Friday, December 24, 2004

Tis Almost Christmas ...

'Tis almost Christmas and all through the blog
not a post was to be found, all lost in a fog.
Long has it been that something was written
Except that one about a cute little kitten

So, thus it is late with the moon out bright
that I sit here to share, show, and write
of our trip last weekend way up north
to the house of the Johners did we venture forth

Where much laughter and jubilation was heard by all
as the children skipped and jumped around the wall
While with great company we did visit, you see
The Johners, the Schmiesings, and Fries soon to be

Thank you, thank you, thank you
From all of us at casa "U".
To Kim, Julie, Anna, and Gabriel,
and the little one yet to tell

(Now you know that I never would have made it as a poet! Hopefully, though, you will enjoy these pictures even more!! And, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas)

Anna Johner, Schmiesings: Jacob, Clair, and Max, and Theresa

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Making New Friends

The kids have been making some new acquaintances out here ... and not necessarily of the human kind!

Theresa, Patrick, and Joseph are off to the barn. And yes, we did get snow, but sadly it is now 50 degrees out and the snow has all melted away.

Catherine was first to the barn, not wanting to wait around for the others.

Three new kittens were recently born. Here are two of them with their mother. They are yet unnamed, but I'm sure that won't last long.

Orion was very happy to have been fed some hay and oats.

Monday, December 06, 2004

The Big Train turns 27!


Happy Birthday, Paul.


Patrick, Joseph, and Catherine (P, J, & C), now referred to as the trio, or just PJC, work on a joint birthday card for their Daddy/Uncle.


Sunday, December 05, 2004

Welcome to Idaho

Can you belive it! It has already been four weeks since the big move. The weather has gotten colder, we've had some great snowfalls and beautiful sunny days, and now it is already December.

Dad and Paul have already put me to work with some big jobs. And, just to give you a sense of that, normally the pipe down the well is 1", but the last few weeks we have been dealing with 4", 5", and 6" pipe! These pipes are so big, that a small child could fall down them. And to make it more interesting, we had to pull the 6" one twice and we still aren't done. The 6" job is for the City of Grangeville. We set the new pump, but then there was a short down the hole, so we had to pull it out to see what happened. It turned out there was a cut in the wire from either the factory or from a rock as we set it the first time. Now we have to fix the wire and then set it again. Maura came to visit the first day, and took some shots.


We had to hire a crane since our hoist wouldn't even be able to touch the weight.


Getting the wrenches all set ...


and then wrenching it tight.


Taping the wire and airline to the pipe.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving


Three turkeys wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.


Dr. Matt with Patrick and Claudia

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Our Helpers

Like I said before, we couldn't have done it with out the help of all these wonderful people. There were many more that weren't captured on camera, but here are those lucky ones! :)

The Boss


Dad and Heather


Anna and Shelly


Gina and Maura


Ana and Maura


Emily, Gina, and Rachel


Someone had to eat the pizza (Robert and Mark) ...


And take care of the kids (Paul, TJC, Paulie, and Clare).


Thanks again everyone.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Goodbye Seattle



[Updated 11/25/2004]

I have been meaning to add some text to this post for some time, now, but the move and new job has left me with little time. So on this day of Thanksgiving, I would like to say a big "Thank You" to all of our wonderful friends in Seattle. You have all given so much of yourselves from when we first arrived to our final departure. The memories of "Craft Night" at the Achesons, JB's 40th birthday party poker night, Husky game with Pat, long hours of coding and playing basketball with Thomas, Rosary nights at the Hatches, the many adventures with Gary (life with Gary is an adventure!), sidewalk counseling with Maureen and Ed, dinners with the Burslems, the two Camp Cushman weekends, and many, many more memories come flooding back as I sit to write this.

And how can we forget the support you have been to us and our growing family. You all helped us through at least 4 moves in our short time in Seattle. And the twins! How could we have done it without you!!! The last two years have been very long and challenging and it is only because of you that we aren't in the looney farm!

So, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. We just can't thank you enough.

We already miss you all and can't wait until we return after Christmas to catch our flight to Texas. We hope to see some of you then.

We would also like to extend an open invitation to all of you to come and visit us in Idaho. For those of you brave enough to tackle the snowy winter drive, there is some great skiing out here, otherwise there is always the beautiful spring and glorious summer. Come in August and we'll go tubing down the mighty Clearwater or will take you to the local county fair (not quite like the Puyallup, but its free!). Come anytime, there is always something to do ... Grandpa will make sure of that! :)

Again, we miss you, thank you, come and visit, and good bye for now.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

New job, new house, new ...

