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Hitting the Zoo

July 21st, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in pretty pictures, The Boy, The wife and I

So, while most people have actual lives and go and do things, for me it has been so long since I had free time to go and relax that the thought doesn’t often occur to me.

With that in mind, last week I said to the wife “We should go to the zoo” and so we did.  I was too busy having a good time to take a lot of shots, so I’ll have to do more of that next time, but I did get a few of Jamie and Matthew that I thought I would post up from my phone.  The others are on the camera and I need to dig out the cable for it and off load them.

We first hit the zoo portion of the biopark and walked around there looking at the raptors, birds, elephants, giraffes and primates.  We had originally planned on making it over to see the big cats, but they were opposite the direction to get to the train that goes to the aquarium.  So, since it was getting hot we decided that the aquarium called and headed to the trains.

Matthew handled the train and the zoo like a champ, mostly sleeping, but once we were at the aquarium and in where it was nice and cool he woke up and happily gazed at all the colors and watched the fish swimming by ten foot high glass walls.  There was even a spot where you could pet the fish.  You would stick two fingers in the water and the rays would swim past and rub up against you.  One ray was a really attention hound and would push the others out of his way so he could rub against your hand.  All in all very cool and I look forward to introducing Matthew to that when he is old enough.

He did become enchanted with the jellyfish tank and I got a very good shot of him and Jamie in front of it.  I was in dumbfounded amazement though as I watched people try to take pictures in a dark room to try and capture the atmosphere of the tanks and they would use a flash – which totally ruins the shot.  Ah well, people are stupid I guess.

Anyway, here are a few shots for now

Matt – ready to go (he just had his bottle)

Hangin’ with the Jellies.

Next month we are thinking of going to an Isotopes game, we’ll leave Matt with the grandparents for that though since he probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much.

Some happy stuff

June 9th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Rough men, The Boy, The wife and I

Pictures of the boy to brighten the day.  He’s gotten so big, so quick!

A friend asked how I felt being a dad now.  I described it like this:

It’s like my whole world was in black and white but then when he was born it suddenly turned to color and I realized that this was the way it should be

Yep – welcome to Oz

Matt with an expression I usually have at work

My dad and my son.

Below the fold – silly cat pictures

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More Additions

June 4th, 2011 | 3 Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, The wife and I

I know my dad is up to something anytime he says “Come out to the garage with me for a moment”.  Last time he said that he gave my wife this. This time was no exception.

We had been talking about my wife’s Ruger SP101 and getting (or possibly making – more on that later) new grips for it since the current ones are a bit large for her hands.  Well, we go out to the garage and my dad’s gun safe where he pulls this out and says “See if this fits her hand.”

So now, not only does she have a 1897 12 gauge shotgun, a Ruger SP101, and now a very sweet .45 single action revolver but dad is also giving her a .22 single action revolver as well so she has something with less kick to practice her technique with.

My wife now has more firearms than I do!!!

On a side note, when dad handed it to her the first thing she said was “Wow, this is a really pretty gun.”  Dad I know was glad she liked it but he said in a very sarcastic tone “We don’t care how pretty it is, guns aren’t pretty, they are tools.  And it’s not a ‘gun’ it’s a revolver.”

But still, it’s a very nice looking revolver.

My Boy

April 11th, 2011 | 2 Comments | Posted in The Boy, The wife and I

Happy Birthday

April 9th, 2011 | 2 Comments | Posted in The wife and I, Uncategorized

To the latest edition to the Instinct household, My son Matthew (Insight)

Born April 5th 2011
7lbs 2oz 20.25 inches

This is the main reason the blog has been running silent for the last few months.  I’ve been painting a baby room, building some shelving units and a toybox (we were given a crib so no need to build one), and generally getting things ready.

We didn’t know the sex of our baby because the wife, Intuition, wanted it to be a surprise.  So, on the day he was delivered – c-section since he refused to turn around and go the right direction (insert typical female joke here) – Our doctor came in and talked with us about everything that they were going to do and then introduced us to the attending physician Dr. No! Yes, that was his real name and yes, he does own a cat.  Dr. No then asked if we had any names picked out so we told him Matthew for a boy and Alexandra for a girl.

They wheeled her out to do the spinal block and at the same time had me get dressed in a white coverall, hairnet, and shoe covers so that I would be ready once they were ready for me in the delivery room.  About fifteen minutes later they came and got me, but not before a fire alarm went off on the floor below us making me wonder if we might not have to delay the delivery and instead evacuate.  It was a small fire though and apparently handled by an orderly with a fire extinguisher.

I’m not sure what I expected the operating room to look like, but I guess it looked like most any other room I’ve seen in a hospital before, there was a bed (with my wife on it) a sink, a machine over to the side that looked kind of like a bassinet crossed with a food warmer, and the mandatory machine that goes ‘ping!’

The delivery actually didn’t take very long at all, maybe 30 minutes from start to the time he was out.  When he came out we. of course, couldn’t see him because of the drape that was between us and the doctors, but I heard Dr. No announce “It’s a Matthew!” as he brought him around so we could see.  I don’t really know how I expected to feel when I saw my child, I knew I would be happy, but the wave of love and joy that washed over me as I looked at my son for the first time was incredible and left me stunned.  Such a small little boy and he stole my heart from the first minute.

He cried for only a minute or two when they weighed him and cleaned him off, and then when they handed him to me he instantly stopped as if to say “OK, I’m with dad and all is well.”  He’s been that way ever since too, he can be fussy and as soon as he is in my arms or his mothers he stops crying.  I guess he knows that we will handle it and take care of him.

They had to take blood from him for a state mandated test, he didn’t make a sound during it.  They did his circumcision, he cried during the shot and after that just sucked on my pinky finger and looked at me like “Are we done yet”.  Hearing test – done, but he kept pulling off all the head things they stuck to him.  He would distract the nurse with one thing and while she was handling that he would pull off the monitors.

He’s a smart tough kid and I am so glad and proud that he is my son.  I look at him and see the potential for a really great kid in his face and I’ll be honest and say that I do not understand anyone who could end a life like this because it is more convenient for them.  If they could see for one day the gift from god that they tossed away because of “choice” I think they would regret the path they took forever.

Home, at last!

December 27th, 2010 | 1 Comment | Posted in Family Stuff, Furballs, The wife and I, Uncategorized

We’ve finally landed!

It’s been a quite a few weeks since I last posted anything and a lot has happened in that time, so I will try and address it all in the order things happened.  That’s usually the best way, start from the beginning and  go until you reach the end but a lot of stuff has happened including new additions to the household, computer repairs, holidays, new jobs and a new place to live and all the things that go with moving in.

First off, we landed in New Mexico without incident.  No flat tires, exploding engines or attacks by zombies or liberals (though often you can’t tell the difference).  The new house is nice enough, everything in here is builder grade so it’s a place that I keep looking at and thinking things like “If we were to rip out that pony wall in the kitchen, we could move the cabinets out further…”  so maybe if it turns out we will be staying on a more permanent basis and decide to buy something, this rental place could be our first home.  What a concept,  kind of stunning really!

Speaking of which, this is the view we get from our house.

The place is pretty nice but we’ve had a few problems right off the bat.  The people who lived here before us were slobs of the utmost degree and apparently had a hamster that they allowed to go anywhere it wanted.  We had to pull out the oven to have the igniter replaced.  It’s a gas oven – one of the things I would change if this place was ours.  Anyway, as we pulled it out I discovered that while the rental agents did have a cleaning crew come in, apparently they only cleaned what was in plain sight.  Behind the stove was a huge collection of trash, dirty laundry (yes, and I have no idea how it got there) dirty dishes and silverware and, worst of all, the entire area was covered in hamster droppings.

I cleaned it all up and later called the agent about what I found and was given the old “Oh, gee we are so sorry…” which generally means they aren’t sorry at all and they wish you would quit calling them.   Now, if this were the only problem I would most likely let it go and get on with things, but it’s just one of quite a few.  The sliding glass door has those blinds that you pull to cover the door and keep the neighbors from seeing into your house except in our case half of them are broken or missing along with the pull rod.  The oven door gasket vents heat so much that it makes the knobs on the stove very hot to the touch, the washer smelled like urine when we moved in (bleach helped with that) and the dryer takes two cycles to dry a load – and it’s a gas dryer.  It’s been two weeks since I told them about this and still nothing has been done.

I am now slowly working up to a war stance on things.  They are going to try and fix the dryer but they said if I want to put my own dryer in that’s fine – but I have to store the owners dryer here.  I told them that the leasing agreement says nothing about storage for the owners stuff and if I move it out then she needs to find a place for it – or, I can store it here for $25 a month.   We’ll see what they say.

The new job is going pretty good.  Not what I went to college for, but right now I am just happy to have an income.  I’ll be in training for a month more and then it’s onto the production floor where, with the bonuses I can earn, I could double my salary which would be very nice indeed.

Finally, we added a couple of new additions to the family.  We were over at PetsMart and wandered by the adoption center and fell in love with a couple of boys that were there, Zane and Sam.  We filled out all of the paperwork and decided to hold off on taking them home because Sam was feeling a little sick that day and had diarrhea and the adoption center wanted to make sure he was OK before letting us take him.  Well, they found out that everything wasn’t OK with Sam, he has a neurological disorder and he’ll need special care and a very attentive family.  Luckily for him his foster mom has fallen in love with him and one of her cats has taken to mothering him so I think he has found his forever home.

As for Zane, well we got him and found a little brother for him named Cooper.  Cooper is about half of  Zane’s size but you wouldn’t know that from the way he goes after Zane.  Right now I can hear the two of them upstairs thundering around their room playing keep-away or wrestling, or just running because they love to run.

This is Cooper

And this is Zane

There’s lot’s more to catch everyone up on, but for now I think I have rambled enough for one day.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year brings better times for you.