Sunday, August 27, 2006

An Update, and Some Photos!

I apologize for not writing more often in my blog, but you must understand that in my life there is never a dull moment. I can hardly believe the summer is almost over… Dad is still out of town a lot for work, so Mom and I have spent a lot of time with Grandma and Grandpa Anderson as well as with other family members and friends. I went to my first happy hour at the Parkerhouse Restaurant with Mom, Grandma Anderson, and my friends Mary and Charla (That's me with Mary up above, with the Columbia River in the background). The food was good, the view couldn’t be better, and I got to enjoy some good company. I hope I get to go again!

When Dad is home, however, we make sure to do lots of cool stuff with him too. I got to go to my first Oregon state fair with Mom and Dad, Chris and Katie, Fred, Sara and Kate. I saw some cool crafts, a few live farm animals, and even tried my first old fashioned soda fountain drink (well, I don't know if I was actually able to try any, but this photo sure looks like I did!).

At home, I’ve been playing a lot on my new floor gym. I got it used from craigslist and I could laugh at those funny toys hanging above me for hours! I have also been sleeping for longer stretches at night because of all the activities going on during the day. Mom still looks pretty tired when I wake her up though, so maybe I’ll start sleeping through the night here pretty soon…

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention my last doctor’s appointment. It was going well at first….they weighed me, measured me and gave me a thorough checking over and just when I thought we were about to leave, they gave me a couple sticks in the legs! I only cried a little while though, so Mom didn’t get too upset over it either. The doctor told me I was still in the 50th percentile for weight and length, so things are looking good.

Here I am with my floor gym

Here I am with my Grandma Anderson

Here I am wearing a shirt that my Great-Grandma Dyk sent me

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

My Thoughts on Arranged Marriages, Pictures from Prom, and Life in the City

Hi Everyone. Sorry that it has been a while since my first blog. Life has been busy! Friends, family, food, the social scene… it all adds up for a young man in the city.

Recently I have been pondering the merits of arranged marriages. It is not a subject that just naturally comes to ones’ mind, but like the subject-matter itself, is thrust upon one by family. Actually, though, I’ve been thinking that, in my case, it might be a really great solution. After all, my parents have already found the love of my life. Kate… oh, how beautiful. The very first time we met, I remember looking at my mom, then over at Kate, and thinking “wow mom, you pick great friends!”.

I’ve also heard that it’s a good idea to stay on the good side of a date’s parents. Luckily for me, I’ve got Sara, Kate’s mom, wrapped around my finger. I asked Sara and Fred if I could go to the 2022 prom with Kate, and they were thrilled… Sarah even sent me this picture of Kate and I that our friend Marissa took!

My dad has had to travel on weekdays for work lately, which is a bummer, but I sure enjoy seeing him on weekends. Mom is hanging in there, and she has great friends helping out and spending time with her. I’m looking forward to Thursday, so I can see my dad. My usual bedtime is 8:00, but I usually wake up to see dad when he gets home late.

The other day, my parents brought home a new swing (that's me in it on the right). It rocks…it’s an Eddie Bauer brand, and is super-cool. When Kate comes over, she rides in it too, and she agrees that it totally rocks. She likes to sleep in it… sometimes I do, but usually I’m more interested in being held.

Well, that’s all for now. Thanks for checking in, and I look forward to chatting with you soon.