Photo Backlog: Patrick

31 12 2008

Continuing to work my way through this past weekend’s photo backlog. I just posted eight pictures of Patrick that I really like. If you click the picture below, it’ll take you to a slide show.

Close Up

Weekend Freedom!

30 12 2008

This past weekend, Alex & I celebrated our new-found ability to leave the house by going to the Seattle Aquarium (Saturday) and the Pacific Science Center (Sunday). Both were great activities because they were indoors (while the snow was melting, it wasn’t that nice a weekend) and they wiped Alex out. He took great naps both days.

Fossil SpiralThe ClawPlanets

AenemoneFish SpiralWatching the SalmonExploring the Tide Pool

A nap was particularly key to my Saturday plans. Molly hosted a baby shower for our friend Meredith on Saturday from 2-4. She needed me to watch the kids during the shower, and while I think I do OK as a father to one child at a time, I didn’t want to struggle with both kids in front of an audience.

Luckily for me, Alex obliged. Tired from his morning excitement at the aquarium, he went to sleep at 1:40 and woke up at 4:45, missing the entire baby shower. Whew!

Christmas Morning Photos

30 12 2008

Following hot on the heels of the Christmas morning video are these Christmas morning photos! It’s a multimedia Christmas extravaganza for my far-flung family!

Christmas Morning Video

30 12 2008

I’ll warn everybody that this video will be too boring for everybody but the immediate family. Now that you’re warned, here’s some video from Christmas morning.

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Recent Alex milestones

27 12 2008

Things that happened while snowbound:

Alex did an art project with Molly. He had the idea to take his kid scissors and cut his own hair. (no lasting damage done.)

Yesterday, Molly went to get Alex in the morning. He was in bed completely naked (and cold!). He’d taken off his pajamas and diaper. We still have no idea why. (this was also the day our furnace stopped working, so the poor guy was really cold. He still refuses to use blankets.)

Today, he peeled a satsuma and ate it all by himself.

Luckily We’re Not Travelling…

25 12 2008

This week, listening to the horror stories of people trying to fly out of Sea-Tac airport (and other airports around the country), I’m glad we wound up doing all of our holiday travelling earlier in the month.

I just realized I never posted my family pictures from that trip. Here they are.

Merry Christmas to All…

25 12 2008

Well, this sure has been some Christmas week. Snow fell on Seattle last Thursday, and it’s still here. The novelty officially wore off Tuesday evening, when we got our car stuck trying to pull into our driveway. (We wound up parking it on the street.) We were finally able to push the car into a street parking space. Yesterday, we tried (and failed) to put chains on the tires. That wound up creating a smooth slush puddle under the tires and the car’s now stuck.

Luckily, we can walk to nearby grocery stores, or it would be a very sorry Christmas indeed.

As I write this, it’s 7:10 on Christmas morning, and everybody else is still asleep. That’s pretty amazing considering that Patrick has been up at 4:30 or 5:00 each day for the past three days. I don’t think we’ll have many more years of leisurely Christmas mornings. Perhaps next year Alex will be pushing us out of bed at 5:00. (We didn’t make a big deal out of yesterday being Christmas Eve, so I don’t think Alex realizes what’s in store for him today.)

Merry Christmas!


Are we ready for the next snowday?

20 12 2008

Snow Day!

We’ve just finished our first solid week of freezing temperatures in Seattle. Given that it’s very rarely below freezing around here, this is extremely unusual. What’s more unusual is we’ve been getting a lot of snow. Our first snow was last weekend, then it snowed on Thursday (just a couple of inches here in the University District, but our friends on the other side of Lake Washington had between 6 and 11 inches), and as I write this, everything outside has disappeared underneath our most serious snow to date (and one of the biggest snowfalls I’ve seen in my 12 years here). Even the nighttime seems to have vanished with the snowfall; there’s this eerie orange glow everywhere from the reflected streetlights.

So far, Alex hasn’t really enjoyed the snow. I blame that on bad clothing. You can see him here for Thursday’s snow in just sneakers and regular pants. He was complaining of the cold after about 10 minutes. On Friday, Molly managed to get to REI to get snow pants and snow boots for Alex. Hopefully he’ll learn to like playing in the snow, because it looks like we’re going to have a lot on the ground in the morning.

My 10 Best Pictures of 2008

17 12 2008

I’ve been going through my photos of the past year to figure out which ones to print, and in the process I arbitrarily picked the 10 pictures I like the best. Here they are.

iPhone Wallpaper Update

16 12 2008

I haven’t added any iPhone wallpapers to my collection. However, I just downloaded the new Windows Live software and I’m impressed at how nicely they can show photo albums in blogs. I just had to show off.

You can get the new Windows Live software at (I use Windows Live Writer to author this blog since its inception.)