Sam and Jamie have been back for a couple day...

August 31, 2001 by Adam in Family

Sam and Jamie have been back for a couple days now. It's nice to get back into the old routines. Sam and I have been playing lots in the evenings. The first day was Legos, pretending to be pirates, and hiding around the house. Last night was the park and burying Sam in the sand. Lots of fun.

A three day weekend snuck right up on me. I guess I'm taking Monday off, an unexpected treat. No big weekend plans. I'll hopefully get a chance to do a little more work on my computer, and my friend Jim wants me to play some Everquest.

Jamie comes back today

August 29, 2001 by Adam in Family

Jamie comes back today. She called from Portland, pretty exhausted from her trip. I think she's mostly looking forward to having a little time to herself when she comes home. I'll have to draw her a bubble bath and take Sam downstairs to play with Legos.

The weekend was quite the whirlwind of activity

August 28, 2001 by Adam in Family

The weekend was quite the whirlwind of activity. Saturday was my big project day. I mowed the lawn, painted the ironwork, and picked up all the supplies I needed for my next computer case. That afternoon, my dad and I spent eight hours assembling the case and milling out all the tiny holes in the front. I went home pretty late and conked out.

Sunday I did some more projects: shopping, cleaning up, and replacing the too-short speaker wire. I actually watched a bit of t.v. then zipped off to my mom's for dinner. Everyone is in good spirits, especially Darren and the new baby Jordan. Darren kept wanting to play with him, but all Jordan wanted to do was sleep.

Jamie called from Nebraska

August 23, 2001 by Adam in Family

Jamie called from Nebraska. All is well. Evidently they've spent the last two days either flying or driving, almost non-stop. Sam has evidently been a trooper the whole time.

Even though it's been nice to have a lot of time to myself, I find that I miss those two when they go away. I find myself getting fidgety, wondering what I'm supposed to do next.

I was a dutiful husband last night, spending ...

August 21, 2001 by Adam in Family

I was a dutiful husband last night, spending my first night as a bachelor painting away. I got the upstairs railing and primer down on the bench. Not to say that I didn't do a little beer drinking while watching Akira, just that that's not all I did.

Haven't heard from Jamie or Sam since yesterday morning, but presumably they're flying across the country today. Perhaps tonight they'll be enjoying Nebraska, fresh corn, and the smell of cattle wafting over the horizon.

A good weekend has come to a close

August 20, 2001 by Adam in Family

A good weekend has come to a close. On Saturday, the family tromped out into the woods to watch Angie and Matthew's wedding. It was lots of fun, and I mostly supervised Sam as he went exploring with his Lego people. He also became quite enamored with a woman named Emmy, who had a great time playing with him. Sam wanted to pick flowers for her, and I didn't have the heart to tell him she was already married.

Sunday was more low-key. Jamie and I had a wonderful brunch at Sweetwaters while Sam was being watched by my mom and Dick. The afternoon was mostly packing and resting a bit. Today Jamie and Sam leave for far away Nebraska.

We went to the fair this afternoon, and to be...

August 18, 2001 by Adam in Family

We went to the fair this afternoon, and to be honest it was pretty lousy. Sam was tired and got instantly grumpy. It brought down the whole family and we returned dejected to our house. After a little rest and dinner, we perked back up again and all was well.

I hooked up the 5.1 stereo system to the new digital cable setup. Sounds great!

I snuck over to visit Jenny and Baby Banks

August 16, 2001 by Adam in Family

I snuck over to visit Jenny and Baby Banks. They got lots of sleep last night, only waking up once for feeding. Jenny also begun the fun of diaper changes, being both pooped and peed on in the process. I'm amazed at how perky Jenny is. Baby Banks also seems very mellow. I came in while they were drawing blood and he was quietly sucking on his pacifier.

It's a Sam-watching night tonight, with Jamie going off tutoring. Gotta think of something clever to do. Tomorrow night is the fair, Saturday is Angie's wedding, Sunday we rest, and Monday Jamie and Sam head to Nebraska. Whew. Busy days ahead.

Well, I went over to the hospital and tracked...

August 15, 2001 by Adam in Family

Well, I went over to the hospital and tracked them down. I was worried that I'd wake them up, but fortunately my dad, Seraph, Isabell, and Destin were already there. Darren slept well, but Jenny said she slept off and on, checking on the new baby.

They still haven't picked a name yet. I like the name "Bobo" myself, but I don't think it will fly. The middle name is going to be Michael and the last name Banks, but that's about it for now.

Destin and Darren are heading home tonight and Jenny's going to stay another night. Hopefully she can get a little sleep, but she looks pretty good considering she just had a baby. So, another addition to the Miller (+ company) clan. Another chair at the table for Thanksgiving.

It's all good.

Just got the scoop from my mom

August 15, 2001 by Adam in Family

Just got the scoop from my mom. The baby was born at 11:00pm on the dot, after about 17 minutes of hard pushing. The baby was 8 lbs 8 oz, 20" long, with a head size of 13 1/2". No one has picked a name yet, though the grandmothers had compromised with Will last time I checked. I'll try to sneak over later today after they've had some rest to take some pictures.

Well, our entire family descended on the hosp...

August 15, 2001 by Adam in Family

Well, our entire family descended on the hospital, filling up a waiting room and spilling out into the hallway. At around 7 pm, they started the process going along while we puttered around. Everyone seemed in good spirits, especially Jenny. She'd make a funny face for a few seconds whenever a contraction hit, but still seemed to be laughing afterwards. Darren looked nervous, but excited too.

Most of us with families headed home around 8pm, with my mom promising to call if there was news before 9pm. Sam crashed out almost instantly. Still no news yet, so I'll probably sneak over this morning to see how things are going.

On an unrelated note, we got digital cable hooked up yesterday. It's fairly cool, with the new channels and all. I'm excited about the Sci-Fi channel, while Jamie now has Women's Entertainment, BBC America, and two classic movie channels. I think she's secretly happy about the whole thing.

Got the call a few hours ago

August 14, 2001 by Adam in Family

Got the call a few hours ago. Jenny's going to be in the hospital Tuesday night where they'll start inducing. Time to get that baby out of there. There should be some exciting posts starting soon.

We all met at my dad's house to bid Sadie a f...

August 13, 2001 by Adam in Family

We all met at my dad's house to bid Sadie a fond farwell. She's off to Botswana tomorrow and we won't see her until after Christmas. We wish her many happy adventures, with only just enough excitement.

Jenny is still not having her baby yet, though it could be any moment now. She's having contractions, though that's been happening since last Thursday. I'm going to bring my video camera to work tomorrow just in case.

A very nice day yesterday

August 12, 2001 by Adam in Family

A very nice day yesterday. Sam and I woke up by ourselves, and we went food shopping then to Toys-R-Us to pick up rocket engines and a few more Legos. Jamie arrived a couple hours later, soon followed by Jim and Judy. We also met a couple more of our neighbors. It turns out one of them used to live in our house when he was a kid, as his parents built it in 1927! We're pretty excited to have a source of information about the place, and he's promised to show us some of the old pictures from back then.

Jim and Judy took Sam for the afternoon, leaving Jamie and I to spend a very nice afternoon together. We ended up putting up curtains and going out to dinner, which seemed almost blissful at the time.

Not sure what we're up to today. My dad's back in town, so I'll probably go visit at some point. Sadie leaves tomorrow. Who knows what's going to happen with Jenny and the baby. Could be any moment.

Jamie went off with Angie to their mini-retre...

August 11, 2001 by Adam in Family

Jamie went off with Angie to their mini-retreat before Angie gets married next weekend. I had Sam all day, and had a pretty good time. Sadie came over around lunch and spent most of the day with us. We went to the nearby park, where they evidently have a wading pool every day. That was great fun, getting both wet and covered in sand.

We tried to take in a movie, but ended up seeing Osmosis Jones instead of Shrek (which isn't playing any more). It was pretty bad, and even Sam had the sensibility to walk out after an hour or so. I actually took a twenty minute nap on the couch afterwards, while Sadie and Sam got artistic with washable pens. My mom came over, we visited for a bit, then it was off to swimming, dinner, and I finally got him to bed by nine.

I'm expecting a call or page about Jenny's new baby at any time. Could be exciting.

Sam was incredibly energetic today

August 09, 2001 by Adam in Family

Sam was incredibly energetic today. He and Jamie visited for lunch, which was short with lots of walking afterwards. Tonight we went swimming while Jamie had her Tiny Tots meeting. He swam like a maniac for an hour and a half, then collapsed when I brought him home.

I'm getting digital cable hooked up next week. I'm almost embarrased to say that it's mostly so that I can get the Sci-fi Channel. Jamie gave the okay, though I think it's mostly so she can watch BBC America.

The guest bedroom is almost finished in time for Jamie's mom to arrive this weekend. Darren finished plastering and sanding the ceiling. Jamie painted. I helped move furniture. It's all good.

A quiet day yesterday

August 07, 2001 by Adam in Family

A quiet day yesterday. I came home to Sam conked out and Jamie leaving for her preschool board meeting. Sam and I had a little dinner, played at the playground, took a bath, then watched a movie until Jamie came home.

Another fun-filled weekend has passed us by

August 06, 2001 by Adam in Family

Another fun-filled weekend has passed us by. Friday night, Sharon, Jeff, John, and Natalie came for dinner. John is Sam's age, so they had a great time playing for the couple hours they were here. It's fun to watch Sam interact with another kid, though Sam would periodically tell him, "What do you say?"

We partially painted the fence that Darren put up last week. It's grueling work without a sprayer. Jamie also turned into a gardening maniac, mowing and taking out unwanted plants. I did my first batch of fig picking and drying. Now I've got to dig up a good figgy pudding recipe.

Sunday was pretty lazy. We went over to the boy's house and Sam got to play with Josh for awhile.

Jamie got this cool kid carrier yesterday

August 03, 2001 by Adam in Family

Jamie got this cool kid carrier yesterday. It can be pushed like a stroller, or attached to a bike. We promptly named it the Batmobile.

We pushed Sam to Victoria's Bar-B-Q last night as well. It was lots of fun, with an amazing number of families with kids showing up. It's pretty rare for us to do big non-family social events, so it was a bit of a treat. Mostly I talked shop about raising kids and tried to keep Sam entertained.

I checked Jenny's latest posting, and it seems like the baby's due any day now. I've got my video camera, tapes, and tripod all ready to go.

Another pleasant day yesterday

August 01, 2001 by Adam in Family

Another pleasant day yesterday. It turns out the drain for the bathtub wasn't leaking, but just needed caulked around the seams. Darren's putting in an access panel in the ceiling this morning, so we're slowly making progress on the assorted home repairs.

Jamie, Sam, and I all went for a walk last night. Beautiful evening. Felt great.

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