Thursday, December 2, 2010

Year of the Bad Thumb

Many things were special about the year 2010. It was our 1rst year in the new house. Our 2nd son born - baby Ryan. But another major theme of this year for me is my thumb troubles, which probably included more of the year than it didn't. Both thumb injuries happened while playing basketball in my Tuesday night Sunnyvale league.

Thumb injury #1....

It happened in mid January. The ball landed awkwardly downword on my left thumb, spraining it very badly at the joint. For weeks I couldn't use my thumb for anything. Things normally easy to do like buttoning up my shirt, or changing diapers, or cooking eggs for breakfast, were no long easy at all. I missed the next two months of basketball, and barely could play golf two months later in Palm Springs, but thankfully was able to, despite the pain. I wasn't normal again until early May!

Thumb injury #2....

In mid September, in just the 3rd game of the fall season, I went for a loose ball, and my left thumb got stuck somehow and was bent the knuckle. I knew instantly it wasn't good, but kep playing for about three minutes as I could feel the blood rushing into my thumb. I even hit a 3-pointer with it broken, before I finally called myself off of the court. It was in the first half and I left right away to get ice on it. the next day at work I showed it off to my fellow employees. It looked like this:

After being certain it was only a sprain, I took the advice of my co-workers to get an xray. Lo and behold, they were right, it was fractured! And required surgery! I was knocked out for surgery a week after the break, and was in a sling for the next 7 weeks. When I got the sling off, I could barely move at the knuckle at all. Over the course of two weeks of nonstop attempting to bend it, the tissue has slowly stretched out. It is now December 2nd as I type this, and I am finally have most of movement back in my left thumb.

In just the last 10 months, I think I have fulfilled my thumb injury quota for at least the decade, so I should be exempt from all thumb related injuries for at least the next nine years... right?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the Narduzzi boys. This year we did some real trick-or-treating with Sean and he loved it. He only tried to walk into a few houses and wasn't too scared by the other trick-or-treaters. The two haunted houses were a different story though, they were scary. But when we got home Sean kept saying, "It's ok, they're not scary, they're nice!" So I think we took care of it. Hope you all had a great day.

How about them Giants!!!!?!?!?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Best Friends

This is Sean's new friend named Calvin. He's a year older than Sean, but they get along great. Sean copies whatever he does. I love how they are looking at each other in this picture.
This is my new friend Roomba. When we're at work, she roams around the house vacuuming up all the dog hair, cat hair, crumbs, fuzzies, etc. that accumulate on our floors. And she does it every day! I love her. She navigates around toys, chairs, goes over rugs, carpet...she does it all. I highly recommend this if you don't like to vacuum (who does?) or don't have time like me.

I think she needs a Scooba the floor washing robot! The people at iRobot are geniuses.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sharks Game

Father of the Year

Jeff, Ryan, and Nate

Sean, Darcy, and Ryan

Andy and Sean (aka Snards)
Last night we took both boys to the Sharks Game. It was Sean's second and Ryan's first game and we had some great seats. Our friend Nate came with us to provide reinforcements. Some people might say we are crazy bringing a two-year old and four-month old to a game, and we probably are. But they both behaved and we had a great time, even though the Sharks lost. Sean had a blast feeding Nate all his snacks, and Ryan loved the jumbotron. Ryan was wearing his Lincecum shirt and the guys sitting next to us were calling him a Lincecum bobblehead doll.  Hopefully we'll be able to take them to a couple more games this season.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Today when I got home from work there was some great lighting  coming through the glass door, so I took some 'artistic' pics of the boys. Unfortunately for Sean, he's not as easy to photograph as Ryan because he moves too much, so he doesn't make the blog today. Maybe Grandpa Baker can play with these a little to make them better. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

I'm 4 Months Old!

I'm 4 months old today! I like to ride on Daddy's shoulders and be thrown in the air.

I sometimes fall asleep wherever Mommy puts me.

I'm VERY cute.

I like the standy toy for a little while.

It's very easy to make me smile.

But I'm serious sometimes too.

I like to take baths with my big brother Sean.

And I love my Daddy, broken thumb and all.

Life has been good for me so far. I wake up happy every morning except sometimes when I decide to roll myself over onto my stomach. Then I get upset and yell for Mommy to come fix it. Sometimes I do it very early in the morning because I'm silly and I think it's funny to wake Mommy up. After I eat in the morning I'm awake for about an hour and then I take a good morning nap. Then I eat eat eat all day until my afternoon nap. When I get picked up from daycare I like to stay awake all evening because there is a lot of action going on. I like to watch Sean play and yell and bounce all over the house. I also like to go for walks in the Bjorn with Mommy or Daddy. It's really hard to stay up until 8:30 or 9 like Mom tries to get me to do, so my bed time has been getting earlier and earlier. I also drool A LOT and like to eat my hands. Mommy has to keep a bib on me all the time so I don't get my clothes soaking wet. 

I get to go to the doctor this week to see how much I weigh and how much I've grown in the last two months, but I hear that I have to get some shots too which won't be fun. I'll let you know my new stats later. Have a great day!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Half Moon Bay, 2010

Darcy and I became "boyfriend and girlfriend" 10 years ago this month. We made it official on Septempber 23rd, 2000, when we started kissing at a few Cal Poly parties...

