Sunday, December 18, 2011

Wier Family: The Holiday Update

What we did, where we went and general bragging about the kids


Both Jason and I are in new jobs this year. Jason is working for a company called Linium, out of NY, but he has been on contract for Constellation Energy in Baltimore. He travels every other week, and while the early morning and late night flights aren’t very fun, he has built up a nice amount of hotel and airline mileage which we used to have some stellar vacations this year.

I started a new job a couple weeks ago with MicroD, Inc. I am still getting used to going and working for a company, instead of freelancing, but it has been great so far. I am looking forward to the continuous challenge and learning new stuff—and I have a renewed appreciation for having a great team to work with!

Nathan and Morgan are doing great! Nate is in second grade and has taken to reading in such a way that just amazes Jason and I. It is not unusual for Nathan to read a 250-page chapter book in a night, forgoing sleep to finish it. Nathan is a sweet and energetic kid, who played soccer this year, took piano, dance lessons, and loves boy scouts. Nate does well in every subject at school—especially spelling, and while we have no idea where he gets that talent, we are so proud of him.

Morgan is 2 and a half and doing all the age appropriate things one would expect from a boy his age—including getting into just about everything and channeling a trapeze artist at all opportunities. He is learning new things every day and chats away in both English and Spanish. We don’t know what the next year will hold for Mo, but I am sure it will be an adventure.

Jason turned 40 in March and I tried very hard to surprise him with the trip of a lifetime. Well, I did not surprise him (he is hard to surprise and I can’t keep a secret), but I was able to arrange a pretty awesome party in Vegas with some good friends.

This summer we had a great trip to the beach with my sisters, their husbands and kids, and mom and dad. Quick breakdown: 10 adults, 6 kids… three of whom were 2, packed into a beach house. It was a wonderful family vacation filled with the usual excess of failed naps, a high laptop to adult ratio, sandy shoes and sunburns and great family cooking.

Jason and I spent a nice anniversary in Cancun where we enjoyed some of the most amazing scenery and some great adventuring (jungle tour, cave snorkeling, zip lines). It was a nice getaway to celebrate 13 years.

Then most recent trip was a 5-day Vegas vacation where we indulged in amazing food at the equally amazing Cosmopolitan Hotel courtesy of Jason’s Marriot points. We caught a little bit of the World Poker Tour final table, a fun show and took a helicopter flight over the strip. It was super fun!

For this Christmas we will be going down to Florida to visit Jason’s parents and brothers. We are looking forward to spending some great family time to wrap up this wonderful fun and family-filled year!


We want to stay in touch throughout the year, so feel free to connect with us on Facebook or our Family Blog. We post pics of the kids and updates on everything from the profoundly mundane to the amazingly magnificent on a fairly regular basis – ok mostly mundane… but it is still good stuff!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall 2011 Update

Based on the number of photos on my phone, it must be time to update this blog! Below is a pic from the triathlon I ran in September. No great time to record, but I did finish--and that was no small feat. As you can see from the wetsuit, I had to don this sexy outfit to avoid freezing in the lake. It was a very cold day. As it turned out, the lake was not as bad a getting out of the lake! Note that the pic is blurry. That is because my friend Peg is holding the camera and shaking because it was so cold. Have I mentioned it was COLD?!
 Next year I will have to focus more on my running. My swimming is decent (or rather... awesome) and my biking is what it is (slow, but hard to improve unless I commit more time than there is in a season)---but my running has LOTS of room for improvement. As in, I could actually run. I make the motions of running, I breathe like someone who is running, but toddlers could pass me. In fact, everyone passes me. So... it is good to know what I need to work on!

Ah yes, the boys making crazy faces in their Steelers gear! It seems that Nathan has taken to crazy faces. It could be because he is currently missing 5 teeth from that adorable little face of his and he is compensating. Who knows. Note that Morgan is blurry in this and most other pics because he never stops moving.

 Except when he is drinking chocolate milk... then I can take a dozen good pictures of this little cherub.
We took the boys to get pumpkins... and yes, we live in a place where you can pick pumpkins in shorts and short sleeves... gotta love that.

