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!!!