Married Bliss Mocha Friday

June 29, 2012 by Adam in Family

Married life is treating me just fine these days.  I enjoy calling Mrs Bartlett and I continue to get congratulations from random coworkers and consultants.  We have a million little things to consider and consolidate, from health insurance to bank accounts.  We'll get there.

Emma was here last night, with Jessica getting everyone to put on face paint and run around in the back yard.

Tomorrow is Duncan's birthday party.  He's turning seven while in Rochester, so we're throwing a shindig early.  The theme is Calvin and Hobbes, though lately he's been wanting a My Little Pony theme.  Maybe next year.

We're back!

June 27, 2012 by Seraph in Cortez

We made it back home!  It's hot and windy, and we already miss the rain!

Mid-Week Update

June 27, 2012 by Adam in Family

We're slowly returning to ordinary life, albeit while being married.

Sam and Emma went off to their mom's on Monday.  Sam's returning tonight as Jamie and Emma wanted to go to the beach today.  Duncan went swimming in the deep end of the pool.  Berry's demeanor has improved considerably since she regained her health.  Joanna had her last class on Monday.  Emma decided to buy a Kindle with her birthday money.

Yesterday at work, Joanna's coworkers threw a "hey, you're married!" party for us.  There was a mini Newlywed game where we answered questions about each other.  I was surprised at how well we did, down to the favorite comfort food and last book we read.


June 23, 2012 by Adam in Sam

Sam put together a video of the progress of his game.  It's looking increasingly like something you can actually play.

click here

Hanging Out With Family

June 23, 2012 by Adam in Family

We've been hanging out with family the last few days.  Isa is over at the moment, asking politely if she can live in the shed when she moves back to Eugene for high school.  I said that was just fine.

We continue to clean up after the wedding.  I'm loving all our presents.  There's something wonderful about making crepes in our new, massive bowl with a handle, pouring them into shiny, no-stick pans.

Married Bliss

June 23, 2012 by Adam in Family

It turns out that marital bliss is fairly busy, and surprisingly similar to life before the wedding.  With Seraph, Sadie, and their families around, it's made for a fairly busy couple days.  That being said, my blushing bride is quite lovely and we periodically smile at each other in a "hey, we're married!" kinda way.

The wedding itself was as good as it could get.  The ceremony was sweet, the weather perfect, and the lack of drunken speeches was appreciated.  Hopefully we can put the video together soon.

Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.

The Perfect Wedding

June 21, 2012 by Sue in Wielesek

Somehow, one of the themes in my life is kids' weddings which are fun and match each child perfectly. Adam and Joanna were no exception. They were married under a big oak tree at Mt. Pisgah, surrounded by close friends, family, and at least fifteen kids under age 12, all sweet and a bit solemn.

Joanna looked beautiful, and statuesque, in blue. Adam looked so smitten and in love that no one could doubt that this was a marriage made in heaven. In fact, one of their neighbors took me aside and told me what a wonderful couple they were.

I get to say that my kids and their mates were impressive. Jenny was stunning, as were Seraph and Sadie, (as always) and all the men were above average.

I'm have lots of problems with my new computer, but I'll post pictures just as soon as I can download them.

Ah, happy day!

The weekend has come and gone, a strangely qu...

June 18, 2012 by Adam in Family

The weekend has come and gone, a strangely quiet and busy few days. Sam and Emma were with their mom in Bend, which felt odd. I miss the critters. Berry continues to be sick, and occasionally in a very foul mood punctuated by moments of cheerfulness.

Our date night involved taking Berry and Duncan to the Hult Center for the big dance performance.  They had awesome outfits.  Poor Berry looked like she was going to keel over from exhaustion, but she managed to make it through the performance just fine.

Saturday morning we went to the Glenwood to have breakfast with dad.  We chatted for a long while, and worked on miscellaneous wedding tasks that afternoon. Joanna went to Saturday Market with Duncan, found her wallet missing, and returned home to cancel everything.  I entertained a grumpy Berry on the hammock until Joanna could give her some attention again.

