HGTV vs Reality

Oct 2, 2011
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Kayla and I got the call from La-Z-Boy that our new bedroom furniture is coming next weekend.  Seeing as how we were totally not prepared for delivery (imagine that) we decided to kick things into high gear this weekend and get our bedroom all nice and shiny ready to be filled with brand new friends. We moved all of our current bedroom furniture into one of the guest rooms down the hall and then proceed to paint said empty room. I swear HGTV makes it look so easy. Fun even. But the reality of painting a room with tray ceilings is not as exciting as they would have you believe it is. My father-in-law was gracious enough to come help me with what turned out to be a 5 hour job. In the end we were sweaty, messy, and tired but we managed to get ‘er done.  Thanks Dad Christoff for your help!

Five Years Cheers

Sep 18, 2011
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We just got back from spending four SUPER relaxing days at the Wild Dunes Resort at Isle of Palms, S.C.  We rented a one bedroom condo and spent most of our time reading on the screened-in back deck overlooking the ocean.  I forgot my iPad and we got zero cell phone reception but, it was a nice change of pace, being “unplugged” for a while.   We walked on the beach and tasted the seafood at some of the local restaurants.  Oh, and we spent a little time exploring Charleston too.  I brought my camera but was too…busy… to take many pictures.  So, on our last day we decided to put together a quick stop-motion video.  I’ve never really tried something like this before.  We only took one take and it was definitely a learning experience.  I have some creative ideas for the next time we give this a go.  The message Kayla writes in the sand says “Happy Anniversary” btw. Now, it’s back to the ‘ol grind.  Can’t wait for the next vacation!

It’s a Wonderful Lime

Sep 3, 2011
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The little one has grown to the size of a lime!  Wow, it seems like it was just yesterday it was the size of a shrimp.  🙂  Things have been pretty uneventful this week.  Today marks the last day of working in my current position downtown and Tuesday I will begin my new duties at the company in Buckhead.  I’m excited about the move and the new opportunity but I will miss my coworkers, family, and most of all my wife.  The new position will definitely take some getting used to, but it really couldn’t have come at a better time.  This weekend Kayla and I are headed up to West Virginia for the Whorley family reunion.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we’ll have a full day on Sunday of eating, drinking, and being marry with a great bunch of folks we haven’t seen in a while.  On the way home from work tonight we stopped at Old Navy so Kayla could pick up some more “comfortable” clothes to take on the trip.  She isn’t showing yet, but her clothes are a little more…snug.  🙂

Chinese Gender Predictor

Aug 31, 2011
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During a quick visit to , Kayla decided to take their Ancient Chinese Gender Predictor Test.  Because, you know, anything ancient, Chinese, and accessible via the interwebs is totally legit!  Haha, I’ll probably eat those words in about 8 weeks when we find out the gender though.  Doh!



It’s Not a Cookie

Aug 28, 2011
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Week 11 down!  Woo hoo!  This has been a pretty exciting week.  The baby is approximately the size of a fig, we had our first ultrasound, and the end of the first trimester is in site.  Kayla continues to rock this pregnancy like a champ.  Still no morning sickness and she’s even had a little more energy than last week.  The doctor’s visit on Wednesday went really well.  As a matter of fact, we weren’t even scheduled to have an ultrasound.  The doctor told us that we would only get one if we didn’t hear a heartbeat from the Doppler test.  Well, we were floored when we heard the rapid, rythmic beat of the little one’s ticker coming from the Doppler wand.  But, we just HAD to go home with a picture of our baby!  🙂  Poor Dr. Thompson was no match for our tag-team puppy eye action and in a… heartbeat… we were off to another room to get the ultrasound.

Three’s a Crew

Aug 25, 2011
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🙂 Meet the rest of the crew:

Glazed Broiled Salmon

Aug 21, 2011
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Another one to go in the ‘ol family cookbook.  We do our best to have fish one to two times a week just to switch things up a bit.  Usually Kayla makes this dish when we’re either low on time or she doesn’t feel like cooking.  It literally only takes 15 minutes to make.  First she mixes up the glaze (Soy sauce, chili sauce, orange marmalade, and chives) and drizzles it on the steaks.  Then she broils the Salmon for 5 min, drizzles more glaze onto the steaks, and pops them back into the oven for another 5 minutes.  Quick, easy, and delicious.


Aug 20, 2011
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Our little bun-in-the-oven is now the size of a cocktail shrimp, according to our weekly email update from  Kayla is still doing well.  She hasn’t got the belly buldge (<– Uncle Cam’s term) and no crazy cravings yet.  But her chest is still very sore and she’s pretty tired most of the time.  Next week is a big week for us.  On Wednesday we have our first ultrasound!  We’re both SUPER EXCITED!  We can’t wait to see the first picture of our little shrimp.  I imagine it will look something like this:

Notes about the image: Kayla dropped shrimp into a small aquarium while I tried to time the capture.  Created the ultrasound display and effects in Photoshop.  You can see the unedited shrimp picture here.

Mmm…Breakfast Scone

Aug 13, 2011
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Bam!  🙂  We’re toying with the idea of making a cookbook out of our favorite recipes.  So, to kick this project off and test the waters, I took a few pictures of one of our favorite breakfast foods, the Ham and Cheese Scone!  I usually drizzle maple syrup on it to give it that sweet and salty flavor.  SO GOOD!  Anyway, here is a horizontal frame that I liked.

Cherry Blossom

Aug 12, 2011
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So our weekly email, from, says our baby is nearly an inch long — about the size of a cherry and weighs just a fraction of an ounce.  Hmmm…I guess I still can’t use the baby as an excuse for the weight I’ve gained.   Yet.  🙂 So far, Kayla is doing well.  This is her ninth week of being prego.  She hasn’t experienced any morning sickness and the only discomfort she’s endured so far is an immensely sore chest.   Kayla does seem more tired than usual but between being pregnant and the dramatic cut back of caffeine it’s certainly understandable. We’re super excited about getting our house in order before the baby arrives.  Our first room of attack is our bedroom!  Two interior designers from Lazyboy, Sally and Regina, stopped by yesterday to take measurements and talk about some options.  Their presentation is this Sunday and we can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with.

notes about the image: taken around 9pm on our kitchen table, 60mm macro, two off camera flashes used (key and background)

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