Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Maddie the Pistol

Yesterday in the span of 10 minutes Maddie went from throwing legos to pulling Mckenna's hair to hiding Colin's shoes to jumping on the furniture and all with a big smile on her face. Sunday's at church are always an adventure. When Maddie gets bored she either takes whatever her brothers have (book, pen, etc.) or she tackles them in sacrament meeting. We have had several people tell us how entertaining she Add Imageis. She can hold her own!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Colin


Colin will at times wake up like our other boys at this age. Last night he was up for about two and a half hours. He was in a pretty good mood though for the most part. Sometimes he wanders or sneaks into our room and either wants to sleep with us or he wants to just check on us before going back to his bed.

Last night after he was up for a bit he came in our room and I guess saw that I was sleeping without covers on for the most part. He went into his room and grabbed his little polar bear and came back into ours to give it to me. He woke me up (again) and said "Daddy, you look cold so here is my bear"

And I took it and slept with it of course. Thank you, Colin.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sorry...

Man, it has been forever since we updated this thing...

OK, so here are some pictures. More later hopefully.

Taken Sept 20th, 2010.


Taken Oct. 8th, 2010.


Taken Oct. 20th, 2010


Halloween...Colin wouldn't put his costume on at the time.


Ryan's last game of soccer last month...He's number 11.



Misc. iPhone pictures...









Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Updates and Pictures

I have a number of pictures to upload. The first are from Colin's Birthday. And then some from when we visited Black Butte Ranch with Bridget's sister Tracy, her husband Jim and their 2 1/2 year old Jacob. And finally Ryan holding his sister right after the Maddie's blessing.







Now that the pictures are posted I will post the news.

Jack is loving Kindergarten. Bridget and I noticed that he is much more talkative about it than Ryan is and was about school. Ryan likes school as well, but when you ask him he usually just responds with, "Fine" or "Good." We have to struggle to get details out of him. With Jack once you ask him a question or two we find out so much more than we ask for usually. It is great that he likes school. One of the reasons that he does enjoy school so much is out of his familiarity with his teacher. She is the mother of Ryan's best friend, Reed. So Jack has been to their house a few times and is very comfortable with her. I believe he has bragged to his new school friends that he has been to his teacher's house before.

Ryan, is doing fine in school. This year he is in the same class as his best friend Reed. Last year they were not together. They were split up after Kindergarten because they were the two strongest boys in the schools kindergarten we were told by a teacher. Reed's mom asked if they could be together last year,but she was told that they needed to balance out the boys. I suppose that is a nice thing to hear. Both are good boys and read very well. They are also on the same soccer team. Oh, and Ryan still has his favorite girl, Lucy, in his class. He quite likes Lucy. He says she is very smart. And he would like to date her when they are old enough to date he says. Yeah....moving on...

Soccer is in full effect right now. And it is a pain in the butt. Baby, kids in soccer nearly everyday of the week...it is a pain. Mainly for Bridget though.

Bridget is still really tied to Maddie. Maddie is a good baby, but she can't really leave her for long. Bridget is the meal ticket after all. Bridget is frustrated by her inability to work out much because of this. However, she does not have the holy grail of workout aids when you have young children. At least for around here...

It's the BOB Revolution Dualie. It is freakin' sweet. It rolls so unbelievably well. It even has little shocks to absorb the bumps in the road or trail. It is made very well--Bridget plans on taking it on the trails soon. Thankfully, I was able to get a deal on it, but it was still spendy. But, I think it is totally worth it.

She is also enjoying her status as former Primary President. I don't think she misses that church calling too much at all.

Cyclocross season starts this weekend for me. And I actually have weekends clear to race finally. Which brings up the subject of why I have weekends clear. I have a new job. Finally working at a law firm. I am basically a very experienced lawyer's assistant. He is very very busy and I will be handling all the basic remedial things for him within the firm. Lots of paper pushing. Lots of tying up lose ends. Lots of things that law school does not teach a student at all. But these are all things that will be invaluable in the future. While I am a glorified paralegal and paid as such it is a great improvement over my prior position at the bike shop. Plus, I have been promised growth should I perform. Others I talked to confirm that this is a firm that is growing and one of the partners made somewhat similar transition when he first started. And truth be told, I would have taken a position cleaning toilets at a lawfirm if it would have allowed me to start to use my degree and learn my chosen profession...finally. The increase in pay comes in a timely fashion. A huge law school loan enters repayment early next year. We could not have made ends meet at all if this or something had not happened for us. I was starting to stress just a little bit.

