Saturday, March 25, 2006

Madelyn Violet is Here

Most everybody has probably already heard the news. But, Madelyn Violet joined us at 1pm on March 23. She weighed 6lbs 11oz, and was 20 inches long. These pictures are from the day after. Brendan is a very proud big brother, and loves to hold her (so far). She doesn't really cry (yet) and Brendan is interested to see what is going on everytime she squeaks.

Sunday, March 19, 2006


Today we tried something new and different. Geocaching ( It was a sport designed to test and practice your navigational skills. In a nutshell, it boils down to people hiding weatherproof containers with goodies inside (their cache). There is usually a logbook and other toys and trinkets. You can take something, if you replace it with another item. The owner of the cache publishes GPS coordinates for the cache at

It is not as easy as it may sound. Punching in GPS coordinates and walking to it. Once you get close, the GPS accuracy can be off by 30 feet or more. That makes locating the actual container more difficult than it seems. We used a combination of the GPS with a compass, and were able to find our first two containers pretty easy.

Of course, we tell Brendan that we are Treasure Hunting. Here we are at our first cache, on a nature trail in Troy.

Brendan exchanged a matchbox car for a orange-haired mermaid.

Our second treasure of the day was located in a park in Royal Oak. This one was pretty well hidden between stumps and leaves, but Jen found it.

Here Brendan exchanged a truck for what we thought was an action figure. Turns out, the action figure was a travel bug. Travel bugs basically have a serial number on a dogtag used for tracking its whereabouts. This one has been from New York to New Mexico. We have to hurry and return it to another cache so it can continue its travels.

We are considering making up a new cache to place locally next weekend. So, look for more updates on Brendan's treasure hunting.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Ultra Sound

On February 22nd Jennifer had another ultra sound done to check the position of baby.
Here is the photo that we got. It is really hard to make anything out but it is her profile with her hand on her forehead. The nurse thought that it was cute that she was making a dramatic pose but Brian said that anything this baby does is going to happen with a dramatic flair. I wonder where she is getting that from? Hum.
One the picture I tried to draw lines to help point things out. Just above the Face arrow is her eye with her nose being the first bump under her hand and her lips sticking out being the next two. You may have to look at it for a minute for it to make sense.