Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bart's Family Update

Bart’s Family Update

Calendar Girl Excitement!

I would fist like to say hi to everyone and send a big thank you out to Jen for coming up with the idea of sending these family updates out. I have truly enjoyed reading the stories that have already been sent and look forward to the ones coming up in future months. So… a big GRACIAS to you Jen!!

What’s Going on with me...

Well, as you all know I am turning the big “4-0” this year and it made me realize that I haven’t really done much just for myself in the past 15 or so years. So… I decided I am going to do more things that interest me. I started searching the internet to find things I would like to do and came across some classes offered through Branford High Continuing Education.
The first class I took was a jazzercise class. Well, let me tell you, this girl don’t have any rhythm at all!! I did okay with the stretching and exercise parts, but when it came down to actually dancing – what a mess!! Although the women who already had the routine down were very encouraging, I felt very awkward with the movements and, needless to say, did not sign up for a second session.

I also took a cake decorating class. I had signed up for this class a few times when I lived in Stratford, but it always was cancelled due to lack of interest. I guess there are a lot more people who plan to bake cakes in Branford, because the class was packed! It was fun, but I knew a lot of the basics from working at Carvel, so didn’t really learn a lot. I did however learn how to make roses, so to me it was worth it! I plan to take an advanced cake decorating class later in the year. Who knows, maybe this could be a future career move for me!

Another thing I’m excited about is the cooking classes Rick and I will be signing up for next month. There is a chef in Guilford who does them right in her home. Our goal is to learn to make healthy, delicious meals, and to have a LOT of fun in the kitchen together, (when the girls aren’t around of course!) I’ve heard food can be very erotic! ;)
I would also like to take ballroom dance classes; give the dancing thing one more shot! Rick says he will take them with me on one condition - if I go sky diving with him. Not sure if ballroom dancing is really worth it!

There are a lot more things I want to do such as traveling, art classes, karate, etc., etc. Rick refers to this as my “bucket list”. I figure I might as well start crossing things off now, before the next 40 years fly by!

Home Depot - Still going strong!

Work for me is going well. I just hit my 17 year anniversary this month. Who would have thunk??!! When I first got hired, I figured I would be with the company for a year tops! It’s actually been a great company to work for. Being back in the District Office gives me a lot more flexibility than working in the store. My bosses are very understandable when it comes to the girls and allow me to take time off to attend school functions, doctor appointments, etc. I recently took Lauren with me on “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day”. Heck, they even let me bring the dog!!

A recently shaved Shaia enjoys her day

at The Home Depot District Office

Rick is a Saint!

Poor man didn’t realize what he was getting into when he decided to settle down with me!! I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve him, but I am so happy he is willing to put up with all the chaos that my family and I have brought into his quiet and peaceful life. He is so patient and understanding it is unbelievable. He is building such a close relationship with Rebecca now. In the beginning we were a little worried about her accepting him, but now she refers to Rick as her “best friend.” Lauren has always adored him and their bond continues to grow every day. Nick respects him so much and constantly looks to him for advice. What a difference it makes in a relationship when everybody really likes each other!
He is still working with Behr Paint. He had thoughts of changing his career path and then realized that the freedom he has with this job is not worth giving up for a few more dollars and a lot more aggravation! He cherishes the time he has with me and the girls and does not want to jeopardize that at any cost.
He continues to do his spin class 4 times a week and works out every day. Yes, I mean EVERY day… sickening isn’t it? Wish I had that kind of commitment!


Rick and I haven’t set a wedding date as of yet, but we are talking about doing something this summer, maybe at the house – if it ever gets finished. YES… we are doing MORE remodeling! DOES IT EVER END??!! We are currently opening up the kitchen/dining room area. We put in new stairs to the 2nd floor and are doing some things in the living room to make it more “cozy”. I KNOW… It’ll sure be nice once it’s all finished!
Watch the mail for a special invitation!!

