Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I believe it was the fright that these mice scared Lydia out of my womb, because the next morning I was in labor. Rob already gave the low-down on that experience so I won't bore you with the same details. What I will is that I did not plan to feel as much joy and awe for this kid as I do. She surpasses all expectations that I could have come up with.
She was born Saturday August 13, we were in the hospital until 9:00pm Sunday night and the move was on Wens. (Oh ya I couldn't really walk or sit so well either during all of this.)
We moved into a little paradise. Aka the bottom level of a home that is about 200 feet from a lake/park. I LOVE where we live! Getting everything put together has really been a work in progress so I don't have pics of the inside of our apartment yet.
We like to take walks by the lake and do quite a bit, here is a pic I took of Rob holding Lydia there last Saturday.
The first couple of weeks after we had Lydia there was a lot of help. First my Mom came, was a lifesaver in so many ways, she helped finish painting the front room in our apartment, distracted me when the baby would not come, helped pack and unpack from a move, help take care of a baby, and just about anything else you could think of. She was great!
Here is a pic of the two of us right after the move. The welcome sign behind us was made by our wonderful upstairs neighbors. The whole family signed it (including the dog, cat, and chickens who they had put paint on their paws and walk across the paper!) it was really thoughtful of them.
After my mom my sister and her whole family came so Lydia was able to get to know some of her cousins. It was really fun having them around and I was able to learn a little better how to get out and about with a baby. Rob and Jared were able to go to the BYU/University of Washington football game too. It was a really close game and they had a lot of fun.
Last but not least. Lydia got to meet some of her girl cousins and her other Grammy. Rob's mom came up with our two nieces and they helped us gain to take the final steps to rebuild our sanity before everyone left us to fend for ourselves. Rob was able to take our nieces (Anika and Alyssa) on a day date. He took them on their first canoe ride on the lake and then to a pottery shop where they got to paint and glaze their own ceramics and then have them put into a kiln.
They were also here for the baby blessing as was Rob's Dad and step-mom with some of their kids. At the beginning of the blessing we thought that Rob was pausing because he was getting emotional about having such a beautiful baby girl, it turns out that it was really that the dress she was wearing was a little slippery and he was trying to make sure she wouldn't slip out of his hands! Oops. Luckily no baby was dropped and the day was a very special experience.
We loved all the help we got and loved having so much family around. Life is rich and full which also mean lacking in sleep. Oh well we will get sleep soon enough. Lydia is growing so fast we wouldn't want to miss a second of it anyways.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Another co-worker and myself put together a 4th floor chemistry bbq at Matthews Beach. It was one of the best events I have participated in since I have been in grad school. Almost everyone showed up, the meat was awesome (thanks Jen for going against what I thought was a good idea and totally rocking the show in the hamburger deparment...people have still been talking about your hamburger patties!!!). Now I know what your thinking, chemistry bbq equals one big nerd fest...but I balanced things by bringing my football to toss around just so we could blend in with the rest of the folks at the park....whew! Here in this pick is good friend of mine from the lab named Zhanglin. He taught me all I know about cell culturing. He will be leaving our midst at the end of this month. It was a good time.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Unfortunately no cameras were allowed in the area so I have no real evidence that any of this really happened. But then again I might be doing you a favor sparing you from seeing the details!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
We stayed at Buck Bay Farms Bed and Breakfast, I highly recommend it. Great Food, Great Service and Great People. They even have satelite tv and high speed internet in case being in the woods is too isolating. They also had sheep to feed, a tiny little pond to check out, lavender to pick, and a bottomless jar of cookies.
We had a blast, like most vacations, we came out more tired than we went in. The point was to rest up, but I think that plan back fired. Well, we hope everyone had a great 4th of July and are enjoying their summers!!!!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
It is official I graduated with my BS in Nutrition from Bastyr University last Monday (June 23) Rob's parents and my Dad and his significant other (Kelli) all came down to visit. It was great having them all there to support me, Thanks guys!!! Luckily it was not too hard for them to find me in the crowd during the ceremony, it turns out that a 7.5 month pregnant woman who is a foot taller than the person she is sitting by is not to hard to miss!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Where to start...the stork is scheduled to drop off our baby this August. To prepare, we bought car seat...I think we are pretty much set. Jen disagrees. I would spout off her list of "things" that we need but that would take a lot of blogs to cover. We are both really excited for the arrival of Lydia. Her name will be Lydia Michelle. First name is because it seemed to fit nice, and middle name is after my Aunt whom Jen and I absolutely cherish. You can't always be 100% sure of a name, so we have reserved Gertrude Agnes in case Lydia Michelle doesn't quite fit.
Lets see. I recently passed my general exam. I am trying my hardest to come up with a positive or non-offensive adjective to describe the experience. Needless to say, I passed and it is over. Jen came over to the UW to go out and celebrate. Those exams can really leave you feeling empty, but to make up for it, my boss let me teach his organic chemistry class. He now even lets me feed his fish when he goes on trips (man, this PhD thing is really moving me up in this world).
As for Jen, she is in the final stretch of school. On June 23rd she will graduate with her Bachelors in Nutrition. Hopefully she will blog about that when it happens. We actually try to get out and enjoy this time of year...when the Sun is suppose to be out. I took this pregger snapshot of Jen at a place called Carkeek Park...
Oh and as the weeks go by, Jen has been feeling a 'nesting' urge. I guess it is pretty common among the pregnant folk. To remedy this, we bought Jen a bird feeder for our porch. The bird feeder attracts a bird called a Steller's Jay.
These guys are pretty smart. They first would come by only once or twice a day to get some food, but they now come by about 10 times a day and take loads of peanuts. I guess they bury them or throw them and lesser birds or sell them at Mariners games or something...I don't know.
Anyway, thats all on us. Hopefully we will turn a few more blogs out this summer.
Friday, March 14, 2008
The one on the left is a state of the art M16 that would scare most out of their witts, but in this case I only care about 16 year old hormone-crazed boys. The one on the right is a ramulon disruptor rifle seen on star trek. I have never actually seen what it could do to a living organism, but if some young hotshot brings my daughter home even 10 minutes late, I would have no problem seeing what type of 'disruptin' this little guy is capable of.