Thanksgiving Video

Here's a little video from our Thanksgiving holiday. Kerry & Kristin, we made this one especially for you guys, so you could see a little of what you missed. And you were definitely missed!


Thanksgiving Break

I'm sitting in my parents' living room as I write this, enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon and watching the mountains across the valley light up as the sun sets. It's been a picture perfect weekend here this weekend. We've enjoyed loads of great food, had fun visiting with family and taken a much-needed break from our usually hectic life back in LA.

On Thanksgiving Day we had dinner at the home of my Uncle Joe & Aunt Linda, who live 2 blocks away. My cousin Jessica and her husband Vince were also there, along with their son James, who is 18 months old. We had a pretty typical meal, though the presence of two little ones was a new twist on an old family tradition. Sam behaved himself perfectly and we came home afterwards to sit by the fire and watch the incredible stars they have here in the desert at night.

Friday my dad and I rode out to the observatory across the valley and back, which was quite an accomplishment for a guy who's only been riding for a year. Afterwards we soaked in the hot tub before having a really mellow night at home, eating mom's good cooking and watching "Millions," which is one of our favorite films.

Yesterday we watched OU kick OSU's butt, then my folks had a bunch of friends over for dinner to celebrate. Sam celebrated in his own way, capping off an uncharacteristicly mellow day with a complete meltdown right at bedtime. We finally got the little guy down and enjoyed a few hours with family & friends before calling it a night.

Today dad and I got out for another ride, then he and my mom watched Sam while Alissa and I went to see "Rent." (Which was fantastic, by the way.) A little later this afternoon Jessisa, Vince, Alissa and I are turning the kids over to the grandparents and are all going out for a genuine date night in Tucson. It will be a nice end to a great vacation before we head home to the daily routine. In the meantime, here are a few picutres from the weekend. Click on the photo to see the show.

couch potatoes


The Week in Sam

Not too much to report since it's a short week. Tomorrow we're off to Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with my mom & dad, A.K.A. Nanny & Papa John. I'm sure we'll have more photos & video when we get back. In the meantime, here are a few quick snaps from the last few days. Click on the photo below to see the rest.



Sunny Sunday

You've gotta love LA in November. It was another perfectly gorgeous day here today, clear as a bell and in the mid-80's. After I finished my morning ride, Alissa and I took Sam & Ham down to Santa Monica for a little stroll. Sam had his usual freak out in the car on the way down, but once we got there he was a happy baby. Here are a couple of fun pictures we took with my camera phone.



On Saturday we had a rare "day date." I'd gotten tickets to see Shakespeare's Globe perform "Measure for Measure" at UCLA Live. The play starred Mark Rylance, who is the artistic director at the Globe Theatre, and is one of the people that Alissa studied with when she was in London during graduate school at Wash U. The way the play was set up, our seats were on the wings of the stage in a very unusual configuration that made us feel like we were actually part of the cast. It was an incredible performance and definitely the best Shakespeare I've ever seen. I also know that Mary & Sheila will be happy to know that we spotted Helen Hunt during intermission, but she didn't stay for the second half. Apparently she isn't as culturally savvy as we are.

At any rate tonight after we get the boy to bed we're going to grill some steaks and toast another perfect weekend. We're looking forward to seeing the Nanny & Papa John in Arizona in a few days for Sam's first Turkey Day. He tried his first peas and carrots this week, so we're slowly getting him ready for mom's good cooking. See you all soon!


My Morning Commute

This video isn't great quality, because I shot it with my video phone, but I thought I'd share it anyway. I took this today about 7AM, from the top of Sullivan Ridge in the Santa Monica Mountains. I was out for a morning mountain bike ride with my friend and teammate Jeff. It was a gorgeous, crystal-clear morning, with no smog or cloud cover. ( A rarity in LA, at least the lack of smog.) A full moon was setting over the ocean and Catalina looked like you could just reach out and touch it. Believe it or not, from the spot where I shot this, you can get to my office in about 15 minutes on a bike. Not a bad way to start the day, indeed.


Food, Feet & Bumbo Seats

Sam once again proved that he is indeed a Millar Man yesterday, by devouring the first solid food ever set before him. We were pretty sure he was ready to make the jump to cereal since he's been gulping down 6 oz. of formula every 2 hours lately, and still begging for more. So we finally decided it was time to put the high chair together and give it a shot. We weren't sure whether Sam would grasp the concept of chewing his food instead of sucking it out of a bottle, but our fears were assuaged the second he got the spoon in his mouth and promptly scarfed down the equivalent of half his body weight in cereal.

For the family members out there with a few minutes to kill, here's a play-by-play video of Sam's 1st meal.

When he wasn't busy mastering the fine art of eating solid foods, Sam was discovering his feet. He loves playing with them all the time, and even when Alissa and I try to distract him with one of his toys, he's still more fascinated by his toes. In fact, despite his sizable belly, Sam can get his feet practically in his mouth and lately he's constantly grabbing his toes and performing hilarious yoga moves.

Sam also got a new chair recently, called a Bumbo Seat. It's the very cool little molded foam chair for infants that let's them sit upright. Sam's pretty much outgrown his bouncy seat, but he loves the Bumbo.