Why does it always seem to happen in three's! I'm actually surprised that we don't have triplets! Yes, that's right! We have a new little one growing away in the warmth and comfort of Maura's tummy. We were able to get our first look yesterday and saw his little heart just beating away as healthy as ever.

At just under a centimeter in length, the latest Uhlenkott is causing havoc with his mother. How can someone so small cause so much trouble! :) Thank you to Maura for taking on this sacrifice for our family. We really do appreciate it.

It will be a relief once the next few months of sickness are past, the moving is over, and we are settled in our new place. We are looking forward to seeing our new baby in the flesh on Father's Day.


Sunday, October 31, 2004

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Moving

I guess it was bound to happen at some point: We are leaving the Seattle area. We have met so many wonderful people out here and it makes us sad to have to say good bye to all of you.

We are off to the land of the Idahoans to make water for the natives. We will be joining forces with my brother Paul and my Dad in the family business of the installation and service of domestic and public water systems. Basically that means a whole new line of work as I get down and dirty digging ditches, pulling pumps, wiring control curcuits, and a host of other interesting and physical tasks.

We are really looking forward to living close to family and having a more active occupation. No more sitting day after day in front of the computer. I will admit, though, that I will really miss that life. Hopefully the fresh air, clean water, and crystal clear skies will help sooth the withdrawl symptoms!

Let the packing begin!


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Why Bush?

Wow, it is amazing how this blog is getting around.

First some background info. Eric, you can skip down a couple paragraphs to see my reply to your post.

My previous picture post of Joseph (the one with the Bush sticker) was viewed by a fellow blogger Eric, who then posted his comments on his own blog. (Link to follow after some disclaimers!)

Now, I wouldn't have even noticed this, except my site statistics started getting lots of referrals from this 'ericthesonic' blog, so I thought I'd check it out and see why all the referrals. And I still almost missed it. Eric had written a post where he commented on 'uhleyog'. In his post was a link to 'uhleyog', and thus all the referrals I had noticed.

Have I piqued your curiosity yet? If so you will want to view the post and comments, but I want to warn you that there is quite a bit of profanity in the post. So, I am going to provide a 'family friendly' version below. If that doesn't satisfy your curiosity, then you can always view the uncut version.

The Post: Eric basically said that he checked out our blog and loved all the pictures and thought we had a neat family until he saw the picture of Joseph with the Bush sticker. Seeing that made him think we are a bunch of morons and other unmentionables.

Well, I wanted to respond to his post (and the comments that were made to his post) to poke a little fun as well as provide a little explanation. That in turn prompted a response by Eric, which is prompting this response.

I thought, since Eric had issues with the picture, other people might as well, so maybe I should make a public statement so people know where I'm coming from. Thus this post rather than a comment.

So, Eric...

Thank you very much for apologizing. Now I know something about you! 1. You are a decent person (pro), 2. You use way to much profanity on your blog (con)! :) Seriously, though, I really do appreciate you taking the time to apologize and also for putting your reply out in front on your blog and not just hidden in the comments.

You first ask if my comment was sincere. I can assure you that it was 100% sincere. What do we have if we don't have sincerity and truth? (Comedians, maybe? :) - hah!)

You asked why I believe Bush to be the better candidate, and since you asked I'll explain. I didn't want to put that into my earlier comment since it really didn't have anything to do with the purpose of it and I didn't want you to think I was being preachy.

Why Bush? I hope you can be patient with me as I explain and hear me out to the end. I will vote for Bush because he is against abortion and because Kerry is not. Am I a single issue voter? No, but when an issue is very important, the other issues take second place. And I believe abortion is that important. To some people the important issue is the war. To me it is abortion.

Why is abortion such a big issue? Eric, we are killing babies!! I am a father and I have been through the 9 months of pregnancy and I would have to be a "moron" if I didn't believe the life in my wife's womb wasn't anything other than a little baby. And yet, we allow the lives of those little ones to be taken.

A friend of mine just recently reaquainted me with the statistics and thus the seriousness of the issue. Statistics are fine, but it wasn't until I applied them to the local area that I was shocked. I live in the Seattle area with a population of approx. 2 million people in the greater Seattle area (King county). Apply the worldwide abortion rate to Seattle and those 2 million people are gone in 20 days! Apply the national abortion rate and we live a little longer: 1 year 3 months.

