Tuesday, September 6, 2022

First Day of School - 10th grade

 It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Lucas was born and that I started this blog, but here we are with him beginning 10th grade today. I’m going to attempt to post this completely from my phone so we will see how this goes.

My first day of 10th grade was a nervous one as I was starting at a new school in a new town. It all turned out well though since I ended up meeting one of my best friends that day (and Lucas’s godfather). No such butterflies in the stomach for Lucas today as he was raring to go. Something about 2 years of lock-ins make school a much more palatable place to be than it used to be for most of us.

Enjoy the photos!

Thursday, June 16, 2022


Hard to believe, but Lucas is 15 years old today! Seems like just yesterday that I started this blog (not really). Here he is earlier with his "cake," a strawberry rhubarb pie that he requested. 

Afterwards, I brought him over to the outlet mall so he could spend some of his birthday money on a new pair of sunglasses. He's going in style with Raybans. Next time I get a picture of him in them, I'll post it here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

First Day (9th grade edition) and some late lacrosse photos

 At the risk of bodily harm from my mother if I don't post these ASAP, here are Lucas's first day of 9th grade pictures (and Marilu's return to work as well). You'll note that this is the first year that Lucas is taller than Marilu.

Marilu with no heels...

...and with heels.

According to Lucas, the day went well. I think this is the first back to school where almost all kids were happy to be going back, given the last 2 years that we have had. 

Because of the pandemic, the schedule is revised so that kids are only in two classes each "quadmester," a period that lasts about 2 1/2 months, I think. It makes for some weird combinations. In Lucas's case, he will be taking gym and drama. Crazy, huh? Another kid we know has math and science. In the end, they will all be taking pretty much the same schedule over the whole year, but it's just amusing how polar opposite those two examples are.

Hockey will be starting up soon so maybe there will be some actual games this year, which will give me a good excuse to post more picture. I'll keep you updated!

Speaking of sports, here are the entirety of photos I took from this year's lacross season. I say season, but it was just practices and some 2v2 or 3v3 scrimmages during practice. My camera didn't do a wonderful job, but this is a warm-up drill where Lucas is basically just throwing the ball againts the wall and catching it.

That's all for now!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Lucas's 14th Birthday

Some pictures from Lucas's 14th birthday. Once again, thanks to Covid, he didn't have any sort of party though he did go mini-golfing with a few of his friends since those opened back up recently. 

For breakfast, Marilu got him som Tim Horton's by request.

I bought Marilu a personalized apron for Christmas, and Lucas has used it enough that we decided to get him one of his own.

He didn't want a cake or cupcakes this year. Instead, he wanted douughnuts. So Marilu bought him 14 doughnuts and made a cake out of them.

Happy birthday, Lucas!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Let's Get Physical!

Didn't forget! I just didn't get have much to write about on Saturday. Truth be told, I don't have much to talk about today either. I will point out that this weekend was BY FAR the most physical activity Lucas has had in a long time.

With the easing of the lockdown, not only did his hockey resume, but the winter lacrosse sections were able to start. It's only 5 weeks, but considering he hasn't played lacrosse since March of last year, it's a welcome return.

So he ended up having two hockey practices--one each Friday and Saturday night--and then an early morning seeion of lacrosse today (Sunday). On top of that, he and his friends spent 1 1/2 to 2 hours on bothe Saturday and Sunday at the outdoor rink, playing pick-up hockey. Suffice to say that after months of just playing video games, his legs are likely going to feel it tomorrow. That said, he really enjoyed it so I'm glad to see hin getting back outside.

I don't have any new photos this week, unfortunately, so that will have to be it for now. See you next weekend!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Long Time!

 This blog has been badly neglected in recent years, and it didn't get any better during the pandemic. As a result, I've decided to return some sense of normalcy back to it. My plan is to update once a week, each Saturday, with some news or pictures or *something*. I've even set an alarm on my phone so that I can't blame the usual excuse of forgetting.

That said, before I really get into it, I want to look into possibly moving the blog or changing the name. Obviously, "babydeal" doesn't really fit anymore as Lucas is approaching his 14th birthday. My, how time flies! It may be as simple as simply clicking a button to rename the blog, but that will be my homework for the week. In next week's update, I will either post here or give you a link for the location of the new blog.

In the meantime, here's a picture of the two ladies in my life snuggling.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

First Day of 8th Grade

 Going back to school in a Covid-19 world...

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A New Era

It seems impossible, but our little baby...who becane a toddler...who become a kid...who became a pre-teen...is now a teenager. Where the hell has the time gone?

Last night, before he went to bed, I got a picture of Lucas on his last day as a 12-year-old. I can't get the "cheese" smile out of him like I once did so I had to settle for this.

I think his birthday already would have been a little different than past ones, but in the age of Covid, it was doubly so. I've been working from home during the pandemic, using our main computer. A couple of weeks ago, Lucas asked if he could use the computer during the day on his birthday. At first I was going to just use a laptop, but in the end, I decided to go into the office since it was easier that way. 

