Happy New Year!

So we’ve reached the end of another year – and we’ve survived it.

Our kids are all happy and healthy and doing well in school. The twins are learning how to play a violin(Sofia) and my old sax (Isabel) – a painful and fun experience – Marisol is in choir. I feel sorry for my parents now, having to go through FIVE of these evolutions. 8)

My Volvo is in dry dock, it needs a catalytic converter and an O2 sensor because it doesn’t pass emissions. A little cash should get it going pretty quickly. Something always comes up that’s more important though – its a good thing we have the van.

Vicki is still working at AAA Landscape – 18 years so far. Same length of time as we’ve been married. That’s right, we’ve been married since 1994! And I’m still alive!

I’ve been with Integrated Axis now for another year – I’m the managed services administrator now. I’m tasked with making sure that the we’re able to monitor our customer’s servers and networks and that we receive notifications of any failures. It’s alot of work but it keeps me busy.

We celebrated Christmas and New Years at my Mom’s – it was nice. We stayed up until 5:00AM – it was crazy! I’m too old. There, I said it. We watched the ‘new’ “Spiderman” and “Loopers” – the more you drink the better some movies are – just sayin’.

I feel very disappointed with the way our country voted in the 2012 election – a slim majority voted for someone I feel is a very poor choice as leader of the free world. We somehow re-elected a socialist, re-distributor of wealth who is bound and determined to change our country from a nation of producers to a nation of takers. Now, with the recent shooting tragedies this man has expressed his intention to push for MORE gun control instead of addressing what many have identified the main issue – mental health. On top of that, he and his minions in the Senate are unable to submit a budget as required by law but somehow feel qualified to choke our economy with a trillion dollar monstrosity of an abortion called the ‘affordable healthcare act’. Extended unemployment benefits. Quantitative easing (printing more money). Need to make sure you are saving money and have your firearms and ammo squared away.

15-JAN-09 Update

Ok, so I haven’t updated in a while.

Christmas.  What do you say about the holiday?  This day is made for children and this year was no exception.  Marisol had lost her ‘Bowie’ stuffed kitten – actually the character ‘Marie’ from the Disney cartoon ‘Aristocats’.  We found one on eBay, but didn’t notice that it was the larger one.  As far as Marisol knew, Bowie came home a little bigger.  She screamed when she opened the present.  Isabel had been asking for a scooter and Vicki found one at Target, a red one.  She’s an outside girl and it made her happy.  Sofia, being the girlie-girl that she is wanted and got a Barbie house.  (There were other gifts, but these stand out most for me.)

The other thing that makes Christmas special is all the family.  Sure we have our issues from time to time, but we’ll always be family.  Tamales, ham, snacks, drinks.  Music.  It’s all good.

Oh, Santa Ana got da Mama a new television.  She needed one.  The nice thing with the new Samsung’s is that they include digital TV receivers so she won’t need a separate receiver.  Ana also picked up a nice antenna, so da Mama now has stations that she didn’t know existed. 😀

New Years was nice, all football, all the time!  Again, family time.  Drinks, food, snacks, the usual.  What more can you say?

Marisol just had her 5th birthday (5-JAN-09).  She had cupcakes, which was important for her, some small gifts, and just had an all around good time.  My gift was some one-on-one time with her, I took her to McDonalds so she could play in their play center.  She wore a tiara.  She kept the tiara on when I took her to go pick up the twins at school.

Vicki had her birthday the next day (6-JAN-09).  We were kind of worn out, so we didn’t do anything that day.  We ended up going to Red Lobster on the Thursday before my birthday, which was Friday (9-JAN-09).

That’s enough for now. 🙄