Tuesday, August 02, 2011

First new post in a long time!





Wow, I can't believe it's been 3 months since my last post.

Liz thinks Juniper is growing "so fast", but I think she's hardly changed over these three months. I'm just anxious for her to be old enough for us to scrap around together and wrAstle. She is soooooo dang beautiful. Luckily she's got a gorgeous mom, because I was a little worried what my daughter would look like if she came out looking like my ugly mug. She's throwing out a little Zoolander 'blue steel' pose in the picture above. Already working it!

Oliver is finally talking! Hallelujah! "Oliver, take your bowl to the sink" "I DID DAD, I DID"!! He's 95% potty trained which means we are down to just one mini-person in diapers until the grandkids come-a-knocking. But I don't think Grandpa's change diapers anyway, so there!! Yeah! Plus Liz is using cloth diapers and they stink something fierce.

Elijah is about to start all day kindergarten here in Sierra Vista. Not sure how that's going to go. Liz and I are both excited and nervous about it. Eli is the man, and he likes to make funny faces at the camera.

Noah (Mr. 14-yr-old-about-to-start-at-Mesa-High) came to Sierra Vista for summer break and we had a great time. One day we went to Bisbee and did the Queen Mine tour. It's an old abandoned copper mine, and you get all geared up and ride the original mine carts down 1800 feet into the mine. It was fun!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

JHW

Juniper Hazel Wolfington born April 22nd 2011.
10lbs 2oz's of utter perfection. She is sleeping a little better now-a-days and she's healthy.
All I can say about Liz is she is super-human. She rocked the delivery. She owned it. She said "oh, hi delivery... you want a piece of me?!" and then round-house kicked it's butt out cold. I guess the delivery did actually land a few punches that Liz is still recovering from, but there is no doubt who the battle.

Mommy has had fun playing dress-up with our new toy. Juniper is so beautiful.

Sleepy time. So chubby! We love her!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

T-ball excitement

I've been anxiously awaiting Elijah's upcoming T-ball season to begin. Ever since Liz mentioned it to me several weeks ago, I've been looking forward to helping him learn the game and watch him have fun with it. He's using Noah's hand-me-down glove, and we got him hooked up with other necessary practice gear. We were set. We met the coach, had a practice, it was great. He is/was having fun with it until mean ol' Dad (me) demanded too much, too soon; and a nice little father-son, Saturday afternoon practice session in the park turned into hurt feelings and backward progress.

My hat goes off to all the patient Dads out there. I do try, but dangit! Is it an aquired skill? Is it learned from development? Either way, I am definitely lacking.

Oy! Very frustrating.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Birthday - Belly - BIEBER!!

Noah turned FOURTEEN. Yeah, wow. We had a classic Mesa birthday party... PizzaMart for palate (roof of your mouth) scalding pizza and Golfland for race cars, laser tag and video games. We invited his whole crew out for the festivities and luckily everything went off w/o a hitch. Yeah us!!

Liz crafted this amazing cake from an idea she found online (Noah is into dirtbikes). Noah isn't a big fan of chocolate, so the brown frosting is root-beer flavor! Liz is the best!


Liz is large with child. She's a beautiful pregnant mommy. April 8th!!

And finally... THE BIEBER!! Elijah has been called "little lady"/ our "daughter" one too many times. Liz went to give him a trim... and let's just say it didn't go as planned. An hour later and a quick trip to our local Great-clips... they return with "the Bieber" cut. Oy vey! It's staying for now, but don't get too used to it. The trusty clippers are coming out soon.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Reno R&R

What a good friend I am. Making a trip all the way up to northern Nevada for one of my best amigo's 32nd birthday. I didn't even really want to go either... all the rest, being catered to, snow skiing Tahoe, Russell (and Amber's) amazing cooking, hanging out with good friends, etc, etc. It was torture! --> (sarcasm) :-)

Elizabeth and Amber. Models?

The girls brought us delicious lunch half way through the day. I was lucky to not get injured. Admittedly I like to ski on the brink between out-of-control and safe. But skiing Mt. Rose, the scales were definitely tipped opposite safe.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

December

Sorry, I don't feel like writing much. Just some pictures.

