Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Hat


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I've Got The Giggles

Adria recently discovered that Thomas thinks the words граматика and пратика (the Russian words for 'grammar' and 'practice') are the funniest things that he has ever experienced.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Alaska News

Every so often I will read Adria an article from the Anchorage Daily News and Adria will say something along the lines of "You won't read an article like that in The Oregonian." The following are some of the more memorable articles of this sort:

  • The story of Buzzwinkle J. Moose (right), who stumbled around downtown Anchorage after eating some fermented crab apples and got tangled in some Christmas lights.

  • There was a scare when a rumor circulated that production of Pilot Bread was going to be stopped. Now you may be asking yourself what is Pilot Bread; Pilot Bread simply put is hardtack, and is quite popular in the Alaskan Bush.

  • In what is being called the Great Manure Caper of 2007, a rouge truck driver has been dumping loads of manure on a vacant lot about 2 miles from our home. This unknown 'poopetrator' has apparently dumped 100 tons of manure on this lot and may be a serial 'poopetrator' as there have been reports of other mysterious dumpings around town as well.

  • This article doesn't have the same sense of whimsy as the others as it shows why 'trunk-or-treats' seem of have become more popular in recent years and it caused Adria to say "Thomas is never going trick-or-treating". Anyways, two women face more than 180 years each in prison for stealing the Halloween candy from a group of children at gunpoint. Also while waiting for her first appearance in court for these charges, one of the accused turned to the assembled media and "directed a string of invectives at the media, at one point holding up her middle finger and saying, 'Trick-or-treat this.'"


Update: Adria also enjoyed this article about a pack of wolves that is killing dogs around the outskirts of Fairbanks. Some residents are suggesting that they take the same steps the Danville, PA police took with some runaway cows.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving+Alaska=Basketball

On Black Friday Adria, Thomas and I went to the semi-finals of the Great Alaska Shootout. We got to see Butler vs. Virgina Tech in the first semi-final, and Texas Tech vs. Gonzaga in the second semi-final. It was the first time that he had attended a college basketball game since the Oregon State/Oregon game in March of 2005, (otherwise known as "The Immaculate Deflection Game") Here are some pictures from the Shootout:

During halftime of the Butler/Virgina Tech game members of the Underground Dance Company's (Alaska's premier hip-hop dance studio) Purple Intensity and Black Fusion troupes did a routine.


I think that I prefer watching frisbee dogs and kids jumping rope on pogo sticks during halftime, both of which were halftime staples at Oregon State.


Deron Washington (#13) had 14 points for Virgina Tech. He made a name for himself last season for jumping over Duke's Greg Paulus, and there are a lot of clips of him dunking on YouTube. His hair also reminded Adria of Joakim Noah.

Here are Adria and Thomas geared up for the games.



Here is the view from our seats. The arena was noticeably more full for the Gonzaga/Texas Tech game, as the Gonzaga fans didn't start showing up in mass until after halftime of the first game.



Here is Bobby Knight in the center of all of his assistants. He seemed pretty reserved most of the game as coaches go.


Thomas really enjoyed the games, even though he got tired towards the end of the second half of both games and fell asleep and missed the overtime of the first game and the last couple of minutes of the second.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Crawling Thomas

Thomas has recently been trying to learn how to crawl. However his biggest problem is that he tends to roll over when he gets ready to crawl.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Not So Tiny Thomas

Thomas had his 4-month checkup this afternoon. While Thomas didn't start off a very big baby, he has grown a lot recently. At his 2-month checkup he measured in the 60th percentile for length, but today at the 4-month checkup he was in the 95th percentile. His weight stayed in the 60th percentile and his head jumped up a little bit too.

Here are some recent pictures of Thomas. (As a side note, when Thomas wears his blue hat with his ears poking out, I think that he looks like a legendary hero from the Kingdom of Hyrule.



Also this past weekend we did a little bit of babysitting. We babysat Thomas' friend Kai so that Kai's parents could go on a date (this was payback for the night before when Kai's parent's watched Thomas so that we could go on a date and use a coupon that we had for a fancy restaurant in town). Here is a picture of Adria with Thomas and Kai.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

I'm Dreaming of a White Halloween

...however, it just wasn't to be. It had snowed a bit the week before but it melted soon afterwards. People who have been in Anchorage longer than we have have mentioned that it is odd for there not to be some snow on the ground on Halloween. Others have joked, that if this is global warming, then they are all for it.

