Monday, December 22, 2008

Hanging out in a winter wonderland

It's a little after 8pm on the 22nd day of December and I wanted to get an entry in before I head home from the coffee shop. A lot has gone on since my last entry (not including Holy Crap It's Cold!).

My uncle celebrated the big 5-0! The whole family got together for some good old mexican food at one of our favorite restaurants...Puerto Vallarta in Port Orchard. It was great hanging out with everyone and especially the man of the hour decked out to the 9s for his big day!

The biggest thing to happen...SNOW! Lots and lots of snow. I haven't seen it like this since I was in high school....1990! Of course we've all had fun in it. Kids sledding down a little stair case, me doing donuts in my AWD! Fun, fun, fun!!!


My little girl also celebrated her first birthday. What a whirlwind of a year. I can't believe it's been a year since she came into our world. I was going to get fixed after we had Ryan...I thank God I didn't! She is so precious and a great finish to 5 wonderful kids!

Russell and Brecken came over last Friday and spent time with the kids and gave Kristy and I a break. The kids had a blast with their auntie and and dad had a nice dinner and some great time alone. Thanks Brussell!

As the year comes to a close, sales have become pretty much non-existent. I have spent the time working on my plans for the first quarter in '09 and ed-u-ma-cating myself on how to do my job better. 

Kristy and I both agree that 2008 has been a year for the record books. I think I speak for the whole family when I say let's move forward and bring on 2009! 

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Take care and God bless!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

The 4th Annual Pitts Holly Day was a smashing success!

It's days like this past Saturday that make me feel a sense of purpose in my life. Our family celebrated our 4th Annual Pitts Holly Day by hanging around Puyallup and doing some fun holiday things.

We started off by having a big breakfast at the only place I can afford to take my family any more...the Old Country Buffet. Food was pretty good. Funny thing though; a nice old lady came up to us and told Kristy and I how well behaved our children are and how beautiful our family is. After thanking her she started to walk away. All of a sudden Ryan yells out, "Hey grandma, get back here. Hey grandma, where you going?!" We all just about fell on the floor!

Next we headed over to the Old Cannery in Sumner to see Santa. The store was set-up very festive and all of the employee were super nice. I stood in line for an hour while everyone else got to spend some time playing and watching the trains. Kristy was kind enough to rescue me from a very nice, but overly chatty lady and her surprisingly well behaved kid. We also ran into an old friend from school, April Durbin. It was good to chat with her for a little bit.

We were then off to the big parade. The Santa parade in DT Puyallup was great. The weather cooperated and the sunset was spectacular. The way it shone on the new town hall it almost felt like we were on the palouse in Pullman. Bella and Ryan had a blast with all the sounds and lights. It was great to see so many people out celebrating the Christmas holiday spirit.

Great story from after the parade. Jon was sitting next to a little guy who had a toy tractor. Right after the parade was over the family high tailed it out of there. Jon grabbed the toy thinking if we ran into them we could give it back. On our way to our last event, we spotted the family walking into a Taco Bell and when Jon caught up with them, the mom was super happy and couldn't believe we found them. Jon felt really proud to return the toy.

Finally we capped off the night with a trip to the Victorian Country Christmas at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. We think the kids enjoyed it, but sadly to say Kristy and I were very disappointed. It's not quite what it's advertised to be. We figured a very cool set-up with a Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol sort of set-up...nope. It was basically booths set-up up for merchants to peddle their goods. But, they were dressed in the era garb. If you haven't gone, your not missing much.

All in all it was a good Holly Day. The kids were pretty good and I think they had a blast. I pray the memories we created for them will stick to them like velcro. It's important to Kristy and I that kids love this time of year and think of family. Some day they'll have their own families and I want them to remember old mom and dad when they make holiday plans.

It worked out real good that our plans this year where within 5 miles of each other. We planned on staying close to home compared to other years for the obvious reasons everyone else is feeling in their wallets this year. My hope is to celebrate our 5th Annual Pitts Holly Day somewhere super special next year--maybe Leavenworth?!

Friday, December 5, 2008

What else can I say...a good week!

It's been a pretty good week for the Pitts clan. Kids got their reports and did pretty good. Jon had one little behavior issue (ya, I know...go figure), but other than that Kristy and I were pleased.

I went back to eating better and working out. Lost about 7 lbs this week...most of it coming from eating bad Sunday night! The exercising makes me feel better I've noticed. An old friend, Matt Scott, told me one time that the more you exercise the better you'll feel and man if he wasn't right!

Work has been rewarding and trying. I've tried a new approach to my sales process. Basically I am injecting a little more humility into the mix and less over confidence. Though I didn't get the sale I had 50% success on my list of prospects who I could not get in touch with for the life of me. They seemed very appreciate to my new attitude.

Business is slow...duh! But seems owners are scared to make any changes right now. Best thing I can do is be a resource for those who are interested but not ready to make a move.

I have begun to look for a part-time job. We would like to buy a home in the next few years and will need to save for a down payment. Plus we are planning a big trip to the East Coast in 2 years and will need to save for that too. All exciting challenges to take on!

We stayed pretty honest to the budget this week. Our van repairs were $1000 more than we expected but at least it's running like a champ! I am just glad we had extra funds to cover the rest of the repairs.

So all in all, a good week. We are heading out tomorrow for our 4th Annual Pitts Family Holly Day. We are going to visit Santa at The Old Cannery and then see him again in the DT Puyallup Santa Parade and end the evening at the Victorian Country Christmas. Should be lots of fun!

I'll make sure to post some pics of the festivities! Take care and enjoy the season!!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Jump starting my New Years Resolution by sleeping in on Black Friday!

Hey everyone! Hope your Thanksgiving was good. Our family got together
with my in-laws and had a great day! Very thankful for such a blessing
of a day.

I didn't participate in the mad rush of getting up early for Black
Friday. Unless it's all for free, I see no need to get up at butt-
crack early. Besides, it can be deadly! A Walmart employee in New York
was trampled to death this morning! That's ridiculous! What a bunch of
jack holes!

Well, we start our budget Monday and I am also going to get back on
the eating healthy and exercising horse. I have gained almost 15
pounds in November...unbelievable! Figured with the budget and diet,
we get a jump start on our New Years resolutions ;-)

Here's to saving money and losing my gut!!! See ya!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The economy sucks, so be thankful

With the doom and gloom being reported by the media and the cautiousness of business owners I've seen out there, one would believe the good times are over and hell has come to earth in the form of a recession.

The signs are there for our family as well. As many of you know our situation up to this point, we now have a chance to "do it right" with our financial future. Yet even with a reduction in expenses we still find our family budget teetering on the edge of being in the red come February 2009.

So all the signs point to a miserable life continuing and all those woe-is-me blogs in the past should continue as well....guess what? Not now!

You see as I sit here in my favorite coffee shop Forza (Bryan, you will owe me some advertising fees!) I type an optimistic blog. And I really don't have a reason to except for him:

and them:

and these guys:

So many life lessons have been shared and learned in this year of 2008. The most important of them all is that my family is my life. The iPhone, the career, the house, the money all mean nothing if I can't share life with my little Pitts clan.

Kristy, Jessi, Jonny, Kaylie, Ryan and Bella....I love you very much and I thank God with every breath for you. That is what I am thankful for.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

How 'bout them Apples?!

What's better then winning the Apple Cup? Knowing the Huskies are
going to finish the season winless!

What a good part of my day. My company had our holiday party this
afternoon at the Palace Ballroom in Seattle. I know it's not
Thanksgiving yet, but having it before turkey day is sort of a
tradition with our company.

The linner was delicious. One of the best get togethers we've had.
Everyone was on good behavior and our new west coast boss gave a good
message about keeping our heads up during these economic times. Kristy
and I really enjoyed ourselves.

Afterwards, we walked around Seattle for a little bit and then enjoyed
some "us" time at Starbucks on Alki. It was good hanging out with
Kristy...something we don't do a lot, but eventually will in about 18
years. >8-{

Overall, a good day. Enjoyed good food, mingled with co-workers, spent
time with my wife and the Cougs beat the Huskies! It's good to know
that I don't support the worst college team in the Pac-10!

Friday, November 21, 2008

iPhone update is saved by Forza Coffee!

I found out today that the iPhone had a new update. However, being without the internet at home I had to scramble down to the cabana and download the update. Of course...the WiFi is NOT working, AGH!

Plan B, I'll head to Starbucks right down the road...closing in 10 minutes...DOUBLE AGH!!!

Plan C, and I am embarrassed because it should have been Plan B: Forza in DT Puyallup. My buddy Bryan runs an awesome coffee shop with great employees. I walked inside and half the population of Puyallup had the same idea! So instead of cussing, I simply asked for help.

Forza's employees are the best. Haley hooked me up with a table and chair and I was able to get my iPhone updated!!! I hope Bryan forgives me...he's a good guy so he probably will.

So iPhone's updated, weekend's here and it's time for the Apple Cup. The teams suck, but it's still the Apple Cup. I am dreaming of a 0-12 Husky season...Santa would be giving us Coug fans an early Christmas present.

28-24 Cougars win the 101st Apple Cup!!!

GO COUGS!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

...and the angels in heaven rejoiced!


I've been reading this pretty cool book I picked up from Starbucks last week, Where will you be five years from today?. It basically is a "self-help" book that challenges you to design the road map of your life over the next 5 years.

The thing I like about this book is it has challenged me to look inside myself and find the happiness in my life. I've asked family and friends recently for help with my life and to show me what they think my purpose is.

It's amazing how almost all of the responses came back to my family--my wonderfully strong wife and great kids. There was a quote in the book that brought me to tears and made me realize what everyone has been telling me:

"To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world."
~Josephine Billings

Is that good stuff or what?! I have six "one person" people waiting at home for me. I'll leave you with this. Going through this little trying time emotionally and spiritually I now I understand that a success is not what my bank account says, but how many lives I touch in a positive way.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Not enough time at the end of the day

I was hoping my first blog would be a podcast. As you can see it's not. 

I find there is more stuff than there is hours of the day. Sleep sometimes takes a back seat. Bills need to be paid, sales need to be made, I need to, let's move on.

The idea of creating my own podcast has interested me for sometime. I have always had a dream to do radio but not the stomach or drive to deal with the crap side of the business. So, I am actively setting up my podcast. 

I hope to incorporate me in it. As must my family and friends now, I am different and I love to have fun. Funny sounds, inappropriate humor and my opinion should fill it out pretty nicely!

Keep an eye out for my first podcast. Hopefully, I can deliver it sooner than it took Guns 'N Roses to release Chinese Democracy!

In football as in life, remember to hold on to your balls tight and look for good penetration,

What a historic day

What have I just experienced tonight? A black man (that's right PC police, I said black) is the president-elect of our country. Amazing stuff. 

I was happy to share this important part of history with my family. Not that I am old enough to REALLY understand the significance of this, but my children don't even begin to comprehend the struggle it has been for our country to get past the color of someone's skin.

I voted for Obama for one reason alone...he has given our country a vision and a direction and a chance for us to believe we can be better. Being a history buff, I have envyed those who got a chance to feel the energy of John F. Kennedy and his vision for America. I hope what I feel now is something close to that.

Obama is not perfect. But he is what we need as a country right now.