Friday, November 23, 2007

Let the fun begin

Well at 3:45am Greg was heard getting in the shower to prepare for his Black Friday event. I roll out of bed and head to the kitchen to make the coffee and eggs with toast. Greg vacates the bathroom and Ed moves in to get himself ready to shop and save. By 4:45am with ads and lists in hand they are off. 2 cars and 2 excited shoppers to see what new things can be found in the Sears craftsman aisles. Then off to the other stops to find some jewels for the rest of gift list. Greg will have to depart around 7:30 to get to work and have his coworkers harass him for being a Black Friday shopper. I have enclosed a picture of Ed preparing on Thursday for their organized shopping venture. They really do plan and it has been their tradition for several years now. It is real fun to watch them go through the ads and plan. Have a great day eating leftovers and Turkey soup ummmm. Julie

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The DeForest Thanksgiving meal

We were grateful that Grandma and Grandpa Reindl and Gregory were able to join us for our Thanksgiving meal. We had two types of turkey (smoked and not smoked), three types of stuffing to fit everyone's tastes (good stuffing, stuffing with apples and other crunchy stuff, and stuffing with giblets), corn, two types of cranberry, riced patotes (any holiday meal I am involved in making must have riced potatoes - tradition from my Grandfather), Mimosas (at 9 am this morning), lots of munchies, apple pie, two pumpkin pies (I asked for the 2nd so I would have left overs for the week!), homemade vanilla and chocolate ice cream and three types of wine.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!



What I did for Thanksgiving

First Happy Thanksgiving to all! We had a stuffed turkey dinner and it wasn't the turkey that was stuffed. So we had Amy, Greg and Brenda at our house and of course we watched some football. I forgot to take a picture, but that isn't all I forgot. We were all done with dinner and desert and sitting in the living room chatting and laughing when I remembered I forgot to serve the cranberry fluff. Every year I forget something and so this year I forgot to take a picture and I forgot a salad. I can honestly say it will not go to waste, since we all like the fluff left over better anyway. Other than that we are all cleaned up and ready for our food to start digesting as we get to bed early for Black Friday sales. Yes we do hit the sales. Ed and Greg will be at Sears in Janesville at 5am to push other shoppers out of their way in the Craftsman aisles. I however have coffee and head over to Delavan to Shopko around 8 or 9 whenever I get enough coffee to make me spend a little. Let me know if anyone else has a Black Friday tradition or internet Monday tradition. Let the Thanks coninue throughout the season and have a safe and fun Holiday Season. With Thanks to you all, Julie

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody. Chris & I are going to his brother Scott's house for the holiday. For those that aren't here in WI, we had a light dusting of snow last night... our first of the season down here in Delavan. I wanted to share the color of the season with everybody!

We are truly blessed to have such a loving, compassionate family. We send our blessings to all of you!

Lots of Love!
Chris & Dawn

(Click the pictures to see a bigger image of each)
Our personal herd of deer... I counted 11, but know more ran past before I could count them.

This is this morning, 11/22!

This was on Brenda's birthday, 11/16.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanks for the Memory

Greetings, greetings one and all!

I have to first compliment Noah on his make-up application! It reminds me of the first time Meaghan learned from Maddy McGann how to apply foundation! Yikers!!

Second, congrads on the folks with the brand new cars! How exciting is THAT?!! I can remember being in Tupperware, MANY years ago, and starting out as a new manager...waiting to qualify for that new van. It was especially exciting because at that time, we had Nick and Josh (they were two and one, respectively) and Vince and I only had one vehicle....your parents' old station wagon! That's right...we were 29 years old and already driving a wagon. Boy, did we get a lot of grief about THAT! I used to drive Vince to work in Arlington, every single morning, with the boys in their sleeper/jammies and me in my fuzzy slippers and whatever I could find that fit! I'd do Tupperware and errands all day long and then drive back up to Arlington to pick Vince up at the end of the day. (Hopefully by then, the boys were NOT in their jammies!)

Anyway, your posts about your new cars really took me back to the day that my brand new free van was finally earned and DELIVERED to our house. There we were, me in my fuzzy slippers, Nick in his jammies and a bucket on his head and Josh in his jammies with cowboy boots on...and the knock was at the door....and the new van was in the driveway!! Oh my gosh, I cannot tell you the THRILL of that very moment! Not having to drive Vince to Arlington anymore, having our OWN car to drive with free insurance and tires and no car payment, but especially, just the thought of getting to drive something BRAND NEW...

