It's kind-of fun to take a trip down memory lane....
Saturday, September 29, 2007
It's kind-of fun to take a trip down memory lane....
Friday, September 28, 2007
After we dropped off Abigail at school, JT was talking about having a best friend. I asked him who his best friend is and he said, "Abigail." Awwwww, isn't that sweet?
A few minutes ago, JT was chattering away and all of a sudden he said, "I want a baby brother. Can someone get me one for Christmas?" Anyone else think that Andy has been paying him to say that?
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Look how curly Abigail's hair was!
It really is amazing how fast they grow!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
All four of the monsters....
Abigail and Hannah...
We were there until about 10pm. I was the only one that stayed awake for the entire 45 min. trip home.... good thing, since I was driving!
Yesterday morning I went to say good-bye to Julie and Georgia before they left. I asked Berwyn to take a picture of Julie and I. I don't have any pictures of us together. Here's one....
I hope Julie and Georgia had a good trip back. Hope to see you soon!! I miss you guys!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
"The World's Last Silly Story"
Once upon a time, there was a monster. He lived in the woods and ate pencils. That's why my pencil is the last pencil in the world. I'm not going to let him eat my pencil because it's the last pencil and I want to use it as long as I can. If I let him eat it there will not be any pencils in the world. I hope nobody throws this story away because it is the last story in the world.
By: Abigail Albin, the last story writer
Things you might not know about me...
Four jobs I have had in my life.
1 . Pharmacy sales clerk
2. Credit Analyst
3. Assistant to Controller
4. CFO of Albin Livestock & Albin Enterprises (aka The Boss!)
Four movies I would watch over and over.
1 Pretty Woman
2. Dirty Dancing
3. Sweet Home Alabama
4. Finding Nemo
Four places I have lived.
1. Pendleton, OR
2. Loleta, CA
3. San Luis Obispo, CA
4. Fortuna, CA
TV shows I watch.
2. Law & Order reruns
3 CSI reruns
4. Dog: The Bounty Hunter
Four places I have been.
3. Washington DC
4. Las Vegas
4 People who e-mail me (regularly).
Four of my favorite foods.
1. Cheese enchiladas
2. Sushi (yes, even the raw kind)
Four places I would like to be right now.
2. at the Spa (getting a pedicure, facial, massage, etc)
3. getaway weekend with Andy
4. anywhere that's sunny and warm
Things I am looking forward to this year.
2. improving my photography skills
3. finding time to read more
4. visiting out of town family and friends
To anyone that reads this, post your own answers on your blog or in an email. I know it takes a few minutes but it's fun to learn new things about your family and friends!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
- a hug from someone I love
- a phone call from/to a friend
- dinner out with Andy
- falling asleep on the couch in the evening
- a single, nonfat latte with some kind of yummy flavoring (don't really have a favorite)
- an aromatherapy pedicure from Personal Choice
- looking at pictures (me growing up, my kids as babies, our wedding, our travels, etc)
- an online chat with a friend
- taking a nap
That's all I can think of for now. I am sure there are more things. One last thing that helps me feel better is this verse:
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4: 6, 7. (Living Bible version).
Thursday, September 13, 2007
One time Matt was here in the office talking to Andy about some business stuff. Matt had just been to look at some nasty little fixer house and he was feeling queasy! As much as he loved those dirty, smelly, disgusting fixer houses, even he got queasy once in awhile! He asked if he could have some crackers or something. Instead, I offered him some of my fresh-from-the-oven cookies. He had a few, and it made him feel much better, he said.
It is really strange how little things like cookies make you think of someone....
JT also loved cruising around on the John Deere tractor. I am pretty sure Matt and Amber have a little less paint on the bottom of their garage door because of him. He ran into it several times.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Abigail was happy to have all her favorite little buddies at the party. Here is one shot of Abigail and Hannah...We ended up going inside for cake and presents because it got so cold outside. Abigail had a really neat princess cake (thanks to Pam!).
It's really hard to believe that she is seven years old already. Where does the time go!
The service was a wonderful tribute to Matt's life. Many people spoke about how Matt affected their lives. I had been thinking about what I would say for the past few days. I knew that there was no way I could put all my or Andy's feelings into words. I decided that I would just talk about a memory I have. What I spoke about is one of my favorite memories of spending time with Matt and Berwyn.
I introduced myself and explained that Andy and I have been business partners with Matt and Berwyn for the past five or six years. We had been partners on many fixer house projects... the nastier the better, as far as Matt and Andy were concerned.
Last November we were all in Phoenix for Julie's wedding. (Julie is Matt's daughter. She and I have become very good friends over the past couple years). The day after the wedding, Matt, Berwyn, Andy and I decided to drive around the Phoenix area. We looked at a lot of different houses. Berwyn and I were getting a little bored and really just wanted to go shopping. The guys weren't really interested in that, though. We drove by a few nasty little fixer houses. Andy and Matt got so excited and were talking about what they would do with those houses.... even though they knew they couldn't really buy them. I will never forget that day.
I really wanted to say more about how Matt has impacted our life. I just don't think I can do it justice, with words. Maybe someday....
Andy and I have both learned so much from Matt, both about business and about life. I hope we can take what we've learned, carry on with our lives, and make Matt proud of us.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
On Friday morning, we lost one of our closest friends and business partner, Matt Galt. He passed away unexpectedly, early on Friday morning and we already miss him so much. I hope it's okay with his family that I am posting this.... I am hoping it will help me get through this painful time. Please keep the Galt family in your prayers.
There is so much that I want to say but I just can't seem to get it out in words. Matt was such a great guy, in so many ways. We became business partners with him and Berwyn about six years ago. It's really amazing that we have only known them that long..... it seems so much longer. But our relationship is so much more than business. I think all four of us were hesitant to get too close on a personal level because sometimes it's hard to be in business with your friends. You don't want anything to ruin your personal friendship or your business relationship. I think we beat the odds, though.
Matt has been such an amazing mentor to Andy. There is no way that we would be in the place that we are in without him. Andy has become a better person and businessman because of Matt. I think anyone that knew him before he met Matt can testify to that. It's going to be so difficult for us to continue to work in the real estate field without Matt. Part of me wants to quit, sell all the rentals, and just move on..... But I know that if we gave up, Matt would be very upset. I know that Andy and I have learned so much from him.... it's really hard to have the confidence (or desire) to do it without him.
I know that this is a very disorganized post, but I have a lot of thoughts running through my head. I just can't seem to get all my thoughts in a logical place. I guess that's normal. For now we will just take it one day at a time. I know it won't be easy.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Fry bacon to desired crispness (I cut the bacon strips in half) and toast your bread in the toaster. Spread bread with mayo and dijon mustard. Add strips of bacon to cover one slice of bread. Now here comes the interesting part..... take an apple and slice it thinly (I think the original recipe called for Granny Smith apples, but I just use whatever I have). Cover bacon with apple slices and second piece of bread. I cut my sandwich in half because it makes it much easier to eat. So you have your bacon ("B"), your apple ("A"), and your mustard ("M"). Bam!! We don't have these very often, but when we do they are so good! Try it and let me know what you think....