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Orange soda and crushed ice

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

… and banana pudding pops. Those are the foods I remember from my childhood days spent at Grandmom and Granddad’s house. I remember as a kid playing in their backyard with my cousins and my grandparents’ next-door neighbor, Larry. When we’d get tired and thirsty, Grandmom would crush up some ice, fill up the colored aluminum cups and then pour in orange soda. I remember how the cups would turn frosty on the outside – dulling the bright colors and warning that they were super cold to touch. Somehow orange soda tasted so good that way.

A few years back I asked Grandmom if I could have those cups, and they are now displayed in our dining room. Lucy knows them as the cups that we drink the smoothies out of. Whenever I pull out the blender, she walks over and gets our cups – one for each of us. We often drink our smoothies outside (less mess that way) and always with a straw. That’s our routine, much like the crushed ice and orange soda routine of my childhood. Every time those cups come out I think of Grandmom and Granddad and how much I miss their presence in my life. And how grateful I am that I had such loving grandparents – just like Lucy.


A Well-Traveled Christmas Goose

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

This was quite a holiday for our family. We traveled to Winchester, Deer Isle, and Hallowell to see family, with short stops in Freeport and Manassas to visit friends. On one day, Lucy saw all five of her grandparents (three different households in two states). On another day, she spent time with nine (9!) different dogs. Lots of visiting.

Lucy was a trooper through all of it, smiling and charming everyone she met (including an aunt and uncle and a great aunt whom she had never met before). It was exhausting, but it was really great to see everybody. We’re sorry we didn’t get to see everyone (there’s only so much time, and weather/sickness put kinks in the plans).

All pictures and video are on Flickr now, here and here. Some highlights:

Opening presents at Grandmom and Grand-Dad’s house


Lucy’s first Christmas present from Santa


Dinner (for Goose anyway)


Playing while Bampa reads


Bonding with Uncle James and Aunt Emily


Hangin’ out with Grandma Alice


Yay Christmas Eve Carrots!


“I love you and your carrots, Uncle Justus.”


First Christmas morning ever


Christmas morning with Grammy Peg


Reading about hexaflexagons with Aunt Jana


“I love you and your sweet potatoes, Aunt Jana!”

Uncle Justus makes the Goose squeal


First time in the snow


After falling over in the snow


Having a conversation with Great (Grand?) Auntie Deb


Getting fed by Aunt Bethany

Fascinated by Asa


Playing with Asa and friends in Manassas


A short hike at Sky Meadows on the way back from Manassas


Four generations of Titus/Reidt/Farra/Myers women

All-in-all it was a great trip. Thanks to everyone for their hospitality! Have a Happy New Year!


Sunday, December 7th, 2008

It’s now been a week and a half since Thanksgiving, but I wanted to take a minute to post some things that we’re thankful for… (and, of course, pics from our Thanksgiving holiday in VA and MD)…

Laura says that (according to Real Simple magazine or the NY Times or something else she was reading) it’s important to be thankful for the small things along with the big ones. There’s all the little things that make our lives a little easier or a little more fun like Grilled Stuft Burritos from Taco Bell (which are remarkably compact and easy-to-eat in the car), bubble baths, knitting needles, public transportation, the Times on my Blackberry, eggnog, good gas mileage, the internet, etc. There are many more, but these are a few of the things that come to mind tonight.

For my part, I am thankful to have a job that I love, working with smart and talented people on projects that challenge me to learn and grow. And I am especially thankful that our family has had the good fortune to have choices where many people have none.


Most of all I am thankful for the family that surrounds us. It is wonderful to have supportive, generous, loving parents (we love you, Mum, Dad, Alice, Rick, and Barb) and siblings (we love you too, Beth, Joe, Justus, James, and Jana — and soon, Emily). And we are so lucky to have three wonderful great grandparents for Lucy (love to Bop, Grandpa, and Grandmom aka Great Granny). And aunts, uncles, cousins, and everyone else; we love you all. Of course, we are also thankful for all of our amazing friends who enrich our lives in so many varied ways. And where would our family be without Safi and Lucca?


Having a happy, healthy Lucy Goose in our life is cause for major gratitude. I feel so lucky and happy when I come home and see Lucy watching for me in the window (I feel even luckier when she waves her arms in recognition and excitement). And then when I get upstairs, to be greeted by a warm house, my daughter, and my incredible, beautiful, generous wife, I feel like the luckiest man alive.


Thank you, Laura, for being an amazing partner. You are my love; you are my family. I love you, and I am thankful for you most of all.

A Well-Travelled Goose

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Well.  Beside her first tooth, Lucy now has inter-state flight under her belt. We took a short but lovely trip up to Maine this past weekend (plus a couple days). Many, many pictures and videos are now on Flickr.


Lucy weathered all of the flights (4 in total) very well, sleeping, eating, and playing. She fussed a bit, but was generally a very good Goose.

We used Mum and Jana’s place as home base and had a nice visit with them.



We took a little trip up the coast to Felicity and Brian’s house where Lucy was introduced to a large swath of her extended family including Great Grandmother Bop (G.G. Bop), Grand Aunt Felicity, Grand Uncle Brian, and First Cousin Once Removed Anna.




Below: Four generations of Myers women!


A great time was had by all.

Then, Dad, Alice, and Grandpa (now Great Grandpa, I suppose) very generously made the trip down to meet us at Mum’s house for a visit. It was too short, but still good to see them (and to introduce Lucy to her Great Grandfather Ernest).





And then we rushed back to Pittsburgh to rescue the pets.

Thanks to everyone for being so wonderful to us on this visit. Mum and Jana, thanks for letting us use the house and for all the great food (and for your bed, Jana)! Thanks to Felicity and Brian for being such wonderful hosts and opening your home to us! Dad, Alice, and Grandpa, thanks for coming to us and saving us lots of driving (and for the delicious lobsters)! Thanks to Anna for driving up to see us, and thanks to Bop for visiting with us twice! It was great to see you all, and we can’t wait to see you all again soon.

And now… Here’s a bonus video featuring “the baby in the mirror”:

She really likes that baby.

Happy Birthdays All Around

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Well, I’m a day late in wishing Lucy a happy 4 month birthday here, but you can be sure we celebrated with some of her favorite food and toys (including a very soft quacking duck from our friend Jackie – she lights up whenever she sees that one right now!).

Lucy with the quack quack quack quack duck.jpg
(taken from my new computer – woo hoo!)

We also had a nice long walk to pick up the car (state inspection fun) and a nice visit with our new friends Auden and Sansea who live across the street (Auden was 2 months old on Tuesday!).  It was a good day.

Over the weekend we celebrated more birthdays – Great Granny’s birthday was last Friday and my cousin Michael’s birthday was last Sunday.  We had a nice visit with my family, and we enjoyed looking at the trees that were just beginning to change colors as we drove across the states of Pennsylvania and Maryland.


Hard to tell who got most of the attention, isn’t it?


One of my favorite things that Lucy has been doing of late is the way she hangs on now when I’m carrying her.  It’s like getting a little Lucy hug!

More pics from our trip

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

We had a great visit with Great Granny!


And Lucy is too cool in her shades (okay, so they’re really mom’s shades, but still….)!



Fall is Here!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008


Fall has got to be the best season of the year!  I love the fall colors, the fall weather, and all that yummy pumpkin-flavored food!  Plus fall means some great birthdays and a wonderful wedding anniversary to look forward to (of course June now has the sweetest birthday!).

With Eben off in California (I don’t think they even have fall there!), Lucy and I decided to take a trip to visit my family.  On Monday we got to stop by Granddad’s office and have lunch with him (Lucy was quite charming, then fell asleep).  Today, Grandmom played hooky from work to play with us.


We went to the Virginia Farm Market, visited Toys-R-Us, had a visit from Grandmom’s friend Theresa, and took a nice, long walk.


Tomorrow we’re off to visit Great-Granny (as my Grandmother has decided to be called), then home to Pittsburgh.  Safi, of course, made the trip with us, and she’s having lots of fun playing with all of the other dogs’ toys.

And we’re lucky enough to get to keep in touch with Eben while he’s on his trip.  Just like the old days*, Eben and I talk by phone each day and this morning we did a video chat – thanks in large part to my brand-y new computer!  Yup, the big excitement of last week was my trip to the Apple store for my own MacBook.  That unfinished thesis came in handy too since I got the education discount and a free iPod touch.  I’m pretty enamoured with my new toys – especially my new iPod.  It’s so nifty (I mean, Apple does call it “the funnest iPod ever“!


