Sending out Smiles

What happens when you combine something you love, blogging, with stress?  Something has to give right?  Well in this case it’s the blogging.  A lot is going on right now so it has been hard to churn out the posts, comments, and stalking.

  • in-laws coming to stay this Thursday
  • have to find Santa suit
  • buy presents, go to Safeway, shop online
  • find replacement for the MINI Cooper
  • get stuff done at work
  • feed someone’s cat while they’re out of town

This is a short list and I’d rather spare you from the details.  Oh yeah, it’s Anna’s first Christmas.  I remember how magical Christmas was for me as a child.  I can’t wait until she’s a bit older to appreciate the fun happenings surrounding the holiday season.  She doesn’t quite get the whole Christmas light thing, however I’ve taught her to look down on those dreaded inflatable Christmas decorations you see in yards. 

Firstcmas2Speaking of Anna, we attended a parenting class on Saturday as the guest speakers.  We were the new parents sharing our experiences as we adapt to a new life.  Let me tell you, Anna was on her best behavior.  She didn’t make a peep the entire 90 minutes.  It was really odd to be the ones sharing what has, and hasn’t, worked for us.  It seems like only yesterday we were the ones in the crowd feeling overwhelmed by looming parenthood.  Mrs. Lessinges and I really enjoyed the class and we told the instructor we’d be willing to share again with other classes.  By no means do we have parenting "mastered", but we’ve found ways to make compromises and how to work best together.   We were so captivating that one of guys in the front of the class kept nodding off.  I’m not sure how teachers overlook the snoozers in the crowd. 

It’s a busy week in our household.  I’m sure most of you know exactly what I mean so without further ado, I wish you all an early happy holidays!  Whether you’re staying home or hopping on a plane, have a safe holiday season.  Cheers!


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27 Responses to Sending out Smiles

  1. Feliz Navidad says:

    Inflatables rule!
    Glad your class was good. I hear you on the busy week…Starting this past Saturday through the first of the year, I’m go go go with a lot of family obligations. Yay! (that can be taken both sarcastic and genuine)

  2. Diane Mandy says:

    Happy holidays to you and your family!

  3. Chris Durano says:

    Happy Holidays E-Fo! I wish you and your family all the best and I hope we get to see you guys soon. Happy New Year too bro!

  4. sizzle says:

    i am pretty sure, having taught myself, that teachers see everything and they just have to choose to ignore it.
    last year was my nephew’s first christmas but this year is even more fun because he actually GETS what presents are and is in awe of the tree. it’s so fun to watch.

  5. Airam says:

    My students never nod off …. 😉
    I’m glad you enjoyed playing teacher. I’ve told you many, many (many) times that I think you’d make a great teacher so it doesn’t surprise me that you liked doing it.
    Sounds like you have a lot on your plate! Good luck getting everything done this week!
    PS – Make sure you avoid axes at work. They are dangerous after all.

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  7. Chris says:

    All the best to the FO/PO family!

  8. Amanda says:

    Happy to hear that your parenting class went so well. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  9. justrun says:

    Knowing you all are as against the inflatable things as I am is all that needs to be said. Thank goodness.
    Have a great Christmas with your family!

  10. patches says:

    Cheers dude! Enjoy the family and the First Christmas.

  11. brookem says:

    t’is the season for busy times. hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

  12. Maddy says:

    90 minutes without a peep – have you stolen the ‘Littlest Angel’?

  13. Amy says:

    Merry Christmas!

  14. tori says:

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Was that picture there yesterday? I didn’t see it! It is beautiful!

  15. Happy Holidays to you and your beautiful wife and daughter. I think it’s cool that you were speaking at a parent’s meenting – isn’t it amazing how fast time goes by? You now have a wonderful daughter and can help so many others who don’t know what’s in store for them. I wish you every happiness this holiday season, Egan.

  16. churlita says:

    Hang in there. Happy early holidays to you too.

  17. Emma says:

    Cheers! I love that picture of you and Anna 🙂

  18. Think Jacob says:

    So, did you actually sell the Mini? My daughter is 2, but on her 3rd Christmas. (She was 6 months on her first Christmas). That was good, but this one’s going to be the best yet, because she understands the concept of Santa. I can’t wait!

  19. Nessa says:

    I don’t think I know what blogging is anymore.

  20. L says:

    My cats? Are you feeding my cats?

  21. Lindz says:

    I hope that picture is of you and Anna because it is adorable.

  22. egan says:

    Feliz Navidad – I really love your sarcasm. You do love your in-laws don’t you?
    Diane Mandy – right back at you. Enjoy the holidays across The Pond.
    Chris Durano – yeah, we hope to make a trip south in our new Prius. Hells yeah man, rock the holidays.
    Sizzle – I’m sure you do learn to overlook the students not paying attention or sleeping, but they stand out like a sore thumb. The head bob and snoring isn’t so easy to ignore. Are you enjoying spoiling the nephew? Oh, my company is working with your company this holiday season.
    Airam – why thank you very much. You really want me to teach don’t you? I have wicked amounts of stuff on my plate so some things just aren’t getting done. Anna thanks you for the greeting. She might just comment on this very blog later since she’s so advanced.

  23. egan says:

    Chris – I love the Fo/Po thing. I might have to borrow that for a fake band name.
    Amanda – the class went really well, we might have to do it again. Happy holidays to you as well.
    Justrun – I’m glad you agree with my on the holiday inflatables. They’re just plain wrong.
    Patches – how goes it kitty? I’m watching a cat for a week. Meow is all I can say. Want some catnip?
    Brookem – thanks and best wishes to your family during the holiday season. I know it has been a rough past couple months for your family. I hope things go well and that you have a fun time hanging with the family.
    Maddy – 90 minutes sans a peep, we paid for it the following night.
    Amy – thank you very much and right back at you.
    Tori – the picture was added later. I think it compliments the post quite nicely. Best wishes to your family this holiday season.
    Princess Extraordinaire – you say such nice things to me. Thank you for that. The class was really a great experience for both of us. Enjoy the holidays.
    Churlita – ha, I got the sense you know exactly what I’m talking about. You rock.
    Emma – there’s nothing like the glow of the Christmas tree lights in a dark room.
    Think Jacob – yes, we did part with our MINI Cooper Monday night. It was a really good three years and Bruiser will be sorely missed.
    Nessa – what do you mean by that comment? Just that blogging has changed so much or that you don’t blog much anymore?
    L – nope, not your cats although I will be near your ‘hood. I gather you decided against returning your cats if you brought them up.
    Lindz – that definitely is a picture of me and Anna. Damn do I ever love her, she makes us both very happy.

  24. sprizee says:

    Aw, I missed this picture on my google read feed. So adorable.

  25. egan says:

    Sprizee – the picture was added after I initially posted this entry. I’m sneaky like that, backdoor baby!

  26. Tall Chick says:

    That is a gorgeous photo. Warm fuzzies all over. 🙂

  27. Aaron says:

    I say let’em snooze. They’re gonna need it when they get one of their own! (Or if you trust them with yours, just hand her over.) 🙂

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