Here are the “players” of Team Trader!
(If you want to learn more about me, please visit the About page)
My husband and I met in 2002 and started out just as friends. We hung out with the same group and became really close. He was interested in dating me but I thought he was too old (he is 15 years older than me), so he didn’t pursue it. A year later, something changed and I looked at him differently and started dropping hints that I was interested. But, being a guy, and being CJ, he didn’t get it and was oblivious to my subtleties. So one night as we were talking on the phone I blurted out, “So are you going to ask me out or what?” There was a moment of silence and then he said, “I thought I was too old for you.” “Well I changed my mind!” I replied and the rest is history. We dated for about 2 years before he proposed (in London, thank you very much!) and we were married a year after that. We now have 2 beautiful girls and couldn’t be happier. He is my rock, support and still, after all these years, my best friend.
Munchkin is almost 4 years old and our first child. She is absolutely amazing. OK so I’m biased but still, she is more than I could have ever dreamed of. She is really smart, very active (always has been, even in the womb!) and constantly amazes us. She’s also very loving and not afraid to show it. I hope she never loses that because it’s such a beautiful quality. She’s actually quite tall for her age (off the charts in height – 99th percentile) which CJ and I are giddy over because we secretly hope she’ll grow up to be a kick ass volleyball player. She surprises us every day with her wit and humor and definitely keeps us on our toes! I can’t wait to see what other journeys we will go on together!
Cora is our new little angel and was just born this past April (2013). She’s very different from her sister! Where Isabella is energetic and spunky, Cora is laid back and easy going. There are many moments when she’s laying on my shoulder or sleeping in my arms when I look at her and marvel at the perfect little girl we created. It will be so fun to watch her grow up and see the individual she becomes.
Samson is a one-of-a-kind yellow Labrador Retriever who is nothing if not interesting. There are so many stories I could share but I don’t think there are enough pixels on this page for it (be sure and check out my “Samson Stories” section to read all about his adventures). We got him when he was 4 months old and were the 5th owners to have him. Because of being moved around so much, he had trust issues. But after intense therapy and working on his inner child, he has come to love us. Everything you’ve heard about labs and their energy is true. And then some. As a pup, we had to take him to Doggie Day Camp twice a week and for daily walks just to burn off all the energy. We had to give him more training than military school kids get. He was that ornery. But 7 years later, he’s an amazing dog. He runs with me, he can catch stuff in his mouth, he jumps higher than we can, he is gentle and patient with the girls, he doesn’t get in to trouble (much), and he’s a big old teddy bear.
*All people photos courtesy of H&J Creative Studios