I loaded the boys up in the van, and off we went...

I had waited for this moment for months and months...

and we drive downtown Sun Prairie, R E A L s l o w past the Bank of Sun Prairie and the MIRRORED windows...and we all three yelled,


Monica and Rita, ENJOY the moment...relish in the new car smell...pat your backs on your accomplishments...and drive past the bank when you're in Sun Prairie! You deserve it!

thanks for the memory...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

News in DeForest

Welcome Monica - Glad to see you here!

I hope you won your game, sadly DeForest lost.
Noah got himself into the spirt.

You might notice he has a different cast on now. This one glows in the dark! He has two more weeks with this one.
Our Nissan was hitting 100,000 miles and we were starting to see some mechanical problems hitting it as well. We traded it in and bought a 2007 Hyundai Sonata with 101 miles. Rita's first new car!
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! Take photo's of your meals and post them! Let's see how creative everyone's Thanksgiving meal is!

Friday, November 16, 2007


Ok Scott, I'm going to figure this out. I have thought many times about things I wanted to put on the blog but it was usually at an extremely inconvenient time and then I just never did it. But now I am going to post something before we leave on vacation.
We have had many great blessings in our life lately and have been very busy. We opened our office in Mequon in October. It is so awesome to have my office close to my house. And our office is really cool. We can even open the windows for fresh air. I've never had an office where I could do that.
We also bought a car because our Mazda 626 can only go shortish distances (like 60 or 70 miles round trip) without overheating. I guess at 148,000 miles that sort of thing happens. That makes it a great car for the girls when they can finally drive. Lexi is doing behind the wheel now and will probably take her test in Feb or March - oh boy! She is actually a very good driver, I'm just a nervous freak about cars. I try hard to keep my thoughts to myself and Bill usually takes her driving, which is a win - win for all. Katie hasn't taken any classes or anything yet, so we don't know when she'll be driving. Anyhow, we bought a 2007 red Cadillac CTS. It was a great deal because they had priced it at 35,000 miles but it only has 22,000 miles. It has 35000 kilometers and apparently they didn't realize that. Good for us. I really like it because it has heated seats - yeah!!!
Lexi's High School Football team is at the state tournament right now. Go Homestead! Lexi is there watching. How fun!
Bill and I leave for Florida tomorrow. We are very much looking forward to the warm weather, the beach and breakfast at Reeses. I'll get really brave when we get back and see if I can figure out how to post pictures. Wow, that's progress!
I am also excited because I got a "Complaint Free World" bracelet and I am trying to go 21 days without complaining, criticizing or gossiping. I'm still on day 1 again. Maybe I can get to at least day 2 on vacation. I'm usually pretty relaxed down there. We'll see.
Well I better go pack. We have to get up around 4 am tomorrow.
Have a great Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of you! We are blessed to be part of such an incredible family. Love to all of you!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Message from Jeff

Good Morning Everybody! I just wanted to share an e-mail Uncle Jeff sent out looking for feedback and participation from everybody about our Christmas party this year. Just in case he doesn't have your current e-mail address, I want everybody to be able to voice their thoughts!

Have a wonderful week everybody!

From Uncle Jeff

Hello Everyone -

Okay, so I was trying to think of what we should do for Christmas as far as the gift exchange or what-have-you and I thought I would see who would be interested in trying the Letter Exchange that Monica initiated last year.

SOOOO... I'm going to get my head into getting the details for the party straightened out this weekend and I'll send a more comprehensive email by next week, for now something for all y'all to think about over the weekend, and hopefully send me an email back next week, is:

'Do you, or the others in your family, want to try the Letter Exchange this year, and if so, would you like to do it as a couple, if applicable, or individually?'
Let me know. Talk to you soon.


Friday, November 2, 2007

Happy Halloween

Oliver celebrated his first Halloween dressed as Tigger and tricker treating with Arnie & I, who celebrated Halloween earlier in the month at an adult Halloween party. Arnie & I used the costumes that Arnie and his friend Cory wore when Arnie purposed.

Oliver now has his two bottom front teeth and is pulling himself up to stand next to everything he can and trying to walk.

Well I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween.