Friday, December 19, 2008

Mr. Crankypants

Mr. Crankypants was having a bad day.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Let's Go Phils!

The Phillies will play in the World Series against either the Tampa Bay Rays (Yay!) or the Boston Red Sox (Boo!)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

9 on the 9th: Baseball's Lovable Losers

As a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, I know all about "maybe next year." As a mathematician, I know all about "statistically improbable," too. The following nine teams have long, dark (sometimes improbable) histories, but they also have great fans that stand by their teams.

1. Chicago Cubs - last won the world series in 1908. They last played in the World Series in 1945. They have had many good teams since then, but a lot of bad luck as well.

2. Cleveland Indians - last won the world series in 1948. One of the greatest sports movies of all time, Major League, played on this team's history of futility.

3. San Francisco Giants - last won the world series in 1954. They were the New York Giants back then. San Franciso is one of the few Major League baseball cities that have never had a world series championship.

4. Texas Rangers - have never even played in the world series. Their franchise began in 1961 as the Washington (D.C.) Senators. They have only reached the playoffs three times (1996, 98 and 99). Each time they were eliminated in the division series (first round) by the New York Yankees.

5. Houston Astros - have never won the world series. Their franchise began in 1962. For a very short time, they were known as the Houston Colt .45s. They had a great team in 2005 that charged into the World Series, only to run out of steam against the Chicago White Sox.

6. Milwaukee Brewers - have never won the world series. Their franchise began in 1969, the first two years as the Seattle Pilots. This year, they reached the playoffs for the first time since 1982, when they lost the world series to the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite their relative success this season, the future does not look bright - they will probably lose their two best pitchers to free agency during the offseason.

7. San Diego Padres - have never won the world series. Their franchise began in 1969. Except for two trips to the world series, they have had a fairly lackluster history.

8. Washington Nationals - have never even played in the world series. Their franchise began in 1969 as the Montreal Expos. In 2005, they changed their name and moved to D.C. I consider them especially cursed: their two best seasons (1981 and 1994) were derailed by labor conflicts between the players and owners.

9. Seattle Mariners - have never even played in the world series. Their franchise began in 1977. Despite having the best regular season record (116-46 in 2001) in modern baseball history, they have been consistent chokers in the postseason.

I cooked up this list as part of Mrs. N's 9-on-the-9th project. Check it out!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Cleo - R.I.P.

We went on vacation about a month ago. Cleo went missing while we were gone. We think the coyotes got her. She was a good cat - an excellent mothcatcher, a terrific cuddlebug, and surprisingly tolerant of our energetic toddler. Monkus and Watson will miss her acerbic wit.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Owen Runs Toward the Pond

Miriam and Owen on Slide

The kids are having fun, but I have no idea what the dads are talking about.

Owen Borrows Miriam's (Not Owen's) Toy

Owen plays with Miriam's (not Owen's) fun green clicking toy.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bouncing the Ball against the Roof

Another one of our favorite new activities...

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Go Penguins.

Owen wears the Penguins outfit that his Grandma Peggy gave him; this should make his Uncle T proud.

We will ignore the fact that the Penguins eliminated the Flyers from the playoffs...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Owen Swims

While I was at the APS conference in St. Louis, Owen was enjoying southern Arizona with his Mom, Grandma and his great-Aunts and great-Uncle. He is his parent's child: he loves swimming.

Owen Walks

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Owen Climbs Stairs

Owen does NOT almost fall down the stairs... that is just a trick of the lighting. And besides, his Dad was there the whole time to catch him.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Monday, February 4, 2008

More Giggles

One of the best videos we have gotten of Owen - enjoy!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Man-Cub and the Dog Part Deux

The light in this video is better, but the Man-Cub is running out of steam...

The Man-Cub and the Dog

We watched the Jungle Book recently, so Owen has been called "the Man-Cub" lately. The light in this video isn't that great, but his giggles are hilarious.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Eight Months Old!

Owen turned eight months old on Friday. There have been a few requests for more videos, so I uploaded four more videos below. Enjoy!

Owen, Monkus and Watson

Owen Monkeys around

Dad feeds Owen

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Owen Crawls

Owen began crawling (forward) on New Year's Eve.