Over the weekend Sam and I picked up a new co...

May 31, 2005 by Adam in Adam's Games

Over the weekend Sam and I picked up a new computer game called Psychonauts. It's quite funny, very creative in both art direction and story. Basically you're at a summer camp for psychic kids, all of which look like weird clowns with big teeth and funny hair. Your tasks are vaguely comical and typically involve delving into people's brains. At the moment I'm going into the mind of a mutant fish. It looks like a giant city populated by lungfish and you're an incredibly huge monster. Very amusing.

My favorite quote after learning to set things on fire: "Remember, use your abilities only when it's useful . . . or entertaining. And when trying to impress girls, make sure they don't have on lots of hair spray."

Sam had a nightmare Sunday night and crawled ...

May 31, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sam had a nightmare Sunday night and crawled into bed with me. He dreamed that Emma was on his bed saying "Eat you Sammo" and tried to eat him up. For the rest of the dream she chased him around while he used hand gestures to tell Jamie as he couldn't talk.

In the morning, Sam and I played on the computer and went to the park to practice baseball. As I was getting sand off him, I spotted a small black thing stuck behind his ear. I ended up taking out a contact to get a better look at it. It turns out it was a tick, probably picked up while hiking. I'd never seen one before, so I read up about it, then removed it with tweezers. It's now sitting in a sample container and I've got Jamie watching for the outbreak of Lyme's disease just in case.

Emma and Jamie arrived safe and sound around noon. The rest of the day was spent entertaining kids until we parents collapsed towards the end of the day. I'm almost looking forward to the relative relaxation of work.

Ta Da! I'm alive! I can't say the training we...

May 30, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Ta Da! I'm alive! I can't say the training went without a hitch, but I think all the hitches were teachable moments for myself and the WAI leaders. I've read through all the assessments, written all the thank-you notes and apologies, returned most college vehicles to their rightful places, and am very much ready to move on.

It's heartbreaking to say goodbye to all the students who accidentally became my confidantes along the way this year. I sent them all off last week, nearly dry-eyed and almost professional. Under the circumstances of the mythologized but delicate young teacher/student relationship, I can't know if they know how much they've taught me.

Emma had a fine birthday yesterday, often wis...

May 29, 2005 by Adam in Family

Emma had a fine birthday yesterday, often wishing herself a happy birthday along the way. The party was princess themed and many of the guests showed up in fancy dresses and were promptly handed a tiara. We were very lucky with the weather as it poured all morning, became briefly sunny for the party, and then thunderstorms rolled in during the evening.

This morning Judy, Jamie, and Emma headed off to the coast until tomorrow. Sam and I went hiking to the top of Spencer's Butte this morning. I was amazed at his energy. I could hardly keep up with him for the last stretch. A little squirrel begged for food from him, then we turned around and headed back to the car.

We hit the mall, picking up a bat and ball for practice, along with a new computer game. Sam's playing with Legos and he wants me to join him soon. After a little snack, I suppose I will.

Happy Birthday's to Jenny and Emma! I wish t...

May 28, 2005 by Seraph in Cortez

Happy Birthday's to Jenny and Emma! I wish that I could be there this weekend to wish you both many more, but alas I am up to my neck in school. Isa and Robbie headed down this afternoon, and still no word that they've made it in. I imagin that traffic is crazy!

Ooooh, fun times with grandkids

May 28, 2005 by Sue in Wielesek

Ooooh, fun times with grandkids. I watched Isa for a few days, and got to go see Sam as the Eggman at his school program yesterday evening. Can't wait to see everyone at
Emma's birthday. I am planning to wear a princess dress.
Miguel and I worked at the office, cleaning gutters, etc
this afternoon. My house is a fright... it is very warm - right now the most attractive thing about Bob is his AC.
Love you all, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

Happy birthday Emma

May 27, 2005 by Adam in Emma

Happy birthday Emma. You're two.

First off, it's Emma's birthday today

May 27, 2005 by Adam in Family

First off, it's Emma's birthday today. She turns two and has been very excited about it all week. The big party is tomorrow, which she's very much looking forward to.

Yesterday was completely filled with kids and activities. I had a naive belief that I could put in a few hours of work, though that was quickly dashed.

