Sam had a nightmare Sunday night and crawled ...

May 31, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sam had a nightmare Sunday night and crawled into bed with me. He dreamed that Emma was on his bed saying "Eat you Sammo" and tried to eat him up. For the rest of the dream she chased him around while he used hand gestures to tell Jamie as he couldn't talk.

In the morning, Sam and I played on the computer and went to the park to practice baseball. As I was getting sand off him, I spotted a small black thing stuck behind his ear. I ended up taking out a contact to get a better look at it. It turns out it was a tick, probably picked up while hiking. I'd never seen one before, so I read up about it, then removed it with tweezers. It's now sitting in a sample container and I've got Jamie watching for the outbreak of Lyme's disease just in case.

Emma and Jamie arrived safe and sound around noon. The rest of the day was spent entertaining kids until we parents collapsed towards the end of the day. I'm almost looking forward to the relative relaxation of work.

Emma had a fine birthday yesterday, often wis...

May 29, 2005 by Adam in Family

Emma had a fine birthday yesterday, often wishing herself a happy birthday along the way. The party was princess themed and many of the guests showed up in fancy dresses and were promptly handed a tiara. We were very lucky with the weather as it poured all morning, became briefly sunny for the party, and then thunderstorms rolled in during the evening.

This morning Judy, Jamie, and Emma headed off to the coast until tomorrow. Sam and I went hiking to the top of Spencer's Butte this morning. I was amazed at his energy. I could hardly keep up with him for the last stretch. A little squirrel begged for food from him, then we turned around and headed back to the car.

We hit the mall, picking up a bat and ball for practice, along with a new computer game. Sam's playing with Legos and he wants me to join him soon. After a little snack, I suppose I will.

First off, it's Emma's birthday today

May 27, 2005 by Adam in Family

First off, it's Emma's birthday today. She turns two and has been very excited about it all week. The big party is tomorrow, which she's very much looking forward to.

Yesterday was completely filled with kids and activities. I had a naive belief that I could put in a few hours of work, though that was quickly dashed.

It was very sweet sneaking upstairs and seeing the kids in the morning. It was pretty clear that they missed me as they just wanted to play the whole time. Emma's first words were "My birthday is Friday". We got up and I drank some much needed coffee after only getting six or so hours of sleep. Then we played non-stop, spending a lot of time outside as the day has been so warm. I took Sam to school and watched Emma until she fell asleep on my lap. Later I picked up Sam and went to see the new Star Wars movie, which we both enjoyed. Finally it was pizza and off to Sam's kindergarden play.

It was a fairly elaborate production, with the kids singing, dancing, using sign language, and putting on skits. Sam was Humpty Dumpty, so he got to bend in half and stick out his tongue. It was fun watching everyone and Sam seemed very energetic about the whole thing. It's hard to think that school will be ending soon. (movie)

I'm off to work in a bit, trying to catch up after being gone for most of a week. Hopefully my Friday mocha will help get me through the day.

I made it safe and sound back at home

May 26, 2005 by Adam in Family

I made it safe and sound back at home. Coming into the Eugene airport at midnight last night, there was a beautiful harvest moon on the horizion.

The second day of meetings was long, though it was nice to get a chance to talk to some of my coworkers individually afterwards. Dave and I eventually wandered over to the airport to return the car and head to Seattle.

We spent a lot of time in the Seattle airport, nearly three hours. Fortunately it's a beautiful place, full of interesting art and archetecture. There was one piece in particular that we both thought was cool, a duck landing on water that was made out of individually hung little figurines. Later on, I found a plug and did some laptop stuff for awhile, then we wandered around the shops and looked at things.

Now I'm home, though I didn't get much sleep last night. I'm restraining myself from going upstairs and waking everyone up. I sure missed everyone.

I'm still up in Bellingham, Washington on my ...

May 25, 2005 by Adam in Family

I'm still up in Bellingham, Washington on my business trip. I've yet to talk to Jamie on the phone these last couple nights. The closest I've got is talking to Emma who was being babysat at the time. The plan is that I'm coming back to Eugene in the wee hours of the morning tonight/tomorrow. Hopefully all will go well.

Yesterday was endless meetings, a short break at the hotel, and then out to dinner with my team. It was somewhat fun, though I was feeling pretty exhausted at the end. I crawled back into my hotel room around nine, read a little, and conked right out.

Now we're off to yet more meetings in just a few minutes, wrapping up around 2 pm. I'm not quite sure how I'll entertain myself until my plane leaves at 7 pm tonight. Hopefully I can find a quiet conference room and catch up on work for a bit. Since I was the one who rented the van, I may also play taxi driver and shuttle people back and forth from the airport.

Note: If you look closely at the newspaper, you'll see my coworker doctored it up a bit.

And so another weekend is behind me

May 23, 2005 by Adam in Family

And so another weekend is behind me. The entire time seemed a blur. Saturday we got some plants for garden containers. Dave and Josh came by in the afternoon.

Sunday I mowed the lawn in the morning. In the afternoon I went on a grand expedition with the kids, starting at the duck pond next to campus and traveling across the bridge to a quiet area by the river. Both Sam and Emma liked exploring, throwing rocks and sticks, and looking for ants. We fed the ducks, stood under a bridge as a train ran past, and got a little soggy from a brief rain shower.

Afterwards we had a bagel snack and picked up Jamie from Angie's house, where she had been playing croquet for three hours.

Now it's time for me to get ready to go on my business trip. I'm not showered, packed, or remotely ready. Jamie just handed Emma to me and I'm feeling a bit frantic. Fortunately I have until noon before I need to be at the airport. Hopefully the flight goes well.

Sweet, sweet Mocha Friday

May 20, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sweet, sweet Mocha Friday.

Jamie spilled some of the beans last night. She's had part of the garden finished as phase one of a combined birthday and tenth anniversary gift. It's really nice to be able to look out and see some greenery next to our patio. I've been itching to replant for some time now. Hopefully this weekend we can visit a garden store and get some plants for various planters. Even cooler would be some water plants for our porch pond.

Sam's first T-Ball practice was last night. I took Emma with me. She spent the entire time with Sharon, John and Natalie's mom. Sharon's purse was filled with all sorts of interesting treasures, far more fascinating than her brother. Sam seemed to have a good time and thought practice went really fast.

Today is quiet so far. Sam woke up with a bloody nose, as he sometimes does. Jamie will be bringing the kids over briefly so she can work out. I'm looking forward to the weekend.

Sam's first T-Ball practice is tonight

May 19, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sam's first T-Ball practice is tonight. Hopefully the springtime drizzle holds off for an hour or so. I remember the first day of soccer had Sam completely drenched.

The flower bed excitement continues. Two men mysteriously left yesterday after taking out all the hard clay from the beds and putting in fresh dirt. I have a funny feeling that the plants from yesterday may actually be in the ground. Fun stuff!

For months now, Jamie's been very coy wheneve...

May 18, 2005 by Adam in Family

For months now, Jamie's been very coy whenever I ask her when we can start working on our garden. Last year the neighbor built a new fence and we had to rip out the plant bed next to the patio. After I pried a bit, she flat out told me not to, so I could sense the surprise coming on. Well, last night our gardener guys appeared and there was a variety of pretty plants laying around on our patio this morning. Exciting stuff.

Emma had a really hard time sleeping last night. Jamie was up with her at around three in the morning and I joined them on the couch for an early morning snack a bit after that. Eventually they got back to sleep and I caught a bit more sleep as well.

Since I posted a picture of Kai with her newb...

May 17, 2005 by Adam in Family

Since I posted a picture of Kai with her newborn baby a couple months ago, it's only fair that I do the same with her sister Kate. Kate is an old family friend and is also on my same team at work. She had the baby a couple days ago and everyone seems to be doing well.

The kids came to work for a visit while Jamie worked out. Emma charmed everyone she met, getting the woman behind the bagel counter to do all sorts of odd things for her entertainment. Sam watched in amusement for awhile, then we wandered around campus some more and headed home.

I'm getting all ready for my work trip next week. It also sounds like Sam and I will have a boys-only weekend after Emma's birthday. She and Jamie are going to Portland for a couple days while us boys hang out at home. I think the new Star Wars movie will be out by then. Hmm . . .

Sunday started early with Emma up at 5:30 in ...

May 16, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sunday started early with Emma up at 5:30 in the morning. I was a little frazzled by the time breakfast rolled around. Afterwards I painted the new window frames and Emma went to bed early. Jamie and I finished watching The Big Sleep, which was a great movie. After lunch, we split up and Jamie went to Angie's while the kids and I went to Hendrick's park.

We had a great time, despite the rain. There were inch worms hanging off the trees from silk by the dozens, much to Emma's amusement. They also spent a long while playing in a fountain, constructing dams and generally getting messy. Finally we went for bagels and cream cheese, then headed home to watch a Harry Potter movie.

Jamie was home late, so I ended up making pizza with cookie cutters. Emma especially liked eating the olive eyeballs off the bunny-shaped pizza.

It was a fairly quiet Saturday

May 15, 2005 by Adam in Family

It was a fairly quiet Saturday. Jamie went shopping while I entertained kids in the morning. On Friday we got our new upstairs windows put in, so we sanded them and hopefully can paint them today. While Emma napped we watched The Big Sleep, an old Humpry Bogart movie that was quite entertaining. The afternoon was spent at Oakway mall, playing in the grass and buying clothes for me.

It's Sunday now, with Emma up at 5:30 and handed to me by a tired Jamie. Emma's now watching Pooh and eating cereal. And the day goes on.

Sweet, sweet Mocha Friday

May 13, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sweet, sweet Mocha Friday. The weather has been wonderful for the last couple days, though I did notice my allergies starting too. I'll soon get into the habit of popping Claritin like candy, I suspect.

My mom came over last night and entertained Emma for a long while. Emma was friendly and chatty, enjoying having someone to make little pictures for her and draw smiley faces on her toes.

