Quick Update

April 2, 2008

Some life updates. No one reads this, so I’ll make it short and agreeable to my own personal tastes. If you write for yourself, you tend to write what you enjoy. So why I do hate my writing so much? Self-loathing, I suppose. Maybe my sartorial sense is stronger than my ability to write. This is why movie critics are so successful and numerous when compared to the filmmakers whose lives they wantonly destroy.


  • Little Theodore James is doing great. He just turned 19 months old, and he’s progressing very well. He’s using lots of different words, and it seems like he says a new one every day or two. He’s also stringing two or three together on occasion, but that’s rare.
  • Final adoption for TJ is scheduled for 5/22/08. Big day, and it’s going to be a big weekend – I’m planning on having a big BBQ party here at Chez Gleason in celebration of the event.
  • Lily Tsukioka turned 1 yesterday (4/1/08)! Considering all of her trials coming into the world this time last year she has done amazingly. Really, she’s done amazingly just all around. We’re going to her birthday party this Sunday at our church.
  • Keira Noel will be 1 later this month too, and she is really doing great. She’s JUST ABOUT to walk, and for yet another kid that doesn’t actually crawl she sure scoots around. TJ loves “the baby.”
  • Abigail Marie is doing awesome – she’s just starting to crawl, and she looks like quite the little princess. She even has pierced ears! I guess if you’re going to do that to a kid, do it when they’re too young to remember the trauma of having a hole drilled into their living flesh. Too graphic?
  • I have completed ALL of my required tests, exams, paperwork, evaluations and whatnot to obtain the insurance approval for my Lap-Band procedure. Once the surgeon’s office gets the last thing in hand they will file, and then it’ll probably be a couple of weeks before I hear back. I REALLY hope it gets approved, I would REALLY rather not spend $20K out of pocket for this, but I’ll do it if I have to.
  • Work is going OK. I have a great team but there is some weirdness happening all around me that is getting in the way of just writing software. We seem to be having challenges from process to databases to infrastructure, and it’s getting to the point where it’s becoming overwhelming. Thankfully it’s a great place to work regardless.

I think that’s about it. Don’t forget that I upload pictures on a semi-regular basis to Flickr, you can always see what’s going on there at http://www.flickr.com/gleasonfamily.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Originally uploaded by dwaingleason

I’ve uploaded some new pictures from Thanksgiving as well as TJ’s baby shower at church from a few weeks ago. Unfortunately with Thanksgiving and Carmichael Christmas happening this weekend I haven’t had much time to upload pictures, but I’m planning on doing a project next week where I take pictures, upload to Flickr and blog each day. We’ll see how it goes, but for now feel free to visit our photos on Flickr by going to http://www.flickr.com/photos/gleasonfamily/.

Jen and TJ with Wes

November 6, 2007

Jen and TJ with Wes

Originally uploaded by dwaingleason

Yesterday Mike brought over Wes and Keira, and we all had fun playing together. TJ doesn’t yet understand what it means to share, but he’s still at the point where he’s OK just letting Wes have a toy and moving on to something different. Keira is really growing fast – she can sit up on her own and she’s much gigglier now. Mike really helped us out by installing some drawer-proofing mechanisms, so now TJ can’t open up drawers and get all the stuff inside. We’ve pretty much child-proofed the kitchen and the downstairs – the last piece of the puzzle is child gates, which should be happening today.

Some Pictures

October 13, 2007

Here are some recent pictures of the nieces and nephew.
Wes at the Pool - Labor Day 2007
Above – Wes at the pool on Labor Day, down at the Lake of the Ozarks

Keira on Labor Day 2007
Above – Keira on Labor Day, also down at the Lake of the Ozarks

Lily and Abby with Me
Above – I am holding Abby and Dorian is holding Lily – Jen shot this great picture where they’re both looking right at me.