It was very sweet sneaking upstairs and seeing the kids in the morning. It was pretty clear that they missed me as they just wanted to play the whole time. Emma's first words were "My birthday is Friday". We got up and I drank some much needed coffee after only getting six or so hours of sleep. Then we played non-stop, spending a lot of time outside as the day has been so warm. I took Sam to school and watched Emma until she fell asleep on my lap. Later I picked up Sam and went to see the new Star Wars movie, which we both enjoyed. Finally it was pizza and off to Sam's kindergarden play.

It was a fairly elaborate production, with the kids singing, dancing, using sign language, and putting on skits. Sam was Humpty Dumpty, so he got to bend in half and stick out his tongue. It was fun watching everyone and Sam seemed very energetic about the whole thing. It's hard to think that school will be ending soon. (movie)

I'm off to work in a bit, trying to catch up after being gone for most of a week. Hopefully my Friday mocha will help get me through the day.

I made it safe and sound back at home

May 26, 2005 by Adam in Family

I made it safe and sound back at home. Coming into the Eugene airport at midnight last night, there was a beautiful harvest moon on the horizion.

The second day of meetings was long, though it was nice to get a chance to talk to some of my coworkers individually afterwards. Dave and I eventually wandered over to the airport to return the car and head to Seattle.

We spent a lot of time in the Seattle airport, nearly three hours. Fortunately it's a beautiful place, full of interesting art and archetecture. There was one piece in particular that we both thought was cool, a duck landing on water that was made out of individually hung little figurines. Later on, I found a plug and did some laptop stuff for awhile, then we wandered around the shops and looked at things.

Now I'm home, though I didn't get much sleep last night. I'm restraining myself from going upstairs and waking everyone up. I sure missed everyone.

The meetings are done and my trip is wrapping up

May 25, 2005 by Adam in Adam

The meetings are done and my trip is wrapping up. It's just Dave Mehl and I left, sitting in an empty conference room until it's time to go to the airport. We'll probably go to the main hospital to take a look, get some dinner, and then wait for the plane to arrive. Then it's a two and a half hour wait in Seattle and we pull into Eugene at midnight.

Hopefully my car will start.

I'm still up in Bellingham, Washington on my ...

May 25, 2005 by Adam in Family

I'm still up in Bellingham, Washington on my business trip. I've yet to talk to Jamie on the phone these last couple nights. The closest I've got is talking to Emma who was being babysat at the time. The plan is that I'm coming back to Eugene in the wee hours of the morning tonight/tomorrow. Hopefully all will go well.

Yesterday was endless meetings, a short break at the hotel, and then out to dinner with my team. It was somewhat fun, though I was feeling pretty exhausted at the end. I crawled back into my hotel room around nine, read a little, and conked right out.

Now we're off to yet more meetings in just a few minutes, wrapping up around 2 pm. I'm not quite sure how I'll entertain myself until my plane leaves at 7 pm tonight. Hopefully I can find a quiet conference room and catch up on work for a bit. Since I was the one who rented the van, I may also play taxi driver and shuttle people back and forth from the airport.

Note: If you look closely at the newspaper, you'll see my coworker doctored it up a bit.

It's been so long since I've posted, that I r...

May 24, 2005 by Seraph in Cortez

It's been so long since I've posted, that I really don't know where to start!
Isa was sick with an ear infection, landing us in urgent care a week ago. As neither Robbie or I could take a week off (parental guilt, guilt...) we sent her down to Eugene to spend the week with grandma's.
She is now feeling much better and somehow seems more grown up every day!
Robbie is starting to feel the drag of the end of the school year. Abandoning his monthly newsletter, and relaxing the number of projects he plans.
I've been working away on school, though never quite catching up! Several of my friends have just returned from E3, and I've been hearing nonstop about the gaming world and computers this week.
Love to all!

The plane touched down in Bellingham less tha...

May 24, 2005 by Adam in Adam

The plane touched down in Bellingham less than an hour ago. I'm sitting in a Best Western, having figured out how to hook up the wireless network adapter and connect to the Internet. It's very weird as I'm not a regular business traveler. I can hear the cars on the interstate driving by. The room itself is decorated in the faux fancy style.

The trip went fairly well, especially as four of my coworkers went with me. We joked with each other and admired the sights. In a few moments I'll be off to a nearby Mexican place.

I still miss my family. I got to talk to Emma on the phone, who's being watched by Dave and Kirsten while Jamie takes Sam to his T-Ball game. It's going to be a big and lonely king sized bed for me tonight.

In one hour, I'll be beginning the four day W...

May 23, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

In one hour, I'll be beginning the four day Where Am I leader training, with Rick in Bolivia. I'll have some help from a student and my colleague Matt, but I'm supposed to be the lecturer/preacher/inspirational speaker for the training. I'm terrified beyond belief, as my leadership style leans toward desperate enthusiasm, not calming visualizations. But the Outing Club's director came in this morning and reminded me that the only thing I have to do is get the leaders to just be here now. I'm still working on being Here Now myself.

I played a little Knights of the Old Republic...

May 23, 2005 by Adam in Adam's Games

I played a little Knights of the Old Republic 2 over the weekend. Now I just have the urge to finish the game and be done with it. Fortunately I think I'm getting pretty close.

E3 has come and gone, the big gaming convention of the year. Nothing too excited appeared. I was really hoping for some NWN2 screenshots, but nothing showed up. There were some interesting games that look interesting: Alan Wake and Spore seemed very different.

And so another weekend is behind me

May 23, 2005 by Adam in Family

And so another weekend is behind me. The entire time seemed a blur. Saturday we got some plants for garden containers. Dave and Josh came by in the afternoon.

Sunday I mowed the lawn in the morning. In the afternoon I went on a grand expedition with the kids, starting at the duck pond next to campus and traveling across the bridge to a quiet area by the river. Both Sam and Emma liked exploring, throwing rocks and sticks, and looking for ants. We fed the ducks, stood under a bridge as a train ran past, and got a little soggy from a brief rain shower.

Afterwards we had a bagel snack and picked up Jamie from Angie's house, where she had been playing croquet for three hours.

Now it's time for me to get ready to go on my business trip. I'm not showered, packed, or remotely ready. Jamie just handed Emma to me and I'm feeling a bit frantic. Fortunately I have until noon before I need to be at the airport. Hopefully the flight goes well.

Sweet, sweet Mocha Friday

May 20, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sweet, sweet Mocha Friday.

Jamie spilled some of the beans last night. She's had part of the garden finished as phase one of a combined birthday and tenth anniversary gift. It's really nice to be able to look out and see some greenery next to our patio. I've been itching to replant for some time now. Hopefully this weekend we can visit a garden store and get some plants for various planters. Even cooler would be some water plants for our porch pond.

Sam's first T-Ball practice was last night. I took Emma with me. She spent the entire time with Sharon, John and Natalie's mom. Sharon's purse was filled with all sorts of interesting treasures, far more fascinating than her brother. Sam seemed to have a good time and thought practice went really fast.

Today is quiet so far. Sam woke up with a bloody nose, as he sometimes does. Jamie will be bringing the kids over briefly so she can work out. I'm looking forward to the weekend.

We had a brief break from evening sports afte...

May 20, 2005 by Adam in Sam

We had a brief break from evening sports after soccer ended. Now T-Ball begins.

Last night's practice went well. There seemed to be less running around than soccer, so Sam was much less exhausted. The focus seemed to be on following rules and getting the kids to line up and wait their turn to bat. Mostly I tried to protect Emma from the flying balls the kids were pitching.

Sam's doing pretty well these days. He's excited about the upcoming weekend with just me. Already he's been pouring through his pirate activity book, looking for eyepatches and hook hands to make.

I took Emma to see Sam's practice last night

May 20, 2005 by Adam in Emma

I took Emma to see Sam's practice last night. John, Natalie, and their mom Sharon were there as well. Natalie had a monster suit that Emma climbed into and wore the entire time.

Emma's doing really well these days, chatting and being pleasant most of the time. She's extremely verbal and funny, which makes parenting easier. Towards the end of the day she does get a bit grumpy, though.

Jamie's working on having Emma go to sleep by herself. Instead of laying next to her, Jamie sits by the bed until Emma goes to sleep. She'll sit up in her bed, eyes flickering closed, until she conks over and finally goes to bed.

Sam's first T-Ball practice is tonight

May 19, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sam's first T-Ball practice is tonight. Hopefully the springtime drizzle holds off for an hour or so. I remember the first day of soccer had Sam completely drenched.

The flower bed excitement continues. Two men mysteriously left yesterday after taking out all the hard clay from the beds and putting in fresh dirt. I have a funny feeling that the plants from yesterday may actually be in the ground. Fun stuff!

Anna's stuff has officially moved into my apa...

May 18, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Anna's stuff has officially moved into my apartment! While she is still deciding between a plethora of summer options, she has decided to grace me with her presence for a few more days... then off to Michigan. She'll return to Williamstown in a shiny Honda Civic where that old maroon Windstar used to be. She has a semi-job working on the curriculum of a senior engineering course, and then she might go to Uganda to help build a school for a month or find a job. Is she feeling the pressure? Maybe a little.

Work is all planning and coordinating for the Where Am I? leader training next week. It's a little crazy, but there is the cutest chipmunk outside my window right at this moment. Summer in Williamstown brings many gifts.

For months now, Jamie's been very coy wheneve...

May 18, 2005 by Adam in Family

For months now, Jamie's been very coy whenever I ask her when we can start working on our garden. Last year the neighbor built a new fence and we had to rip out the plant bed next to the patio. After I pried a bit, she flat out told me not to, so I could sense the surprise coming on. Well, last night our gardener guys appeared and there was a variety of pretty plants laying around on our patio this morning. Exciting stuff.

Emma had a really hard time sleeping last night. Jamie was up with her at around three in the morning and I joined them on the couch for an early morning snack a bit after that. Eventually they got back to sleep and I caught a bit more sleep as well.

Boy my last posting was Doomsday material, or...

May 18, 2005 by Betsy in Betsy

Boy my last posting was Doomsday material, or a bad Hollywood movie. We are still quite chilly here in the Midwest with nighttime temperatures in the 30's and 40's although warming to the 0's and 70's during the day. If the trend continues through the summer the AC repairs guys will be twiddling their thumbs.
One sad note on our end, for those of you who know little Red Dog, he has reinjured his back and the Vet school can't do much for him. They have sent him home on pain killers and we are hoping that time, patience and love will heal him. I'm collecting loose change to buy him a cart as his progress with standing and walking has stopped completely. Patrick loves him so that as long as he isn't suffering we will continue the fight. Love to all, P. and the boys (and little Red Dog)

Since I posted a picture of Kai with her newb...

May 17, 2005 by Adam in Family

Since I posted a picture of Kai with her newborn baby a couple months ago, it's only fair that I do the same with her sister Kate. Kate is an old family friend and is also on my same team at work. She had the baby a couple days ago and everyone seems to be doing well.

The kids came to work for a visit while Jamie worked out. Emma charmed everyone she met, getting the woman behind the bagel counter to do all sorts of odd things for her entertainment. Sam watched in amusement for awhile, then we wandered around campus some more and headed home.

I'm getting all ready for my work trip next week. It also sounds like Sam and I will have a boys-only weekend after Emma's birthday. She and Jamie are going to Portland for a couple days while us boys hang out at home. I think the new Star Wars movie will be out by then. Hmm . . .

Sunday started early with Emma up at 5:30 in ...

May 16, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sunday started early with Emma up at 5:30 in the morning. I was a little frazzled by the time breakfast rolled around. Afterwards I painted the new window frames and Emma went to bed early. Jamie and I finished watching The Big Sleep, which was a great movie. After lunch, we split up and Jamie went to Angie's while the kids and I went to Hendrick's park.

We had a great time, despite the rain. There were inch worms hanging off the trees from silk by the dozens, much to Emma's amusement. They also spent a long while playing in a fountain, constructing dams and generally getting messy. Finally we went for bagels and cream cheese, then headed home to watch a Harry Potter movie.

Jamie was home late, so I ended up making pizza with cookie cutters. Emma especially liked eating the olive eyeballs off the bunny-shaped pizza.

Sam's done with soccer and T-Ball starts next...

May 15, 2005 by Adam in Sam

Sam's done with soccer and T-Ball starts next week. He's pretty much the same boy as ever, into Legos, computer games, and finding bugs in the garden.

He's been doing well making friends at school, which is promising. He had Gavin over last week and plays with a few more buddies from time to time.

It was a fairly quiet Saturday

May 15, 2005 by Adam in Family

It was a fairly quiet Saturday. Jamie went shopping while I entertained kids in the morning. On Friday we got our new upstairs windows put in, so we sanded them and hopefully can paint them today. While Emma napped we watched The Big Sleep, an old Humpry Bogart movie that was quite entertaining. The afternoon was spent at Oakway mall, playing in the grass and buying clothes for me.

It's Sunday now, with Emma up at 5:30 and handed to me by a tired Jamie. Emma's now watching Pooh and eating cereal. And the day goes on.

Sweet, sweet Mocha Friday

May 13, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sweet, sweet Mocha Friday. The weather has been wonderful for the last couple days, though I did notice my allergies starting too. I'll soon get into the habit of popping Claritin like candy, I suspect.

My mom came over last night and entertained Emma for a long while. Emma was friendly and chatty, enjoying having someone to make little pictures for her and draw smiley faces on her toes.

Sam had a friend over after school. He and Gavin went around searching for snails and slugs. Sam was busy executing them, while Gavin saved a bunch of snails and took them home.

The weekend is likely going to be a quiet one. I'm hoping Jamie and I can spend some time together as the last few weekends have seemed overly busy, along with the sickness that we're now finally over. Everyone seems in a cheerful mood, which is nice.

For some reason, it took me about 12,000 year...

May 12, 2005 by Sue in Wielesek

For some reason, it took me about 12,000 years to clean up after Easter. I have finally got the floor mopped, everything put away, returned Robbie and Seraph's computer
cord, but not yet ironed the tablecloths. Everyone was sweet to me on Mothers Day. I got to see or talk to all the kids. Alma's daughter Erica called to wish me happy mothers day, as did my wonderful worker guy Miguel. Boyfriend Bob is
fine, and all the high schools are doing District track and
field. We went to the Preliminaries yesterday, and it was so
cold that Debbie (Bob's ex-wife) and I huddled under a car blanket, trying hard not to move much. Hmmm, we need a contest to find a good name for the relation I have with Yayoe and Deb. Co-consorts? That sounds quite regal. Love to all, mom

Wednesday already

May 11, 2005 by Adam in Family

Wednesday already. Soccer season is over for now and I'm not sure when T-Ball starts up. Mostly the kids and I have been hanging out in the evening, playing with playdough and drawing. Sam's been having me read Goosebumps stories to him, this one about an evil dummy. He's going through a phase where he likes to be a little scared, but not too much.

I have a work trip planned in a couple weeks. I dread traveling to meetings, thinking it fairly pointless in this electronic age. It'll be weird to be away from Jamie and the kids for a few days too. I can't really remember what it's like to have hours of time to myself.

Mother's day was fairly quiet

May 09, 2005 by Adam in Family

Mother's day was fairly quiet. Sam and I delivered flowers over the hill to my mom. The rest of the day was spent entertaining kids and giving Jamie a chance to relax for awhile. We didn't go anywhere or do anything terribly important. Just lots of drawing, kitchen science experiments, running around in the basement, and a show or two.

The only bad thing that happened was that Jamie managed to cut her hand fairly badly on the recycling. Hopefully she can manage two-kids one handed today.

We went to Cannon Beach yesterday afternoon t...

May 08, 2005 by Seraph in Cortez

We went to Cannon Beach yesterday afternoon to celebrate a surprise birthday dinner for Cheikh. It was nice walking on the beach in the evening with friends, and Isa took full advantage of the situation to charm a great many of the adults into acting like children and playing in the surf. Luckily I packed extra clothes!
For Mother's Day Robbie and Isa snuck off this morning to get some flowers, and then wisked me off to a beautiful resturaunt for breakfast before church. I don't know what Robbie had to promise Isa to behave so well, but it worked!
I am now down at the school, trying to plow through some work before play rehersal tonight. When I left, Isa was happily playing with the neighbor kids and Robbie was catching up on televised sports. Ahhh...the lazy days of spring/summer are apon us!

Happy Mother's Day to all

May 08, 2005 by Adam in Family

Happy Mother's Day to all. Sam had planned all week for a tea party to surprise Jamie. I made crepes and tea with the help of the kids. Emma dropped pats of butter on the skillet while Sam set the table and helped beat the whip cream. Jamie was very happy, as she loved breakfast, her presents, and being able to sleep in and take a shower.

Yesterday was fun. Sam had his last soccer game and got a trophy given to him by coach Mike. The whole family showed up, including my mom, Jamie's dad, Dave, Kirsten, and even Josh. They all stopped by for dinner as well, with Dave showing off his Hawaii trip movies. Josh and the kids played endlessly, much to their amusement.

I haven't had much time to play any new games...

May 08, 2005 by Adam in Adam's Games

I haven't had much time to play any new games lately. Splinter Cell and Knights of the Old Republic 2 continue to sit unused on my hard drive.

Sam's been playing old games again, mostly Black and White, but also Garry's Mod for Half-Life 2. It's the one where you can play around with physics, spawning creatures, attaching wheels and thrusters to things, and launching weird junk in odd directions.