Fun times!

* NOTE: the old days when Eben and I lived 4 hours apart have officially been over for a year – I moved to Pittsburgh on September 22, 2007 (and on a related note, Eben and I found out we were going to have a baby on September 21, 2007)! As I like to say, it’s amazing what happens in a year!!

Busy, busy, busy

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I was curious about how long it had been since we last posted anything – and I found it’s been 15 days! That’s just under a third of Lucy’s lifetime so far. Which just goes to show that we’ve been busy hanging out with Lucy and find ourselves crawling into bed not long after she does each night. But, there have been adventures too.

Lucy took her first trip to Frederick, MD to meet her Great-granny (my grandmother) and to spend more time with her grandmom and granddad.


Car trips are not Lucy’s favorite thing in the whole wide world (she much prefers being held to being laid down on anything – car seat, crib, swing, etc…), but she did manage to sleep for good chunks of time. While Lucy and I were traveling, Eben did some traveling of his own – taking a quick, quick trip out to LA for a business meeting. He didn’t get much sleep for a few days, so we had some early bedtimes for all of us last week.

This past weekend, Lucy got to meet more friends – our friends Heather and Maddy came into town on their way home to Rochester.


They too had been on a whirlwind adventure – visiting friends and family along the way. It was great fun to have them stay with us (even the dog thought so – toddlers drop food, you know!). We took our first trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium – Lucy slept through the whole thing, but I think she had fun. Miss Maddy was awake for some of the trip – she seemed to enjoy seeing the animals – all of which are currently “dogs” in her vocabulary. I enjoyed the Aquarium the most, although I was sorry that they didn’t have labels for all of the different fish. There were some amazing looking sharks in one tank, but no text to tell us what kind they were. But, all in all, it was a great trip!

When not visiting with out-of-town guests, Lucy also made a few appearances at Carnegie Science Center – to check up on Summer Camps and say hello to our friends there. Oh, and she also had her 1 month check-up two weeks ago (she was actually 5 weeks old, though). Turns out Lucy is quite the eater – she weighed in at 11 lbs 7 oz – up from 7 lbs 14 oz on June 13th. Wonder how much she weighs now?

Well, that seems like a good update for now. Next week I head back to work and we begin our month of grandparent visits to help with childcare and get some quality time with the Goose. Oh how we love her!


UPDATE: Huge batch of pictures up now.

100% Chance of Showers

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Last weekend, we took a quick trip up to Maine for a baby shower planned by Alice (thanks, Alice!). The shower was laid back and fun with many thoughtful and generous presents. Anna put together some fantastic games; the custom madlibs has us laughing pretty hard (thanks, Anna!). Some pictures (taken by Mum/Peggy) are now online at Flickr here. Thanks to all who came. It was great to see you all.


Dad wrote a poem in the card from he and Alice. With his permission, I’ve reprinted it here:

With boundless joy,
     and heart-felt wishes,
With cephalopodic cuddle-fishes,
My Alice Rabbit-love and I
Hold our breaths for little π,
And 3.14 times our best
Know how richly π r blessed,
To have as parents such as you -
Who love each other, and pi, too!

Thanks, Dad.

OP’s Great Grandmother (@90!)

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Ed and Julia April 1943

This is a picture of my grandmother, Julia (or Bop, to the grandchildren), and grandfather, Edward (Bubba), in 1943 at a Princeton alumni function in Atlantic City. The secret of this picture is that Bop is pregnant with my father, Allen. This picture therefore contains both OP’s great grandparents and OP’s grandfather (in utero).

Today, we celebrated Bop’s 90th birthday (though technically, it’s tomorrow – the 24th). My father put together a great slideshow of pictures from Bop’s life. We’ve posted it online for all to enjoy (it’s a bit large, so give it time to download).

Julia Booth Myers @ 90 (ppt format, 41 MB)

We had a wonderful time at the party, and we enjoyed the look at OP’s ancestry. Happy Birthday to Bop!

UPDATE: Pictures from the party have been uploaded to Flickr.