Elijah and Oliver at a recent family photo shoot. There's a really good one with Noah in it that the photographer took that I will post sometime maybe.

Artsie fartsie Christmas morning picture with my phone. I guess these are all with my phone. Our camera is out of commission right now.

Here's what our baby girl looks like at 7 months. Baby is kicking and growing all the while pushing all Liz's organs out of the way.

Here's a pretty cool vid. of Elijah overcoming his fear of heights on a friend's awesome jungle gym thing. His legs flipping over the top edge is the best part.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

siete anos!!

Liz and I took a quick trip to Tucson over the weekend for to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed in a sweet hotel, ate some great food, and did a little Christmas shopping. It was fun to get away!
Check out my photoshop skills! Borders anyone? Check!


Liz actually planned the whole trip and found a pretty great hike in Saguaro National Park, just outside of town. It was really windy and quite cold, I must admit. Check out the cactus growing straight out of a tiny crack in the rock.


Classic profile belly shot of the expecting mommy at 20 weeks (or something like that).


Grandma Cindy not only came to watch our kids for our getaway, she brought Sterling and Jenn's kids with her! (Sorry, too lazy to take out the red-eye).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

October shtuff

October has come and gone.
Elizabeth is feeling less and less nauseous, but still gets pretty puke-ie (minus the puke-ing) now and again. Maybe more often than I think because she's not big on complaining. She went to PHX for the Sonogram and if there's anyone left who doesn't know--> it's a GIRL. AWESOME! We are pretty darn excited. I was at work, and Liz called me and put me on speaker-phone before she found out... so we could find out together. It was pretty cool. My first question to the tech; "HOW SURE ARE YOU?" We have pretty much decided to opt for midwife/homebirth at this point. We feel great about our/her midwife because of her knowledge, experience, vibe, honesty, etc, etc. Should be pretty interesting.
I have been... 'settling' in, I guess you could say. Everyday is something new. Mostly good. It's a roller coaster! Procedure by procedure, patient by patient, day by day. I hope/foresee with experience... a more even keel. Less surprise and maybe a want for surprise. But as for right now; surprise has me contemplating a Xanax prescription (half joking).
Here are some pictures.

So I put Elijah in this tree and he is not so brave when it comes to heights. He was a good sport for the pictures though.

The Tacketts came to visit, and we had a good visit, hike, hang out... and trunk or treat.

Elijah and Oliver at some pumpkin patch nearby. These boys are really starting to play together more and more. Oli follows Eli around most of the day.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

September

I have to admit; I had a good "Daddy" day today. Elijah finally picked up riding his bike, sans training wheels. He fell a couple of time and got some scrapes. It's good for a boy to have some scrapes! I know, I know... he's not wearing a helmet. When we go around the neighborhood I'll have him wear one.

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The carnival came to town and it was a great time. I friggin' love the carnival. Sketchy rides and all. The food was the highlight for Liz and I. It is so easy to drop some serious coin at the carnival though if your not careful.


The Ferris wheel was called the "Big Eli".

We went to New Mexico to visit my Dad and his wife Cathy. We also went to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. It was amazing! Too much waking up early though! The balloons could only fly for about a 4 hour window starting at sunrise.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Noah in SV

He's almost up to my shoulders. A few more years and we'll be eye level, I'll bet. Serene backdrop right?
Noah spotted this cool lizard on this rad old barn that we took some family pictures in front of. Christmas cards are comin' baby! Sorry, no sneak peeks... Liz's orders.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

So... Sierra Vista. We like. Awesome weather, job, small town, and not Vegas. This is about 20ish minutes from our house in the Huachuca mountains (Wa-choo-ka).
Tripod = rock.

It has been monsoon-ing ever since we arrived. Much more rain than Mesa. Awesome lightning shows and cracking thunder.
Standing in the partially flooded street.


Oliver hard at work. Such a rough life. O.S.W. turned 2! We didn't do much.

Friday, August 06, 2010

It's time to FEEEEESH!


