More new pets

We’ve added to the family again and let me say the new kid is a bit of a mouser.

Puffball rats we've caught in the basement.

Puffball rats we’ve caught in the basement.

Here are some of the puffball rats he’s found in the basement. We throw them outside to decompose. Yessa picked a name for him too; it’s “Cinderfella Grumpy”.

Our new hero, "Cinderfella Grumpy"

Our new hero, “Cinderfella Grumpy”

He likes to sleep nestled up to this little black bar he came with. We’ve named it “Grumpy Kingdom”. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure he’s a cat. With all the chirps and cheeps he makes, he might be some sort of bird.

Buddie Dishes About Juice

Our Atlanta folks have an office in the Alpharetta Technology Commission’s Innovation Center. This is the space where that video we got to be part of was filmed a few months ago.

When Buds was over working with the Atlanta folks two weeks ago, he had the chance to be the guest on a podcast made by Mark, the gentleman who runs the ATC.

Buds wasn’t sure what questions would be asked or what to expect. He worried about having “ummed” and “like”d his way through the interview.

Well, the podcast is live, and he sounds fantastic. Not only does he sound well-spoken, but he does a great job giving historical perspective on Juice, and being a business owner in general, as well as explaining our product well. I’ll be using the podcast as a base for Juice history to share when we hire new folks, which will be such a great connector for people.

On the air

On the air

Take a listen for yourself and see what you think.

An Early Christmas Present

Buddie’s folks let us pick an event for our Christmas present from them, and we chose to head to the Symphony for their “Holiday Sing-along” concert.

We had a splendid time getting dressed up and heading out all together.

All dressed up and ready to go.

All dressed up and ready to go.

The concert was beautiful. The “Sing-along” part of the name was a bit of a misnomer. We sang along to about 1/3 of the songs played, and since we love to sing, that wasn’t enough, but it was a splendid outing nevertheless.

Our first time sitting at the back of the house.

Our first time sitting at the back of the house.

We got to see our friend Roger wearing a funny festive hat and the music was gorgeous. A new holiday tradition potential.

Christmas 2015

It’s March, so seems like a good time to post about Christmas, doesn’t it?

We had a lovely Christmas here in Nash. Christmas Eve was our candlelight service at church, our first one with Reverend Carmen at the helm.

Rev. Carmen's first Christmas Eve service with us. It was great.

Rev. Carmen’s first Christmas Eve service with us. It was great.

Best Buddy Fi lead the bell choir:

Fi leading the bell ringers.

Fi leading the bell ringers.

The children sang their hearts out, and we were surrounded by a packed house and loved ones:

Candlelight on Christmas Eve

Candlelight on Christmas Eve

Packed house

Packed house

Christmas Eve with loved ones is awesome!

Christmas Eve with loved ones is awesome!

After the service we headed home for Christmas Eve Dinner and to open one present each; a tradition started by my dad many decades ago.

One present each

One present each

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Replacing a beloved set of holiday DVD's that Ms. Deirdre gave us years ago that we wore out.

Replacing a beloved set of holiday DVD’s that Ms. Deirdre gave us years ago that we wore out.

Let's head out to jump!

Let’s head out to jump!

Lego Brick Bible--Holy Hit!

Lego Brick Bible–Holy Hit!

Ended the evening with some crisp nighttime jumping:

Beautiful in the crisp eve.

Beautiful in the crisp eve.

I believe I was the first one up on Christmas morning, and others soon followed. (We probably had to wake Monkey up.)

Piles of presents for each person, and we opened them in a relaxed, leisurely fashion.

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Monkey's pile

Monkey’s pile

Buster

Buster

Yessa's grouping

Yessa’s grouping

This year's tree

This year’s tree

Settling in to be comfortable

Settling in to be comfortable

Happy young man

Happy young man

Tearing in.

Tearing in.

Drones!

Drones!

Infinity scarf

Infinity scarf

Framed portrait from Florence

Framed portrait from Florence

Trying out the drones.

Trying out the drones.

We had received a surprise package from senders unknown, addressed to “The World Traveling Gemignani Kids.” It was a splendid Lego Architecture set of the Trevi Fountain. (We learned later that the sender was The Chandler Clan.) Monkey and Buster had a fantastic time putting it together, and it now sits proudly on the mantel. (The first time a lego set has been put together and displayed in our house.)

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Thanks to my mom, Twister now lives at our house, too.

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It might not have been on Christmas Day, but sometime around there we had beautiful enough weather that I was able to sit out and enjoy the children bouncing…with wine.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

It was a lovely, lovely day in a string of many.