Many Thanks and More from Visits

So I have been getting a lot of pressure about keeping the photos of Hadley updated on a regular basis, and it is not just my wife. Unfortunately, things have been a bit crazy and thwarted many of my efforts to keep uploading more and more new pics. For one, we are still settling into the new digs, albeit extremely slowly. Although as you can see, progress is being made, thanks mainly to Ali and our families. We also bought another car this past week, which was somewhat time consuming and laid waste to most of last weekend. More on that later.

Photo: Me working amidst the chaos as Grandma watches the baby.

Photo: Hadley's Room - Before Photo: Hadley with Grandma

Photo: Hadley's Room - After

Still so many people continue to be overwhelmingly generous to us, for which we cannot be thankful enough. Many of these pics feature wonderful gifts in use. We, read primarily Ali, have been doing our best to keep up with the thank you cards and hope that none have been missed. Although, we did recently receive a beautiful area rug for Hadley’s room that was on our Babies ‘R’ Us registry. Unfortunately, it had no name, card, nothing attached to let us know from whence it came. So, if any of you out there sent that gift to us, kindly let us know so we can thank you properly.

Photo: More Hadley with Grandma

Photo: Hadley Hating Her New Swing Photo: Hadley with Grandma and Mommy

Photo: Hadley's First Ride in Her Jeep

Also, here are some more pictures from all of our recent out of town visitors. Unfortunately, I still haven’t managed to get all of my electronic tools together and connected yet.

The Families Begin to Visit Hadley

Since the last posting, the question for Ali and I has been, “Could we cram more significant events into the month?” Beginning with the first of the month, we welcomed Hadley, and after a few days in hospital the three of us invaded my father-in-law’s home, since our house was still in need of some final adjustments.

After about of month of conversations with the clown college that was responsible for the carpeting in our house, it finally was installed. That meant we could finally begin to unpack the boxes of all our property and begin moving into the place, only after everything sat for three weeks.

Of course only a day or so passed before I started back at work with the beginning of a new school year. Fortunately, I returned to the same school finally, something which makes me quite happy, considering that I rather like working there. However, having already started coaching my girl’s soccer team for another version of the second campaign, things were already gaining traction on the workfront. As I always say, no rest for the wicked, and I must have been one evil bastard in a past life.

Week two began the arrival of out-of-towners. First, Ali’s mom flew in for the first half of the week, pulling in on Sunday and heading back on Thursday. While here she and Ali were able to make some serious progress on the unpacking and organizing. Still we needed a new furnace, especially with the new baby and a premature New England cool spell, before leaving the in-law’s nest. Nevertheless, Mother Terwedow got plenty of time to see Hadley, grandchild number four.

Within a few hours of Ali’s mom’s departure, my parents and aunt were dropping into Logan for a latter half of the week stay. So week two of Hadley’s young life was jam packed with grandparents, as she has now met all but one. With my Dad around, he and I were able to complete a number of smaller things around the house edging ever so closer to inhabitability. Plus, a new furnace was installed. Ultimately, Hadley was poked and prodded and enjoyed by the family at length, and she seemed to be showing more and more of her budding personality.

Of course the entirety of last week I was suffering from a cold, which it would seem made its way to my new daughter. Only now am I finally shedding the remnants of the sickness that one of my miscreant students likely gave me. Unfortunately, Hadley looks to have a few more days of fighting left.

All of this got us to the end of this week, which has elapsed at a pretty quick clip. All the while my wife has been stunningly strong in caring for our new daughter, despite all the commotion. Even with all the help of others, it ultimately comes down to her slogging it out in the world of infant care. Luckily, our sweet newborn is pretty peaceful, for the most part. She has already proven to be relatively willful, however. Moreover, now that she has begun to become more awake and alert, she has begun letting us now that she is not terribly interested in sitting still any longer. If she is awake, she wants to be moving. Otherwise, she lets everyone know it. Regardless, she remains about as cute a baby that has ever lived, despite the effects we may be suffering from sleep deprivation.

So we still have a week left in September and the question remains, “Could we cram more significant events into the month?” I mean, this weekend also marked the official move into our home. Of course I’ll have more photos once I can get all my gear set up and all camera work prepped and ready for show.

A Quick Return

Frizwinkle fans, oh how long it has been! All I can say is that there more truth than fiction in the old adage “There is no rest for the wicked.”

As I finished the school year, it is as if everything in life has jettisoned into hyper drive. Prior to finishing with classes we purchased a home. The closing was a near disaster of epic proportions that I should capture in post format. As a teaser I can tell you that if it were not for my lovely wife I might have been incarcerated for assault and battery, and that was dealing with the other realtor. Perhaps the episode will appear in future.

Since buying the house, I have been spending my days painstakingly trying to make the place livable, which it has not been for some time, despite the deadbeats that were “living” there. Things are starting to take shape, but it has been much slower than I had hoped, and the rush is on as our lease expires and Ali’s belly gives way to the birth of our baby.

We did visit friends and family for a week in Chicago and I also spent a week at an Advanced Placement Summer Institute for teaching Composition and Rhetoric. Both of those weeks certainly slowed things a little, but I am just not as fast as I would like regardless.

While it may not seem like much as I write this, it is unbelievable how much time is absorbed in preparing the house for our move. Needless to say it has put a serious cramp on the summer posting, a time when I traditionally generate a lot of content, rooted my own wandering whimsy.

However, once the baby makes itself know to the world, I suspect that there will be more than enough posts of pics and little tidbits documenting a journey that still terrifies me a bit. So have no fear there will be a more concerted effort to stay current than. The demand will likely be too great to drop the ball too long. So I am kind of saving up for what’s to come.