other benefits of family time

bird swarm, originally uploaded by ntt.

Today while walking with Diana and Ryan before dinner time we spotted a little swarm of birds (pigeons?) flying laps around a tree. It was really quite mesmerizing to see so many birds flying together in circles! As they circled close to us each time you could hear the 'whoosh' of their wings as they all flew as fast as they could.

Eventually a couple of birds peeled off to land. I presume they were tired. A handful of laps later and the rest tired out, too.

Nature is awesome. Thanks God!


healthy as a cat

2 red, originally uploaded by ntt.

Well, praise God for answered prayer because we all seem to be feeling better at last!

In celebration, I encourage you to look at this flickr set of flying cats



(n) An inflammation of the stomach and intestine resulting in diarrhea, with vomiting and cramps when irritation is excessive. When caused by an infectious agent, it is often associated with fever.

Yep, that sounds about right.

Ryan has had vomiting and diarrhea... currently no more vomiting but still the other one, and he's not really keen on solid foods at the moment. Poor kid.

I've had all the symptoms, but thankfully medicine seems to have stopped them for now and I have managed to eat simple foods today. I actually had moments where I thought I was gonna pass out. That's not good.

Unfortunately, Diana is now feeling nauseous and tired. Poor wife! I am praying repeatedly that she might dodge the worst of it. If you are into prayer, please pray for her as well!

OK, this hasn't been a very nice blog post to read/post. Sorry about that but it has been a rough few days here.


i hate being sick

i hate being sick, originally uploaded by ntt.

Have had to take two days off sick due to a cold/flu. I really hate being sick... I end up lying around the house doing nothing useful and browsing the web. Basically I've had a sore throat, swollen glands, sneezing, gross boogers and headaches... oh, and slight fever. I really hate being sick.

Speaking of boogers though, our neighbour's kitten (whose name is Booger) has been visiting us alot lately. Apparently he's worked out how to escape their backyard and has been visiting us and even coming inside our house. Cute! Except Porscha starts attacking him and he ends up hissing at her. Teki just stares nervously at him alot and sniffs him. In the end I always have to push Porscha away from him and carry him outside so no trouble brews. Cats are such rascals!

Oh, I'm sure everyone who reads this knows, but my brother-in-law got married on Monday and I was one of the photographers. It was a long day, to be sure, but a very happy one too! Had a lot of fun, and I pray for God's blessings on their marriage.


reading time

reading time, originally uploaded by ntt.

I totally love these two people.


A sign that the weather is cooling off

This morning Ryan was playing on the floor, wearing diaper and shorts. He reached over and grabbed his t-shirt, held it up to me so I would take it, then sat up and looked at me as if to say "Daddy please put my shirt on".

I was pretty darn impressed! I have no idea what is normal for an 11 month old but to me everything Ryan does is amazing.