Friday, December 25, 2009

christmas day 2009

Santa visited ...

and dropped off a few things

Monday, December 21, 2009


His First Piano Recital at
The Temple for Performing Arts
He has an awesome teacher, John Helmich.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blizzard of 2009

Reenacting part of A Christmas Story ...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rental House Scam

BEWARE of this scam on Craigs List!

Some of the red flags for me were:
- they did not use the insurance company's email - if it was work related, they would have emailed from work, not from two different personal email accounts.
- they did not reference any local addresses - like their new office address and the local decorator they would be working with, when I asked them.
- no response when I let them know I needed the money as a cashiers check in the exact amount of rent and security deposit, that we would have to meet them in person before renting to them and that we were having a friend in London check them out.
A Huge Thank You to D and her sister T !!

If you are contacted - please let the insurance company in the UK know.
Yoko Burns
NLI International Plc
20 Little Britain
London EC1A 7DH
Direct Tel: +44(0)20 7507 6013
Fax: +44(0)20 7726 0190

From: G COLE

-- i am interested in your rent,pls let me know if its available



With regards to the property I am inquiring about, I will like to get some more details about it, I am currently in the Uk and am Relocating down to the USA to see the best place to setup a new branch for my company ( Nippon Life Insurance London 20 Little Britain London EC1A 7DH, U.K. ), as we are about to open a branch office in the state, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, I will like you to provide me the following details,

# I need full details including address of the property and pictures if available for the place.
# Monthly rentals/security deposits.
# If utilities is added to monthly rent.
# When the property would be available.
# Mail me how much is due at lease signing.

I await your response soon.



Thanks for the details on the Property, I am satisfied and will like to go ahead with the renting process, I will like you to go ahead and reserve the property for me.

So I will be needing the following information's so that the check payment for $5100 can be processed and posted to you soon.

Phone number(cell and land):............

I want the 12 month lease to start on the 5th December 2009, I also want to notify you that I have in the mean time arrange with an interior decorator (Agent) who will be handling the purchase of furniture's, entertainment system and other appliances that will be needed in the property, they will as well be in charge of moving down my luggage's down to the states. So the check for $7,500 will be sent over to you which is a relocation grant by my employer.All you need do is to deduct the deposit of $5100 and forward the difference to my Decorators so I can have the place prepared before my arrival. All applications and lease will be signed as soon as I arrive.

Also for familiarization I Am Gideon Cole, I am 55 yrs of age, a British citizen, married to a lovely lady, with a daughter (Family staying over in the UK), I work with ( Nippon Life Insurance London 20 Little Britain London EC1A 7DH, U.K. E), as a loss adjuster agent, I am a Christian, reserved in Nature, Non smoker also i don't keep pets.
I look forward to meeting you and hope to have a good relationship as a tenant with you.
I await the details.

you can reach my at this number 01144702 409 9779 01144702 405 6620 01144 70457 29267
Below is my present landlords information for reference :

Dr.Joseph Williams.
4 Dorville Crescent. London W6 0HJ


Monday, November 30, 2009

Not A Gingerbread House

Instead, we made a rice krispy house, decorated by Coco.
And it looks a little bit like fruitcake ...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Of course ... Stanzi is injured during the game.
vs. Northwestern
But, we got to see R and friends

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hey, It's Halloween

The Big Kids partied it up ...
and the Little Kids did too.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009


his first mani/pedi and he LOVED it
Urbandale Blue Nail Polish

Iowa State Fair Parade


this year I helped Judge the Parade ...
with Moose from Lazer 103.3 and Stephanie Angelson from ABC5

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Not a Staycation

We took a mini vacation break to Kansas City
Crayola Cafe

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009


who steals signs?
they took two of them

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Double the Treasure ?

Not something you see everyday ... a double rainbow

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Really Young Professionals

We stopped by the 80/35 music festival to check it out

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Summertime Fun

Kickin' it and enjoying the summer weather

Monday, June 22, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Omaha Zoo

The College World Series was also going on ...
... right next door to the zoo

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo Website

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Backyard Garden

planted some tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, and green peppers in our backyard Garden in A Bag
with my mother's day flowers in the middle

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Here's an idea for a new reality show series - Mom-Gyver
Every episode is about something your kid brings to you to "fix" and Mom has to figure out how to fix it with whatever she has lying around in the house at the time
Useless toys that need to be fixed so the kids don't cry themselves to sleep for weeks - mourning the loss of their "most favorite" toy
The volcano for the science fair - which is due the next day and all the stores are closed - it's a holiday - and you have to pull everything out of the cupboards to build it
Oh, it happens ...

Because there are plenty of stupid things I am asked to fix on a daily basis

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Four of A Kind

But, sometimes you find yourself Odd Man Out ...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Family Night Fun

Guess who we happened to bump into at the mall ...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Three is the Magic Number

he turned three

Mommy & Me Yoga

his birthday present -he was featured in the Des Moines / Urbandale Register,

Monday, March 23, 2009


Chocolate Fountain Fondue Night

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Family Chops

A fun night out with the C Family

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Birthday Time

Ten, Ten, Ten, Ten
Sing A Song of Ten

How Many is Ten ?


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