She can’t help it…

March 31, 2006

It's just so fun to play in the mud!

At least she's helping us get used to cleaning up all kinds of messes. Those skills will come in handy with the baby around I'm sure!


The RED Factor

March 30, 2006

If there's one thing that we have learned from Conan O'Brien, it's that red-head kids can grow up to be successful and/or funny. That's welcome news! You see, Julie and I have been trying to figure out the likelihood that we could produce a little carrot-top and we think that there is actually a slight chance that it could happen.

Neither of us are fully red-headed, but I think we both carry the gene. As you can see below, my Scottish heritage is more than evident in my fiery beard (My dad and little brother Jeremy co-star in the picture… Jeremy had reddish hair as a baby). Julie has traces of red in her hair, and her Grandma is a full blown red-head.

So, the question is… Will Baby Brown have red hair? And if so… How long will it take him to become a rich, famous comedian?


Little Sis…

March 28, 2006

My little sister Allison (pictured here with our nephew Frank) is celebrating her 21st today!

Happy Birthday Allison! Forget what I told Mary last week on her birthday…. YOU are the best sister I could ever ask for! Isn't it about time you moved back to Vegas? We gotta hang out and go eat tacos! (BTW… they are building a Chipotle right down the street from Mom & Dad's house!)

Anyway, remind me to punch you 21 times next time I see you!

I love you and I hope you have a great birthday!


Scaping our land…

March 27, 2006

We talked to a landscaper this week. We're finally going to get our backyard done. We've been in our house for almost three years and we haven't so much as picked up a rock out there. Basically we've used it as a gigantic dog toilet up until this point.

We decided earlier this year that we wanted to have it done by the time the baby is born. The dogs just bring too much dust into the house (if you are not familiar with Vegas, we live in a giant bowl of dust). I had a lot of allergies when I was young and I would hate for the baby to live in a house full of dust and dog dander.

So basically we are going to lay down some grass along with some trees, shrubs, and decorative stone. It will eliminate our dust problem for the time being. I'm not too excited about having to manicure a yard… I'm not really into mowing. We wanted to go with the synthetic grass, but the landscaper talked us out of it. Apparently it's not good with pets.

Good thing I'm having a son. Before I know it he'll be begging me for spending cash and I can send him out to cut the grass. As for now, I'm off to the yellow pages to find a cheap lawn-care company.


Name update…

March 24, 2006

So we think we might have something…. maybe. We’re gonna throw it around a little bit and see if we really like it.

“Stuart Jonathan Brown” or “Jonathan Stuart Brown.”

Either way he will go by Stuart, or Stu.

What do you think?

We got Stuart from my grandmother’s maiden name “Stewart.” Obviously, we changed it since “Stuart” is more common as a first name.

I really like it! We’ll see if it sticks…. your opinions please?


Big Sis…

March 21, 2006

Just wanted to throw a quick birthday shout-out to my sister Mary!

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usHappy Birthday! I hope you’re having a great day!

You’re the best sister I could ask for! I love you!

(And for all you bachelors out there…. yes, she is single!)


A letter to my unborn son…

March 21, 2006

Dear (uh… yeah… I don’t know your name yet, sorry!),

How’s it going man? How have things been? I’m sorry I didn’t get in touch sooner, I’ve been real busy with school and stuff… I’m sure you understand.

Anyway, I’m your dad. You can call me dad or father or whatever you want really… I’m pretty easy going. I’m getting excited about meeting you. I hope you feel the same. I really want you to like me… please like me!

So I want to keep this short, mostly because I know you can’t read yet and I’m still trying to figure out how to get this letter to you in the first place (you don’t have internet service in there do you?). Basically, I just want to tell you a little about myself and give you some fatherly advice.

First of all, I read somewhere that it costs about $400,000 to raise a child through his college years. I want you to stop and think about how much awesome stuff I could buy with $400,000 dollars… that’s a lot of money! Now, obviously I made the decision that you would be worth more to me than all that stuff, and also that I would commit myself to providing that upbringing for you. I want you to know that I’m working on it. Now, when you first meet me, you’ll probably think that I’m some kind of joke. Your first thought may be, “Where’s this dude going to get the $400,000 to raise me?” I might work some pretty crappy jobs right now, but I promise that I’ll finish school and get a real job as soon as I can, ok?

Not only will I try to provide you with all the diapers and toys that you need, but I’ll also be here for you whenever you are in need of my great knowledge and wisdom. You might not realize this until you are much older, but I really do know everything! At least that’s how it has worked out with my parents. I’m just giving you a heads up.

Your Mom and I think you deserve everything this world has to offer and I’ll be damned if I don’t do everything I can to give it to you. All I ask of you in return is that you work hard and that you always be nice to your Mother. Pretty simple right?

Well, I think you’ll really enjoy life. Just take it slow… day by day, one step at a time (yeah, I’m sorry, I know you haven’t learned to walk yet either). It might get scary sometimes, but I’ll always be here to comfort you, I promise!

So I guess I’ll see you in just a few months! To tell you the truth, I’m probably just as nervous as you are! Go easy on me ok?! Take care in there!

Love, your Dad


Name Nonsense

March 16, 2006

After countless hours of discussing and rediscussing baby names…. we still have nothing. It’s just too hard!
So, here’s my solution… why don’t we let the kid pick his own name?!?!

Think about it. How cool would it be if they let you pick your own name once you got to be about 4 years old?

I’m pretty sure I would have picked “He-Man.” My nephew would probably be “Buzz Lightyear.” And wouldn’t it be pretty cool if every little girl was “Cinderella,” “Princess Aurora,” or “Dora the Explorer?”

So, I’m going to talk to Julie about it and see what she thinks… (I’ll let her pick the “temporary name” that the kid will go by until his 4th birthday, so she’s sure to go for it!).

I know this idea sounds ridiculous… and it is! I just need something to take my mind off of the constant frustration of picking a real baby name!


Father-son bonding…

March 13, 2006

I finally felt the baby move today!!! For the last week or so, Julie has been trying to help me feel it. Everytime he starts bumping around she calls me into the room and holds my hand on her stomach for a few minutes. Up until today, I never felt a thing. When she called me in earlier today I was prepared to be disappointed… and then it happened! I had my hand there, waiting for the slightest movement and then I felt it… two distinct pushes! My baby boy was saying hi to his daddy! He can’t wait to meet me! He’ll probably think I’m awesome…

Anyway, in other news, I finally finished painting this week (yeah, the painting that I started 3 weeks ago!) Here’s a look at the colors and what we have in our nursery so far!


And the verdict is…

March 11, 2006

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Ladies and Gentlemen, we have beans and franks! The baby is totally a “dude!”


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