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.

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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.

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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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July 20, 2014 11:39 AM by Seraph
Happy birthday to all you summer babies!

Mocha Friday

July 18, 2014 by Adam in Family

It's been a quirky week.  I had a couple co-developers down for the last two days.  It was great - we hung out, took a tour of the hospital, brought in some guest speakers, and generally bonded.  I'm a little sad that I'm returning to my solitude of the gray cubicle, but I suppose I'll actually get some things done.

Emma and I are sporting pinkie injuries - me with a burn from a pancake griddle, her with a spiderweb-related sprain.  Fortunately it wasn't broken.  Duncan and Berry are off on their last day of camp, heading to the Enchanted Forest.  Sam was going to put in some work for my mom.

My mom and Yayoe came over to do art camp with the kids, which was cool.  It's a weekend of birthdays and hanging out.  I'm looking forward to spending some time with all the kids, the last until school starts again.  I'll plan extravagant breakfasts to tide Duncan and Berry over until then.

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Bent But Not Broken

July 18, 2014 by Adam in Emma

Emma managed to hurt her pinkie finger pretty bad yesterday.  It was at her mom's house and the story involved running from a spider web or something.  When she showed up at our house, she was complaining about it hurting quite a bit.  Joanna improves a split and we had her sleep on it.

This morning the pain continued and the bruising and swelling were pretty bad.  Joanna took her into the doctor's to get x-rays.  Fortunately everything looks okay.  She got a hefty split to keep everything stationary.  It's nice to have the piece of mind that she's doing okay.

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July 18, 2014 02:02 PM by Adam
We just got word from the radiologist and it sounds like there is actually a fracture. It's near the knuckle, unfortunately near the growth plate. We're trying to get her into a specialist so we can figure out if she needs a cast.

July 18, 2014 08:51 PM by Seraph
Clean breaks near a growth plate are usually ok, but we found that a cast made the healing process much easier and less painful.

Another Weekend in Paradise

July 14, 2014 by Adam in Family

I had another really nice weekend, full of events, lots of play time with kids, and everyone generally in good spirits.

Friday was the Country Fair, with all that entails.  Even though it was a little exhausting wandering around the windy forest trails, we took in a hysterical vaudeville act which everyone really enjoyed. 

Saturday was Duncan's birthday party with friends.  Emma and I had a great time being ridiculously silly in the pool.  Berry and Flynn played together fabulously.  Duncan hung out with friends and got way too many Pokemon cards. That night was pizza and Mythbusters, the first in a long while.

Sunday I tried to get in some quality Sam time.  In the morning he and I played in the basement, occasionally with Emma - sword fights, dart guns, and yo-yos.  In the afternoon, there was D&D and Divinity: Original Sin.  Emma went off to a friend's birthday party.  Joanna fixed the pool.  Sam planned his Alaska cruise.  Laundry was done.  Tasty food was eaten.  Sadie sent cute baby pictures.  Life is good.

Beach Trip Video

July 13, 2014 by Adam in Family

I finally got around to posting a video from last weekend's beach trip.  There's rowing, climbing, and smore making.  It's all good.

Splash Birthday

July 13, 2014 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan had his first birthday party with his friends at Splash yesterday.  It was a pretty good crowd, with everyone swimming, chatting, and eating cake.  Joanna made an elaborate Pokemon cake, which everyone was impressed with.  Duncan ended up with a huge number of Pokemon cards, expanding his collection even more. 

Next weekend is his official birthday, where we'll have a party for him, my mom, and myself.  He's got another planned with his dad in Rochester when he arrives the weekend after that.  Birthdays tend to be long, drawn-out affairs, which I think the kids are completely okay with.  More presents.

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