Monday, June 05, 2006

Racing to the future

Well another week has come and gone. It has been extremely wet and muggy the past few days but we are looking forward to a few days of sunshine. The other day during a brief stint of sun we took Alex to the Children’s Museum up here in Everett. He was so cute. They have a huge checkerboard with big plastic pieces. Alex likes to stack up the pieces and then he destroys the stack. The only problem is he gets too excited and only manages to stack two or three pieces before going nuts and tearing his creation down. We like to stack them for him while he busies himself with other things and then he comes a running and a screaming to tear it down. It’s cute. We need to focus on creating and not destroying.

Recently we purchased a bed for Alex. Sarah found a racecar bed on craigslist for $75. It was an awesome find but still wasn’t worth the money. When she looked a little later the woman had dropped the price to $50 and was willing to throw in the bedding and the mattress. We called her up immediately. Alex loves his new bed and frankly so do we. Its nice because when he is crying we can just sit next to him and love him rather than pull him out of his crib. He has slept so good. In fact he’s actually taken longer naps lately. This morning we had to wake him up so that we could get me to work.

We had some friends over tonight for FHE. We forgot the FHE part and just enjoyed playing a card game called “Apples to Apples”. I don’t really know how to explain it so I will just allow you to look it up. Then we played Karaoke Revolution. We all enjoyed that but Alex was getting cranky so we decided to send them home and we put Alex down.

We are excited because Jan is coming this week. Sarah is very excited because she will finally be able to get some alone time with a friend. She has friends here but it is a bit different and Jan and she have been friends for a long time. They are very ready to go see some movies together (aside from The Omen).

Well I better wrap this up as I’m very tired and sleepy.

Love you all.

Matthew Foote

Monday, May 29, 2006

Family Letter 2006_05_29

Well we have had the most interesting time recently. First off let me tell you that the weather is changing up here and we love it. The sun has finally broken out from behind its veil of cloud cover. Not seeing the sun everyday really makes you appreciate it; that and the fact that the sun still can't melt ice cream like it would in Arizona (anyone ever tried to cook eggs on the sidewalk). We broke down and bought ourselves a propane tank for the BBQ grill. We were not able to take the one from Arizona due to the possibility of mass explosions. Anyways it has been so nice being able to enjoy the outdoors. For those of you who have not been up here we live right next to a forest of sorts (its a lot of trees). We bought some plastic (but sturdy) lawn chairs and we have really enjoyed sitting out on the back porch watching Alex play with his truck with some BBQ chicken on the grill.

Speaking of Alex he is changing oh so much. He has grown tremendously and is no longer our little baby but our little big boy. He has the energy of the energizer rabbit and bounces around the walls like a crazy man. He is a lot of fun but a lot of work. The last couple of nights when Sarah and I lay down after putting Alex down we have just fallen asleep, clothes on, lights bright, and sometimes the television talking.

He is become a boy in the toy world as well. He used to play with dolls or cleaning tools and we always just took it with a grain of salt. He was gone full testosterone on us and plays with cars and big trucks. He loves racing his cars on his slide, window sill, vacuum pole extensions, dad's belly (talk about acres!) and just about anything he can get his hands on. We bought him a huge truck from Costco and he loves taking it out back and piling rocks into it and then dumping them out again.

He is also beginning to explore a bit more things to eat. When Mom and Dad Foote were here last weekend Mom bought a chocolate shake from Jack-In-The-Box and shared it with Alex. He sipped it looked up and smiled, “num num num num”. It was extremely cute. Normally we don't give him any kind of cookies or treats because most of them contain either nuts or eggs. The other day we discovered that Oreos contain neither. He LOVES oreos!!! We have the picture to prove it.

My job has just changed somewhat. We received a new manager after they decided to split up our groups. On the same day he started as a brand new manager his boss saddled him with overseeing a couple of groups until more managers can be hired. Well in all of that mess another group was in desperate need of help and I was in desperate need of work. I have been moved to the Certification group. Basically what I will be doing is ensuring that all of the paperwork gets proper approval from the FAA (and the other regulatory agencies). Its pretty interesting and it has been very nice being busy. I may even be able to put in some overtime. I've had to offload some of my old projects and maintaining relationships with my old teammates is weird but overall I think it is a good thing. It is supposed to be a temporary loan but both groups have expressed a desire to keep me in their groups.

This week Sarah and I are going to the hospital to find out the sex of the baby. We are pretty sure that it is a boy from the last ultrasound but the technician wasn't certain. Frankly we would be happy with either. My own opinions show how selfish a parent I am. If its a girl it will be nice and hopefully docile but then when she grows up I'll worry about paying for a wedding and a chastity belt. If it is a boy then I can enjoy having all my hair grayed prematurely and then worry about keeping his hormones in check. Either way we shall love them completely.

Well I better wrap it up. We love you all.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Alexander The Great... Reaches New Heights

At the sound of running water, Matthew and I ran to our bathroom to discover this shocking and disturbing sight. Our Bathroom was a complete mess and Alex was sitting in the sink enjoying the view. He managed to climb into the toilet, onto the counter and into the sink. In record speed I would guess. He is quite a problem solver. He reached his favorite thing WATER. After suppressing my desire to beat the sweet trouble maker we took the above photo. Notice the mascara in his hand. That happens to be one of Alex's "fun toys" to thieve. I've replaced 2 in the last month. I'm not sure where he hides them. Still, you have to admit... he's pretty cute!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Planning a trip to the Zone...

