Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Due Date is Tomorrow, July 31st...

- It could be another week or it could be today, we just don't know! Although Darcy certainly looks and feels ready to give birth, Sean continues to make us wait. It's looking more and more like he will come in August. The doctor did say that she will not let us get over a week past due before inducing labor, so that puts Aug 7th as the latest Sean could arrive. We'll see.

- Darcy's last day of work is Thursday (her due date). This will have her off of work until about Nov. 3rd. My plan is to take a week off in August, September, and October, so I don't miss too much work all at once, and also so that I can spend good solid time with Sean in different phases of his infancy.

- For those of you who don't know, Sean will be delivered in Santa Clara at the new Kaiser. It is a very nice, modern hospital on Lawrence Expressway just north of the 280 Lawrence exit. Click here for Google Maps.

- I'm very anxious to introduce Sean on Narduzzi Nation by posting pictures with the story, so stay tuned.

- On a totally different note, I had a dreadful basketball game on Monday night at 10pm. We played the team we lost to in the championship game last season, and this time got wooped! The beat us by 25 and never allowed us to feel any hope that we were going to win the game. Our team is out of shape and not playing up to last season's form yet. I'm confident we can get better, but also must admit that the talent level of the league is improving and if we don't step it up, we could be in for a rude awakening. However, at this point I will still maintain the stance that it's important to peak in the playoffs, so losing a couple of games early on in the season can be a blessing in disquise, so hopefully it will be.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Milestones

As Jeff pointed out in the previous post, Baby Narduzzi is due in just 8 days. Hopefully he'll make his appearance before the 31st because we're dying to meet him...but I guess he'll be coming when he's ready. I still feel relatively comfortable so I should try and enjoy the last week or two of being pregnant! If you haven't entered the baby pool yet, click on the "expect net" link on the right to make your guess of when he will get here and how big he will be.

Also, I just realized that Sunday (7/20) was the 1-year anniversary of www.narduzzination.com. The blog started on May 2 of last year but the website wasn't started until July. Hopefully you've enjoyed reading our blogs as much as we've enjoyed keeping it up. Jeff has been the main poster, but I think I'll be adding more to it in the upcoming months with plenty of baby posts. If you haven't already, you can subscribe to get updates via email whenever we make a post (see link on the right). We also welcome any friends and family to start your own blogs (if you haven't already)...it's an awesome way to keep everyone updated!

Counting the Days...

We now have 8 days until Sean is due. Because of that it's hard to think of anything else going on in our lives that would be significant enough to write about, but I'll try.

Friday Night Coldplay concert:

I've mentioned on here that I love the band Coldplay and that their new album did not disappoint. Well on Friday night (July 18th) Darcy and I were lucky enough to attend their concert at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, which is their only Bay Area stop on the entire tour. It was also only their 3rd show of the tour, so they were fresh and energized to be on stage again. I brought my camera but didn't get very many pictures, but instead took a bunch of videos. I put a couple on YouTube. Check this one out where front man Chris Martin (aka Mr. Gwenyth Paltrow) runs to the back of the arena to perform a track right by us.



Click here for a video I took of them playing Fix You.

Giants Game on Saturday:

Saturday I attended the Giants Brewers game with a colleague from work. We had club level seats in left feild, which I thought offered a great view of the game.






Church League Bball:

On Monday night my East San Jose church basketball league started up again. It was the first game of my fourth season. The league continues to improve as they weed out the unreliable, bad behavior teams, and let new teams in. We played a team that we didn't recognize from prior seasons who were younger and in slightly better shape that we were. They also had some talent. We hung tight with them as I tied up the game with a three pointer to make it 45-45 with two minutes left, but we ended up losing 55-49. I was not disappointed with the loss because I know it's not about the regular season. This loss was productive because we got the rust off after not playing for a month and because now we can avenge the loss in the playoffs when it really counts.

It was great to get back on the court again and I look forward to another season!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Family Reunion Weekend & Baby Shower

This weekend we headed to Santa Rosa for our fourth and last baby shower. Bundled into the weekend was family reunions on both sides of the family and a round of golf with my dad.

On my dads side of the family two of his three siblings live quite far away, with his brother Gene living in Kalispell, Montana, and his other brother Mario living abroad in Beijing, China. With both of them in town for a few weeks over the summer it was a must to get together, so my dad's sister Alice scheduled a gathering in her backyard on Saturday morning.

Heres's all the girls and below that is all the guys, which made up everyone who was there.




Saturday afternoon my dad and I headed out to Oakmont to play a round of golf. I shot my record score for Oakmont, finishing with an 80. On the 18th hole I was a ten foot par putt away from shooting in the 70's, but it wasn't to be.

