Tuesday, September 23, 2008


posted by: Cal

Guess what time it is? It's time for a similblog! What's a similblog, you ask. Well, it's when two or more different people blog about the same thing at the same time, but from different perspectives.
Today Stacia and I will be blogging about our Baby Party.
Stacia and I drove out to the Tri-Cities on Friday evening to land at my parents' house to have enough time to head to bed to prepare for the next day.
I woke up bright and early and headed to the grocery store. Six dozen eggs later, and I'm in the kitchen cooking.
As guests arrive, my dad and I are scrambling eggs, frying sausage, restocking champagne, and baking biscuits, which we do for most of the morning (thanks for the help, Dad!).
I couldn't believe the turn-out!
Guests sipped on mimosas and ate brunch while milling about my parents' back lawn.
The morning was tormented by the chance of rain, but some quick tarp-stapling by my dad and Casey, and that was that. Of course, Stacia and I aren't going to let a little rain affect things (plus, please, we're from Seattle, and what was happening I can barely call rain).
Anyway, the sun came out right in time, and we enjoyed lovely Tri-Cities weather.
It was so great to see friends and family. And we're so glad you came.
And thank you for all the nice gifts you gave us and our baby. We appreciate it so much.

Stuff is good.

Cal and I are back after visiting the Tri-Cities for our first Baby Party this weekend. We had an awesome time with our oldest friends and family, celebrating the impending arrival of TamDam.

As an unexpected side-effect of all this partying, my nesting instinct has officially arrived. As I was tearing paper on the first gift, I felt a strange sensation of greed mixed with the desire to hoard/hide all the gifts. I don't consider myself to be a materialistic person, but it felt strangely like what I imagine that characteristic to be. Apparently my nesting instinct wasn't absent, as I had previously suspected, but was merely hiding itself until the day I had something to nest with. After the gifts were open, I wanted to immediately leave for home to fold, examine, touch and enjoy them - while safely placing them in wait for baby inside my house.

On the positive side, I'm sure this behaviour is hormone induced, and not an indication of an unhealthy attachment to material goods that may continue into my future. So I'll relax, and enjoy trying out all of baby's blankets in advance, smelling the soaps and folding and refolding the onsies to my heart's content.

I really want to thank everyone who made it to the shower. Cal and I enjoyed seeing you all so much and really appreciate the support and love! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Only a few days

Posted by: Cal

It's only a few days away till Stacia and I come home to the Tri-Cities to celebrate the forthcoming TamDam with our families and friends. Man I'm excited, and here's why: I love parties. I LOVE them. But moreso, I love parties like these.
With most parties, you invite some friends, you have some food, you have some drinks, you listen to music, etc. etc. And usually these friends are friends you see enough to entail being invited to your party.
But special events like this one (and weddings, etc.) are great, because you get the chance to see people you haven't seen in a long time, and the people at the party get a chance to see people they haven't seen in a long time, or to meet new people.
Sometimes merging your friends can be bad news (my hippie friends don't always get along with my hipster friends, which is funny because those two words or so similar). But in cases like this people do get along. Maybe it's because you aren't just eating, drinking, and being merry; you're celebrating something. And I'm looking forward to celebrating with you.
I'm looking forward to seeing my family, Stacia's family, my friends, and Stacia's friends all come together in one place. It's going to be a fun day, and I can't wait.

So here's some reminders/notes about this party:
1) Brunch will be served, no need to bring anything edible.
2) Please bring a bottle of champagne, if you'd like, to throw into the memosa mix
3) There will also be kid friendly/non-drinker beverages
4) Kids are welcome to come.
5) This is a Co-Ed party, so Greg, Wayne, etc., don't be scared to attend. The Ledbetter brothers, as well as many other men will be there, so don't be nervous that you'll be the only dude, 'cause you won't.
6) Baby Ledbetter is registered at Target.
7) The address on the invite is residential, so look for the house with the balloons out front.

See ya there!