Kristin and Thom are embarking on yet another adventure, raising their son Carrig. Read here to learn about what's happening, what's going to happen, and the various trials and tribulations raising their new friend.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Carrig is starting his work day.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dinner at sarah and raff's.

Carrig feeding corner
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Super mom strikes again.

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Happy birthday Carrig! May you have the largest sugar-high of your life tomorrow - while you are at daycare.

Because we wanted to be the last... post holiday photos.

Yes, life has gotten the better of us and we have not updated the blog with anything more than a mobile upload in over two months. Oops. I mean, sorry. But let me just say Carrig is bigger, faster, louder, and more hungry than any of you have seen. College Try a feed-the-adolescent fund.

But back to the task at hand. Our posting hiatus started some time in November if my rusty memory serves me correctly. Let's begin with Thanksgiving. We were visited by both sets of grand parents in the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving. During their visits we explored some new areas around Boston and found a stellar state park near Rockport. Pictures and commentary are below.

We happily spent Thanksgiving with our extended Fehlner-Smith family. The following day we did it all over again at our house. You can see how excited Carrig was to do this all over again.

That weekend we took a trip up to Rockport and Halibut Point State Park.

Grandma Thomas visited the next weekend. Believe it or not, if was colder and even more even less optimal to walk along the sea.

At the outset Carrig was wondering how and why he got stuck with parents like us.

But he started to have a good time once we got moving.

Christmas was then just around the corner and Kristin and I were no where near ready. We barely had time to find kid-safe decorations and, as usual, we didn't get any of our presents in the mail on time (in fact, we still haven't sent them). But our families pulled through for us (i.e. Carrig) in the end and we appreciate it.

Carrig Loves garland.


The Christmas of a baby born in 2010.

The carnage...and I need to point out that this is only from ONE side of the family.

I am sure that Grandpa didn't predict that I would find this use for the toy.

Christmas day this year was spent with in Philly with Kristin's family. The drive down took six hours and was largely uneventful. The dive back...not so much.

"OK. What's next? Keep those gifts coming people!"

"YOU, open this for me. What are you waiting for?"

Teaching you Carrig his first Christmas carols. Of course, Carrig wants to help.

This brings us to the evening of the 26th at approximately 11:00pm. While watching the evening news I learned of an approaching Nor'easter. The weather man announced that we should expect 3-4' of snow, potentially stranding us for 48hrs. But rain, nor snow, nor Nor'easter will keep me from the lab. No way!

Ten hours later we made it home. Carrig was a champ for the entire way. He knew that if he cooperated he would be allowed to try out his new sled!

As of today we enter a new stage - Carrig is one. More trips are planned and adventures await. We promise to get back on the blog band wagon and to get this updated more often and with more than just photos. The kid is incredible and we want to share.

Friday, December 31, 2010


Carrig teaches cory how to play wii. So far carrig is winning.
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Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter is here

Carrig is ready to ski! Holiday photos to come.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Papa teaches carrig about trains

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Friday, November 19, 2010

We are so screwed.

I did not put him up there.

This was immediately followed by Carrig getting down off the rocker, moving the chair, emptying the drawer and then pulling the table across the room until it got stopped by the corner of the rug.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Hard day at the climbing gym...

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Day 2010

Spooky pumpkin carving

Day one of turtle shell preparation, making use of kitchen gear.

Do NOT put that on my face.

Perfecting the edges. The need to be perfect (because Carrig really cares)

Painting the shell. Take note of the computer in the background to assure proper scute patterns.

The colors aren't perfect, but close enough to reality to keep dad happy.

The final touches...

May we present you, Carrig the turtle.

Um guys, I can't really move with this thing on my back.

Guess the species? Eastern Painted Turtle.

MOOOOOM! Help! I think an eagle is coming.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The final steps to turtledom.

Note the open computer for species-specific accuracy. Who can guess the species?
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Carrig dances like his Dad!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Culturing the child.

Its sushi night! Everyone is getting in on the action.
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010


I am eating like a king!

Sorry for the posting hiatus. Work and life has a nasty habit of getting in the way.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Carrig has a new ride!

This weekend we braved hordes of family vacationers in giant RV's and trucks hauling fishing boats to re-visit Rumney in central New Hampshire. Our typically casual two hour drive turned into a three hour drive through stop-and-go traffic despite our early departure on Friday. It was not ideal, but we made it.

Our goal was to 1) relax and spend some time together (July was awful for this) and 2) test out Little Man's new backpack. I have attached a few picture from our hike on Mount Stinson to this post. For an extra highlight we also had a medium sized black bear wander through the yard one night while I was cooking dinner. AWESOME!

We learned that Carrig can sit in his pack for about three miles. Unfortunately, the trail was three and a half.

p.s. After writing this I realize that Kristin and I are, in fact, only one more child and a golden retriever away from being on of these highway clogging family vacationers. You all have permission to medicate us if we ever turn into "those" people.