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November 2007 articles

November 23, 2007

It's the Great Turkey, Caleb Jon!

Yesterday was Caleb's first Thanksgiving. I'm not sure he got the whole gist of what was going on but he did really seem to enjoy hanging out with his family. Talk about a smiley boy!

This was Daisy's first Thanksgiving in Cheyenne; I started thinking that Daisy has actually spent each of her three Thanksgivings in different cities. Our little nomad. :)

We all got up around 7:30 (after Daisy slept the whole night in her own bed) and I made scrambled eggs and toast for everyone. Well, Caleb didn't get to partake of the morning "yum yum," but he did have a nice big ba-ba of his own. Afterwards, Daisy and I started making pies for dinner at Nonnie's house. We made pumpkin and pecan pie - we also made sweet potatoes and Great Grandma Eileen's Red and White Salad.

Daisy helped with the dishes (twice!) and then we got our nice digs on and it was "over the river and through the woods" to Connie and Rod's house. Check out these good lookin' kids.

Janney Kiddos

As usual, Thanksgiving at Connie's house was a true treat - Daisy wolfed down almost a whole can of black olives plus she and her Aunt Jenna ate a ton of homemade whipped cream. Afterwards we went out to Great Grandpa Gene and Great Grandma Fran's house to visit. Daisy managed to fall asleep while we were there and Caleb did a bunch of male bonding with Great Uncles Tom, DeLoyd and Jim.

He also visited with Great Aunts Lorraine and Mary.

We finally made it home with a sleepy Dilly and C-bass; both went to bed fairly early. Even this old mama went to bed early. :)

All in all it was a really nice Thanksgiving.

Thank you for checking in with the Janneys - we hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

Gobble gobble!

Posted by sam at 02:41 PM in Sam rant


November 16, 2007

New old job and Halloween.tv sold

Hello friends and family! There are two big announcements that I'm excited to share with everyone.

The first is on the career front where I've decided to work for PayPal again as a Sr. Designer, but unlike the first time around where it was wagons west and we headed for Cali as a family, this time I'll be working from their Cheyenne office. Ok, ok, they don't actually have a Cheyenne office, but I will be working remotely from home and will be their lone Wyoming employee. Everyone knows the best designers come from Cowboy Country *wink*. Overall, it's just a great opportunity and a unique twist on the role which was something I just had to try. I spent the past week in San Jose getting my PayPal employment paperwork completed and laptop in hand. Everyone was super cool and it was great to see old friends again. It was sad to leave Sierra as it's a great environment that I will definitely miss. I made some good friends there and plan on visiting for a few games of pong whenever I get the chance. Sam will also remain at Sierra in her current role where she has grown into quite the Retail and Marketing/PR specialist for them.

The second piece of news is just as the headline stated. Over the summer I started to discuss the possibility of selling the domain name halloween.tv and as of last Thursday the sale officially happened. It was pretty exciting to have my first official "start-up" idea so to speak move on. The buyer is a good guy and I can't wait to see what they eventually do with the name. I've already purchased another domain name and someday hope to have the old site up and running again. We'll just have to wait and see what comes out of our idea kitchen.

Lastly, I have to give everyone an update on the kids. Daisy is doing awesome and is taking both gymnastics and music classes. We're still trying to find an acceptable daycare system for her, but neither we or grandma are in any hurry. As for Caleb he just keeps growing like a weed. We expect him to start shaving any day now. He's just a monster kid with an amazing sense of humor.

That about wraps it up for now. Hope everyone is doing well as we head into the Holiday season. I promise pictures next time we post.

Posted by paul at 09:04 AM in Paul rant


November 01, 2007

Two Halloween ghouls and two parents

We like Halloween. OK, what I meant to say was we LOVE Halloween. We even got married on October 30...eight years for those counting. Wednesday was no exception as Sam and I took the day off from work and devoted it to some quality haunting time with our two ghouls Daisy and Caleb, or as Daisy calls him, B-Bass. Funny, not sure where that name came from, but he's stuck with the moniker now. Onto the goodies...

As for costumes, Daisy, who was dressed as a purple leopard due to a last minute Care Bear costume malfunction, actually got in two rounds of trick-or-treating. One at Sierra Trading Post and the other after dinner in my old neighborhood. B-Bass on the other hand was decked out in his bear costume, which barely fit but held up fine for his purposes of simply posing and being cute. Overall the kids seem to have a great time and Daisy had no problems reaching into candy bowls and taking one, two, three and sometimes four pieces of candy. I think it became a game. No bowl, no interested kid is how the day transpired.

So what did mom and dad do? Well, besides escorting Thing 1 and Thing 2 as they chugged along the trick-or-treat trail, Sam spent time recovering from a cold and I decided to volunteer for my beloved Knights of Pythias Haunted House. It was a special guest appearance by the evil clown which was received with open arms by some of my old friends there. My first year working the house was 1994. Hard to believe it's been that long.

Last, but not least here's a pic of the family including fully costumed out kids. Happy Halloween!

janney halloween fun

Posted by paul at 07:57 PM in Paul rant