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  • 2010-07-07:Children! I have two of them now. Here are some pictures of them. The one runs around a lot more than the other one. For any pictures you want to print, just right click on them and select "save target as".

    Niklas is a fan of the blue Gatorade. For a flavor that has no basis whatsover in nature, blue is pretty solid.

    Here's the crazy face as conjured by Cocoa Pebbles.

    Niklas's ability to tell you what to do is no longer dependent upon his ability to speak.

    Here are Niklas and Josh having fun at speeds greater than my camera can handle.

    Important things that I am teaching my son: it is important to be able to wear black no matter how hot the sun is.

    Niklas gives a toy truck a ride on a swing for some reason.

    Niklas laughs at this guy.

    This is Niklas right after he discovered that he could take a picture of himself with my phone. I have about fifty pictures like this now.

    Looking good, Dr. Lounge.

    Here's Niklas conjuring some bubbles with his hands as far as you know.

    Niklas is dressed quite appropriately for a trip to this playground.

    Here are Niklas and Andrya going out for a walk, presumably with Zoe. Me too, I guess, but you can only really see Niklas and Andrya.

    Cameral duel!


    I've employed Niklas as a sort of bomb sniffing dog, but for diapers. Also, he likes to pretend he's a cat, not a dog.

    I'd like to think that I could get at least half of my children to look good in any picture. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    He loves this now, but when I make him take his sister out with him in fourteen years or so, I'm sure they'll be complaints.

    Mugshot Niklas did a great job of helping with Zoe's first bath.

    This is what passes for an action shot of Zoe.

    Here's Zoe sleeping off a long day of rocking and/or rolling.

    It works out better for me when Zoe sleeps on my chest than when Niklas does. It's not a weight issue so much as it is which one of them is more likely to knee me in parts I would rather not have introduced to a knee.

    Zoe has traded up.

    Hello, ladies.

    Here's Zoe looking good, if incredibly irritated, in stripes.

    Here's Zoe sleeping whist out on a walk.

    Here she is sleeping whilst at the doctor's.

    She's kind of awake here.

    Here, not so much.

    2010-07-11:So, in between bouts of yelling and pooping, Zoe has been lying around looking good. With his years of pratice, Niklas is able to look good even while doing those things. No, not just the yelling. Let's move on. For any pictures you want to print, just right click on them and select "save target as".

    Walking on water isn't good enough for Niklas, hence the sprinting.

    Niklas finds the giant spitting statue to be the funniest thing ever.

    Here's Niklas about to stomp on some tourists who apparently come from Laying-on-the-ground-in-high-traffic-pedestrian-areas-is-a-fine-idea-ville.

    I'm pretty sure that this is the inevitable conclusion of the above.

    Niklas and Andrya discus the finer points of the slide.

    Does this picture foreshadow me getting kicked in the face? Yes. Yes it does.

    Here are some good looking people. Also, me.

    To get the full experience of this picture, try making a combination goat/predator sound.

    Behold! The cutest picture of Zoe to date!

    This is called Still Life With Zoe, Rainbow Hat and Airplane. I not particularly imaginative.


    2010-07-18:So, Zoe is one month old today. I'm a bit off of the picture a day pace I think I should be on, so I hope to step that up in the future. Happy sort of birthday anyway, Zoe! For any pictures you want to print, just right click on them and select "save target as".

    Here's Niklas participating in a T-ball drill, my lack of understanding of which explains my lack of success as a ballplayer.

    Niklas taps in a birdie put after an amazing opening shot that only looked like him carrying the ball and setting it down right next to the hole.

    Here's Niklas after a legitimate hole in one on the 12th hole at the Lincoln Park miniature golf course. Also pictured, my ball with which I undoubtedly set some sort of record for "most strokes more than a three year old playing the same hole".

    Niklas, being a good big brother, helps Zoe burp after a feeding. Also, he finds burps hilarious.

    "I suspect you." - Zoe

    After Zoe hit me with her patented elbow drop from the top rope, she pinned me for the easy win.

    Is Zoe excited about her Christening dress? Let's ask the magic eight ball.

    2010-07-31:Look who's slipping a photo update in at the end of the month so it doesn't look like he's the king of slack! It's me! I guess writing that out undermines my whole scheme, but as I'm too lazy to hit the backspace key, here we are. Anyway, Niklas and Zoe! They're looking good as you will witness here directly. For any pictures you want to print, just right click on them and select "save target as".

    Here's Niklas showing off his t-ball throwing form. He's, uh... he's a good hitter.

    Niklas demonstrates his favorite Deep Purple song.

    Niklas's t-ball coach is obviously awesome as he's able to get a bunch of three year olds to pay attention.

    Here's Niklas acting particularly excited about a trip to the Potbelly's.

    Niklas and Andrya compete in the World Cup Of Busy Town. I was knocked out early due to my inability to find a sufficient number of ice cream cones.

    Nowadays, this is what happens when you tell Niklas to say "cheese". You get a much better smile when you tell a story related to poop.

    Nothing says fun for a three year old like a trip to an engineering firm.

    If the engineering thing doesn't work out, Niklas is planing to fall back on his gas pumping skills. Born too late for that one, Niklas.

    Mailman/construction worker is also high on Niklas's list of career choices.

    Niklas is the checkers king of Diversey Parkway.

    He's a fan of Tic-Tac-Toe, too, mostly on account of the velcro.

    Niklas has not been terribly successful in any of his criminal ventures.

    Their excited faces in this picture remind me of an old timey wedding photo.

    This is a bit better.

    I wrote a song for Zoe. It goes like this: "Zoe says fuss. Fuss, fuss, Zoe. Zoe says fuss, fuss, fuss, fuss, fuss."

    Zoe says rage. Rage, rage, Zoe. Zoe says rage, rage, rage, rage, rage.

    This is Zoe's first trip to a restaurant. You can't really tell it from this picture, but I stand to gain nothing from lying about this, so you might as well trust me.

    Here's Zoe looking calm and relaxed.

    Seconds later, she's staring daggers at something. I hope it's not me.

    Who's excited about her pretty dress? Fury is a type of excitement.

    I've got a big future as a lounge chair.

    Hanging out with Andrya is always a good time for Zoe.

    This is Zoe's cute face. As you can see, it's well named.


    Who's metal? Zoe. Zoe is metal."