What A Wonderful Weekend!

Since I’ve been away for so long, there have been a couple of things that have happened that I haven’t yet had a chance to write about. This post will be my “catch-all:catch-up” entry, and should bring everyone back up to speed.

First and foremost, Nick is walking around the house like crazy. For a couple of weeks now he’s been standing up beside objects and taking small steps between the couch and coffee table, but nothing that I would really call walking. Last week he walked from a chair, clean across the living room, to the coffee table – a distance of about six feet. Now, I’m not proclaiming that he was ready for a marathon or anything, but it’s hard to discount that type of distance as anything but walking. Once he did that, there was no stopping him. He headed off down the hallway, into the bedrooms, flailing his sippy cup in his arms. It’s pretty cool, and it’s a sobering reminder of how quickly he is growing and changing. I can easily see myself being one of those delusional parents that still visualizes his 16 year old son as a 5 year old kid driving a Big Wheel down the street.

We reveled in that for a couple days, then got ready for a weekend of company as a few relatives came down for a visit. It turned out wonderfully. One of our guests was an 8 year old niece, and it just happened that a ‘Pumpkin Festival’ was taking place at a Market Garden about twenty minutes out of the city. We all piled in the truck and headed out there. I have never seen so many pumpkins! The farm had literally thousands of pumpkins, from miniature to giant, and from white to black. It was really amazing. In addition to face painting, hot dogs, and a wonderful squash soup (all for free), the location provided countless backdrops for pictures. We took over 100 images in the span of an hour (I have a Nikon D40, and hit the shutter button constantly). I think one of them will likely become our Christmas photo, as the lighting was incredible. Honestly, it was one of the nicest family days that I think I have ever had. We bought a few pumpkins for our Halloween, and brought them back to the city. I used parking in a field and hauling pumpkins as justification for owning the truck (an F350). I’m not sure that my wife bought it 🙂

The final item is insignificant in comparison, but I have added a new blog to the blogroll on the site. I became familiar with GeekDad last week, and have fallen in love with the site. It’s well written, but more importantly, it covers a really wide range of topics, something I strive for here as well. It was recently named one of the Internet’s top 10 Blogs, so I’m not alone in my feelings. I hope you all check it out.