Sunday, June 25, 2006

Four months old!

Gavin was baptized this weekend and also enjoyed a visit with Mimi and Grandad as well as Aunt Heather (his godmother), Uncle Rick and cousins Anna and Caroline. Our good friend Jerry (the godfather) also joined in the festivities Sunday.

We underwent major preparations to try and ensure Gavin would be in the best mood possible when he appeared before the whole church: getting up at 6 a.m. to try and make sure he could eat and nap and take care of business BEFORE putting on his pristine white outfit (which we decided was akin to what tennis players wore at Wimbledon in the 1920s). At any rate, it was a rough morning waking a sleeping baby (something you should never do), getting him fed, having him make a mess on Don and waking him up a second time from a brief nap. By the time we got to the church for the 9:30 service, we were about cashed in. Luckily, the baptism was early on and when we got up to the front, Gavin was in a good mood and when the pastor declared him baptized a huge grin spread across his face for all to see. The congregation did a collective "awww!" and I nearly bust into tears from happiness and exhaustion.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Best. Ice cream. Ever.

There are moments in life where some things taste sooooo good you have to "take a break" to appreciate them. Case in point: Haagen Dazs Mayan Chocolate ice cream. Words cannot describe how good it is. The Web site is pretentious and sort of hilarious with how seriously it takes this new ice cream flavor, i.e. "We went back and unearthed the ancient origins of chocolate just so we could bring it to you." Check it out and for the love of god, buy the ice cream!!!

Monday, June 19, 2006

First Father's Day

Gavin gave the best present ever when he let both mom and dad sleep in until 8:30 a.m. (yahoo!). He spent the rest of the day showing off his new shirt and discovering his own feet for the first time.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Fever is clearly catching!

Devastated By U.S. World Cup Team's First-Round Loss,
Nation Grinds To Halt
June 15, 2006
NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, and WASHINGTON, DC—With the Dow Jones average down over 600 points, factory productivity in a downward spiral, and workplace attendance down by nearly a third, experts say the U.S. World Cup team's heartbreaking 3-0 defeat at the hands of Czech Republic on Monday has brought life across the soccer-crazed nation to a virtual standstill.
"What happened in Gelsenkirchen has indeed dealt a grievous blow to the morale of the American people," said President Bush, who had promised his constituency a swift and speedy victory in the World Cup this year and whose popularity has taken a 9 percent hit since the U.S. team's loss. "I want the citizens of this great nation, the world's only remaining superpower, to know that I grieve alongside them and urge them to be strong in our hour of darkness, and urge them to return to their jobs and schools despite their heavy hearts."
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World Cup Fever

Who's got it? We do! OK, at least Don does and the rest of us are along for the ride. We hit Hawk's Bar (Madison's official World Cup Headquarters) on Monday morning, to watch the first U.S. game of the tournament. We had a great time hanging with other soccer fans and I loved the spectacle of it all.

We also enjoyed visiting with Hawk as well as friends who were there: Sean, his dad Mr. O'Brien, Polly and Dan (who said he was glad his boss works 2 buildings away and didn't know he was watching the game instead of working). The U.S. sadly lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic, but have the chance to rebound Saturday against Italy.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Cute cousins

We spent the weekend and part of this week in Minneapolis visiting Jenny's sister Heather and her family. Gavin got to spend some quality time with his two cousins, Anna (6) and Caroline (3). Anna delighted in singing to Gavin, making funny faces and anything else she could think of to get him to laugh. As Heather said, she's on track to becoming his favorite babysitter a few years down the road : )