October 31, 2013 by Adam in Family

Emma got her elf ears and dressed up as Zelda.  I printed out some badges and am going as either a Providence integration agent (it'll play well at work) or an NSA community outreach person.  Joanna's going as a punk (not pictured).  Berry is Raven, a character from Teen Titans.  Duncan is going as Minecraft Steve.  Sam's a blueberry, I think, in his blue t-shirt.

Back to Work

October 29, 2013 by Adam in Family

Joanna and I just returned from a night out on the town.  We had sushi and headed to a quirky hipster bar/coffee house.  They had board night going on, so we tried one while Joanna sipped cider.  They sadly didn't have mochas, so I drank tea and ended up accidentally winning the game we played.

We had a good weekend.  Friday night Joanna and I went out, listening to music at Off the Waffle.  It was pretty good and I'm hoping Joanna can play at their open mic, perhaps with her Uke.

Saturday was spent with Emma, driving around various places to try and find elf ears and the rest of her costume.  I ended up finding a shirt on sale that worked, but the ears had to be ordered online.  We hung out at home, carving pumpkins until it was time to take her to a birthday party sleepover, pick up Sam, get pizza, and return to watch Bang Goes the Theory with the rest of the family.

Sunday morning Sam and I played video games after a big crepe breakfast.  Joanna took the kids to church, I picked up an exhausted Emma, tucked her into bed, and continued to play with Sam.  Eventually Joanna returned for a late lunch, hung out for a bit, took Duncan to a birthday party, and the two returned a couple hours later for dinner.  We had a few interesting moments in there - Berry helped make muffins, Sam, Emma, and I played Magic, and Duncan and Emma played Terraria with me.

All-in-all, it was a quiet and relaxing weekend.  Very nice for a change.

Mocha Friday

October 25, 2013 by Adam in Family

I feel like I dropped off the face of the world there for a few days.  Nothing too dramatic - work is busy, I felt a little under the weather, and just didn't get to posting anything.

Last weekend was pretty wonderful.  Friday afternoon I went to Emma's jog-a-thon.  We walked and occasionally ran around the track for the last time.  Next year she'll be next door at the middle school.

We had all the kids on Friday night and proceeded to hang out for the next few days.  There were library trips, outings to the park where Sam impressed me with his Frisbee skills, and our traditional pizza and science show.  Berry filled up her being awesome chart, and I took her, Emma, and Duncan to play video games at Level Up.  Despite the tears when losing, I think Berry had a good time.

The week was fairly uneventful.  Sam's homework has been light, so we managed to watch a new Tabletop and the latest Walking Dead.  Joanna took the little kids to a haunted hay ride, returning tired but happy.

Tonight Joanna and I are going out, likely to listen to music and eat waffles.  Tomorrow is a whirlwind day for Emma - a book report, getting her Halloween costume together, and a birthday sleepover that night. 

Soon I'll head into work and get my Friday mocha.  I already had a Tuesday and Wednesday mocha this week, but Friday's is still special.

Half Birthday

October 16, 2013 by Adam in Ben

Berry had her half birthday yesterday - halfway to being a teenager, she proudly exclaimed.  She ended up with a huge cake and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pinball machine.  Apparently it was Duncan's idea.

Three Day Weekend

October 16, 2013 by Adam in Family

The kids had Friday off, so it was a fairly long and pleasant weekend. 

Friday during the day I hung out with the kids, made the breakfast, and generally had a good time.  I don't recall doing much during the day, so I clearly enjoyed myself.  Around four I took Sam and Emma to Jamie's house and met my mom for a pleasant coffee.  I ended up getting there fifteen minutes early and basked in the silence, reading Eugene Weekly and nibbling on a croissant.  After chatting with my mom I returned home for delicious soup.

Joanna and I went downtown to see Young Frankenstein the musical, which was precisely as silly and fun as I thought it would be.  I do appreciate Eugene's culture, not to mention it took all of five minutes to get there.

Saturday morning I collected Emma and the girls and I went to the library.  We found not one but two Teen Titans Go books, greatly treasured by Emma.  After a traditional bagel with cream cheese, we returned home.  Eventually we headed to Lonepine Farm to fetch pumpkins.  Duncan and Berry had a great time chasing the horse drawn carriage, survived the corn maze, and petted goats.  Emma was a little less adventurous and mostly hung out with me and chatted.

Returning home, we discovered Sam had been dropped off.  Pizza and Bang Goes the Theory was enjoyed that night.  Sam, Joanna, and I finished up Iron Man 3 after kids went to bed.  It was all quite nice.

Joanna and Duncan went to church after a big crepe breakfast.  The girls and I played in the basement, where they convinced me to play pretend.  Late morning we dropped the girls off and Sam and I met up with Jenny and dad to see Gravity.  It was pretty good, visually stunning and quite intense.  We returned to a quiet house.  Eventually Joanna fetched the girls, dropped Duncan off at a play date, and the day wound down to a close.

I've been feeling a little cruddy the last couple days, taking painkillers and the occasional mocha.  Duncan was out of school the last couple days.  Fortunately I'm feeling somewhat better.

