The life of a 14-month-old

Each day adds a new trick to H-man’s bag. His first official word is "uh, oh" (foreboding?), and his new hobby is pretend cooking (let’s hope he takes after his mom in this department). He’s so close to walking I can taste it. And the looks! – man, this kid already has so many expressions in his repertoire. Watch out world.

don't ask what's in this concoction ... May 27 2008 this spoon is hilarious ... May 27 2008 and for my next trick ... May 27 2008

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Sunday Morning Washers

This weekend saw the most beautiful weather Seattle has had all year. It was in the 80s both Saturday and Sunday. With father-in-law Jim in town, I had to get a quick washers fix in.

jim's long game jim good form get in there!

Nebraska – “Equality before the law”

That’s the state motto.  Did you also know…?
Nebraska is the birthplace of the Reuben sandwich.  Spam is produced here, in Fremont.  The Fremont neighborhood in Seattle is named after Fremont, Nebraska. The 911 system of emergency communication was developed and first used here, in Lincoln.  Arbor day was founded here in 1872.
 
Henry and I are having a wonderful time here in Omaha, spending quality time with Grandma and Grandpa Eiting while Tim is away in London.  Henry’s been very busy playing with all of my childhood toys, exploring this new house (he’s become quite an expert at going up and down stairs), going on wagon rides with Grandpa and watching the birds and other wildlife in the backyard.  He even whispers a little woof woof when he sees the neighbor’s dog. 
 
playing with mom's old toys 01Henry and mom in the hammock 01Grandpa takes Henry for a spin around the yard 04Grandpa and Henry feed the birds 04Henry's new truck 04
 
We’ve checked the most important quintissential Omaha experiences off our list – a trip to M’s Pub and La Casa pizza with the ubiquitous iceberg lettuce salad (Columbia Crest merlot not pictured).  Henry loved the pizza, and prefers the mozzarella to the romano cheese.  The family is divided on this controversial issue.
 
Henry's first taste of La CasaLa Casa Pizza 07
 
We even have done a little touring of the best of the midwest.  On Sunday we took a family trip to the zoo.  The penguins were Henry’s favorite.  He was also very curious about the turtles we saw at the petting zoo, so we bought him a stuffed one in the gift shop.  Then yesterday we went on daytrip to Nebraska City to visit the Arbor Lodge, former home of J. Sterling Morton of the Morton salt fame who encouraged people to plant trees in this treeless plain and founded Arbor Day.  Of course, for lunch I had a reuben sandwich.  Henry loved my pickle.
 
Henry mesmerized by penguins 01Grandp, Grandma, Henry and Kristine at Henry Doorly ZooHenry and his turtleGrandpa Henry and Grandma at Leid LodgeGrandma and Kristine at Arbor Day FarmHenry Drives a TractorI think he likes it
We miss you, Tim, and can’t wait to see you when we’re all back in Seattle on Friday. 
 
 

Fryman Takes a Punt

Before my friend, Matt Warder, invited me up to Cambridge for the day, I wasn’t sure how I’d spend the bank holiday weekend here in the UK. I took the train up to Cambridge this morning, meeting Matt, his wife, Fiona, and their two beautiful children, Jack (aka "JJ") and Tess, for a "pub lunch" next to "the Cam," otherwise known as the Cambridge River. What a satisfying day. Before lunch, we strolled through the middle of Cambridge, checking out the architecture and beautifully manicured lawns that are scattered all over the college campuses. They take their green space seriously in Cambridge. Only fellows and ducks are allowed to walk on some of the lawn. Apparently gardeners have been sacked for not properly maintaining the lawns.

the cam don't walk on the lawn JJ

After a nice lunch alongside the Cam, Matt and I set off to "take a punt."  Punts are narrow, flat boats that one pushes along with a pole, and they’re available to rent for a very reasonable hourly rate. You can rent your own or hire a punter to take you up and down the river while you enjoy the scenery. What a great way to spend an afternoon. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a ton of fun. As you might expect, there are varying levels of punting skills among the people navigating the river, which presents a nice challenge. Add a few beers into the mix, and it can get interesting.

warder taks a punt march 3 2008  fryman punting mar 3 2008 fryman takes a punt

After some punting, Matt and I grabbed a few pints at The Eagle, one of the oldest pubs in Cambridge, where Royal and US Air Force pilots used to hang out during WWII, inscribing the names of their squadrons on the ceiling. I have to admit I was tempted for a just a second to leave Fryman’s inscription at The Eagle, but I decided to leave my ugly American in London for the day. Thanks, Matt, Fiona, Tess and JJ for a wonderful afternoon.