A January Beach Day

On the way back into town after the memorial service yesterday, my parents and I went to Costco to pick up a few things. Mom stayed in the car while Dad and I partook of samples while we shopped. After we got back to the house, Mom and Dad went to go pick Erin up and take her to the grocery store. Daniel was tired so he didn’t come along and Erin wasn’t feeling great, or I’m sure she would have biked. Laura and Craig came over and we all had dinner. When Laura came in she asked what had happened to the van. I thought she was joking at first, but there are some scrapes on the passenger side, …

So Long, Wesley

Very early on, possibly since birth, Griffin has had a bump on the left side of his lip, on the inside. I didn’t notice it right away, but Tristen said it had been there pretty much since birth. The pediatrician said it was nothing to worry about, but it kept growing as he did. Since his brothers were twins, we decided this growth on his lip was an absorbed twin and named it Wesley, which is one of the names Tristen liked before we settled on Griffin. When we brought it up again, the pediatrician said it was probably still nothing to really worry about, but he did say it might be what’s causes him to drool so much. I …

Bash’s Fourth Birthday Party and Room Change Day

I suppose I should get basketball out of the way first. The NCAA tournament started last week, with Duke’s first game coming on Friday night against North Dakota State. They won that one 85-62, but it wasn’t even that close really. Duke was only leading by four at the half, but they pushed it out to something over 30 points before Coach K put the bench in. They played against nine-seeded Central Florida tonight, and that one was a lot tougher than it should have been for the overall top one seed. They’re coached by former Duke player and assistant coach Johnny Dawkins, whose son had a monster game. The final score on that one was 77-76, and UCF had …

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 2019

I just got off a video chat with my Irish cousin, Lucinda (she’s apparently one of the people who reads this site for some reason now and then, so everyone say hi to her!), which is about the most fitting thing I could have done on a St. Patrick’s Day, right? We’ve chatted Facebook Messenger before, but never actually spoke. One of the first things she commented on was how American I sounded. Later in the conversation she put me on the spot and had me do my Irish accent, which is not my strongest. She had me repeat a couple things after her, one meaning “My name is Zach” and the other meaning “Shut the door.” On the latter …

My 41st Birthday Week

There’s a good bit that’s been going on of late, and I have, as usual, been slacking on here, so I thought I’d try to sum up a bunch of it all in one post. We went to Rougemont last weekend. When my parents were here for the boys’ birthday, my dad said they were going to be doing an oyster roast the weekend before our birthday. (For you newcomers, I was born on my dad’s 22nd birthday.) I’m not an oyster fan, but there would be other food too. Plus they were taking down the back 70 feet of a barn and needed help with that. I’ll explain that a bit. My parents bought the property next to theirs …