What about the war and the death penalty, you might ask. And I agree with you (assuming you are opposed to both)! I don't like the war and I never did. It's not that I think it is the evil atrocity some are making it out to be, but I had a bad feeling about it from before it ever started (a topic for another post). And although I don't believe the death penalty to be a moral evil (because of the self-defense idea, again for another post), I do question whether it is something that is needed today.

But, regardless of whether one is right or wrong, killing is killing. So why is abortion so big and not the war or the death penalty? For me, the numbers alone answer that question. Abortion kills 1.3 million each year, the death penalty kills less than 100, and the war has killed approx 20,000. That means that the war and death penalty body count is only 1.5% of the abortion body count!

To me, that makes abortion seem pretty important.

Eric, I've gone on and on and if you are still with me, I hope you don't think I'm being preachy or anything. It is such a hot topic for people that I want to try to really explain why. I guess I also feel so strongly about this because I am a father and have had little newborns who are so utterly helpless and dependent one me that I can't imagine anyone wanting to hurt them, let alone kill them.

Well, now I did it, I branded myself as a radical anti-abortionist! :)

Hopefully, though, you can at least see why I feel the way I do. If you want, I ask you to return the favor and tell me why you believe Bush isn't the better candidate and (I'm assuming) you think Kerry is. I don't mean this as a political debate or battle. I am just curious as to where you are coming from.

Anyway, thanks again for your reply and apology. It really meant a lot.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Gommie's Visit

It was with much sadness that we put Gommie on the plane yesterday to return to Texas. The kids had a great time with her, and hopefully she with them! Theresa loved her evenings playing St. Therese paper dolls with Gommie, and Joseph and Catherine loved the many books, rhymes, and songs she shared with them. And as for me....I got spoiled having her company and her help all day long! We are already looking forward to our trip to Texas after Christmas!

P.S. Just for the record, Greg has finally succeeded in getting me to post something on this blog. He has been very persistent! :)

Gommie and the kids

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Gianna!

There is a beautiful new Uhlenkott in the world, little Gianna Marie, born Oct 2. Congratulations Dan and Mimi!

Check out their new blog: the uhlenKottage

Welcome Gianna


Proud Mamma and Papa


Sunday, October 03, 2004



Developmentally behind, maybe.
A political genius, most definitely!

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Therese - The Movie

We are blessed to have the new Therese movie showing in our area, so yesterday (Oct. 1 - her feast day), my two brothers and I went to see it. The first thing that I really liked: No Previews!! It is a movie that I recommend to anyone who is able to see it, even if they have no interest in St. Therese. She was an amazing woman, and although the quality of the movie wasn't of the "big screen" level, it shows in great detail the life she lead and why she is such an amazing saint. Go see it, you'll be glad you did.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Feast of St. Theresa

Today is a very special day for our family, as it is the day we were engaged (yes 6 years ago!) and it is both Theresa's and Maura's feast day.

The following picture is part of a St. Theresa story. Maura has been doing a novena to St. Theresa leading up to today's feast day. Last week, our local Catholic radio station, Sacred Heart Radio (KBLE AM-1050), was having their annual Pledge Drive. Maura, unable to tune in to much of the event, finally was able to listen to the last hour or so of the Pledge Drive, during which she called in and made our standard pledge. Somehow that small gift won the prize for that hour and the prize was the most beautiful bouquet of roses I've ever seen. The flowers were definitely a gift from heaven for Maura. Thank you St. Theresa.


Happy Feast Day, St. Theresa!

Thursday, September 30, 2004

The Twins are 2!

Well today was their big two year birthday, Joseph at 6:06 pm and Catherine a mere ten minutes later. We were blessed to have both Grandparents in town for the event as well as a couple uncles and an aunt. It is late now and Uncle Mark is itching to get back to the computer to work on his library program, so I'm off to bed or will be conned into helping him flush out a few bugs. :)

Moments before the cake was devoured.



Sr. Rose, a favorite of the kids.
(the Skittles might have something to do with that!)

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

The Memory Game

Theresa has fallen in love with the memory game! Every night as the twins nurse to sleep, she talks me in to playing a game with her. And she is getting good! Now that she can easily beat me, I've started to wonder how she does it. Well the other night she let me in on her secret. She figured out that the backs of the wood pieces are different and she has been memorizing the patterns in the wood! Now she knows that one of the pig pieces has this sort of line on the back and one of the dog pieces has a sort of swirl. I was amazed! All this is from a 4 year old! She was and is mighty proud of herself.

