Friday, December 30, 2005

Brandon and Jessie

Congratulations to Erin's cousin Brandon getting engaged to his girlfriend and the mother of their child (Bryan Leonard whom I've talked about before). They were engaged before December 17th (not sure which day though). Brandon had planned a romantic proposal that I thought was really cool. He was going to have the nurses put the ring out in the crib with their son and when they went up to see him on Christmas she would see the ring and he'd propose. Instead, the ring somehow made it into his pants pocket and they got into a fight because he wouldn't let her wash his pants, then during the fight the proposal somehow happened. I wasn't told the story directly, so I'm not sure on all the details.
The ring itself is beautiful. And from when I've been aroudn them, they both seem very lucky to have each other.

Bryan Leonard update

I haven't posted about Bryan in quite a while because I was out of the loop on his status for a lot and I would only hear little bits and pieces of things. He has kidney stones and gall stones but he's finally doing really well. He last stopped breathing on November 14th (I think) and has been eating breast milk pretty consistently since the beginning of November. He weighs 5 pounds and 4 ounces and is gaining very quickly now. Bryan's original due date was Christmas, so he's a good size baby for his due date. It's looking like he'll be coming home soon, but soon has not yet been defined. The hoped for Christmas homecoming didn't happen, but everything is still looking very good for him.

Jaden 2 month update

We still haven't heard if Jaden does or doesn't have FOD. We are waiting for the results that should be back in mid-January. We are already living as if he does, so him having it won't be a big shock or emotional downer, but him not having it would be a huge uplifting feeling. I still hope for the best, but expect that we will be told that he has it. He had his 2 month checkup the other day and is doing well, he's now weighing 11 pounds and 14 ounces. He also 22 inches tall that puts him at the 50% in weight and the 10% in height. Erin and I joke that he's short and fat.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Wedding Update

Take me out to the Ball Game. It's so cool. We are going to have a theme for our wedding. Let me back up. I have been thinking a lot about the wedding and I decided that I didn't want to get married by a judge and not have Jonas there. I think he needs to be a part of the wedding so he understands what's going on and that I am remarrying. I've told him a couple of times about the wedding, and he's excited and wants to go to the wedding but sit with Grandma and Grandpa. He's actually been to several weddings already and has had a great time at them, so I think that's part of why he's so excited. Because of that I decided that we should try to get married by someone on Saturday when we can have Jonas there.

Just before Christmas Erin said "I know I'm going to regret this, but I think it would be neat to get married wearing White Sox Jerseys". She doesn't want it to be only partially casual, she wants to force it to be very casual, and this would be blue jeans and jerseys. I thought it was a great idea. We're still talking about whether or not we should just get Jerseys that say Rigney, Bride and Groom, or a players name. I think wedding pictures will look a little strange from behind us if we are standing there wearing Jersey's that have someone else's name on them, but we'll get more use out of the Jersey than just the wedding that way.

I let it lie for a few days and now I'm thinking of all the cheesey things that we could do to really make it a crazy fun Baseball wedding. I said we have to have ballpark food there, like hot dogs and popcorn things like that. Then I thought right after we say our vows or I do or however it will be done that we "Throw a first pitch". So we could buy some bases and set up a little diamond in the yard. Erin has already said we need to get matching t-shirts for our parents and kids so they can all look the same. I think we can do all sorts of other fun things to go along with this and have a lot of strange corny ideas floating around in my head right now. I'm so excited.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas

What a wonderful day. I just had a great Christmas with my family (parents and some cousins) on Christmas Eve. Jonas was there and we had a really great time with him. The 23rd, is my father's birthday and Ady was sick all day. She came down with the flu bug I guess, she must have had what I had last weekend. She was sick all day and it caused us to wash 5 loads of laundry, but that was ok, because when she wasn't throwing up, she was pretty much a normal kid. That night, my brother and I went to the Blackhawks game with my dad. WOW!!! What a game. They lost 3-2 to the Detroit Red Wings, but it was one of the most exciting games I've ever seen. They ended up blowing it, because they were up 2-0 with less than a minute left and Detroit scored twice, once with 38 seconds left and again with 7 seconds left. Then with time expiring on the clock in overtime they did it again. It was very exciting.

Christmas Eve was the big get together. Everyone opened presents in the morning and I think everyone was very excited about what they got, I know I was. Then family came and we had a great lunch and good conversation all day. This is one of the best Christmas's I've had in a long time.

The best gift I got for Christmas, was that Trish said that she was going to let me have Jonas for a full week every other month. I was so excited I almost jumped out of my skin. I'm already looking forward to the next week that I will get to have him here the whole time. Erin was so excited she asked me if I kissed Trish and if she should run after her and kiss her. It was a funny way of her expression for how excited she also was. I'm so very happy.

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 19, 2005

Oh my BARF!!!

