Our Birth Story – Chapter Two

Here is the post about the birth of our daughter, similar to the post I did for the birth of our son, James, in August of 2016. Our close family and friends will have already heard the story, of course, but this is for everyone that we haven’t yet seen. Writer’s note: I wrote most…

Trip #14 – California [Day 9]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 8; San Diego Zoo: Everybody took cold showers when we got up having survived a July San Diego night without air conditioning. A ceiling fan…

Trip #14 – California [Day 8]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 8; San Diego: I don’t remember much about the morning we left for San Diego. Presumably, I packed up our rental car (a Nissan Altima)…

Trip #14 – California [Day 7]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 7; San Francisco: I actually set an alarm to wake James up nice an early so we could try and time his nap. He didn’t…

Trip #14 – California [Day 6]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 6; Oakland: Another day, another early wake-up courtesy of our toddler, James. I let him run around in a diaper without pants because Beth’s Aunt,…

Trip #14 – California [Day 5]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 5; Bomben Family Fourth: The day started like most others with me waking up with James and getting him set up with breakfast and cartoons. That boy…

Trip #14 – California [Day 4]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 4; City by the Bay: Finally, the first day of sightseeing! I love to plan vacations full of activities and things to see. On day four we would finally be…

Trip #14 – California [Days 2&3]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 2; Relaxing Around Benicia: Our first full day in California was going to be a relaxing one. Beth prefers nice quiet vacations so this was…

Trip #14 – California [Day 1]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 1; MSP to SFO: The start to another big vacation at last! Months of planning in my limited free time had finally come to a…

Trip #12 – Quick Cabin Getaway

This trip took place June 17th through June 19th, 2017.  Day 1; New Hope, MN to Shamineau Lake, MN: The past few Summers my parents have rented a cabin on a lake up North. My sister’s family has gone with them typically but my wife and I usually do our own thing for vacation. Since…

Trip #11 – Wedding in Cross Lake, MN

This trip took place on May 20th and 21st, 2017.  Day 1; New Hope, MN to Crosslake, MN: My cousin, Todd, was getting married. He’s only three months younger than me so we played together at all family gatherings. His fiancée, Brooke, is a teacher and they’re both big hockey fans. Their wedding was on…

Trip #9 – Wisconsin Dells [Day 4]

This trip took place from April 20th through April 23rd, 2017. James woke up quite early so Beth and I did too. She fed him breakfast while I went down to the lobby to retrieve ours. Technically I didn’t go down to the lobby. At our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, the lobby was on the second floor […]

Trip #9 – Wisconsin Dells [Day 3]

This trip took place from April 20th through April 23rd, 2017. James woke up quite early so Beth and I did too. She fed him breakfast while I went down to the lobby to retrieve ours. Technically I didn’t go down to the lobby. At our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, the lobby was on the second floor […]

Trip #9 – Wisconsin Dells [Day 2]

This trip took place from April 20th through April 23rd, 2017. James woke up quite early so Beth and I did too. She fed him breakfast while I went down to the lobby to retrieve ours. Technically I didn’t go down to the lobby. At our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, the lobby was on the second floor…

Trip #8 – Houston [Day 6]

This trip took place from February 17th through February 22nd, 2017. Day 6, I don’t want to go back to normal life, we’re vacation people now: The little one actually slept well overnight which means we did too. He stayed in his crib all night which meant I didn’t end up on the couch or floor for half the…

Trip #8 – Houston [Day 5]

This trip took place from February 17th through February 22nd, 2017. Day 5, Toddler Time: James had another rough night. I was, once again, ousted from my side of the bed in the middle of the night. It was the only way Beth could get him to settle down for more than an hour at a…

Trip #8 – Houston [Day 4]

This trip took place from February 17th through February 22nd, 2017.   Day 4, Relaxing Rainy Day: James did not sleep well. He had Beth and me up quite often overnight. Beth is needed much more if he’s hungry but this particular overnight crankiness was potentially caused by teething. He doesn’t have any teeth yet…

Trip #8 – Houston [Day 3]

This trip took place from February 17th through February 22nd, 2017. Day 3, Walk to the Park and Movies: Day three began much like day two. Beth and I didn’t set an alarm because James was more than willing to wake us up bright and early. He is so very cute when he first sees his…

Trip #8 – Houston [Day 1]

Beth and I have been to Houston together three times previously; on a road trip through Texas and California in 2011, on another road trip to Texas in 2013, and for a quick trip to meet our nephew Carter as a one-month old in 2014. This particular trip would be just after Carter’s third birthday and we’re excited/nervous…

Still Planning a Houston Weekend

I normally like to have my trips fully planned long in advance but caring for our five month old has been the primary focus. It’s that same adorable infant that will likely make planning our trip to Houston next month more difficult. The five-day trip to visit Beth’s sister and her family will be our first opportunity to travel […]

Planning a Houston Weekend

I normally like to have my trips fully planned long in advance but caring for our five month old has been the primary focus. It’s that same adorable infant that will likely make planning our trip to Houston next month more difficult. The five-day trip to visit Beth’s sister and her family will be our first opportunity to travel…

Our Birth Story

I’ve promised a post about the birth of our son. Our close family and friends will have already heard our birth story, of course, but this is for everyone that we haven’t yet seen. Tuesday, August 9th: My lovely wife Beth started having contractions and her doctor confirmed it was, indeed, pre-labor. She was excited by…