Sunday morning Joanna woke up at the crack of dawn and we started again on the various wedding tasks.  Fortunately the wallet was found, with everything inside.  We went to my mom's for lunch, wishing Bob and John a Happy Father's Day as well.  The afternoon involved a second wedding-focused shopping trip and eating dinner outside.

Looking forward to Sam and Emma coming home tomorrow.


June 17, 2012 by Adam in Adam's Games

There's a new zombie mod called DayZ that I've been playing lately.  This started as a quick test to see if I could record my voice while playing.  That part worked fairly well.  As to how I faced against the zombies, I'll let you decide for yourself.

Bachelor Mocha Friday

June 15, 2012 by Adam in Family

It's my last Mocha Friday as a bachelor.  I suppose if I'm going to enjoy a last taste of freedom, I'm going to use it on a sweet, sweet mocha.  Hopefully Joanna has an open mind about such things.

My super annoying cold continues to mend.  I think Berry is the only one worse off than I am, as she and I are still sniffle buddies. I should be fine by the wedding.

The week has been fairly low-key. Sam and Emma have been at their mom's house since Tuesday night.  I stayed home and occasionally played games with Sam.  Wednesday afternoon Joanna and I had a walk through of the pavillion at Mount Pisgah, getting ready for the big event.  Later was dinner at Jenny's house, chatting with everyone about the wedding and planning everyone's time while we're together.

Yesterday was an early father's day for me.  Emma hung out with Isa, and picked up a Harlequin mask.  Joanna had nicely organized a bunch of presents and cards, which was cool.  I'm wearing my new pac-man shirt this morning, and Emma and I started soaking the coffee beans in preparation for planting.

This weekend is mostly uneventful.  We have a father's day brunch with my dad Saturday morning.  There are miscellaneous wedding tasks to accomplish.  Hopefully I can hang out with Seraph a bit.

Getting excited.

Trip to Eugene

June 12, 2012 by Seraph in Cortez

See ya'll tonight!

Sick Monday

June 11, 2012 by Adam in Family

Sam and I are home sick today.  It's not too horrible - I'm a little tuckered out from waking up with Berry at 4 a.m., and not getting back to sleep.  I'm working at the moment, half-listening to my coworkers talk about their weekend during our team meeting.

We had a full house with all the kids.  There wasn't anything too exciting going on.  Joanna had her hair done Saturday morning.  Sam slept in.  Breakfast was an endless, elaborate thing.  I hauled Sam, Emma, and Berry out to the park where we played in a giant mud puddle and had a great time.  Somewhere in there we played with a Frisbee, boomerang, and kite.  That night we wrapped up with Provisions pizza and Mythbusters.

Sunday was equally low-key.  Kids played.  We ran around outside and walked to the park.  The Play and Spray has started up.  Joanna whipped up a tasty dinner.  Getting excited to see everyone - Seraph and Isa arrive tomorrow.

Game Roundup

June 11, 2012 by Adam in Adam's Games

Minecraft continues to be a main game in our household, three years after the first alpha came out.  Emma and Duncan's friends get on "the family server" and putter about.  What was once Sam's elegant city has been somewhat transformed by the attention.  I'm attaching a couple renders to give a sense of the thing.

Sam gave up on Max Payne 3 and I "bought" the game used from him, with him logging in with his credentials on my computer.  I'm not especially thrilled either.  Like Sam, I agree that the save checkpoints are too far apart.

He did cajole me to buy Arma 2, which I did yesterday.  I think the game started life as a military simulator, and Sam has been having fun with the scenario editor.  He'll then have us fly in via helicopter, trying to take out the AA guns before they get us.  We sometimes manage to land the thing after the engines get shot out, which is a common occurence.  Sam's also tried his hand at landing a troop transport on an airstrip while I ride in back.  I had to keep reminding him about the landing gear.

In any case, it's a fun sandbox game-like thing.  I suggested we play more tonight, but Sam was inspired to get back to programming.

