July 2009

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“I will pick up the hook
You will see something new.
Two things. And I call them
Thing One and Thing Two.
These Things will not bite you.
They want to have fun.”
Then, out of the box
Came Thing Two and Thing One!

Thing OneThing Two

…with thanks to Dr. Seuss and The Cat in the Hat.

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Steve McQueen’s got nothing on Alex…

Alex Ready to RollAlex Flips Over
Alex Escapes

Now, if he could only figure out how to get back into the swing!

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Splishing and a-splashing….

Alex Floats in the PoolAdam Floats in the Pool

The little “floaties” are pretty cool…I imagine it’s what an Egyptian pharaoh would’ve looked like floating down the Nile (minus the shades, of course :-)).

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Adam Yells

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Feeding time is so much calmer with a glass of Blue Moon Belgian Wheat and a twist of orange…

Feeding Time

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Alex SleepsAlex Sleeps
Alex SleepsAlex Sleeps
Alex Sleeps

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Our assignment to Italy was canceled, so we’ll be hanging around the Gulf Coast for a while longer. Although we’re disappointed that we won’t be living in the birthplace of the Renaissance, modern science, and the opera, we’re happy to remain near family and friends.

As you know, I sold my Mustang in preparation for the move, and yes, I miss that little car, but it gave me the opportunity to get into something a little more practical: A Toyota Tundra SR5–nice truck with a powerful iForce V8 (271 hp w/ 313 ft-lbs of torque…ugh, ugh, ugh). It’s even got room to carry a couple of kids…

New TruckInside New Truck

So, Friday night was date night, and Cindy got to take her first ride (ever) in a pick-up truck. Yeah…I was pretty surprised to find that out myself. We went to the movies and saw “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. It was a total “chick-flick”, but very funny!! Sandra Bullock’s had some work, though, on her lips (and elsewhere, more than likely), and that’s too bad. I guess she’s watches reruns of herself in “The Net” and wishes she could still look that young. Well, here’s some insight for anyone who thinks they need plastic surgery to stay young:

If it’s obvious that you’ve had work done, it only highlights the fact that you’re getting older!

Anyway, Cindy and I had a good time, and the boys enjoyed their time with Hannah.

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…until we meet again!

Alex and Adam Squeal

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This weekend we took off for South Florida to visit some of Cindy’s family. Although we had originally planned on leaving early Thursday morning, we considered ourselves very fortunate to be backing out of the driveway at 11 a.m. Wednesday night was a nightmare challenge because Adam was being a butt teething, and we didn’t get much packing done. Anyway, the trip went pretty well, and although the boys had their moments, the 10-hour drive ended without incident.

The boys had a great time, and just loved all the attention they were getting. First, they met their “Poppy” (Cindy’s stepdad) who met us at the hotel with a couple Coronas in hand. I guess he knew after a long day traveling with a couple of 6-month-olds, mom and dad could use a beer!

Adam with PoppyAlex with Poppy

Next they met their Nanny Vera (Cindy’s mom). As you can see they just seemed to hang on every word…

Nanny Vera with Alex and Adam

They also got to meet their Auntie GiGi (left), who was much like a second mom to them, and their Uncle Bob. GiGi and Bob made a four-hour drive to be here, and we enjoyed a great Fourth of July barbeque with Bob’s brother Dave! Finally, their Auntie Sharon (right), who is very beautiful, and not at all prissy, came to visit. She was out-of-town when we first arrived, and stopped by the hotel on her way home. Unfortunately, she arrived at dinnertime 😉

Adam with Auntie GiGiAlex with Auntie Sharon

All-in-all it was a great trip. The only drawback were the nights in the hotel. After a full day out-and-about, the boys were wired, and it took a while for them to calm down enough to fall off to sleep. This made the evenings a pain in the ass little trying, but once they fell asleep, they were out for the night. Tomorrow morning, we’ll be up early (hopefully) and heading home.

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