Boo Hoo...the hubbies gone!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Well today Alex left for vacation. He is in Lake Tahoe on the annual ski trip with his friends. This year though there was a slight change and they are playing golf as well in San Francisco. I would have to say that I think Alex was more excited to golf than ski! I know this might sound a little sappy, but I really do miss him when he is gone. So much so that since he is gone for seven days, I decided that I need to get away as well. Tomorrow me and a friend of mine are heading up to Duluth for the weekend and Saturday we are going to the spa for the day. Hopefully it will be as relaxing as it sounds! A couple of weeks ago Alex and I found a new small group through our church. The group has about 10 other couples in it, so it has been a great way to meet some otehr couples. I think that has been one of the more difficult things to establish since we have been married, actually finding married couples that we both enjoy spending tiem with. But this group of people are really nice and fun! One other note, I was asked by the head of our women's ministry to be on the planning committee for the women's retreat this spring. Susan Hunt is the speaker, an amazing woman of God. I am so excited for the opportunity to be mroe involved, through the task at hand may seem daunting. I need to have the lunch catered in and plan all the logistics for an estimated 700 women. Pray for me! Hope all is well...I miss Alex!

It's that show time!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

This past weekend we had our work cut out for us. We were scheduled to watch our nieces for the weekend while Alex's brother Jeff and his wife Patty were on vacation in California. No big deal, they are adorable girls! But then a couple of weeks ago we realized that the first trade show of the year was scheduled that weekend as well. Good thing they are only one day. So, could we handle it, of course we could. Were we dead tired by Sunday night, a little:)

So Friday we watched the girls and ended up having a movie night. Saturday Alex headed off early for Richfield to get the booth set up. That's it in the picture. Those panels are heavy. As his usual right hand chick for trade shows I am usually the one that helps carry them in and set the up. But this time the pop-in-law graciously helped out leaving me to the girls. The trade show was a success and some great contacts were made. We have been doing these for the past two years together and they have proved to be a great way to meet prospective clients and get our name out there for very little expense. Plus what could be more fun than hanging out in the school gym for an afternoon:)

Alex constructed the trade show booth himself so we are pretty proud of that beast. Weighing in at 60 pounds a piece, the booth is not light by any means. But attractive, yes that it is and it always seems to be a great conversation piece.

Business is going well and the bathroom project we were working on is now finished. We wrapped it up today and will have photos coming soon. Next up, an entire first level update and redo.

On the family front, Alex leaves this Thursday for the annual ski trip with the boys, this year in Lake Tahoe. Not wanting to be alone for seven whole days, I am heading up to Duluth for a spa weekend with one of the other wives. The thought of relaxing is music to my ears!

Birthday Week

Monday, January 14, 2008

Well Birthday week has begun! Alex turns 29 on Sunday and around our house, we have somehow gotten into the habit of celebrating the person the whole week before their birthday. Yesterday I asked Alex if there was a certain treat he wanted to have around for extra birthday fun for the week and the answer was ice cream cake. With a gift card and coupon in hand I set out to Cold Stone for one large and very rich Peanut Butter Playground cake upon request. This week we are going to have our share of one of Alex's other favorites...Buca. On Thursday we are going there with his family for a 40th wedding anniversary celebration for his parents. Their anniversary is the same day as Alex's birthday! Then on Saturday we are returning for the annual birthday dinner with our friends. It should be a very good week and well, full of food and fun!

Back to reality

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Well, we have returned from our trip. We had a blast. Alex enjoyed playing at least 125 holes of golf while Andrea relaxed by the pool and caught up on her reading. We spent the first portion of our trip in Tampa at the Innisbrook resort where Andrea's parents have a condo. It is the most quaint and relaxing resort! We celebrated the new year there with dinner at the Olive Garden.
Towards the end of our stay there and when the temperature began dropping we took a road trip down to Fort Myers to visit Andrea's mom. While there Alex was introduced to local faves and to part of Andrea's history in Naples. Her grandparents spent their winters there and many great memories were made on Round Key Circle. After a tour of Naples, we went out to eat at a great new wine bar/restaurant near Bonita Springs. Puzzle making and the golf channel occupied our night and in the morning we ventured back to Tampa.
Following our time there we went to Orlando and fulfilled the child in us with visits to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Though we are glad to be back, there is still a part of us that would rather be back in vacation mode!
Here are some pics from the trip:

Florida...We love the sun!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Well, we have officially made it to Florida.  After a very rushed day on Friday we actually were granted seats on a direct flight.  We had been receiving changes to our flights for about the past two months but after checking a couple of weeks back we erred and did not check the night before.  Morning of arrives, Alex checks at around 10am and our flight changed to 10:20am.  Well no way we were going to make it but we sucked up our pride and headed to the airport to try and see what could be done.  Well, a very nice and good Samaritan, well actually ticket agent, decided to extend Christmas kindness upon us and issued us tickets for the next outgoing flight.  We were ecstatic.

After arriving I hate to say it but we haven't really done anything.  I have laid by the pool, Alex has played 72 holes of golf.  Very relaxing vacation.  In fact, we were asleep by 11 on New Years!
Tomorrow we head down to my mom's condo in Fort Myers for a few days.  We will be visiting Naples so I can show Alex around to where I grew up coming for Christmas.  My grandparents lived down there.  
Actually the funniest thing just happened while watching the news.  Apparently we are supposed to be getting some cooler weather in Florida for a couple of days, low 50's to be exact.  The news anchor was just giving cold weather tips on the television and one of them included that homeowners should not use their oven to heat their house.  I never thought of that one, but it was enough to get us rolling in fits of laughter.
Happy New Year~

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