Saturday, December 29, 2007


Thursday we found out that we are having a girl. We have already decided to name her Amelia. K came up with this name a few weeks ago, and we both decided that we liked it. What we didn't know until we started telling family members of our name selection is that name Amelia has deep roots in my family.

When I told my grandmother what we planned on naming the baby, I found out that one of my great-grandmothers was named Amelia. Interestingly it was her husband, my great-grandfather that my parents named me after.

Talking to my parents I found out for the first that had my brother or I been born a girl, Amelia was on the short list of girls names that they were considering.

The fact that we unknowingly picked a name with so much family history, absolutely convinces me that we picked the right name. Now that my little girl to be has a name my impending fatherhood to be feel even more real, and that is exciting.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Amelia or Owen

Tomorrow we will know. K has an appointment tomorrow morning at which we should find out the gender of our child. I am way more excited about this than I was for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Inga Goes Home

K and Inga
This weekend Inga's new family came down from Phoenix and picked her up. Inga found all this very exciting and when the time came for her to go she jumped into the waiting car with out even looking back.

It was amazing how far she came in two plus weeks that she stayed with us. Most notably she managed to pack 10 lbs, on to her emciated 39 lbs frame. Unfortuantley in order to this we had make a lot food avalible, something that Berkeley and Zack to full advatage of and they porked out, Zack is pushing 90 lbs. But even more amazing than Inga's physical recovery was how hew sweet personality emerged as came to feel safe, and how she quick and easily she integrated herself into our household.

A Full Couch

While I a very happy that Inga has gone to a great home, it is sad to see her go. She was such a great little dog. Berkeley ans Zack have been even sorry to her go, they had really accepted her as one of the pack. The cats however are estacic, they love the idea of the number weimaraners in the house going down. They must think Santa came early.

Inga and I

Monday, December 10, 2007

Through the Lettuce and Broccoli

Lettuce Field

After talking about it for weeks I finally got off my butt yesterday and began training for my next marathon. I only went 12 miles because I had to knock off two months worth of rust. It was great to go for a long run again, a nice reminder of why I love to this. I was also reminded why I love winter down here. It was perfect running weather, in the high 50's and somewhat overcast. For a change running outdoors was brisk and refreshing.

This time of year the valley resembles a giant salad bowl. Between November and April 96% of the green vegetables eaten in the U.S. are grown here. One of the funniest things is how much the valley smells like a salad bowl this time of year. The broccoli fields in particular have a strong odor. This is not fun for K right now, one of the more bizarre side effects of here pregnancy is that the smell of green vegetable, which she used to love, now make her nauseous. This being case, she could not be pregnant in worse place or time. Fortunately the veggies smell does not make up onto the mesa where we live.

Broccoli Field

Sunday, December 2, 2007

3 Weimaraners on a Futon

All 3 Weimaraners

Last night the weimaraner rescue group sent around an e-mail profiling Inga and announcing that she was available for adoption. With in 12 hours three families had asked to adopt Inga. The rescue group has selected a nurse from Phoenix as the lucky person who gets to adopt her. I am currently awaiting a phone call from her so that we can set up the logistics. While I a thrilled that she has found a good home, it will be a little sad to give her up because she is so sweet, and fits in to our household so well. However with a baby on the way we really don't need a thrid weimaraner .

Sleepy Inga