Mocha Friday

June 08, 2012 by Adam in Family

We have a full house this weekend, which strangely excites me.  I have a keen desire to hang out with kids.  Next weekend Sam and Emma are off to Bend with their mom.  After that we get married.

It's been a fairly uneventful week.  Only Sam has homework.  Only Sam has school today.  I had his "Jonny Jetpack" story for Children's Literature printed out and ready to go.  I think most of his finals are over.  Yesterday when I arrived, Jessica was fixing Emma's hair and putting on makeup.  I played with kids in the basement, giving and receiving airplane rides (yes, Emma can give me an airplane ride for a few seconds).

I'm not sure if we have big weekend plans.  I'd love to get out to the park and play with Emma's kite and boomerang.  We'll see how it goes.

Early birthday wishes

June 08, 2012 by Seraph in Cortez

Happy early birthday Sadie!  Have a wonderful day doing whatever you want :)

Swimming & Sick Kids

June 05, 2012 by Adam in Family

Everyone is coming down with something.  Jamie texted to report that Emma was home sick today.  I woke up at four with a headache to take Advil and eat a bowl of cereal.  Berry woke up at five with a sore throat and I gave her some pain medicine.  Right as class started, Duncan reported a sore throat.  I ended up getting a medicinal mocha when I came in to work.  Hopefully we all make it through the day.

I dug up the swimming video from last weekend for your viewing pleasure.  Berry in particular can basically swim now.

Rainy Pre-Summer Monday

June 04, 2012 by Adam in Family

It's wet today, which seems a little unusual after weeks of sunshine.  All the kids are off to school, relatively cheerful.  It's the last full week (except for Duncan and Emma who have Friday off), and summer starts next Tuesday afternoon.

Friday night Joanna and I went out, going to Cosmic pizza.  There were a bunch of young bands and singers, a few of which were pretty good.  Planned Parenthood was putting on an event, so people were wearing Safe is Sexy shirts.  We left during the inflated condom balloon pop game, mostly because Joanna hates popping balloons.

Emma arrived Saturday morning after a breakfast of crepes and berries.  Joanna made a quick shopping trip while the kids and I hung out.  We made it to Tamarak pool for swimming.  Berry has become a great swimmer, and Duncan is much better about going under water.  We had a great time and headed home.  Emma and I went to Eugene Toy and Hobby to spend birthday money, picking up a kite and boomerang.  The day wrapped up with a shopping trip and quiet evening.

Sam arrived early Sunday after buttermilk pancakes and crepes.  Joanna and Berry went to church and I took everyone else to get haircuts.  After lunch I took Sam to pick up a Craigslist treadmill, which all the kids wanted to try.  It's mostly for them, making sure they get some exercise whenever they're watching a show over summer.  That night we had family dinner, the last that Hanni will get to before her move.

We're sorting out the last of the wedding issues.  It won't be long now.

Mocha Friday

June 01, 2012 by Adam in Family

I downed my morning mocha and have assorted weird things waiting for me at work.

It's been a relatively uneventful week.  Emma got a sunburn.  Sam's sore from gym class.  Berry went to kindergarten orientation at Charlemagne.  Duncan has been busy playing Minecraft, as usual.

Last night I arrived to find Emma and Berry building forts in the basement.  The boys were playing Minecraft.  I greeted them all and then plunged into making eggs and chips.  After a lively dinner, I moved on to cleaning up and helping kids with homework.  I tucked Emma into bed as normal, as the "I'm nine and can stay up" rule seems to have faded.

The wedding is looming on the horizon, with decisions about music playlists and coffee waiting for my attention.  It's hard to believe that it's just nineteen days away now.

This morning everyone got crepes with whip cream faces.  They kept demanding pictures of them.

I'm really looking forward to the weekend.  I'm trying really hard to go swimming on Saturday.  Theoretically Berry and Duncan can swim now, which should make things simpler and hopefully more fun.  Tonight Joanna and I are having a hot date, the first time we pulled it off in a couple weeks.

Good times.

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