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Hi all!  I know haven’t posted any of zany comments of late.  I’ve tried to start blogging again 3 times, but I just don’t seem to find the time.  And now there’s Facebook . . . anyway, I’ve returned for a quick post.  Enjoy this YouTube video – filmed and made fun of by yours truly in the annotations.  Anyone who still reads this rocks!

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May 12, 2009 Posted by | Family News, Ron's Posts | , , , | 1 Comment

Hello again!

Hello again everyone.  We just wanted to let you know that we haven’t fallen off the face of the earth.   We have just been having so much fun with the boys that we haven’t had any time to update our blog.  So, we’re sorry that we are such slackers, but here is an update on what has been going on. 

 

Of course the boys are growing like weeds.  I took Jack in for his two month check up the first week of February and he weighed in at a whopping 14 lbs. 6 oz. and was 24.5 Inches long.  The height was the same as Luke at two months, but Jack weighed almost 2 ½ lbs. more.  I think he has been bulking up to give him an advantage in his wrestling matches with Luke. 

 

Luke is such a good big brother.  He is finally starting to understand being soft with Jack and can often be found patting his head, giving him kisses, or hugs.  Unfortunately his hugs involve him laying on top of Jack, but Jack doesn’t seem to mind too much.  One of Luke’s favorite games to play , much like pin the tail on the donkey, is stick the binki in Jack’s mouth.  Although he is not blindfolded, his aim is about as good.  He usually hits him in the eye, the nose, and occasionally the ear before he hits his mouth.  If he does manage to actually get it in, he immediately pulls it back out and tries again.  They are really cute together.

 

Luke got his first hair cut this morning.  His hair is still fairly thin, but it had gotten really long behind his ears and it was starting to tickle him.  He has been scratching at his ears for the last little while, which at first I thought was because he has dry skin.  However, yesterday my friend Melanie realized that it was because his hair was tickling him and he was trying to get it out of the way.  So, this morning I gave him a haircut.  He kept trying to turn his head to see what I was doing, but he did really well actually.  I just hope it looks ok. 

 

Ron has been super busy at school.  He has student body elections to deal with this week, the school’s talent show next week, and it is the end of the term and his grades are due.  Hopefully, after next week things will slow down a little for him since his big projects will be done.  If nothing else, he gets Spring Break in a couple of weeks. 

 

We have been enjoying the warmer weather and try to get outside as much as we can.  Luke and Ron had a lot of fun playing with Luke’s soccer ball and glider last weekend.  Since then, Luke will grab his shoes and run to the back door just to let me know that he wants to go out and play.  He also really enjoys laughing at the dogs as Taffy and the neighbors dogs bark at each other. 

 

For now, there is a bit of an update.  I’m sorry again that we have slacked off for so long.  Hopefully we will get better about staying up to date.  If only the boys would learn to post for us…

March 19, 2009 Posted by | Bren's Posts, Family News | 2 Comments

Brothers

Just a quick note to let everyone know that all is well. We’re home, Jack’s home, Luke’s home, and Taffy’s home. So, things are going great. (cluttered of course, thanks to Luke’s innate desire to empty every drawer, cupboard, closet, and storage space in the house onto the floor.) Luke still doesn’t seem too interested in his little brother. The more I think about this, the more it makes sense. He’s not even one yet, he doesn’t know what’s really going on. I guess in my mind’s eye he was going to have an epiphany and suddenly strike up a conversation with me about how nice it is to be a big brother. In retrospect, expecting anything that is not Cookie Monster, flashing with bright lights, or dancing around crazily to keep his attention for more than about 30 seconds might have been expecting a little much. We did however get a great shot of him peeking up at Jack on Grandma Bailey’s lap (it wasn’t as great as it would have been if I had had the camera about 20 seconds earlier, but it’s still great.)

Jack 009

November 26, 2008 Posted by | Family News, Flickr Update, Ron's Posts | , , | Leave a comment

Jack has arrived!

