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Peter Cottontail

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Thanks Grandma!

Loss

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Our family has suffered a devastating loss today.  That’s right, Jack got his curls cut off today.  Actually, today both kiddos went in for their first haircuts.  They did such a great job.  I spent most of my time with Jack because he tends to be a little crybaby when I leave his side.  Since he doesn’t handle change too well, I figured he would be crying, but he did great!  Not a peep out of him until the stylist brought out the buzzers.  Jacks hates loud noise, so he didn’t like it very much.  I ended up having to hold him so she could trim his neck.

Ella did really well too.  Pat stayed with her while she got her bangs trimmed and straightened.  The stylist basically fixed what I did to her hair a few months ago.  Since Ella didn’t have much that needed cut, the stylist put some pretty little twisty things with bows in her hair.  She looked very pretty.  When she was done, she came over and watched brother finish up.  When Jack started crying because of the buzzers, she started crying too.  It was kinda sweet.

Here are some pictures of the new haircuts.

Shae’s 50 Things

Monday, July 20th, 2009

My friend Anna has come up with a list of 50 things she wants to do before turning 30.  I think this is a great idea and have decided to come up with my own list.  Since my 30th birthday is in January, I am giving myself some extra time and hopefully I can have everything accomplished before I turn 31.

I have until January 28, 2011 to finish my list.

In Progress
Finished

  1. Get back down to wedding weight
  2. Go on a family vacation that does not involve meeting up with our parents (no offense parents)
  3. Finish my painting
  4. Finish 2nd edition of the family cookbook
  5. Do honeymoon scrapbook
  6. Finish Captain Adorable
  7. Enter photos into Del Mar Fair
  8. Try a new recipe every week
  9. Drink more water
  10. Re-do the front yard landscaping
  11. Have the kitchen redone!
  12. Paint the baseboards in our bathroom
  13. Put a door on the master bathroom
  14. Have photos of the kiddos framed
  15. Read a book, not listen to it.
  16. Learn to crochet
  17. Take the twins camping
  18. Geocache more.
  19. Make enough money for a new camera.
  20. Stick with Fly Lady for at least a year.
  21. Get a new computer
  22. Finish childproofing our house
  23. Read to the twins every night
  24. Clean out the office
  25. Clean out the sun room
  26. Finish painting the floor in the girl room
  27. Have a plan for the patio
  28. Replant my jade plant
  29. Paint the hall closet doors
  30. Paint the hallway
  31. Replace Bedroom fan
  32. Re-paint the buffet
  33. Have game night once a month
  34. Set up a home photo studio in the sunroom.
  35. Remove the shower door
  36. Make and sell a table
  37. Finish Pat’s quilt
  38. Start the twin’s quilts
  39. Have my car detailed
  40. Make another mirror
  41. Have my ring re-sized
  42. Finish decorating the living/dining room
  43. Have the Bob tire fixed
  44. Do a load of laundry every 2 days
  45. Make stepping stones with the twins
  46. Plan 1 year birthday party
  47. Take LB on a walk every other day… At least
  48. Make Ella’s knitted dress
  49. Do a family portrait
  50. Clean the man room

New Host

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Well, we’re finally moved over to our new host. Hopefully things will go smoother now. We should have some 4th of July pics up in the next day or two.

Downtime

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Well, another weekend, another two days of site downtime. We’re moving off of our host as soon as I can get everything transferred.  Our 4th of July recap will have to wait until we move because I don’t feel like spending the time to write everything up and have it lost again the next time my hosting provider screws up.

As a teaser, we have babies and Mr. Box at the beach, crawling, sitting, and lots of other fun stuff to report from our travels.

Oh, and if anyone is ever looking for a web host do not use JustHost.com. Learn from my mistake, use anyone else. Hopefully we’ll be fully up and running in a couple of days.

Welcome

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Well, if you’re reading this I guess that means you found your way over to our new site. Good work.

There’s not a lot new to report. The babies are still doing the whole baby thing. Ella is getting better at crawling, and is even starting to work on sitting up on her own. She can get pretty close, but then she gets bored and decides she’d rather crawl around. Jack can crawl, but he still prefers to just hang out. Every so often he crawls a few feet just to prove he can, but then he sits there and waits for us to bring him stuff.

It’s time for bed so I can rest up for my first Father’s Day. Hopefully tomorrow I can have another post, until then here are a few new photos.

Movin’ Sites

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Well, after about a week of prep it’s finally time to move to our new site. All of our posts, comments, and pictures have been moved over to our new server and Shae put together a few images for our page headers. If you bookmarked our blog or subscribe to the RSS feed (or follow us on Blogger), make sure you update your bookmark or feed with our new URL .

Our new site is at http://thelorigans.com.

Head on over and enjoy.

