Saturday, June 30, 2012

5 Months Old!

Sweet Graham, aka "Baby G" according to his big sister, is already five months old and getting cuter by the day. He's really filling out with chubby thighs and an adorable belly that hangs over his pants.  He has a sly little smile that bursts into an all-out crazy grin when you make faces at him. You can't help but smile yourself when he has his little chuckles and laughs.  He can roll from front to back and vice versa and push himself way up on his forearms.  His sitting is getting pretty good and he currently loves to grab both of his feet while rolling around. His naps during the day are pretty consistent and we're still working on sleeping better through the night.  But overall, he is the sweetest little boy a mama could ask for!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rice Cereal: Attempt #2

Progress!  Graham has come around and seems to be enjoying rice cereal now that he has figured out how to swallow it.  There could be some avocados and sweet potatoes in his near future once he gets the hang of this eating thing.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Rice Cereal: Attempt #1

Graham wasn't too sure about his first bites of rice cereal.  He kept trying to push the food out and occasionally would just gag and throw up.  Not the best start.  He did like taking sips of water though from his sippy cup.  Baby steps.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


My babies and their "lovies." 

To the Lake!

 The first weekend at the lake this summer.  Looking forward to more to come!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Gift of a Toast

It's hard to believe that it's already been four years since my dad passed away.  This time of year is always filled with happiness and sadness between my wedding anniversary, father's day and the day he died. My mom has tried to have me separate the events, but they are intertwined in both good and bad ways.  The last time I saw my dad alive was on father's day and we spent a delightful time rehashing the wedding before we left for our honeymoon.  And the last speech Dad made was at the wedding for our toast.  I like to think it is a great lasting memory for everyone at the wedding-- to have seen him at his finest and on one of the happiest days in his life. Despite having been sick for years before, the last memory so many got that day was of a vibrant, proud and loving father.  Such a gift.  (Below is the toast he made at the wedding).  I love and miss you every day Dad.

Top of the evening.
That's an old Irish greeting and a grand night for all.

I'll keep my remarks short.  (Guys with my kind of voice shouldn't engage in oratory.)

First, to Megan and Sam- You are both special people and gifts to all of us. All blessings upon you.  This is your day.

To the Elsener's and their wonderful families- Thanks again to Jim and Pat for their generous contribution to this wonderful celebration. We have had the pleasure of spending time with Jim and Pat and consider them family, just as I hope they include us in their family circle.

Let me say a few more words about the Bride and Groom beginning with the fact that people have started to call them Sam&Meg or Meg&Sam, as if they were one unit instead of two people.  Together or individually, both exude an exceptional love of life and family.

We have come to know Sam as a fun loving guy who can spend a day at Wrigley Field and then go home and write a strategic business plan.

My wife, Joanne, continues to be impressed by the fact that Sam has a 5 year plan that he regularly updates.  Most importantly, he has become the much loved "Uncle Sam" to the four little ones in our family.

Then of course, there is our sweet Megan - who reminds me of the endless high school basketball road trips to Colgate and Cornell...weekends in Ann Arbor...a memorable birthday and dental episode in Italy followed by the birthday tale of the white stretch limo. Good fun, but note to self: Beware of birthday celebrations in Ann Arbor.  Go Blue!

Seriously, we are naturally proud of Megan's accomplishments-- academic, athletic and professional, as well as the beautiful young woman that she has become.

In fact, Megan's boss of bosses-- Oprah Winfrey-- couldn't be here tonight because she didn't want to deflect any attention away from Megan.  Or is it the other way around-- Oprah didn't want Megan to steal her thunder?

Megan's learned a lot about production from her wealth of TV experience at Harpo. She has worked hard to "produce" the many details of her wedding.  Look around: these are her fruits of her labors.

We thank all of you who have come to share this very special day with our family.

Megan and Sam have known each other since high school and developed a deep friendship that blossomed into love.  We ask you to raise your glass to toast this wonderful couple that their friendship and love will continue to grow for many years.  Here's to Megan and Sam...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cuddles & Cartoons

Note: Both of my children get their love of TV from their father.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Photo Booth

There was a photo booth at Ella's graduation party.  So fun!


Testing out the highchair as we think about trying rice cereal in the next week or two!

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Happy Father's Day Dada!!  We love you!

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Happy 4th Anniversary to the love of my life!
As we celebrate our fourth year of marriage, I feel like we're an incredible team.  We've got two perfect little ones and I think the strongest aspect of our marriage is that we are always there for each other. I hope that our love, support, team work, and encouragement of each other continues in the years to come.  I love you.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

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