Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 2011 Newsletter!

Lauren & Zachary
(November 2011 Newsletter)
            It’s the last day of November, one more day till December! I am sooo excited for Christmas this year, it will be our first Christmas since getting married which brings a lot of fun memories since it was this time of year that we got engaged, on the 11th it will be the anniversary of the day Zach proposed. J Cheesy I know but fun just the same. But staying on task here, November was a blast! A few of the main events being both my (Lauren’s) parents’ birthdays, Dad’s on the 12th and Mom’s is today, the 30th. We had a combined birthday celebration with the whole family at Tucanos Brazilian Grill (Yuuuum!) which was a blast. We stuffed ourselves with all the delicious goodies and even got to embarrass the parents by having them sang to, with tambourines and the whole bit, it was great fun!
            Zachary has been working hard on finishing up his school applications J we’re getting really anxious and excited! Hopefully he gets into several so that we have some options in where we move and where I transfer to finish my undergrad, but who knows where we’ll end up. It will be an adventure whatever happens, I just hope and pray that Zach can get into a program that he enjoys and can really excel in. Good luck Zachie!
            I’ve still been working at Wolcott Optical, though I am applying to some flower shops in the area, I would adore being back in that field and with any luck they need some holiday help. It would be a dream and a half to be working with flowers and plants again, and I need to work on fleshing out my resume with more experience in horticulture.
            Zach and I have been trying to be healthier (riiiiiiight…) so we have started a work out/eating healthy contest. Good luck to us, so far Zach is winning at the work out, and I am winning at drinking water (yahoo). The prize at the end of two months is choosing a dinner date, though knowing us Tucanos will win and we’ll end up undoing any progress hopefully made. Haha just kidding we’ll be good! :S
            We have been delightfully on top of our Christmas shopping this year, and are actually almost finished! Just a few here and there to go and we’ll be done! We had a really fun day shopping around a few weeks ago, but we’re stumped on a few. What are some good smaller gifts for teenage boys? We’re not very creative I’m afraid.
            Some more fun this months were the mission farewells for some very close family friends, boys my siblings and I have grown up with. Evan Mydell, and Jack Parker, best buds (Annie’s clan) who have been in our ward since we were all just babes, shared a farewell the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The next was for John Clark, a dear friend since our cousins Erin and Michael married his cousin Sam, and sister Lisa Jane (who just had a new baby, darling Zander!) was this last Sunday the day after we got back from Denver. They all gave excellent talks and we know they will be great missionaries, we’ll miss them!
            The grand finale of this month was the trek to Denver, Colorado for a Thanksgiving family reunion! We were up Thanksgiving Day at 3am to finish last minute prep, a quick trip to the airport to drop of Glenn and Shannon’s van, back home to herd the very drowsy Thomas and Daniel into the car, and we were off! Zach had spent the previous night burning some awesome CDs to keep us entertained along the way, so we watched the sun rise to such awesome tunes as “Opossum in a Gum Tree”, and “Dixie” by the 2nd South Carolina String Band, Zach singing all the way! I’m sure the boys were loving us at that point. Hahah! The drive there was fairly painless; we stopped for breakfast and a picnic lunch and arrived in Denver about 2pm, 9 hours later. Daniel and Thomas were a riot, teasing and singing and speaking Korean the whole way. Thanksgiving was great, with food and pie all around! We were on dish duty… L a huuuge bummer with the massive crowed of eaters, but we missed most of the prep so I guess that’s what we get. J Of course one of the highlights of the weekend was all of the new babies, and babes to come! Two week old Zander Hofmann (Mike and Lisa’s third) and two month old Eleanor Jean McCoy (Matt and Lisa’s first!) were passed around like bags of potatoes along a trail of Germ-Xed hands waiting to squish on them. They are both darling babes and we are so excited for them and the three soon to come, to Janci and Andrew (1st), Cynthia and James (3rd) and Ryan and Kelli (2nd), good luck moms!  Introducing Zach to some of the family was a lot of fun, including Cynthia and her wild gang, Ryan and his, and the newlywed only a day earlier, Uncle David and now Aunt Lori! He went through the official initiation of choosing a pocket knife from Uncle David’s collection. All the grandkids and cousins have one of Uncle David’s knives; Zach’s big black knife is a bit more vicious looking than my tiny ivory one that I picked years ago. :P The next few days were spent visiting and antique shopping and swimming at the hotel most of the gang was staying at (We crashed at Uncle Kelly and Aunt Teresa’s which was great!) amidst the parties spread across Denver at all the different relatives houses. One fun night was spent laughing at Zach and James (Cynthia’s honey) playing the awesome video game Portal. What a riot! We enjoyed the short time we had there, I particularly enjoyed the treat of knitting a lot with my darling Aunt Leslie who taught me to knit years ago when I spent a few summers with her. J Good times! Finally after a big breakfast at Mike and Lisa’s we began the long drive home, which seemed to last ages this time! We left a lot later in the day and took a different route home, which was lovely, yet it felt a lot longer driving that long in the dark through the canyons. Thomas and Daniel had as much fun as ever (THOOMAAAS!!! Cries Daniel each time he is harassed or woken up) which kept us entertained, and we finally arrived home at almost 10pm. Yahoo! It was crazy but it sure was good to see everyone. Thanks all for coming and for having us! :D
            The last bit of news that we are all super excited about we received just this last Sunday night, the day after getting home. Julie and Adam have a baby!!! They received an email and a few pictures from the adoption agency, and they have found a baby girl in Ethiopia only ten days younger than Julie’s sister Lisa and Mat’s baby girl. Those two gals are going to be darling! Her name (as far as we’ve heard) is Zadie Mae, and we can’t wait to see her in a few months. Congrats Jorgensens!
            This is a big one this month, I’ll shorten it for the newsletter, but the details are what make it fun to read years from now. Everyone remembers we went to Denver, but being reminded of the small fun stuff makes it all work while. J    We’re both working away, happy and healthy, the cat is getting fatter by the day, haha, and we’ll see ya next month. Be safe Mary and Davin and kiddies on your way to Germany, we will miss you guys, and will definitely be out to visit. Love you all!

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