On Sunday it my mom's side of the family's turn. We met at my grandma's house at 1pm to visit in her beautiful backyard, which includes a pool with a diving board.

Yeehaw!!

My cousin Aimee's daughter Lucy had a great time in the pool as well. She kept climbing on my back and having me swim all around the pool with her on there.

My cousin Erica and her husband Scott and two kids Elyse and Connor were in town from Hawaii. Now that they are living over there they only come to California once a year, so it was great to see them. Here's Connor and Elyse.

Because of this somewhat rare occurrence when all the cousins are in one place, we had to get a photo of it. Look at us all grown up! Even Beth (on the left) is practically grown now. She's off to Cal Poly in September.

Ov
er the years this small group has grown quite a bit. If you include significant others and kids, this is what it looks like (and pretty soon there will be two more with Sean arriving in a few weeks and Aimee and Hank's third daughter expected in October):

Toward the end of the day Darcy and I opened shower gifts. Sean got lots of great stuff, including a Cal Poly sweater and car seat. He also got from my big sister Trisha a Dr. Seuss book called Wacky Wednesday. This was a very creative, meaningful gift that Trisha was able to come up with. As kids, Trisha and I loved this book. My Nonni had it at her house, and when we stayed there, we always read it. The cool thing about this book and why it's so great for kids is that it's more than just a good read, it's a book you can stare at and study. It never gets old. Thanks Trisha! I'm sure Sean will love it just like we did.

It was a great weekend seeing both sides of the family, including those who live far away. I can't wait to see them all again and introduce them to Sean Michael Narduzzi.

Click HERE to see all the best pictures from the weekend.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Update...

- I saw my first Toyota Prius Taxi cab not too long ago. Any of you seen one of those yet? Makes sense.

- I also saw somebody get pulled over for talking on the phone while driving for the first time last week. I think texting while driving is much more dangerous than holding the phone up to your ear, but I'm glad that there will now be fewer annoying drivers on the road. It seems like every time I pass an obliviously slow driver it turns out that they are talking on the phone. I bet my little sister Beth is happy to be turning 18 soon since until then she can't talk on the phone in the car at all!

- Darcy and I recently hung a professionally done family picture on the wall in our living room. Here is what it looks like (this is a picture of a picture):


- There are probably only four bands/artists that I will purchase their new album without having to be proven it's worth it. Those are Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Coldplay, and John Mayer. This list is subject to change and if you asked me five years ago for this list it would be different, but this is what it is now. I bought the new Coldplay album a few weeks ago and am happy to report that it's very good.

- Darcy is now 36.5 weeks pregnant. Our son is due this month! However, with the July 31st due date, he could very easily make us wait until August. If you ask Darcy, he is ready to come out now and she can't see how it could take another four weeks, but we'll see what happens. I am both excited and nervous for the feelings I'm sure to get when I become a dad. I am excited because I know it's going to be an amazing feeling and a lot of fun, but I'm nervous because of the new challenges and enormous amount of responsibility that goes along with raising a child.

- On Friday Darcy and I went to Modesto. Our friends Jeff and Jennifer were having a fireworks show with a bunch of their neighbors. There were tons of fireworks that a few boys kept going for about an hour. They placed them on three different ladders so there was pretty much at least one firework going the whole time (and many times all three were going simultaneously). It's been many years since I'd seen "block" fireworks. It made me reminisce to my childhood when it was a yearly event for my parents to buy fireworks (usually at the little league sponsored fireworks stand) and go crazy lighting them on the night of July 4th.

- Saturday morning I played golf at Dryden Municipal Golf Course in Modesto with Darcy's parents and grandpa. For the third time in a row I shot an 83. I was fairly pleased with how I played, but this 83 was not as good as my last one two since it was a slightly easier course. Had I got off the tee a little better, I could have shot in the 70's.

- Today I woke up at 6am to watch the Federer/Nadal Wimbledon tennis final. At noon I was still watching! Five sets and two rain delays later, Nadal finally outlasted Federer in one of the great Wimbledon finals ever. Even though I have never really been much of a Federer fan, I found myself rooting for him today, but was also not too disappointed to see him lose his bid for six straight Wimbledon titles. Does mens tennis have a new king or will Federer bounce back?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Enter Your Guess!!!

As you know, Baby Narduzzi is scheduled to make his debut this month. He may be early, he may be late...only he can decide (or the doctors I guess if he waits around too long). But you can make a prediction of when he's coming and how big he'll be. Enter your guess at www.expectnet.com, game name: BabyNarduzzi (no space, case sensitive). Sorry, no prizes - just bragging rights! Have fun!