Call the papers…a blog post that’s not about Rachel!

Whitney just sent me some scans of some very old pictures of us. This is from Halloween 1978 (thanks, Mom) so long ago I can’t remember the year, but if I had to guess I’d say 1979 or 1980. That was the first and last store-bought Halloween costume I ever wore, which appears to be nothing more than a black trash bag with a crude picture of Darth Vader printed on it. “What do you want to be for Halloween this year, son?” “I wanna be a choking hazard!” Man, I miss dangerous 80s toys. I’m off to scour Ebay for some Lawn Darts!

De plane, de plane

… We stopped by Udvar Hazy with the Martin Clan on the way to DC for Kyle’s web programing training. Had a great time. Lots and lots … and lots of planes. Very impressive, but also overwhelming. Lara & Rachel skipped out on the IMAX show this time, but it meant playtime with Rhoda & Molly.

Happy B’day to Grampy & Lee.

Tempting fate…

You can’t begin to imagin what a leap it was for me to take my Xterra on the beach today. There were a couple of times we got pretty close to water and I started having flashbacks. Fortunately, the Nissan didn’t suffer the same fate as the old Jeep!

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Happy Birthday, Rachel!!!

This past Saturday, Rachel turned one! It’s hard to believe she’s been in our lives for a whole year. We had a great time with the family out at the house. Rachel got lots of great gifts from her grandfolks, aunts and uncles. Thanks again to everyone for making her day super-special!

Pictures of Rachel’s first birthday

Happy Spring!

Greetings, all! Haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I’d throw a few random shots of Rachel up to hold you all over. I know you’re just chomping at the bit for Easter pics, but you’ve got a few more days yet. Rachel celebrated her 10 mos. birthday by having her first non-related babysitter! I had a St. Paddy’s Day gig in Charlottesville, and Lara managed to find a sitter so she could come out and enjoy the show (at least for a while…sitters are expensive! :-). Fortunately, it was a great experience, so more date nights might be in our future!

Snow Day!!!

Thursday, January 17th – We finally got snow worth playing in. Rachel wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but always enjoys being outside. So, an afternoon at home with Mama and Dada (as we are now called) was fine by her, especially if it meant a romp in this new thing called ‘snow’. Click here for more pics.

Denied the big table

Rachel had her first visit to Daddy’s favorite restaurant the other week. Sadly, Wario was not there to greet her. Nor was she allowed to sample the sweet bluebrrry waffles or the hearty Super Big Complete Breakfast. But, she would have been able to order biscuits had she been old enough to ask.


(In case you didn’t know, the restaurant in question is the great ‘Italian Villa’, located on Emmet St. in Charlottesville next to the Cavalier Inn)

Ready for Old Man Winter

Just wanted to upload a few snaps of Rachel in her cute Winter outfit. She was all set for her first snowday (although it wasn’t nearly as fun at it could have been with the slight dusting we got here). But oh well. Hopefully it’ll be a snowy Winter so she’ll get lots of chances to play (and show off!). Click the picture to see more!

Our little Chippewa…


She left this morning our little sweet pea and returned an Indian Princess donning her first Thanksgiving headdress … and very proud, I might add. Rachel is quite the cheery tot these days, even in spite of cutting her first two teeth (bottoms).

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

She looks so much like…

To everyone who says that Rachel looks so much like her father, you’re right…but only by 6%.

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