Here are a few pictures of Sam in his chair, and some others from the weekend.

sitting up like a big boy


Goodnight Moon

When I was little, my all-time favorite book was Goodnight Moon. I've been waiting my whole life for the opportunity to read it to my own child, and last night I finally got the chance. I think Sam was more interested in eating the book than listening to daddy read it to him. But since this is undoubtedly the first of many hundreds of bedtime readings, I hope he'll grow to love it much as I did.

Maiden Voyage

On Sunday we took Sam to the beach to test out his new jogging stroller. We bought it on eBay a few months ago and until now he's been too little to use it. He's still not crazy about it, but he'll definitely be able to grow into it for at least a year or two and hopefully we'll get a lot of use out of it. It's much faster and easier to push than his regular stroller, which makes it great for our rollerblading trips to the beach. I'm not sure if I'll ever actually jog with him in it since my knees don't take running too well anymore, but we'll see.

Here's a video clip from our little excursion.


Papa John & Nanny

My parents came to town last night on their way back from a sea glass collecting expedition in Northern California. (My mom uses it to make jewelery.) They hadn't seen Sam in a few months, so they were pretty anxious to spend some quality time with their #1 Grandson. We were more than happy to induldge them, since it meant two extra pairs of hands to do feedings, change diapers, and keep Sam occupied for 24 hours. Alissa even managed to get to a yoga class today, which she hasn't been able to do since before the baby was born. Sadly, they had to leave tonight to get back to Tucson, but we're headed there for Thanksgiving so it won't be long before we get to see them again.

At any rate, I'd be remiss if I didn't post these pictures my dad took, and this video of the two of them making their best "baby faces" for Sam. It's a shame that they're not enjoying being Grandparents, isn't it?



A Star is Born

For those of you who haven't seen it, here's Sam's Birth Movie. It's G-rated, so don't worry guys, we didn't shoot and blood and gore. I edited this shortly after Sam was born and think it's pretty special. It won't be winning any awards, but it's pretty cool that in 20 years Sam can look back at this and see how his life began. If you like the video, please check out our birth story, which you can read by clicking this link.

Hope you enjoy it.


Bouncing Baby Boy

In celebration of me finally figuring out how to add video to our blog, here's a clip of Sam in his new bouncy chair. Also, be sure and check out the clip of Sam in his pumpkin costume on Halloween. It's posted below. Enjoy!!!!

Print our Pics!

Now, just in time for the holidays, the ability to print your very own copies of the photos posted on our blog! All you have to do is go to our Flickr account and pull up the photos you'd like to print. When you click on an individual picture there will be little icon in the top right hand corner that says "order prints." They're 15 cents each if you have them mailed to you, and 20 cents each if you decide to pick them up at your local Target store, and you can order as many as you'd like. I've limited our account so that only people who are on our "Family" list can print photos. If you don't already have a Flickr account and would like to order prints, first sign up for an account, then email me so I can add you to our list.

If you've got your own photo printer and would prefer to print our pictures out at home for free, follow these instructions:

1. Right-click on the picture you want to print.
2. Select " save picture as" from the drop down menu.
3. Save the picture in a file on your hard drive.
4. Use your photo printing software to select the saved picture and print it out!

Hopefully this will be helpful for those of you who've asked me for prints of photos we've posted, since I've been incredibly bad about getting around to doing things like that since Sam's been born. If you don't see a picture you'd like on our Flickr page and know that I've got a digital copy, just email me and I'll upload it so you can print it.

Have fun!

It's the Great Pumpkin!

Here are a few quick snaps of Sam in his 1st Halloween costume.


and here's some video of the big day!

Despite a serious case of jet lag, he was a total trooper and came happily along with Alissa yesterday to do some Trick or Treating at my office. He couldn't eat any of the candy that people were handing out, but he definitely charmed the pants of everyone.

In other news, Sam had his 4 month doctor's appointment today and passed with flying colors. He's in the 90th percentile for weight and head size (no kidding!) and is in the 70th percentile for height. So it looks like he's still on track to start for OU as a Tight End in 2025. Whew!

The doctor also told us that he's not teething yet, despite his near constant drooling and his need to put anything within reach directly into his mouth. We should see some teeth poking their way through within a month or two, but for now Sam's still all gums. Also in the next two months Sam should start eating some solid foods, beginning with rice cereal mixed with formula (Yummy!) and moving on to fruits and vegetables. I really can't wait to start feeding him, though I'm sure the walls and floor of our dining room will never be the same.

When he's not discovering the incredible new world of food, Sam should continue to develop his motor skills, building up to crawling and (God help us) eventually walking. He really impressed the doctor with his ability to pull himself up into a sitting position and the way he likes to "stand up" when we hold him.

And last but certainly not least, the doctor relieved our worries by telling us that the slightly flat part of Sam's head is perfectly normal and that he won't have to wear a helmet. Personally I was looking forward to painting it crimson and putting an OU on the side, but Alissa was pretty horrified by the possibility. Chances are that he'll always have a less than perfectly round noggin', but if he ever grows any hair it should hide it pretty well. And besides, when you're as big, tall and good looking as Sam is, who cares if your head's a little lumpy!

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