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7 Quick Takes Friday - January 31, 2014

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Collin's new job is going well! We're slowly adjusting to the new normal. It's both strange and wonderful to have him around in the evenings. He is thrilled to be programming, and to have a job where the work is both interesting and challenging (and doesn't involve disgruntled customers screaming at him 10 hours per day).

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We've made an informal New Year's resolution to be more active as a family this year, so last weekend we hiked the Waterfall Trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park (very close to our home). It's a two-mile hike, round trip, and beforehand we had a picnic at the little playground across the road from the trailhead. It was a fun day and not nearly as grueling as I thought it would be.


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So, Lent starts March 5 (Violet's 4th birthday!). I'm thinking of doing a meatless recipes link-up next week, probably on Wednesday. Anybody interested?

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I've been listening to a quite a bit of iTunes Radio la…

Choose Life

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In the first three pictures, he was young enough to be legally killed. 
In the last four pictures, killing him is a crime.
What's the difference?
Choose life.



Happy birthday, Elanor!

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Then (click here to read her birth story):



Now:




We had fun together at Disney on Ice yesterday. Today she's taking cookies to school and mini cupcakes to Religious Ed class. Supper will be pepperoni pizza, per her request. 

Can't believe I have a nine-year-old. *sigh* I am so lucky to be her mom.

7 Quick Takes Friday - January 10, 2014

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I have SUCH exciting news, y'all. Such exciting news that it deserves its own quick take. And increased font size, centering, bold, italics, exclamation marks, and yes, even ALL CAPS.


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COLLIN HAS A NEW JOB!!
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He applied for a position as an entry level software programmer for a company in Glendale, AZ (the west side, so less than fifteen miles from our house) shortly before Christmas. A few days after the New Year, they called and arranged for a phone screen. He did that and passed, because they asked him for an in-person interview last Monday (January 6). (Yes, that was the special intention you were praying for last week.) He thought the interview went really well, liked the company and the culture, etc. On Tuesday morning, he was offered the job! Quite obviously, he accepted. They asked him to start Monday, and he agreed, so he's already officially resigned from Apple. Today is his last day. 

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You know what this means? No more days of him…

Our Nativity Scene Christmas Card

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I'm getting most of our Christmas cards out today. It's the 12th day of Christmas so it still counts, right? The rest will probably go out tomorrow as I have to get more stamps.

I normally don't do shameless bragging posts, but I have to say I am proud about how our Christmas card picture turned out. I've wanted to do a setup like this ever since Elanor and William were little, but I was never able to pull it together until this year.

I started scouting thrift stores for costume accessories in mid-November. I should have hit the costume stores right after Halloween to try and find some suitable ones on clearance, but I didn't think of that in time, unfortunately. I looked a bit online but didn't find much. I did find thesesuper-cheapNativity play costumes at Oriental Trading Company, but it was still more than I wanted to spend per costume. They were my last-resort idea if I couldn't find anything appropriate at thrift stores.

However, I hit Goodwill one d…

7 Quick Takes Friday - January 3, 2014

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Happy New Year! 


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Please pray for a special intention! St. Joseph the Worker would be a good person to hit up for prayers. ;)

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We have a new member of our family! Introducing Katniss!


Instead of buying Christmas gifts for the kids this year, we decided to adopt a cat. We went to a North Phoenix branch of the Humane Society first, and while we saw some very sweet kitties there, none seemed like just the right fit for our family. The lady at the Humane Society suggested we try the Deer Valley PetSmart, which has an adoption facility run by Halo Animal Rescue. The Halo employee recommended two cats as being suited for a family with multiple small children, and we spent time with both of them. Our kitty, who was called Heidi Rae at the shelter, took our fancy right away. She wasn't fazed by the kids at all and played with them quite enthusiastically, and she wasn't aggressive in the slightest. The other kitty was nice, too, but she was a bit more afraid o…