Birthday Dinner

May 27, 2016 by Adam in Emma

We just got back from a nice dinner at Ambrosia for Emma.  Our usual crew was there, along with Jamie and my mom.  The conversation was pleasant and Emma was happy to have everyone around.  She seemed to really like her presents.  I'm hoping that she puts her new Copic markers to good use.

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Mocha Friday

May 27, 2016 by Adam in Family

It's never boring in our household.  Birthday girl Emma is sick and home from school today, like she was yesterday.  Berry was claiming to also be ill, but I suspect she was sent off to school as she seems to have selective pre-school symptoms of late.  Joanna continues her physical therapy.  Sam stayed up nearly until midnight working on school work.  Hopefully things calm down a little for summer.

Work continues to be nutty.  We had a few people laid off yesterday, though to be honest there aren't many more positions that can be cut.  I'm strangely having fun finding ways to save money on Microsoft licensing.  Not sure why I'm the only person who seems to be able to do it.

I'm really looking forward to the weekend and hanging out with everyone.  I've got a few boring house projects like recaulking the tub that I need to do, but hopefully we can sneak in some fun things in there too.

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Birthday Teen

May 27, 2016 by Adam in Emma

Emma is officially thirteen today, making me the parent of two teenagers.  She's unfortunately sick today and not going to school, though Emma still hopes to make it to her birthday dinner tonight at Ambrosia.

It's been great fun watching her grow up and see her musical and artistic talents bloom.  I love hearing her improvise songs on her ukulele, her quirky humor shining through.

I think life at thirteen is pretty challenging - social issues at school and being hit by the puberty stick can be tricky.  Still, I appreciate her general cheerfulness and sweet demeanor.  I'm looking forward to the next six years of teenagerhood.  At least the dinner table conversations get increasingly amusing.

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Happy birthday!

May 26, 2016 by Robbie in Cortez

Happy birthday Jenny & Emma! I foresee giant hugs in your future!

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The Chicken Dance

May 26, 2016 by Adam in Family

The last couple days have been generally good, if the usual level of wackiness.  I gave a presentation on all our licensing woes to IT leadership and should have a plan to save hundreds of thousands or maybe a million dollars annually, depending on what they go for.  Ironically today they're going to be laying at least one person off to save money.  Perhaps I can save some future jobs.

I went to Duncan and Berry's talent show last night.  They did the chicken dance, which involved dancing around, throwing a chicken in the air, and tossing pieces of paper with a chicken in a sombrero into the audience.

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I Live

May 24, 2016 by Adam in Family

I'm back to functioning again.  My boss told me to take the day off when I suggested I'd try working from home.  I took his advice and immediately slept for two hours, followed by a couple hours of doing the old man shuffle around the house and then a relatively normal afternoon.  I managed to do a little gardening and go get Emma's birthday presents.  By the time the evening came around, I felt pretty normal.  My only challenge was getting back to a regular sleep routine after sleeping so much the last few days.

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May 24, 2016 08:09 PM by Seraph
I'm sorry you were feeling so cruddy! Make sure to keep taking care of yourself.

May 25, 2016 08:24 PM by
I have the sickness myself..Have been fighting sore throat last few days and plugged ears..Wake up in pain last few nights..Going on about 5 hours sleep a night.Today at work its just to the point of being the most annoying thing ever..I JUST DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS GARBAGE..So tonight for my Bday wish ..I will wish it away then back to normal life starts tomorrow..Adam i'am glad to hear you are feeling better..Please wish Emma happy birthday for me & the boys.Jordan and I are planning on attending X-man new movie this weekend if any of your family would like to go..Unsure of time yet!!

May 25, 2016 11:26 PM by Mom
Kids, I'm sorry. Jenny, let's try birthday dinner over the weekend. When's movie time?

May 26, 2016 07:06 AM by Adam
Sorry you're feeling so badly, Jenny. It was a miserable few days. Hopefully you're up for something this weekend. I've heard the new X-Men movie wasn't super, unfortunately. Let's touch base and figure something out.

