June 26, 2006
Julie wasn't feeling well today. She's had really bad back pain lately. Today it was unbearable. It was so bad that the "telephone nurse" had us go to the hospital to get checked out.
So we went in, and guess what! It turns out that the cure to back pain is water! Or at least that's what they told her. "You need to drink more water."
I wonder if water will cure my back problems as well?
If this works, the makers of water are going to put the folks at Tylenol right out of business!
And if it doesn't work… Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do for intense back pain? Julie will be very appreciative!
June 21, 2006
We've been trying to get the nursery all set up and ready to go. I think we're about done! There are some finishing touches that we're working on, but for the most part… this is it! Here are some pictures, let me know if you see anything that doesn't look right! As you can see, we decided on the green and brown rather than the traditional baby blue. We love it!
June 18, 2006
I like this picture from today's game. After all the pre-game controversy surrounding Eddie Johnson's remarks comparing today's game to a war… this is the image that we are left with! Looks like it WAS a battleground after all!
Anyway, for those of you who don't follow soccer (all of you?), you can be proud of the US team today. Leading into the game, every single critic, every blog, and every "soccer expert" all predicted a major Italian victory (I guess you can't blame them after our horrible performance against the Czechs), and what happened was anything but. We didn't get the win, but we definitely took the Italians by surprise. We dominated the field game and kept them on the defensive for the majority of the match. In the end we were down one man due to ejections (there were three total in the match!) and we still held off their attacks and were able to force the 1-1 draw which is what we needed to still have a chance in the tournament.
So at very least we proved that we aren't the total joke that we appeared to be in our first match!
Anyway! I promise I'm not turning this into a soccer blog! I'm just excited about the Cup.
As for the baby, we're really coming down to the wire. 4 or 5 weeks left… something like that. Things are going good. Julie is wanting to be done with the pregnancy already! She's off for the summer and she's trying to keep busy. We're just playing the waiting game now.
Hurry up Noah! We're getting excited to meet you!
June 13, 2006
So it's been kind of hard for me to bring myself to make a post today. I've been hiding in my room all day after the US totally bombed their opening World Cup game this morning. What a disaster!
Now, I'm sure the majority of you could care less about the World Cup, but I'm going to keep you updated anyway. I mean, it is the largest sporting event in the world! You should at least know how your own country is doing!
So as of right not things aren't looking too hot. We play again on Saturday, this time against Italy. Keep your fingers crossed! There's still hope!!!
That being said, let's move on. Since I haven't been able to focus on much other than soccer in the last few days, I'll just take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to Julie's baby shower! I wasn't around, but Julie said it was absolutely wonderful! Thanks to everyone who gave us gifts, we were completely overwhelmed by the generosity!
Here are some pictures of the event…
June 8, 2006
Lately people have been telling Julie that she doesn't look like she's going to make it to her due date…
Now, I'm not quite sure how they can tell just by looking at her but they've got me worried!
They seem to know what they are talking about. They have more experience with pregnancy than we do. They include her mom, some friends, even perfect strangers… and they all say the same thing! They all agree that she looks like she's not going to make it.
What the hell are they talking about?! How can they know this?? Does anyone know the secret to telling whether or not a woman will make it to her due date? Please enlighten me!!!
Better yet… will someone get to work on finding out how to make the baby stay in longer? We could use a couple more months if possible.
June 5, 2006
Last week we had the opportunity to attend the funeral of the mother of one of Julie's students. She passed away shortly after being involved in a tragic car accident. It was heartbreaking to watch her two young children and husband say goodbye to their dearly loved mother and wife. Even more heartbreaking was the thought that they had to go home afterward and pick up the pieces of their shattered reality and adjust to their new life without her. I'm sure the pain is tremendous.
The reason I'm writing about this here is because since the accident, the father's courage and strength has been nothing short of amazing. It is admirable. He immediately took on the responsibilities of a single parent. He didn't miss a beat. The children didn't miss one day of school. On top of that, despite everything he was going through, he was coming in after school and getting involved in the areas that were previously handled by his wife. I'm amazed that he could find the strength to face the day, let alone become a super-dad. It is truly moving.
Basically, this post is a tribute to single parents everywhere. No matter who they are or what their situation is, they have my admiration. I would hope that I possess even a fraction of the strength and dedication that is displayed by single parents on a day to day basis.
I am also deeply grateful to my wife for the role she plays in my life. She is my motivation and inspiration. I don't know where I would be without her. My son will be lucky to have such an amazing mom.
I'll end this post with a quote from Kool and the Gang… (this is the first time in my life that I've ever quoted Kool!)
"Cherish the love we had, we should chersih the life we live..
cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love..
cherish the love we had, for as long as we both shall live..
cherish the love, cherish the life, cherish the love.."