Jamie's off at the coast today

November 30, 2002 by Adam in Family

Jamie's off at the coast today. Judy drove in after breakfast to take her there, leaving Sam and I to fend for ourselves. So far, so good. We took a long hike at Hendrick's park, getting our exercise for the day. Now I'm trying to get lunch in him, and do some quiet at home activities. We might take a trip to the library later if it's open, or maybe a visit to the movie store. Mostly I just want to take it easy for awhile.

Sam got a chair and desk, kid sized, from Jim and Judy. We've put it up in his room for now. He had a dream where he was playing on a computer in his room, so I suggested that we put the Lego computer up there. "If I follow my dreams," said Sam. Well, we certainly want him to follow his dreams, so we'll try to make it happen today.

I'm slowly recovering from my cold

November 30, 2002 by Adam in Family

I'm slowly recovering from my cold. Yesterday was an amusing blur of endless tissues. Today I woke up with lots of energy, trying to entertain Sam with something other than computer games. We played with toy cars, ran around chasing each other with cardboard swords, and generally whooped it up.

Jamie's dad, uncle, and Josh came over around noon for lunch and football watching. Josh did a pretty good job with watching Sam, though his teenage brain gave out after a couple hours and I ended up rescuing Sam. I pushed him down the stairs in an impromptu cardboard "car", hung a string of Christmas lights, and did my best until dinnertime. Then, I collapsed, took a bath, fiddled on my computer, and find myself now completely exhausted.

Hopefully I'll have a little energy left over for tomorrow as I watch Sam by myself and get ready for his birthday party Sunday. Even though it'll just be us guys, I'm going to try to get out of the house and get a little exercise.

Happy Thanksgiving to all

November 29, 2002 by Adam in Family

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I spent most of the day with a tissue at my nose, as I now seem to have a cold that won't stop. It took awhile for things to get moving around here. Sam was in a bit of a mood, so Grandma Sue walked around the neighborhood with us for a bit. It was good to get out of the house, even though my nose seemed to drip endlessly. I think I went through an entire roll of toilet paper, a box of kleenex, and several sheets of paper towels.

The food part itself was great fun. Sam got some extra presents, including a toy salamander that he thought was great. We had Ray, Dave, Josh, Darrel, Kirsten, Brant, and a friend named Joe. I'm still pretty stuffed.

It's Sam's birthday today

November 26, 2002 by Adam in Family

It's Sam's birthday today. He's at preschool, where they're having a small party for him. I think we'll do a quiet little event for Sam tonight, then more extensive ones this Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. With big families, these events can be fairly drawn out affairs.

My stomach feels better, though it isn't quite perfect yet. Jamie's also much improved, though she's starting to feel a bit ungainly.

I'm very much looking forward to a long weekend of eating, hanging out, and playing with Sam. Though I've been trying hard to save up PTO for the new baby, spending a little seems A-okay with me.

The stomach flu hit me pretty bad yesterday, ...

November 24, 2002 by Adam in Family

The stomach flu hit me pretty bad yesterday, and I mostly sat quietly as much as possible. Jamie was pretty beat, so I watched Sam much of the day. We ended up playing lots on the computer, except for a short while when Sam went to John's birthday party.

I'm feeling better today, though I had some problems getting to sleep. We had our normal hearty breakfast this morning, which always makes the day seem better. I think we're going to get our hair cut (both Sam and I), and generally take it easy.

A couple nights ago, Sam reported that he had...

November 23, 2002 by Adam in Family

A couple nights ago, Sam reported that he had a dream where a creature was poking him in the stomach and that it really hurt. He's also been eating less and complaining of stomach pains. Well, today he seems better, but I've definately got some sort of stomach ailment. My guess is that it's a mild flu. It doesn't really hurt, and I don't feel nauseous. Basically it feels like I've just done a bunch of sit ups and my muscles are really tight.

Jamie's out for a walk with Angie, and we're going to a birthday party for one of Sam's friends around lunchtime. I think we're going to generally take it easy today. Jamie, on the other hand, seems to be much improved. This morning at breakfast she told me that Friday she felt almost normal again.

I had another beautiful sight riding in to wo...

November 21, 2002 by Adam in Family

I had another beautiful sight riding in to work this morning. There was a heavy fog through the valley and the sunrise began to peek over the hills. The trees on the eastern ridgeline were silhouetted against a misty pink background. That was worth the price of admission right there.

