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Welcome Colin!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 8:18 PM

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Colin and Daddy in the hospitalOur second son, Colin Eugene, was born last night, February 9th, at 9:31 pm! He was 8 lbs. 0 oz. and 20.5 inches long. He’s such a cutie! He was 3 weeks early so he came as quite a surprise, but he was clearly ready. I ended up finishing his “daddy blanket” in the labor and delivery room. So amazing!

 
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Andrea and Ethan in the Huffington Post

Sunday, November 10, 2013 8:35 AM

Andrea and Ethan watch the arrival of the 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas TreeAndrea and Ethan were in the Huffington Post article this morning about the arrival of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. They stumbled into the arrival while at Rockefeller Center to get their tickets to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Friday morning. Ethan was absolutely fascinated by the tree on the truck and the crane they used to raise the tree. One of the workers even gave him a pinecone and a branch that fell off the tree. Their particular photo is on the right and is in full resolution here.

 
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Trouble

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 8:20 AM

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Mr. AttitudeWe are in so much trouble with Ethan…  He is such a character.  A couple of stories from the past couple of weeks really illustrate how far he’s come:

First, while Andrea and Ethan were in Iowa visiting her parents, he was hanging out with Grandma when she asked him to put away some of his toys.  He looks at her and says, “Seriously?”  All attitude.

Next, this past Thursday, we were all sitting in the living room after dinner when Andrea asks him, “Ethan, would you like some C-A-K-E?”  He responds, “Cake! Cake! Cake!” and runs to the kitchen.  The kid is 19 months old!  He shouldn’t have the spelling trick figured out yet.  He now has the spelling trick figured out for cake, ice cream, and cookies.  He is way too smart for his own good.

After all of this, we were looking at the development guide that our pediatrician gave us, and that said that “normal” vocabulary is 15-20 words at this point with 50 being really advanced.  We counted, and he has 21 words just to describe his own body parts at this point.  And that doesn’t even count  all of his different toys, all of the animals he knows, cars, snow, and the like.  I’m pretty sure if we really stopped to count, he would be way over 100 words that he knows now and he’s already using phrases too.  Like I said, way too smart for his own good.

 
By: Shane
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First Family Portraits

Friday, December 30, 2011 12:37 PM

First family picturesWednesday we went to Portrait Innovations for our first family portraits and for Ethan’s 18 month pictures.  It was really good to get out and get pictures taken as a family.  Ethan was great for the family pictures, but not so much for his individual pictures.  He was pretty much done and just wanted to run around at that point.

Ethan's 18 month pictures

 

Ethan's 18 month pictures

 

More of the portraits...

 
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Snow!

Thursday, December 22, 2011 4:01 PM

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Helping daddy shovelLast night and today we got the first big snow of the season here.  At the house we got probably 12-14 inches based on how much I shoveled.  I shoveled 4-5 inches last night and another 8-9 today.  It took me about an hour to clear the driveway and sidewalk this morning since the snowblower died a couple of weeks ago and has a carburetor problem of some sort. On the second pass this morning, Ethan and Andrea decided to come help shovel.  He had a blast and it was far and away the most snow he’d ever seen. 

He just loved running around and playing in the snow.  The snow in the yard was almost up to his waist and he really liked sitting on top of the big pile I had built on the side of the driveway.  This was far and away the most fun I’ve ever had shoveling snow and it was so enjoyable to just watch the pure joy on his face as he ran around in the driveway.

 

Helping daddy shovelPlaying in the snow

Shoveling the snow and running as I shovel the sidewalk

Trying to walk in the snowPlaying in the snow

Trying to walk in the snow and sitting on top of the big pile

 
By: Shane
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Christmas Preparations

Monday, December 5, 2011 2:20 PM

Helping daddy make biscochitos - rolling out the doughIt’s been a good week working on preparing for Christmas.  Last Thursday, Ethan helped Andrea and I put up the Christmas Tree in the living room.  He was a really good helper.  For every ornament mommy or daddy put on the tree, he took one off.  Andrea came up with the idea this year of using the Advent calendar that she made to help us build on some repeating family traditions.  Thus far we’ve put up the Christmas tree, had a candy cane pie from Village Inn, and made cookies.  Ethan helped me in the process of making the biscochitos, a traditional New Mexican Christmas cookie.  I’m pretty sure he ate half the dough before we baked it though.  He just loved them.

With the Christmas tree

I’m really thankful to have both of them back around and it is making this holiday season so enjoyable for me.  Pastor Rick commented at church on Sunday how it was so good to see a genuine smile from me and I’m sure it’s not hard for anyone to see how happy I’ve been lately.

 
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Thankful...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 11:45 AM

Playing with daddy's hats

With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow I’m reminded how truly blessed I am.  As I write this, Andrea and Ethan are on their way back to Colorado from Iowa.  Despite all of our trials and challenges, I’m blessed with a wonderful wife and son who love me, an extended family that supports us, and some truly wonderful friends that have helped us through good times and bad.  Over this past year, I’ve learned a lot about myself and I know that this process of self-discovery will continue for the rest of my life and I’m thankful for those who’ve accompanied me on this journey.

Ethan and MommyI’m also thankful to have found a job that challenges me to push my limits and learn new things every day.  This is easily the most engaging job I’ve ever had and one that makes it so exciting to get up and go to the office every day.

As Andrea and Ethan move home, I’m I know there will be challenges ahead as we all have to get used to new patterns of daily life, but I’m so excited to confront these challenges and help Ethan grow into the amazing young man that I know he will become.

 
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Updated (Finally!)

Monday, October 3, 2011 2:12 PM

Our familyI’m finally updating my site here and I can’t believe it’s really been more than 2 years since I did anything.  And what a crazy 2 years it’s been!  Just a sampling of what’s happened in the last 2 years:

  • July 2009
    • Hailstorm hits our house and causes nearly $24,000 in damage.
  • September 2009
    • My friend Nick and I are in a bike crash together.  I broke both bones in my right forearm and chipped a front tooth.  I ended up with 2 steel plates and 14 screws in my arm and spent 3 days in the hospital.
    • Found out Andrea was pregnant!
  • June 2010
    • Our first son, Ethan Russell Love-Church is born on June 28th.  He has meconium aspiration and has to be transported to Children’s Hospital in Aurora where they put him on a heart/lung bypass machine for 5 days.  He ends up spending 23 days in the NICU before being released to come home.
  • July 2010
    • One week after Ethan is born, while in the hospital with him, I am laid off by CNSI.
    • Grandpa Ideker passes away on July 29th, just one week after Ethan is released from Children’s Hospital.
  • September 2010
    • I get a job working at EffectiveUI.  I have never had this much fun going to work every day or been this challenged on a regular basis.  It is a great environment for me.
  • August 2011
    • Yet another bike accident.  This time I was hit by a car.  Fortunately I’m ok, but the bike was totaled.  I ended up getting a new 2012 Trek Madone 4.5 to replace the 2008 Trek Madone 4.5.  It’s a great bike, but I’m still sad that all I have left of my 30th birthday present from Andrea is the pedals and the water bottle holder.

Those of you that know me well will also know that this isn’t a full accounting of everything that’s been going on, but this is the list for public consumption.  Hopefully I’ll be able to post more regular updates here in the near future.

 
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