It’s now officially less than two weeks until the new baby is (officially) due. All is well so far, and with all the little mini surges Kari has been having, it may happen sooner. Overall we are fairly well prepared. The new crib is set up and Tory’s old infant diapers are at the ready. […]
Merry Christmas everyone – I though I’d share this picture of Tory just hanging out, reading. While I know he doesn’t understand it, it’s still neat to see him calmly reading a book. Update: By the way, that’s the Baby Owner’s Manual he’s reading. Must be getting prepped to take care of his little sister.
While not quite as debonair as Puss in Boots, Tory wears his first pair of ski boots. It took a while to get to this point, as we’ve had the boots (and skis) around for a month or so with no sign of him wanting to put them on. But thankfully Auntie Mel has super […]
It should be less than a month now before we three become four, and so far, things are humming along nicely. We are planning on using the hypnobirthing method, which is sometimes thought of mainly as a pain management technique, but for us it also creates a calm and welcoming atmosphere to bring our baby into the […]
The second of our twice annual treks back to the homeland landed on Thanksgiving this year, which is a perfect time to be in Minnesota. Though repeatedly warned of the bitter temps, the weather was a balmy 30 degrees most of the time, and we got outside quite a bit. The airplane ride there was […]
I’m just wondering if the boy plays with trains because he was born to, or because I’ve bought them for him. Yes, it’s the old ‘nature vs. nurture’ question, and if science can’t seem to figure it out then who am I to try. Starting in a little over a month we’re getting a study […]
Here’s the boy, playing with the gigantic abacus at our local park. It’s too bad these things are more like a rattly instrument to me, or maybe I’d be teaching him how to multiply with it. No, he’s not yet a math wiz or chess champion, but he is counting to ten, and it sounds […]
On Friday, I celebrated what I called ‘d300 day’ which marked our return to quality snapshots. You may recall a previous post, from July, in which I mentioned the death of my Nikon d80. Well, after months of missing out on Tory’s photographic history, a shiny new, refurbished Nikon d300 arrived just in time for […]
I have never owned my own TV. Ok, so that either makes me an unsophisticated yokel, or a crazy, spittle ridden anti-television crusader guy, right?. Well, maybe. But between us, Kari and I have four computers. We often rent TV series on Netflix. I think the Office is pretty dang funny. And what would Sunday’s […]
There are those who think this should have happened quite some time ago, but on Oct 5, 2008 Tory got his first haircut. I think perhaps a Flobie would have been a little easier. This is also a good time to post my first video. I hope I don’t get in trouble for using a […]
I realize its been a while since the site has been updated, but I have a real, live excuse. Ever since I killed my camera, I’ve had a hard time finding a reason to post. Not that this is a photo blog, or that nothing interesting has happened in Tory’s life recently, but I’m a […]
This image has nothing to do with Tory, but it’s too dang funny to keep to myself. I found it at the blog at backcountry.com.
Having kids changes your life in so many obvious ways. That’s as obvious to those without kids as those of us with. For people without kids, this sometimes means your life ends. All the things you did in your previous life are dead and gone, you might as well resign yourself to a life of […]
We usually go camping for Kari’s birthday, but in a sign of us either getting lazier, or growing older, we decided to take the easy route of admission fee family fun. Big fee = Big fun. We haven’t been able to expose the boy to water enough and it shows in how timid he’s been […]
Not that I’m a huge Wizard of Oz fan, but somehow Minnesota is still referred to as ‘home’ in our house. That might always be the case, just as I’ll always be a Twins fan. We spent nearly two weeks at ‘home’ visiting the GP’s and other family and friends. Much summer lounging around the […]
For a few weeks now Kari has been feeling a bit off… food doesn’t taste the same, she’s stopped drinking coffee and she’d often get this sickly look on her face. I thought it probably was just gas, but she went to the doctor anyway… a special doctor called a mid-wife, and they took pictures […]
I don’t recall ever taking the boy to one of those fashion stores in the mall that have the faux-annoyed models littering the walls, but here he is, striking that pouty pose. Just no skimpy underwear fashion, ok kid?