I had a massive headache yesterday that started in the afternoon and continued until the evening. Jamie sent me out for Chinese food, and I had a miserable half hour waiting for them to get it together. I finally hid in the basement, ate three bowls of cereal, and felt better.

I'm going to be taking down the web site at 8:30 tonight. I've got a bunch of friends from work connecting to my computer and playing games. We're repeating it again tomorrow. Should be lots of fun.

Sadie made a woodcut of Jamie and sent it alo...

November 20, 2002 by Adam in Family

Sadie made a woodcut of Jamie and sent it along to us. That girl is quite artistic.

Plans for Sam's birthday are shaping up. I'm looking at having people over the Sunday after Thanksgiving for lunch, so mark your calendars. It'll probably start around noon and go for an hour or two. That should give Sam and I enough time to clean up before Jamie arrives, since she's gone that day.

Sam was busy entertaining us at dinner today. He's a surprisingly funny kid, both from the usual innocence of a kid, as well as trying to deliberately make us laugh. I asked him how I could be a better dad today and he told me, "If you played Star Wars with me more often."

Josh comes over to our house after school eac...

November 19, 2002 by Adam in Family

Josh comes over to our house after school each day, spending an hour or so with us until his dad picks him up. Yesterday, he and Sam were playing "mummy".

This cold has still got me down a bit. My throat is sore and my nose is runny. Just loads of fun. Still, it's not bad enough to actually stop working. I've been drinking lots of fluids and pushing through.

We were eating dinner last night and we were trying to get Sam to finish his soup. "Just one more chicken piece," he said. "One chicken to rule them all." Perhaps we've been watching a bit too much Lord of the Rings.

Sam and I are having a Lord of the Rings mara...

November 17, 2002 by Adam in Family

Sam and I are having a Lord of the Rings marathon today. I picked up the extended version when it came out, which is 3 1/2 hours long. We're currently going through the mines of Moria, after many breaks for lunch, running around, and reinacting scenes. This particular picture is of Sam pretending to be Sauron, complete with magical ring and mace.

Jamie's feeling better today, though not completely perfect. The morning sickness is much improved and this cold is finally fading away. This morning she was convinced the baby was moving around and had me press my ear to her belly. I heard much gurgling, but I'm think that it's mostly digestion at this point.

It's a Mocha Friday and I'm looking forward t...

November 15, 2002 by Adam in Family

It's a Mocha Friday and I'm looking forward to the end of the work week. I've been waking up early all week and today was no exception. I arose around 5 am, though that didn't beat my 4 am wakeup yesterday. Strangely, I don't feel very tired, though I do still have my lingering cold.

I'm not sure if we have any exciting weekend plans. I picked up the extended version of the Lord of the Rings, so Sam and I may sit down and watch that. Feel free to come on over if you want a long day of eating popcorn and sitting by the fire while watching Black Riders chase hobbits.

It's been quite the week

November 14, 2002 by Adam in Family

It's been quite the week. I think we're all on the mend, though this cold has really bogged us down. My ears were plugged up yesterday and I was a little achy. I'm mostly better, though my throat's a bit sore. I may make a mocha run early, as it does tend to help my throat and improve my mood.

Sam's birthday is coming up, as is Thanksgiving. I haven't heard what anyone's plans are yet. Jamie's family is descending on our house at some point, though I'd certainly like to see my family too. We'll play it by ear, as always, I suppose.

We've been slogging through the last couple days

November 12, 2002 by Adam in Family

We've been slogging through the last couple days. Jamie finally went to the doctor and it turned out she had both ear and nasal infections. So, she's on antibiotics and slowly getting better. Sam and I have the same cold, and have been feeling marginal.

I got really wet coming to work today. I think my coworkers secretly called me "Mr. Soggybottom". Need rain pants.

Sam's birthday is coming up, and for those of...

November 11, 2002 by Jamie in Family

Sam's birthday is coming up, and for those of you who rely on the website for gift ideas, I have some changes to his vital statistics. Found out yesterday that Sam's shoe size is 11, and I've been squeezing him into 9s! We also discovered that size 5 pants actually cover his legs, though he's technically size 4 :-)
He and Adam really like going swimming (gift pass to the Y?) and of course Legos never miss. We are running out of fresh Play-dough, which is great for quiet time.