So I have to brag a little about a pretty sweet trip I just got back from. One of my best amigos invited me on a last minute, chartered tuna fishing trip down in Mexican waters. We drove to and departed from San Diego and then motored down about 150 miles south for the two and a half day excursion. I guess the fleet, out of Point Loma, have been having an extremely slow season, so I was very lucky / skilled (ha ha) to get 2 fish (aka - 'feeeesh').
HUGE thanks to the Kennedy brothers; Russell (aka - Rew-sal) and Derek (aka - heavy D) for the invite.

Also, thanks to Liz for calling me a pansy, when I was trying to talk myself out of going. "Go; you'll have so much fun! Be spontaneous... GOSH!" I think were her exact words. What kind of wife says stuff like that anyways? I've grown into a fairly boring, practical, geezer over the last couple of years I guess.

I got pretty sick after the first night. Oy! I didn't hack though. Some dudes on the boat had some prescription strength Dramamine derivatives and it did the trick for the most part.

This is Rew-sal (and me) w/ our Albacore. Not record breakers by any means, but decent I think.

This is the yellow-fin... it was so much fun to fight. It was cool because I caught this just in the 'nick of time' you could say. This was the last stop were we baited our hooks and gave it one last go, before we headed back to San Diego. "First in the water gets the fish!"

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

what's new

... nothing is new. The Las Vegas-Mesa-Sierra Vista Wolfingtons are still stuck in a Groundhog Day-ish transition period. Not cool.
Lizabeth, Elijah, AND Oliver are just now getting better after a solid week and half of being bedridden-ly sick. I felt like Will Smith in I Am Legend, were I had some weird immunity to whatever bug they had.

The boys playing at BurgerKing.

Elijah and Cohen on the carousel at SS springs mall.
Liz pretending to eat her semi-famous Krabby patty desert treats.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rocky Point 2010

Liz's parents got the family some awesome condo's down in Rocky Point a few weeks ago and we had a friggin' blast. The kids (in there ever growing numbers) were a bit needy at times, but it was so nice to relax on the beach. We love Rocky Point.
Our sister-in-law/photographer Harmony took this 'funny face' group shot with her nice DSLR (and the one with Oliver, by himself).
Shmee-lie Bee-lie and smally-Olly. If you know Oliver, you can actually hear him saying "EEEEEE" (for "cheeeeese") as we take this picture. Food in his mouth and all. Unfortunately for Elijah, I passed down my Chinese smiling eyes. I would say Elijah had the most fun out of anyone. The kid was in the water 80% of the time, no joke.
We eat at this fish place in town, the few times we've gone to Rocky Point. I don't remember what it is called, and that is unimportant anyway. We order this fish and just peel the meat right off and make fish tacos. It's real good. This is the place the kids presented the most struggle. Oy vey. I can still remember the headache.
Mi amore.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Graduation / graduation trip

Crazy. Unbelievable.
I would say, in the same breath as "time has flown by",... it has been a friggin' long 4 yrs of dental school! Sheeeeesh! All the hurdles. All the anxiety over those big tests. All the time spent with good friends. And now it all changes. Everything switches. Friends fan out across the country, and Las Vegas becomes 'a place we used to live'. Grades morph into paychecks... and I so VERY rarely say this but... HOLLA!! It's a good thing too because the baby chimpanzee that was on my back when I started school has grown into a plane swatting, chest pounding, damsel stealing King Kong of a monkey (i.e. debt). Elizabeth and I are excited for the future.
Martha E. and I decided to take a trip to Manhattan for a few days and my Mom so kindly agreed to watch the boys during our get away. Thanks again to all the family who made the drive/flight up to Vegas for the graduation. I AM special! Aw, shucks.

Apparently "Lavender" is the 'dental' color for our graduation. Weird.
These dudes have been my family for 4 years. *sniff sniff

Thanks to my Aunt Marcie, and a website called Tripadvisor, our itinerary was strategically executed. We got everything done we wanted to, and then some, w/o feeling rushed.

This picture is on the Brooklyn bridge. We took the subway to the east side, and walked back to Manhattan across the bridge at sunset with the cityscape as our backdrop. Magic!
"Top of the Rock" - Rockefeller Center overlooking downtown.

I have a truck load more pictures, but they are tied up on a memory card that won't allow me to extract the data. Bummer. Once I figure that out I will post a couple more pictures of NYC.