Spectacles For Our Son


Jonathan’s eye glasses came in today. They are a hopefully preventative measure to keep his eyesight from worsening. He currently wears an eye patch every day for two hours to force him to use his weak eye. Crystal and I were surprised at how well he wore them tonight for about an hour and a half. He only complained at little at first and then he seemed perfectly happy to wear them.

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He’s also quite the handsome gentleman wearing them.

Dinner with J.T.

Last night I took J.T. to Chik-fil-A so we could go play on the indoor playground. However, Tuesday night is Kid’s Night at Chik-fil-A, meaning children eat free. If you’ve never been to Chik-fil-A on Kid’s night, just know that it’s like Black Friday for kids.

So we went across the street to Burger King. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love free stuff, but there was no way J.T. and I were going to be able to play with all those other kids around and it would be hard to even get his attention with the decibel level climbing.


We both had cheese burgers and a lot of fun. It wasn’t anything super special, but it’s a moment I cherish because I feel like it was a good bonding experience. It makes me look forward to the many days and years to come.

Home Improvement

Crystal and I have been carefully considering finishing our basement because it is a great basement for the purpose of finishing. This weekend we went to the Home and Garden show to get ideas about design and pricing for finishing the basement. We were given a quote range of $30k-40k for a basement of our size from a general contractor. Our budget is much lower than that though, so we are going to act as our own general contractor and try to do a lot of it DIY style. I proofed a not-exactly to scale design in Sketchup so we could get an idea. Crystal and I came up with this design together as both of us had things we wanted in a finished basement. Here is a picture of the basic layout as we are planning it now:

The part at the top or rear of the image will be our home theater and my office, next to that is the bathroom, then the laundry room or utility closet, and finally our mini kitchen.

Joshua’s Version of the Birth

I don’t update here nearly as often as I should, but I figure Crystal does a pretty good job at keeping this blog updated as to what is happening with us. In any case, my beautiful wife asked that I write my story of Jonathan’s birth for posterity.

Tuesday night I took Crystal to the hospital so they could give her some medication to prepare for the induction the following day. To my great surprise, Crystal told me I should go home and get a good night of sleep to prepare for tomorrow and had her mother (Tricia) stay with her at the hospital while I went home and slept in our bed.

The next morning I got up, ran to get some flowers and balloons my Crystal, then a quick stop at Panera and into the hospital. They checked Crystal’s dilation and since she was far enough along they began giving her the inducing medication through her IV. She didn’t seem very comfortable from that point on, but the contractions were definitely getting stronger. Crystal tried to get some sleep and at some point Tricia and I were playing cards just to pass the time.

Dinner was approaching, so Crystal told me to go ahead and go get some food, so I went out and as soon as I got to Quizno’s I noticed I had missed three calls from Tricia and one from Crystal. My voicemail said to get back to the hospital, so I skipped the food and ran to the car. I waited for what seemed like an eternity at the time to get out onto the street to head towards the hospital. Of course every light was red on the way back as I went. I got back to the hospital and there were about five people in the room with Crystal all busily doing whatever it was they were doing. Crystal was on oxygen, I was worried I had missed something, but it eventually turned out to be nothing special, the baby just hadn’t responded well to the forced contractions.

I stayed with Crystal mostly from that point and about an hour or two later the hospital staff had her begin pushing. I felt mostly useless in the entire situation, all I did was hold Crystal’s head and foot while she pushed. I also fed her ice chips from time to time as she pulled away the oxygen mask. The birth took about an hour and suprisingly, it felt like that. It didn’t seem longer or shorter than it actually was. I saw Jonathan’s head slowly work its way out and when the head was all the way out Crystal gave a final push and everything else came out very quickly. There was a big emotional high seeing him for the first time. Crystal had this connection with him for nine months, but to me all I got was an ultra sound and a kick on Crystal’s tummy once and a while. Crystal was ecstatic to see him when they placed him on her stomach, I cut the cord and then they took him away for a short bit to get him cleaned up. I got to hold him, which was exciting and scary all at once.

