Saturday has come and gone

July 31, 2005 by Adam in Family

Saturday has come and gone. Sam's running around without his two front teeth now, adapting fairly well to the gap. He even ate corn last night.

I took Emma out to the library, where she had a great time. She has this uncanny ability to charm everyone around her. A total stranger ended up giving her a pair of sunglasses simply because she looked cute.

We had the neighbor kids over briefly, which Sam thought was great. Emma managed to give Sam a nasty poke under the eye with a toy. Needless to say, there was a long talk afterwards. Jamie and I managed to finish watching Ocean's Twelve by staying up far too late after the kids went to bed.

Mocha Friday

July 29, 2005 by Adam in Family

Mocha Friday. I'm suitably caffeinated and ready to go. It's been incredibly hot this last week, and every night seems to be a complex arrangement of fans, open windows, and air conditioners. Afternoons are spent outside in the pool or in the basement. Fortunately it seems to be cooling down.

Sam lost his tooth yesterday, knocking it out while playing at camp. Since he couldn't find it, we wrote him a letter saying "Dear Sam, I spent an hour looking for your tooth in the grass. Next time just leave it under your pillow. - The Tooth Fairy." He sounds pretty strange and is very sensitive to having his other loose tooth touched. Hopefully that second one will come out and he'll look weird but otherwise act fairly normal.

The weekend is strangely empty. We have various house projects to do, but otherwise we might actually get some time to relax. I'm sure Jamie will want me to take the kids for long stretches of time, giving her a well deserved break.

I think Jamie and I have come down with a tou...

July 27, 2005 by Adam in Family

I think Jamie and I have come down with a touch of something, as we're both feeling a bit under the weather. Of course, all those winters of being constantly ill have toughened us up and these minor ills are shrugged off easily.

Sam's great tooth saga continues. I'd expect that today is the day his first baby tooth pops out. I keep suggesting that we collect them in a dusty bottle, starting a collection of Voodoo paraphernalia.

Emma is fun as always. I had her at work yesterday, taking her out to a bagel store where she charmed all the patrons. She's so chatty that it's hard to get a word in edgewise.

The weekend has come to an end

July 25, 2005 by Adam in Family

The weekend has come to an end. It was pretty good, as weekends go, full of family and kids.

Saturday morning the kids and I went shopping while Jamie visited with friends, heading to the mall and Toys-R-Us to buy frivolous things for people. I'm not sure it was related, but Sam was in an exceptionally sweet and helpful mood that morning. He ended up picking up a new Lego set and Emma got some squirt guns which were put to good use later that day. Sam immediately assembled his new toy during lunch and we played with it during Emma's nap.

The afternoon was spent hanging out at my mom's house, the whole family assembled for food and conversation. Sam and Isabel played the whole time while I followed Emma from place to place. My mom and I shared blowing out a birthday cake and good time was had by all.

Yesterday seemed to be more of the same, though with Jamie's family. Her dad and Josh came by early in the day. We went to Costco where I ended up getting a cart full of cereal. Sam and Josh played togegether for the rest of the day. Later that night Dave and Kirsten came by for spaghetti and watermelon. Emma loved the watermelon.

It's another Mocha Friday this morning

July 22, 2005 by Adam in Family

It's another Mocha Friday this morning. It feels like cheating since I was only back at work yesterday, but I'll take any excuse I can get.

I watched The Ring last night, a Japanese horror film that freaked me out. I rarely watch scary movies, but I felt a strange compulsion to get it along with the others I checked out at the library. After freaking myself out, it took awhile to get to sleep. In the middle of the night we had a huge thunderstorm which woke both me and Emma up. After Jamie put Emma back to sleep, I made her pat my head and whisper reassurances to me too.

The only big exciting plans for this weekend is Saturday for my mom's birthday. We were talking at dinner about Seraph coming down and immediately Emma started talking about playing with Isabel.

The house continues to be painted. Hopefully everything will be finished by next week. It's been amazing watching the trim going down as the white is so much whiter than it was before.

It was a nice day back before the onslaught o...

July 21, 2005 by Adam in Family

It was a nice day back before the onslaught of work this morning. The kids and I went hiking in the morning at Hendrick's park, stopping by Humble Bagel on the way back home. After lunch the three of us played with playdough for literally an hour and a half, which was completely amazing. The day was wrapped up with a water fight in the back yard.

We're back from the beach, safe and sound

July 19, 2005 by Adam in Family

We're back from the beach, safe and sound. It's my 36th birthday today as well. I don't think anyone remembered until lunchtime at the Newport aquarium. Quick update: we had a great time, our house has been painted yellow, and there's lots to still unpack (but at least my computer is plugged in). More later . . .

It was a good few days at the beach. Dave, Kirsten, and Josh kept us company and helped entertain the kids. We made sand castles, went swimming at the nearby pool, and generally had a relaxing time.

We returned home to a cheery yellow home. The painters aren't quite finished, but they're well on their way. The kids ran about, trying to keep cool on this very hot day. My favorite part of the day was picking up fresh blueberries at the store and making smoothies. Very tasty.

We're heading off to the coast in a bit

July 16, 2005 by Adam in Family

We're heading off to the coast in a bit. Hopefully we'll return home to a nicely painted house as the painters are supposed to finish it up this weekend.

