Thursday, October 15, 2009

Introducing Eli and a beautiful Sunny Day!

Well in being true to myself I have decided to wait forever to post a blog that should have been considered to be pretty important. On September 28th at 2:23 in the afternoon Kristel and I had our third perfect little baby, Eli Nelson Overman. It was Kristel's idea to give him the same middle name as me. I like it now but was never fond of it growing up. But anyway, he's stuck with it now. As I said, he was perfect when he was born. He was 8 pounds 6 ounces and 21 1/2 inches long. It was the most...we'll say, yet. If you want to hear the details of that you'll have to call me. Here are a couple pictures from right after he was born.

So far he has been pretty quiet, only really crying when he is hungry. Could this finally be the mellow child we have been hoping for? Only time will tell. There's probably a good chance those other two rapscallions will corrupt him before too long though. But one thing is for sure; both Garrett and Jackie love him to death, which is a great blessing. Jackie is always trying get in his carseat or bassinet with him or sitting on the couch and saying "I take him". And of course, Garrett is a great helper, doing whatever mom and dad ask him to do and keeping Jackie occupied so she doesn't smother Eli.

Proud big sister!

Holding on for dear life!
Best Buds!

Just chillin'!

Getting Aquainted!

It was really nice being able to take two weeks off of work (paid!!!!) to be home Eli and try and help Kristel out with the other two. Try is the operative word here. I don't think we are ever going to have a clean house again. Oh well. The other nice thing about having the time off though was I got to go down to Phoenix on the 9th and see Sunny Day Real Estate with all my siblings. It was an epic night. All four original members back together and sounding like they haven't been apart for the past ten plus years. Jeremy's voice was amazing. I would have to say my favorite singer ever. If there is any chance of them putting out a new album I will probably wet myself.
And then on Wednesday we celebrated Garrett's 7th birthday. I can't believe that. I can remember when he was as bis as Eli is now. He had a good birthday. We didn't really do a big party for him but we got him some good stuff and Kristel made a cake for him that looked just like the omnitrix from Ben Ten. He was pretty psyched about that. Anyway just a few more pictures and then that will probably be it for at least a couple months.

Isn't he handsome?

Some feat was just accomplished.

Finished eating and just passed out with milk dripping down his face.

Our newest little monkey boy!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Miss You!!!

Well, I got through yesterday without too much trouble and so I thought today I would just pay a small tribute to my hero. Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of my mom's passing. For the most part it went by as a pretty normal day but I did have a pretty heavy heart. My mom was my best friend, my mentor and counselor, someone who always encouraged me to be my best self and made feel like I was somebody important. She never missed one of my sporting events. My freshman year I had to fight with her to let me play football, she was dead set against it. She did not want me did get hurt and she didn't like the competitive nature of it, but she eventually relented. And she was my biggest supporter that entire year. She did this for all six of us. She may not have always agreed with our decisions but she always stood by us. She had a smile that could light up a room. She also had a dark side, unfortunately. But when she was happy there was no funner (she would be telling me right now that that is not a word) person to be around. She was an amazing listener. She was always more than willing to set aside her problems and listen to whatever I was struggling with and empathize. She never made me feel like what I was telling her was silly. I remember after my freshman year my girlfriend from the whole school year had broken up with me. I was heartbroken (being the big softy that I am). My mom was probably happy (she hated the girl) but she consoled and listened like always and took me out for ice cream. She was passionate. If she ever tried anything, it was with all she had. She LOVED music!! I'm glad I got that from her. We could sit together for hours and listen to all kinds of different stuff and talk about it. I treasured that time. Again, she was my hero and I miss her more than I could ever express. You would think it would get easier after ten years but for some reason it doesn't. Part of it may be the circumstances under which she died. As many may know she struggled with substance abuse almost her whole life. Part of this is why I admired her so much. I saw her hit total rock bottom a couple of times and then climb right out of it. She was so strong at times. But for the last few years of her life she was in an abusive relationship. Not physically, but emotionally. She was with someone for whom nothing was ever good enough. And for my mom, who already had a very low opinion of herself, this was almost unbearable. So she turned to alcohol. She was found in an alley with a bottle of vodka next to her. It's hard to have this be the last thing you hear about the person that you admire most in the world. But in a way I am also grateful for the struggles that my mom had because it has taught me the kind of person that I want to be. I was able to take the good and the bad from my mom's life and apply it to my own. And despite her shortcomings and weaknesses I still think she is the best person I've ever known. I miss you mom and I love you and I look forward to the day when we can be reunited.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Out of the Mouths of Babes!!

