the Kiddo crawls!

Before the afternoon humidity set in I was walking around the house opening windows to let the nice breeze circulate when I got inspired to decorate. Ok, just to put up the top frilly part over the curtains in the baby room. It’s as close to decorating as I get for now.

I brought Adrian upstairs to play in his crib while I looked for the hardware and put up the curtain rod. He has been really gabby today, cooing all sorts of stories to me. There’s a lot that he has to say at 4 months old!

I finished up and went downstairs to turn on the central air and now close the windows I opened earlier in the day. (As long as I’m the one making more work for myself I tend to mind it less.) When I got back upstairs Adrian had rolled over and was crawling around in the crib. Not high speed or anything but enough that he was on the other side of the bed on hands and knees, still cooing.

I moved him back so he could crawl the length of the crib and grabbed a camera before he got too far along.

A little help, please?

Here I come!

You’re gonna blog this… aren’t you?

He just melts our hearts with that smile. 🙂 Enjoy the crawlin antics!

Landon & Grant’s Baptism

I think the coolest part of my job is just being able to tell a story with the camera. Sunday I added a chapter in a story that started in 2003 when I began working with Troy at Ritz Camera Store. Over the 3 years of working there I made some great friends, and while reminiscing today realized it has been 2 years ago this month that the Mishawaka store closed.

Last December I caught up with Troy and his wife Michelle for some pregnancy photos as Michelle and Troy were expecting winter babies – yes, twins! Their sons, Landon and Grant, were born in January just a few weeks before my son Adrian arrived in February.

Sunday the boys were baptized at Saint Pius X church in Granger. What an exciting job to tell a family’s story and be part of this celebration for the newest little ones! At the family gathering afterward I had a great time visiting and catching up, sharing fatherhood stories, and introducing our kids to one another.

Landon & Grant's Baptism

Landon, Michelle, Troy and Grant

Landon & Grant

Landon

Finally some outdoor exercise!

Man I’ve been waiting for spring for ages. With lots of office work to do and one adorable baby Adrian to help take care of at home, it’s been tough to get out to walk around on the few nice days we had up till now.

So today I walked a good 3 miles round trip toward town to Staples to drop some eBay sales off for shipping. It felt great to trek some sidewalk and get some fresh spring air too.

Within an hour of my return from the stroll Justin came over with chocolate cake and caramel swirl ice cream to totally negate the exercise I just finished. Luckily I took a BEFORE photo in case there was a run in with chocolate this weekend.

Get out there and get some air, you’ll love it!

Skinny Eric, 150lbs!

35 pounds off and WITHOUT SUBWAY! Take that, Jared.

(Oh, and this photo has the chin… walnut thing – what is that called? – that Adrian acquired. Any guesses from when this was taken?)

Easter last weekend

Easter 2008 Bu Kids

I didn’t say much about it when it was here, but Easter came to mind now that my sis is back in Missouri and it seems like things have slowed down here at the Bu home.

I spent most of the Saturday before Easter at the blue lake cottage where my dad’s family has met for holidays, birthdays and laughs ever since I can remember. It’s across from a camp that had a spooky old house we always told each other was haunted when we tried to scare our siblings and cousins.

I talked with my older, now 30-something cousins about all the topics that usually disrupt family gatherings – religion, politics, war, and taxes. And it turns out it was one of the best times ever talking about grown up things till 11:30 at night before we noticed the clock and headed home.

I no longer hold a seat at the kid table, and not because I’m soon 28. Most gatherings my cousins and I call seats at the “kid table” but with the eldest 3 cousins present with their kids I finally realized a little how we’ve all grown up a bit, and that we’ve all made some outright adorable kids. We’ve restocked the kid table with 6 great grandchildren that Grandma had a blast seeing all together. It felt like Christmas cheer everywhere with all the kids laughing and playing together. That’s the best way to describe it. Grandma didn’t want to go home till late and even my cousins from Chicago waited till near midnight to drive home to the Windy City.

Nothing better than good fun with family.