It's time to lose your mind and let the crazy out.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Eve at the Farm

 Dad making brunch
 Dominic looking cute
 Uncle Matt getting a smile from Dominic while Hannah holds him
 Family of 5
 Charlotte playing with her Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs Little People
 Cecilia and Rapunzel
 Norah peeking out of the new Princess tent
 Chef Matt
 We got Lesa a new little French egg basket
 John plays Princess with Charlotte
 Charlotte checks out one of my mom's Christmas decorations
The teeny boppers play Hedbanz

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

THESE are the good old days


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dominic's First Hair Cut

He had a bit of a cold, and wasn't so sure about the whole thing, but he sat on my lap and let her snip here and there.  He looks like a boy now, my baby is gone.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Barrel Sales

My brother, Joe and I took a trip to Napa in early December to sell some of his hand crafted Missouri oak barrels.  It was a whirlwind trip, full of coffee, wine, and focus (and a few long showers for me with no kids banging on the door.)  We stayed at our cousin, Mark's, hotel in downtown St. Helena.  There are worse business trips. =)  Joe is an easy traveling partner and it was nice to spend a few extra moments with him. We visited a few nice wineries, and I had a mini Fresno State reunion.

 My old classmate, Sara, is one of the winemakers at Peju.
 The Hotel
 Joe unwrapping his barrels in the Hotel common area.
 The barrel room at Ovid was magical.
 A nice view of the Golden gate Bridge and San Francisco behind
 Mark, his youngest daughter, Lucy, and his wife Kris
 the outside of the Hotel
 the inside of the Hotel
 Sara amid her barrels at Peju
 The view from Ovid
 Mark, Joe and I at Ovid
 Ovid tasting room
 Joe enjoying himself at Ovid
 outside of Ovid
The Wydown Hotel's Open House/Meet the Cooper night

One of the best parts of the trip was when I struck up a conversation with the lady behind me at Dean and Deluca waiting for a coffee, and she ended up being the owner of Ovid winery and invited us up to the tasting room.  It was very exclusive, very expensive, and all three of us were on a high, not only from the wine and the view, but sometimes wine can be so exciting and make you feel so alive.

We went out there ultimately for an Open House/Meet the Cooper night at the Hotel.  Joe's barrels were well received and he has already sold some.  Very exciting to see him succeed at something he loves.

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Mission Impossible

I don't think you know how HARD it is to take your own snapshot of your kids for the PERFECT Christmas card.  It's enough to drive this mom batty.  150 pictures later, these are the best contenders.  I really like the top one, but I want it in black and white (that I can do) but then I want the yellow electric wires taken out behind Charlotte's head, and then I want Charlotte moved closed to Dominic.  Anyone with some photoshop skills and an ounce of extra time want to hook me up?  I'll love you forever (and my family will too since I won't be dressing them up and frantically waving things at them to look at me and SMILE!)

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Sunday, December 02, 2012


Saturday, December 01, 2012


John wasn't the only one participating in no shave November.  Dominic got into the potted lemon tree (that never makes lemons) (and is dying, much to John's satisfaction) and he had dirt everywhere.  He thought it was awesome.

That kid.