Jamie just called from home

November 11, 2002 by Adam in Family

Jamie just called from home. She's feeling sick again and is heading into the doctor in a few hours. I slept poorly as well, with a dry throat and much tossing and turning. I'm doing okay now, though I can definately feel a touch of the cold.

Well, we've returned from far off Portland

November 11, 2002 by Adam in Family

Well, we've returned from far off Portland. Though we all have colds now, we had a pretty good time. Having the grandparents watch Sam a fair amount was nice, though Jamie was still feeling that resting on the couch was best for her. We hit the outlet mall on the way back and I picked up some rain gear. I'll write more later. We're all pretty beat now. Happy birthday, Seraph.

Sam called me here at work a few minutes ago

November 08, 2002 by Adam in Family

Sam called me here at work a few minutes ago. According to him, he's feeling better, though Jamie reported that his eyes are still a bit red. At least his eyes weren't glued together this morning. She's waiting for a call back from the clinic and they'll probably go in today.

The rain is pouring down today

November 08, 2002 by Adam in Family

The rain is pouring down today. I got a little soggy on my bike ride in, but nothing too bad. Poor Sam has an eye infection and was up several times last night. I think he feels pretty bad, and there was lots of mucus coming out of his eyes. Poor kid. Jamie will probably take Sam to the doctor this morning. Antibiotics should do the trick.

We're still hoping on going to Portland this weekend, though we're playing it a bit by ear. It would be nice to get away for a little while. It feels like we've been cooped up at our house for months. I think Jamie is finally improving, with just a nagging headache left. She's starting to show a little too, as there's a cute little tummy bump sticking out there.

I must have been quite the tempest last night

November 07, 2002 by Adam in Family

I must have been quite the tempest last night. My internet connection was down, though who knows if it was the storm. Riding my bike in to work, I first noticed all the garbage strewn across the roads. Willamette was blocked off by a fire truck and flares. EWEB was out working on a transformer. To top it off, two of the intersections on the way had lost power. Fortunately, I made it in safe and sound and it appears my internet connection is up and running again.

I took Sam swimming last night. He had way too much fun, as usual. He's a maniac in the pool, diving and jumping and doing all sorts of tricks. He kept choking himself, though that didn't seem to stop him much. The only bad thing was that the chlorine hurt his eyes pretty bad as he didn't like to wear his goggles.

It looks like we're doing a Portland trip this weekend. I've got the laptop charged and ready for some in-car entertainment. I taped a Justice League episode on the camcorder, which is worth one hour of Sam entertainment. I think we're good to go.

It was beautiful riding my bike to work this ...

November 06, 2002 by Adam in Family

It was beautiful riding my bike to work this morning. The sunrise filled the sky with reds and golds. The color was reflected in the falling leaves, and the smell of rain was on the air. One of those mornings when it's good to be alive.

They continue to clean up the building they tore down yesterday. They've got heavy equipment moving and hauling it away. Of course, the view out my window is quite nice now, so it makes up for the noise.

Jamie's morning sickness seems much improved, but this cold has hit her hard. She's been moping around on the couch or in the bath most evenings. Hopefully she'll return to normal soon.

I've been a very good husband these last few days

November 04, 2002 by Adam in Family

I've been a very good husband these last few days. We all caught colds, so I've tried to be extra nice to everyone. Jamie actually feels decent except for the cold. She's been napping in the afternoons when she's able.

We picked up some new roses for our front this morning. I've been missing the yard at our old house, so it's nice to start the transformation here. We won't really see much until Spring, though. All the flowers have lost their blooms, and we're cutting everything back.

It seems to be the norm these days that our w...

November 03, 2002 by Adam in Family

It seems to be the norm these days that our weekends tend to be pretty quiet. Everyone seemed to have a touch of the sniffles, so we mostly stayed indoors and hung out. We made a library/Metropol/video store run, watched Beauty and the Beast, and played a fair amount of computer games. Jamie actually took a nap this afternoon, a sure indication of how tired she's been.

It's Halloween night, and I just returned fro...

November 01, 2002 by Adam in Family

It's Halloween night, and I just returned from trick or treating with Sam and Josh. It was really cold and Sam froze the second he got outside. We made it to three houses before we turned back to get warm again. Still, they returned with quite a bit of loot. I guess our neighborhood has high-quality candy output.

We've only had a few trick-or-treaters so far. It may be the cold, or just changing times. We had one huge pack that hit our house a few minutes ago. I also expect our neighbors Ben and Sebastian to come over in a bit.

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