Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Oh Boy!

Welcome our newest addition to the Standiford Family, Kaden Andrew.  He was born at 5:52am, weighed in at 9 lbs 2 ozs, and was 21 1/2 inches long.  Mom and baby are doing great!  The girls are thrilled to be big sisters.  It's been a long day and all I want to do is sleep, so I'm not going to say much more, except for how proud I am of my wife.  There are plenty of pictures that will speak for themselves.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Happy 20th Birthday Amanda!

I just wanted to post a quick message to tell my sister Happy 20th Birthday.  I hope you have a great day!  This is the first year that I can remember her birthday being on Easter.  I'm glad she's surrounded by friends, at school, because we'll miss celebrating with her.  Here's a picture, taken with Amanda's new camera, of her holding the flower arrangement she received from Mom and Dad.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Easter Eggs

Tonight the girls had fun decorating some Easter eggs. Kelly had boiled fourteen eggs and the girls each decorated six of them, which left Kelly and I one each. We took some pictures, of course, and added them to the gallery.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Top O' the Morning to Ya

Hope you've all got your green on today. Take a few minutes and search for your pot o' gold. For me it's my family, which should be increasing in size any day now. I consider myself one of the luckiest little leprechauns to have such a wonderful family.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

And Then There Were Four

Yesterday I was feeling a little under the weather so I left work early and headed home to bed. Since I seem to have the inability to sleep during the day (i.e. take naps), I popped in a DVD that a friend from work had lent me. It was the first disc from season one of the Fox show 24. I've never watched the show but was told it was really good. I ended up watching the first eight shows. I was hooked.

I think I will continue to only watch the seasons after they come out on DVD (two and three are already available). I don't want to get hooked into watching TV on another night. I like the fact that I only "have" to watch TV on two nights of the week.

On Sunday nights we've been watching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Actually for the past two weeks both girls (Megan totally and Mattey somewhat) have been watching it with us. Then on Wednesday I have to see Alias, and then lately I have been watching the show Lost which is on right before Alias. Both shows are directed by the same person.

It's also been nice that we’ve cut down on the amount of channels we have. A few months ago we cut back from Expanded Basic to just Basic cable and the difference has been wonderful. First it costs about $30 cheaper and it has drastically limited the amount of TV we watch.

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

First Kid to Leave the Nest

On February 26th (yes I know it's taken me a long time to post this) our first child (sort of) left the nest. After much talk we decided it would be best if Cooper found a new home. He was very energetic, maybe a little too much, and could cause quite a bit of stress with his barking. Also with the new baby coming it seemed like we weren't going to have enough hands or nerves left to be able to keep him.

Cooper was adopted by a very nice family who lives in Atlanta. This family had tragically lost their dog, who was an older sibling of Coopers, about three weeks before getting Cooper. The Dad and the ten year old son drove to our house to pick him up. When they arrived and Cooper first met them, the boy's face just lit up. He was best friends with their dog, and I'm sure he will be with Cooper. We talked for a while and then it was time for them to hit the road. We were really nervous about how Megan would handle this. She, with her spiritual reassurance that Cooper was going to be ok, was a champ. She handled it better than anyone else in the family did. We all said our goodbyes and they headed for the warmer climate of Atlanta.

Life has been good since Cooper left. There have only been a few "I miss him" phrases muttered and it is much quieter when we leave the house or when people come over. Megan was having a bad night last night and she added to it by saying that she comes home and is all alone without Cooper. We decided it was time to drop an email to the new family to see how he was doing. I received this response this morning.

"He seems to have adapted well, but I am sure he misses the girls. He and the boy have become big buddies, and he whines whenever the boy leaves the house (which he probably did for you as well). You guys did a nice job training him, and we are really glad to have him as a part of our family. Please tell Megan that he misses her, too, and that she can visit anytime. Tell her also that he barks at the cats, Sarge and Pepper, and they don't like him much yet. He chases them around the house. Fortunately this has not happened in the middle of the night, yet."

It sounds like Cooper is doing well and although I'll miss seeing him playing with the girls, I definitely won't miss any of his noises. I've posted a photo gallery of some of the pictures we have of Cooper.

Saturday, March 5, 2005

Snow Building

Megan and I spent some time outside this morning building a Snow Robot.  Well I spent most of the time building and she spent most of the time playing.  It was the perfect snow for building, but unfortunately it was a little too warm because about three hours after we had finished, it fell over.  Check out the pictures.

Friday, March 4, 2005

This is Getting Ridiculous

CNN is reporting that gas prices may go up another 25 cents in the next few days.  This after we already witnessed the gas prices rise by 20 cents on Thursday.  Time to go back to horse and buggy, or at least time for the weather to break so I can start riding my bicycle.  Thank goodness neither Kelly nor I put that many miles on our cars.  Can you image the people who have to commute long distances to work everyday?  That would be expensive!

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Another One Bites The Dust

Sunday morning Megan lost her second tooth. She lost this one a little differently than the first. I was downstairs, on the computer, when she woke up. She came bouncing down the stairs and I got my ten seconds of tooth wiggling in. After that she was trying to twist it and she said, “it’s twisting” and then pop she pulled it right out. She was pretty excited.