The Lads

Learning as a father

June 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Being a dad is rough work– it’s another one of those challanges that life throws at you– showing you that even the greatest thing you can accomplish in your life has challanges.  I thought of this in particular today because we went to breakfast at one of my favorite places for breakfast– the place isn’t important– but Lili and I both noticed an older gentleman having lunch with his son– you could tell right away that his kid was an addict of some sort– probably heroin, definitely something, and they were there, sitting across from each other, having breakfast, in silence.  The son looked homeless and went outside every couple of minutes to have another smoke– he had five while we were there eating our breakfast and each time he would pace back and forth past our window– the life practically gone from his eyes.  I kept looking over at his father, in his 60’s to see if there was some kind of reaction, something we could look at to indicate he […]

On fatherhood

May 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

When Elliott was born, three and a half years ago, I was going to keep this blog up because if anything ever happens, I wanted him to be able to always have a place where he could go and read what his dad was thinking at any given time period. I think for the first couple of months, if we go back to it, there is some cool entries there, but like anything else, other life moments happen and soon you can’t remember the last time you found the time to organize the photos, let alone putting words or connections to that medium. Here we are at number 2, Liam, who is now 6 months old, soon to be 7, and I haven’t much about our life together, mostly because the amount of time I have to do anything other than sleep, work and watch the kids is about less than an hour everyday. Priorities. Our day fits into this kind of rhythm. Monday through Friday, we usually wake up at 7am. […]

The Miracle of Life, Part 2

October 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

In some ways, it feels like ground Hogg day, having that second baby in the same hospital that you had the first one. Here we were again, almost exactly three years ago– and not much changed. This time there was no labor to see how far we would get, this time it was purely surgical, an early morning appointment that led to a son being born about 2 hours after we checked in. We learned a lot this time.  For example– in the south, they don’t encourage breast feeding, but rather direct to formula.  Seems insane to me, especially given the overall health of Elliott and he was breastfed for 14 months. One thing that was new this time was the immediate skin to skin contact following the C-section.  This is now highly encouraged if not loosely required.  As soon as Liam’s vitals were checked and his health and weight recorded, he went to spend a few moments with mom as she was being stitched up. This birth was much less stressful […]

Summer2014

July 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Things are moving fast in Hoggland.  We are in the process of closing on our first home and it is both very simple of a process but at the same time its very complicated– somewhat unnecessarily so, but they do seem to make it seem like it was the people’s fault the banks got into the mess that they did some years ago– they need all these forms and there are all these questions— where did this money come from, why did these people pay you in cash, why were you saving cash outside of a bank– its all so silly in the grand scale of things, but people have to do what they need to in order for us to get permission to pay a bank for the next 30 years and at the end of the day, what protects the consumer from the banks? Regardless, I think that its a good idea to buy, even though it seems crazy expensive and I could laugh/cry if I think of the size […]

The Christmas Story

January 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Elliott: Your second Christmas this year was a lot of fun!!! For being just two years old, you got to see Santa three times– once with Nana, another time with your cousins and a third time with Mom and Dad!  This picture was taken just after we saw Santa on the Santa Train in Elbe, Washington.  We decided to go with Joe, Kristin, Issac and Gabe and Nana and Grandpa on the steam trains and Santa was there– it was a lot of fun. Here you are with the same Santa, when you were one and just starting to walk and here you are at two, standing tall and proud with Santa– such a cool picture I always look at and just can’t help but smile how adorable you look– so happy and such a big boy. I am still working on the video of Christmas morning– which will get posted soon enough.  On Christmas Eve, you woke up about 12:30 in the night and wanted to know if Santa had come […]

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