Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Go Rice!

For our fourth anniversary this year, we decided to make a trip to Houston to watch Rice play in the C-USA conference championship. Timmy came too. Here Doug is keeping score in the final game. Posted by Picasa

A taste of political science

Timmy explores the Baker Institute for Public Policy (at Rice University) with dad. Posted by Picasa


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Friday, May 26, 2006

Another friend says goodbye

I don't know if any of you heard about the boating accident on Lake Travis last Wednesday, but my former High School youth director turned Catholic priest died while vacationing in Austin. I even saw him celebrating Mass at St. Louis last Saturday (the first time I'd seen him since he left for the seminary). He was a wonderful guy. This is a picture from the pilgramage to World Youth Day in Paris that he led in 1997. He kept a blog at http://www.fathertodd.com/blog Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 25, 2006

My favorite job !

Lucas loves watering the garden (and the yard, and the fence, and mommy...) Posted by Picasa


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Peace !

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Baseball Blue

Nothing like watching a game of baseball with our friends Kyle and Erin (especially when Erin buys me a snowcone) Posted by Picasa

See Spot

See Lucas
See Lucas read
See Lucas read to Timmy.
Read Lucas, read! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

My labors of the past 2 1/2 years are beginning to bear fruit

A tooting-my-own-horn post..

As some of you know, I've been working on the next-generation memory technology (fully buffered DIMMs) the past couple of years for Dell. It's been a really interesting time (and yes, I understand now why "May you live in interesting times" is a curse). I've been involved with industry groups defining the technology; I've been the interface between memory vendors and the rest of Dell (along with all the 7/8PM conference calls that entails); I've become known as "Mr. FBD" at Dell.

Our first FBD products launched today: Dell Precision 490 & 690 Workstations.

Congrats to my colleagues in Austin! Us Round Rock types (servers) will be joining the party soon (watch this space). It's nice to see the last couple of years of work begin to pay off!

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Maybe Timmy's not quite big enough for this toy yet Posted by Picasa

If trees could talk

... he'd probably say, "You're standing on my roots!" Posted by Picasa

Fairie Wood

We went to visit Crowes Nest, an educational farm, on Wednesday. Part of the farm has been taken over by fairies. Posted by Picasa

Humpty Dumpty

So that's why he fell off the wall, the peacock pushed him! Posted by Picasa

I'm singing in the rain

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

New car!

We've decided to replace my '93 Camry with a '01 Acura MDX. Doug is happy. Posted by Picasa

Bubble defense

Lucas fights off a bubble invasion with a squirt gun. The orange apron is from the Home Depot kid's workshop. Posted by Picasa

Lucas takes a picture

He's getting pretty good with the camera. Posted by Picasa

I'm longer

Lucas wanted to know if Timmy was "big as Lucas" yet. No, but he's catching up. Posted by Picasa

Goin' places

...well, almost. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Goodbye Gimli

Today we lost a friend in a car accident. Gimli spent four years with us, and although she took backstage as the kids arrived, she was always loyal and friendly. I'll miss the way she followed us on walks around the neighborhood, and even put up with a toddler chasing after her. I'm sorry she couldn't have stayed with us longer. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Fireman Lucas

Leave it to Grandpa to discover that noodles and high-pressure water jets combine to make great water guns. Posted by Picasa

Chillin' with Grandma

Timmy thinks the water is too cold to go swimming, but he enjoys hanging out at the pool with us. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, May 06, 2006


It's an old picture (back when I had time to burn on puzzles) but I thought it was cute. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

RIP Great Grandma Beatrice

I am sorry to announce the passing of my dad's mother Beatrice Watkins early this morning at the age on 85. She succumbed to cancer. My dad describes her as the "heart" of his close-knit family (he has five siblings). We called just a few weeks ago to wish her a happy birthday, but despite her illness her death caught us by surprise. She is pictured here in July of 2004 (with Lucas) celebrating fifty years of marriage. Posted by Picasa