Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Derbes Law Firm

I love my job :)  Everyone at the office is great and each day I work there is a confirmation that it's a blessing to be there.

Recently the law firm participated in a cook off to support the pro bono cases.  Greg and I painted the huge canvas for the booth.  We started the painting in February and the cook off was in March.

The canvas started at the front door, went around the corner, the entire dining room wall and around the corner into the hallway.

By the front door.

Painting the sky

Joy, who heads up the booth work, came by the see how the progress was coming along.  She liked it.

Time for clouds

Water is in and the outline of the shrimp boat is blocked out.

As a joke, Greg put Al Derbes picture in the boat window.  Joy and I loved the idea, so it came to be.

Shrimp boat coming to life.

Boat water reflection complete, background land complete and working on the nets.

I painted the birds :)  Do you see the small shrimp boat in the distance?  Love that Greg added that touch of depth as well.

It was fun to paint :)

On the day of the cook off, several attorneys and their family members met at our home to pick up the booth frame and other various items we needed.  Then off to City Park for the set up.

Chefs are cooking a short distance from the booth.

Kim, my crafty friend, made the burlap table cloth and painted a shrimp on each side.

Michelle posing with the boat

Melanie giving the booth hats to her daughters.

Me and My Sweetheart

We had nets, grass weeds, plastic seagulls and ice chests to add to the shrimp boat theme; and music too :)

Greg looking at me "you did not just volunteer me to paint again next year!"  lol

The cook off was fun, the company fantastic and the atmosphere of camaraderie was priceless.  It was a perfect environment for Greg to get to know the firm's attorneys and staff better, which made the next party even more enjoyable.  A few days after the cook off, The Derbes Law Firm hosted a lovely party for Albert Derbes' III retirement (founder of the firm) and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the firm.  The party was held at the Heritage Grill.  I didn't take many pictures, because Greg said, "people won't want flashes going off."  Ah well.... we do have some "getting ready for the party pictures"

Caroline came over to babysit while we went to the party.  

I like how the grandfather clock frames Greg's head :)

Derbes Dames :)  

It was enjoyable being able to mingle in the crowd and see how comfortable Greg was with everyone.  With all the variety of personalities, it's truly amazing how well the firm works together.  It's just not something that is typical in any business, but they make it work and make it seem effortless.   Love the work I do, the people I work with, the training I've received and the ability to learn new things!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring is in the Air

The above picture is the "cover picture" I just posted on Facebook.  Couldn't resist that saying - perfect for Gregory.  They say a picture "is worth a thousand words..."  I have a few thousand coming your way!!

At Mike Miley he climbed the way to the top of the rock climbing wall!

When Gregory saw another child at the end of the tunnel, he screamed and held up his hand!

Not big on the tricycle yet

See what he is holding?  Gregory is a hoarder!  He carries as many toys as he can and won't share.

But he loves to help out around the house and yard!

OK, next picture is cute and sad.  Gregory is learning the spider monkey cling.  But when Daddy flipped Gregory over, Gregory didn't want to let go of his toys and at the bottom of the flip, his head made contact with the tile floors.  No bleeding, bruise yes, tears yes, but he is fine.  The background picture will be explained in a different blog post :)

"This is what I have Daddy."

I'm sure the neighbors aren't thrilled with this.....

But Gregory had a blast!

Stacking rocks on swings

He is already an engineer, like his Daddy!

Fourth hair cut (second at the hair salon).  Daddy said, "Nobody should cry alone"

My sweet son is growing up

Had to take off his shirt, too much hair on it.

Playground time again :)

Gregory loves these steps.  There are four of them, spaced out rather far apart.  It doesn't matter that he isn't big enough to make walk on all four, by golly he is going to do it (with help).

Loves running to the carousel... not riding on the horses though

The cat got in the back of the stroller.  Gregory thought he should join him.

When Granny was in the hospital, Gregory walked the halls.  We couldn't bring Gregory into the emergency room where she was, so we took turns on walking Gregory and visiting Granny.  She's well and her test came back good.  We're thinking it might have been stressed related.  Thanks everyone for the prayers!

Look who is no longer in a high chair!

Thinking inside the box.

Walking in Mommy's shoes

Here's daddy's nose!

My new hair stylist

Spring time is spring cleaning time and we have a little helper!

Bubbles, Bubbles, Toil and who is getting into Trouble?

Loves Mommy's hair

Gregory thinks we should redecorate the kitchen cabinets.... with his hot wheel cars!  We found three cars on the cabinet drawers like this....

Speaking of cars, he climbs right into the drivers seat

He problem solves on how to get into a high bed by moving steps.

He knows that he can hide and seek under sheets (and thinks this works too..uhh, I just can't tell him that I can see him)

Next picture is Donna (speech therapist) with Gregory.  She did the full evaluation on Gregory.  Unfortunately (or "fortunately" as she said), Gregory does not qualify for the Early Steps.  A child has to have a minimum of two "low" categories.  Gregory's only low category was in speech (clearly, because he only knows a handful of words)... otherwise, he does great in responsiveness, cognitive ability, motor skills and fine motor skills.  In two of the categories he scored above average and in the others at least average (right where he should be) and speech - below.  Donna advised us to be firm and require Gregory to give us words - give him two options to choose from but don't give him either (food, drink, toys, etc) unless he says SOMETHING near to the word.  Such as "ilk" for Milk or attempt to make the sound "o" for orange crayon.  It's going to be hard on Gregory and worse on us, because Gregory will throw temper tantrums.  But tough love, it is.  Donna said that clearly Gregory CAN speak and she said he is very intelligent, so there's no reason he shouldn't pick up on talking.  Yep, we have a smart fart.

On our walk, Gregory saw a basket ball goal down and ran to it.

I went to the other side of the glass...

Rocky Balboa in the making!

Too cool

Too much fun.  Lol