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The Fellas at 6 Months

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The Fellas at 6 Months

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June 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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The Fellas

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I haven’t blogged much recently, alright in many many months. ¬†Joyful reasons though ūüôā ¬†Who knows, perhaps ¬†now that I’m on paternity leave I’ll start Daddy blogging.

The Fellas

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February 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm

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Twins … They’re Coming

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Thanks all for commenting.  Blogging has been sporadic at best as you know but I anticipate that this spring will bring more action.

Due to fantastic parental leave policies I’ll be the stay-at-home dad for the twins in the spring. ¬†Thus far parenting has mainly consisted of reading, attending “marvelous multiples” class, and purchasing …. so much purchasing … and they aren’t even here. ¬†Tonight the double stroller arrived. ¬†The minivan was a while ago, many weeks and many pounds ago. ¬†Prayers welcomed for a mid-November arrival!

 

Zoom zoom.

 

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August 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

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We Bought a House

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TheNewHouseYesterday Charity and I bought a house (pictured right).

We woke up Friday morning, went over to see the place one last time, and then went to the realtor’s office to sign a lot of paper work. ¬†It was fun. ¬†It was our fourth time there and we’ve liked it more each time. ¬†Now we own the property, though the seller will rent back from us for a while so we can finish out our lease.

We’re excited to not have downstairs neighbors, to paint, to have a yard, and to live somewhere (hopefully) for many years.

Still I’m a little perplexed by the way we were treated during the experience. ¬†Everyone at the reality company greeted us with a grin, a huge smile, and a hearty handshake as if I had just had my first child, “It’s a house, and she looks just like you!”

I’ve signed lots of rental agreements over the years. ¬†This felt about the same, ¬†I’ve agreed to pay a bill to live in a piece of property. ¬†It’s a property I really like. ¬†We’ve made a huge investment that we hope will pay off over the years. ¬†But it doesn’t feel like a life event. ¬†I don’t feel like I’m an adult now or that I’ve achieved a life long dream. ¬†It’s a purchase. ¬†I think it’s a good decision but there are risks (declining housing market?) and responsibilities (lawn mowing again?!) and tradeoffs.

The experience reminded me a lot of shopping for a new car.  The ordinariness of both has surprised me.

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March 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

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Nemo Pictures

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Charity already posted an album on Facebook but I thought I’d post a few of my own here. ¬†It was great fun and very beautiful. ¬†We had power, heat, food, and sleds, which is about all anyone could ask for in such a storm. ¬†It was lovely. ¬†It’s less lovely now as the remnants are piled everywhere narrowing the streets but was still lovely. ¬†I haven’t seen that much snow at once in over 20 years. ¬†It really was fun.

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February 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

DPP Day 9: Benefits of Apartment Living

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Current exterior temperature: 38 degrees.  One nice thing about living upstairs.

Monetary Savings

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December 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

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First New England Snow

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It isn’t sticking at all but it’s fun to watch it come down. ¬†Just finished putting the last of the weather stripping around the windows. ¬†Last night was the first time we’ve had to turn the heat on. ¬†Keep hoping we’ll have a warm winter thanks to the girls downstairs. ¬†Have to say it’s pretty nice to have a heated floor even if I can also hear their vacuuming down stairs.

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November 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

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Benefit of Apartment Living

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As I walked around Providence last week with my shoes rustling through the leaves I came to a happy realization:¬† I haven’t had to mow grass in 5 months.¬† I haven’t even had to think about it, feel guilty about it or dread it for that long.¬† For this year at least that bane is gone and that made me smile.¬† No leaves to rake either.¬† Definite benefits of apartment living.

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November 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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The Sun Porch at Night

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First peak at the new place.¬† It’s . . .¬†palatial frankly… huge, clean, and light filled.¬† Add in the 70 degree highs and 50 degree lows and we’re loving it.

 

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June 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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Pleasures of a Home Office

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One great thing about this year has been the progression of Charity’s career.¬† The home office has been a welcome change from a commute and a dreary office building.

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April 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Noodles!

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In just seven weeks our lease runs out and we’ll be moving again (thankfully something great has worked out).¬† As such we’re beginning to shed yet more things that we don’t think we’ll need in an apartment in Providence, RI.¬†

We started with our swimming noodles we bought our first month of marriage, seven years ago.  Luke and Samuel, our young neighbors down the street, have new toys to play with this summer.

Kinda feels like flying to me.

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April 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

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Working from home

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South Carolina does has its advantages, especially in the spring.

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February 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

DPP Day 12: The Lettuce

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Our lettuce is one of my favorite things.  They are varied, robust, and survive the frost.  I love how bright green they are in the midst of a bleak winter lawn.

 

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December 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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On the Windshield …

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This morning we awoke to notes on our car windows saying:

“Driveways are where you park you cars – the street is not. You need to park in your driveway!”

Sigh.  No friendly knock on the door.  No explanation of why.  No explanation of why there are five cars on the street within sight with no notes.  No mention that we rarely park there.

Between this, stolen pumpkins and the neighbor sending his kids over to ask if “we needed help with our lawn”¬† I’m not finding suburbia all that it is cracked up to be.

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November 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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Picking Tomatoes

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One nice treat about our new place is the raised bed that’s currently providing us with lots of yummy tomatoes.¬† Now if only we had someone to pick them . . .

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August 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

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