Kids say the funniest things. Even sometimes it is something so simple but sounds so funny coming from them. Lately I have not been Daddy to Jackie, I am now John. Kristel said yesterday Jackie got out of bed went into our room woke up Kristel and asked "Where's John?" If I go upstairs to do something you can hear her down there yelling at the top of her lungs "JOHN, 'MERE." She is getting good with her animal sounds to, but those come out so funny sometimes. To her a cow says "BOOOOO." She is obsessed with animals. Anytime she sees a dog or a horse on TV she starts to go nuts. It's hillarious.

Garrett is just as funny. He was hungry and wanted a snack the other day and thought that some Ritz crackers sounded good. When he asked Kristel for some she explained to him that she had eaten the rest of them earlier that day. Now keep in mind she is pregnant and gets really sick if she doesn't eat every couple of hours. Garrett proceeded to say to her "There's no food left, Mommy. You eat all of it." Not too long after that we were sitting down for breakfast and He and I were drinking some orange juice. He asked me why orange juice was so sour sometimes. I explained that it was because it has a lot of acid in it (I don't know if that was right, but is sounded good). His response: "I hate ass, Dad. Ass makes it taste bad." Yes, son, it does.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


So, last Christmas, Kristel helped me to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams by finally getting me an iPod (okay, maybe "lifelong dream" is a bit of an over statement, but I wanted one for a couple of years at least by the time we got it). It was one of the happiest days of my life. We (the iPod and I) went everywhere together and shared some super special experiences. That was until one very dark day this past winter when the thing crashed on me. I was crushed. I thought my life was over. I had lost my best friend. Eventually, I did pick myself up from the ashes of my shattered life and decided to just take things one day at a time. I saved a little each week and by my cunning convinced Kristel to cover whatever portion I didn't save by my Birthday for a new iPod. And so, here it is....

Oh what joy filled my life once again. Only this time it's even better. 120 gigs!!! That's like 13 years of music. Which only means I have to start buying CD's at a superhuman pace now. Or maybe not. (Kristel is giving me the evil eye.) Okay, so this may be a little over the top. But it really is so much easier to carry this one little electronic piece of heaven than it is to lug 500 CD's around. Hopefully this one lasts me for a long time, because I have a feeling if it doesn't I won't be getting another one. Not without selling a kidney anyway. And I probably wouldn't get much for that; who wants a diabetic's kidney?
All joking aside, things are pretty good in the Overman household. The kids have been sick lately but that doesn't seem to slow them down at all, especially our little nudist....

Jackie has gotten to the point where she is not much of a fan of clothes. We will often find her somewhere completely naked and her diaper nowhere to be found. We really have to keep a close eye on her now. And now the weather is finally warming up here, I'm sure it will even get more interesting. I'm totally excited about the weather though. All this snow in the winter is starting to drive me nuts, although this year wasn't too bad. I miss my winters with 70 degree days. I also miss being able to follow my teams in Arizona closely. Maybe that's not a bad thing though, since they seem to keep disappointing me. The Super Bowl was brutal, mostly because the Cards actually gave me some hope, only to have the dagger driven in deeper. I know that was a while ago but sometimes wounds this deep take a while to heal. And the Suns aren't helping with that at all. I think I'm starting to actually hope for the rebuilding to begin. Take a couple of bad years for some good young talent and then see them take off again. How far will ASU make it in the tourney? Who knows, but I'm excited to see them there. The last thing I really miss in AZ is my family. I'm totally bummed that I wasn't there when Carly and Brett's baby boy Kellen was born. She has sent me some pictures and that boy is adorable. I'm excited to see him in May. Anyway, I think that's good for now.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Three's Company or a Crowd?

It's been forever since I have posted anything but it seems like my life is kinda boring and nothing is worth talking about. Plus I'm not much of a picture taker which is what makes these things fun to look at. But I have to post this. Kristel is pregnant again!!! Of course, she has never been good with pregnancy, or maybe I should say it has never been good to her. She has been pretty sick, especially if she doesn't eat every couple of hours. Kristel says she is kinda hoping it's a boy so that Garrett can have a buddy. I really don't have a preference right now, just as long as it is healthy. I'll post more later with details how everything is going along but for now I just wanted to share our exciting news.