Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New York, New York

As many of you know, I work for a really great company called Savage. Don't feel bad if you have never heard of them. I only learned they existed a little over a year ago. Since joining them, I truly feel fortunate to be a part of such a great organization. Lots of companies say they care about their employees and will always do "what's right," but those are words Savage lives by.

As an example, each year Savage holds a managers meeting in some great city in America. The best part is that not only is it all inclusive, but you get to take your spouse. Yes, there are a few meetings here and there, but we spent a lot more time out of meetings, than in them. This year it was in New York City. We couldn't have been more excited since Hannah and I haven't had a day away from the kiddies since we moved away from Utah. So, off we went.

Here are some pictures from our trip. You'll have to forgive us that there aren't any of our kids in these pictures since they are the reason why most of you come to our blog. You will also have to excuse the fact that each picture is mostly filled with our faces. We didn't want to bother other people so we just took the pictures ourselves. Here we go:

This picture is out of order because this actually happened on the last night, but they have a big awards dinner and all of the new managers are given a manager's ring and they have to stand up in front of everyone and yell, "I commit." Meaning you commit to the Savage values. It's a little cultish, but it's all just part of working for the man.

Talk about bad luck. I've been in New York for 5 minutes and a piece of my pasta falls right onto the only white part of my shirt. Can you believe it?
They took all 400 of us on a bus tour through out the city. It was a little boring, but nice because they showed us a lot of things we wouldn't have known otherwise. We stopped at Central Park for a few pictures.

I've always had a little bit of a rebellious flare. This is me standing on the grass, right in front of a sign that says, "Don't Stand on the Grass." I'm born to be wild.
It's my goal in life to make Hannah feel embarrassed and uncomfortable so this is me making her stand under some vines. I asked her to pretend to be a jungle animal, but this is the best I could get out of her. The look she is giving me is the, "Why are you making me do this," look.
The first night they took us on a really nice dinner cruise. This was something we always wanted to do, so we loved it. It was way to see all of the sights of the city in a whole new way. Even though it was the middle of June, it was freezing out there.
On the bus tour we stopped at this old church. We were told it is the same church George Washington took his men to pray. We wanted to take a picture of the cemetery but decided it wouldn't be polite to smile, so we are looking somber.
Savage incorporates a service project into each manager's event so this year we were divided up into 40 teams of 10 and given $1000 and told to go and do some good. So, my group arranged with the Harlem hospital to paint the waiting room to their Children's Psychiatric hospital. It was fun to be a part of this, but even after we were done, we really felt like we wanted to do more.

I think I was the only person who left with paint on them, and I was covered in it.
Here we are in front of the Rockefeller center. Man, we are a good looking couple.
That night, they treated each of to a Broadway play. We went to the Little Mermaid. It was absolutely fantabulous. I will admit, I was afraid I as going to be disappointed, but it really was amazing. We only wish our Molly could have been there to see it.
Before the play the Managers/Spouses met in the Rainbow room on the 64th floor of the GE Building at the Rockefeller Center for dinner. We ate some pretty weird things that night, but I think the weird looking stuff tasted better than the normal looking stuff.
Here we are at the play. Whooo, my wife is hot!

Yum, Chocolate.
Here we are in time square.
We had a few hours on Saturday before we were to leave for the airport so we took a subway across town to walk through the Metropolitan Museum of art. By the time we made it there we realized we only had about 1 hour to do the whole museum and the $20 price tag (which I later found out is a suggested donation, not a must) scared us off. So, we still went to their gift shop, bought some magnets and went and sat on a bench in Central Park. Hannah took a picture of this guy walking and playing the ucalayle (aka a Banjo, ha ha, inside joke). Weird.
Anyway, we made it home on Saturday night and there was both of our children as anxious as ever to see us. It was such a warm welcome home and we missed them so much. Molly even "surprised" us when we came through the door and then kept running from Hannah, to me, and back to Hannah giving us hugs and kisses. It was so nice knowing we were missed. We missed them a ton, and a ton. She then insisted she had her picture taken with her Little Mermaid Sea Shell Purse, she was very excited about it, even though I think she was more excited about the M&M we brought her from the plane and the $3 umbreally we bought when it was raining in China town. Kids are wierd.

We really need to thank Hannah's mom, Lynda, for flying out and staying with our babies. We could never thank you enough.