Yes, that's what it's been since Saturday night. I thought maybe Erin and I had some kind of food poisoning from the birthday breakfast I made, but Adylynn hasn't gotten anything. Thankfully Jaden also doesn't appear to be sick, but she and I have been taking turns in the bathroom. It's not a pretty sight, nor smell. First the first time in 7 years I'm actually sick enough that I couldn't work. I tried to open the laptop today and get some things done, but after 15 minutes my eyes hurt from eyestrain, and I had to stop to take a trip to vomit in the middle. It wasn't any fun. I'm starting to feel better, and will probably feel good enough to go back to work tomorrow, but the real question is should I. Should I potentially expose all of my teammates to the illness that I have just in time for them to get it for Christmas? I don't want to. This is one of those times that being able to work from home would be excellent. I'm on the upside of my illness (hopefully) and I want to work, but I don't want to get anyone else sick. Working from home tomorrow would allow me to get all of my stuff done without exposing anyone and without costing me a sick day. The other option is to ruin everyone's christmas. I think I like my team too much to do that to them. I'll call in sick again and try talking to my boss about working from home.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Rhetorical question?

It's called a rhetorical question when you ask a question and plan on answering it yourself. It's a question when you ask and expect some to respond. What is it when you ask and don't expect anyone to respond?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Jonas and Ady

Jonas has really taken to his role of big brother. He's reading Ady a story here even though he can't read. She loves copying him too. They are a great brother-sister combo. Posted by Picasa

Jonas, Ady, and Jaden

This was very funny. Jonas was close enough to the couch that Ady didn't fit, but she squeezed in anyway to get into the picture. Posted by Picasa

Jonas, Ady, and Jaden

This was one of the best ones I had of Jonas taken on the morning with all 3 kids, it's so hard to get them both to look at the camera and smile at the same time. Posted by Picasa

Jonas, Ady, and Jaden

This was the try not to laugh picture, we were having so much fun taking pictures that I asked them to stop for a second and the picture ended up being better than most of the smiling shots. Posted by Picasa

Ady and Jaden


Ady was having so much fun with Jaden that she was just laughing up a storm. Posted by Picasa

Ady and Jaden

Ady giving Jaden a lot of love. Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 09, 2005

Public speaking

For the first time, in my life, I had a presentation. The only speaking I've really done was when I was in college taking a public speaking class. Even then I didn't do all that well, I ended up with an A, but it was definitely for content instead of presentation. I just don't have that natural talent for getting in front of a group of people and capturing their attention. I've spoken up in meetings, in front of lots of people, but only for a quick statement or question and even then my palms are sweaty. Today I presented a topic on C# for tracing and logging. I had prepared the topic over the previous three weeks and felt very confident in the material. I felt that I jumped around more than I had planned, but each jump was prompted by a question, so instead of continuing in the direction that I had planned, I went and answered the question and worked my way back to the path I had planned. After the class I asked several of the people who were there what they thought of the class. I was told that I had done well and the content was useful.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Jaden getting strong

My little boy is getting strong. At 5 weeks now he's already lifting his head up when he's on his stomach. Now if he only will keep his food down. He has the ability to projectile spit up and it comes out of his nose quite frequently.

Tonight, the little bugger decided that it was time to pee while I was changing him. He had a good 2 feet above his head that he soaked the floor. It was crazy.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Fast food? Yeah right.

Has anyone else noticed the problems with Subway. I mean, I love that they make their sandwiches with only the toppings you want when you order it, but that only seems to work when each customer orders a single sandwich. I went in last night and ordered three sandwiches. The toppings lady was badgering me for toppings while the meat lady was asking me what meat and bread I wanted. I was throwing out (verbally) the toppings and sandwiches that I wanted, but the sandwich lady had to ask me more than once, I guess she wasn't paying attention, and the toppings lady was also having problems. I think I repeated everything twice. I felt really bad because after I started ordering my sandwich six other people came in and were standing there waiting. My order ended up not taking an excessive amount of time, but in the same amount of time that I did order from subway McDonalds would have had 3 or 4 people place their orders already.

It's not enough that it will prevent me from going to Subway. I like their food, and it's just as fresh in slow times as fast, but if I'm the sixth person in the line and the people in front of me are ording more that one sandwich, I'll have to remind myslef to be patient. The setup is meant to be fresh, not efficient.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

A funny thing happened on the way to blogging.

I got home from work tonight and Erin told me that Ady was being adamant about being her Princess instead of her baby. It's funny how kids are when they have a problem pronouncing their words. As parents I think we often forget the cute funny things our children say when they are learning to speak. Erin asked Ady what she was and she said "Mommy's Princess", well she meant it at least, she said "Mommy's fishes". It was so funny. I tried to get her to say it right, but she was laughing so hard herself that it kept coming out "Mommy's fishes".

Finally, I asked, "who calls you fishes"
She answered "Quack, quack, quack"
After another good laugh Erin said, "You better watch out the duck will eat you"
and she responded quickly with "Eat my toes".

All things that to her make perfect sense but I can't figure out for the life of me.

After the laughter died down, she moved on and started playing with a book. I thought it was funny enough to write it up, and while I was writing she had a few more.

She was looking at a Disney book and said "I see Poopies", she meant "I see Pooh Bear".
Then she quickly followed with "Shake your bootie", whch means "sleeping beauty"

I've laughed harder in the last 15 minutes than I have in the past 2 or three weeks, it's been great. I hope the hilarity of it cheered you as much as it did me.