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December 31, 2004

Goodbye 2004.

We are filled with grief because of the tsunami disaster.  The power of nature and the impact on human life is jaw-dropping and humbling.   It is an unprecedented tragedy and we hope that the world's governments provide an unprecedented response of aid and service.  What a humbling reminder that humans are fragile visitors on this planet and that no life, and no day, should be taken for granted. 

A small recap of events for our 2004:

On May 30th, Diana gave birth to our two healthy boys.  Diana and I have been working together everyday to care for the boys and thus have been spending almost 24 hours a day together. The work of taking care of two infant boys has been very tiring and required patience and teamwork beyond what either of us imagined, but we wouldn't change a thing if we had a chance to do it over again.  We consider ourselves very lucky to have been able to both spend this time with the boys and try not to take anything for granted.  It's getting a little easier as we pass the 7-month mark.  The boys are really starting to be aware of their surroundings and developing into their own.

This summer was very busy for us.  Not only because of the twins but because we moved to a new house in late June.  We've started to put down new roots, both figuratively and literally, by meeting new friends and planting trees around our house. 

Diana and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary this year!  And our oldest child Casey (OK, you're right, she is a dog) will be turning 15 years old in a few days!!  The cats, Rudy and Emma, are doing well, too.

And, of course, who could forget that the Red Sox actually won the World Series this year :)

John, Diana, Caleb and Jake wish everyone a happy and peaceful new year. 


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December 19, 2004

New Gallery and Pictures!

I have installed new gallery software on http://thebenjs.com/gallery and uploaded new pictures taken this month.   Please go check them out!

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December 11, 2004

Six Months

Time has flown by.  I have been meaning to write an update for the last two weeks so there is a lot write about.

Since the last update the boys have celebrated their first Thanksgiving, had their first over-nighter,  partied on their 6-month birthday, got a clean bill of health from their doctor, met Santa Claus and had their picture taken with him,  trimmed their first christmas tree and hung their stockings with care.

Img_3649We travelled to Portland to celebrate Thanksgiving with Diana's sister and her family.  This was the first time the boys were sleeping away from home.  The did OK, but not great and none of the four of us got much sleep.   At one point we had both the boys and Casey (the dog) on the bed with us - and with a full-size bed it was a crowded affair.  The boys were good-travelers and easy spirits for the two days we travelled.  Our next big adventure will be 7-days in Santa Fe for Christmas.

The boys had their six-month checkup.  Here are the details:

Jake's details are:

Caleb's details are:

More details later....

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