We love having a home! It’s been a great joy for all of us. Ben loves having a yard! It’s quite large and it’s fenced, so he can wander to his heart’s desire. And it goes without saying that Steve and I love having our own space!Since we moved into our…Gardens and Decals and Decks, Oh My!
I know you guys miss Ben, so here are a few recent pics of him in action…These little bird things wobble if you hit them.Ben actively trying to open the fireplace doors. Lydia just following him around.He tried to ride Chewy about 500 times – Chewy i…This one is for Grandma and Grandpa E.
Favorite new toy – the stroller! He likes anything and everything with wheels – but unfortunately the folks here at the Ronald McDonald House probably weren’t thrilled to have their wheelchairs pushed around the halls.Hey guys, get me out of this drum!…Lately…
We are officially under contract on a home! Scheduled to close in just 3 weeks – yikes! We are excited, of course. But now is about the time I start feeling sick about the whole thing – big decisions and me don’t go well together. Anyway, wish us luck!…Buying a House
Steve picked out his first toy for Ben and so far it’s been a hit. Now the trick is keeping the pen on the white board and off the couches, walls, etc.He is clearly an artist already:Dad’s First Toy
One Sunday after Steve and I were first married, a man commented in church that we were obviously newlyweds because we were holding hands throughout our church meetings. I remember commenting to each other about how we always wanted to be inseparable, …No Longer Newlyweds
Well, we’re two weeks in and I’m quite disappointed to say that my hair is a lot curlier than I would have hoped. I would definitely use larger rollers second time around. That being said, it’s super easy, so chalk up a point for practicality.For those…Digital Perm – Part II
Just got a pass to the Fairmont Aquatic Center and Ben is loving it! He has no fear…for better or for worse. Despite a HUGE area where he can swim, walk around and play with toys, all he wants to do is travel to the “deep” end (three and a half feet)…Swimming
I’ve been going on and on about digital perms lately, and, inevitably, I’ve gotten a lot of questions! Here are some Wikipedia excerpts:A digital perm is a perm which uses hot rods with the temperature regulated by a machine, which has a digital displa…Digital Perm
Last night, while holding Ben, Steve remarked, “Look what happens when we put the best of the both of us together…we get Ben.” Agreed.Ben, you are our greatest joy, our greatest hope, our greatest love. Thank you for enriching our lives, Little Man.H…The Best of Us
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” -Mother Teresa$30 provides a child 35 dinner meals$50 feeds 11 kids dinner for a week$100 feeds a family of 5 for a weekDonate to the Utah Food Bank here.In the spirit of Christmas…
“Years ago I preferred clever people. There was a joy in beholding . . . a mind . . . bearing thoughts quickly translated into words, or ideas expressed in a new way. I find now that my taste has changed. Verbal fireworks often bore me. They seem motiv…Thatcher Family Happenings 2009-11-25 12:57:00
We (finally) went in for Ben’s 1 year checkup. And we found out…HE IS A THATCHER! That’s right: tallish and skinny with a big noggin!Length: 67th percentileWeight: 27th percentileHead: 87th percentileYou are doing great, Kiddo! We love you!Ben is OFFICIALLY a Thatcher!
There are a number of wonderful housing projects here in Salt Lake City that are designed to place the homeless in temporary or permanent housing (project-dependent). The idea is that people who are homeless often need to start by getting housing befor…Giving the Homeless Homes
May and the kids were wonderful enough to drive down from Sacramento to hang out with Ben and me. Some highlights:The Wii won over a lot of hearts. Galla was SERIOUSLY amazing at some penguin balancing game. It was great because half the time she wasn’…Yay Falkes!
I have posted before on sex-offender laws, and the issue was reopened for me by an article from the Economist. Below are the high points, though I highly recommend the whole article. Again, our American-style of harsh penalties and zero-tolerance clauses is resulting in not only an unforgiving national culture, but perhaps, and more importantly, [...]CARE: Self-defeating Sex Offender Laws
I have posted before about school lunch, but here is an opportunity to help!
For the month of September a donation of any amount will not only go towards their Slow Food in School Program, but also gets you member in Slow Food USA (usually $60).
Use this as an opportunity to our schools where too many [...]
I have posted before about school lunch, but here is an opportunity to help! For the month of September a donation of any amount will not only go towards their Slow Food in School Program, but also gets you member in Slow Food USA (usually $60). Use this as an opportunity to our schools where [...]HELP: Join Slow Food USA and Help School Lunch
Since 1976 (when the Supreme Court reversed its 1972 decision to ban the death penalty in the US), there have been “more than a hundred and thirty people on death row have been exonerated.” There are heinous crimes for which I would have a hard time arguing against the death penalty (I doubt you will [...]CARE: Killing the Innocent
This recent quote from MR: About 10 percent of infants die in their first year of life in Africa — still shockingly high, but considerably lower than the European average less than 100 years ago, let alone 800 years past. And about two thirds of Africans are literate — a level achieved in Spain only [...]HOPE: Africa â€“ Most Improved Award
Like I’m important enough to have their attention or worry, but, Aspen Books, if you are upset I am about to post an entire chapter from one of your books (if you’d like to read this wonderful book buy it here or get it from your library) let me know and I’ll pull it down.
This map represents the percentage of land area needed to completely power the world using solar energy in 2030. As it notes, obviously is wouldn’t be in one large chunk as depicted but could be broken up if placed in comparable areas. This makes me think of a recent Ted talk (if you haven’t checked [...]HOPE: Going Solar
I rarely, if ever, save a copy of an article to my computer as I trust the great benevolent Internet to store and make searchable anything I would ever need in the future. But I simply cannot take a gamble with something so precious and beautiful and this commencement speech given my David Foster Wallace. [...]HOPE: Choosing something other than default
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that:
a typical family will spend about $221,000 raising a child through age 17… food and clothing are cheaper now, but housing and health care cost more. Turns out parents get a bulk discount: people with only one child spend 25% more per child than families with two, and by [...]
As my new wife and I were poring over boxes of wedding gifts and reading each congratulatory card and note, one in particular stood out. Addressed to me personally, it read:
No one can experience
This sadness as you do.
For your feelings are unique
And very personal to you -
But if you need some comfort
And some help
To see [...]