Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The learning curve

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This image was 2 days of work in the making.  It should not have taken me nearly that long but I did realize something.  It is not always about the finished product.  There is originality in the creation process.  The time spent to complete the task will pay off in the future.  Knowledge is power.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dreamin'

While out taking a lunch walk today I took a series of pictures by the river. This was one of the reflections that I saw in the water. The water blurs the bridge but not enough to obscure it.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

He’s here!!

April 13th 2010 at 4:54 pm Eli came and joined us.  He was 9 lb and 1 oz and 22 inches long. 

The morning started about 4 am.  I started timing contractions and at this time I was at 1 hour and the contractions were about 2 minutes apart.

 

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Labor was about 12 hours.  In that time we were in 3 different rooms.  First the fine people at the hospital wanted to make sure the Heather was in labor so they monitored her for about an hour.  She was in labor but they still made her walk for another hour.  Back and forth across the bridge was the scene for the next hour.  We went back to being monitored and they finally sent us to a delivery room.  Once there is was only a matter of time.

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Heather did amazing.  Elijah had 10 fingers and 10 toes and everything was great.

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We spent the next 2 days in the hospital recovering and hanging out with family. 

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Everyone was excited to meet Elijah.

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Dual Family Easters

Living in the same town as both of our families is a blessing. We were able to take part in both Easter celebrations this weekend.

What a contrast between the 2 families. Both hunt for Easter eggs.

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One family hunts plastic eggs and the other real eggs. The real eggs then take part in a tradition started over 5 years ago. But first my wife's family...


The kids play on the trampoline, partake in the festivities, and swim in the tub.

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Now... what about that tradition? It was started when my father (born in Italy) told us about his parents tradition after finding the eggs. In Italy to "claim" the eggs a person must throw a dime at a hard boiled egg from 10'-20' away and make it stick. We tried this for about 10 minutes but not one of us was able to "stick" a dime. My brother-in-law made his own "German" tradition.

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We now throw the eggs in the air and try to catch them in a cup.

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Happy Easter!