Isabell's Arrival

July 30, 2014 by Adam in Cortez

I've been going through old video tapes, getting them all digitized for the future.  I have a few more to do, finally getting to things like the video of Sadie's friends hanging out and Isabell being born.  In any case, here's the greatly abridged version of Isabell's arrival:

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Arma 3 and the Wolf Among Us

July 30, 2014 by Adam in Adam's Games

Sam sometimes whips up little scenarios for us in Arma 3, a military simulator.  Inevitably, things go badly, which I think is his favorite part.  We generally have a good time, and when he dies, he'll come over and watch me, a bit too eagerly in my opinion.

I finished The Wolf Among Us, which was a fun little game.  I guess I'd describe it as a detective novel in a world where fairy tales have come to life.  Anyway, time to pick a new game out of my vast library.

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The Warm Lazy Days of Summer

July 27, 2014 by Adam in Family

It was another wonderful summer day today.  Emma and I were up first, chatting and hanging out.  I made waffles for Joanna, who played us a rendition of Fireworks as a reward.  She went off to church where she sung it again with the uke, to much fanfare.  I fed Sam, Emma picked figs for me from our tree, and we partially packed our bags for the hiking trip.  There were video games and D&D.  Eventually Joanna returned for lunch and we headed off on a hike at Ridgeline Trail.

It was pretty steep, but quite pretty.  The kids kept stopping to check out well-camouflaged spiders and little creeks.  We eventually made our way to the Cascade Raptor Center where Emma convinced us to go.  Joanna returned to get the minivan while the rest of us looked at the bald eagles, owls, crows, and a million other birds.  Eventually we returned home and vegged out.  I played a little Bookworm Adventures, got pizza, and we watched Bang Goes the Theory.

The kids are off tomorrow.  I have some yardwork and more camping preparations.   Hopefully Joanna and I will sneak in a date night in there too.

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D&D and Asian Celebrations

July 27, 2014 by Adam in Family

Sam and Emma arrived Friday night.  We ate a tasty curry and had a generally quiet evening.  Both kids missed me, I think, and kept wanting to talk when I first appeared.

Saturday morning after a hearty breakfast Emma, Joanna, and I went off to the library and briefly to the Saturday Market.  After lunch Joanna went off to a painting session.  She kept sending us pictures of her progress, with the kids being increasingly impressed with the result.  Eventually Emma declared that Joanna better be proud of her work or she'll take the painting from her.  Meanwhile the kids and I played the next edition of D&D and generally had a good time.  I'm doing it a little differently - using the big computer in the living room and using Photoshop to uncover areas as they explore.  I think it's working out well.

Later that evening we went to Alton Baker Park for a Japanese festival after picking up sushi.  We met up with Yayoe and chatted away.  Sam defeated a yellow jacket that was terrorizing us.  Everyone enjoyed the Pokemon dance the performers put on, as well as the more traditional fare.  We returned home, tucked Emma in bed, Sam and I played a little Arma 3, and we finished up with one of my favorite Star Trek Next Generation episodes.

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July 27, 2014 10:45 PM by Yayoe
very cool video...thanks for posting it and for coming to the Obon Festival with Joanna and the kids.I enjoyed being there and ran into so many different friends that I chatted with during the evening.

Mocha Friday

July 25, 2014 by Adam in Family

I'm cheerfully caffeinated today, looking forward to the weekend and hanging out with kids.

Duncan and Berry got off to the airport with their dad just fine.  It's been quiet without them, though Joanna and Emma were trying to make up for it by saying goofy and inappropriate things throughout dinner.  We had Sam and Emma briefly after work yesterday.  I signed Emma's cast, we ate delicious curry, and wrapped up with a rousing board game session.  After Jamie picked them up, Joanna and I did some gardening and listened to the heavy metal band at the Fairgrounds.  We didn't actually go anywhere - the sound just rolled up the hill into our front yard.

Work is going relatively well.  More departures soon - I keep amassing knowledge from each departed person, growing more powerful with each person leaving.  Soon I shall become invincible.

Looking forward to the weekend.  I've got to get ready for our great camping trip.  Otherwise I'm hoping to have some good hang out time with the kiddos.  Lots of games and haircuts and projects to do.

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Rainy Day

July 23, 2014 by Adam in Family

It was raining this morning, a very odd experience after 90 degree weather for weeks on end.  It's been quiet at home.  Sam and Emma are at their mom's.  Duncan and Berry leave for Rochester tomorrow morning.  I can tell Joanna and the kids are all thinking about it, hoping for the best.

It's my mom's birthday - I think Joanna is cooking up a small surprise for her today. 

Lots of packing today, and getting up at the crack of dawn to send the kiddos off.

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July 23, 2014 04:48 PM by Adam
I attached a photo from when Joanna, mom, and the kids all got together for lunch. Everyone signed Emma's cast. They all had a good time.

July 24, 2014 05:59 AM by Lohring
Its everyone's birthday. I'm sorry I missed the dinner. Happy Birthday to all.

Happy birthday Mom!

July 23, 2014 by Seraph in Cortez

Have an amazing birthday Mom! I recommend sunshine and ice cream!

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July 23, 2014 08:53 AM by Adam
Ditto on the birthday wishes. Sadly it's raining today, but should theoretically be back to the 90's by the weekend.

Cast Time

July 22, 2014 by Adam in Emma

Jamie took Emma to the sports medicine folks at Slocum and it looks like she's getting a cast for the next three weeks.  After that, she's getting a removable splint.  I just hope she's back to normal by the start of school.

I think we can still do our backpacking trip the weekend after next.  I'm bummed she can't go swimming and baths will be a pain.  Still, it's nice to know she won't be hideously deformed, her twisted pinkie striking fear into the hearts of other children.

Duncan Birthday #2

July 20, 2014 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan had his second birthday this morning.  He and Joanna ran off to Voodoo Doughnuts and returned to supplement breakfast with their ill gotten booty.  Duncan was extremely excited to blow out his birthday doughnut and open everyone's presents.

Later tonight he's having a friend over for pizza and science shows.  His final birthday event involves flying across the country to party with the east coast crowd.  What a lucky boy.

Birthday Boys and Girls

July 20, 2014 by Adam in Family

Yesterday was my birthday and today is Duncan's.  My mom got in on the action, as her's is just a few days away as well.

The day started with a hearty breakfast with everyone.  Joanna made pancakes, picking some blueberries from our bushes on the balcony.  Duncan was at a sleepover, so I took Berry and Emma to the library, returning to have all the kids read away.  I fed Sam, and then we spent forever making new D&D characters for each of the kids.  That was a fun process, using the new rules, though I'm not sure when I'll be able to put a campaign together.

I had a long day of hanging out with everyone, followed by a delicious meal where my mom, Bob, Jenny, and Jordan came over for dinner.  Joanna made my absolute favorite chocolate potato cake.  Presents were exchange.  It was all good.

Sam, Emma, and I played a little D&D after dinner, and Sam and I played a little Divinity: Original Sin after I got Emma to bed.

It was a perfect day, surrounding myself with the people I love and enjoying their company.  I thanked them all for helping make it happen.

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