Holiday Season

26 11 2006

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re starting to get into the spirit of the holiday season. This is what our living room looks like now.

Happy Thanksgiving!

26 11 2006

I hope everybody had a happy Thanksgiving. We sure did. Molly’s cousin Mike and his wife Jean came over, and we’ve got enough leftovers for the rest of the year. Alas, our turkey looked better than it tasted. It was overcooked.

Alex had a great time getting ready for his first Thanksgiving, too. Take a look his latest video…

Thanksgiving 2006 mini.wmv

Pictures from St. Louis

20 11 2006

Last weekend, Molly took Alex to St. Louis, and Becky drove down with Jack. (I stayed in Seattle, sick.) Here are some of the pictures from the trip.

Lights, Camera, Action…

19 11 2006

For the past 10 days, someone was shooting a movie directly across the street from our house. I think the movie will be called Butterfly Dreaming. Look for it at your local multiplex. Friday was the last day of filming, and the set up some spectacular lighting in our front yard to light up the house across the street and get some night shots. This is what things looked like in front of our house when we got home:

By the way, that’s my new car (well, almost new now), in case you wondered what it looked like.

This is the view from across the street:

All of that light was to illuminate this house for night shots. Watch for it in the movie.

Mmm! Maple Teething Biscuits!

19 11 2006

For Alex’s 8 month birthday, he had some maple teething biscuits. We think he might be getting some top teeth soon. Anyway, this was a mess.

Squinting is one of his new faces.

Boo! Halloween!

1 11 2006

You recently had the Halloween preview of Alex, the One-Toothed Monster. Well, this is what we actually had on Halloween. Alex, the Two-Toothed Sleepy Monster.


1 11 2006

This past weekend was my 10 year college reunion. It’s hard to believe, especially considering I’ve only been alive for 32 years. Nearly a third of my life has been after my time at William & Mary?

To me, what’s even more astounding than the 10-year-after-graduation statistic is the 14-year-after-freshman-year statistic. Nearly half my life has been spent after my freshman year of college, but I still feel very close to the 55 people I lived with in 1992-1993 in Taliaferro Hall. And for me, this 10-year reunion was basically an excuse to get together with those folks I lived with 14 years ago. Here are some of us. From the left, it’s Elena, Jonelle (almost entirely obscured), Bridget, Camille, Kathy, and Barry.

As you might imagine, 14 years gives people a lot of time to procreate. There were 4 babies at the reunion. Josh, at 3 years old, is the elder statesman of the group. Age did not bring energy, though; he was tuckered out in front of Ewell hall.

Ginny’s son Tommy is the next oldest. He never seemed to tire.

Our very own Alex is the third oldest. In spite of two teeth, and the beginning of stranger anxiety, he did OK on this trip. (Except for the plane ride back to Seattle, I’m sad to say. We were the family with the screaming child that every business traveller dreads.)

Elena’s baby, Hanna, is the youngest. Here she is, with Anne Elise, Emily, Mike, and Annie.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a trip back to Williamsburg without the walks through Colonial Williamsburg. Saturday and Sunday, the weather was glorious. Here are two shots of Molly in front of the Governor’s Palace and the fall colors outside of Bruton Parish.

I wish I could write about this past weekend and pretend that everything was happy. But as time passes on, so do people, and sometimes tragically. Of the 55 people who lived with us in 1992-1993, one has died already. Robert Wone was murdered on August 3rd, 2006. He was 32 years old. He was one of the nicest men I’ve known, and for the rest of my days I will be humbled by the thought he may have done more good for the world in his 32 years than I will do in my lifetime; and honored by the thought that I knew him and lived with him. Rest in peace.