Every day since then has been a blessing and I’m very glad he is now part of our life.

Dinner and a Movie at the Pool

Crystal and I went to our friend’s Rod and Amy’s home this weekend for dinner with Rod’s parents and our friends. Their pool had just been opened for the summer so we spent all afternoon out in the pool and on their patio. We cut up a nice big watermelon and had some mixed drinks. We made some rum and vodka Jell-O shots. Rod cooked some corn-on-the-cob and flank steak on the grill. Sometime during the evening someone suggested we watch a movie while lounging in the pool. The movie/pool idea turned out great, we watched What About Bob?, a Bill Murray classic.

We’re hitched!

We’re married now, the craziness is dying down and hopefully we can just sit back and relax once we finish the Thank You cards. We had a blast down in Gatlinburg during our honeymoon, I’ll post some pictures from it soon, but for now you can check out our wedding photos. Crystal and I really love our apartment and we hope to have all of our friends over for a party once we are officially moved in.


We started our pre-marital counseling class last week. It’s a lot of fun. We both got to pick a book and I, being the male, chose “Getting Your Sex Life Off to a Great Start – A Guide for Engaged and Newlywed Couples” I got through 90% of the book within the first three days. (What? I’ve been waiting a long time for this!) They had a fun exercise in the class where you drew a floorplan of the house you grew up in and then took your significant other on a tour through the house. We spent way too much time talking and only got about halfway through talking about it before time was up.

Crystal and I registered at Kohl’s this past weekend. As well as working on the invitations for the wedding. We registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target a week or so ago, but we still have a few items to correct on those. I also got a major portion of the web site finished, I just need to refine our photo gallery and apply the template to all of the pages.

7AM Wakeup Call

Sunday morning, 6:55AM: The world comes from a blur as I notice a familiar Latin song being played. My cell phone is going off. I climb out of my loft, fumbling down the ladder and reach for the annoying piece of technology and it turns off. I sigh and grab the phone, searching frantically for the missed calls menu with which I am still unfamiliar. RIIING! My room phone begins going off I pick it up and my voice still scratchy I mumble “Hello?” “Josh, its Crystal.” Her voice is very feeble. “I’m calling to let you know that I’m going to the emergency room.”

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Josh with a cell phone?

Crystal and I decided to go in our our first big purchase together on Saturday and signed a two-year contract with Verizon Wireless. We got a family plan and share it with Crystal’s parents. We got all of the phones for free except for mine, only had to pay one activation fee and a GE employee discount of 20%. Not a bad deal.

Any of you who know me well should be shocked by the previous statement because I have been vehemently opposed to the thought of owning a cell phone for a long time. Especially since I have a significant other and the whole “he’s on a leash” thing (even though Crystal claims she would never use it for such purposes) that I don’t like. I have several reasons for coming around. Firstly, it is a large inconvenience to try to combine schedules with my fiancée without a cell phone. Secondly, my busy schedule demands for it as it is saves more time than it consumes. Lastly, Crystal allowed me to have a Motorola RAZR V3c which comes with a whole host of fancy techno-geek features. Are those reasons good enough to actually use a cell-phone? The 2-year contract with Verizon Wireless says they are.

Use-Case Diagrams Are Hot

Last night I had my weekly Senior Design Project Management I class and the primary topic of the evening was UML Use-Case Diagrams. A Use-Case Diagram is essentially a flow chart of what actions a user can perform and the systems subsequent actions. Anyway, I was working on the Use-Case Diagram during class and at the end he had us get into groups (with different members than our project’s team) and create a diagram for someone’s project. So by the end of the night I had created two diagrams and let me tell you: I was psyched! I was ready to go code the first release of our Senior Design Project. I asked the guys in my class if that was too nerdy, their response? “We’re excited too!” Of course a few of the anti-programming IT people said that it was really nerdy, which means that my teamates are a couple of big nerds.