Happy Birthday to Matteo!

Happy Birthday to Matteo!

Eight years ago–on March 11th–we welcomed this wonderful bundle of joy.  Every single day since, he has enriched our lives.  

We had sushi for lunch on his birthday, went to Fenton’s with Grandma Johnie, Grandma Kathi and Johnny and Great-grandma Dot.

We are truly blessed!

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

I just returned from a one-week business trip to Paris, France.  We were very productive, and met all of our goals.  Woohoo!!!

Work-related travel is a necessary part of the j.o.b.  However, coordinating phone calls with the family, specifically the boys, is a bit challenging.  We manage, though.  When I returned home today at noon, this was my welcome note.  It accompanied a miniature Milky Way–my all-time favorite candy!

Love these kids!!!  Luckiest dads ever…

Running.  Water.

Running.  Water.

For the last two weeks, our family has been eating on paper plates, using compostable silverware and plastic (recyclable) cups. Why, you might ask? The culprit, pictured below, a nearly 80-year-old kitchen drain pipe that decided to rupture leaving dirty water all over our lower-level. Well, after two weeks–assessing the damaging, trying to find the source of the leak–we knew, but had to prove it to the insurance company–get the asbestos abatement team out to remove old tiles and epoxy–we finally have our kitchen back. Now, we must focus on getting the insurance company to fix the rest of the damage.

Moving away from Facebook

Moving away from Facebook

You may be wondering why you received an email from our blog.  Well, if you haven’t noticed I have been moving away from FB.  I may “Like” or provide a comment now and then, but I post very little. 

If you are interested in following The Methlie-Zapien family, check our blog.  If you don’t see any new posts, ping me!

Happy New Year from the Methlie-Zapiens

Happy New Year from the Methlie-Zapiens

We started our late morning–we all stayed up until 1:30 am to welcome the new year–with breakfast at the Montclair Egg Shop.  Love it!  Shout out to Ms. Brenda.


Fortunately, the day got a little better.  We watched Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me.  The boys loved it, of course.

I skipped making tamales.  They are too much work!!!  Christopher has a Mission project due at the end of January.  One of the options is to develop a menu of foods that the people ate.  Perhaps, we will make tamales.  Any helpers???


Christmas break in Truckee

Christmas break in Truckee

We are spending a week in Truckee/Tahoe Donner with Grandma Johnie, Grandma Kathi, and Johnny.

Fortunately, we spent a couple of days skiing.  The boys did incredibly well.  Wish I could ski without fear!

The drive up

Day 1:  some snow time and cocktails

And some skiing…

A Christmas Program

A Christmas Program

Sorry for the delayed post, but I was traveling for a good part of December.

Here are some pictures from the boys’ Christmas Program at school.

Before leaving the house…our handsome boys!

Christopher performing with the band