Mom and the boy spent a week in California visiting friends, which left me all alone in bachelor mode. Sounds like it should have been fun, but the weather was lousy so the trails were muddy. But this isn’t about me. Here’s one of the boy: Apparently the weather there sucked too, so they had […]
Since it hasn’t been that long since Tory started walking, I’m guessing I’d be asking too much for him to be a jungle gym maniac already. So instead we spent the afternoon observing the other kids play and munching on vanilla wafers (Kari’s out of town, so me and the boy eat what we want). […]
Its been a while since our last update, but quite a lot has happened… the biggest being Tory’s new tub! Up until now he’s had to use the same tiny blue plastic tub he’s had since day one, and now having out grown it, Kari and I decide to get him the real deal, porcelain […]
Sophia and her parents Michelle and Sam came to Park City for a week of fun and figuring… fun skiing and hiking and figuring if PC is a place they want to be (they’re considering moving here). It was a great week of snowshoeing, skiing, and walking around at Sundance. We also rented a condo […]
Has anyone ever seen a kid who loves lemons? Now you have!
I generally tend to label my son as an active child. Not hyper-active, but he’s constantly moving or falling or picking something up. Stick him in a stroller and go for a walk, though, and he’s as calm as can be. Its almost eerie how he goes into a sort of zombie zone. Until he […]
I have yet again changed up the way I server photos of the boy, and hopefully this will be the last of it for a while. All photos are now on the Spigot Design flickr page. The images are bigger, its faster loading, and we won’t run into Adobe Flash problems anymore.
Kids these days… Apparently for this “new generation” of one-somethings they no longer feel its necessary to use commonly accepted standards of communication. Whining, or a medium to high pitched “Unnggghhhhaaaaa” polls a higher success rate at getting what you want than simply asking for it. Grunting and pointing at your object of desire follows […]
After many months of patience on my part, the boy has finally decided to get up off his hands and knees. Good on ya, kid. See the rest of the pics here. Enjoy.
After losing two ceramic bowls to Tory’s wild eating habits, the brilliant idea of… wait, I can hear you thinking, “why were they using ceramic bowls to feed a child…” An understandable thought, but when you’ve gone through (read: broken) most of the “unbreakable” kids bowls, you turn in the end to what ever is […]
At what point in your child’s progression do you call it official that they are walking? Tory has been standing for months… About a month ago he took his first steps… and today I witnessed him link 8 or 9 steps. But is that “walking?” He still chooses the crawl as his major mode of […]
We’ve been teaching Tory a few signs with the help of the Baby Signing Time series, and its been fun to watch him learn to communicate with us. It’s also cut down on some of the frustration for him as he can tell us somewhat what he wants. Heavy on the “somewhat.” Eat, all done, […]
If you would have asked me 6 months ago when the boy would be walking, I’d have told you it was just around the corner. He was a stellar crawler, and he would stand up holding on to furniture and such. Ask me now and I may tell you to wait another 6 months… not […]
The hardest thing about being a dad, at least so far, has more to do with me than with the boy. He is a little bundle of joy. He is the one who finally makes my life complete. He is the one in the Johnson & Johnson commercials who brings a tear to your eye […]
The boy turned one last week as you know, and an interesting little tid-bit came out of the celebrations… To Kari’s eminent satisfaction, Tory gagged and thoroughly disliked his first taste of brownie and ice cream. Yes, I said GAGGED. While the rest of us sat utterly dumbfounded, Kari beamed with joy- her son, one […]
A year ago at this time I was holding smoldering moxa sticks at Kari’s feet, in hopes of turning Tory around from his breech state. Why these stinky, smoky sticks have any hope of turning a breech baby is beyond me, but in the end they didn’t work, the boy stayed breech, and we had […]