Tuesday, September 25, 2007


We took Owen to the last professional baseball game at RFK stadium on Sunday. He won't remember the days when the Nationals played a short walk from our house, but one day, if he becomes a baseball fan, I suspect he'll get a kick out of telling his friends he saw the Nats beat the Phillies in the last game at the old ballpark.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Hook 'em Horns & Hanging Chads

The results of our unofficial poll are in and it appears that a plurality of our loyal readers feel that Owen should grace the hallowed halls of his parents', paternal grandparents' and Jenna Bush's alma mater and attend the University of Texas at Austin. However, this vote is not without controversy as I found myself unable to vote for Northwestern on Friday, despite the website claiming there were still 4 hours left to cast a ballot. Allen informed me that voting had closed on Thursday, that I'd had more than enough time to vote for NU if I'd really wanted to, and besides, much like our electoral college system, Owen wasn't bound by the popular vote. I still think it's a bit suspicious, but as Northwestern tied with William & Mary for second place, I've decided to let it go.

Thanks to all of you that voted for Texas, Northwestern, William & Mary and for our write-ins of Virginia Tech and St. Ambrose. Sadly, the University of Iowa didn't receive a single vote, even from the Marshalltown Gradys who gave Owen the Hawkeye onesie. I wonder how it will effect its U.S. New and World Report Rankings...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Daddy Day

Marlo celebrated her birthday on Saturday by having a girls day out, which meant that Brad and I were in charge of Mia and Owen all day. The girls had a great time shopping and the guys (plus Mia) spent the day watching the Texas game, hiking in the woods behind Brad & Marlo's house in Silver Spring, and watching Owen flirt with Mia.

Sunday, September 09, 2007


Now that Owen has turned one year old (and collected a few birthday checks;-) we're finally setting up his college savings account. To celebrate the occasion, we're putting a poll on the blog (top of the column on the right), so you can help decide where Owen will go to college!*


William & Mary

University of Texas

University of Iowa

*The results of this non-scientific poll are not to be considered binding. Voting may be based on genuine interest in where Owen should attend school, reflect voting for your own alma mater, or cuteness of the picture of Owen wearing the school colors. Schools listed in this poll are limited to schools for which Owen owns a onesie. Although it is tempting, we are not planning on limiting Owen's actual school selection based on his onesie wardrobe. If your favorite school doesn't win this poll, don't feel too bad, there's always a second chance with grad school...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Animal ≾ Vegetable ≾ Mineral

We'd been invited by the Browns to join them last Saturday at the National Zoo. No time had been set, so when Brad called at 8:30 in the morning to say they were leaving in an hour or so, we weren't sure what to do. See, as a rule, we don't do morning outings -- we're pretty impressed if we make it out the door by three in the afternoon. But we rallied, showered, restocked the diaper bag and managed to make it out the door by 10 am -- or roughly an hour and a half before the Browns did ;-) We eventually met up with Mia and her posse and managed to see pandas, elephants, hippos, cheetahs, and a host of other animals that Owen was equally unimpressed by. Apparently, neither flora nor fauna have anything on the metal railings used to enclose them. Owen loved them, and expressed this love through frequent licking. Yes, that's right: we handmade organic babyfood and eshewed all formula only to have our son lick public railings and like it. We're very proud.