Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sean's First Christmas

Although he's a little young to really participate or enjoy it, we just celebrated Sean's first Christmas. We left Campbell on Monday night and drove to Modesto to stay with my parents. This was our first year celebrating Christmas without my sister Meghan, who was in Washington D.C. with her girlfriend Cat and Cat's family. We missed you guys! On Tuesday night, we went to our Aunt Becky's house to see the Carvalho family (my mom's side) and make enchiladas. Then Wednesday morning we opened presents at my parents.

Sean enjoyed looking at the Christmas tree


Here's Sean on my parents new couch, it makes for a good background


Sean enjoying his Christmas Eve meal


Sean and Grandma before we head to the Baker's


Jeff, my mom and I played a game called Settlers of Cattan all day Wednesday before heading to the Baker's house for our Christmas Eve party with the whole family.

Jeff and my parents with Sean


On Christmas morning we drove to Santa Rosa to see Jeff's family. We opened presents when we got there and then went to Grammie's house to see the rest of the family.

Grandpa Narduzzi and Sean


The Narduzzis (Jeff, Beth, me, Sean, Trisha)


Sean playing with Dad


The Narduzzis again (this time with Grammy and Grandpa Dennis)


Yesterday we hung around Jeff's parents house working hard to get their new HD tv and BluRay player working. We got everything working except the DVR (which is Comcast's fault). Jeff's grandparents watched Sean last night while we went to dinner with the family, minus Trisha who left for Thailand last night.



We drove home this morning and are glad to be home, but it was a great trip. We are lucky to have such big families on both sides and fortunate to be able to spend the holidays with all of them. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your families!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tres Agaves, Then Trisha's Party

Last night Darcy and I went out!

We dropped Sean off at babysitter Ronda's house in Santa Clara at 5pm, and headed into San Francisco. The plan was to get dinner at Tres Agaves, which is an upscale Mexican restaurant a block away from AT&T Park, and then go to Trisha's holiday party that started at 8pm.

We weren't starving so we just ordered appetizers, and thanks to a gift card that Darcy won playing in a scramble golf tournament, the meal was practically free!

Following dinner we headed to Trisha's house on Polk Street. Thanks to fast service at dinner, we were the first ones to arrive, and luckily for us, Trisha hogged two spots with her car so we got to skip any parking hassle. She just moved her car up a little and we squeezed in behind her.

By 9pm the party was rollin'. Most of Trisha's high school friends were there, including Meredith and Mark (who have a 7 month old boy named JB), Raina and JP, Alisha and Christian, and Shauna, who is Trisha's roommate. I brought my camera, but it was flashing low battery from the get-go so I only squeezed in one picture before it died. It's blurry, but oh well, better than nothing!

From left to right: Trisha, Meredith, Alisha


We left the party around midnight, and picked up sleeping Sean from Ronda's around 1am. With full-time jobs and a 4 1/2 month old son we don't get out much anymore, so last night was kind of a treat.

Thanks for inviting us Trisha. We had a great time! Trisha's friends who read this blog, it was good seeing you and happy holidays!

Thanks Ronda and Mike for babysitting!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sean's First Food

Tonight I gave Sean his first taste of solid food (rice cereal, which is kind of solid). At first he was a little confused by the whole spoon idea, but after a couple minutes he figured it out and chowed it down. It was cute and he actually ate all of it! Here are some pics of his first meal and then playtime afterwards.




First Round Exit

My East San Jose Church league basketball team won our sixth and final regular season game on December 8th, sending us to the playoffs this last Monday night with a 3-3 record.  Having won two games in a row, we were feeling more confident than we had all season, and we (or at least I) believed we had a chance to ride our momentum perhaps into the depths of the playoffs.


It was not to be.

On Monday night at 10pm we faced a team that annihilated us in the regular season.  When they beat us over a month back we played awful, and they were lights out.  Monday night was different.  They came down to earth with their shooting, and we were in better shape and more cohesive as a unit.  We even led at halftime by two points and at one point in the second half led by 5!  However, by the end of the game we were down, and the season ended with a first round playoff exit.  

Oh well.

The league starts up in January and despite that fact that 10pm games on Monday night (which we get a few of per season) really mess with my schedule, the league seems be passing up my team talent-wise, and the league dues keep going up - I still can't stop playing.  

I love basketball.  I love the exercise.  And I love to compete.  

These three things keep me coming back for more!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Altons, and Kirkpatricks, and Narduzzis, Oh My!