 Nate has improved his soccer skills whilst testing my getting-mud-out-of-soccer-clothes skills.
 For Halloween I was really inspired by that cute car commercial where the little kid is dressed up like Darth Vader and uses "the force" to turn on his dad's car -- anyway, my Darth Vader was so supped up on sugar his normal inability to sit still was worsened 10-fold. I got no good pictures of Darth Vader. It just was not meant to be!
 Nathan wanted to be a ninja for Halloween. He was super cute as usual and despite my bad photography here you can see he is amped up and ready to go hunt down some candy.

Here is one of smiley-Mo with a half-a-grandma head! That is the blondest kid I have ever seen. The innocent look will suit him well and likely get him out of some of the trouble he is sure to get into.

Another crazy Nate-face as the boys enjoy the neighborhood bounty that is now theirs, (or, rather mine as I consume about 1000 calories in candy while I blog!)

That is about it here. Jason and I are off to Las Vegas for a little R&R at the end of this week. We are very much looking forward to getting away and letting loose a little before I start my new job on the 9th.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September -- POOF summer is gone.

Well - we had a fantastic summer with a lot of great activities - but it went by so quickly. Morgan is now officially 2 and a half and has the attitude to prove it. Now *nearly potty trained and *almost 100% verbal, the child is a dynaMO - pun intended. He likes to do everything his big brother does and the first time he realizes he is a lot younger and therefore not allowed to do what Nathan is doing--we will have one sad kid. Morgan's Spanish skills are crazy-good, at least in that he understands anything said to him in Spanish, and he often will speak back in Spanish, even when spoken to in English. Either we have to completely confused the poor child, or we've done him a huge favor. Time will tell!

Jason has taken to riding his bike with Morgan on the back -- and MO just LOVES it. Nate peddles along side and has built up quite the athletic physique with soccer and his regular outdoor activities. Nathan is doing well in second grade and is busy with soccer, boyscouts and piano lessons.

We went on an overnight family camping trip with the boy scouts a couple weeks ago. That was a ton of fun and I thank engineers for developing better tents ad air mattresses - two things not available when I went camping with the girl scouts years ago. Of course, back then I did not have to worry about sharing a tent with a 2-year-old who was having trouble sleeping! Note to self - get two tents next time or leave Mo with the grandparents!

Jason is working a couple 4-day stints a month is Baltimore, but is working at home a lot more, and it is wonderful to have him around to play with the boys and spoil me. His job is going well and in his spare time he has developed a phone app. - Very cool, details to follow after the patent process is done :)

My business is going well and I am enjoying the current schedule with 3 hard-core work days followed by 4 days at home with the boys on most weeks. My training for the triathlon has come to a close... since it is in 3 days! I am very much looking forward to completing that race, hopefully in less time than last year!

The weather here in Charlotte is FANTASTIC  - and this week has been no exception. I can't imagine living anywhere else. Most days I work from a picnic table outside and know that I am probably one of the luckiest people in the world as far as that goes. I do wish we had more friends here though... so I am working on that one.

Jason and I are planning a November getaway to Vegas, which we are looking forward to. I will post some pics when I get a chance!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer 2011

My boys and their games. I suppose it really is no surprise, with two parents who can't stay off their computers, my kids are pre-destined to be drawn to a keyboard or controller.... Here is Nate enjoying a "Nathan Latte" at "the office" doing "some work" with me. I told him it was take your kid to work day!

Here is pic of Mo at BestBuy trying to get a view of the newest game system. You can't see it -- but he climbed up to get onto the display... no surprise. He looks like such a big boy to me here.

Jason and I snuck away for a long weekend in Cancun this week. It was absolutely breathtaking and I will let the pictures speak for themselves-- We had a WONDERFUL time eating and reading on the beach. The pool with the swim-up bar featured the warmest pool water I have ever been in and the sand was white and fine--the ocean that indescribable turquoise blue which never seems real... Cancun may be the most beautiful place on Earth.

On the first day there we went on a jungle adventure - zip lines, sky-cycle, repelling, cave swimming (zip-lining into and through the cave) and some seriously dangerous things that would never happen in the States... but it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We spent the day in and out of the water and up in the tree-tops, so I couldn't take any photos, but Jas has some short video clips I will share as soon as I can. THAT was an amazing and tiring day that I will not forget!

