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Happy Mother’s Day!

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Marriage, Photos

And here's why it is especially happy for us today:

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One of our first family photos! (Lillian's birth photo set)
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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One of our first family photos! (Lillian's birth photo set)
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Lillian is Born!

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Photos

I will write up a more complete description once I've had some sleep, but just to give you the overview: Lillian Nicole Bennett was born at 2:27 AM on May 12, 2007, via c-section. She weighed in at 8 lbs 6 oz, and her APGAR scores were 8 and 9. Baby and mom are doing well, if exhausted.

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Lillian's Birth Photo Set
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Lily’s Nursery

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Photos

For those of you who are unable to come visit us, I thought I would give a pictorial tour of Lily's Nursery.

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As we enter the nursery from the hallway between the two rooms, we see first the changing table, with the crib in the background.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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This is the changing table, which is, like almost all of the nursery furniture, painted white. The changing pad sports a mint-colored cover.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Changing Table: White Sleigh Style Changing Table - Badger Basket Company


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As we move further into the nursery, we see the corner with the changing table on one side, and the crib on the other.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Here is the crib, with blanket made by Aunt Pattie and painting of little girl on the wall above.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Close-up of the crib, which is decorated in the nursery's colors of lavender and mint.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Crib: 5-in-1 Crib, Jasmine - Delta
Bedding: Seed Sprout Gingham Crib Bedding, 3-Piece Set, in Lavender


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Here we see the crib, next to the combo unit with hutch.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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This is the combo unit with hutch, with a floral arrangement made by NaNa Elizabeth, a handmade vase from Oaxaca, Mexico, and a pink throw knitted by Aunt Pattie.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Combo Unit: Storkcraft Beatrice Combo Tower Chest
Hutch: Storkcraft Beatrice Combo Hutch


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Moving further around to the corner on the right side of the combo with hutch, is the guest bed, with Hargrove "Dear Old School Days" painting on the wall above.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Moving past the guest bed, we come to the corner with the bedroom's window, decorated with lavender curtains. In this corner, at the end of the bed, is the glider rocker with ottoman, and a blanket made by Aunt Helen Ann.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Glider Rocker: Classic Glider Rocker and Ottoman Honey Finish, Beige
Curtains: Seed Sprout Basics Tab Top 63" Curtains (2 Panels), Lavender Gingham


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Moving around the corner from the glider rocker is the desk, flanked by two bookcases. Next to the glider is the baby glider.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Finally we come back around to the door, as seen from beside the changing table, with a view into the master bedroom.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

I hope you have enjoyed this tour through Lily's nursery. We've really enjoyed setting everything up and getting the nursery ready for our little Lillian!

For My Love

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I have never been one to care much for Valentine's Day; mostly, because I have almost always been single in mid-February (with the exception of one, solitary year). However, this year - and every year hereafter - I have great reason to celebrate what has always been merely a "Hallmark holiday" in the past.

With the timing of all the things involved with our pending marriage and birth of our baby girl, I didn't have the free resources to go too overboard monetarily in lavishing my amazing, beautiful love in the manner she deserves; still, I hope I have been able to show her how much I love and appreciate her, and how grateful I am to God for brining us together.

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Nothing fancy or extravagant, but every girl should get flowers on Valentine's Day.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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She said she wanted a heart filled with chocolate - so I got her two!
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Happy Valentine's Day, honey. I love you!

Testing Zoomr

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And, yes, this is a shameless attempt to get a free Zoomr Pro account (Hat Tip: Obvious Ideas)

Ice Storm Fun

Filed in PersonalTags: Missouri, Photos, Saint Louis

Saint Louis was hit with another minor winter storm over the weekend. Almost 100,000 people lost power this time around, though we only saw our lights flicker a few times. However, we didn't escape unscathed. I woke up Saturday morning to a slight bulge and minor crack surrounded by water damage in the living room ceiling. I had hoped that we wouldn't get any more precipitation, and the damage would hold until Monday morning. Unfortunately, Sunday night's rains had other ideas:

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Ceiling leak caused by roof leak, due to January 2007 freezing rain/ice storm. (Entire Set)
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

It’s a Girl!

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Fatherhood, Photos

We had a doctor appointment today, and got new ultrasounds. Thanks to these 19-week photos, we are ecstatic to announce that our baby is...

A Girl!

I won't post the ultrasound that proves she's a girl, but suffice it to say it was obvious. And without further ado, here she is!


4-D head/face shot: isn't she beautiful?
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Thirteen Weeks

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As of today, we are at thirteen weeks; we are now into the second trimester!

The nausea of the first trimester seems mostly to have passed, though it still returns on occasion - possibly due to the prenatal vitamins. Not too many esoteric food cravings so far, either. Though, I did have the pleasure last night of making a grocery-store run at 9:30 in search of a cream cheese danish - thankfully, Entenmann's makes something that fits the bill, that I was able to find.

