We started off a bit rough yesterday morning

June 29, 2003 by Adam in Family

We started off a bit rough yesterday morning. I hadn't gotten much sleep after watching Emma until midnight. Sam had a breakdown at breakfast, crying and yelling. Fortunately, it was all short lived and the day shaped up quite nicely.

I went over to my mom's house to help go through Dick's stuff as well as get the truck for a St. Vincent de Paul run. We're cleaning out the garage and I managed to load up my stair stepper and a set of tables and chairs. Hopefully that's one more step on the way to getting things ready for the remodel.

Sam got a bunch of Legos (see his page for details), which kept him busy most of the night. I'm hoping things start cooling off soon, as the weather has been far too hot. We have to be very diligent about watering so that our poor tomatoes don't wilt away.

No big plans for the day. I'd like to do a Costco run to get the huge amount of cereal my body requires. I think half my daily calories come from some sort of cereal product.

The days keep moving along

June 28, 2003 by Adam in Family

The days keep moving along. I was up until midnight last night, keeping watch over cranky Emma while Jamie got some sleep. Of course, Sam woke up around 6:30 in the morning, so it appears our kids aren't quite on the same time table yet. Gotta work on that before we both go crazy.

Sam and I went to the Amazon Pool yesterday, the first time I've been there since I was a kid. The first thing I recognized were the lockers, which I think haven't changed since my swimming lessons back in grade school. Mostly Sam wanted to ride the water slide, so we spent an an hour and twenty minutes waiting in line and ten minutes riding the thing (if that).

Jamie's getting exciting for our remodel, starting to plan such details as the countertop, paint colors, and the like. It's still months away, but should hopefully keep the dreary winter days more interesting.

We made it back from the coast, which was mos...

June 24, 2003 by Adam in Family

We made it back from the coast, which was mostly relaxing and occasionally stressful. The car trip there was wonderful and quiet. The car trip back was less pleasant, with much yelling and crying from the back seat (where I was crammed to keep the peace).

We did have some really fun moments. I think my favorite is when Sam and I headed down to the beach with a couple shovels. It was decided to construct a massive fortress against the incoming tide, hoping to keep the thousands of jellyfish out of a central pool. Towards the end, Sam was barking out orders, referring to me as a "fellow sergeant", and shoveling sand as fast as his little body could manage. All was lost in the end, though, as we learned the futility of fighting the sea.

It was nice having grandparents around to watch kids and Jamie and I snuck in a quiet walk on the beach while Emma slept strapped to my chest. On the way back, we visited a light house that had a ghost story attached to it. Sam was full of questions about the ghost, though he assured me that they're not real.

And so the work week comes to a close

June 20, 2003 by Adam in Family

And so the work week comes to a close. We're off to the coast tomorrow, which should be a welcome distraction away from the work at the house. Hopefully Jamie and I can sneak in a quiet walk on the beach.

The last week has been up and down for Jamie. At times, they're both angels. Other days, it's a bit of a mad house. My respect for her grows daily. This morning, she changed seven diapers between midnight and three am. Poor woman.

Emma's perched on my chest like a little monk...

June 18, 2003 by Adam in Family

Emma's perched on my chest like a little monkey as I type this. It's a bit before work and Jamie handed her off to me so she could get a little sleep. It's been better the last few nights and Emma's been snoozing fairly well.

Last night was a bit crazy. The kitchen sink is plugged up, so I tried all my tricks and ended up spending hours trying to run a snake down to where the clog was. I never quite got it and so I gave up and asked Jamie to call a trained professional. Sigh.

It's also been crazy hot lately. Sleeping is hard. The only good thing about it is that I can ride my bike to work in short sleeves quite comfortably.

It was a quiet Father's Day in the Miller hou...

June 16, 2003 by Adam in Family

It was a quiet Father's Day in the Miller household. I fixed breakfast for everyone on our nice china, scurrying around to get it done while keeping track of the kids. After we all sat down, Jamie made an embarrassed look and said, "Happy Father's Day". I hadn't realized it either.

We tried hard to stay indoors and away from the pollen, though by the end of the day we were all getting a little stir crazy. Sam and I went to the mall to walk around and check out all the antinque cars. He was in a pretty good mood - maybe the allergy medicine is finally paying off.

Poor Jamie isn't getting much sleep. She handed Emma over to me early this morning and I slept with her on my chest for a couple hours. That seems the best way to get her to sleep, though I'm always nervous she'll roll off with a loud thunk.

The weekend is almost over, it has seemingly ...

June 15, 2003 by Adam in Family

The weekend is almost over, it has seemingly gone by quickly, even though I had Friday off. Yesterday was pretty interesting, with my longtime friend Devon and his friend Lisa coming down for the day. In many ways, he was just like he was when I last saw him a decade ago. All those mannerisms stick with us for life, I guess. He and Lisa did a great job of entertaining Sam while we took care of Emma or threw together dinner. Lisa entertained us with stories about her time in Africa and the peace corps. Fascincating stuff.

