Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day & Other Thoughts

Lorenzo pointed out I haven't blogged in a while. I reminded him that it's Lynn and Lorenzo's blog, but I still felt guilty, so here goes.

Yesterday was Father's Day. We had a fantastic meal with Dad Davis and Lorenzo as guests of honor. Judi and I worked hard in the kitchen to prepare a feast of Antipasto, Shrimp, Scallops on a bed of Spinach, Lemon Risotto and Roasted Vegetables. Dessert was a Cherry Pie.
I had more fun cooking than I have in a long time. There is something really fun preparing a meal for people you love.

Lately Alex has been extremely busy. The first week of summer he went to Rocket Camp where he built a telescope, a model of a MARS rover and a rocket. They launched the rocket on the last day. Last week, he was at Dinosaur camp where he learned about dinosaurs. This week his camp is called Adventures at the Pond. I suspect tadpoles will be involved.

Meghan has been attending Blue Ivey and is eagerly awaiting her 4th birthday. It's hard to believe she'll be 4 in less than two weeks! She has been showing me "My Little Pony" things she wants, while mentioning that she needs new puzzles and some princess stuff. As I fixed her hair this morning she mentioned that her hair bows were getting old, so I suspect that's on her list too.

Lorenzo is almost finished with a bout of night shift. I say bout, because it's much like a sickness and comes a few times a year. On Friday, he heads to Vegas for a Bachelor Party for the Putt wedding. He has been missing Trombone practice because of his night shift schedule and is looking forward to getting back to his horn.

Me? I have been traveling for work. I am heading to Mississippi today and was in Kansas last week. After the 4th, I am heading to Vermont for a conference. In addition, I have been taking golf lessons. What an expensive hobby!! I am really enjoying it and Alex wants to learn how to play. I had my first tournment last week and have a few more coming up. If nothing else, the fashion definitely agrees with me.

We have been busy, but happy. I hope this finds you the same way!

Lynn and Lorenzo

Monday, March 19, 2007

Spring has Sprung!

Greetings and Salutations from Dallas!

It's been too long since I have blogged, but here is an update of all the news that's fit to print.

Meghan is doing very well. Her hair has gotten quite long and she is really enjoying the spring. This weekend she went with me to Lowe's to get some flowers for our front yards. She was my "helper of the day", and contributed by digging about twice as many holes as I needed for the flowers. We had a great time getting the front beds in order. After a long morning of yard work, she took a 3 hour nap and still went to bed on time. I guess I really wore her out. She seems to be on a growth spurt lately and I am amazed how much she has changed in the last year. She is working on her alphabet and can currently accurately pick out about 1/2 of the alphabet. She also can generally tell you a word that starts with the given letter.

Alex is amazing me every day. He is getting pretty lanky now a days. He just finished spring break where he had plenty of time to play and enjoy the rest. He is playing soccer again with the Sting Rays. He has had some great games and is improving as a shooter. I think Coach Tom is happy to see that coming along. School is progressing well for Alex. He is really starting to enjoy reading more. Math and science, however, remain his favorite subjects. He is currently doing a research project on President GW Bush. As you can imagine, I am absolutely thrilled. (NOT) He has been sharing facts about Bush during meals and though I am happy to see Alex show interest in History and Government, I wish he had picked another president. (Kennedy? Lincoln? FDR?) Oh well, next time.

Lorenzo has been busy keeping the house in order. He has been hanging pictures and dealing with different businesses to get screens installed. Working from home has really been a boon for us, as he has been able to interview maids, landscape people and all sorts of other tradesmen. Our house is really coming along and I hope you'll be able to come see it soon!

January through the first week of March for me were spent with American Airlines. I had 3 trips to New Orleans, 1 to San Diego, 1 to Chicago, 1 to Detroit, 1 to Greensboro, 1 to New York, 2 to Denver and 1 to Kansas City. My new job is going well. I am really loving it but it keeps me very busy. You may have heard the Cadbury is splitting the Beverage business. We were notified last week that we will be split, but that doesn't mean much of a change for now. For me, I am focused on my customers. If you get a chance to stop in a bagel shop (Einstein's or Bruegger's) grab a Nantucket Nectars with your bagel and think of me!

So, we have been busy, but we are well. We hope you are too!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Forever, in a good way

Many of you may know that tomorrow is Lorenzo and my 9th wedding anniversary. Yes, 9 years ago, many of you were with us in South Bend with the snow and excitement of the wedding.

You may remember the rehearsal dinner at Bruno's. Man, that was good pizza.

Perhaps you remember that the organist forgot our wedding. She showed up, but a little bit later than planned.

Maybe you remember the beautiful snow over the rolling hills of the golf course out the windows of our reception hall.