Nick finishing his junior year

Can you believe Nick will be turning 21 this year?? I just can’t accept the fact that I’ll have a child old enough to go out and have a cocktail with!
He is wrapping up his junior year at Sacred Heart University and is doing very well. His major is in business, and he seems to easily comprehend it. He has always been intrigued on how businesses run, so hopefully that will help him to excel in his career once he is out of college. His last two semesters GPA’s were over 3.50 and he made the Dean’s list twice, which I’m very proud of.

Nick left The Home Depot to try working with Gary in construction. That didn’t work out and after a short stint with the Big Y Deli, he decided The Home Depot wasn’t so bad. Thanks to his “connections” he was rehired back into the Stratford store.

Jessica is still in the picture, but I think he’s realizing she is not the right one for him. He had a little scare with a bad mix of prescription drugs (Lexapro, to help him with slight depression and Prednisone, which was a steroid prescribed to him when he had pleurisy (an inflammation of the lungs). The chemical reaction of the two did something to bring his psyche to a crash and he ended up being admitted to Yale Psychiatric Hospital for a week – HOW SCARY! They straightened out his “meds” and put him on a different anti depressant and he is doing much better. I think the experience put things into perspective for him. It helped him to see how much everyone cares about him and how important he is to the people in his life. It also made him realize he needs to have people in his life. Nick has always been sort of an introvert, and after this happened he seems to be opening up and reaching out to people more, which is nice to see.

Unfortunately, I don’t have an updated picture on my computer of him to share. He’s growing his hair out, so just picture Tony Molina, only a little taller! I’ll definitely have a picture of him for my next newsletter!

Rebecca – A Talented Young Lady

Rebecca is finishing up the 2nd grade this year. She is doing very well; school comes very easy for her.

She is taking dance lessons (ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop) and can really shake her booty! Unfortunately, she does not want to join again next year. I was kind of hoping she would stick with it, but oh well! Don’t want to pressure her. I asked if she wanted to try something else and nothing really sparks her interest. I’m thinking about signing her up for art classes over the summer, but we’ll see.

She does like to play the electric guitar I had gotten her for her birthday a couple of years ago. She sits on her bed, strums her guitar and makes up songs. Some of them are actually not bad! She is not interested in taking lessons, or else I’d sign her up in a second - I may have a future American Idol contestant on my hands!

Lauren – Like mother like daughter

Rick refers to Lauren as “mini – me”. She is such a clumsy, goofy girl with a big heart. It’s so funny to see so much of me in her – poor thing! She does a lot of things that I used to do as a kid. She LOVES all her “Stuffty” (stuff –tee) animals and sets them up on her bed and in their strollers all around her bed before going to sleep every night. They all have to be in their proper places. I had put one behind another one night and she said “Mommy, can you please not put that one behind him, because then he can’t see me.” Too cute!!

Lauren takes dance also, but like me is VERY uncoordinated! She is constantly fiddling with her hair and looking around to see what is going on instead of paying attention to her teacher. She definitely won’t be going next year – her choice of course!!
Lauren does well in first grade. She is in a “looping class”, which I think will be good for her. She really likes her teacher and her class mates. She loves to meet new kids and has no qualms about going up to someone she doesn’t know to try to make friends with them. (Hmmm… can that be a little Norm

coming out in her??!!)

An Invitation...

Girls Night Out on the Beach!!

I will be hosting a jewelry party on Saturday, June 28th. There will be no pressure to buy. It’s just a time to get together with friends to enjoy some cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while browsing through a collection of Silpada Jewelry. An invitation will be sent out when it gets closer to the date. I hope you can make it!!

Until Next Time...
I’ll leave you all with a little poem that I thought was very fitting to the reason we decided to send these updates out…

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids on a merry go round?
Or listened to the rain slapping the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun in the fading night?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast.
Time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask “How are you?” do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You’d better slow down, don’t dance so fast.
Time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child we’ll do it tomorrow,
And in your haste not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch let a good friendship die
‘Cause you never had time to call and say “hi”?
You’d better slow down, don’t dance so fast.
Time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift… thrown away.
Life is not a race, do take it slower,
Hear the music before the song is over.

I look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Love and miss you all!!
Love, Bart