It was fairly quiet yesterday. We went swimming and generally hung around the house preparing for our trip. I'm not quite packed yet, but hopefully will be soon.

It's Mocha Thursday for me today, since I'll ...

July 14, 2005 by Adam in Family

It's Mocha Thursday for me today, since I'll be out tomorrow. It's looking like we're not actually going to head to the coast Friday as we need to open the garage for the painters Saturday morning. Of course, that means I can pick up a new hard drive that should be arriving that day, along with watching the new season of Battlestar Galactica that's on late Friday night.

It's been a quiet week - no camps, t-ball, or other activities. Mostly the kids and I just play together each night. I think Jamie's going to bring the kids in a bit so we can go to a kid's play that's being shown on campus. Fun, fun.

Another weekend draws to a close

July 11, 2005 by Adam in Family

Another weekend draws to a close. Saturday was wonderful, a series of surprises one after the other. Jamie arranged for her folks to come down, so they arrived right before Sam's last T-ball game and took them away until the end of the day. We headed out to the countryside, eventually coming to King Estate Winery. We tasted wine, admired the view, and headed back home. We picked out recipes, went to the farmer's market, and watched Life Aquatic. Soon enough, Jamie's friends started arriving bringing dinner goodies. Eventually the kids returned and things returned to normal.

We all had a big breakfast, though the kids were done in a couple minutes. Jamie put Jim to work hanging up a couple mirrors. After they headed up to Portland we had a fairly typical rest of the day. I took the kids to the playground. Jamie took Sam to see the Emeralds play baseball. Emma and I got groceries and played about the house.

I'm off to work tomorrow, counting the days until the grand beach trip next Friday.

Today is Jamie and I's tenth year anniversary

July 08, 2005 by Adam in Family

Today is Jamie and I's tenth year anniversary. It's her turn this year, so I'm really curious if she has anything exciting planned. Now that we have kids, it's pretty hard for us to drop everything and go someplace exotic. It may just be a quiet at-home anniversary.

The week has been fairly uneventful, other than the London bombings. I talked to my mom last night and it sounds like all our extended English relatives are okay.

Sam has one more T-ball game before the season is over. I'm not quite sure what we'll do with the boy after that as I don't think there's any sport activity until soccer begins in the fall. Sam also continues Cartoon Camp, with today being the big art show. I'm going to see if I can sneak out of work a little early so I can attend.

The Fourth is over and I'm back to work again

July 05, 2005 by Adam in Family

The Fourth is over and I'm back to work again. I had Emma for an hour this morning as Jamie worked out. We wandered around work and then had our morning bagel. She was very cute and chatty with people who wandered by.

Sam went to his first day of comics camp. I'm dying to know how it's working out for him. Jamie reported that there were lots of nice kids, so hopefully he'll make some friends. He also gets to go swimming today as well, then Jamie will pick him up around four.

Monday was pleasant and laid back. We worked hard on finishing the upstairs. Sam managed to give himself a very mild shock changing out the outlets. His job was to test each first and then remove two screws, but he forgot to properly test one. He said it felt like the screw was vibrating a little. Fortunately we managed to turn off that breaker and switch it all out. As a bonus, a light switch that had done nothing before now works. All the purple paint is on the walls too. Very pretty.

Happy Fourth of July to all of you

July 04, 2005 by Adam in Family

Happy Fourth of July to all of you. It's been a fun-filled last couple days, a pleasant weekend made even better by the fact that I don't return to work until tomorrow.

On Saturday I took the kids to Amazon park in the morning where we played on the play structure and hiked around. Sam had an especially fun time leaping over Amazon creek and later returning back over a thin raised bridge. In the afternoon we went to Jerry's to get supplies. I spent most of the afternoon with a paintbrush or roller in my hand, working away at painting our bedroom purple.

I also stopped by a new game store that opened up and picked up a board game called Captain Clever. We played over lunch and I managed to barely win with Samuel right behind me.

Sunday was quite similar in some ways. I took the kids to Hendrick's park, Emma in a back pack. We rediscovered a secret trail that Sam and I took when he was four. He kept saying "Dad, you're a genius!" as evidently the discovery ranks up there with lost Mayan cities. We stopped by Humble Bagel on the way home for tasty treats.

Upon our return and after lunch, Jamie started in on painting while the kids and I broke out the slip-and-slide for some afternoon water action. We finally wound down with a tasty dinner and some after supper sparklers.

Mocha Friday, with a three day weekend ahead ...

July 01, 2005 by Adam in Family

Mocha Friday, with a three day weekend ahead of me. I'm hoping it's fairly quiet. Jamie's picked up some paint for the bedroom, so I'll likely do a fair bit of painting. Sam already has his "alone with dad time" planned out. Emma's happy enough with whatever time she can get.

Last night we went down to Sam's T-ball game while Jamie went to Pat's to watch a movie. My mom showed up, as did our neighbors as Sam was playing against Edison. Sam also ran into his old preschool friend Jake, who Sam reported as having a different face and voice. It's strange how half the parents of Eugene look familiar to me now. My mom arrived as well and helped entertain Emma and cheer on Sam.

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