task of being co-pilot to the kids under 52 inches. I'm not sure who had more fun, Mike or Elliott? Notice how Mike intentionally tried to look cool in this photo? Was he trying to impress his bride or try to keep from crashing the car?

Happy Birthday, Elliott! I hope you had a day as magical as you are!