October 2014


We are watching a friend’s house while they are away, and recently we noticed that they started receiving the New York Times. It seemed odd that they would start receiving a newspaper while traveling, and when we clarified with them it became clear that they didn’t order it, but perhaps it is being provided by a rogue newspaper delivery person, which is not unlike an experience that Chris had when he lived in Salt Lake several years ago (he received unpaid newspaper deliveries for months that were seemingly unstoppable). So our ritual is to check their driveway each morning, and if they receive a newspaper then Everett puts it in a pile in the kitchen. One unexpected side effect of this is that he has started reading the New York Times with Melissa.

Today Chris drove Everett to school. We aren’t yet setup for Chris and Everett to bike together (even though they both want to!) but to give Melissa and the babies a break they have begun driving to school one day a week. On the way Everett asked to listen to NPR. It seems that he has learned about the recent Ebola cases from the New York Times, and has also realized that this is a frequent subject on NPR. He is very intrigued about it and wants to stay up to date.

So we now have a six year old who reads the New York Times and listens to National Public Radio. We could be a top story on Fox News! It’s hard to guess how they might categorize the story because it has so many controversial elements, but Chris and Melissa would probably file it under “Risk factors for children who are raised by two PhDs”.

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We are now at our new house in Utah. Despite appearances, this website is still alive. However, the last few months have been completely overwhelming so it’s not as up to date as it could be. In the last few months we have several major events:
-Chris’ grandfather (Grandpa) died
-We bought a new house in Salt Lake City
-Everett turned six
-The twins turned one. Raising twins is no joke.
-Everett attended Camp Gramapa in late July. During this time, Chris and Melissa flew to Utah with the babies to start getting the house in order.
-Chris’ grandmother (Gramsy) died
-We packed up all of our belongings in Wauwatosa and drove to Utah. Then we started moving into our new house. Moving with three children is also no joke.
-Molly flew to Utah and stayed with us for 10 days while we were settling in.
-Chris started a new job at the University of Utah
-Everett started first grade at a new school
-Chris travelled for the first time for work from Utah, while Melissa watched the children for several days solo.
-During all of this we have tried to sell our house in Wauwatosa.

This has been a lot of major events and changes at once. We don’t yet have a support network in Utah like we did in Wisconsin. Chris’ new job is fantastic, but starting a new lab is a tremendous amount of work. We love our new house but it will require a lot of work to get it in shape – it’s 20 years old and as far as we can tell has been pretty neglected. So it’s a lot of good things but also a lot of effort for the foreseeable future. As Melissa keeps saying: it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

We have uploaded some new photos and videos. “Soon” we will update the blog with several new entries between this one and the twins first birthday.

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