 My sexy husband.
 The Hotel: Casa Magna had some fantastic architecture -- This is a magical place.
 The hotel had some extraordinary sculpture -- the all had a "resting" theme which I enjoyed. I wish I had taken more pictures because they were so beautiful.
 I may get this pic turned into a large print... I love how the light hits the pillars.

 Aren't we cute...
 He is amazing...
This is another one that I loved. I wish I had taken it a little clearer... It made me miss the kids. 

All in all a WONDERFUL summer so far. I am looking forward to the months ahead!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Deep in the Heart of Summer

The Wier Family: Charlotte Edition, is deep into summer fun! It is HOT here in the Carolinas, with temps in the high 80s and 90s. This is a pic from the park this weekend. My boys are looking good, and growing so fast.
Nathan enjoyed a week at Boy Scout Camp and made this fabulous boat for the rain gutter regatta. The boy scout camp was a big hit, with archery, BB guns, sling-shots, mud, and dust and swimming and canoes. He had a blast and was absolutely exhausted at the end of each day.

The boys got haircuts - and Morgan had his first "real" cut since we trimmed his baby mullet over a year ago. He actually sat pretty well (with a couple lollipop bribes) and the haircut turned out super-cute.
Nate went for "tough" and got his version of a mohawk. Not exactly my favorite cut on him, but he decided, it IS summer and I am sure that it can be put back into proper order before second grade starts!
Here are the boys post-haircut with Daddy.
And here is the classic picture of Morgan getting into trouble after moving a piece of my furniture... I think he wanted to look out the door window... but he may have been trying to reach the deadbolt so he could escape!
Here is a cute one of my blonde baby. He is getting so grown-up!
Happy Fourth of July to all!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Couple more beach photos

Beach Photos borrowed from my sister's much more complete and lovely blog...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Gratitude - Lessons from the Beach and Beyond

What do you get when you put 9 related adults and 6 children in a beach house for a week?

Answer: plenty of time in the sand and water, a relentless stomach bug, several fevers, at least 7 temper-tantrums, an empty bottle of Disarrono, an ant invasion, sunburns, smores, cuddle time with a lovely (and well-behaved) baby, and a lot of fun.

...and the decision to wait two years to do it again!

Seriously, we had a great time and I am looking forward to seeing the pictures that Jake took since I did not get around to taking many (my 2-year-old was the least behaved child, and also the most sick, and subsequently taking pics was low on my list).

That said... I did get a few good ones on the ol' camera phone.

 Erin and Sweet Maya and Mr. Cutsie Xander
 My Stud Muffin and my Mini-Me

 McKenzie and Nate hamming it up
 My Big Kid
 Ella making an Ella-face
 Xander - amazingly wonderful 2-year old going on 7...
 My sweet boy
 Half the grandkids + half a Xander
 All the Grandkids in one place for a moment
 Got two pics and then it was over - they move so quick!
 Big Nate and Baby Maya
Hey... let's do this again... in like 25 months!

So here are my lessons from the beach (and beyond)

1) First, you can prepare and prepare, plan and pack (and pack and pack) But when traveling with 15 people, you will need to make at least 1 trip to the Piggly-Wiggly per day.

2) There should be a 2 adult to each 2-year-old rule at all times.

3) No one should be allowed to be sick while on vacation.

4) Massage Therapists should come with the cost of all beach house rentals.

5) Coming home to a clean house, clean sheets, and a house that never weathered Hurricane Hugo is a beautiful thing.

I love my family and I love vacations. I am so fortunate to be able to share these experiences with my sisters and their families; to give my kids these memories and to find a way to make it work. When we asked Nathan what his favorite part of the vacation was, I figured he would talk about the time we snuck away to the ice cream parlor and got dishes of bubble-gum ice cream, or the bike rides with his dad, or the boogie-boarding, or Fort Sumter with Grandma. His answer: getting to see "the whole family together -- except for Uncle Shane who will be there next time."

Yup. See ya next time. Me... I am going to start saving now. $40 a month (25 months) $10 a week. I can do that. I might even save a little more for that massage therapist!
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