I had a few hours yesterday morning with my boys when Holly was at the dentist. We had a great time playing "camping" and reading stories. What a great time to be a Dad.
Ian and Soren are really starting to play together now that Ian is up and walking. It is a pleasure to watch the brothers become friends.
Soren and I got a chance to play at our neighborhood park this morning for a little while. He picked out a rather large maple leaf and found a good sized fallen tree branch to ride while flapping his leaf. What fun it is to play with a carefree almost three year old. We found bugs, stuck our fingers in some sap on a tree and tossed handfuls of fallen leaves into the air to watch them fall again and again.
The air smells of fall and today for the first time the wind had a bite to it reminding us that winter is quickly approaching. After an hour of play we headed home to enjoy warm grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. More »
My barbershop quartet competed this weekend at the Evergreen District Barbershop Harmony Contest and we placed 4th! We had a great time competing and watching some amazing quartets and Barbershop choruses. It was quite the cultural experience singing in the finals and then staying up singing at the afterglow, hospitality rooms and tagging until 2:30 am for me and 5 am for Tyson and Ira.
Here are a few photos of Soren being Soren. He can be quite the ham at times and he is growing up so fast. He will be starting a coop preschool in a few weeks that Holly is super excited about. She and Soren will get to go to preschool together and get to know another set of parents and kids in the same age group. More »
Last month after a bit of research we decided to get Soren a balance bike so he can take the first steps (HA HA! ) toward riding a big bike. It has been a huge hit with Soren. He requests to ride his bike all the time now and is beginning to actually glide and balance as he strides all over our neighborhood. Here is a bit of video taken last week on his 5th or 6th attempt on the strider.
I finally had a chance to take some photos of our super cute number two child this afternoon. We laid Ian on the blanket and set up one light and just played with him and took his photo. It is amazing how much he looks like Soren when he was about three months old as well. It is also amazing how much expression he can have in his beautiful little face and how fast he can go between happy, concerned, and angry.
Here are a few of my favorites from the batch. More »
Today was a beautiful day and Holly and I took advantage of the scarce pacific northwest sunny weather and headed out for a walk around the neighborhood after lunch. Holly carried Ian in the Bjorn and Soren elected to ride his new bike. It has been a pleasure for Soren to have his bike. He absolutely loves riding it and has begun to master balancing on it and is lifting his feet off the ground and gliding much more often.
Today we walked in a loop around the neighborhood with Ian fussing about the sun hitting his face and Soren striding along in front of us. We cut across a trail that had a bunch of yellow dandelions growing on either side that made for some fun photos. More »
We got the paints out yesterday with Soren over my lunch break. What a great combination of pure joy and anxiety it is for me to watch him paint. I love what he is creating but am constantly worried about the paint missing its intended target. Here are some photos of the process and Soren's most recent masterpiece. More »
I finally got a minute to post some of the photos that I took of Ian last week when he was two weeks old. Holly and I spent several hours getting him sleeping and warm. We turned the heat up in the house and put a space heater directly on Ian. We had to move him slowly and take little breaks to finally get him posed on the basket. At one point Holly cut his diaper off with scissors to keep him sleeping. It was lots of work but great fun for me to take photos of him. More »
Today While mowing the lawn I spotted a little frog hiding in the flower bed. I caught him and called Soren over so he could meet a real live frog for the first time. Here is the little bit of video I got of the event.
This past Thursday April 26th at 5:40 pm my second son Ian Boyd Jensen was born. Following is the story of his birth.
On Wednesday April 25th at about 3:45 pm I got a call from Holly while I was at work. As with each call from Holly for the past week my heart skipped a beat when the phone rang. I picked up and she calmly told me that her water had just broken but that she was not having any signs of a contraction. Having carpooled to work that day I promptly grabbed my stuff, hollered to my ride that we were leaving and headed home.