As I indicated in my recent "Update..." post, this weekend was the annual Alton, Kirkpatrick, Narduzzi Xmas get together. The group stems from Ken Alton, Tom Kirkpatrick, and my dad growing up together in Santa Rosa. As kids they roamed the neighborhood together, and then stayed friends through high school and beyond. Besides getting together for a holiday dinner once a year, our families also went on several camping trips in the 90's to Burney Falls. Those epic trips are still a major topic of conversation when we get together.

The camaraderie of this group is strengthened by how well the wives get along, as well as the kids, who are mostly the same age. With the exception of my little sister Beth (18) and Alison Kirkpatrick (24) who are a tad younger, we are all either 28, 29, or 30. However, you can add the age of 31 to this list on Thursday when Trisha turns 31!

Like always, we had a great time last night catching up, reminiscing, telling stories, and enjoying good food. My mom cooked her signature Lasagna and it didn't disappoint!

Tom coaches football at Healdsburg High School and has had some very successful teams through the years. One of those teams was in fall of 1996 when Ryan (his son) was the quarterback. Pictured here is Tom and Becky Kirkpatrick with their daughter Ali.


Here is "the kids" picture:


The crew is definitely growing now. This year both Alton kids are recently engaged - Amy to Tim, and Brian to Alisha. I added Darcy to the crew a few years back, and Ryan has now been dating Carolyn for a few years. Ali is engaged as well, but her fiance was not able to make it.


And here's everybody (using the 10 second timer feature on the camera)!


Everybody except Sean because we didn't want to disrupt him from this:


Every year it takes a little effort to get everyone to Santa Rosa from around the bay area for this event, but it's always worth it, and I look forward to continuing the tradition next year. We should have plenty more to talk about since between now and then the group will be involved in not one, not two, but three weddings!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Update...

- My basketball season is down to only one regular season game, which is Monday night (12/8) at 7pm. We are 2-3, and are hoping to get to .500 for the playoffs. We need a win not only to gather some momentum going into the playoffs, but also so we aren't one of the lowest seeds, meaning we'll likely play the top 1 or 2 teams right out of the gate. We were 1-3 going into last weeks game, so hopefully we can make it three in a row tomorrow night! I'm in shape, I'm motivated, and my game is pretty sharp right now, so hopefully the ball will bounce the right way and my fellow teammates will all bring their "A" games for the rest of the season so we can do some damage.

- Saturday night Darcy and I stayed at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose. Every December, her company throws a Christmas party there, and employees can get rooms at a special rate. This year we decided to take advantage of it since we had Meghan and Cat to watch Sean for us overnight. Thanks Meghan and Cat!!

- Next weekend we will be heading back to Santa Rosa. The occasion is the Alton, Kirkpatrick, Narduzzi Christmas dinner. My dad's buddies from growing up and their families get together every year for dinner. It's always great to get together with them and we look forward to introducing Sean to the group. This tradition goes way back into the 80's and I think there has only been a few years that we weren't able to make it happen - last year being one of them. This year my parents play host.

- On December 20th Darcy and I will be heading into San Francisco to attend my big sister Trisha's party. We look forward to mingling with her friends and enjoying a night out in the city. The gathering starts at 8pm but we plan on going out to dinner just the two of us beforehand. We already have a babysitter lined up for Sean.

- My company shuts down the week of Dec. 22nd - Dec. 26th, so with weekends I'm off from Dec. 20th - Dec. 28th. Darcy and I plan on going to Modesto on Monday night the 22nd. We'll stay there for 48 hours and then drive to Santa Rosa on Xmas eve. We'll then drive back to Campbell on either the 26th or 27th.

- Sean turned 4 months old on Friday, December 5th. I'm torn between thinking it's already 4 months and it's only 4 months. On one hand time is absolutely flying. On the other hand it seems like forever since Darcy was pregnant.

Here he is showing off his muscular body:


Here he is with mommy after her haircut this past Thursday:


- Darcy got in the Xmas spirit this year in our condo by decorating our mantle. Notice how Bosco and Eddie both have stockings and we (including Sean) don't!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving is Behind Us

Sean's first Thanksgiving came and went this weekend - and it was quite busy! Wednesday night we got into Santa Rosa around 8pm. After visiting we went out with Trisha and a few of her friends downtown to see high school friends.

Thanksgiving morning I woke up and went for a run in Annadel, which is a state park in Santa Rosa with hundreds of trails for walking, running, biking, and even horseback riding. The run I did is called "Rough Go". I like it because it is a challenge, and also because of the nostalgia I experience when running it. I was first introduced to the run during high school soccer when my team would run it on Saturday mornings. 13 years later the trail hasn't changed much.

After the run my Dad and I took Sean over to my Nonni and Nonno's house (his parents) to visit. Unfortunately, my camera was low battery so I wasn't able to get any pictures.

