Sunday, June 24, 2007

Return to Chaos

I've survived GOBA! With only some soreness, much less than expected. In all other aspects GOBA exceeded my expectations! :)

I'll write more and post pictures as soon as time allows.

We did complete about 265 miles this week. The weather was *mostly* nice. Hot and very sunny the first two days and cold and rainy the second to last morning, but overall pleasant.
Also walked the 17th Annual (my 4th) A Most Excellent Race 5K Family Fun Walk for Achievement Centers for Children this morning. :)

So lots to catch up on, but first more catching up on sleep. :)

Friday, June 15, 2007


Well, Ladies and Gents. It's the eve of GOBA. I leave in the morning for the week-long bike adventure. You can check out to find out more or our whereabouts on any given day. :)
This is the word that comes to mind: precipice

prec·i·pice [pres-uh-pis] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –noun
1.a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face.
2.a situation of great peril: on the precipice of war.

50 miles a day. 5 of the 7 days of the week. What was I thinking?! Well, I'm committed now. (or should be, only time will tell) The parents are going which is my only saving grace. I'm really looking forward to the post-ride activities each day and really experiencing the adventure that IS GOBA. It's my rite of passage into this side of my family. :) I'm the last of the immediate family to go with only 2 of 3 spouses to go. (Matt and Liz) I really hope we'll do this again when Teagan is older. I get the sense from the stories and photos that it is a great bunch of people and worth the suffering of so many miles. ;) I've trained, but not enough. (which should surprise no one) and it all comes down to this. Finish packing tonight, leave in the morning to pick up parents, drive to Celina and start the ride early Sunday morning. Whee!

So instead, let's look at some random pictures as of late.

June 2nd was Keith & Liz's baby shower. My little nephew is due to arrive circa August 8th. Right in the middle of the family birthdays. Can't wait to see how this turns out and what his name will be!!!

Teagan's schtick that day was: "Mama! This is my *best* smile." For a while it was this one and occasionally it was a very wide, toothy grin.

Teagan picked out this balloon for her baby cousin. She knows it's a boy and that it's in Liz's belly. She thought it was cool to look through the balloon....or maybe she's trying to eat it?!
She did also take a picture of the balloon, turned the camera screen to the balloon (which was up on the ceiling) and said, "Look, bayoon, that's you!" What a crack-up!

Missed the photo-op of Teagan hugging and kissing the belly. Here she is giving it a little love pat. Two months from due date and Liz is still wearing her old jeans!

And then there was Teagan and Daddy checking out the new Strongbad cartoons. ( Teagan finds these highly amusing, if a bit baffling. :) I believe this day they were making a song with the sounds from the toon. Actually, it's quite funny. Teagan has been often seen sitting down at her keyboard and mouse (extras we had lying around) saying things like "I'm doing my homework" or "I'm checking my e-mail". No joke!
The kid's observant!

Well, with that I leave you to return to my packing and bedtime.


Saturday, June 2, 2007

Daddy or Doddies?

I swear when Teagan says "doggies" it sounds like "doddies" and I seem to ask her a lot "Daddy or Doggy". When I ask I hear the good ol' Cleveland "a" in daddy, if that's what she meant or the absence of it if she meant doggy.

Anyway, here are some photos of Teagan, Sephi and Leo romping in the yard.

Leo, Sephi and the Stick

Teamwork or Rivalry?
(actually Leo trying to get into Sephi's game)

Did I mention it's hot and Teagan is starting to refuse pants more and more?

Who's taking the stick from whom?

Hugs for Leo!
Teagan loves her doggies!

Just one of the pack!

Highlights from MarCon

Over Memorial Day weekend we made our 8th annual trip to MarCon in Columbus, Ohio. Teagan has been going since she was in utero. :) Here are some highlights from our weekend at the Hyatt.

This is mostly what we did. Teagan and I hung out a lot in the gaming room near Matt's table and read books, played stop & go and played with our new friend Ariadne ("Ari") who is the 21- month old daughter of Thaddeus & Julia, long-time attendees of MarCon/Origins and friends.

Here we are reading books with Julia and Ari.

Daddy took a break to take a picture with Teagan.

When we weren't hanging out in the gaming room, we were mostly on the hunt for yummy food, fun things to look at (never a shortage at gaming conventions), climbing stairs, taking elevator rides or playing in the room. We also had the trike in the trunk of the car so we decided to bring it up to the room. She's not quite proficient enough to take it down to the gaming area (as I'd be carrying it, I'm sure) but the room was just the right size for her current level of skill. Here's Teagan after we went swimming. She insisted on being a nekkid baby in the room as much as possible.

Nekkid baby in room + love of trying to pedal trike = nekkid baby on the trike.

I tried to get video of her on pedalling, but that was when she wanted me to push her the most. C'est la vie. Maybe next time.