Man, I was tired last night. Actually, I've been tired for a while now - I guess it started around November 29th, with that whole "we had another baby" thing. I slept pretty well last night, though. Ivan only woke up once to eat so even Mary got to sleep in 4-hour blocks.
I've actually had a couple of good nights' sleep lately, but it feels like I'm still catching up from that week in the hospital and all of the time since then. I decided to take it very easy this past weekend, and I think it helped. I slept in on Saturday, thanks to Mary taking the boys with her to choir practice, and even though I had to get up early on Sunday to teach my class, the rest of the day was pretty easy-going. We went to the Buttons' for lunch and to celebrate Halle's first birthday, and of course to watch some Titans football.
I watched a lot of football this weekend, actually. There were NFL games on Saturday as well as the usual Sunday and Monday Night games. The Titans actually played very well against the Seahawks, but couldn't pull out a win. And of course, anyone who follows football at all knows that the Colts finally lost a game. Eric is a Chargers fan so he was about as excited as I've ever seen him when we got the final score. The Sunday night game was a great one, mainly because Chicago's defense is so very impressive this year. Last night was a blowout, which is good because I was too tired to stay up for the whole thing.
My Digital Rebel XT is on a UPS truck somewhere in the Nashville area, and should be delivered today! Woo-hoo! I'm glad I'll be able to get familiar with it again before Christmas. I've already picked out several accessories that I'd like to get for it, but those will have to wait a while.
Yesterday was our annual "Holiday Breakfast" at work. The food was great. They had fresh waffles that were sooo tasty. There were a bunch of giveaways, and I got a $25 gift card to Chili's. Not quite the big prize (a $500 AmEx Gift Certificate), but it's nice to win something nonetheless.
My parents and grandmother are coming up for Christmas, and I'm really looking forward to having them here. I'm going to have most of next week off work and we should have a very nice vacation, even though there is no snow in the forecast (I was hoping we would have some for them this year). I think my cousin is going to come down from Clarksville, too, so we'll have lots of family around this year and that will be nice. One of these days I'm going to get both of my brothers up here at the same time again, too. I don't think Kevin has even been to our new house.
We haven't done a lot of decorating this year, but we did get a nice, big tree and some new lights for it. We also put a wreath on the front door. It has lights on it, but I still need to get an extension cord to be able to plug it in outside. Other than that, we're just making sure the house is clean and ready for guests.
I was holding out until the acquisition of my company closes, because I'll be due a bonus at that time. However, it looks like that is not going to happen until around February, and I think I'd regret not having the camera at Christmas (especially since our G2 is not working exactly right).
I predict many pictures in the coming months!
Now I just need a bigger flash card, a monopod, a lens hood, a couple of alternate lenses...
My appologies for not getting any photos on-line for a while. I know a lot of people have been looking for some. We've been fairly busy trying to recover from all that has happened over the last few weeks and resting whenever possible.
Both boys are doing well. Owen is definitely having to adjust to the new resident and to sharing our time and attention. I think the toughest thing for him to understand right now is how tired we are (if you've ever had kids, you know exactly what I mean). I think he's handling it pretty well, though.
Our neighbor came over this evening and remarked that Ivan is a lot smaller than he looks in the pictures. I guess we have taken a lot of close-ups of him and you can't really get a sense of his size. Maybe these photos with Owen will give you an idea. He's not really tiny or anything, but he's definitely smaller than Owen was when he was born.
I'm back at work today. I was originally going to take the whole week off, but I decided to try to conserve vacation days so that I can still take time off when my parents are here for Christmas. Plus, this will give Mary a single day at home alone with the two boys before the weekend, instead of having to jump into a full week (I'm really not sure if that will be a help or not, but it makes me feel better to think that it will). Also, I can spend today playing catch-up on all that I've missed over the past week and a half, and be ready to actually get stuff done on Monday.
It just hit me last night that we are only about 2 weeks away from Christmas. I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year, but with all that's happened over the last two weeks, we haven't gotten much done in preparation. Yesterday, I did a little shopping while the rest of the family took naps. I didn't get it all done, but I got most of Owen's gifts taken care of, along with a couple of other people. We don't have a tree yet or any decorations put up, but maybe this weekend we'll get to do some of that.
My digital camera is messed up. Sometime in the last week or so, the lens has gotten skewed somehow, and when you use the viewfinder to take a picture, what you see is not quite what you get (it seems to still work properly if you use the LCD screen, but I'm a look-through-the-little-window guy). Several of the pictures I have taken of Ivan over the past few days have cut off the top of his head because of this.
The main problem with this is that it's almost Christmas, we have a new child, family is coming from out of town, and there will be a great need to take pictures. This might just be the excuse I need to purchase the much-desired Digital Rebel XT, but I'm still not sure I should spend the money on that (especially connsidering that we just spent a week in the hospital with our newborn, and I'm sure that's not going to be free). If Dell runs a special on it again, though, I may just have to take the plunge and buy it.
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