What a day

August 31, 2003 by Adam in Family

What a day. Sam's currently on the floor next to me, building Legos and whispering over and over the phrase "duck doger dot com". Advertising works.

We got Jamie and Emma off safe and sound. They evidently had a good trip up to Portland and the grandparents are fussing over them both. I think Jamie's really enjoying some quiet time, which is rare for her these days.

Sam and I started our bachelor weekend by climbing Spencer's butte in record time. My legs are still sore from the effort. We returned dusty and exhausted, but a quick shower and lunch helped a bit. After that, it was washing my car, inside and out, then heading off to Costco for huge quantities of cereal.

My mom stopped by to pick up some wedding vows I printed up for her. Evidently she's officiating a wedding tonight. Next Sam and I went to my dad and Yayoe's house for dinner and entertainment. Now it's time to get ready for bed. Whew.

Sadie came over last night, which was wonderful

August 28, 2003 by Adam in Family

Sadie came over last night, which was wonderful. The more people to entertain Sam or rock Emma, the better. Plus it was nice to see her one last time before she left. After I found out she was coming home for Christmas, it didn't seem like such a big goodbye.

Jamie's off with contractors today, picking out carpets, counter tops, and linoleum. Though she invited me along, I trust her judgement. One of the nice things about marrying Jamie is that we have pretty similar tastes in decorating.

Only a couple more days until Sam and I have a boys-only weekend. Hopefully I can fill the time in a way that's fun for Sam but doesn't drive me nuts.

The week moves along

August 27, 2003 by Adam in Family

The week moves along. It's sad to have Sadie leaving so soon and strange to think that she's no longer just moving away for school. No trips back for school vacations, but rather when she can get away like a normal person.

Emma's been very vocal lately. I was singing to her last night and she joined right in. It was lots of fun watching her smile and make "Aaah-Ooooh" noises. I see her every day and she still seems to be growing at a rapid pace. Sam and I were making fun of her massive head last night, pretending she could boss us all around with her mind control.

Sam's his normal self. The other day he told Jamie, "I think I'm getting the hang of Emma." After a couple months of adjusting to a new person in the house, we're starting to get more comfortable with the new routine.

Jamie's been doing really well, I think. She has more energy and has been taking yoga with a friend, as well as going for more walks. Though she's still up once or twice each night, it's not as bad as it was a few months ago.

The weekend is over and I'm back at work

August 25, 2003 by Adam in Family

The weekend is over and I'm back at work. Sigh.

Though we didn't do much, it seemed like a pretty fun weekend. Jamie took Sam to the ballgame last night, though I think Sam's favorite part is the cracker jacks. I did some landscaping Sunday morning and layed down some bark-o-mulch to make it all look pretty.

Sam was very good at the store and we allowed him to choose one toy. After staring at some Lego-like robot for awhile, he instead chose squirt guns. That of course led to endless fighting in the back yard. I have on video tape Jamie and Sam dueling it out. At one point, Sam had to go get the red washable pen to put "blood" all over himself. There was much showering required.

We spotted a deer in our backyard last night,...

August 23, 2003 by Adam in Family

We spotted a deer in our backyard last night, looking very cute. I'm not sure that counteracted the pile of deer poop and eaten tomatoes, however. Time to fix the hole in the fence.

It's finally the weekend and I'm puttering around while the rest of the family sleeps away. I'm hoping my headache is gone for good, as I feel pretty refreshed this morning. I'm still not sure what the weekend holds. I've got to return some overdue books to the library today. I also want to pick up some new ones for Sam's bedtime reading.

Cloudy skies today, for the first time in weeks. It looks like fall is slowly creeping up on us.

The week has slogged along

August 21, 2003 by Adam in Family

The week has slogged along. My head is much better today after a somewhat achey day yesterday.

Sam was in a very grumpy mood last night. We finally got outside and ended up having a water fight with hoses and impromptu splashing instruments. There was so much laughing and giggling that he completely forgot his bad mood. Of course, we both had to change into dry clothes afterwards, but it was a small price to pay.

We hiked over to see Sadie and my mom last night, as well as check out their library for kid books. I still think I want to get Sam to the real library at some point and try to find all the great kid books from my past.

Tonight I'm dropping off both kids at my mom's house for an hour or two. A little quiet time with Jamie sounds very nice.

We've returned both weary and rested from our...

August 18, 2003 by Adam in Family

We've returned both weary and rested from our beach trip. The drive over went pretty well, with Emma sleeping and Sam in a good mood. The in-car movie system was just okay, as Sam didn't seem too interested in watching movies for the full two hours.

The weather was just great, with blue skies nearly every day. Sam and I spent many hours on the beach, building sand castles and watching the tide wash them away. He also had a great time running about and leaping over little pools of water.

Judy and Jim were delayed, as Barbara (Jim's daughter in law) had some excitement with her baby. All seems well, though she may be stuck in the hospital for the next month or two.

Dave and Kirsten hung out with us as well, travelling to the Hecita Head lighthouse with Sam and I. There were also many games, dinners, and beach walls. All good.

