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My Morning Coffee Mug... and a few family stories

Working from home has its advantages. After getting the kids up, fed (sometimes chocolate chip pancakes), and out the door, I can then sit and start my day. I thought I'd share with you the mug I enjoy each day with some fresh coffee and tasty creamer.

 This mug is my favorite that I drink out of every day. I'm able to add pictures, instead of something like a credit companies name, a lenders name, or something that reads 'class of XX'

On one side is my daughter, Sidney. She is not this small anymore. In the top picture she is almost 2 (now 12 1/2... you have to add the 1/2 now) and is wearing a Nike hat that I use to wear. It was a little big for her, but she was so darn cute in it with those big cheeks.

The bottom picure is of my daughter and son together. They are 13 months apart. In this picture we were in the snow

 

If I turn my mug slightly to the right, you will see my son, Quinten.  Again, he isn't this small anymore. At the time of the above picture, he was just over 2 years old. When he was a baby, it would take a miracle to get this boy to laugh at us (and I'll have you know I'm pretty funny). He was not a cranky baby... just didn't find us amusing... at least not that often. After a year, the boy was cracking more smiles and now has a big grin on his face most of the time. As a matter of fact, he thinks he's the funniest kid around. I compare him to Jim Carey because he is goofy like that all the time. My wife and I often laugh at the thought that he didn't laugh at us at all in the beginning and now he has quite a sense of humor.

The bottom picture is of the kids together. They are around 5 & 6 years old and we were at the park where Quinten was learning to play Tee Ball. It was also the last day that Quinten tried Tee Ball.

 

Of course, the mug would not be complete without my lovely wife Andrea, who has put up with me for 15 years (in December). We will leave her age out of this post, but I can say she was younger in each of these pictures.

The top picture was in 1994. It was our first apartment together in Moorpark, California. A simple 2 bedroom, 2 bath. She laughs at me when I tell her its one of my favorite pictures. I'm a simple man and don't need all of the fancy dresses and make-up. The ponytail/scrunchy works just fine for me. :-)

In the bottom picture was one of our first real dates. We went to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. The date was 8/15/94, it was a work day. We both ditched work and of course were spotted by other employees. It was a lot of fun. That was when we use to go on the scary rides....

 

I could change the pictures around, but honestly they have been the same pictures for 6 years now. We take lots of pictures, but these are some of my favorites.  Thought I'd take a moment and share my mug with you and share some stories. Now I'll get back to work!

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Comment balloon 23 commentsJohn Cannata • October 02 2009 11:39AM

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I love this post, John!  Thanks for sharing your mug and your family and a lil bit about your life with us!

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 10 years ago

John - Love this mug and the stories that go along with it.  I am featuring this post in Family Ties.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago

John - This is one of my favorite posts.  I enjoyed reading it and learning more about you and your family.  Your love for them and the strong relationships you share are more than obvious.  You;ll have to keep us updated through the teenage years though.  In particular, I want to know the best age to trade mine in before it's too late. 

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 10 years ago

Hi John, I too enjoyed reading about your family and understanding how much they all mean to you. Have a wonderful weekend with your family.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Shirley. Happy to share it :-)

Thank you Jason. It was my pleasure sharing them with you guys/gals.

Erik - I can tell you that now... so far 7th grade is the toughest. I think mainly its the drama at school which then can carry over to our home. I can't complain too much though because they both keep very active in sports and school. (as they continue to get older... I have to watch out for the boys calling my daughter).

Hi Teral. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 10 years ago

John, It's funny what brings a smile to our face each morning!
Cherish every day!
Paul

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 10 years ago

And repeatedly Paul.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the feedback John.  Looks like I've got about 6 more years.  Once the phone calls start, the party's over.  Good luck!!!

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 10 years ago

John, you are right about working from home has its advantages. Enjoy the family. Kids grow up too fast...

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Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Erik - Yeah, girls are a lot of fun until the door starts knocking and the phone starts ringing.

Thanks Michael for the feature in Blogs Happen. I'm trying to enjoy them as much as possible. They sure do grow fast.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 10 years ago

Love the mug John !

... you have given me an idea for a present for my wife ;o)

Cheers !

Sheldon

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 10 years ago

Sheldon - She will love it, Im sure.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 10 years ago

Love the mug and getting to know a little bit about you and your family. I have a mug that Lee did for me like yours - it has many special photos of our son and family. Better that anything he could have bought at the jewelry store! 

Posted by Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS, Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA (Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN) over 10 years ago

John -

What a Great way to stay focused on your big Why!

Posted by David Williams (CaryRealEstate.com) over 10 years ago

Lee & Carol - I agree, these mugs are great. It was a fantastic idea, who ever came up with it.

David - It does help to keep you motivated. Plus, how can you be mad about a situation when you look down at your family smiling at you?

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 10 years ago

What great post John, Yes I remember when I had to add the 1/2 to my own daughter's age...it made such a difference to her, lol! Humm, we also like chocolate chip pancakes here in our home sometimes adding some pecans too.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Designing with Gemstones and Sterling silver! (Gem and Silver Alchemy) over 10 years ago

Cynthia - We have not tried them with Pecans, but love those chocolate chips. Perhaps I'll have to give that a try.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 10 years ago

nice to finally meet your family in a way.  You sound like a great family man.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) about 10 years ago

Hi Angelia. This is the crew! Thank you for the compliment. I'm certainly not great because I'm still a work in progress. This parenting thing takes some work sometimes. Well worth it in the end though.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) about 10 years ago

John - love your mug - I'm going to see if I can find one!  I'd love to drink out of one of these everyday!

Have a Wonderful Day. Kathy

Posted by Kathy Carson, Realtor, Lynchburg, VA, VA Homes - Lynchunberg,Bedford, Campbell (John Stewart Walker, Inc) about 10 years ago

Good Morning Kathy. I dont even recall where they purchased my mug or else I'd give you an idea where to find it. They are pretty popular though.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) about 10 years ago

Nice mug shots John, now I have to get one.

Posted by Matt McLaughlin (The Pest Force) about 10 years ago

Thank you Matt. It's a great way to see family pictures each morning.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) about 10 years ago

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