The (mis) adventures of our (sort of) young family


It’s a Girl!

Well, by now, if you’re following us on Facebook, you already know that we ‘ve just added a new member to our family.

On Sunday night at 10 pm Cheryl had a contraction. Then 20 minutes, another. A few hours and a high speed trip across town through several red lights to Riverside Hospital and Alyssa Smith was born at 3:47 am on a Monday morning. She weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce and was 19 inches long.

Alyssa Madeline

What Jordan is Reading: The Moon and the Moon and the Moon

Eric Carle's Papa Please Get the Moon for Me

One of the first non-food, non-parent objects that Jordan learned to identify was the moon.  Yeah, you heard me,…the moon. You may not have noticed, but the moon appears rather frequently in children’s books. A kid like Jordan, who has a bizarre talent for finding the smallest and most detailed part of any object, can’t […]

What Jordan is Reading.

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Actually, the title of this should be, what Jordan is making me read to him over and over again. This week’s hit is Eric Carle‘s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Right now, we’re stuck reading the section where the caterpillar eats through the food.  I guess I have to read the book something on the order […]

Vacationer’s Lament.


I only have two problems with this vacation. First, it was too short. Second, our responsibilities somehow figured out how to follow us from Columbus to Bonita Springs. Jordan had a blast and I’ll be posting a bunch of pictures. For now, we lament the perceived shortness of our stay and the responsibilities that have […]

Music Review: Chugga, Psssht. Chugga, Ahhh. It’s Choo Choo Soul, With Genevieve!

Image by dbking via Flickr Playhouse Disney seems to have a great line up for parents who aren’t too adverse to the “Disney machine” reaching out and grabbing their kids (see Walt to the right). The next bit of music that won’t drive parents crazy is from a group called Choo Choo Soul featuring Genevieve […]

Q2 – My Two Cents

Well, Allen promised I would do an update while I was sleeping, so I guess I’m a little obligated. Since he got all mushy and big picture, I’ll add the fun little details. Here’s a lovely bulleted list of things we learned yesterday: Q2 is what both our doctor and now the ultrasound tech call […]

Q2 Sonogram (Oh Yeah, There IS a Baby in There.)

Today we got to see the baby in the full anatomy sonogram. Wow. So there’s actually a baby in there. It still boggles the mind to think that out of two little cells, Cheryl’s body can MAKE, and I literally mean MANUFACTURE at the cellular level, a person. A living, breathing person who will eventually […]

Jordan Versus the Conveyable Sticker

Jordan has his first foray into sticker physics. Reviews? He’s better than a cat but there’s still room for improvement. I know these little banal clips are just funny for parents and maybe even just me, but I got a real kick out of this one. There’s so much adults take for granted about the […]

Quick Overdue Apology

See? You always looked fine from the front. I always stuck to the back.

David, I would just like to take a moment to apologize for cutting your hair all the time when we were kids. Really, I’m kind of surprised in hindsight that I didn’t get caught much sooner in the process – Mom must not have been hyper-alert to those types of things yet. But I saw […]

It’s Not a Problem. It’s an Idea Emergency.

Imagination Movers Photo © 2008 Disney. All rights reserved.

Continuing on the theme of finding music that Jordan loves and that we like, we’ve found a great Disney show called Imagination Movers. Jordan loves the Imagination Movers. And so do we. Imagination Movers is a New Orleans band composed of Scott Durbin, Rich Collins, Dave Poche, and Scott “Smitty” Smith. The Movers work in […]