A long meal

October 14, 2013 by Sue in Wielesek

As you can see, I didn't make it back to posting. It's continued to be a busy
time, taking down the crappy falling down fence along the back alley and trying to resurrect the laurel hedge. The real problem is that someone poured tons of small river rock and pea gravel there. Like rounded gravel has a wont to do, it worked its way down into the ground, so the poor old laurel hedges have a layer of stone to try to poke their little roots through.
 Had a great time "babysitting" Emma and Berry. Mostly it's like sitting around watching an improv comedy team.

Archery and Pumpkins

October 14, 2013 by Adam in Emma

Fortunately Emma's waking life has been doing much better than her dream life.  This last weekend Emma brought her bow outside for some archery practice.  We also headed to the pumpkin patch and gathered up pumpkins in preparation for Halloween.  The rule was that she could only choose a pumpkin she could pick up.

The creeps

October 10, 2013 by Emma in Emma

Last night the weirdest thing happened. I woke up at 11:03, and I heard my mom talking on the phone. (This was at my mom's house) She was sick and telling her friend to come over. She had the flu and was  "losing her dinner". I got out of my room and called out to her. She later came out and told me every thing was alright and to go to sleep. In the morning, I got up and waited for mom to get up. Wen she did, I asked if she was alright and if she didn't feel sick any more. She asked what I was talking about. She had never been sick, and I imagined every word, not action. So creepy!

Ben and Emma's Wedding

October 09, 2013 by Danica in Danica Miller

The wedding was fabulous! I only wish that more of you could have come for it, but I know - far away, and Monday work obligations.

It was great to have Lohring and Ana, Sadie and Greg, Jed, Amara and Satchi with us.  Also here and practically like family were Nordie and Paul Sundberg, JD Sloan and Carly Wade. JD photographed the event and there will be many photos posted eventually. Meanwhile he sent me this one today - I love it! (reception was at Good Luck Restaurant where Emma has worked for three years and for whom she started this garden) I also updated the Wedding blog today to include the same photo along with the reading by Alex Degus, poet and good friend of Ben and Emma's throughout high school at SOTA and college at Bard. http://ben-and-emmas-wedding.tumblr.com/weddingDay

The bride and groom were off today for their honeymoon - tonight overlooking the Hudson in Rhinecliff, and then on to NYC for several days of taking in everything from theater and dance performances to, of course, carefully selected restaurants.

So That Weekend . . .

October 09, 2013 by Adam in Family

Um, let's see.  I was trimming the hedge and got attacked by wasps.  One got stuck in my hair until Joanna squished it.  I slathered my noggin and neck with baking soda and feared the outdoors for a few days.

We hung out with kids - library trip, pizza and Bang Goes the Theory - and did some yard work.  Lots of good hang out time with everyone.

Mocha Friday

October 04, 2013 by Adam in Family

I've been battling my annoying headache again, the remnant of whatever Emma had earlier this week.  I came home after work and slept until dinner, with Joanna nicely taking care of everything.  I eventually perked up and helped Sam and Emma with homework.  I had to pry the girl off the computer, as she kept wanting to work on her book report.

Emma had a cold, but otherwise everyone seemed to be doing relatively well.  Joanna has the kids making Halloween decorations.  Yesterday afternoon it was gravestones, and spider webs cover our front garden.  Berry reports that school is actually pretty good now, after a couple weeks of it being terrible.  Now she's excited for an upcoming field trip and her half birthday party.

Sam and I occasionally play the WWII airplane game War Thunder.  He's far better than I am, and has become an expert in the various planes of the era.  I occasionally hold my own in the squad, and it's pretty fun being his wingman.

Joanna continues to work on getting work.  Her old job is somewhat schizophrenic these days, so I think she's arranging contracts with other organizations.  If she can pull in roughly half of what she was making before, I think we'll be able to maintain our savings as long as there are no big expenses.

My work continues to be crazy, but it's interesting and they absolutely need my services.  I think the new leadership is slowly figuring it out.  We did lose another person on the team, going somewhere else for a huge pay increase.  I fear that others may leave unless pay ranges change.

I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  Maybe I can do some Halloween projects with the kids or play some games.  Fall is the time for cuddling up in front of a fire and staying cozy.

Sam Loves Babies

October 01, 2013 by Adam in Sam

I went to get Sam from his mom's house on Saturday.  He was keeping an eye on Kirsten's daughter Ellie.  Sam sat there for a long time with her while she cheerfully looked at everyone making faces at her.

I thought this picture gave a good perspective as to Sam's size these days.  His head is bigger than an entire baby's body.

Death in the Family

October 01, 2013 by Adam in Family

Strawberry was found dead this morning, her poor little gerbil life snuffed out too early.  It made for a somewhat sad departure to school.  Joanna, Berry, and Duncan lay her to rest in the pet cemetery in our back yard.  Duncan thought it was a good thing he found her, as otherwise the house would start smelling bad.

Emma was sick today, and Joanna and I started feeling cruddy ourselves.  I left late for work, stuck in endless meetings from home, but finally made it in where I worked like a maniac before returning home early.  Emma slept for a couple hours, and seemed slightly more cheerful, though her temperature was up even higher than this morning.

Fortunately we had a good weekend, despite the incessant rain.  I took Duncan and Emma to the library.  Sam and I watched the Two Towers, extended version.  I swapped my misbehaving video card with Joanna's computer.  So far both are much improved.

Life is never boring.

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