The Thanksgiving festivities got started around 2pm when we met my mom's side of the family at my uncle Rick and Aunt Rocky's house. For many of my family members it was the first time seeing Sean.

Pictured here is my mom's cousin (my second cousin) Karen Fleming holding Sean for the first time:


Here is my cousin Wade holding his neice Mae, who was born on September 13th:


Oh, and I got plenty to eat for dinner :)


On Friday we drove out to my mom's best friend Cathy's house. She and her husband Tim, as well as their son Will, live out in the country North of Santa Rosa. Their other son Sam was home from LA where he attends college at UCLA. We went for a four mile walk as well as visited in their living room and outside on their patio. It was a beautiful day to be outside.


My dad and I shared duties carrying Sean on the walk:




Pictured here is the Tesconi's:


Friday night after getting home from the Tesconi's we stayed in for the night. Auntie Trisha just loves her nephew:


On Saturday we stayed in Santa Rosa because my friend Amy Alton was having an engagement party with her fiance Tim. We decided to bring Sean to show him off to some people who hadn't seen him yet. Even though I'm glad people got to see him, we ultimately had to leave the party early because Sean was not enjoying himself. After an hour and a half his crankiness won over, forcing us to leave. We'll use this as a learning experience. Next time we have a party to go to and have a babysitter available, we'll use it!

We drove home to Campbell Saturday night, getting home about 8.

Sunday (today) we had some visitors. First Meghan and Cat visited at around 11:30 for an hour. I watched the 49ers beat Buffalo while they held Sean. They are so good with him and are such helpful babysitters! We are lucky. They are babysitting Sean for us next weekend when we go to Darcy's company Christmas party.


Next, Darcy's friend Suzi stopped by with her husband Jeff, her brother Michael, and Michael's wife Erica. They live in Las Vegas and spent Thanksgiving in Ceres with Suzi's parents. Their flight back to Vegas from SFO was at at 7:30pm so they decided to spend a few hours with us first. Suzi had yet to meet Sean so this was a great opportunity for her to do so.



Back to work we go now with the final sprint of 2008 before xmas holidays slow down business until after new years. Darcy and I have a very busy weekend schedule in December and I look forward to keeping you all informed about it right here on Narduzzi Nation.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving is Upon Us

Time keeps flying. It's already Thanksgiving and pretty soon it will be Xmas and then 2009! Sean is developing more of a personality, is getting stronger, and now weighs 15 pounds.

Our first few weeks of daycare have gone great. We were really lucky to have found Aunt Deb, and she seems to be happy to have us as a customer.

Tonight we take off for Santa Rosa for Thanksgiving with my side. Last year we were in Ceres for Thanksgiving, and didn't even know we were pregnant yet (we found out the next week). A lot changes in a year. For another example, at work last year at this time I had just moved from Inside Sales to Sales Operations, taking a chance that it would be a good career move. Now I've been at Sales Ops for a year and it's going great. Doing anything else for a living seems like a distant memory.

I can't wait to share with you our Thankgiving experiences over the next few days, but for now, I'll leave you with some recent pictures of Sean.









Friday, November 21, 2008

After 24 Hours, Eddie is Back Home

Yesterday got off to a stressful start with Eddie getting out, and seemingly disappearing. With the busy street we live on combined with our inability to navigate the surrounding areas of our complex the way a cat could, we were already starting to imagine life post-Eddie. Some tears were shed as we contemplated the thought of having seen him for the last time, as well as him out there on his own. For all we knew he could be captured, or have wandered too far away to have a chance of finding his way back, or he could even be dead.

We went to bed not knowing where he was, or if we would ever see him again. In attempt to lure him back we put his food on the front porch, as well as his scratchy bed. Darcy had also printed out flyers with Eddie's picture on them, telling people to call us if they found him.

Click here for an old post I did on Eddie's Scratcher Bed.

I awoke this morning at 5:30am to let Bosco outside to pee. I glanced at Eddie's food bowl on the front porch and noticed a considerable amount of food had been eaten from it. This was encouraging, however, it wasn't a sure thing it was Eddie who ate the food since there is another cat that roams the complex that could have eaten it. I then grabbed his tupperware of food from inside and shook it, hoping to lure him with the recognizeable sound of his food shaking. It worked! Suddenly he appeared from our neighbors deck.

So now Eddie's back where he belongs. Darcy and I were both very relieved. In fact, I even sang, "I'm Bringin' Eddie Back, Yeah!" all morning in celebration of our family being complete again.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Eddie Is Missing!

This morning Eddie got out and we were never able to find him.  I looked and looked all over the complex and no sign of him.  We notified our next door neighbor who isn't currently working to keep an eye out for him, but with us both at work all day, Eddie will most likely be astray all day. 


