Sunday, December 26, 2010

rollin' with bobba steve

what do you think of my new hat?


Nicolas tries on a hat....Jo Ann and I doing our annual after Christmas shopping.

Friday, December 24, 2010

bobba's back!!!

me me me!


me
me
no, me!
me!
me, me!
me

Adam and I made fifty of these little guys for Aiden and Sky's class.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

lunch with a couple of cool people


We lunched after some last minute shopping with a couple of my favorite people....Adam and I were supposed to finish shopping alone but then baby girl begged to tag along.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

the cubs and us

There go the Aiden, Sky, and Nicolas lion cubs of National Zoo.

We went to a special viewing of the new lion cubs born at the National Zoo...the cubs made a rare appearance that lasted a whole fifteen minutes. The celebrity cubs are in demand!

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The cubs were very playful...I can only think of on other set of three cubs that are as active as these little ones.


I bet this dinosaur never thought there'd be boy crawling out of his eye socket one day...very strange.



Tim and Gabby

Caleb and Jayna


All of us!





Panda Sky

brunch in dc (before the zoo)


Aiden and Sky blew us all away by polishing off a full order of french toast (Aiden) and buckwheat pancakes (Sky)...and this was actually their second breakfast.


Uncle Caleb and Aunt Jayna enjoying brunch.

a little detour





Thursday, December 16, 2010

let it snow!



We have our snow boots! Why do they get sooooo excited to wear boots? It was like they were going to Disney world this morning.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

happy holidays - 2010

We had another great year - our family grew, our company grew, and we took some great trips.

Just a few weeks ago, Aiden turned five, yes FIVE years old. We threw a birthday party for him and all of his friends at his Tae Kwon Do school. He's quite the "Tae Kwon Do kid" - he practices three days a week and he's on track to get his purple belt in about a month. That means he's half way to black belt, yes BLACK belt. Our little dude is going to be a black belt Tae Kwon Do kid as he starts kindergarten. He's growing up to be quite an impressive young man. He has an amazing sense of humor, he's extremely curious about everything, and he is full of energy. He's his his sister's best friend and his baby brother's personal comedian and bodyguard all wrapped up in one.

Sky is three and half going on six. In September, she started preschool and that's been a trip. Sky is all about her schedule. The first thing she talks about in the morning is her days schedule - be it school, gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, reading, swim school, or whatever combination of things. She loves her activities and she stays on top of her schedule. While she loves to stay busy with activities she also loves to spend quite time at home with us or Teresa, reading books or running errands. But her favorite activity in the world is playing with her best friend Catherine (Teresa's daughter) who is thirteen.

Nicolas turned five months old just before Christmas. He's a happy, calm, engaged, and active baby boy. He's a radar for his brother and sister. He's head turns to whatever direction he hears Aiden and Sky coming from. As experienced parents, Adam and I are thoroughly enjoying Nicolas without all of the worry and anxiety of having a new baby in the house. We wind down every night with Nicolas on our laps after the older kids are in bed.

Our company, Platinum Solutions was acquired by SRA International. As of November, Platinum Solutions became SRA Platinum Solutions, a strategic business unit with SRA, a $1.5Billion, publicly traded (ticker symbol SRX) IT Services company with an outstanding history and reputation. We did not intend to sell our company. We set out about 6 months ago to make some acquisitions of our own. We talked to investment bankers and private equity firms, and in the process generated a lot of interest that finally culminated in a great arrangement with SRA.

Its really bittersweet. We have poured our hearts and souls into the company over the past 11 years, and it hurts to change the company. However, SRA has been a great partner and things are essentially business as usual for us, our employees, and our customers. SRA's larger size give us some great economies of scale, and we are finding a lot of opportunities to work together on bigger and better things than we would have been able to pursue independently. It has been a real roller coaster, and the next year should prove to be an exciting one.

Again, it was a wonderful year. We're so blessed do have each other and our family and friends. We wish you all a fantastic 2011.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

aiden goes bowling


He got 2 strikes in his first game!


Gabe, Aiden, Hayden, and Riley

Saturday, December 11, 2010

purple belt!


Checkout the belts, Mom!




Master Yi and Aiden





and graduation...


He makes it look so easy.