We’re Back (Again)

Friday, June 5th, 2009

What else should I have expected?  Three days after we move our blog to our own domain, the server hosting our site goes down. It took several emails back-and-forth with our hosting company’s support department, but we’re back up and running now. Hopefully things will go a little more smoothly from here on out.

Update: Well, we were back down for another night but we’re back up again (at least for now). Anymore issues like this and we’ll definitely be moving to a new hosting service. (Depending on how they compensate us for almost 45 hours of downtime we may be moving anyway).

Since I’m posting, here’s a quick update on a few things:

  • Jack is finally getting his first tooth, but he is not happy about it.  Ella hasn’t made much of a fuss about teething; one day she just has another tooth. Jack, on the other hand, has decided we’re going to know when his teeth come in.  Shae said he was fussy all day, but he was in a great mood when I got home so I think she’s just making things up.
  • Shae is doing pretty good work with her photography. She had a photo shoot with some friends (Nate, Kristen, Demontre, and Reese) yesterday, and she’s working on getting a few more shoots lined up. Right now she’s just trying to build up her portfolio, but she also has a few jobs lined up during the next few weeks/months.  She has taken some great shots, so maybe it isn’t just Jack and Ella that make her photos look so good (although it helps to do most of your work on the cutest kids in the world…there, I said it).

Well, that’s about it for now. Shae’s out scrapbooking and the kiddos are asleep, so I’m going to go spend some quality quiet time with Mr. Box (if I can wake him up).

Holy crap, I won!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Ok, so I read a lot of blogs. One of the blogs I have been following since it’s beginning is Prop Insanity. It is just a great place to get ideas for photos and stuff like that. Well, every Monday they do a giveaway and I actually won this weeks giveaway! I never win these sorts of things. I get to pick an outfit of my choice from K Bella Bambino Designs. All of her items are handmade and absolutely adorable! I can’t wait until Ella is big enough to fit into her pretty new dress.

Visiting The DMV

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Pretty much every teenager dreams of turning 16 so they can get their driver’s license. Of course, these days I think you have to be almost 52 before the state of California will let you actually drive a car without some restriction or another. Luckily for me, the only problem I had getting my license was that I turned 16 during wrestling season. It’s hard to get down to the DMV when you have practice after school every weekday and tournaments every Saturday. Well, the first Monday after the end of wrestling season (sometime in April, three months after my birthday), I got myself and my ’85 LeBaron down to the King City DMV right after school, took my driving test, and got my license. I was so happy to have my license that I didn’t even notice that they somehow turned “green” into “brown” for my eye color. I get those words confused a lot too. Very similar.

Unlike some people I know (and am married to), I haven’t “misplaced” my license 4 or 5 times over the past 14 years and since I haven’t had any tickets that affect my driving record I’ve been able to renew online whenever my license expired. So for 14 years my license has featured my 16-year-old face on it, along with my wrestling season weight and the wrong eye color. I’m not sure how I ever got into a bar with that license. What is the point of checking IDs if you’re going to let 225 pound guy with green eyes in using a license that says he weighs 135 and has brown eyes? I guess they figured if I were going to get a fake ID it would look more like me than the pic on my license so I never had any issues other than a few raised eyebrows.

In fact, until last Friday I hadn’t set foot inside a DMV office since that April afternoon in 1995. I guess the state of California has decided that 14 years is the most you can go without going back in for an eye test and a new picture because I finally had to pay the DMV another visit. I want to know who the genius was that decided you can go from 16 to 30 without ever getting a new picture or an eye test. I’m not complaining about avoiding trips to the DMV, but it seems kind of ridiculous that I’ve been using the same ID since 1995.

Since appointments were booked at all of the local offices until the end of January (after my license would expire) there I was at 7:45 AM Friday morning standing at the end of the line in the cold (well, cold for San Diego). It was definitely an odd mix of people in line, but my favorite group was the mom, daughter, and son/daughter’s boyfriend standing about three places in front of me in line. They were there to get the daughter her license and both mom and daughter must have been nervous because they were smoking like crazy. Something about the mom and 16-year-old daughter smoking together before the daughter’s driving test just seemed funny to me. I wonder if the daughter smoked in the car during the test.

Anyway, eventually the line started moving and I got inside and took a number for the CA DMV lottery. After a short (by DMV standards) 30-minute wait, the system finally called out “G024” (BINGO!) and I headed off in search of window 24. I’m not sure who numbered this office, but windows 1-20 were in an order that kind of made sense and “windows” 21-25 were random rooms all over the place. I finally found window 24 and sat down to renew my license. I get by without glasses, but my eyes are definitely not what they used to be so I was a little nervous about the eye test. Luckily for me the vision standard is somewhere just above “totally blind” because I passed without any problems and headed over to the camera window to get my new license picture taken. I guess in a couple of weeks I’ll get a license that actually looks like me, but I’m going to miss the reaction to my 16-year-old mug shot every time I get asked for my license. Oh well, hopefully I’m good for another 14 years. Say goodbye to my old license: