Monday, March 2, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
They're in their brooder in the house for now but I'll certainly have to get on that chicken coop soon now.
Monday, February 23, 2009
This is how it works: go to the pictures folder on your computer, go to the sixth folder, go to the sixth picture, post it, then tag 6 people.
This is Ethan at (appropriately) six days.
I'm not sure anybody reads this blog so it's hardly worth tagging anybody (and those who may read it already got tagged).
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Mrs. G putting a nametag on my Big Boy
BigE really seems to enjoy Kindergarten and he's making friends there.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
I started the day with a treasure hunt. The kids had hidden some treasures around the house with clues directing me from one to the next. I found a pink and a blue baseball mit (so we can all play catch together now), a box of chocolates from Lee's (my favorite candy shop), a book about fatherhood from the author of dooce.com, a copy of The Simpson's Movie, some grill accessories, and a long-time family favorite, the game: Facts in Five.
We went to breakfast at Merritt's Cafe where I enjoyed a delicious deep-fried scone.
We spent most of the afternoon at Discovery Center of Idaho.
We wrapped up the day by spending the evening with my Dad.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
This week we had the party!!!
We had originally planned on being out of town last weekend so we planned Big E's birthday party for this weekend. His daycare sends him down to gymnastics once a week and he always loves it. We noticed a while ago that they host birthday parties there so we decided that it'd be a great place for kids to have fun.
They swung from the ropes...
And jumped in the foam pits... And swung on ropes into foam pitsAnd bounced on the trampolines... And slid down the slides...Even the adults played... Everybody had a great time during the gymnastics hour!
We were going to continue the Harry Potter theme from the week before with a Nimbus 2000 or a Firebolt cake but E had already picked out Dinosaur plates and stuff. We convinced him that a volcano cake would fit in with the prehistoric theme a little better (of course I was just trying to work in a bowl cake). He was a bit skeptical until he saw the smoke and lavaWe ate sandwiches for lunch then got on with the festivities. The Birthday Boy blew out the candles...Then opened some gifts...... before calling it a day.
Having the party hosted by Gem State Gymnastics made it easy and stress-free for us and fun for the kids.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Fiona will turn three in a few weeks and she's never had her beautiful blonde hair cut so we figured that it was about time for a trim.
Fiona does not like loud noises so we thought she'd protest when the hairdryer came out but she loved the whole experience. She sat still and was quite interested in what was going on.
Rachel bagged up the bulk of the trim: a lock about five inches long. We'll get it off to Gram to work it into a scrapbook page.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
He'd been promised a new pet from Build-a-Bear so we headed to the mall where he picked out a new puppy. He named his puppy Mr. Scruffy Daddy. I'm not sure where the name came from but I like it.
We continued on the tradition from last year of lunching at Red Robin. Last year he was very upset when the staff came out singing. This year he could not wait for the song and dance routine. He kept whispering to me: "are they coming out to sing yet?"
In the evening we had all the local family over for dinner (mmm, chicken pot pie) and cake.E is really into Harry Potter right now and he asked for a Golden Snitch cake. I'm not one to complain when I see an opportunity to bake a bowl cake!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Monday, November 19, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Since mid 1999 (with a few months off here and there) I've worked as a contractor at a large software company. Today I started working at that same software company as a Full Time Employee. In most ways the actual work part of my job changes very little.
I'm pretty excited about the new gig... the work is intellectually challenging, the benefits are unrivaled, the co-workers are swell, and there is a keg-a-rator just steps from my desk!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
On Chris' birthday I get to do nothing. Chris is all about the Costco cake. For Chris it's all about the frosting. At least the Costco cake tastes good.
Per tradition, we had cake for breakfast. Late in the morning we all went to the theater to see Ratatouille. BigE liked it most of it but my baby girl got bored about half way through. After the movie we headed over to Pronto Pup for a fancy lunch. In the evening we went over to Grammy and Pop's house for dinner and more cake.
Happy Birthday Wife. I love you!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
We bought the house I grew up in from my parents when they move a few miles West.
The neighborhood is nice and the neighbors are fantastic. We like to be near Grammy and Pops and closer to Gram and Papa. There are things I miss about Seattle but overall I'm very happy to be back in Boise.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
We hadn't camped with both kids before so we made this trip short. We had our tent up by about five Saturday evening and we were packed up by noon Sunday.
After getting settled in Big E and I headed over to the lake with our fishing poles. We got skunked but we had fun.
Due to the high fire danger campfires are not allowed right now so tin foil dinners were, unfortunately, off the menu. Instead we grilled up hamburgers and hot dogs and heated baked beans. I can't complain about not smelling like a campfire.
After dinner we went for a walk and then headed back to the camp stove for some s'mores.
We were in the tent ready to sleep by ten. Then kids were asleep within minutes but Chris and I were awake on and off all night listening to an infant cry in a nearby campsite.
We woke up with the sun on Sunday but stayed in the tent waiting for the temperature to come up from about 33 degrees.
We tried our luck again with the fishing lines first thing Sunday morning but came up empty again. Chris had packed up plenty of bacon, eggs and potatoes so we didn't go hungry without the fishies.
Everybody had enough fun that we're willing to go again.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Chris had meetings on Friday so I spent the entire day down at the Museum of Science and Industry.
It's a nerd's paradise but it'd be great with the kids too.
I was most impressed by the German U-505 Submarine displayed there.
Friday evening we enjoyed some deep-dish pie at Pizzaria Due. Yum! While I usually prefer the thinner New York style pizza, I must say this stuff was delicious.
We started Saturday morning by riding the 'L' around the loop three times on an architectural tour. In the afternoon we caught a matinee of Wicked, a very entertianing musical telling the untold story of the witches of Oz. After the show we walked over to the Sears Tower where we rode the elevator 1,353 feet above the city for a fantastic view of Chicago (and beyond).
Sunday, July 8, 2007
We ate the broccoli with dinner and Ethan said it was the best broccoli he'd ever tasted.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
My Princess loved blowing the candles out and had me re-light them several times.
This evening we had some family over for a party where all the kids asked for a piece of cake with hair.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
We picnicked in the park and cooled off with popsicles as we celebrated the arrival of our first Boise summer. Back at home we ate warm ripe raspberries right off the bush. We wrapped up the evening by weeding the garden... a necessary evil.
I'm amazed at the size of our tomato and potato plants. We should have ripe cherry tomatoes by next week. Few things warm the heart like home-grown tomatoes!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I'd told Ethan that we had a black cat named Blackie when I was growing up so when he saw that this new kitty was jet-black he wanted to name her Blackie too.
She's adapted well to her new house and the kids love playing with her.
Friday, June 15, 2007
It's not a big deal. We can just go back to this hair style:
It's all OK just so long as he doesn't cut her hair:
Monday, June 11, 2007
Then they whacked a pinata:
You should have seen the look on Ethan's face when he got swung at that pinata. He was determined to get at the goodies!
Ethan really enjoyed this school and it was amazing to see him learning Spanish.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
... the playset we picked up in five big boxes (plus a slide) from Costco. What they don't tell you is how long it will take to put the whole mess together. This probably took me 40 hours. Power tools (mostly an impact driver) helped.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
We celebrated with a traditional birthday cake breakfast. He is currently a Knight (when he's not a Pirate) so he had a crown cake for breakfast:
Saturday we had some friends and family over for a party. Continuing the Royal Theme, he had a castle cake for the party: