Sep 22 2008

Lisetta’s Second Birthday

Lisetta Turns Two

We still miss her.

Sep 15 2008

Gracie Gets Baptized

Gracie Gets Baptized

Gracie was baptized on August 31st, 2008. Angie and I choose Lawrence and Jenny to be her Godparents. Father Steve presided over the ceremony. The Hooks and Musselmans came up from Columbus, and everyone that lives close by showed up as well. The most appealing thing about the way the baptism unfolded was that Jude and Noah were able to be on the alter as it occurred. Of course, they found the entire event very interesting. We did run into some problems as, at one point, Noah felt the need to make sure Father Steve knew that he was the brother that would get to blow out the candle.

Afterwards, everyone spent a good part of the afternoon at the Lackman’s, where a fair amount of political discussion took place, in addition to the more traditional conversations that one would expect after such an event.

Thanks to Charles for taking pictures during the ceremony. A gallery of images can be viewed here.

Sep 14 2008

Images From Summer 2008

I’ve been absent here for the last bit, mostly because I’ve taken a new position at school (Dean of Students), soccer has started, and I’m back at Kent State taking classes. However, I’ve managed to put together some galleries of images that Angie and I have taken over this period of time. They’re listed below.

I hope you like. And, I’ll try to post more often now that I’ve got some more time. Look for another post with images from Grace’s Baptism later today.

Jun 5 2008

Grace Catherine Cerniglia

Gracie and Mommy minutes after birth

Grace Catherine Cerniglia was born at 8:19 PM on Wednesday, June 3rd. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces and measured 19 inches in length. We are so excited to have this healthy baby girl join our family. A short summary of the days events follows.

We woke up early in the morning, as Angie was expected to arrive at Akron General around 8:00 AM. The first order of business was to fill out an enormous amount of paperwork. Induction via Pitocen began around 10:30 AM. Contractions started at 11:40 AM. The doctor broke Angie’s water around 1:00 PM, and the contractions began to get stronger. The anesthesiologist administered an epidural at around 5:00 PM as Angie was getting uncomfortable, and a little discouraged as labor wasn’t progressing as fast as she’d have liked. However, things began to pick up rather quickly, and around 7:15 PM Angie is 6 cm. In just 20 minutes, she moved to 9 cm and the doctor is paged to return to the hospital. After the doctor arrived at around 8:00 PM, we were transferred quickly into a special delivery room just in case our baby had any problems immediately following delivery. Grace Catherine was delivered and showed no signs of abnormalities. We were back in the room by 9:00 PM and Grace was feeding by 9:15 PM. The rest of my side of the family came the visit briefly before returning home, as did I around 10:00 PM.

Jude, Noah, and I visited mommy and Grace for several hours today. The boys have a hard time in that environment, as the like to press buttons, of which there are plenty to press. I checked out The Lion King for them to watch, which helped a little. Gracie really likes to be with mommy. She wakes easily and I can tell that there is going to be an adjustment period as the boys behavior naturally creates loud noises which disturb Grace and wake her.

Mommy and Gracie will come home tomorrow (today actually, as I’m writing this after midnight). Jude and Noah are handling this change with great understanding. I am very excited as I’ve always hoped that I would be blessed to experience fathering both a son and a daughter. Of course, Angie and I are now playing “zone defense” as we are outnumbered by our own children :-).

Images from the last two days can be viewed here.


Jun 3 2008

Max Hook Turns Five

Max takes a bite of cake

We spent Saturday at the Hook’s for Max’s fifth birthday party. It was a bigger event, with friends from school invited as well. Stephanie, Madelaine, Margaret, and Matthew came over as well. It was pretty hectic early on, as Josh had set up a water inflatable water slide and the kids were going crazy (coming down in pairs, not waiting for others to get off the slide before descending, jumping rather than sliding). It was all good fun, but monitoring was more of an active task.

Later on, after people had dinner, some people began to leave and the mood become more relaxed. We ended up staying ‘till nine or so. Steph and the kids left a little earlier, but we wanted to get the kids baths before the long trek home. The boys had a great time and were ready to go back as soon as we left the driveway. In any case, photos were taken and can be viewed here.


Jun 1 2008

Bike Rides and Rocket Ships

Charles shoots off a rocket for the boys

I’ve got two sets of images to upload in the next day or so. This first set is comprised of some images taken while Laura Jeanne was here and took the boys and their bikes up to the Training Center to ride. The second set is from the next day (I believe) when Angie and I went up to do the same. The remainder are a series of three I took as the boys ran down the hill in the back of the house, and a couple taken of Charles shooting off a rocket for them.

Check ‘em out


May 13 2008

Margaret Musselman’s First Communion

Margaret Musselman's First Communion

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but classes are over for a while and I wanted to get some more images up. We spent some time down in c-town (Columbus) with the Musselman’s for Margaret’s first communion. We had a great time, and it was nice to see everyone. Jude and Noah especially liked spending some time with Matthew. The ride up and back was fun, as I spent time working on a paper, and the boys got to chat (figuratively) with Sophia, who they hadn’t seen in a while. Anyway, I’ve uploaded some images, which can be viewed here.


Apr 6 2008

First Bike Ride of 2008

Noah swings

Jude, Noah, and I took our first bike ride of the year today. My major finding: they’re getting heavier. Either that, or my biking legs have gone away over the winter. I’m guessing it’s a little of both. We ended up at Holmesville Elementary, or as they call it, “Grandpa’s school”. We sent around forty-five minutes there before we left, as Noah had to get home to use the bathroom.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring. I saw a lot of green on the ride. There were a lot of people out too. I took some pictures, you can check them out by following this link.


Mar 30 2008


Daddy and Jude planting a Dawn Redwood

Angie, the boys and I spent the afternoon planting three Dawn Redwood trees on our property. We’d purchased these last fall from the OARDC, and they spent the winter in large pots in front of out apartment. I bought Jude and Noah little shovels at Wal-Mart before we went, so they had fun playing in the dirt.

These are beautiful trees. They were thought to be extinct for many years, then were discovered in the middle part of the twentieth century. We hope that they take root. Angie took pictures, you can check them out here.


Mar 21 2008

Kathy’s Birthday Party

Terry, Jude, and Noah sing happy birthday to Kathy

Jude, Noah, and I spent some time over at the Hanlon’s last night, as it was Kathy’s birthday. After eating dinner at our place, then visiting a little bit with Grandpa, Uncle Ray and Aunt Linda, we followed Mom and Dad over at around 7:30 in the evening. The Jaeb’s come over as well, and it was great fun. Terry made a wonderfully rich chocolate cake. We spent much of the time talking about politics (of course). Terry presented Kathy a very cool drum. I took some pictures, and you can check them out here.


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