I'm praying he comes home in need of food and shelter, but having been locked in our condo for 3.5 years straight, there's no telling if will be able to find his way home.  Our hope hangs on the many stories we've heard of others who have lost their cat for days all for it to return.

COME HOME EDDIE!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Narduzzi Side Visits for a Few Hours on Saturday

On Saturday my mom, dad, sister Trisha, as well as my parents westie Mac, drove down to Campbell for a few hours to see Sean... and us (well, not really, mostly to see Sean).  The only one missing was Beth, who is down in San Luis Obispo at school.


My parents picked up Trisha in SF on their way down from Santa Rosa and arrived here just before noon.  The plan was to visit, get lunch, and then head back home for a short, sweet, visit. Upon arrival it didn't take long for the cameras to start flashing.

Auntie Trisha holding Sean as he shows off his left cheek dimple.

Grandpa Dennis admires his grandson as Sean focuses in on the camera.


Here is a similar version of that picture with mommy getting in on the picture taking action.


Grandparents Mindy and Dennis hold Sean up as he smiles back down at them.


After visiting we drove them by Aunt Deb's house so they could see where their grandson/nephew spends his days while mom and dad are working.  Then we proceeded to Los Gatos, where we enjoyed a delicious meal at the Los Gatos Brewing company.  Thanks for lunch Dad!

By 3:30pm, after a less than 4 hours, they were headed back to SF to drop off Trisha on their way back to Santa Rosa.  We'll see them again soon, on Wednesday night the 26th, when we drive up there for Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mama's Back at Work

Today our routines changed with Darcy heading back to work. Her over three month long maternity leave has come to an end, and with it, changes things a little. I'll explain.

With Darcy staying home to watch Sean I was free to wander into work super early if I chose. Now, with Darcy's early construction schedule that starts at 7am, or sometimes earlier, and with daycare not opening until 7:30am, the earliest I can get to work is 7:45 - and that is on a good traffic day. On top of dropping him off, I am also responsible for dressing and feeding him before I carry him to my car with all his essentials, strap him into his carseat and drop him off. I'm excited for the extra quality time I will now get with him in the morning. Darcy will handle most of the picking up, but I have the flexibility to help out with that as well when needed. Luckily for me, I have some flexibility when it comes to office hours as I can get a lot done from home. That being said, I still tend to work a little later than Darcy, so her being able to leave work consistently at 4:30pm is a big help.

About the daycare... It is a quick 3-5 minute drive from our place. It's a cute house in Campbell with a white picket fence and a perfectly groomed front and back yard. The inside is always tidy, and she keeps the place at a perfect temperature for all the little ones who come over during the week. She has six slots, two for infants (Sean being one of them), and four for toddlers. We're hoping daycare will be a great experience for Sean to grow up in with other children. They lady who runs it (by herself) refers to herself as Aunt Deb. She writes in a notebook every day, telling us when he ate, went to the bathroom, and anything else notable from the day. Darcy and I are very happy and relieved to have found a place during the day for Sean that we feel comfortable with.

Despite the fact that Darcy will miss spending each day with Sean, she is also excited to get back to work. She has a great career and works at a fun company.

On another note, Sean has not rolled over for nearly a week! After seeing him roll over last week we thought he'd be doing it every day, but that has not been the case. Oh well, I'm sure he'll get back to it soon, we'll let you know.

Sean has also discovered his thumb (left one primarily) the past few days. It makes it nice for us because when he's cranky and requires his binky we don't have to get up every time it falls out of his mouth because he can settle for his thumb as a consolation prize. It's pretty cute.

Tonight we are enjoying him more than ever since we both didn't see him all day. After giving us smiles for awhile, he passed out in his chair, thumb in mouth.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sean is 3 months old!

On Tuesday, Sean turned 3 months - time is really flying! He is quite a happy baby, likes to talk (in his own language) and smile at everyone. Every morning when he wakes up he talks to himself until we pick him out of the crib, it's adorable. Yesterday was a big day too, he learned to roll over! I went to get him out of his crib after a nap and he was almost over but he didn't have room in the crib. So I let him lay on the floor and it took him about 3 minutes to roll over for the first time, from back to front. Once he was over he didn't know what to do or how to get back over to his back. I put him on his back again and he rolled over again, but this time in about 2 seconds. 


Later that evening when Jeff got home Sean showed us his new trick, but this time he did a full roll from back to front to back again. It was awesome! So far this morning he hasn't tried out his new trick, but now we have to be careful about laying him on the bed or the couch! 

Here are some new pics of Sean from the week.