Saturday, November 24, 2007

Six Months of Babies!!!

Ok, so it was over about a half hour ago, but the took their time getting here. Happy half-birthday (yes, that one's for you Heidi and Angela) to Leo and Joseph. Here are a couple of recent photos to tide everyone over.

First pic: Joseph happy that he can grab things. Me not so happy it is my beard!

Second pic: Leo showing that he eats gracefully, like the little gent that he is ;)

Third pic: Daddy, Joseph, Leo, and Zoey (the fuzzy one). Next mission: get Mommy in a picture with both boys. I guess I should take some of the pictures :)

Happy Thanksgiving

Give thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose love endures forever. Let the house of Israel say: God’s love endures forever. Let the house of Aaron say, God’s love endures forever. Let those who fear the Lord say, God’s love endures forever.
Ps 118:1-4 (NAB)

I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving, and that you are all well.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Funny photo

I have been promising more baby photos, so here is another one. I am showing Joseph, back in June, the real way to use Mommy's nursing pillow. Be careful what you wish for!

Marathon Trials

I missed seeing the quasi-live start to the US Men's Olympic Marathon Trials this morning. Sadly, one of the runners, 28-year old Ryan Shay, collapsed in the sixth mile. He did not regain consciousness, and died. I heard the news while working with Dad and Sarah (sister). I am still in shock. This is a professional athlete running what should be the race of his lifetime. I can understand a dehydrated, exhausted athlete collapsing at mile 20 or mile 25, but mile 5.5??? I feel so sorry for his new bride. Pray for her, and Ryan Shay's family.

The team for the Beijing games has been set. Ryan Hall ran a brilliant race, and won! Yay, California!!! Dathan Ritzenhein came in second, and my favorite, Brian Sell, the lunchpail Hansons-Brooks man came in third. Meb Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, came in8th.

With this team, I think that the USA stands a decent chance of getting a medal in Beijing. Beat the Kenyans, sure, why not :).

Comments fixed, hopefully

I enabled the comments boxes, I think. Sorry if you weren't able to comment on this spiffy blog before. Actually, the wife wanted to comment, and couldn't. It wasn't intentional, honest...

I'm back!

Wednesday was the end of the 2007 harvest for the Home Ranch. It was not the best, nor was it the worst of our efforts. The grapes were down quite a bit from last year. It didn’t help that we got hit right between the eyes with a frost in mid-April, and a poor rain year did not help us much either. Instead of a normal 16” or so, we got a paltry 11. Interestingly, nearly every other outfit in our little valley reported 8 to 9”. Did we get lucky? Maybe.
We are done crushing at Monster Winery. We had our end of the year BBQ/face feeding on Weds.. Now, all we have to do is finish the ferments, and get the wines that I want to behave, to behave. Likely most of the wines that really don’t need to behave, will, but the ones that must behave won’t. Seems like this happens a bit too much.
The boys are getting BIG! They are at 5 months, 1 week, and I think that we will be crawling by Thanksgiving, and maybe walking by New Year’s. God help us all! :) At any rate, they are doing well, and so is the wife.