Sunday, December 12, 2010

Owen Christmas Card Drawing 2010

Owen's Christmas card drawing from when we were staying in the condo in Point Loma

Friday, November 26, 2010

We're Out of Here

It's been 14 years and 4 months since I threw the big dark green tote bag (which could double as a body bag) in the back of my white Jeep wrangler and headed out here to the Bay Area. First posting up in a Melrose Place style pad in San Jose w/ Rummel (okay maybe the only thing it had in common with Melrose was the pool) but it seemed like everyday was sunny and 80 out. It got to the point where Rummel and I were looking for a grey rainy Saturday so we had an excuse to stay inside. About a year later, Kim moved out with her two cats - we played three's company for a while and then the writers of the show had Kim get a job up in San Francisco.

After seven years in San Francisco with a fantastic crew of friends, some great Halloween parties, big burly days at OB and fun winters in Tahoe - it was time to start thinking about a family (I was always ready - I don't know why it took Kim forever to relax and get serious about our relationship :) ….an amazing wedding in St. Helena.

With O on the way we did what we thought was impossible and bought our first house in Pacifica (or as it turns out, more like rented it from the banks). Sure, there was the occasional run in between Rupert and the skunks, Rupert and the raccoons, Rupert and the deer, Rupert and the neighbor's cat…and… Yes, it was small (with a constant "ssshh" being issued because the slightest sound from anywhere in house would wake up a napping child)…. but we will miss our first house, even though it was little, it will always have a big place in our lives.

Now that the pictures are down from the walls, the furniture is gone, the floors are bare and most noticeably there is no other voices to "ssshh" - the place feels lonely. It will always hold many warm memories but I guess there is something to the saying… "it is the people in the house that make it a home…" (yes i am trying out for the 99 cent greeting card writing gig)

So… 14 years and 3 kids, 1 dog and 1 cat later (um… the second headed back to Philly just a day after arriving in San Jose) - I am moving the last of the stuff down to our new "home" in San Diego. We will miss you SF but look forward to our new adventures in SoCal.

A few pics from our time here in Pacifica:

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Goblins, Garage Sales and Getting Sick

With a Halloween just around the corner, it was time for Owen's Halloween parade at kindergarten and what would Halloween be without watching The Great Pumpkin. But unfortunately, O came down with a stomach bug that is going around so... its a matter of time before the next one of us picks it up.... all with a Garage Sale planned today and me getting ready to travel out of town for work.

Watching great pumpkin

Halloween parade

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

3 shirts later

Three shirts in thrashed from spit up in the course of 45 minutes

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Summer Coming to a Close

We are not really sure that the summer ever came to NorCal (or all of the California coast for that matter).  Pacifica, is not exactly Bay Watch during the summer months but this year was brutal weather wise.  But with the arrival of Finn and prepping for the big move, it didn't leave us much time for the outdoors.    We did get a few nice days early on where we were able to bust out the pool and roll down to the beach a couple of times.  We took the our annual trip to San Diego a bit later this summer and called out extra support from DeeDee and cousin Grace to help Mom while Dad was traveling for work. 

Along the way this summer, we saw O make some significant strides in swimming, riding his bike and getting rad on his skateboard (here we come X-Games) We also watched in amazement how he mastered every video game he owns. 

Tomorrow, Owen starts kindergarten!  And Tess will rule the roost during the day time (not that she doesn't regardless of who is around).  Tessa's talk, while still hard to decipher, made great improvements ( now we can understand what her tantrums are about!)  She is definitely has turned into her own little person. 

Even though the weather wasn't the greatest - It's been another good summer with lots of changes and more to come.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Playing Together

Figure at some point we will need proof that Owen and Tessa were "playing together"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Welcome Finn Richard Loughery

June 15, 2010 2:06 pm 7.14 pounds

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Waiting for Number Three

The posts have been a little slow over the last couple of months with the new job and getting ready for number 3 to arrive (Tuesday!!!).  

The spring seemed to rush by but we did manage to have some fun and a visit from Grandpop Loughery who was able to catch one of Owen's rookie season t-ball games.

As we get ready for number 3 to arrive, we have all been doing this in our own way...
Kim, nesting (read we needed a new carpet)
Owen, remaining steadfast (read more interested in his video games and playing to be bothered with the hoopla)
Tess, making sure all of the baby's things are in order (read stealing his baby blanket and toys that have been set aside for him and practicing her annunciation of the word "mine")
Dad... well I am not sure it has hit me yet and I am not sure what to expect.  I didn't know what to expect with number one and I know 3 will be 3 times the work... but something tells me it will be more than 3 times the fun!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Owen's Preschool Graduation Speech & Dance

Short clip from Owen's big day graduating from Building Kidz (20 years to the weekend after his dad graduated from HS) and his big break dance.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Slow to Wake

When it comes to waking up for school, the only difference b/t Owen and a 16 year old -  is 11 years.   

Dad (softly speaking): Owen.... Owen.... Owen...
Owen (grumbling): What. 
Dad: Time to get up buddy.
Owen: Do I have to go to school for a full day today?  Isn't it summer yet?

Friday, April 30, 2010

Flying T-Rex

Flying T-Rex
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Owen flying his kite that was sent to him from Grandpop Bill.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Owen Opening Day at T-Ball

Owen Opening Day at T-Ball from Rick Loughery on Vimeo.

If you click on the link above you can see the video in a larger screen

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tessa not so happy

Tessa not so happy
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
The best thing about this picture is the blue stool next to Owen. Tessa brought this stool out to climb up so she could see what Owen was eating. Owen was eating ice cream because O finished his dinner. Tessa didn't touch hers. It was a long and grueling battle but some how mom and dad prevailed. In fact, about 30 minutes later Tess started eating her dinner so she could get to the ice cream.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sliding at the pool

Big step tonight for O at swim class!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tessa's first romp in the Gym

Sat, 27 Feb
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Following in mom's footsteps

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tahoe Winter Vacation

Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Great time up in South Lake Tahoe. Tess wasnt too big of a fan of the snow but she did do some sledding. And Owen loved his first time snowboarding.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A rainy holiday

Good for collecting worms (Owen)
Good for collecting rocks (Tessa)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Tessa Turns Two

Two already. Tessa celebrated with Owen and Sammy and Kiley. Since Tess is infatuated with Elmo... it made it easy to choose the theme for the birthday party.

Saturday, January 09, 2010