After dating the three remaining years at Cal Poly, we traveled Europe in the summer of 2003. When we returned, Darcy started work at Devcon in August. She still works there over seven years later. My path to employment wasn't as smooth, as I lived in Santa Rosa, golfing and looking for a job for a few months, then caddying at Mayacama for a few months after that, and then finally getting a "semi-real" job with Maxim Healthcare in January of 2004. After nearly a year of living apart from Darcy, traveling most weekends to visit her, I quit Maxim without a job lined up in July 2004, and moved to San Jose to look for a job, knowing that was where I wanted to be.

In less than a month I got hired at Synnex, and officially moved in with Darcy and her roommate in the South Bay.

After finishing up her lease in Santa Clara, we signed a 6 month lease in October of 2004 to live in Milpitas, along with Jenn Abrahamson, her roommate. By the time those 6 months were up, we had bought a condo in Campbell. This was at a time when real estate prices were ridiculously high, but we thought it was time for us to buy, so we did. And at the time, who knew the mortgage crisis was coming? Ok, I kinda thought it was, but you gotta live somewhere, right?

In September of 2005, after living together in our condo for 6 months, I proposed to Darcy. We got engaged at La Fondue in Saratoga on September 24th, a day after our 5th anniversary. I handed the waitress the ring on my way back to the restroom, and told her to put it in Darcy's wine glass, and then leave without pouring our wine. At that time, I slid over to her side of the table, and on one knee asked her to marry me... Luckily for me, she said yes.

In that year between engagement and the wedding, I left Synnex, and started at BlueArc as an Inside Sales Rep.

Nearly a year later from that night at La Fondue, on September 16th, 2006, we married at the Dublin Ranch Golf Course in front of 200 of our closest family and friends at that time. We had been together for 6 whole years, through college, through a months travels in Europe, through a year apart, through a year living together, through buying a place together, and now, we were husband and wife. We spent our honeymoon in Tahiti for 8 days following our wedding... What a great trip!

Four years later I am no longer in Inside Sales at BlueArc, but do Sale Operations there insead. That change happened in November of 2007. But that is not all that has changed in our four years of marriage. Darcy has been promoted to Project Manager. We had our first child, a boy named Sean. We sold our condo and bought a house in San Jose, and we had our second child, a boy named Ryan.

As I sit here in Half Moon Bay, on September 11th, 2010, I reflect upon my life with Darcy in it. Darcy has now been my significant other for 1/3rd of my life. We have been "together" for 5 years, "engaged" for 1 year, and now "married" for 4 years.

I am very lucky to have found someone that I can be so comfortable being myself around. Someone who accepts me for who I am, and someone I can see myself with forever. Add to that, Darcy is a great mother, and has given me two amazing sons who mean everything to me.

I love you Darcy... Happy 4th Anniversary!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ryan's First Giants Game

This week we took the boys to Ryan's first Giants game. We went with our friend Ryan so we had to get a picture of the Ryans together. It was a great day in the city. Luckily we had shady seats so we didn't get too hot. The boys both did well and we made it to halfway through the 9th inning (or to the end of the inning as Duane Kuiper would say). Go Giants!

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Ryan's First A's Game

A couple weeks ago the whole family went to the A's game with Jeff's company. It was a great day in Oakland and we had a great time. Sean enjoyed asking everyone around us for food and liked to sit on the steps rather than in a seat. Luckily we were in the open barbecue terrace so it didn't matter that he was acting like a two year old :). It'll be fun in ten years to show Ryan pictures of his first A's game. Hopefully he will be a Giants fan though!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday Sean!

Sean is two today! It's amazing how much he's grown and what a great kid he is. He is always so happy and a joy to be around. We are so lucky to have him in our lives, we can't wait to see what the future holds for our little 'Mister'.

Sean at birth

8 weeks

4 months

6 months

9 months

1 year

18 months

Almost 2
 Happy Birthday Sean!!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Boys

This morning I laid Ryan on the ground to get some exercise and Sean actually laid next to him, so I was able to get a few pictures of the two of them. Sean turns two tomorrow and Ryan is 8 weeks today. We're taking both of them to the A's game today. It's a day game against the Royals and we're going with Jeff's company, should be fun.

Ryan has lost most of his hair, but he does look a lot like Sean did at his age. Ryan is getting big and sleeps very well which is great for his parents!

I'll add some pictures from the baseball game soon!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ryan - 7 Weeks

Here are some new pictures of Ryan at 7 weeks old. He is such a good baby and we're loving the smiles and cooing that we get when he's awake. Sean loves his little 'Baby Ryan' too.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Ryan started smiling about a week are a couple that we caught this morning. Baby smiles are the best! I can't believe he's already 5 weeks old, time is flying.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gilroy Gardens

The four of us went to Gilroy Gardens today and had a blast. Well Ryan didn't wake up until the very end, but I'm sure he had fun in his carseat being pushed around all day. Gilroy Gardens is an amusement park that's mainly geared towards young kids. Sean had a blast! He rode all kinds of rides, and we saw a Curious George show that he liked. I highly recommend taking your kiddos here, especially if they are 6 and under.  We got there at opening at 11am and stayed until 4 which is a long time for a 1-month old and almost 2-year old. Here are some of the highlights.

Sean, Jeff, and Ryan on the 'Choo-choo train'

This is what Ryan did all day...well he woke up twice to eat but you get the picture.

Sean and Jeff on the Strawberry Ride

Fire Engines


The water park, next time we will spend much more time here.

This was Sean's favorite ride of the day.

We had to go on the carousel.

Here's Sean on the ride home, about 5 minutes into the car ride.

We will definitely be going back to Gilroy Gardens sometime soon.