As for a party, he didn't have anything like in yesteryear. We had takeout from an Italian restaurant he requested, and then we told him his main gift was that we would pay for a data plan on his phone. That's how you know he is a teenager! At one point, I did ask him if there is anything physical he would want as a gift that isn't electronic related. Nothing came to mind, and he was very happy with getting data on his phone so successful birthday, I guess!

Here are a couple of photos I took of the birthday cake celebration (key lime pie, by request). His friend Parker and his mom are part of our "bubble family," and they joined in on the singing so it wasn't super lonely.

I planned to upload the birthday cake video, but unfortunately, I need for the video to be on the computer. It can't pull from the phone like the photos. Oh well, I'll try and post it in a follow-up post when I upload the video from my camera.

Hope you enjoyed, We sure did!

(FYI, I just noticed he didn't change his shirt from 12 to 13 so some things never change.)

Monday, June 1, 2020

By request

Here you go, mom. This was from mid-April. Lucas was trying to work on schoolwork, and Beatrix was having none of that, apparently.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

It's a Whole New World

As you've probably guessed, things have come to a standstill up here, along with the rest of the world. The remainder of Lucas's hockey season was cancelled so I have elected to believe that they would have gone on to win the rest of their playoff games and become the House B Peewee Champions of 2020. Go Cows!

This is March break so Lucas and Marilu were already scheduled to be off, and the schools announced they would be off at least an additional two weeks so they won't be back until the end of March at the very earliest. Though I guess we will see how things play out.

On Monday, my company finally told us to work from home so I started that yesterday (Tuesday). Once again, it's hard to say how long this will last, but I'll make the best of it even though working from home is not the easiest way to be productive. I've made it through two days so far so thumbs up for that. I'll probably go in tomorrow or Friday for a few hours just to get a break from Lucas asking if he can use the computer. God forbid he not be able to play Fortnite over vacation.

In case you missed it, Beatrix came home early from the breeder since Marilu and Lucas will be home to watch her. Along with her came her 6 puppies. There were 7, but once accidentally died the first night after they were born. The breeder thinks B might have rolled over on the pup.

Nevertheless, the remaining ones are as cute as can be. There is one beige one, one dark brown one, and the rest look like B. One even has a big white patch on its chest, similar to B's, though much more prominent on the puppy. Here's a shot of the pile of puppies having a nap, which is something they do 90% of the day, lucky little buggers.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Cows Update

As I've alluded to in the past, it hasn't been a good year for hockey. There were several kids who probably shouldn't have been playing at the House B level, and it made for a tough time. The season ended two weekends ago, and they had a whopping 2 wins and ended up in 7th (last) place.

However, this past weekend was the start of the playoffs, and the Cows managed a strong win over the 5th place team, 4-2. I guess this is as good a time as any to have a hot streak! Their work is cut out for them as they still have to play the 1st and 3rd place teams, but one win puts them into the next round of the playoffs. On top of that, even though they didn't have many wins, they did tie a lot, and their last game against the #1 team was a tie so anything is possible.

Their next game is this weekend, then the following two weekends are off due to March break, and then they will finish up the round robin toward the end of the month. I'll update as soon as the games happen.

Speaking of spring break, we will be heading down to Long Island for a couple of days since Lucas is finally getting his certificate of U.S. citizenship. It's taken the government 2 years to process his paperwork (insert joke here), but it's finally here. I will definitely have some pictures from that trip.

One more "speaking of." Speaking of pictures, I haven't taken many lately hence the lack of photos, but I wanted to mention that we bought a new desktop computer this past Sunday. As a result, I have a much more powerful (FASTER) computer to work with now so I will be uploading and organizing all my photos on here and should have some new stuff soon.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Hello January

I didn't get much picture organizing done over the holidays since Lucas had the computer in his room most of the time. Then, work has been so busy in January that when I get home I just want to relax. So, my apologies. I'll get there eventually.

However, I didn't want to go through an entire month without an update so here you go!

Incidentally, Beatrix had her ultrasound tonight, and it turns out she will be having 7 puppies. The due date is February 25. Should be interesting!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christmas Eve 2019

This year's picture of the crazy kids on Christmas Eve...

My major goal for my holiday vacation is to organize the photos folder on my PC since it has gotten so confusing that it is hard to figure out what to post. Once that is done, I will start updating regularly again.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Halloween 2019

Better late than never! I was finally able to get the cord to attach my phone to the laptop so I have all of my October photos accessible now. As such, here is our Halloween!

We were a little late in getting a pumpkin this year, but we made up for it by getting the biggest one we've ever had. It weighed in at about 54 pounds. You can see the sheer size of it compared to Lucas as he cleans it out.

Because of the size, and more specifically, the thickness, of the pumpkin, we had to keep the design relatively simple. Even so, I think it came out pretty well. Lucas did a good amount of the carving for the first time. I think the only part I did was the mouth.

As the name of the blog implies, Lucas will always be our baby. Though I didn't realize he'd take it literally this Halloween!

Baby got back.

Now that I have uploaded all my pictures, I am going to be focusing on organizing them, which will make posting a lot easier. There are a LOT of unposted photos so expect to see a bunch of stuff before the end of the year.