Friday, May 21, 2010

The Unstoppable Force Of Jamal

Definition of Jamal:

When Doug and Best Bud Taylor Dix come together they become ONE. This hilarious, brilliant, and amazingly awesome ONE is named Jamal.

You have to ask them how and why this name came to be, I learned a long time ago not to question things when they become ONE. They live in their own worlds when they get together. I am not saying this is a bad thing, it is actually very entertaining. Taylor married the wonderful Stephanie and together they make quite a team as well (Doug was secretly jealous when Stephanie got to marry Taylor).

When Doug and I were dating he made it pretty clear that I had to get the Dix’s approval before he proposed to me. We went to visit them for Thanksgiving before we were married and I was more nervous about meeting them then I was Doug’s family. Well, the moment I met them I knew that I had no need to worry…they rocked!! They must have given Doug the thumbs up because Doug proposed the day we came home from visiting them.

They came to visit us twice while we were living in NYC, the second time with their little stud Warren. This kid really is “the man”; we fell in love with him the moment we met. We also went to visit them in Denver last year when the beautiful Camellia was born. Doug has already warned Taylor to keep her clear of our womanizer Benjamin. Stephanie and I already have our kids marrying each other in the far distant future.

Stephanie came out for Ben and Will’s baby shower and to celebrate the good news with us. It worked out perfect that she was a friend with another good friend of mine, Bonnie who helped plan the shower.

Just recently the whole Dix family came out to visit and there was no question that we would have a fantastic time. We enjoyed the beach, Disneyland, and Sea World together.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about friendships and under the definition of true friendships should be the names Stephanie and Taylor Dix.

We sure love you guys!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Like many of you, I'm in mourning the passing of Ronnie James Dio. As Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist from Anthrax, said, "Horns at half mast."
Tamara wanted me to hit some of the highlights from the last bit she hasn't covered. Several weeks ago we were in Utah for our court date to finalize Ben's adoption. We were comforted by how certain things hadn't changed-I-15 under construction, the liberal usage of pastel colored shirts, and a strong portion of the drivers acting like 14 year olds playing grand theft auto. The proceeding went well and everything was signed and official. My grandparents came down from Idaho to meet the boys and joined us in the chambers. We then partied in their room at the Little America until we had to leave. We spent time visiting family. Ben and Will got all the attention they could handle and then some. They spent most of the time asleep or with someone four inches from their face.
Ben has picked up a few tricks. He usually does one a week. While he had known that his pacifier was used to put him to sleep, it wasn't until Utah he figured out how to throw it. From his back on a bed he threw it across he room and we couldn't find it in the dark at 2 a.m. His newest thing is to stand up holding on to stuff. In between he figured out how to click his tongue (that was two-weeker).
Will came out of his shell a few weeks ago and now spends almost as much time during the day awake as asleep. One of our discoveries several weeks ago is why he "sleeps" so much. Not long after we feed him he'll get fussy and get excited when we put him down. We figured he was sleeping. Turns out he just lies there, kicks his legs, and looks around. He gets bothered when we come in to get him but he just hangs out by himself. Now he's open to some accompaniment, but pretty regularly he just wants to be left alone in his bed for a few hours. It could be worse.

We have a date coming up for Will's adoption finalization-June 11th. It'll be nice to have that behind us. Until then, you can find us here:

Monday, May 17, 2010


Doug keeps telling everyone that I have retired from working. It is strange how sometimes it does not feel like I have retired because I find myself working more then I ever had with these two boys. Then there are times when we have a fun week and I think that this whole retirement thing is pretty great.

A couple weeks ago I took the boys to Disney Land. I know that they have no idea what is going on but we all had a great time;)

Then the same week we took the boys to Sea World. I know but they will see pictures when they are older and I can say, " went!"

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Moms ?? Birthday Party

In March my mom turned a certain age that my dad felt was important enough to celebrate so the two boys and I headed off to Arizona to spend a week with the folks. It was an adventure but we had a great time.

The boys got to feel what grass felt like and played with Buster.

They got to wear funny hats like Grandpa:)

The boys rode the horses with their Grandpa

Ben could not get enough of the 4-Wheeler

Their favorite was swimming in the pool with Grandma & Grandpa

We had some bonfire time

Then there was the birthday Girl

The party was a blast with a live band and all. My favorite was the dancing.