I’m leaving the details of the labor and delivery to Brenda (she seems much better suited to discussing the joys of child birth than me) but I wanted to post a couple pictures quick before she gets all serious and introspective and stuff. Here he is:

Gamma-irradiated friend for Baby Jack

Jack and his gamma-irradiated friend.

Grammy with babies

This has got to be one of the best/weirdest pictures of Luke ever. So far, he actually seems pretty ambivalent about the whole little brother thing, but he sure looks giddy in this picture.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Family News, Flickr Update, Ron's Posts | , , | 7 Comments

Mento-RAMA!

Mentos Powered Car (14)

Science in action!

I’m sure that most of you have seen the totally awesome reaction that Diet Coke undergoes when you drop a couple of the peppermint Mentos in it.  This of course, leads to an awesome new meaning to Mentos’ nickname – the Freshmaker!  I’d seen the videos on the Internet sensation as well as the Mythbusters episode discussing the “cultural phenomenon” that is diet cola and Mentos, but I’d never experienced the sheer thrill that comes from dropping nasty, chewy mints into caffeinated, artificially sweetened beverages.  My friend, Adam, decided it was time to change that.

Mentos Powered Car (3)

Yes, we did buy an old RC car from the D.I. and strap a modified 2 liter bottle to it with bright orange duct tape in an attempt to gain forward momentum. Why do you ask?

You see, a few years back, Adam founded a group, that will someday be famous for our many awesome adventures.  We are Nitro Monkee Adventure Team – and we go off in search of adventure, excitement, and the chance to laugh at each other.  Some of our projects were a success (we made a wicked sledding hill once and then tried to kill ourselves on it by repeatedly throwing ourselves down the hill at the mercy of the tube we were using and gravity Our kite powered cart project did not fare as well.  I think a few basic sketches may still exist somewhere, but the only real progress I saw was that I bought a wheel at an Army surplus store for the front of the cart and Josh bought a kite.  I’m pretty sure that’s most of what happened with that project.

Mentos Powered Car (7)

No action figures were harmed in the making of this picture, don't worry. No really - they weren't for two reasons: 1. Adam removed the G.I. Joe before initiating the carbonation explosion and 2. Adam's car never moved. But it looked pretty darn threatening.

However, this project turned out to be a qualified success.  Only one problem arose from this experiment – we learned that while Diet Coke and Mentos looks pretty darn explosive, the reacting foamy spray isn’t really that strong.  Definitely not strong enough to push a modified RC car or a G.I. Joe vehicle with 2 liters of liquid taped onto to it very far.  I’m proud to say that my vehicle (which I just nicknamed “The Freshmaker” despite that fact that I threw it away a week ago) actually ended up winning the competition (if by winning you mean my car moved a couple of millimeters under it’s own power.)  Adam’s action figure tranport took close second in a crowded field of two while Paco’s car (a Batmobile model from Batman Begins) took home the “Best looking vehicle prize despite the fact that he hadn’t actually hooked any Diet Coke to it and pretty much lovingly held it most of the night.”  Other prize winners: Brenda with the “Most Supportive Wife” award (I came up with the idea of using aquarium sealant for the spout on the top, Brenda figured out how to hold the Mentos out of the diet cola until the time of our choosing using a magnet.)  Chewie garnered many accolades for winning the “I Brought My Dog Instead of a Soda and Candy Fueled Car” award.  Cassie won the “Miss Congeniality” award despite the fact that she’s married (her smile always wins over the judges.)  Isabelle was awarded the “I Put Up with Weirdos” award.  Finally, Luke took top honors in the “Coolest Blanket Based on Cartoon Animals” department.  Despite the fact that none of us are candidates for the next “Engineer of the Year” I had a blast and am already making plans on how to improve my performance with the Freshmaker II.

Mentos Powered Car (8)

The family that attempts to shoot off rocket powered cars together, stays together.

Come back tomorrow for some more cool action shots of the activity. And don’t worry, I’m already working on a streamlined design for “The Freshmaker Dos.”

