• My little goonies watching Goonies. 20.05.12

    My little goonies watching Goonies. Google+: View post on Google+

  • Too Cheesy 18.05.12

    More fun pictures of Benjamin (also lacking a great caption) Google+: View post on Google+

  • Corbin took this photo of Benjamin about a year ago 18.05.12

    I want to caption it with something witty or profound but nothing comes to mind. So I'm just going to share it as is. maybe something will come to me later. Google+: View post on Google+

  • How to beat the Heat – and know when to quit 17.06.11

    Benjamin enjoys sitting poolside but can’t stand being inside the pool. Corbin creates a new game where he tosses an inflatable ring onto a stream of water – good luck with that. Beating the heat on a hot spring day – too bad Corbin didn’t realize the heat had already lost.

  • Benzilla strikes again 18.05.11

    After working on his walking skills for the past few weeks, we finally capture Benjamin walking free style in the back yard. he’s quite good (if I do say so myself) Like his brother before him and probably most kids, Benjamin was walking pretty well before this footage was shot but was only confident when […]

  • Benjamin at the San Diego Zoo 06.03.11

    On our most recent “family trip” to our old friend, the San Diego Zoo, I captured this video of Benjamin practicing his finer motor skills. He’s been walking with our support for some time now but still isn’t confident enough to let go. He’s not even ready to one-hand it but I’m sure Corbin will […]

  • Benjamin plays around the dolphin fountain 06.03.11

    A few weeks ago we stopped by one of our favorite dining spots on the way back from an outing. This particular Red Robin is at University Town Center (aka UTC). One of the features at this mall is the dolphin fountains. They are a big hit with the kids and Benjamin was no exception. […]

  • Video update because I still haven’t had time to post real content 09.12.10

    Benjamin doesn’t eat much. In fact, he doesn’t eat at all. For him its mother’s milk or nothing. No formula or baby food for him. But, give him something not meant to be eaten, like a whole fruit or a the mail or his shoes…he’ll go to town on those. We just picked up a […]

  • Random Pictures 16.07.10

    I haven’t had much to say lately (you can stop cheering now). I’ve started a new website project which will likely keep me busy for a while and raising two boys fills up my “spare” time pretty quickly. So I thought I’d just share some recent pictures to keep you from thinking I’ve forgotten all […]

  • Benjamin the Snake Eater 24.06.10

    Benjamin enjoys some personal time in the crib, chewing on an inch worm toy. The Lamaze Musical Inchworm is a plush toy that’s perfect for playing and napping. Developed in conjunction with child development experts from Yale University, the Inchworm promotes mom and baby interaction, encourages tummy time fun, and supports healthy physical and sensory […]

  • It’s NOT all about the Corbins 09.06.10

    I don’t want to give you the idea that we favor Corbin, it’s just that he does more to show you than Benjamin. For the most part, Benjamin eats, sleeps and poops but he is starting to add to his repertoire or is that repartee. Anyway, here’s a couple videos of Benjamin in action. Benjamin […]

  • Because still photos aren’t always enough 24.03.10

    Some videos from a very busy weekend where Corbin eats Dairy Queen, Benjamin greets the world and Corbin and Benjamin hang out sharing a moment.

  • Meet Benjamin Rainer 24.03.10

    Funny how things work. I had just finished posting the last three post related to labor and delivery on Sunday and was working on the bills when it was time for dinner. After dinner, we played and read to Corbin before putting him to bed. Actually, I had to read because Julia was feeling a […]

  • Scriptures for Labor and Birth 21.03.10

    As we prepare for the birth of our second child, I am reminded of the importance of supporting my wife both physically and spiritually. All the breathing exercises and back rubs in the world won’t bring her reassurance like the truth of God’s word can. With that in mind, I want to share with you […]

  • Birth Plan 21.03.10

    A good birth plan is important for a couple of reasons; one, it makes your intentions and desires know to the delivery team prior – especially when you are not able to “think clearly”. Second, it makes you and your partner think through these issues prior to going to the hospital. This is important because […]

  • What should I bring to the hospital when I go into labor 21.03.10

    We are only days away from delivering our second child and I am reminded of the need to be prepared. There are several things I want to do that I just haven’t gotten around to. Like printing my list of scripture to read to Julia during and after delivery, making sure I have plenty of […]

  • The (wrong) name game 12.02.10

    We still haven’t picked a name but we’ve narrowed it down a bit (no, we’re not telling you our current choices). but I came across an interesting article on – A Roshanda by Any Other Name How do babies with super-black names fare? which starts off with this story.. In 1958, a New York […]

  • Full Circle 09.02.10

    With our second child only weeks away and our first born just over two years old, there wasn’t a lot of things we needed to prepare prior to bringing Jr. home. In fact, we really only needed two things… A name and a double stroller. Unfortunately, we haven’t picked either yet. We’ve managed to narrow […]

  • Name the baby 05.01.10

    One question that comes up often for expectant parents is “Do you know what you’re having?” and the other is “Have you picked a name yet?” Let me tell you this now so you don’t become one of those people…you can’t learn the baby’s gender until around 20 weeks, aka – the half way point. […]

  • Oh, Brother 02.11.09

    You may recall a few months back that I mentioned how Corbin is going to be a big brother. And as with any pregnancy, people speculate both on what gender the child will be and what gender you want the child to be. For most, it’s hard to fathom that you will be equally happy […]

  • Our Wish Lists 15.10.09

    With the annual gift getting giving season in the archshrk household coming up, I wanted to let anyone and everyone who wanted to know, exactly what we wanted for our Birthdays or Christmas. So go on over to the Happy Birthday Page and bookmark it for future reference. That page should be good for ever […]

  • Naturally Playful Woodland Climber 06.10.09

    That’s what it’s called. Took me several tries to find it but find it I did. You’d be surprised at how hard it is to search for a product that doesn’t have any real unique characteristics, especially when it’s been described to you using certain words which are all too common. Look at the following […]

  • Ergo out, Hello BOB? 09.09.09

    So we got a chance to look at the Joovy Ergo Caboose this weekend and it’s a little bigger than I imagined. OK, it’s a lot bigger. At 41″ long, that’s 6″ longer than the Graco DuoGlider meaning it’s like driving an even bigger semi truck (in reverse). So it’s back to square one in […]

  • March 29th? 02.09.09

    That’s our current due date. Though he’s barely the size of a kumquat ? a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom ? and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal […]

  • ergo 01.09.09

    So maybe $400 on a stroller isn’t too much. If you recall from an earlier post, I talked about how we were thinking about getting a Joovy Caboose tandem stroller for when baby number two arrives. At the time, I couldn’t see why the Ergo version of the Caboose was so much more than the […]

  • Maybe we need a Caboose 18.08.09

    With the upcoming addition to our family, we realized we will need a new stroller. The BOB Revolution has served us well but Corbin isn’t quite big enough to walk all the time. So I began looking at our options. I first looked at the BOB Revolution Duallie Stroller but Julia was concerned that it […]

  • You can tell from six 03.08.09

    Some movies just have great lines of dialog that stick with you. It’s not just the lines themselves but the way they are delivered. Here’s one such scene from Sliding Doors that sticks with me. [Helen walks into the room holding a pregnancy test] Anna: James? [Helen nods] Anna: Since last night? [Helen stares] Anna: […]

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