Thomas didn't have a special costume for his first Halloween. We just dressed him up in his Halloween themed romper that he got from his Uncle Hayden.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

I Can Sing!!

The other day as we were running errands, Thomas starting singing along to "Let It Be". Since that time, Thomas has periodically tried to sing along with songs that we sing to him. Unfortunately, Thomas can sing only one note.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

More Travels

Adria, Thomas and I just got back from some more travels. After coming back from Norman, Oklahoma I was in Anchorage for Columbus Day weekend (in which I posted about Thomas' quest to stuff his entire fist in his mouth), I had to make a quick trip to Denver for work. After going to Denver, I flew to Portland to meet Adria and Thomas who had flown to Portland ahead of me.

Thomas is helping me purchase plane tickets


After spending the night in Portland and lunch at the Western Culinary Institute, we drove to Corvallis to visit my parents. We had a nice time in Corvallis. Thomas got to see cows for the first time. We also enjoyed being able to eat fresh corn from my parent's garden. My parents (as well as Grandma and Grandpa Davis) enjoyed playing with Thomas, and seeing how much he has grown since we were last in Oregon over Labor Day.


Thomas playing with Grandma and Grandpa Tingey


While we were in Corvallis, Thomas and I had a fun time with Grandpa watching overtime of the LSU/Kentucky football game as well as the 4th quarter of Oregon State's victory over Cal, although Thomas was so tuckered out from the excitement of the final few minutes that he was asleep when the game finally ended. After the game, we drove back to Portland and spent the night at Adria's parent's house, and then I flew back to Norman, Oklahoma for another week long trip. Adria and Thomas spent the week in Portland with Grandma and Grandpa Davis. Adria and Thomas also were able to visit many of Adria's friends.


Grandpa Davis is showing Thomas a silly face

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Tastes Like Chicken

I recently returned from a week long trip for work. Unlike my brother Brad, who goes to exotic places like Amsterdam on his business trips, I went back to Norman, Oklahoma for the 4th time in the past year. When I came back, Thomas seemed to have grown a lot. He has been making more noises than he did before I left. However, Thomas still enjoys trying to see how much of his fist he can fit into his mouth.



And here is a picture of Thomas showing off his ability to do Blue Steel. As a side note, as I was waiting on the jet way to board one of the flights on my way to Norman (I think I was in Houston), I stood behind a guy who was wearing a "Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good And Who Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too" t-shirt.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Alaska in the Fall

Adria and I have been presently surprised with how nice fall in Alaska has been. We thought that the only seasons that they had were summer, winter and breakup. But the fall has been pleasant. We took a walk one evening to Cheney Lake and took some pictures of the foliage.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Pictures of Thomas from the Hospital

At the hospital where Thomas was born there is a kiosk where you can take your child and get some pictures taken. They give each child 4 free pictures which is then printed out on photo paper with their birth date and vital statistics. We didn't really feel in the mood to do this before we took Thomas home from the hospital and we never felt like driving to the hospital just to take some pictures of Thomas, as we can do that from the comfort of our own home.

We finally got around to taking the pictures when we went to visit a friend (who also happens to be my Aunt Nancy's niece) who had just had a baby. We took Thomas to meet his newest friend and to take the pictures, which are below

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Killer Boots

Adria recently found an old disposable camera that she had started quite some time ago. She used it up by taking a lot of pictures of Thomas. Below are some pictures from the disposable camera:

Here is Thomas sitting in the stroller.



Here is Thomas in a bunting that he got from his Aunt Cathie.


And here is Thomas sucking on his lower lip.



And here is a video of Thomas in his bouncy seat in his warm boots.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

More Pictures From Our Trip To Oregon

Adria's brother Hayden took some pictures of Thomas while we were on our recent trip to Oregon. Here are some of the pictures that he took:



Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tiny Thomas

Thomas went in for his 2-month checkup this week. Besides getting his first shots, they also measured and weighed him. He was grown a lot since he was last officially weighed at his 2 week checkup. He was in the 60th percentile for weight (up from the 25th percentile at 2 weeks), the 80th percentile for length (up from the 60th percentile at 2 weeks, and his head remained in the 25th percentile.