The drive back was a bit much, with cranky kids all around. Still, we survived and are slowly widing down, preparing for a normal day tomorrow.

We're packed and ready to go

August 15, 2003 by Adam in Family

We're packed and ready to go. The coast awaits us and I'm very much looking forward to it. We picked up a power inverter and should be able to watch DVDs in the car to entertain Sam. Hopefully Emma will sleep and the two hours will go by quickly. I've brought my ancient Pentium 90 laptop so that I can type things.

We all have a cold, though we're pulling through. Hopefully the fresh sea air will do us good.

I got a call from my coworker Dave. He was travelling with his family and was stuck in the Detroit airport when the power went out. Anna was also travelling yesterday, though Sadie's not sure where she ended up.

The last few days have been pretty crazy work...

August 13, 2003 by Adam in Family

The last few days have been pretty crazy work-wise. The virus that's going around has been causing problems with e-mail, our Internet connection, and more. Yippie.

The last couple days have been pretty quiet at home. Last night, Sam wanted to make sock puppets. I dutifully sewed on some button eyes and we played for a bit. Emma was pretty fussy last night for some reason. Tummy troubles, maybe. I continued to read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to Sam. We're about a third of the way through and Sam seems to enjoy it. It's quite a change from the smaller books.

I'm very much looking forward to our beach trip. Calgon take me away . . .

Sunday afternoon

August 10, 2003 by Adam in Family

Sunday afternoon. It's been quite the weekend so far, a whirlwind of entertaining children and family. Darrel and Ray have been down to chat and help with the remodeling preparation. We tore down some of the cabinets from the laundry room and put one of them up in the garage.

Sam went on a couple expeditions, one of which took us to the duck pond. I have memories of going there tons when I was a kid, so it was fun to take Sam there. We puttered around through all the college buildings, visiting the Urban Farm and climbing on some sculptures. Great fun.

Sam went to the dentist yesterday

August 07, 2003 by Adam in Family

Sam went to the dentist yesterday. Jamie reported that he was on his best behavior, polite and articulate. Plus his teeth are in good shape. He was excited when I got home and showed off his Stage 3 Snow White toothbrush. Pretty cool.

We went swimming last night, which was just great. The Easter Seal pool is so less crowded than the Amazon one, and only costs 50 cents more. For about twenty minutes, we were the only people in the pool.

Lots of excitement ahead for the next few days. Jamie's off with a friend tonight, we're having my mom for dinner Friday, then Jamie's dad is visiting Saturday afternoon. Next weekend we're planning on a beach trip. All great fun.

Sad news about Baba

August 06, 2003 by Adam in Family

Sad news about Baba. I still remember when Jamie and I drove across the country and stayed at her house. In the middle of the night, there was a huge thunder storm. Baba, being fairly traditional, had put us in separate rooms. We met in the hallway to thunder and lightning. Very romantic.

I've still been feeling a bit under the weather. Headaches and a bit of an upset stomach. Nothing that coffee and advil can't fix.

Hopefully Sam and I can get some swimming in tonight. That boy has too much energy.

There was a massive thunder storm that rolled...

August 05, 2003 by Adam in Family

There was a massive thunder storm that rolled through town this morning, killing my Internet connection for a couple hours and interrupting power for a little. Poor Jamie was trying to sleep through it all, but she just couldn't make it.

I've also been trying to beat this nasty headache and sniffle I picked up yesterday. I've been doing the Advil and coffee trick, which is working reasonably well. I yearn for the days when I could take the day off and lounge about the house in peace.

It's been an exciting weekend so far, though ...

August 03, 2003 by Adam in Family

It's been an exciting weekend so far, though we're taking it a little easy this Sunday. Yesterday, Sam and I headed to Spencer's Butte, climbing to the top in a burst of energy. Sam was quite the trooper, though he was as exhausted as I was at the end.

Later that day, we headed to see the latest Terminator movie. It was a bit exciting, though probably no worse than Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. Lots of car chases and action scenes. Sam, of course, had a great time.

Then it was trying to get our various children to bed. Sam's been doing this thing lately where he wants to have someone next to him as he goes to sleep. I think it's that he's feeling our lack of attention due to Emma. A little adjustment is required, I suppose.

Today we worked more on the basement, tearing out some built-in tables in preparation for the big day. I have a funny feeling it's going to be an expensive undertaking, though we've yet to get the final estimate.

Mocha Friday, and the end of a very busy week...

August 01, 2003 by Adam in Family

Mocha Friday, and the end of a very busy week at work. August is here already, with the hope of cooler weather ahead. I finally got the bed to myself last night, with Sam in his own bed. He was having problems getting to sleep, being afraid of some monster he saw on a typically benign t.v. show he watched that day. It's probably related to the new baby and the lack of attention we've been giving him, though we both did feel bad for him.

I'm hoping that this weekend is another quiet one. I'm looking forwards to a couple hours early in the morning to myself, followed by a hearty breakfast and playing with Sam. I still haven't seen Terminator 3 yet. Maybe I can drag him to that with me. Pirates of the Carribbean was a big success. Of course, I'll probably have to pretend I'm a robot for a few days after we go.

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