Peace out!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Here is where we've been...

For people who don't go anywhere, we sure go a lot of places. It's been a busy month and I wouldn't even call it the busiest month of the summer. Below is our month in pictures. Enjoy!
As you can see by the look on Molly's face, this was a fun month. We did a ton of really great things.
Hannah crossed another thing off of her home improvement list by turning this old hand-me-down table (Thanks Glen & Lori) into a hip and trendy table that goes right along with the look of our kitchen. We figure we can get a few more miles out of the old gal.
We are getting a lot of use out of our zoo pass. Hannah went with some friends in May and we finally let Molly partake in the water park. She had a slammin' good time...that's right...slammin'! (That's not a real turtle)
Molly asks nearly on a daily basis to tell, in detail, about all of the holidays. Memorial Day is known as the day Daddy gets to stay home for work, and that's pretty much all we of course we BBQed.
Molly and Maria looking at the Giraffes
Wet and Wild fun at the zoo.
We went to another Astros game. As you can see this picture was obviously taken before they started losing, because we are smiling. Don't worry 'stros, we still have faith in you.
Molly enjoying the game. I love having a daughter that loves baseball.
We were on a drive the other day and ran into a drive-in theatre. The double feature was Indiana Jones and Iron Man, so we couldn't pass it up ($5 for 2 movies). A couple of people we know made fun of the Drive in Movie theatre in Morgantown (Brandon and Tanner) and said it looked like they hung a sheet up in the middle of nowhere (see here, almost at the bottom) and so we thought we would see if this was better.

Our plan was to make sure Molly was exhausted so that she would fall asleep on the way and then we could make her a bed in the back as we watched the movie...and it WORKED! Until the second movie started, then she was wide awake. So, we were bad parents and let her watch Enchanted on her on mini-DVD player at 12:00 at night. I know, I know, someone call Child Protective Services.
Annie, on the other hand, did not fall asleep until the second movie started, but she got a kick out of hanging out in the back of the car and climbing all over mom and dad.

Here she is, waiting for the movie to start.

Earlier that day we drove to the country to a peach orchard that had peaches ready for the picking. They were some pretty good peaches. Smaller than any other peach I have ever seen, but really good flavor. We had a lot of fun.
Dad and daughter stop for a moment, to talk about the meaning of life. Isn't it about...time...this message was brought to by the....uhh...just kidding
Cute. Sorry Ladies...he's taken.
This is what Annie did the whole time we were picking peaches. She is so lazy....haha.
This was the Fruit (haha) of our labors. A delicious peach pie made by my delicious wife. It was so good. You missed out.

I had a business trip to Baton Rouge on Thursday and Friday. Since the trip was within driving distance and backed up to the weekend I thought the family should come along, and they did. Hannah kept herself busy by going to the zoo here (our zoo pass gets into here for free too). She said the girls had fun, but it was a funny zoo because chain-link fences like the one above was the only thing that stood in between you and the animals (Ever wonder how that tiger got a hold of that person last year, it's because of zoos like this).
Molly in front of the hotel fountain.
We drove down to New Orleans on Friday night and stayed in this little Boutique (not sure why it's called a boutique). It was not a typical hotel room. Very old fashioned, very high ceilings, and very interesting.
As her father I feel it my duty to put the most embarrassing pictures of her on the blog. I think she is excited to go swimming.
Here is me and the daughter down at the french quarter getting ready to partake of some delicious southern/french food. Mine was delicious. Although I wouldn't tell someone to plan a specific vacation to go to New Orleans I would tell you, that if you are ever in the area you should go see it. It's unlike anywhere else in the USA. It's like you are stepping into another country...the buildings, the foods, the smells, the people. It's a pretty unreal experience.

A street performer. All I can say is I was wearing shorts a T-shirt and was leaking like a sieve. This feller in the winter coat, well (insert some analogy about ice melting really fast), and that is what he was doing here.
Everywhere we went there was cool exposed brick like this, so we tried to have a mini, on-the-spot picture session. This is the best we could come up with for the girls so it lets you know how that went.
Here is Miss Molly.
Annie is always good for a smile.
Well, as you can see, these past few weeks have been exhausting. Almost as exhausting as this post. Take care everyone and check back soon for a gazillion more fun things we will be doing this summer. We love you all.