Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Surprise Date Night

Ken surprised me last night by requesting dinner be ready at 5pm (which is really early for us). Then at 6p our sitter shows up and I'm all "What's going on?" Ken said to get my boots on, we're going on the motorcycle. He wouldn't tell me where we were going and as we sped toward our destination, I'm trying to figure out where we're going. Was it a movie in Ballard--no, Fremont for drinks---no, Intiman/Seattle Rep theater--no, going on a ferry--no, Pike Place Market---no, Moore Theater---no, Paramont Theater---no. Then we parked across from Pacific Place and went up to the cinema level. There was a preview showing of a new movie "The Last Airbender" that Ken had gotten passes for. Unfortunately they give out way more passes than seats and despite getting there 1/2 hour early, we couldn't get in. Instead we saw Toy Story 3, which is what I secretly wanted to see anyway. It was a lovely, spontaneous, surprising date night on the motorcycle just like we used to do in the old days. Fun times.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Scenes from a Marriage

Today I just found out we won a Father's Day Contest for best sleeping daddy and baby picture from Goodnite Lite. This is so cool. It's a very early picture of Sidney when she looked like "mini-Euge" which was mostly the first month of her life or so. Anyway the prize for this contest is a gift certificate from Home Depot (and some sleep consultation with an expert--though we are ok for now---knock on wood).

Below is an IM exchange between Ken and myself trying to figure out what we'll get at Home Depot...we're on different floors but both in the house.


Ken: I think our [patio] umbrella can last a while longer.
Not sure what we need yet, except maybe a robot that cuts grass

me: Outdoor Roomba Or a goat

Ken: yeah, a robotic goat!
it eats grass and pushes the lawnmower

me: It wouldn't need to push the lawnmower. It would BE the lawnmower.

Ken: That's why what I said was ironic and funny.
Like a robot that pushes keys on a typewriter.
That's pretty hilarious if I may say so myself.

me: I hear you laughing at your own joke.

Ken: Like one does

me: Do you hear my eyes rolling?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fresh Bowl

I wish I could say he went to a raging frat party last night and this is the morning after. But no. He just likes to drink out of the toilet.




Does he kiss his mommy with that mouth? Absolutely he does NOT.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Wood Anniversary

Today we celebrate 5 years together as husband and wife. (Our first as parents) And what does a crazy, high-flying, enviable couple like us have planned for such a milestone? We're going to stay in, watch our wedding video, eat take out sushi and then watch "When Harry Met Sally." And maybe--just maybe--we'll play some Mad Libs. Ooo it's out of control!

To the best thereminist and accomplice in love I know.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father's Day

(Also on Sidney's Page)

We were down in Portland to celebrate Father's Day with Dad and Ken. Here is a shot from our lazy Sunday reading the paper.




Thursday, June 17, 2010

Michael Jackson's Death was on our Anniversary

Did you know that Michael Jackson died on June 25th 2009? That was also our 4th wedding anniversary. The one year is coming up soon so I'm sure there will be lot of specials and tributes...

But I just watched the Michael Jackson movie about the concert that never happened. Then I did about 2 hours of internet research about him & the cast of characters (family, ex-wives, accusers, entourage) associated with him. That guy was a musical genius & amazing showman, started working from age 4, never got a childhood, experienced crushing success in early adulthood, everyone wanted a piece of him, couldn't hold a mature relationship with a woman, tried to recreate a childhood for himself in his 30's/40's, may or may not have been a pedophile and by the time he was a father himself was propped up on so many drugs it was just a matter of time that his body would fail. What an epic tragedy. I'm exhausted.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Our Trip Back East and other ruminations

We returned a week ago now from an epic, two week trip to the East Coast. Like other visits, we covered alot of ground and saw many friends & family. Most of what we did involved Sidney so you can see pics over at her blog. We were quite ambitious given the anticipation of our visit and the desire to show off our daughter. Sidney's easy-going temperament and ability to roll with the changing environments served us all well. She met and formed bonds with her East Coast family.

But I am relieved to be back. As I have said before, vacations are not vacations for Mom. It's the difference between a permanent show of Cirque du Soleil in Vegas and the traveling one. Same circus but we're just taking the show on tour and I'm the ringmaster. It required lots of baby supplies (many of which I ordered and had shipped to Virginia) and ample preparation to go/do anything. The amount of driving was particularly apparent because of the guilt we felt of her sitting in that god-awful, rented car seat. At least this time, I remembered the backseat mirror.

People are non-plussed about Ken and me, we are merely the conveyance of the baby who can paralyze you with her charm at 50 feet. I can tell that kid is processing the reactions she gets when she smiles or does something cute. She's not even 9 months old yet but she's clever. I just put many of the photos from our trip into a book that she can look at. I hope that by looking at it, she will remember all the great people who met her and showered her with such attention and love.

Here's some last few things that weren't fully covered on her blog that are worth noting:

One of the quintessential experiences of the Eastern Shore is the all-you-can-eat crab feast. But it starts with a bunch of fried food: fried shrimp, fried clams, fried chicken, French fries and some corn on the cob. Then you have to do complex surgery also known as "picking" on the crabs to extract a little bit of crab meat. That's a lot of work and grossness. I ordered the crab cakes and some wine. It was good times. But this gathering was organized by Kristen Mallery and involved many of the wedding party including Ken's best friend and Kristen's brother, Billy. Some of Billy and Ken's friends showed up to join in the fun.


Billy, Ella & Kristen

Ella meets a Maryland Crab

Jamie can't wait to eat


Ken, Billy, Jamie and Doug


The guys with Ken wearing a shirt that says, "I'm not from here (anymore)".


On another seafood note, Ken and Dave learned the art of filleting a fish from Duke. It was a messy and stinky education that took place on the dock in the backyard. But we couldn't resist playing with our food and taking some funny pictures first.


All of this filleting was for a belated birthday dinner celebration for Dave. Joyce made an incredible strawberry tiramisu dessert that was to die for. We all had seconds. It was delightful to visit with Dave and Jessica even though their visit was cut short by Lani's angry appendix. It had to come out and our lovely guests were called back to Salisbury.




Entire photo album of trip HERE.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Welcome Zoe!





Wilson and Briahna welcomed Zoƫ Isabel on May 23rd, 15 days later than she was due. But it was worth the wait! I visited the new family this evening to also bring some food to them. Only 2 weeks in and they are calm--looking like pros. Congratulations!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Welcome Andrew!




Our good friends Sarah and Mika welcomed their son, Andrew Owen, on May 21st so I paid them a visit tonight and brought some sandwich wraps (good for grabbing some protein while nursing) and homemade Minestrone soup. The new family is doing great at week 2 and I am so, so impressed with how smoothly things are going.