Poor Sam's allergies continue to be pretty bad, and mine as well. Yesterday we walked over to my mom's house, but the allergies made his eyes hurt so badly that they teared up. We stayed for a couple minutes then headed back to the relative safety of our house. I think June will be an inside month for our family.

Emma continues to grow and become more alert. She does get fussy sometimes, though the front pack and dancing around my room with music blaring usually puts her to sleep. I think Sam and I are eager to have her start smiling at us in a more obvious way. Reinforcement of our good behavior would be nice.

I stayed home from work today, but it still e...

June 14, 2003 by Adam in Family

I stayed home from work today, but it still ended up being quite busy. Sam and I played together for most of the day, with the occasional Emma watching between feeding times. He still has allergies pretty badly, so our trip to the park was full of eye scratching. Hopefully the Claritin will kick in soon.

We had our first contractor visit today. The plan is to put in a rec room later this year. My office is currently getting pretty packed with Sam's toys.

The last few days have been pretty busy

June 12, 2003 by Adam in Family

The last few days have been pretty busy. Work has been pretty crazy, just trying to keep up, especially with all the time I'm taking off. I was at home yesterday, basically entertaining Sam the entire day. I think all the excitement was a bit much for him as he ended up somewhat cranky at the end of the day.

Emma has also gotten a bit fussy lately. She'll cry for a bit before she goes to sleep in the evening. Poor Jamie was looking exhausted when I left this morning.

Tonight Jamie and I are going out to dinner while my mom and Sadie watch the kids. Hopefully Jamie won't fall face-first into her meal from sheer exhaustion.

Sunday was pretty low-key

June 09, 2003 by Adam in Family

Sunday was pretty low-key. Sam and I went hiking for an hour in the morning. As usual, he wanted to take all the "crazy paths" and wander through the brambles. A few times I had to firmly say no, as I suspect he would have cheerfully walked into a crocodile infested bog.

Emma was pleasant as always, with maybe a half hour of fussiness before bedtime. A stroll through the house with her dad prattling on finally got her to sleep.

Judy, Jim, Dave, and Josh all came over for dinner and croquet. Sam was immensely pleased with all the new people to play with. I'm afraid we became quite boring after we no longer wanted to play characters with him.

I did discover that he really likes my 80's "surfer dude" voice. I started reading books to him, translating the story and interjecting with phrases like "totally awesome". He liked it so much that he wants me to talk that way all the time.

The weekend arrives, with hot days and allerg...

June 07, 2003 by Adam in Family

The weekend arrives, with hot days and allergies in full bloom. It's also the last weekend of my paternity leave, though I'll be taking the occasional day off in the weeks ahead. Emma is looking more and more like a little baby instead of strange misshapen creature.

Jamie's doing really well for having just been through labor. All the aches and pains are slowly subsiding and she's far more mobile than a couple weeks ago. This morning we all went for a walk around the neighborhood which was quite nice.

I think Jamie's mom is coming down Sunday for a visit, otherwise we're just puttering around. I think there's a library trip in our future, then the plan is to just entertain our assorted children.

Emma and I just got up from a little nap

June 04, 2003 by Adam in Family

Emma and I just got up from a little nap. She didn't sleep very well last night and was up quite a bit. Though Jamie bore the brunt of her sleeplessness, I didn't get enough sleep either.

Both Sam and I have been feeling the increased pollen in the air, so we've been a bit grumpy. Jamie too Sam off for a haircut while Emma and I lay down for a nap.

No big excitement today. The week slowly rolls along.

Last night went really well

June 03, 2003 by Adam in Family

Last night went really well. Emma ate like a little piggy all day, then only got up once last night. We're both quite well rested and hoping this trend continues. Sam's off to school this morning and Jamie's running errands while I watch Emma. We're shooing for another fairly quiet day.

Sam and I both had runny noses yesterday when playing outside. I'm afraid we both have allergies. Jamie picked up some medicine for Sam, which seems to help some. We'll see if it continues.

The folks from Sam's preschool keep bringing over loads of food. It's pretty cool to have dinner delivered every other night. Our refrigerator is becoming quite well stocked. We'll be happy and plump parents by the end of next week.

Anna left for Africa today, so she came by for a final visit with Emma.

June is here and we're slowly getting into th...

June 01, 2003 by Adam in Family

June is here and we're slowly getting into the routine with Emma. Yesterday was pretty quiet, mostly hanging out at the house. Josh and Ray came by for a bit and we sent them to Costco for a purchasing mission. Emma's been a little fussier than the first few days, but not by much. We've all been getting a reasonable amount of sleep, though Jamie probably needs a nap today.

Emma's great, basically a tiny creature whose sole purpose is to grow as fast as possible. She's either eating or sleeping, and occasionally glancing out at the world for a bit. Sam seems so big compared to her.

Sam and I went for a hike this morning, making it to the top of Skinner's Butte. I'm very impressed by that boy's stamina. I think it also helped that a fellow hiker played along with Sam's game, pretending she was a troll trying to chase after us. Great fun.

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