Here are some recent pictures of Thomas:




Thomas also often tries to see how much of his fist he can get into his mouth. He comes close, but he just can't seem to get the last finger in.


Here is a video that Adria inadvertently took (she thought she was going to take a picture) of Thomas and I when we were still at the hospital to help show how much Thomas has grown.
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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Our Trip to Oregon

We recently got back from a Labor Day weekend trip to Oregon. In early August I found out that I would have a business trip to Oklahoma the week after Labor Day, so we decided to come down and visit our parents over the weekend and have Adria spend the week visiting her parents while I was in Oklahoma.

We flew down on the Friday before Labor Day to Portland where Adria's mother picked us up and drove us to Adria's parent's house to surprise Adria's dad as he didn't know that we coming down for a visit. He was surprised and excited when we brought in Thomas, he hadn't yet met Thomas as he didn't come up with Adria's mother to visit in July.

After a short visit, my brother Jeff picked us up and we drove down to Corvallis to spend a couple of days with my parents and siblings. Jeff was in town for a job interview in the area and to watch Oregon State open its football season (which turned out to be a 24-7 victory over Utah), and my brother Brad and family were in town on a vacation that they had been planning for months. With my brother James still living in the area, my sister Cathie was my only sibling who wasn't there (and as she is completing her residency in Boston it is hard for here to make quick trips across the country to Oregon).

On the way to my parent's home on Friday, we stopped by the hospital to visit my Dad. He has been having various health issues lately and has been in and out of the hospital since Easter. Thomas was worn out from traveling all day, so we only got a short visit before we left to go to my parents house. We came back to visit my dad on Saturday, and because Adria thought that the hospital was cold we bundled Thomas up in his custom-made beaver sleep sack. My dad's room was right next to the nurse's station on what was deemed "The OSU Floor". They liked the sleep sack and thought that it was "precious." After we got back from the hospital, my mom said that my dad was going to be coming home from the hospital later in the day.
Here are some pictures of Thomas in his sleep sack:



(Aside: While on the surface there may be some similarities to Ralphie Parker's pink bunny costume, remember that Thomas is a baby and not 10, and that a brown beaver costume isn't demeaning like a pink bunny suit is)



After coming back from the hospital Adria, Thomas and I went on a walk to have lunch at American Dream Pizza, our favorite pizza place in Corvallis (my brother's review of the place is here). After lunch we had a relaxing day at my parent's house. Brad's daughter Samantha was really nice to Thomas. She liked to help hold him and would run over to make sure that he was ok. She is going to be a good big sister to her upcoming brother.





On Sunday, we blessed Thomas at my parent's house because my dad wasn't feeling well enough to go to church. Adria's parents and youngest brother came down for the blessing. Below is a slide show of pictures taken at the blessing.



If you can't view the slide show, the pictures can be found here.


After the blessing we had a nice family dinner that had many of the fresh vegetables from my parent's garden, and then we went back up to Portland with Adria's parents to spend Labor Day in Portland.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Whale Watching



Adria, Thomas and I took a little drive south of Anchorage on Saturday afternoon just to get out of the house. While we were driving, Adria said "I want to see some whales." Not 30 seconds later I saw some white thing come out of the water and then go down. Adria thought that is was either a fish of some sort or some birds. Soon after we pulled off the side of the road and we saw the above sign, and realized that we were seeing Belugas. I was able to get some video of the whales (to show that it wasn't some sort of Loch Ness Monster or the monster which purportedly lives in Lake Champlain):



Here are some other pictures from our drive:



Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Little Thomas Update

Thomas recently turned one month old. He is doing well. Between his 2-week and one month checkups he added 2 whole pounds of weight (the acceptable weight gain starts at 14 oz). Here are some pictures of our little one.



Thomas is also learning to appreciate taking naps on his dad.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Beware of Mooses Driving ATVs

With the generally poor eyesight of mooses, I was surprised that the Seattle Mariners let their moose mascot drive an ATV around the park. Looks like it was a bad idea, as he ends up running into Coco Crisp:

Friday, July 27, 2007

Thomas and Grandma Davis

Adria's mom spent the week with us, and besides doing other things like going on a hike in the mountains, she enjoyed playing with Thomas.