Raquel is 32 weeks today and we went to an ultrasound to figure out if the kid is going to be a giant baby like their father. They did their best to dodge the camera but were happy to show us their foot.

It’s important for Griffin’s to gather for a summer picnic when any of them are geographically close enough

Spending the day executing on a plan for the greatest 12th birthday party ever.
So far so good.

in my last post I reflected on the absence of a family member.
to end the year I thought I would reflect on the holiday season and the presence of family.
I spent the last week travelling between my mother’s home and my grandmother’s home. I eaten more christmas dinners that I can count and played host and guest to parties full of family in both locations.
new locations for this creature to explore

continuing a norweigan tradition Marianne brought us last year!

to the victor goes the marzipan pig!

Brad found the almond in the julegrøt

he and his pig became fast friends






happy new year!

So a month ago my brother and I were locked in the grips of serious discussion for several hours, without warning the conversation broke into the realm of pure absurdity. It started with a simple question about closed systems and broke into Astrology and possibilities that it could be based in something that isn’t completely absurd. I suggested we look at the law of gravitational force that exists between two objects. So in reality the fact that planets and stars are moving in relation to us means that there is a different force being applied to us from each one. Maybe there is something to this Astrology stuff!!!

Now in practice the fact that the strength of the force is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the objects means that the tiny force is less than trivial in the grand scheme of things and really provides no impact on the human body. Also who says gravity affects our mood. Full moons seem to have some affect on mood so I guess there could be something to it. Given that there are probably close to an infinite number of bodies in the universe that we are having some tiny interaction with we can probably use a limit of some sort to show that there may just be some impact on our outlooks and attitudes based on the position of everything in the universe.

Some may simply dismiss this as the ranting of a mad man and I would probably encourage thinking along those lines this was in an interesting thought experiment. Also it was a dare on my brother’s part at the end of the conversation. He insisted I write it up and post it on the internet. And it only took me almost a month to do it. I hope people fully appreciate the humor of the photo that accompanies this post, it is compliments of my friend Ross (and in turn via the internet).

So here’s to more frequent and less crazy posts in the future!