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Steve’s AhhHaa moment

March 28, 2008 9:37 am

The other day Steve came home and explained how he finally understood why people buy jog strollers. “It isn’t” he said, “because they WANT to take their kid jogging with them” [a concept he couldn't understand]. “But because they CAN’T go jogging without bringing them along.”

We are now the proud owners of a jog stroller, purchased off of Craig’s list. It seems to me, that this really is the first time Steve has acknowledged the change that having a kid has on your life. He is so easy going that most changes have been absorbed naturally with no big fanfare.

Steve says:

Actually, I think what I said was:

“Initially I assumed that people bought jog strollers because they wanted to take their kid jogging with them. To share a particular experience with their child and instill an early appreciation for going outside and getting some exercise. And I figured that it was unnecessary to pay for a fancy stroller in order to accomplish this — just let the kid run around in the backyard. But now I realize that when you have a little baby, you don’t have the option of going out for a jog on a spur-of-the-moment whim (which is the only time I would ever do such a thing). You can’t just take off and leave your child to sit around and gnaw on power cords in the living room. That would be a criminal offense. So in fact, it turns out that people buy jog strollers to avoid going to jail.”

Luckily Jace seems to enjoy his new stroller. The faster you go, the more happy little squeaks and smiles you get.

3 down, 6 to go?

March 23, 2008 3:58 pm

Well, I took number 3 of the 9 architecture exams. This time it was contract documents and services. Got the documents and services part down pat since that is when I do every day. The contract part was a little studying but I think I did okay. Will let you all know how I did.

Skiing Weekend

March 10, 2008 9:10 pm

The weekend of my birthday we took our annual trek up to Sunday River, Maine to go skiing. Last year I missed out, being pregnant. I was a little nervous about going this year but decided we should give it a try. What was the worse thing that could happen? Jace crying all weekend?

Well I am happy to report that honor went to poor Miss Eleanor who had a little fever and was probably trying to push through a tooth or two. She was a sad little kid but she survived. Everyone else had a fabulous time including Jace. Friday morning Steve drove up with Scott, Charlotte and Virginie so they could get an afternoon of skiing in. Kelly and I followed later in the morning with a nice leisurely lunch at Pizza Hut to give Jace a break from the car ride.

Once we got to Maine, Kelly, Jace and I fulfilled our duty of scouting out seats at the bar and waited for the skiers and Matt and Ellie to arrive. After couple of beers, we were allowed to check into our condo. Despite being rather pregnant, Kelly (and Scott) offered to sleep on the pullout couch mattress on the floor while Steve, Jace and I got one bedroom and Matt, V, Charlotte and Ellie got the other one. We really appreciated it as Jace goes to bed at 7:30 so it was nice to have a quiet spot to put him down.

The next morning I got to ski then, after lunch in the condo, Steve took the afternoon skiing shift. We managed to hook our ski ticket up in such a way that we could switch it from one jacket to another. Horribly illegal I am sure but we got to sell our extra ticket as a result. The next morning I was back out on the runs although skiing a little slower and much more sore than the day before. Turns out when haven’t skied in almost 2 years and haven’t really worked out in a year and half, skiing is really hard work! While I was hitting the slopes, Steve and Jace decided to try out cross country skiing together. Jace had a great time up in the frame backpack, entertaining himself by trying to take his mittens off. Kelly followed behind to scoop up the escapees.

After lunch we headed back to Boston and the snow that had fallen there. Jace was happy to make a pitstop at Scott and Kelly’s for a little snack and to check out their newly painted nursery for baby-to-be while Scott snowplowed the driveway so Steve could get his car out. Boston actually got much more snow than Maine did that weekend. Skiing on icy slopes didn’t help with the sore muscles but it did bring back memories of night skiing in New Jersey when I was in high school!

I would say the weekend was a great success. The condo was a little small for all those people but everyone was a good sport about the whole thing and I would do it again next year.

Check out the newly added pictures for a shot of Jace ready to hit the slopes.

Steve’s Big Party

February 10, 2008 11:48 am

You will notice from the last couple of posts that we have been much more social of late with people coming over. Well there is a reason for that. Steve is finally done with Grad School, so I have my husband back and Jace has his daddy to play with! To celebrate we hosted a party yesterday afternoon. I would say it was a huge success. Everyone seemed to have a good time, the food was all eaten and there were plenty of empty beer bottles and wine glasses by the the time everyone went home.

However, there were also some big signs as to how our lives have changed in the last couple of years. First the start time. In college parties started at 10pm. After college we dropped it back to 8pm because we realized we were getting older and had jobs to get to in the mornings. Now parties start around 4pm! This is because so many of our friends now have kids and they all need to get home to get them bed at a reasonable hour.

Speaking of children, Chuck noted that the last time he had come to a party at our house (probably a year and a half ago) there were maybe 2 or 3 kids. This time there was one 3yr old, two just over 1 year old, six under 1 year old, and several in utero! Just think how crazy it will be when those born in the last year start running around!

I have created a new photo folder for pictures of family and friends and added pictures from the party for all to see.

Giant Playdate

11:29 am

After the success of our playdate with William, we decided to host a giant playdate. Kate and Jeremy came over with their two boys, Thomas who is 3 and Benjamin who is 15 months and Adam and Ashley came with Oliver, who is 16 months. This one was probably more for us than Jace although he certainly enjoyed the older boys even though he really didn’t interact too much with them. I’m sure as he gets older he will look up to them and follow them everywhere, much to their frustration.

As well as catching up with friends, I had an ulterior motive to this playdate. I really wanted to see what Oliver and Benjamin got into at our house, so I would have an idea of some of the things we would need to babyproof. Oliver was the most adventurous of the two and was fascinated with glowing blue and red buttons on my computer. Which of course meant it got forcefully restarted and turned on and off. Gotta figure out a way to hid that! Thomas actually loved to ball popper toy that my brother and Mandy got Jace for Christmas and boy did those balls go everywhere. We definitely need to block the gaps under the entertainment center as it is really hard to get things out from underneath.

2 down, 7 to go!

11:14 am

Despite struggling to get over strep throat at the time, I managed to pass my second architectural exam…

2 down. 7 to go?

January 23, 2008 8:49 pm

The title says it all. Despite having strep throat, I took my second exam this morning. PreDesign. It went okay. Time will tell if I passed. I am definitely taking at least a week off between this one and studying for the next. With the holidays thrown in between the first two, I started studying for this one right away and was thoroughly sick of it by the time exam time came. Construction Documents and Services is up next.

Monster Chair!

December 4, 2007 9:43 pm

For this week’s homework assignment in my (Steve’s) “How To Make (Almost) Anything” class, I needed to create something with the large milling machine. So I made a chair. Jace is still a little small for it, but eventually he’ll be able to hang out in his monster chair (see image):

monster chair image

1 passed, 8 to go!

December 1, 2007 8:14 pm

I got the results back from my architectural registration exam (part 1 of 9). I passed! I am now officially an A (A-r-c-h-i-t-e-c-t). Next one is in January. Guess I had better go study.

1 down. 8 to go?

November 19, 2007 12:29 pm

Well, I did it. I took my first architectural registration exam this morning. The question mark at the end of the title says it all. I have no clue if I passed or not. There was a lot of information on the test and, while I felt like I was familiar with most of it (only about 4 or 5 of the 105 questions did I have NO clue), there were lots of questions where i could narrow it down to 2 answers and then got kinda stuck. I now have to wait for the result. I will let you know.

A big thanks goes out to my little piglet. Jace must have realized that I had a big test this morning. He let me get a good night sleep in preparation by sleeping through the night (he has only done this a handful of times in his life!)

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.