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Quick note

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

I’m still hanging around.  Been running 4-5 times a week.  Really looking forward to the return of cold air, snow, rain, sleet and all that is right with the world.  Tonight should be spectacular, and hopefully, I’ll be able to sport the first ice-stach of the season.  Got close last week, but never got around to the frozen crisp-ness.

Oh and newsletter will be up this week as well.

Newsletter 13/14 months

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The last two months have been extremely busy.  We have had all sorts of visitors.  Our first visitors were Aunt Renee, Uncle Robert, and Reba-Grace.  We had a great time playing with them, going for walks, taking in a Fall Festival, and getting your very first taste of Rusty’s Frozen custard.  We weren’t too sure of what you would think of the tasty treat, but you loved it.  I got a kiddy cone to share, and ended up only taking a couple of bites since you both were screaming for more.

A week later, Grammy came up and stayed with us for a long weekend while Grandpa was in Wyoming on his annual hunting trip.  We got lots of great play time while Grammy was here, and she even kept you a couple of days instead of going to school which you loved.

Finally, we were visited for another long weekend by Nana and Pop.  They came up to help Mommy with a garage sale she was having with Misty.  Again there were lots of smiles and playing, and you both were very interested in helping Pop out with his projects.

We had some big milestones these two months as well.  Abs began walking on her own in mid-September.  Since then there has been very little crawling, only when tired or crabby.  Geo sat by watching as Abs was walking from here to there and on your 14 month B-day he also took his first steps.  He followed that up with many more steps yesterday, and seems to be getting the hang of it.  Most importantly, by the end of the day Geo figured he needs to put his hands in front of his face when he falls forward.  One big raspberry on the forehead will do that for you.

These months also continued Geo’s ear problems.  We were hopeful when we finally got an all clear from the Doc in late October, but less than a week later, bloody mucus began flowing from G’s ears.  A trip to the doc confirmed that there was indeed another ear infection.  The idea is that the infection began in the nose and moved up the Eustachian tube to the ear.  More drops it is.

You two have become very vocal and are coming up with all sorts of words.  Ball, Bubba, Boomer, milk, all done, are just some of what we can understand.

Finally, you both have off and on begun giving kisses to Mommy and I.  They are the sweetest things.  Big wide grinned open mouths smacks.

That’s it for this month. Love,


Newsletter Month 11.75 edition

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

So I guess I’m a complete slacker as far as this writing thing goes.  Haven’t been on time, except maybe once. So no more promising about how I’ll be on time next month.

We had yet another busy month.  I’m sensing a trend.  Work has been jam packed, and the home doesn’t clean and cook for itself ya know.

We started the month off with a visit from Nana and Pop as well as Cousins Evie and Kirby.  It was a twins week like no other.  While I got the pleasure of working, you got to go to Paul’s Valley to visit relatives, and even got to go swimming at Turner Falls.  On the way home, however, Nana’s van had a very random breakdown.  Luckily you were all still at the park, and could get in the water to cool off, while waiting for the calvary to ride in to the rescue.  I borrowed Art’s “busburban” and drove down to retreive the whole crew.  We were packed in, but managed to get back to Norman, while the van headed down to Ardmore to be fixed.  Nana, Pop, E&C rode the train down to pick the van up and you two and Mommy traveled down to Paul’s Valley to meet them and see more family.

The next weekend was your very first trip out to “The Ranch” just south of Lubbock.  We met Nana, Pop, E&C out there, as well as Aunt Sherry and Uncle Doug.  Even Uncle Brad flew in for the weekend.  We had a great time, riding four wheelers and motorbikes (Mommy and I) while you two loved to splash in the pool.  We got to see the cows and horses as well.  We had such a good time we decided to stay until Monday morning and had to beat the rain out of the canyon as we left.

You two are both eating more and more food on your own, but still love oatmeal and other foods we feed you.  You have begun taking juice and even milk out of a sippy cup with a straw.  You both are getting very adept at this.  We can tell when you are finished though as you both take your cups and toss them over the side of your chairs.

Abs is now pushing toys while walking.  It started with a cardboard box, and not is any toy that is light enough to be pushed.  Geo is sitting up all on his own from laying down, and even began crawling around the first of August.

What a busy month, and I’m sure I’ve missed some. Two weeks and you’ll be 1 year old.  Oh my how the year has flown.



Lunch Run

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Went out for a 4.25 miler at lunch yesterday.  In the heat.  Actually pre-heat of the day, as it was only low 90’s.  Felt good up to 3 miles or so, so I ventured into the convention center downtown to try to find a water fountain.  Ended up walking the entire length and width of said building before finding that lovely water.  But it did help cool me down.  Was surprised to see numerous groups of walkers hitting the large loop inside the building.  Great way to get some exercise without getting the heat.  After finding my water, headed back to the office.

Earlier I had thought about running down to the river, but then realized that the road to said water is under construction and a tight 2 lane mess with high barriers on each side.  So strike that idea.

Off to Dallas for a wedding this afternoon.  So looks like another weekend w/out a run.  Oh well.


Friday, November 16th, 2007

So my little running buddy is a bit under the weather and has been sitting out most of my recent runs.  It started a few weeks ago when Boomer wasn’t keeping up pulling in front of me like usual.  Then he started limping a bit.  Now he is very tender in his rear left hip and yelps like mad if you touch it.  He also has resisted jumping up on our bed even when given the opportunity.

Our vet and running buddy D thinks it is probably hip dysplasia and he has had it since birth, but it is now getting to him.  She said he has some atrophy in his left leg muscle which is also a sign. He’ll be x-rayed next week to see for sure.  We’ll start with glucosamine today and hope that he gets some of the soreness out.  Prognosis is not great, but he should be able to go out for walks and short runs once it begins to feel a little better.

Here’s to man’s best friend, and my running bud Boom.

Strong 4.6

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Stayed true to my desire to run last night.  We had a nice cold front roll through Wed. night and it was cool all day Thurs.  By 7:15pm it was a beautiful evening.  No clouds in the sky, no breeze.  I felt good with fresh legs from a day off and decided to go a little farther than normal.  Ended up with 4.6 miles.  Had a could of good tempo stretches mixed in.

Afterward, loved watching the Ducks get squashed by Arizona.  Thanks Mike Stoops for helping brother Bob out.

On another note, today is OK’s 100th B-day bash.  Happy Birthday Sooner state, and many more to come.

Cross Training?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Didn’t run for the sake of running last night, but I did hit the weekly men’s basketball game at church.  Only 11 showed so we played 5 on 5 full court.  Ended up playing for 1 hour 10 minutes of very quickly paced action.  Was feeling it by the end and was sucking a lot of wind.  I need to get back on the horse with playing more often.

Soothing walk

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Got home yesterday to hear that G&A had a busy day of crying.  They greeted me with more.  Some kind folks from church had delivered dinner and I thought I’d let Carrie enjoy a meal in peace so I loaded the babies into the stroller for a walk and we headed out to try to calm them down.  Up to now, they have loved going on walks and have fallen fast asleep.  Today was a little different as A decided to cry for the first 1/2 mile.  But quieted down after that.  Went 2 miles and was pulling back into the driveway as A decided to start screaming again.  Thought I’d go a little further and headed off.  Got about a quarter mile away when it started to sprinkle.  So I turned and sprinted toward home.  As much as you can sprint in Birks and pushing a tandem Graco stroller.  Made it home just in time for the bottom to fall out.  No run as we were getting some great rain.