Sick Weekend

May 23, 2016 by Adam in Family

The weekend was a blur - it seems I was either writhing around in pain or asleep for much of it.  I'm still not feeling super and am working from home today, but at least I'm not completely dysfunctional.

I started feeling iffy Saturday morning, ending up going to lie down for several hours in the morning.  Joanna and Duncan left, and Emma got picked up around ten.  I managed to get out of bed around eleven and I took Sam and Berry to the bank to open an account for Sam, followed by a trip to True Value and Metropol.  When we got home we made lunch, planted in the garden, and made ourselves dinner.  I was in pretty good shape until Sunday morning. 

Unfortunately Sunday I started feeling really horrible, put Sam in charge, and stayed in bed until the afternoon.  Sam really stepped up, making crepes for Berry for breakfast, playing board games, and generally keeping her entertained.  My mom took Berry to a birthday party, which apparently didn't go well.  There was also an issue of Berry's tablet being stepped on and broken.  Late afternoon I returned to life and directed Sam and Emma making enchiladas.  We enjoyed our meal and played a little Quiplash and Drawful until it was time to get Berry into bed.  Eventually Joanna and Duncan returned - they both enjoyed their respective adventures, though I think they were glad to sleep in their own beds last night.

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Mocha Friday

May 20, 2016 by Adam in Family

I just finished my delicious beverage and life feels pretty good.  Work is admittedly nutty - our 3rd developer position was axed.  The security job sounds more appealing by the minute.

The news about Jenny's DNA test is very exciting.  I want to organize the results for everyone a bit more, and I'm still waiting for Seraph and family to send their DNA to me to play with.  Who knows what strange mutations lurk in their genetic code?  I'd also like to re-download mom's DNA, as currently her report says she's a man.  I think I mixed them up with Sam's DNA.

The weekend looks to be relatively quiet.  Emma's hanging out with me tonight, then going off to Corvallis Saturday night.  Joanna and Duncan are headed to Portland at the crack of dawn tomorrow.  I'm taking Berry to a Sunday birthday party.  Hopefully in between the running around we can set up a bank account for Sam, do some gardening, and maybe a little crazy science along the way.

I'm starting to think about summer more and more, hoping to get the kids a little more coordinated.  My mom wants to put Sam and Emma to work.  Duncan and Berry are spending a bunch of the summer with their dad.  I'd like to see Emma taking some classes - she seemed interested in a sailing and kayaking one, and my mom threatened to take an art class with her.  She drew this great portrait of me last night.  I love it.

Jenny's Bio Family Connections!

May 19, 2016 by Sue in Wielesek

You kids are all aware that I've badgered most of you into having your DNA tested - some for fun and some to look for any scary medical stuff, like my heart stuff.

Anyhow, the company will let you know if you are related to anyone else who took the DNA test. Jenny's came up with a very close relationship to a woman who'd taken the test and has a family tree on, which I belong to. Jenny works in her Dad's dental office with a good friend Angela, and together with another good friend Jeannie, they took a look at her family (her first name is Destiny, and I'm adding that information is because of the coincidence of Jenny choosing Destin as a name for her first son.)

Jenny sent Destiny a message with her phone number and Destiny called yesterday. Jenny called me after the conversation, just bubbling.  Destiny is in the Navy, stationed in Orlando, and Jenny was planning to take Jordan to Disneyworld for his birthday, and I think they are hoping to meet.

I can't describe how happy and excited Jenny is. It's making water fill up my eyes and dribble. Please send prayers, meditations, good thoughts, or whatever you believe in, that this will be a loving and fulfilling relationship for Jenny and the boys.

Mid-Week Update

May 18, 2016 by Adam in Family

No exciting news.  Work is fine - I continue to do the work that's assigned to me and learn some new technologies while I'm waiting for things to be slowly pulled from our massive backlog. 

This weekend Joanna goes off to a writer's conference, taking Duncan to visit a friend.  Emma is going to Corvallis Saturday night to visit Jamie's mom.  Sam, Berry, and I will hopefully get up to some mischief - probably science related.  I'd also like to do some shopping for Emma's birthday.  The plan is to meet at Ambrosia for dinner on the 27th.  Soon I'll officially have two teenagers in the house.

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