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Another year…..

January 21, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Finishing  off the birthday we thought it would be cool for me to post some quick thoughts on the ‘ole blog.  It’s not been as regular a posting schedule as we would like, the little guy is not so little anymore, and for 9 months he is certainly a handful.

Its been a wonderful year.  2 new additions to our family on the west coast, first little cousin Alex and 5 weeks later little ‘G’.  It has been so amazing seeing these guys go at it.  From Daph and I living a global life, Western, to Vancouver, to London (and all over Europe) and now Seattle – it has been an awesome 13 years.  Now, with Gavin, it seems like chapter 5 has started and so far its the best part of the book.  I guess it is part fiction (yea there are some things that happen that you just cannot believe) of course non fiction and definitely comedy.  I’ll never claim to be a writer, but I couldn’t have dreamed a better storey.

Little Gav gave me my first birthday present today.  Of course he was more interested in the bag and the tissue paper it came in, but it was by far the best gift I have ever received (besides him of course).  It didn’t even matter what it was – 2 gorgeous pictures of himself framed 🙂 and something no respectable beer drinker would ever turn down – a 6 pack of Dublin’s finest :).  Maybe one day I’ll get to take him to Dublin, right to the top of the brewery and sit in the glass walled restaurant, look across Dublin city,  and share his first Guinness with him.  Then maybe down to the Temple Bar area to one of the smaller quieter pubs and share a pint with some locals.  Did you know that the Guinness (family) company own all the taps in Dublin that pour their beer?  In any pub you walk into, from the keg, through the pipes to the taps they are owned and managed by Guinness.  Maintenance guys travel all over the place cleaning and managing the systems.  That’s how important quality is to their brand.  Its little things like that you can only learn from sitting in a pub – ‘in the experience’ that no book or web page shares with you the same way.  I wonder what he will learn in his travels.

So the day was off to a brilliant start, drove through some of the worst traffic in months, but had a smile on my face all day.  Not because of the 50 facebook birthday wishes, (how cool is that, and thank you! ) but because of how the day started.  Daphers made the perfect dinner , homemade chicken parm, and a killer bottle of red.  We even had blossoms for dessert. 

Seeing him arrive home is so much fun.  He smiles with his whole body.  He gets so excited, he flaps all 4 limbs up and down, kicking in the air as you hold him.  His face is entirely consumed by his smile, his eyes are almost shut, but they are grinning.  His mouth is wide open and stretches from ear to ear, 2 half teeth sticking out at the bottom, and this little giggle bubbling out.  He is entirely focused on the moment, not thinking about his long day at daycare, or homework, or any other stress.  He is just happy to see you.   

And that is just perfect. 
















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