But that wasn't the end of her chicanery. Last night we are playing again and I'm talking with her about her "trick". Pointing to a piece I say, "So, Theresa, this is the pig." She nods her head. "And this is the other pig," I ask pointing to another piece. Again, she nods her head, this time with a slight smile that I didn't understand at the time. I continue on with my talking, trying to compare her "reading" the backs of the pieces to the "reading" of words. After finishing my diatribe, I continue with my turn of the game, totally forgetting the "pigs" that Theresa had pointed out earlier.

Of course, I turn up two pieces that don't match. Theresa, now with a sly smile and a mischievous giggle, turns over the two pieces pig pieces that were definitely not the two pig pieces she had pointed out earlier! "I tricked you," she said. "I didn't want you to get those pieces, so I pointed out the other ones."

Wow! I just had to sit back and chuckle.


Theresa and her "Memory" game

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

This is a quick picture that I found to post to test out the photo posting features of the blog. I'll try to put up a picture or two of the birthday party after it happens!


Mommie and Theresa

Celebrations

Up early this morning and out for a quick run after feeling miserably sick last night. Thank you to my beautiful wife for all she does for me, especially when I feel so miserable!

Getting ready for company and for the twins 2nd birthday. Amazingly enough, we will have both grandparent(s) in town as well as some uncles and an aunt! Gommie is flying in from Texas for a couple weeks and Grandmommie and Grandpa, Uncle Mark and Jacob, and Aunt Rachel are passing through on their way to visit my sister in Steubenville.

Then for the weekend, the uncles are staying and we are all going to have a great time.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Haloscan

I just added haloscan commenting and trackback. If anybody has comments on this system please let me know. I don't like the idea of splitting up the data. It be nice if everthing was in one place. I guess I could use blogger for commenting and haloscan for trackback, since trackback was the main reason for adding haloscan.

I definately would recommend that if you use the automated system for adding haloscan to your blogger blog, that you make a copy of your template. I didn't and have been regretting it. The automated system is nice (it even added this post!), but it didn't give you the option of saving your original template somewhere local, or store it on it's server so you could go back to it if need be.


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Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

A Big Fat Glancy Wedding

This past Saturday we attended one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever been to. It wasn't beautiful because of the thousands of dollars spent on flowers or because of the 10-tier wedding cake. It wasn't because of the ensemble orchestra at the reception or the beautiful country club where the reception took place. It wasn't the gourmet food that the caterer served. It wasn't any of these things, because none of these things happened.

So what made the wedding so beautiful? The only answer is its Simplicity.

The simplicity of the ceremony, of the reception, of the entire event, made it possible to focus more on the event itself, the marriage of Robert and Maya. It made it possible to focus more on the sacrament, more on the couple that have now joined themselves together for the rest of their life.

Thank you Robert and Maya for showing us that it isn't the extravagance of a wedding that makes it so special, but rather the pure and simple love of two people now united as one.

And now I am proud to introduce Robert and Maya:
Robert & Maya Glancy

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Why uhleyog?

Some people might ask, "Why uhleyog?"

It goes back to my college days, when on the field, teammates had a hard time saying "uhlenkott" at all, let alone saying it quickly and multiple times. Thus began the nickname "uhley" which after some agressive football games, became "muhley".

So somehow the two words "uhley" and "blog" somehow formed together in my brain as "uhleyog".

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Gmail

I just got an invite from gmail (via Freecycle!) and after one day, I'm hooked. I love the way it handles replies with it's convesation thread idea. Plus, how can you beat 1 Gig of storage. I downloaded the Gmail Notifier, which shows up in the systray. It checks for mail every 2 minutes. I also noticed that there is an app that handles gmail via POP3. I haven't tried that one out yet. I wonder how it will handle gmail's conversations?

Since it is still in beta, the only way to get an account is to be invited. Another reason to Freecycle!

I'm sure that I'll learn a lot more in the next few weeks. :)

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Freecycle

I just wanted to share with you the joys of freecycling! We've just started, and have already given and taken items. Rather than throw stuff away, offer it to members of your community. You will be amazed at how many people will see a "treasure" where you see "trash".

For more info visit http://www.freecycle.org and find a local group to join. The Seattle area has at least 5 groups.


Friday, September 03, 2004

Welcome to uhleyog!

I have heard of web logs and have even visited some in the past, but have never looked into it any further ... until now!

And thus begins the uhleyog.

Although, I'm not a prolific writer by any stretch, I will try to have a new post ever once in a while.