November 16, 2008 Posted by | Family News, Flickr Update, Ron's Posts | , , | 2 Comments

Post to Private Chop’s Blog

Since I know there are quite a few of you out there who just can’t get enough of my blog posts, I just wanted to give you a heads up that there’s a new blog post up at Lindsie’s basic training blog written by yours truly.  Give it a look if you’re interested.

Click here to read away!

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Check this action out!, Family News, Ron's Posts | | Leave a comment

New info via telegram!

I’ve got news I can’t wait to share with everyone, but as I wrote it, I realized that it was a VERY short blog post.  Some of you might be thinking, “A short blog post from Ron?!  Thank heavens!”  Hah, you people think you’re so funny.  Well, I’m one-upping you by posting it in a slightly different way – via telegram (or at least a telegram style of writing.)  During the 1920’s and 1930’s, it was substantially cheaper to send a pithy (other cool synonyms: aphoristic, epigrammatical, or marrowy) telegram across the country than it was to make a similarly short long distance phone call.  About 20 million were sent in 1929 – compared to a measly 20,000 in 2005.  Western Union stopped sending telegrams in 2006 for that very reason.  In a world of faxes, emails, text messages and incredibly cheap phone calls, the telegram was eventually doomed to failure.

From an NPR article: The thing that will most likely be remembered about the telegram is “the prose style the economic of telegraphy engendered. Punctuation cost extra, so the word STOP substituted for a period. Otherwise, it was brevity in the extreme — pronouns, verbs omitted.”  So, here’s our big news, telegram style:

UPDATE ON BABY RACK STOP BRENDA SAW DOCTOR TODAY STOP RACK GROWING AT FAST RATE STOP DELIVERY WILL COMMENCE ON DEC 3 STOP LUKE HAS POOPY DIAPER STOP

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Family News | , , | 3 Comments

Halloween ’08

Halloween Lightsabers

Jedi Trainee Luke Skywalker, Jedi Master Yoda, and Padawan Bariss Offee on the prowl for candy (with cool lightsaber effects!)

Greetings faithful blog readers – this is your somewhat less than faithful blog writer!  I’ve been a little wishy-washy about upkeep on the blog of late.  It might have something to do with video games.  It might have something to do with the 4 week old cold I’ve had for 3 too many weeks.  It might have something to do with life in general.  I’m not sure – but here’s the news:  I’m back!

Halloween

"When 900 years old you reach, have cool pants like me you will not!"

So, Friday was of course, my favorite holiday based on Scottish and Irish traditions brought to America in the nineteenth century.  (I was going to say my favorite holiday based on pagan traditions, but many of our modern holidays parallel traditions from those wacky pagans of yore – see here for more details.)

Anyway, since Friday was a teacher work day, Luke came to hang out with me at the end of the day.  We went down to see our favorite shop and PE teachers Joy and Kim and posed for some fun pictures in front of the lockers down there.  Yes, I’m supposed to be Luke Skywalker (a Skywalker who had apparently been eating too much candy and not doing enough Jedi training) with Yoda (the real Luke) on my back.

Halloween

Sydney and Luke hanging out on Grammy's couch

After Bren got home, we hit the road to show off our cute little Jedi Master.  We ended up visiting Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa Robinson, Grandma and Grandpa Berry, Grammy Bailey (Wendy, Vince, and Sydney were there and Britt of course), Great-Grandma Brown, Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa Bailey, Grandpa Bailey, and Bert and Lisa (along with good old Skyler and Camden.)  Driving to see everyone in one night pushed my patience in the car a little bit, but it was very nice to get the chance to see so many members of our family in one day.

We didn’t actually go trick-or-treating at all since we were too busy visiting people (luckily I have enough money now to just go buy the candy I want!)  Adam, at least, will be happy to hear that we didn’t attend a trunk or treat.  🙂

Luke Pre-Halloween

Bonus Picture! Luke in his Chewbacca attire!

November 2, 2008 Posted by | Family News, Flickr Update, Ron's Posts | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Luke sees Star Wars on the big screen!