By the way, I did get this position because of the bike shop. I got to know a customer whose girlfriend came in a bought a bike from me. After helping her a bit I mentioned in passing that I was a lawyer, but not practicing. She started sending me all of the open positions that she learned about in her circles. Nothing panned out though for the main reason that I had virtually no experience. Then we were talking when she came back into the shop last month and I told her that I would consider a legal assistant or paralegal position just to get me foot in the door and gain some experience in a firm. Then the lightbulb went off in her head. She said that her assistant "sucked" and that another assistant was leaving soon. She said she would talk to the managing partner. I sent off an email to her explaining in further detail what I was thinking in order create a place for myself there both now and in the future. She liked it what she read and passed it along to the partner. He liked the ideas I proposed. I had an interview and then two days later I was extended an offer. This is a simplified version of the events, but you get the jist. The offer came on Bridget's birthday and it definitely made the day better.

Oh and the firm is here: www.hittandhiller.com

I work mainly with Mr. Hitt.

Basically, I feel pretty lucky. I just finished my second day on the job and there is just so much I am clueless about. I worry about screwing something up, or not asking the right questions in order to do something correctly. I really have to stay on top of a number of cases at the same time. Currently, I will be working on about 15 cases that are in varying stages of completion. That is just for one lawyer in the firm. And I only have about 1/2 of his load. Another person helps out on the rest. Crazy.

Anyway, more soon I hope.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Maddie sleeps a lot.

Colin is torn between trying to do everything his brothers do and hanging with me. It is easier to hang with me since when I am at home we veg. And the brothers can go do what ever they want to do. Currently they are playing with two older neighborhood girls. One of which is very bossy.

Jack, wants a Pillow Pet for his birthday. And today we went online and ordered. Man, they really try to sucker you to get an extra this and that to go with those silly things. Jack is excited for it and to have his birthday party at Pump It Up at the end of this month. Jack went golfing with Grandpa yesterday. It was kid's day at the country club. And Jack showed very little interest in following directions. Oh well. At least he got out there and whacked it. He was the only one of the boys that went, so hopefully he felt special.

Ryan is a tease. He loves to push buttons, especially Jack's. And he does it slyly. Usually we don't here Ryan do whatever it is that he does to Jack. We just hear Jack's reactions. Or I guess sometimes we do hear Ryan, but that is usually after Jack punches him, throws something at him or otherwise tries to maim him after Ryan does whatever he does to him. Ryan is a good kid though and he is often a good helper and lets Colin tag along with him outside or wherever. He also wanted a Pillow Pet. he has for a long time, probably over a year. So he is getting one, but we made him pay for it. He raided his piggy bank and paid us. Does he know the value of money, not really, but eventually it will sink in I hope.

Bridget and I are doing fine. And we are looking forward to getting into a routine.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

More of Maddie

A picture of Maddie today, July 10th:



Madeline and Bridget are came home yesterday. We are very happy that she is here and that she and Mom are doing well. She has been mildly fussy, but newborns are really sort of a let down. I mean, they are sort of cute. But they are cuter when they are a bit older in my opinion. They just eat, poop and hopefully sleep. Lots of sleep. (sigh)

Our boys haven't been the best sleepers. I sure hope that our girl is different. That would be wonderful.

Another observation: Clothes for girls often look like they belong at the circus. All those bright colors and so forth. They just look silly sometimes. This outfit that was the one Maddie wore home is one example. It was a gift, so I must admit that I am grateful for it and all the help and gifts we received. But if an adult were wearing this than it had better be Halloween. And a few sizes bigger, 'cause that would be scary otherwise.



Anyway, here are some more pictures and a video of Colin holding Maddie for the first time.






video

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Madeline Sofia Flynn



She was born last night at 12:50 am. Bridget is doing well. Or she was when I left at 7am to be with the boys. We are going back to see them shortly.

Stats:

6 lb. 14 oz.
18.5" long

She is the smallest of our kids at birth. She is just a little peanut.

These are low grade iphone pics. More later...