Sunday, June 29, 2008

Rainy Day

What's more fun that a rainy day? Not much to Amelia. We were at the pediatrician for her 18 month well check when I heard the rumbling of thunder. It was pouring when we got out, but I knew we would just have to go for it because I couldn't exactly leave her on the sidewalk and expect her to be there when I drove the car up. Amelia was in heaven as we walked in the rain to the car. She started crying when I put her in the car so I told her we could play in the rain when we got home. Well I was true to my word and as you can tell she loved every minute of it.

A little video.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


This is my sister Catherine and me. Our relationship over the years has had its ups and downs, but I do have to say that I'm grateful to have her in my life. She is pretty great and a wonderful ally in this world. We found last Friday that Amelia is going to have a sister too!

This is Amelia's sister.

And don't you know she has Erik's profile.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

18 Months

Erik and I have officially been parents for 18 months today. I really can't believe how much our life has changed since Amelia joined our family. And it is especially hard to believe that in less than six months our family of three will become a family of four!

Here is Amelia one year ago.

Here is Amelia today, eating a cookie and showing off her vast knowledge of the human anatomy.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Endless Summer

While the technical beginning of summer has yet to come, the weather would suggest otherwise. In efforts to keep our darling daughter entertained we have pulled out all the stops.

First we got the slide.


One day we were having a family sicky sicky day so Daddy got out a little tent to play in.


Occasionally we blow some bubbles.

Then, when it got really hot, I decided we needed to cool off in style.


Splish Splash

All these fun things to do and yet the days still seem to drag on. It would be nice if new toys actually entertained Amelia for longer than one day. Gratefully the 100+ degree temperatures have taken a break for awhile. Hopefully we'll make it through the long hot summer!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Everything's Bigger in Texas

So, I just got back from a four day trip to Arlington, Texas for work. I led a team of engineers and technicians as we visited three factories of Bell Helicopters Textron, INC. We were there looking at the facilities, so we can begin planning efforts for similar facilities at Cherry Point. Enough of the boring details, I'm sure some of you have already fallen asleep. Anyway, this was my first time actually staying in Texas longer than a lay over at Dallas/Ft. Worth airport.

I actually have to agree with the saying that "Everything's Bigger in Texas!" First, DFW airport is rather large. I mean if you have to have a sky rail to connect the terminals, you gotta be a large airport. The interstates are monstrous in an of themselves, I'm talking 6-8 lanes, with 2-3 service/frontage roads on each side. Once you figure out how to use the service/frontage roads, navigating around isn't too bad. The hotel I stayed at was literally in the shadow of Six Flags, but the park wasn't open. I was also less than two minutes from The Ballpark at Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers. HUGE! And a few more minutes down the road, the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. FREAKING GINORMOUS! I got a few pictures, but they're on my cellphone and I've not bought the data chord to transfer them to the computer yet; maybe I'll do that one of these days so I can post those pictures.

On another note, has anyone flown lately? I'm frustrated with the airline industry on a whole after this trip. Each flight I was on had at least a 20 minute delay after we were boarded and "locked" into the plane. That Tuesday, we sat on the New Bern runway for 35 minutes because of air traffic controller (ATC) delays in Charlotte. We landed in Charlotte, five minutes after our connecting flight was to start boarding. My team had to make the mad dash from concourse E to concourse A, and got there very winded only to find the next flight hadn't started boarding. Shortly thereafter it did, and we were on track to leave on time until the Captain came over the loudspeaker and said that there was a weather front around the Dallas airport, and we were going to hang tight right here for a while...we'll 2.5 hours later we were in the air. That's right, we sat on the runway for 2.5 hours! Now this wouldn't have been too bad if we could have gotten up or moved around, or if the flight wasn't packed. I was crammed in a middle seat for 4 hours when I should have only been there for two (original flight time). It totally sucked! On the return flights, we sat on Charlotte's runway for 40 minutes waiting to go to New Bern, according to the stewardess's "I think there were atc delays." Well, DUH! I've got to fly to Jacksonville, FL at the end of the month and am already dreading the trip.