Our family will be flying to Sky Harbor in Phoenix April 15th at 10:20 am. We look forward to seeing all our friends and family! Matt will be with us until Tuesday night. Alex and I will be staying until April 26th. We hope to see you all!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Big 1 Month Anniversary

Well folks its been a while since my last post and I figured it was time for me to put forth two more of my cents (sense). That sounds al lot like my entries in the journals I usedto write. It has been a nice Sunday and Alex has been relatively happy. He's currently running around with a Mickey Mouse shirt on playing with red LED flashlight that belongs to his uncle Jacob (sorry Jake).

Washington is so nice. We (I) love it up here. People think we are crazy for having left the perpetual sunshine for the perpetual rain. I don't even realize it rains that much here. It drizzles a lot but for the most part it really is just overcast all the time. It makes you appreciate the sunshine all that much more.

I went on a flight test this week for one of the newer boeing jets for a high class customer this past week and I must say it was nice to go above the clouds for a bit and see the sunshine and the horizon. The flight was pretty boring and routine (i was in coach :( ) but it was a neat experience.

We are very excited about the prospect of having another Foote in the household. Sarah is convinced it is a girl because while she loves little boys lately she has been fauning all over the little girls. She is also thinking about getting a job at Target in the evenings so she can spend "Unreasonable Amounts of Money" without feeling guilty. I agree with her. It would let her get out and meet some more people and she is not nearly as sick this time. If you have any opinions please let us know. By the way congrats to Jo for the new job.

From this point forward Sarah will be typing. If I don't type again I love you all and I hope you know that I love you too! =)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Friday, January 20, 2006

Home Sweet Home

Welcome to our new home!
I've attached pictures of all the main rooms
minus our bedrooms (which are not ready for this photo-op).
I am wanting to make my place super cute...
so, if you have any decorating ideas, please share.
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This is my new clock (it's even cuter in person)
Where would you put it?

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(The common area)
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The Kitchen that I LOVE!
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The Living Room
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Our Fireplace
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The Lounge Room ( aka:dinning room)
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Monday, January 09, 2006

The Great Planner

Alex is making plans of his own as he decorates
the floor plans of our new apartment.

He has really developed a love for drawing lately. Tonight we took a pen & paper away from him. The next time we turned around he had climbed on top of the counter top to retrieve them.
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Well this time it is Matthew talking. I guess this has been one of the most fascinating times ever. We've experienced a wonderful new place. Washington is absolutely gorgeous. No offense to you wonderful Zonies and your brown adobe homes, your articulate cacti and bushes, and the wonderful brown of the horizon but you guys haven't seen nothing yet. This place just has the most beautiful earthy spirit about it. Trees are everywhere with lots of grass and plenty of squirrels. As Sarah put it, it is like living in Payson but with all the great stuff of "city-livin". We can't wait until you folks can all come out here and visit us.

One thing of particular notice to those of you like myself is the change in lifestyle and area. The restaraunts are all different and so are the people. I guess I had a leg up in Arizona where I could understand the fast food "voicebox" talking in a deep hispanic accent. Now it is a deep asian accent. I'm getting used to it but it is definately different. One of my favorite things about here (not really favorite but really nice) is that Burger King serves the Rodeo Cheeseburger (A cheeseburger with onion rings and BBQ sauce).

I love the rain up here. It keeps everything so wonderfully clean. Ibetter end my post though because Alex is clamoring for some attention.

Love to All

Friday, January 06, 2006

Washington Post

This is my first post from beautiful Seattle Washington. (for those who didn't know- we moved her on January 1st) Matt is starting as an Engineer for Boeing on Friday the 13th. What a way to start a new year! Everything will be better in Washington right? What an amazing place this is. Today we went to the Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Zoo, Red Robin, Target, Walmart & Payless. (for some closed toes shoes) I had to put away my tall platform shoes after a little fall on my second day here in Washinton. Appearently, all the moisture has done nothing to improve my grace and balance. Alex had so much fun at the Aquarium. It was quite a hands on experience, he banged on glass, talked (yelled) at the fish and even got to touch some star fish. He wanted to swim with them but we had to restrain him. Our favorite thing to see was this darling baby otter being loved and nurtured by it's mom it was SO SWEET! Matt discoved that he's going to need a jacket. He's been experimenting with various combonations of clothing, yesterday he just wore a shortsleeve shirt, today he added a sweater and decided a shirt & jacket or windbreaker would be just right. We'll see how that works out. The zoo was way cool too! There wasn't very many people there (probly caues it was raining most of the day) however, there was no rain while we were there. There were some really neat hipppos. They were huge. While we were there, one of them yaned and we were amazed by just how big a mouth could be. I really liked the eliphants. I've never seen so many animals as closely as I did at this zoo. It was really so awesome. We will be getting the keys to our new apartment home next Tuesday. We are looking forward to enjoying the cable TV & hi-speed internet to bring us into the 21st century. While we will miss the anteni that has served us will for our college years, we are thankful to enjoy some newer technology. I hope to be posting some pictures of our new apartment as soon as we get setted.