Sam had a friend over after school. He and Gavin went around searching for snails and slugs. Sam was busy executing them, while Gavin saved a bunch of snails and took them home.

The weekend is likely going to be a quiet one. I'm hoping Jamie and I can spend some time together as the last few weekends have seemed overly busy, along with the sickness that we're now finally over. Everyone seems in a cheerful mood, which is nice.

Wednesday already

May 11, 2005 by Adam in Family

Wednesday already. Soccer season is over for now and I'm not sure when T-Ball starts up. Mostly the kids and I have been hanging out in the evening, playing with playdough and drawing. Sam's been having me read Goosebumps stories to him, this one about an evil dummy. He's going through a phase where he likes to be a little scared, but not too much.

I have a work trip planned in a couple weeks. I dread traveling to meetings, thinking it fairly pointless in this electronic age. It'll be weird to be away from Jamie and the kids for a few days too. I can't really remember what it's like to have hours of time to myself.

Mother's day was fairly quiet

May 09, 2005 by Adam in Family

Mother's day was fairly quiet. Sam and I delivered flowers over the hill to my mom. The rest of the day was spent entertaining kids and giving Jamie a chance to relax for awhile. We didn't go anywhere or do anything terribly important. Just lots of drawing, kitchen science experiments, running around in the basement, and a show or two.

The only bad thing that happened was that Jamie managed to cut her hand fairly badly on the recycling. Hopefully she can manage two-kids one handed today.

Happy Mother's Day to all

May 08, 2005 by Adam in Family

Happy Mother's Day to all. Sam had planned all week for a tea party to surprise Jamie. I made crepes and tea with the help of the kids. Emma dropped pats of butter on the skillet while Sam set the table and helped beat the whip cream. Jamie was very happy, as she loved breakfast, her presents, and being able to sleep in and take a shower.

Yesterday was fun. Sam had his last soccer game and got a trophy given to him by coach Mike. The whole family showed up, including my mom, Jamie's dad, Dave, Kirsten, and even Josh. They all stopped by for dinner as well, with Dave showing off his Hawaii trip movies. Josh and the kids played endlessly, much to their amusement.

It's a rather dreary Mocha Friday

May 06, 2005 by Adam in Family

It's a rather dreary Mocha Friday. The ride to work was wet but not unpleasant. I slept poorly again last night, up repeatedly coughing even though I took a bunch of cough medicine. On the plus side, I finished Wonderfalls in the middle of the night. It's a weird quirky show that involves toy animals that talk to a young woman. Hitting the last show right around the witching hour was a cathartic experience.

Sam's last soccer practice was last night. Emma and I went out and tried to cheer him on. Mostly Emma wanted to sit in the car and play with the controls. Sam had a good time, though, and his last game is this Saturday.

The weekend is shaping up to be rather busy. Jamie's entire family seems to be arriving. Brant and Wendy are fixing up their house in hopes of selling it and buying property in Bend. This means that Dave will be out on the streets, so he's looking around for a new place to live.

Jamie's planning Emma's second birthday party for the 28th of this month. It has a princess theme, which Emma seems to really like. Already they've bought endless pink plates, streamers, and tiaras. Ah, the joys of having a girl.

I'm tuckered out today as I was coughing off ...

May 03, 2005 by Adam in Family

I'm tuckered out today as I was coughing off and on during the night. Whatever the kids had this last week has finally come around to me. Jamie got some cough supressant for me tonight, though I think the stuff is incredibly vile.

Jamie worked out and gave the kids to me this morning. We had our usual bagel and wandered around campus enjoying the sun. The kids both seemed in good spirits. Sam is very much looking forward to Mother's Day and Emma's birthday, full of secret plans.

And so another weekend comes and goes

May 02, 2005 by Adam in Family

And so another weekend comes and goes. As predicted it was very busy, as well as being generally pretty fun. Jamie and I caught whatever the kids have, though so far I've only had a sore throat. Saturday we had soccer team photos, a soccer game, and then having Jeff, Sharon, and their kids over for dinner. Sunday we hiked Mount Pisgah, went to my mom's for Easter dinner, and had another soccer game.

Sam was very much the rough and tough young man this weekend. He was feeling lousy and it took some coaxing before he'd play on Saturday. Fortunately he had a great time and scored his first goal. Sunday morning we hiked around and turned over rocks looking for lizards. Sam had a great time, though he complained that I wasn't as strong as Gavin's dad who showed this trick to him last week. Evidently I need to practice my rock tipping in the gym.

Easter dinner at my mom's was it's usual chaotic fun event. The big surprise was that Seraph and Jenny both got tattoos over the last few weeks, unbeknownst to the other. The cousins all played together, running around and getting into trouble. My dad and I chatted long about space ships, movies, and the Internet. Sam had another soccer game in the middle of dinner. After the second quarter it started to pour and we returned soaked. (movie)

Now it's Monday and soon I'll be returning to work, where it'll hopefully be peaceful and calm.

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