Posts Tagged ‘Dan’

Our Day Home

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

A little while back I had the pleasure of spending the day at home with Ryan. She wasn’t able to go to daycare and Susan still had to go to work, so I took the day off and got to hang-out with my little girl. I thought I’d share some of the day with you.

First thing we did was get up and get dressed and head into the living room to play after we got Susan off to work.

What do you mean you need to watch over me? I've got everything I need here. See.

After rolling around and playing with toys and listening to glow worm we decided to read.

Some people have a thinking cap, Ryan has a reading cap.

All that fun was a lot of work as so it was time for a nap. I was able to catch a little shut-eye myself, which was rather nice.

Her Holiness the Dali Napa says that all life is grumpiness unless one awakens from their nap.

After our nap and lunch we went back to playing, and we had a surprise guest join us.

What? A surprise play guest? And me caught with this cup my my mouth. What can I say, I'm speechless.

That’s right, it was Bella. She came down from her nap spot and got really interested in Ryan’s toys. Bella was so interested in fact I had to take the a couple of toys away from the cat several times. Of course it didn’t help that Ryan kept giving her toys to Bella. She thought Bella was the most interesting thing, and couldn’t get enough of the cat. It was really cute to watch.

Ryan says, "Here Bella you have this toy. Don't let that Daddy person stop us from doing what we want, and I want you to have it."

Shortly after all this fun Susan got home from work and we all fell into our regular afternoon/early evening routines.

With that said, I must say this was one of the most exciting and fun days I’ve ever had in my life. It was so great to be able to spend time with Ryan, just the two of us. It was a real bonding moment for both of us and made me realize on a gut level, and not just an intellectual level, how important it is to the adults, not just the kids, for parents and their children to spend time together. That’s all for now, as I’m off to spend time with my wonderful family.

-Dan

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Blue Skies and New Chapters

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, full of changes and transitions! The biggest change is that Ryan started daycare last week, marking the end of my maternity leave and the beginning of our next chapter. Ryan now spends her days at Blue Skies in the Baby House. She’s really adjusted well to her new surroundings, and the staff there have been impressed with her daily progress. Starting with one hour the first day, she quickly worked her way up to spending full days there.  Dan and I feel really comfortable with her daycare situation and that has really made going back to work a lot easier for me!

This outfit just says "spring"... fashion forward, do you think?

Dan took a couple of weeks of paternity leave to help with Ryan’s daycare transition. I think they’re having a lot of fun together, and it’s been great for Dan to get to spend some more time with her during the day.

Just hangin' around.

We’ll post more photos, videos and audio recordings soon – once we get through this transition period! I’m sure the adventures are only just beginning…

~ Susan

Ryan, Granddad, Bath Time and More!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Here are some more photos of Ryan and her Granddad when he came out to visit.

(As usual Click the slide show image to be taken to a gallery where you can view these images at a larger size and even order prints!)

Enjoy!

-Dan

What’s on your iPod Playlist?

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

I was just listening to one of the playlists in my iPod and I noticed something that I wanted to get your feed back on.

Do you have any songs, that if someone told you to listen to these two songs right in a row, you would just think, “what are you talking about?” I’d rather mix orange juice and milk before I listen to those two song next to each other! But, and here is where we really come to where I’m looking for your feed back, after giving it a try (perhaps with a little bit of green eggs and ham prodding by your friend) you find that you actually like hearing these songs one right after the other? Almost like when you try a really nice bottle of wine (I mean really good bottle of special occasion wine) with pizza or so-so chinese take out. Or maybe, it becomes like wearing a paisley tie with a horizontal stripped shirt? Something that most people most of the time shouldn’t try, but a select few people under the right circumstances can pull off.

Why even bother asking this sort of question? Well I think I just might have that sort of song combo on my iPod (as if you didn’t see that one coming). Now before I tell you what this combination is, let me lay down some ground rules. I don’t want this to become all about bashing peoples (mine or anyone else’s) tastes in music or whether these songs have any artistic merit in and of themselves. I want to this be about how you mixed classical music and hip-hop, Eighties-synthesizers-pop with folk, or disco and country and were successful.

So without any further stalling on my part, my two songs are: Abba’s Money, Money, Money and ‘Til Tuesday’s Voices Carry. Two songs, that I happen to enjoy on my work day commute, but never thought they would sound good next to each other. I have no idea what liking these songs says about me, and I’m sure I don’t want to know. What I do want to know is what two songs have you put together in some sort of playlist that you we pleasantly surprised they worked together, or maybe you don’t think it could ever happen and you have always known what sounds good together before you tried it. Either way, let me know your experiences.

-Dan