He spawned a creature to attack, and configured his rocket launcher to fire televisions. He started launching them at the creature and exclaimed, "Too much TV can be bad for you!" It had me cracking up and soon enough the beast had died under a pile of televisions.

I am currently listening to Johnny Clegg and ...

May 07, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I am currently listening to Johnny Clegg and Savuka's Cruel Crazy, Beautiful World, which I found in the radio station's impressive library. It reminds me of my siblings' musical influences, which I am still putty to. Work is crazy and has encrouched on ocassional stillness of the weekend, but I'm taking most of next week off for Anna's graduation, so I can't complain.

Hope all is well.

I finally got some sleep last night

May 07, 2005 by Adam in Adam

I finally got some sleep last night. I started zoning out around nine, finally collapsing a bit later. I had made up a bed in the basement as Jamie's dad is in the bed room and I didn't want to wake Jamie up with my coughing.

Sure enough, I did cough a fair amount for the first half of the night. I also woke up when my inflatable mattress mostly deflated, switching my bedding over to pillows from the couch.

I awoke nearly ten hours later, something I almost never do. I don't think I've coughed once so far today.

It's a rather dreary Mocha Friday

May 06, 2005 by Adam in Family

It's a rather dreary Mocha Friday. The ride to work was wet but not unpleasant. I slept poorly again last night, up repeatedly coughing even though I took a bunch of cough medicine. On the plus side, I finished Wonderfalls in the middle of the night. It's a weird quirky show that involves toy animals that talk to a young woman. Hitting the last show right around the witching hour was a cathartic experience.

Sam's last soccer practice was last night. Emma and I went out and tried to cheer him on. Mostly Emma wanted to sit in the car and play with the controls. Sam had a good time, though, and his last game is this Saturday.

The weekend is shaping up to be rather busy. Jamie's entire family seems to be arriving. Brant and Wendy are fixing up their house in hopes of selling it and buying property in Bend. This means that Dave will be out on the streets, so he's looking around for a new place to live.

Jamie's planning Emma's second birthday party for the 28th of this month. It has a princess theme, which Emma seems to really like. Already they've bought endless pink plates, streamers, and tiaras. Ah, the joys of having a girl.

I'm beat

May 05, 2005 by Adam in Adam

I'm beat. I spent most of last night coughing. I'd try to go to sleep, cough myself awake, then go downstairs to watch an episode of Wonderfalls. It's a funny, quirky show, especially when taking cough syrup and exhausted from lack of sleep. Around 1:30 am I collapsed and mostly stayed asleep until 5:30 am or so.

Somehow I'm keeping it together today.

I'm tuckered out today as I was coughing off ...

May 03, 2005 by Adam in Family

I'm tuckered out today as I was coughing off and on during the night. Whatever the kids had this last week has finally come around to me. Jamie got some cough supressant for me tonight, though I think the stuff is incredibly vile.

Jamie worked out and gave the kids to me this morning. We had our usual bagel and wandered around campus enjoying the sun. The kids both seemed in good spirits. Sam is very much looking forward to Mother's Day and Emma's birthday, full of secret plans.

And so another weekend comes and goes

May 02, 2005 by Adam in Family

And so another weekend comes and goes. As predicted it was very busy, as well as being generally pretty fun. Jamie and I caught whatever the kids have, though so far I've only had a sore throat. Saturday we had soccer team photos, a soccer game, and then having Jeff, Sharon, and their kids over for dinner. Sunday we hiked Mount Pisgah, went to my mom's for Easter dinner, and had another soccer game.

Sam was very much the rough and tough young man this weekend. He was feeling lousy and it took some coaxing before he'd play on Saturday. Fortunately he had a great time and scored his first goal. Sunday morning we hiked around and turned over rocks looking for lizards. Sam had a great time, though he complained that I wasn't as strong as Gavin's dad who showed this trick to him last week. Evidently I need to practice my rock tipping in the gym.

Easter dinner at my mom's was it's usual chaotic fun event. The big surprise was that Seraph and Jenny both got tattoos over the last few weeks, unbeknownst to the other. The cousins all played together, running around and getting into trouble. My dad and I chatted long about space ships, movies, and the Internet. Sam had another soccer game in the middle of dinner. After the second quarter it started to pour and we returned soaked. (movie)

Now it's Monday and soon I'll be returning to work, where it'll hopefully be peaceful and calm.

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