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November 2006 articles

November 26, 2006

The real 'Christmas Story' home

As friends and family of mine can attest to, I've been a longtime fan of the movie A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd. I even sneak in a few showings during the 24-hour marathon over Christmas on TNT, but one guy's passion for the film is pretty amazing.

According to CNN, an individual in Cleveland, the primary location used to film the movie, bought Ralphie's home - literally. What he's done is purchase the home used for the exterior shots, restored the interior to match the film, and opened it for public tours. Now that's pretty hardcore fandom. When reading the full article, Fan brings 'Christmas Story' house to life on CNN, you get the sense he's financed his project by selling replica leg lamps.

I think Sam, Daisy and I will have to add that to our list of must see locations!

Posted by paul at 09:02 AM in Paul rant

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November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are preparing for our great Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. I've got the pumpkin pie in the oven, the turkey is thawing in the fridge and Daisy has moved into one of the drawers in my kitchen.

Literally, INTO the drawer. Please see pictures below. ;)

We have so much to be thankful for this year, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for friends, family and one heck of a tasty pumpkin pie.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Daisy Drawer 1

Daisy Drawer 2

Daisy Drawer 3

Posted by sam at 07:59 PM in Sam rant

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November 11, 2006

Give us land, lots of land

We have big news to share and YIPPEE, we can finally share it with Daisy's adoring public.

Next month we are moving back to Wyoming! Yes, you read it here first (HA HA Enquirer, beat ya' to it!), the nomadic side of the Janney family is getting ready to settle down in Paul's hometown, Cheyenne, Wyo. We are all so excited, especially Daisy because now she'll have plenty of time to play with Grandma and Grandpa Janney - oh yeah, and her crazy Aunt Jenna.

Paul and I will both begin work at Sierra Trading Post, he as their Sr. Web Designer and me as a Media/Retail Marketing Specialist. Since I will be going back to work Daisy will be spending her weekdays with her grandparents. It will be a big change for Daisy and I, honestly I think it will be harder on me than on her, BUT it will be so good for our family.

Last month we flew out to Cheyenne to 1) celebrate Halloween, 2) celebrate our 7th anniversary and 3) find a house. Luckily all three went very well! We will be closing on our new house on December 4 - it's a brand new home in a neighborhood called Western Hills. It has three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a great kitchen, formal dining, open floor plan and best of all... a fenced back yard fit for a princess.

This is our new house:

Home Sweet Home

The movers come and pack us on December 14, load us on the 15th and then we hit the road for Cheyenne on the 16. We will be camping out at Grandpa and Grandma's for a week or so while our "stuff" gets moved across country, hopefully we'll start moving in by the end of December.

We told Daisy about the big move earlier in the week during her nightly fudge bar consumption. At first she was shocked when we told her the good news, but as you can see she was quite happy when it sunk in.

Shocked

Happy

Of course that crazy grin could be a sugar high resulting from her fudge bar but I'd like to think she's smiling because she realizes that our new house has a big fenced back yard and she might have a"doggie" someday soon. Who knows? :)

Well that's the big news on our family's home front for now - thank you for checking in with us dear reader.

Posted by sam at 02:03 PM in Sam rant

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November 06, 2006

Daisy's updated top-10

So now that it's eight months later (can you believe it?!), we decided it was time to provide our dear readers with a fresh, new Daisy Top-10. For reference, here's the original Daisy Top-10 list posted way back in March.

10. Doggy
Right now it's all about doggies. Doggy this and doggy that. She even ventured into Cosette's lair, my parent's dog, over Halloween and snuck in some petting time.

9. Fudge bars
Since she started her adult diet sometime during the middle of the summer, she's been feasting on the finer foods in life including fudge bars. Not only are they a great way for her to bulk up, but she can devour them with merely a wince of brain freeze. Impressive.

8. Car chases
I suppose this is the California side of her, but whenever there's a good car chase on TV she is in the "Daisy Zone" and you can't peel her away.

7. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Mom and I are die hard "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" movie buffs, but being how Daisy is a "modern" girl she has very little time for the classic. Instead, she indulges her sweet tooth in more modern fare. Honestly, she can stay glued to this from opening-to-closing credits. Strike that, reverse it.

6. Peanuts' Singing Christmas Card
This is a more recent addition... as in over the weekend. On Saturday we braved the San Jose mall, including the Hallmark store where Sam gave Daisy a Peanuts' singing (piano playing) Christmas card to play with. When Sam attempted to put the card back Daisy freaked out. What the hey? For $5 it was money well spent as Daisy spent the rest of the time in the mall reading her card and listening to the piano music courtesy of Schroeder. She even fell asleep with it in the car.

5. Sleeping every which way but loose
Let's see, besides the usual places, car seats, high-chair, etc., she's also slept the opposite direction of her parents, feet up at the pillows, dangling over mom's legs (see pic) and her favorite, parallel to mom and dad forming an uppercase I in our bed. Hey, at least she's sleeping.

daisy_sam_sleeping.jpg

4. Airplane rides
Endless snacks, a window seat and 550 mph - what's not to like? Honestly, she's been a great little traveler and has been a joy to be with. How long will that last?

3. PBS
This was #3 before and still is...no point in changing a good thing - Teletubbies, Sesame Street, Barney, Caillou (the whiniest cartoon I've ever seen), Angelina Ballerina, Sagwa, Kipper... wow, there are a lot of shows on PBS and she really seems to enjoy them all. I think the Tubbies are her favorite because they sort of look like crazy little babies in wild outfits plus they eat that custard stuff which looks a lot like her Malt-O-Meal.

2. Mimicking mom and dad
A scary thought, eh? I suppose you need to know Sam and I. *wink* From hi's, bye's, razzys, awwwwwwwwww's and heys, she's become, as expected, one mouthy little girl. Good times.

1. Little Ms. Daredevil
If she's not attempting to climb the stairs, which she successfully navigated over the weekend under our watchful eye, she's bringing down baby gates (not sure how that happened), climbing between dining rooms chairs, mowing the lawn (j/k) or speed crawling between rooms, including couch diving, she's one fearless kid. Seeing her do this is both amazing and scary at the same time.

I for one, can't wait to see what the next eight months bring. Stay tuned.

Posted by paul at 07:37 PM in Paul rant

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November 01, 2006

Halloween night with our alley cat

We just got back from WYO - it was such a great time!

Halloween was a blast, Daisy went as an alley cat and was able to trick-or-treat in Nana and Grampa's neighborhood. She fell asleep on my chest when we visited with some neighbors, but overall she had a great time and actually collected treats from 10 houses. Well, daddy and I really collected the actual treats, but her sweet smile and wiggly tail won them all over.

Here is a picture from last night - please excuse the cruddy quality but Paul took it with his cell phone.

Halloween Daisy

Posted by sam at 04:20 PM in Sam rant

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We're OK

Just wanted to let readers of JFam know that I am OK. Yes, there was an explosion outside of PayPal Tuesday night, but luckily I, along with D and Sam were in Wyoming over the weekend. Thankfully, it sounds like there were no injuries.

Explosive shatters window at PayPal headquarters

Posted by paul at 02:38 PM in Paul rant

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