Family Photo (Christmas 2012)

The last time I posted a picture of the whole family, it was taken back in December 2009. Simon was four. Mary was one and a half. You’ll notice two new additions to the 2012 photo: Lucy and Murray’s girlfriend, Jana. We think we like them both enough to let them stick around. For now.

Here is our official family photo from this past Christmas, 2012:

Campbell Family 2012 Portrait

And here’s the one that everybody likes:

Commit to the Silly!

New Year’s Resolution

My new year’s resolution is to blog more often. Waiting for the laughter to die down. . .

Okay, that’s not really my New Year’s resolution. Somehow everything I want to say has recently been magically condensed to 140 characters or less. Because my attention span wasn’t short enough to begin with. Darn you twitter and facebook. So to start 2010, I present you with a picture of my whole family, taken at our Christmas celebration this past weekend.

5 Years!

Kate and I celebrated our 5th anniversary this weekend the way we celebrated our wedding – with a softball game! We threw in some burgers, dogs, our families, and some of our closest friends. We can’t speak for anybody else, but we had a terrific time. The softball series is now tied 1-1, with my team posting a convincing victory, setting up the need for a rubber match in several years. Kate’s team was beleaguered by injuries and no-shows, and even the addition of the youngest and most athletic player available mid-game (my brother Murray) wasn’t quite enough to put them over the top.

I took all of three pictures, so I don’t have any photographic evidence of the beautiful weather, fantastic park, the yummy food, or the fantastic company. If anybody else happened to snap some shots, send them my way and I’ll post a few. Otherwise, you’ll have to take my word for it. Thanks to everybody who played, and everybody who showed up, and for all the people (especially our parents) who contributed and made the day a success.

Our anniversary was actually 10 days ago. I should have said something then, but wanted to wait to bundle it with the softball post. I’m not normally prone to sentimentality and schmaltz. That being said. . .

These first 5 years of marriage have been a whirlwind. We had 3+ lovely years of just the two of us, and now we have another family member who has brought so much joy into our lives, it’s hard to even remember what life was like without him. Kate has been everything I could have hoped for in a spouse during these first 5 years, and I’m not sure I tell her enough how much I love and appreciate her. What better way to say it than on a blog, right? Well, she knew the geekdom she was marrying into.

I love you, Kate. Here’s to 5 great years!

The Surprise of the Century!

Okay, maybe it wasn’t the surprise of the century, but she was certainly surprised! If you’ve read her blog, you know that Kate’s friends threw a surprise baby shower for her this past weekend. For all of you who have mentioned to me how tough it was to keep the secret in your interactions with Kate, I just have to say this: TRY LIVING WITH HER, AND THEN YOU CAN COMPLAIN.

There were SO MANY times that I *almost* slipped up and said something. So many close calls, so many words that changed from the time my brain thought them to the time they came out of my mouth. So many surreptitious email checkings. LOTS of sneaky IM and phone conversations. Surprise parties are difficult to keep a secret, especially if you’re in the know and living with the person, particularly if that person is as sharp as Kate.

From everything I’ve heard, the shower was a tremendous success, and Kristin and Jill (Kate’s long-time roommates from college) did a FANTASTIC job with everything. Kate’s smiling face above is a testament to that. Apparently there was good food, great conversation (these are OUR friends and family that we’re talking about, after all), cute games, lots of gifts, and of course, cake! They also had everybody sign up for a pool to guess the baby’s weight. You’ll notice that both me and her grandfather are listed multiple times! Incidentally, you can also guess the statistics for my friend Amy’s baby.

Okay, this has got the be the longest post ever about a party the author didn’t attend. But I simply can’t end the post without mentioning the cute sports onesies that Kristin and Jill had hanging over the couch. I mean, I certainly wouldn’t have been heartbroken if they had left a certain one out, but 4 out of 5 aint bad! 😉