Monday, May 29, 2006


we are now home. the immediate family rush is now over. time to get down to business, pictures of noah. now, i am not as cool as some of my friends, and on top of that i do not know how to create massive picture files. but what i can do is give you 5 of the best shots i've got. then in a couple days i will show you noah's first bath. it is video...

ok - so heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's noah.

this was very shortly after he was born. thank you andrea for the hat...and for everything you did to help kim.

all that hard work makes a baby tired

funny story. not more than a minute after kim put this on him the bottle he had just eaten went all over it. it was just coincidence.

yes - that is a real smile from big brother ryan. he really loves his little brother (so far)

this one is my favorite.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

welcome noah

i was only a day off in my prediction that noah would be born on the 25th of may. we did go in on the 25th, but it was the 26th after all. noah was born at 7:42 am. he weighs 6lbs 9oz and is 18.5" long.

he is a real cutie too. if you don't believe me than come see him. i will get pictures onto this site as soon as i can figure out how to get past the novell security at the hospital.

Monday, May 22, 2006

one thing i learned this weekend

i am going to be 27 in a few months. it is hard on me to not think of myself as a young person, but i have challenged that perception a bit this past week. today, i think you lose the right to be considered a young person when you have your first child. somebody depends on you then. their food comes from you, they depend on you to tell them right from wrong and when to go to bed.

i think this because i see being young as being a person that is carefree. somebody who is able to drop everything and run to chicago on a whim. you dont have to ever call in to work because your kid is sick and cant go to day care.

but all this is an unfinished thought for discussion some other time. what i sat down to write about was a conversation i had with my father in law this weekend.

we were driving to pick up some pizza from mancino's in fremont (good stuff, get some if you can) and talking about this and that. as we conversed, jack would say something and i started to think, yeah i know exactly what that is like. jack would say something else and i would think, wow, you struggle with that too.

now to understand why this is such a big deal to me is because i am somebody who likes to sit more at a computer while jack is someone who would rather be freezing his kiester off in the woods waiting for a chance to see a buck, let alone get a clean shot at it. jack is more of a man's man, where i am more of well, i am not so much of a man's man. jack can fix things. i can't. i hope you are starting to see some of the differences here, and why this is big to me.

what i learned will stick with me for a while. it will help me be a better person. we are all similar people. despite our background in life we are looking for the same things in life. there is a common ground for us to start on, it just depends if i want to care about other people and use what we have in common for the good of the kingdom.

by the way, noah should be here soon. i picked the 25th long ago and it is looking like i have a chance to be right.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

things that would be fun

between working too much, being with kim and ryan , and sleeping, i have compiled a small list of things that would be fun to do. here we go

own season tickets to a baseball team (preferably an mlb team like the a's, but even the whitecaps would be cool).

have a prom type party with all our current friends. tuxes and all (that way instead of renting a tux at $130 for my brother tom's 3rd wedding i could just buy one).

attend a huge sporting even like the nfl draft, or the world series or something like that.

be on a cruise or a week long vacation to somewhere sunny with my friends.

joining a bowling league (it runs in the family)

so those are just a few thing. anybody want to go with me?

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

ryan's latest tricks

it seems like every day ryan is coming up with some new trick that he is doing. here are some recent ones:

he made his own picks for march madness - and was tied for 5th place in the wilke wilke league, but paul deleted him becuase he was doing so well.

he counts to 11

he loves mr. scribs pizza, well i should say he loves the crust. he took all the toppings of the 3.5 pieces he ate

he tucks his bear, dog, and pooh doll in after he gets up in the morning

he likes the newer song 3r's by jack johnson. reduce reuse recycle. it is on the curious george soundtrack

he doesn't want to be inside at all and will stand by the door and ask to go out (continuously) even after we just finished playing at the park for over an hour.

and a bunch of other things as well...

Saturday, January 28, 2006

hold the presses, stop the vote

not because kim wants me to stop the vote, but because i have come up with a better way to do it. the voting is still going to be a head to head competition, but you can vote all at once. i will run the voting for round 1 from today through next friday.

just follow this link:

Thursday, January 26, 2006

face off #2

austin wins face off #1 vs aaron

from today through saturday we are taking votes on

brady v cameron

Monday, January 23, 2006

face off #1

face off #1

aaron vs austin

vote by leaving a comment.

voting will go from monday through wednesday

i am working on a better way to have the voting.

Friday, January 20, 2006

name competition

kim and i are having a hard time deciding what our new little boy should be called. this is partly because my family is doomed to have boys, meaning that some of the names we like and agree on are gone, and partly because we have different ideas of what we want our 2nd boy to be named. so, here are the names that have made the list right now (see below) for the next several weeks we will be having an unoffical baby name competition. (unofficial means that kim doesn't really want me to do this...) the competition will start on january 23 and each set of names will battle for 3 days. the winner goes on and the loser...well that won't be my son.

so, here are the contestants:















*will receive a first round bye