Or, maybe like me, every detail is a cherished memory. Whether it's waking up that morning, and talking to my sister as I tried to style my very long hair or my mother's ice cold hands as she buttoned my dress; or, my soon to be mother in law coming in and snapping pictures of the preparations, so that I would have some pictures to keep. (I am a terrible photographer, because I never remember to take the pictures!) I remember my dad standing with me in the back of the church and saying, "Last chance to change your mind", as he prepared to give me away. I remember crying through the ceremony, but happy tears. I remember having my veil knocked off as Jeff hugged me. I remember shivering with my bridesmaids as we took pictures after the ceremony. I remember dancing with my whole family, old and new, and having to ride to the hotel in the "Nookie Wagon".

I really can't believe that we've been married 9 years, because it seems we've always been Lyn-ZO. It seems we've always had Alex and Meghan. It seems I've always had him to lean on, talk to and come home to.

Well, without the right person, marriage is more work than wonderful. With the right person, it's still a bit of work, but mostly wonderful. With Lorenzo, it's just as I hoped it would be. With Lorenzo marriage is part of what makes me the woman I am.

Happy Anniversary, Lorenzo.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Holiday Decorations

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, as we did. You can see by this picture that laughter was had by all!

Well, except for Saturday night. Man, the Irish didn't have the game I was hoping for. Oh well, 10 and 2 is still better than 8 and 4 or 7 and 5. We may be BCS bound, or maybe it'll be the Cotton Bowl and we'll have some house guests. We have the house for it!

We had a great few days off. Alex, Meghan, Lorenzo and I spent lots of time together. The kids are really enjoying their playroom and riding bikes in the 70 degree weather. It's great to live in Texas in November. That'll change later this week, though, when the cold front hits. It's supposed to be 20 degrees on Thursday morning. BRRR

We are attacking our Christmas shopping as quickly as possible. We got a few things finished this weekend, but still have more than half of our shopping to finish. Then there's the wrapping and Christmas cards to send. It seems this time of year we don't slow down, but I really love it! It is my favorite time of year for sure.

The kids helped me decorate the tree on Saturday and we are working on our exterior decorating strategy. Lorenzo is really helping with the plans and I am sure we'll get the new house looking festive really soon.

I hope you are all taking the time to enjoy the holidays. Remember to slow down and just enjoy the sparkling lights on a tree.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Redskins for Brady!

I threatened Lorenzo that I would blog about the Redskin's need to draft Brady Quinn in the draft, so now it's real. Of course, it's sweet for me, because even though I lost Alex to the Cowpatties, my Meghan is a Redskin's fan. As a matter of fact, she can sing Hail to the Redskins almost as well as she sings The Fight Song.

Well, Happy November everyone! I guess I should say Happy Thanksgiving, as we are fast approaching my favorite holiday. It's been a crazily busy fall. Alex just received his 2nd report card of second grade and he made the A Honor Roll, again. His soccer season finished at the end of October with more wins than losses and a few goals for Alex. He is doing great. I can't believe he'll be 8 years old in a week. It's amazing how fast kids grow.

Meghan is doing well. She continues to amaze me day after day. Besides her singing of football songs, she has been busy learning the alphabet and working on her manners in school. She is coming along quickly.

Lorenzo is about to finish another round of night shift and we are looking forward to getting him back to a normal sleep pattern. I have finished my travel for 2006 and am so happy to be home for the remainder of the year.

We are going to be celebrating Thanksgiving in our new house. We moved in 3 weeks ago and are still putting everything in place, but we really love the new house. Lorenzo's office is much bigger than his previous room. As a matter of fact, we are looking for furniture just to fill it out. Of course he is more excited about his media room, but it will be a while before we're ready to put that together. I think he dreams of it anyway, as I see him collecting every electronics store ad he can find.

On the other news front, I am getting a new job in January. I'll soon officially be the Director of Sales: Emerging Markets. To Cadbury, Emerging Markets means Casual Dining in my case. So that means my team and I will be out at great places like Gloria Jean's Coffee Shop and Panda Express trying to establish distribution for great brands like Snapple, Orangina and Nantucket Nectars. In addition, it makes me one of the two most senior women in our sales force. Exciting, isn't it? Anyway, I get a company car again, and boy am I looking forward to that. The CRV has been a great car, but the miles are piling up on her. It'll be nice to be rid of that additional monthly cost.

Well, that's about all the new news. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and don't eat too much!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Viva Dr Pepper

Lorenzo and I have returned from the Dr Pepper Bottler meeting in Las Vegas. Our company has a meeting annually where we entertain our Dr Pepper bottlers and share with them the marketing plans for the new year. I was invited to talk about "data" with a number of our bottlers. Spouses were invited, because most of the bottlers bring their spouses. So, Sunday Lorenzo and I boarded American Airlines and headed out to Vegas.

The flight out was full but uneventful. We were supposed to meet the first of many bottlers for a drink that evening, but he decided "data" wasn't exciting enough to leave the tables on a Sunday night. I wasn't complaining as it meant Lorenzo and I got to have a nice dinner instead. We had a wonderful meal and the desserts were to die for. Lorenzo had a chocolate banana concoction that was divine while I had a chocolate mousse that was heavenly.

Monday was a relatively quiet day with Lorenzo working in the morning. The Wynn has an excellent internet connection if you're curious. I had a few meetings with a few bottlers and they were quite productive. In the afternoon we walked the Strip and gambled at MGM Grand. The tables have a $5 minimum bet at MGM Grand vs. Mostly $15's at The Wynn. After our LONG walk, we hung out by the pool until dinner.

Dinner was interesting because we got to meet Mike Golic. Mike is the Dr Pepper spokesperson this year and he was at the event signing footballs. We got our picture taken and chatting with him for a minute. Being a fellow ND alum, we felt we had something great in common. After our encounter with Mike, we networked and socialized until late in the evening. Lorenzo was out with my former boss until the wee hours gambling and people watching. It seems they had a good time.

Tuesday morning held many meetings, intertwined with good and bad impersonators. We saw a BAD Prince, and decent Springsteen and an awesome Tina Turner. Tuesday afternoon was a golf day for the bottlers, so Lorenzo and I hit the shops looking for better shoes. My feet were killing me!

Tuesday evening was the big event. Dinner was out by the pool and it was good, but the big event was the private concert with Rod Stewart. There were about 200 people in the room and we were really close. Lorenzo will be sharing our pictures later. It was really cool. When the concert ended there was more socializing and another late night for the two of us.

Wednesday morning brought more meetings, a show with Bill Ingvall and long flight home. It was after 8 when we got home last night. We were tired but Lorenzo is now much more suspicious of all my business trips. I am sure he wonders how much work I really do, after all the fun we had in Vegas. My case is not helped by two additional meetings in Vegas this fall, but hey, that's my job!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

My Birthday and Other News

Happy Labor Day! I hope you all enjoyed the day off in honor of my birthday. It rained here and the angels sang hallelujah. Yesterday's weather couldn't have been more wonderful given the hot dry summer we have endured. How many people do you know who would be so happy to see the rain, all day, on their birthday. Further evidence of my quirks, I guess.

We have had a busy end of summer. Alex is back in school. He is a second grader now and is enjoying his new classes. He has decided he likes science best and want to do "liquid science". We think that means chemistry. He has asked us if it would be ok for him to be a scientist when he grows up and how can we say no to that idea?!? Of course, Lorenzo and I want to encourage this curiosity, so any ideas you have for experiments for Alex, send them our way.

Meghan is now officially in pre-school instead of daycare. Her new teacher is Ms. Pearce and she really loves her new class. Her favorite class mates are all boys. (Shocking considering her best friend is her brother, right?) Nathan Colwell, Thomas and Parker are the boys she speaks of most often. It sounds particularly cute, as she speaks of them as hers. For example, "Today I played trucks with my Nathan Colwell." Ms. Pearce seems to love having Meghan in class, she told me that Meghan likes to be her helper and often helps keep the kids in line. When the class gets noisy, she is known to put a hand on a hip and say, "Guyyyyyys". Hard to relate the intonation, but I think you get the point.

Lorenzo and I have had an interesting adventure in home news lately. We have been discussing the idea of buying a bigger home for months, and had previously decided to sell this house in the spring of 2007. Well, on a whim, we looked at some new build options and initiated the process to build our dream house. Ten days later, we stopped and luckily, recouped our initial investment. We have decided to be a bit more methodical in our choice, but are still preparing the house for sale in the spring. As a result, our house looks a little bare as we prepare it for showings, etc. I am glad we "jump started" the process, but I am also glad we've slowed down.

This weekend was a great one and we were able to share it with many of you. Lorenzo threw me a birthday party on Saturday where we watched the Irish win (thank goodness) and had some laughs. It was a great party with good friends and good food. Pam even came in from Houston for the event. It also marked ten years since Lorenzo proposed to me on the steps of the Admin Building at ND. Wow the years have gone by fast, but they have been happy years indeed.

In about two weeks my fall travel schedule ramps up again. Lorenzo will be joining me for my first trip as I have been invited to the Dr Pepper Bottler meeting at the Wynn and spouses were included. We are excited about that trip. When we return, I head to Chicago for three consecutive trips, one of which is the ND Stanford game. We're taking Alex to that and it should be a good time. From there I head back to Vegas for a second conference and then I am home for 12 days straight! Next it's off to Philly for a week and then I return for the weekend and head back to Vegas for another conference. Finally, I have a trip to St Louis and I am done with travel for this year. (I think) At that point, it'll be mid-November so I'll have a turkey to buy and a birthday party for Alex to plan. Our big boy's going to be 8 at Thanksgiving. He's growing so fast.

Well, that's the news from Chez Martinez. I hope this finds you well and take care!