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Turkey Day 2012!

As I sit and write this blog post, I am thinking about what a great Thanksgiving weekend we had. We celebrated the big meal at our house with 20 or so family members gathered for a feast. Jeff and I each cook a turkey for what we call the Great American Turkey Cook-Off. I brine my 20+ pound bird overnight and then slow roast in the over for 6+ hours. Jeff quick cooks his outside in an infrared cooker. We take a vote annually and see whose turkey reigns supreme. This year, the ballot takers (the children) were otherwise engaged in playing cops and robbers, Star Wars Jedi’s or the Wii, therefore no official tally was taken this year and so it is unclear which bird won. We decided to call it a tie! The rest of the feast included homemade dishes like cranberry chutney, the leftovers of which I made into a breakfast cake the next morning with oatmeal – yummy. We also had two types of stuffing, mashed potatoes, a sweet potato dish, a corn casserole, white wine gravy and of course, yummy fresh rolls. Of course, we had to top off the meal with pumpkin and pecan pies, butternut squash tart and a pumpkin caramel pie. Good golly, it is just plain crazy how good the food is . . . and how much of it! It was a delightful evening of good food, family and conversation.

I am so thankful for so many things this year: my incredible nuclear family – hubby and kiddos, my extended family, my company and the brokers that work for me, the improving real estate market, my health and well bring and so much more! Truly, there are moments on any given day that my good fortune literally takes my breath away.

So, after the huge meal, we pretty much had food coma for most of the next day, but roused ourselves to go to Coeur d’Alene to see the lighting of the resort. As usual, the fireworks display was really cool and the kiddos loved it! Saturday, we hung out at home and had a pretty productive day with Jeff puttering with projects around the house and I worked on the computer and the kiddos ran around playing all day. We ended up needing to get out of the house and went downtown for dinner and then to walk around a bit. The kids spontaneously had a chat with Santa (no lines) and we got the greatest photo of them sitting on Santa’s lap. Then, a true Christmas miracle – we found the kid’s Christmas outfits with little effort at Macy’s. Today was church and brunch and then running some more errands. As I’ve been saying, life is truly great!

I am looking forward to this next month. Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I am ready to fully celebrate the season. I hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving. I hope that you had moments during the weekend to truly consider all you have to be thankful for. And I hope that the next month passes by slowly enough so we can all savor the joy of the Christmas season!

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Have a great week everyone!


When Emerson started kindergarten at Moran Prairie, little did I know that I would become an involved Parent Teacher Group (PTG) mom. Three years ago I ended up volunteering to chair a committee that would put on a dinner and auction. The goal was simple: to raise some money to help fund the enrichment programs the PTG puts on to make the school experience even better for our children. The first year we raised around $17,000, last year it was around $23,000 and last night we cleared over $30,000 – WOW!

I’ve had the privilege of working with a core group of amazing women for these past three years. Their hard work and dedication has made our event grow and improve. I am so thankful for each and every one of them! Each year, the auction is something like having a baby. Excitement in the planning stages, then exhaustion and pain the final couple of weeks leading up to the event (like labor) then we give birth to a bouncing baby auction and it is beautiful! In the midst of the pain of getting the minute details put together, I’d have told you I will never work on this auction again. But, now that it is done, and we’ve made enough money to fund the entire program for the year, I am so proud and elated that I might just sign up for a fourth year. Give me another week or two and I am sure I will be all in!

I am also extremely thankful for the families of Moran Prairie. The generosity of the sponsors, donors and attendees was amazing. The live auction featured projects completed by the students – one per each classroom. One of the projects (a platter) was sold for $1,500! Truly amazing! I am thankful to be part of such an amazing elementary school.

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Have a great week everyone!

Exit Convention 2012 in Nashville!

I spent the last week catching up on sleep after going to our company’s national convention in Nashville, Tennessee a couple weeks ago. Usually, Jeff goes with me, but this year, we decided he would stay home with the kiddos and we’d save up the funds for his company’s convention in Southern California in January – we are taking Emerson and Cole to see the big rat (otherwise known as Mickey Mouse). So, I went to Nashville with a few of my agents instead. A couple of them were younger than me with more energy and needless to say, it has been a long time since I have partied like a rock star. We had a blast, but did not sleep a ton!

The convention had some great speakers and entertainment. As always when I return from convention, I feel more knowledgeable, energized and excited to continue to fight the good fight! This year didn’t disappoint – incredible ideas, some great new technology (Total Office Resource Center – TORC) and so much more. And as for the entertainment – we enjoyed all that Nashville had to offer. We had incredible BBQ at Jack’s and checked out some local talent at various honkey tonks on Broadway including the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. There is nothing quite like the sound of live music – and it is everywhere you go in Nashville!

We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland which is an amazing hotel. It is literally a city inside a city with tons of restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and two huge indoor atriums with rivers and waterfalls – all inside. A truly incredible place to stay!

Next year, our convention is in Washington D.C., actually just outside D.C. in national Harbor, Maryland. It will be sure to be another great convention and I am already excited to go!

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Have a great week everyone!

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