Baby on the way!

We’re snowed in here in Philly, so I thought it would be a good time to write a new post! After the wildly warm winter, we’re due for some snow. It’s all coming at once! This morning, the snow had piled so high against our door that I had to shovel it out to keep it from falling in. Frankie had a blast running around our yard this morning! I think she actually runs faster through the snow than over solid ground. I tried to catch her, but no luck!

Video evidence:


Both of our jobs are going well. I just started a new rotation at OSIsoft. I’ll get to work more closely with some of our customers, which will be an exciting change. I’ll be traveling a bit more, but still spending most of my time here in Philly. Lauren is just a couple of weeks away from defending her dissertation! She’s been working hard getting it ready, but I know that she’ll do great. She’s also been applying to post-doctoral fellowship positions; we’ll see where she ends up soon!

Now for the important stuff – the big news since our last post is that we found out that we are having a baby! Before you ask, here’s the key information:

  1. The due date is May 23rd.
  2. Yes, we have found out the sex! It’s a girl!
  3. We’re really excited about her!!!
  4. Lauren is feeling well – better than earlier. She’s sporting a nice bump!
  5. No weird cravings yet, but I’ll let you know if the pickles starts to vanish!

Baby SwiftThanks for reading!


An update

Oops! Has it been over six months since I updated? I know you’ve all been on the EDGE of your seats waiting for news. SO MUCH SUSPENSE.

Well, exciting news – everything is fine and normal over here! We have both started our new jobs (or at least internship for me). Dallas is really liking OSIsoft and I am really liking CHOP.

Dallas’s diploma actually came in the mail just this past week. It arrived damaged, so we have to send it back to get a replacement. Pretty fitting way to end the whole grad school experience for Dallas – with one last annoying hoop to jump through. But, he’s done so we’ll take it!

Frankie is really loving our new place. We moved at the end of May to a place that is almost three times as big as our old place. It has a little yard, too, so she is living the life! We love our new apartment and neighborhood. It’s not so in the middle of things, but we have so much more space and the neighborhood is more residential. Still close to everything, too. Pretty great. Breaking news: Frankie earned a participation trophy for her first agility league. I would say that this must mean we have too much time on our hands, but really I think it is out of desperation (and love, of course) that we have resorted to weekly agility to tire the nut out. She came in dead last, so I’m thinking this is not a blossoming career here. At least we can say we now have a really embarrassing hobby…so win? And an actual participation trophy for our dog? It’s pretty cute, so I reluctantly say win.

Now, we’re just looking forward to the fall. Fall has always been my favorite season, and it’s especially long and beautiful in Philadelphia. It finally cools off, the leaves change colors, and I get to break out the boots and scarves. What’s not to love! And our third anniversary! We’ll be headed to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Can’t believe it’s almost that time. Pretty soon, I’ll be applying for post-doc positions and stressing out over the next big thing…but that’s a story for a later post. Pumpkin spice everything here I come!

The calm before the storm

Hey everyone!

We’re gearing up for a ridiculously busy spring over here, so I thought I would take a minute to post before things get crazy. Not much has changed for us – still in grad school, still in our little house, still hanging out with the cutest dog ever (obligatory picture below. Look how big she’s getting!).

Woof I love my strawberry!

Mostly, we are focused on preparing for things to get really nuts in April. From about mid-April through the end of May, lots of things will be happening! I’ll be collecting the last round of data for my dissertation (YAY! ALMOST DONE!), we’ll be visiting my sister’s new baby in OH, running a half-marathon, celebrating Dallas’s sister’s graduation in NC, getting all fancied up for my best friend’s wedding in MI, somehow completing my finals, and then moving to Philly by June 1st! Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is a FIVE WEEK SPAN complete with a new baby, a wedding, a graduation, a 13-mile run, a move, and (somehow) work. Yikes! It really is an exciting time, though, and it’s awesome that we have so many positive things filling our time. We just have to survive it!

For now, though, our days are mostly filled with regular old work, hanging out with Frankie, and looking for places to live in Philadelphia. FUN! It’s exciting to get to explore the neighborhoods, and even though Philly is only 45 minutes north of where we are now, it’s preparing for the move that has really gotten us acquainted with the city. We are excited to get to know it even better when we’re up there! We’re sad to leave our cute little rental house in Newark (darn undergrads outbid us for next year), but also – BIG CITY HERE WE COME! Also, I’ve just accepted a clinical position at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP, as it’s known around here), so I’ll be up there part-time for work, too. Fun!

So, for now, it’s boring boring boring, but we’re getting ready for a whirlwind of a spring! Lots of great things coming our way…here’s hoping we make it to June in one piece! See you on the other side!

One year (and a couple of weeks) later

Wellllll things have gotten a little busy around here, so we haven’t had a chance to post recently. BUT, you may have heard (because I told everyone we know…or even just ran into on the street) that we got a Finnish Lapphund puppy, right in time to celebrate our first anniversary. Our new little pupster is a furry girl named Frankie. Why such a gender-confused name, you ask? Frankie is short for Francis Underwoof, a play on the character Francis Underwood from one of our favorite shows, House of Cards. Also, we just thought it was cute and we weren’t sure whether we were getting a boy or a girl for a while. ANYWAY, bring on the pictures!

Aside from hanging out with the cutest dog in the whole world, Dallas and I celebrated our anniversary with a health-concious breakfast of wedding cake (not too bad for being frozen for a year!) and apple cider. We also shared a fantastic dinner in Philly that featured some fancy cheese. Soooo FANCY.

You may also remember those wine bottles from our wedding that guests filled with notes. We opened the first one! Our guests left some great notes, and here are a few of our favorites:

“HAPPY ONE YEAR! Reflect on your special day and your covalent bond.”
-Ariel and Colin Williamson

“Why couldn’t your mom and dad have had more kids? Really hope to see you all again!”
-Perry and the “Newsmaker” (our band, sad to be done with all of the Troy girls’ weddings)

“Dear Lauren and Dallas – Remember, a deep breath and a strong kiss go a long way.”
-Deborah and Warren Baker

“Lauren and Dallas! It’s been one year…what? Ummmm, celebrate with us? Yes? That’s what I thought. Party at your house!!”
-Carly  Yasinski and John Garner

Thank you to our guests for the funny, kind, and thoughtful notes! Some were a bit too uh…inappropriate to post on here – you know who you are. We loved them all, though! Can’t wait to do this again at year five!

Happy fall everyone!