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May 14, 2015:
"Happiness is the first derivative of success"
An interesting comment that came up the other day. I think there's something to that... in order to avoid that trap, be sure to remember all that you already have every day!
Ryan's 8-months old now and continues to be super cute, even when making disgusted faces when he eats food he doesn't like (e.g. green beans).
Had a couple fancy brunches for Easter and Mother's Day... Ryan and I took Char out for her very first Mother's Day dinner! Finally went to the Conservatory of Flowers and really liked it! Climbed in another PG Climbing Comp and did better than I expected for not having climbed much recently, fun as always! Did a 5k walk against Brain Tumours, then got free comics for Free Comic Book Day. Saw Andy Weir talk about his book... Finally applied for TSA PreCheck now that I'm flying regularly, should get it any day now! Throw in random lunches/dinners with friends and that about sums up my last month!
OH! I did, just this week, achieve one of my New Year's Resolutions: do 25 chin-ups I'm also doing well on my other two resolutions, but it's too early to call them "complete".

April 2, 2015: Yes, only a single month since my last update! How much could have happened in that short amount of time?? Well, I finished my full-time babysitting job, started my new job making rockets, went to LA twice for training (I'm here now), got sick, had dinner with a few friends, had a friend give me a private boat tour of the marina (I even got to steer the boat!), and finally started reading a great book that a friend gave me!
In other news, Ryan continues to get bigger and bigger! He's about 40th-percentile now (which is good cause he was super low before), he can sit unaided for short amounts of time, can stand for a bit if you hold his hands, and continues to be amazeballs cute (in my unbiased opinion).
Hope everyone's having a good time and didn't get fooled by too many fake internet stories yesterday...

March 2, 2015: So far I've been totally enjoying my time away from work and being Mr Mom! It's tiring, but not nearly as stressful as being at work... and the fact that Ryan is super cute doesn't hurt either. We spend most days eating, pooping (mostly him), going on walks, tummy time, even playing piano!
Last week my best man (also named Ryan) came to visit, which was super awesome! We relaxed, hiked, went to Alcatraz, fixed random things around the house (ok, that was mostly him), and ate at the same restaurants we took him to last time he visited.
Only one more week off before I start my new job -- where does the time go??

February 14, 2015: ♥ Happy Valentine's Day! ♥
So far it's only 15 minutes into V-Day and I'm about to go to bed, but wanted to send this out before I got distracted!
It's been a crazy 5 weeks or so since my last update... the major points being that I quit my job, am taking off the month of February to be a stay-at-home dad, and then starting a new job in March! So far the first week of full-time Ryan duty has been super fun! We've gone on hikes, played piano, done tummy time, he's puked on me a bunch...
It's also been fun because Marc is off this week and we've hung out a couple times. Just like the old days!

January 5, 2015: Happy Belated Holidays!
Happy Belated New Years!
Was planning on doing a New Year's post, but there were some issues with my web page... but it's back now! Let me know if you notice it not working in the future...
Spent the holidays in California this year, looks like Baby Boulder will have to wait until sometime in 2015 to visit Canada. Here's a quick recap of 2014:
  • visited the last of seven continents (Antarctica)
  • saw the Eiffel Tower (among other Parisian sights)
  • had some family members get sick
  • had some family members get better
  • feeling like I grew a lot at work
  • at the top of my climbing game (5.12a & V6)
  • had a baby! Ryan Boulder has been an amazing/exhausting experience
Also wanted to take this opportunity to announce my New Year's Resolutions (to help me stick to them):
  • [physical] do 25 chin-ups
  • [professional] start a side business
  • [personal] be nicer in general (gotta keep up my Canadian roots)
Wishing everyone an amazing 2015!

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