Archive for January, 2008

Sleep Deprived

January 31, 2008

The hospital isn’t a very restful place. Jen took 2 percocet this morning and has been a little loopy since. I don’t think I’ve slept more than 45 minutes at a time in two days now.


 Jen is loving on her little boy and loving every minute of it.


Parker was circumcised this morning (no photos included). I fear that the blog is going to turn into a photofest for the next week or so, but I’ll try to fit in some other goodies after I’ve had a decent nap.


Brother to Brother

January 31, 2008

Li’l A and I had a talk about what he could to to welcome Parker to the family. Avery is already an avid music fan (mainly the Wiggles) and wanted a fitting welcome. The original version of this song was posted a number of weeks back. You can probably only watch this once, but that’s all it takes to get stuck in your head.

Avery makes his presence known

January 31, 2008

Jennifer’s mom has graciously come down to help with Avery. The two came to visit after his nap. The cheese-wagon rolls on…


He can identify main body structures such as a nose, seen below. Our digital camera doesn’t have a very fast response time, so you’ll have to trust that he actually touched the nose, any doubters can watch the video (I can’t even begin to figure out how to post that yet).


Again with the slow trigger, he willingly kissed his little brother. (below)


Just plain precious, I like how gently he’s holding his brother.


 It’s rather quiet in here with Avery gone and Parker sleeping like a baby (did I really just type that?). More tomorrow.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! (Warning Spoilers!)

January 31, 2008

With great joy and excitement, we announce the birth of our second son Parker Charles Mixon. He was born on January 30th at 10:38am.

Weight: 7 pounds 8 oz             Length: 20 in

Mother, baby, father, and big brother are doing fine. I will include hot off the press photos, make your own captions. I’ll probably post some B-side photos later for the really interested. Nic, these are fresh, un-edited photos, consider yourself warned.










January 29, 2008

I’m sitting in a starbucks this beautiful Tuesday morning. Jen has playgroup and I’m just trying to work on my research (after I blog, of course). Approx 7-8 moms with about that many children just made off for the park and I stopped to watch them file off. The smiles on their faces was what struck me. How great is it to have friends, to be accepted? Isn’t that what God tells, shouts at us every day? I love you, you are My friend, you are accepted! One thing God has taught me through living in Tampa is that community is vital. Does it really matter where you live? The who is far more important. When Jen and I look back at our time here, a few things will jump out, and they will all be people/relationships. I need to treasure those, they are assuredly gifts. By the way, Athlete is good blogging music.

Baby Alert: Downgraded to Condition Orange. Be sure to stay tuned.

Nu Toons

January 29, 2008

**Let me start by saying I have little to no idea how to properly use wordpress when it comes to creatively placing pictures on my site. I SERIOUSLY need a tutorial before I punch my computer in the webcam.**

I received an $25 iTunes gift card from my sister this year for Christmas. I found the task of selecting music daunting at first, but once I got the ball rolling, it turned out to be fairly easy. The songs purchased are as follows:

 Ingrid MichaelsonIngrid Michaelson: Breakable; The Way I AmIngrid MichaelsonIngrid Michaelson 

Fresh, funny, realIngrid MichaelsonIngrid Michaelson. I previously posted the video to The Way I Am. We all want and need to know that we’re loved that way.

Ingrid Michaelson

Eastmountainsouth: Hard Times

Great harmonies, hope they make more albums. Jen and Jen Reed sang So Are You To Me for the offertory a couple of weeks ago. Standard for me, I was at work. Nevertheless, a haunting quality to their work. (credit to Jen: frequently the guy and girl are singing in the same octave, which isn’t common for a boy/girl duet, who knew?)


Chris Rice: The Living Room Sessions Album

Peaceful, classic hymns on piano with a distinctly Chris Rice flavor. For those who have heard his Christmas CD, you will appreciate how easy and flowing his piano compositions are. 

Chris Rice

Red Mountain: Satisfied; Pensive, Doubting, Fearful Heart

Similar to Indelible Grace, but I like their musicianship more. They excel at pulling old hymns from obscurity. Both songs are amazingly well-written and performed.

Depths of Mercy- Red Mountain Church

Dave Hunt: Before the Throne of God Above

Finally, a version of this song that is simple and lets the words take precedence. This guy is a new name to me and I’ll look into more of his work.

 Dave Hunt

Matthew Smith: Come Ye Sinners; Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners; Jesus, I am Resting, Resting

Similar to Dave Hunt above, well-done hymns that don’t try to overpower you with guitar or drums, the lyrics are enough. He has arranged a handful of old hymns, including Come Ye Sinners. I have trouble arranging my socks.

Matthew Smith

 I still have $5.11 left on my card and remain open to suggestions. Please feel no obligation to suggest songs that fit in any of the above genres.

A Case of the Mondays

January 28, 2008

Not much to report. I’m stuck at work, Jen’s at home. Traffic was horrible today. Frank Caliendo was on Mike and Mike this morning, I laughed hard. Check back for more exciting and thought-provoking updates just like this one!

39 weeks and 3 days

January 26, 2008

So, yup – here I am blogging. Baby ain’t here yet.  We got all excited about it a few days ago and were all fooled.  I kept myself at the house for an entire day (if you know me, that’s almost torture!) and each night we’d just sit on the couch, my mom and me, and read our books.  Av’s been working the Peds ER shift from 4p-2a the last 2 nights and we’ve thought we’d be ready to go when he would come home, but there I was just sleeping in the bed!  So…new strategy:  Forget about the contractions for a few days unless they’re really bugging me and go on with life as usual.  We went on a walk this morning just to get out and took a few shots.   

Gasparilla is today – hope it was fun for those who participated.  Av said if the baby comes today and it’s a boy, we could name it some variation of Jose Gaspar – the namesake of the “pirate mardi gras” as we call it.  I don’t think so.

 Enjoy the pics and we’ll keep you posted – literally! 🙂

just before naptimeRolling in the grass!Throwing nuts at the ducksAvery and his little boy39 weeks 3 days and waiting…Yep – it’s pretty wierd looking. I don’t do many “belly shots” but thought it was good documentation for the end of the 9 months! Hope no one is grossed out! 🙂

A little taste of fun

January 26, 2008

Indebted to Jen Reed for introducing me to Ingrid Michaelson. Wanted to share this video. Just sit back, take 2 minutes and smile.

No News

January 26, 2008

We had brief activity last night with contractions every 7-10 minutes, but overnight into this morning nada. hope.jpg