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Family Hike on the Hieroglyphic Trail

Hot morning sun over the trail

Katie and I stepped out of the van like a pair of well-oiled machines. She immediately got Noah out of his seat and started applying sunscreen while I took Thomas, our six-month old, and got him situated in the Tula. Within a few minutes the four of us were ready to go, and after a brief distraction…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted June 25, 2015
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Hiking with Noah

A very happy Noah

Over the last few months I've been taking my older son, Noah, out on hikes around Phoenix. For the first few I kept him in a carrier strapped to my back. He was too young to walk far over the rough ground of a hiking path. As long as I brought some snacks, a sippy cup with water, protected him from…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted May 2, 2015
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The Arrival of Son 2: Thomas

Katie snuggling with newborn Thomas

On the morning of January 5, 2015, Thomas Neal Emerick was born, our second child. He arrived in a small hospital in Mesa, Arizona after a drawn-out pregnancy that was filled with anticipation and far too much stress. We had a few close encounters over the last few weeks, late-night visits that we…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted January 9, 2015
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Moving to Arizona

The front of our new place

Moving is nothing new to Katie and I. Since graduation, some six years ago, we've lived in five different houses. Going from Houghton to the Fox Cities was a big deal, hauling down all of our belongings between two vans and a car, and since then we've mostly hopped from one Appleton rental to the…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted November 12, 2014
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Visiting the Parents in Washington

Large receiving dock at Westport

A little less than two years ago my parents embarked on an ambitious move across the country. For over twenty years they lived in the thumb area of Michigan, a wonderfully remote and quiet land that was a perfect place to raise a family. However, after my sister and I left and some time passed, they…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted August 14, 2014
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Noah at One Year

First tricycle ride

Over a year ago a life-changing event showed up in the middle of Katie and I's simple lives, something that complicated and enriched our little family forever. Noah Emerick was born. Since he arrived we've endured an onslaught of dirty diapers, interrupted nights, and half-hearted adherance to his…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted July 6, 2014
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Birthday Trip to the Dells

Layers and layers of soft sandstone

During the summer of 2010 Katie planned an awesome birthday trip for us. It was a three-day camping trip to the west side of Wisconsin, complete with caves and exploring and circus museums. And then unexpected things derailed the plans. Instead of heading out west we just stayed in Appleton,…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted June 18, 2014
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And Then There Was Noah

Jacob, Katie, and Noah: the new family

Noah Robert Emerick was born in the afternoon of June 15th, 2013. A healthy, kicking, crying little boy, Noah showed up a few weeks early yet just fine (full-term) and Katie and I were able to hold him right away. There's been a few pushy reminders over the last nine months that we're actually going…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted June 18, 2013
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Was Gandalf the White Actually Saruman?

A few nights back I was relaxing with my wife, watching the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and drinking a few beers. You know, a typical Friday night for two nerdy twenty-somethings. After watching the memorable scene when Gandalf showed up the forests of Fangorn, newly upgraded to White status,…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted April 26, 2013
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And After, Kids

Katie and I were married on a beautiful August afternoon. After the wedding a lot of our family and friends jokingly asked how long it would be before we had kids, a question that we would respond to with a good-natured laugh. We're in our late twenties, and while some of our peers have a decent…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted December 31, 2012
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