Labor Day was a very nice day for the Baileys. Luke slept in, Mom slept in, and Dad, of course, decided to join in just to make them not feel guilty about how they were wasting away a purely fabulous day. We did have to catch up on our laundry since we had gone up to Bear Lake Friday night, but generally we just relaxed at home (which is something we don’t always get the chance to do and is very refreshing when it does happen.)

Many people were very surprised when I told them I had not yet seen Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It had been released on August 15, yet here it was two weeks later and I had still not seen it. I think there are three big reasons that combine together to explain why.

1. I’ve grown up a little. I know, this is hard to believe, and while I freely admit that this is the least likely of the three, it might be a teensy weensy part. Don’t be shocked, I still play video games, goof off a lot, make a lot of seventh-grade level jokes and most importantly I still love Star Wars, but seeing a movie on opening night isn’t as important as it used to be. Who’d have thunk?
2. I had just started back to school in preparation for a new year – which limits my weekday activities – and we’d had busy weekends. It’s amazing what a big chunk of time work takes out of your day. There really hadn’t been an opportunity to go see it.
3. Luke. Now, don’t misunderstand, I’m not blaming Luke for destroying my movie watching habits (although you could probably make that case if you wanted to.) I say Luke because I wanted to take Luke along to see it with me (it was optional for Brenda.) Up until about a year ago I thought Star Wars movies were done and over with. When I heard that it was coming out as a movie, my first thought was, “I have to take Rake to see it!” (it was before Luke was born so we didn’t know yet if he was a Luke or a Rachel.) I’m not sure how many more chances we’ll have to see Star Wars in a theater. While the build up to Clone Wars has been relatively muted compared to Episodes I, II, and III, I’m sure there were still plenty of rabid fanboys who went to see it on opening night and I didn’t want anyone yelling at me telling me to get my baby quiet – so we waited a little while to go see it.

Car SeatHowever, as Labor Day dawned, the decision was made. We were going! I probably should have saved the ticket stub for Luke’s book of remembrance (which I don’t think we actually have.) We had lunch with our friends, Matt, Dawn, and their son Rodney. Then we headed out together to see the movie. On the way, I realized that though Luke spends a significant amount of time in his car seat, I don’t have many pictures of him in it, so for posteCar Seatrity’s sake, I snapped two pictures. I’m so glad I did, they turned out just awesome (it’s so convenient when he smiles!)

I saw two former students in the lobby at the movie theater which I thought was fun (it’s always fun to meet them out in the “real world.”) I had wrongly assumed that the theater would be fairly empty (this was after all, a two week old movie aimed mostly at kids.) I was wrong, it was actually pretty darn full, but we were lucky enough to find five seats together in the back (Luke sat on our laps, Rodney sat in his car seat in another chair.) I had hoped not to go all the way to the back because it would such a long walk if one of us had to take a baby out. Both babies did great though, and no one had to leave

As for the movie itself, I quite enjoyed it. It was fun and the lightsaber battles were especially cool. The interaction betweem Anakin and his new hot-headed Padawan Asoka was fun, but it also made me wonder why no one had ever bothered to mention her before. Maybe the lack of hype helped this movie – the other Prequels had all been hyped beyond their capacity to perform. I’m not sure why they got Samuel L. Jackson to be in the movie since they only gave him like three lines.  And I actually thought that rescuing Jabba the Hutt’s son, (nicknamed Stinky) was  pretty exciting, especially as Dooku kept trying to blame the whole thing on the Jedi.  The music, though not composed by John Williams (some guy named Kevin Kiner I’ve never heard of before did it) was really enjoyable, especially the different arrangement of the main Star Wars theme. I bought the soundtrack on iTunes Clone Warsbecause I liked it so much. Overall, I’d recommend the movie, especially to Star Wars fans (most of whom have probably already seen it.)

In case you haven’t heard, the movie was originally going to be the first three episodes of a new Clone Wars TV series, but I suppose George Lucas remembered that he hadn’t made a billion dollars in a few years so he decided to make it into a movie instead. One thing Clone Wars definitely did do was get me excited for the new TV series (it starts next month!) to continue the story.  Don’t worry George, I’ll be watching!

And who knows, maybe the bearded, flanneled one (George Lucas for those of you not in on the Star Wars lingo) will decide he needs another billion and release another movie someday for me to take Luke and Rack (Rachel or Jack) to go see!  Brenda, is of course, invited to join us.  🙂

Lightsaber

This sizzling blade that can cut through ANYTHING . . . is nothing against the powers of Jedi Luke. The Force is strong with this one.

September 17, 2008 Posted by | Family News, Ron's Posts | , , , | 7 Comments

The return from Bear Lake . . .

Well, the last time I posted (and it has been a while) I described to you our trip to Bear Lake. What I didn’t tell you (although some of you have heard this story in real life since then, I know, but I have a couple more blog updates I want to get up tonight) was what happened upon our return. It was the classical comedy of errors, except no one was around to witness it or laugh at me. Be ye warned all those who read ahead that there be troubling reports of baby poop and puke – anyone who has had a kid should be able to handle it, but don’t come whining to me later about how you thought my story is gross. Of course it’s gross, that’s why it’s funny.

We got home about 8:00 on Saturday night and by the time we got some of the more important things out of the van (Luke’s food, my Nintendo DS, etc.) , we were a little late getting Luke his “pre-bedtime meal which is later than dinner but is his largest helping of mush for the day” meal. Not terribly late, but late. Brenda went off to her aunt’s to pick up our dog Taffy, whom Aunt Sherry had kindly consented to watch while we were “gallivantin’.” In the meantime, I was charged with feeding and bathing Luke and putting him to bed. Nothing too difficult, right? Right . . .

Apparently I had made Luke a little too much of his evening meal. You could blame this on me – that would be uncalled for though. A friend whose baby had never taken a liking to rice cereal had given us some boxes – a different brand than the rice cereal we currently use. The problem enters in here that the rice cereal that we usually use has much smaller flakes, so it’s actually pretty difficult to judge exactly how much of this stuff you have in the bowl. As it turns out though, I probably had too much. Toward the end of Luke’s feeding, he started fussing a little – which usually while feeding him is code for “shovel it in faster.” However, he was strangely avoiding the spoon. What I see now is that Luke had had enough. Eventually he spit up a little and then I finally got the message. It was mostly on his bib though, so no big problem. I unstrapped him, pulled him out, and headed for his room. Luke’s end of day routine is eat mush, bath time, bottle, bed. Just to prove that I am not an incompetent parent, I had already drawn his bath for him while feeding him.

So, we’re headed for his room to get him ready for bed. Just as we were approaching the door, it happened. Spit up. Not minor spit up, puke, enough to cover his front and get all over the floor. Somehow, I managed to maintain my composure long enough to make sure that he puked all over the linoleum rather than on the carpet (kudos to me!) So, I fed Luke too much so he puked, and now he’s covered. I decided that desperate times called for desperate measures – I was going to put him directly in the tub and skip the usual measure pre-bath diaper removal and wipe-down. I dropped his clothes in the sink (trying to keep my now fairly fussy boy from getting more yuck all over him) and congratulated myself on skipping a step until his diaper came off – and I realized that I was going to have to wipe him off, no ifs, ands, or buts.

Yes, dear Luke had pooped. And while I was desperate to get the smell of his former dinner off my hands, I couldn’t bring myself to put him directly in the tub. I walked from the bathroom to his room, succeeded in wiping him off, and even got him grinning. Patting myself on the back, there was a secret danger (or phantom menace if you will) that I hadn’t counted on – baby puke is slippery. That’s right, on my return to the bath, I slipped on the sick. When I say slip, I mean, Three Stooges style, arm flailing wildly (only one because the other was holding on to Luke for dear life) falling like something off a video on YouTube, slip and fall. Luckily, I somehow held on to Luke, who though none worse for the wear, was startled so badly I had to give him a binky in the bathtub. For my efforts, I garned a giant bump on my shin and some big scratches on my arm.

But at least I had got most of the puke off the floor, next time I just don’t want to use myself as the mop.

September 7, 2008 Posted by | Family News, Ron's Posts | , , , | 5 Comments