Please tell Steph how great she continues to look:

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Steph and I at Colleen's wedding two weeks ago.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Now, we begin looking forward to our first ultrasound and finding out the gender of our baby - though, Steph is convinced we're having a L'il Chip!

Busy Weekend

Filed in PersonalTags: College, Friends, Indiana, Missouri, Photos, RHIT, Saint Louis, Terre Haute

Steph and I had a busy weekend. We left Friday evening for Rose-Hulman's Homecoming weekend. As in previous years, accomodations were a tent on the grounds of the fraternity house. Activities included the Pep Rally and Bonfire Friday night, followed by the annual Alpha Chi Sigma alumni dinner at Applebee's, and then another bonfire at the Pike house. Saturday, we visited the Chemical Engineering department open house, then joined the Rose Chorus to sing the national anthem before the football game, complete with F-16 flyover from the local air national guard unit. The game included copious amounts of roasted pig. Later that evening was the annual Pi Kappa Alpha actives-vs-alumni softball game at the IM fields, which spawned a pickup game of actives-vs-alumni football - and, of course, more food: grilled burgers and brats. Afterward, we had more bonfire action at the house. Sunday morning we had the annual Pike alumni association meeting on campus. After lunch, Steph and I headed back toward Saint Louis.

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Homecoming 2006 Photo Set
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Of course, on the way home, Steph and I took a detour to Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, IL, for a wedding. Two friends from college were getting married on a gorgeous Fall afternoon.

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Colleen's Wedding Photo Set
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Ballad of San Francisco

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I apologize for the light posting over the past week. From Monday through Friday I was in San Francisco for the IVT Conference on FDA Inspections, held at the Crowne Plaza Union Square, which is also where I stayed while there.

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Views of the city, including Coit Tower, from the 30th floor of the Crowne Plaza Union Square.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

This trip was my third to San Francisco, which is a rather picturesque city, and a great one to walk around in the evening - which is what I did Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. The hotel is just north of Union Square, and is within walking distance of several notable landmarks and neighborhoods, including the Financial District, the Ferry Building, Chinatown, Maiden Lane, Nob Hill, the Civic Center, and several others.

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Union Square
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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Victory Monument, focal point of Union Square. This 97-foot tall Corinthian column was designed by Robert Ingersoll Aitken and built to commemorate Commodore Dewey's victory over the Spanish Armada in 1898.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Tuesday night, I walked down Sutter toward the Financial District, up Montgomery to Columbus toward North Beach, to Stockton, and then back down to Sutter, wandering up and down the hills to avoid the Stockton tunnel. I forgot to take my camera with me on this walk, which skirted the famous San Francisco Chinatown and covered approximately 5 miles. Afterward, I met up with a couple friends from the area, and we had appetizers (tuna tartare) at BluPointe, followed by wine at Cav Wine Bar.

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Grant Avenue Chinatown gate.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Wednesday night, I walked west on Sutter almost all the way to Divisadero, then back, past the hotel to the Financial District, and down Market Street to the Ferry Building. A light rain started falling on my way back up Market to Sutter, making the normally cool San Francisco evening even cooler; but I had a coffee from Peet's to keep me warm as I completed an approximately 6 mile walk.

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The San Francisco Ferry Building, originally built in 1898 and recently renovated.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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San Francisco Bay Bridge, as viewed from the exterior of the Ferry Building. The Bay Bridge opened for traffic on November 12, 1936, six months before the Golden Gate Bridge.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

Thursday, I had a lot of ground to cover. I wanted to see Union Square, and also Mission Dolores, two of San Francisco's most famous historical sites. I also needed to go back to the Grant Avenue Chinatown Gate, to get the picture I failed to capture Tuesday night. So I headed down Powell to Union Square and got some pictures, but the last of my rechargeable batteries died, so I walked back up Powell to Walgreen's to get some replacements. Then, back down Powell, past Union Square to Market, and then up Market for the long walk to the Mission District. On the way, I passed the United Nations Civic Center Plaza, and all the rest Market St. has to offer - good and bad. I found the Mission Dolores, grabbed some pictures, and then made my way back up Market, to Powell, and back to the hotel. Altogether, this walk covered about 7 miles.

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Mission Dolores, built in 1791, remains San Francisco's oldest-standing building.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

The entire experience reminded me of one of my favorite Caedmon's Call songs, The Ballad of San Francisco, which begins appropriately with the following lyrics:

So I'm walking down the street somewhere outside of San Francisco
but, I don't really know my way around

A friend of mine invited me up to Napa, but I really wasn't going to be able to extend my trip, unfortunately.

All the rest of the pics can be found in my Flickr San Francisco photo set.