A Small Upgrade

On January 26, 2010, in Family, Miscellaneous, by scott

Long story short…
Brendan is a climber. He climbs on anything and uses anything to pull himself up. Case in point: our 120+ pound Sony Wega.

Brendan Climbing

Brendan using the Wega as a handle to climb.

After seeing repeated attempts by our little guy to climb up higher and higher, and his refusal to acknowledge he understands the word “no!” I had reached a point where I started worrying. That television is not only heavy, but it is front heavy.

Our solution:

New TV

New Samsung LCD HDTV

A new LCD TV that weighs 40 pounds and can be tethered to the wall!

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It has been a while…

On January 26, 2010, in Miscellaneous, by scott

Wow, yet again I have been slacking on the updates.

Updates on family, my running experiment, and random bits soon to follow…


Sunset in a Border Town

On June 5, 2009, in Uncategorized, by scott


There’s a bit of a story here.

I am on a layover in McAllen, Texas (KMFE).  I fully intended to hit the gym and work out. I put on my running shorts, shoes, and a t-shirt.  I then strolled downstairs.

For some reason, they have us in the second tower at this hotel.  This isn’t where I’ve stayed before when I had stayed here, but it is all suites.  I digress…

I was walking from the tower that has my room to the tower that contains the work out room and I was almost speechless as I saw the warm pinks and oranges reflected on the building. I then looked across the street and saw the sun setting over the horizon.

From the street, I couldn’t get the sun or many of the colors I was enjoying, so… I suddenly had an idea.

I did NOT have the camera, so first thing was run back to my room and grab the camera. I then ran to the other tower and ran up five flights of stairs.  From there,  ran down the hall toward the windows at the end of the hall.  By the time I had reached the window, the sun was almost out of view.  Thankfully, I still had time for a couple quick photos.

So, I did sort of work out. I ran up and down two flights of stairs to get to my room.  I then ran up six flights of stairs to try to find a window, only to find out that the fifth floor was the top floor with a window. I then ran down one more flight of stairs and enjoyed the view.




On May 31, 2009, in Family, by scott


What’s in a number? 615 may not sound like anything to you, but to Crystal and me, 615 is the place we started our family.

Four and a half years ago, Crystal took a job at Waverly Schools in Lansing. I was flying for Expressjet Airlines and we made the move to Portland, Michigan. We found some apartments we liked, and our address was 615.

In our time at the apartment, Crystal earned tenure, I got hired at Continental Airlines, and we were blessed with two beautiful children.

Today, we finished the cleaning out of the apartment. As of midnight tonight, we no longer hold the lease on 615.

Here is our home for the past four years. Here is where we grew into the family we are today. Here is where we went from a young couple to a young family.

615 will always provide us with wonderful memories.

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Happy Mother’s Day

On May 10, 2009, in Family, by scott

We have now lived in the new house for two whole weeks.  In that time, it’s rained quite a bit. We’ve had to replace the sump pump switch, fertilize the lawn, replace every aerator in every sink, hang the microwave over the range, and random odds and ends.  To make a long story short, we LOVE the place.

This past weekend was Mother’s Day weekend.  On Saturday, Grandma VanWalsum came out to visit for steaks on the grill.  The next day (Sunday), Grandma and Grandpa Tazelaar and Uncle Dustin came over for brunch.

It was a wonderful weekend of relaxation and family. There are a few photos of the kids this from the past week posted in the gallery.  Here are a couple from earlier today.  Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!



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On April 29, 2009, in Family, by scott

It has been a while since the last blog post. The main reason is that we have been purchasing a house. We are now moved into said house, however, we are still moving odds and ends from the apartment.

If you wish to get our new address, please send an e-mail to scott@vanwalsumfamily.com.

More to come. For now, please enjoy this photo of Brendan eating avocado for the first time. (He didn’t like it)


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Brendan’s Mobile… sort of

On February 24, 2009, in Family, by scott

Earlier today, while Crystal was at work and Gabby was napping, Brendan and I were enjoying some floor time. I took a brief moment to type an e-mail. When I looked back down at the little guy, something looked different. He was on his BELLY! He rolled over! Again, and again, and again. We caught this little gem on video. Enjoy!

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Brendan’s Laughing

On January 15, 2009, in Family, by scott

As we were getting the children in the bath, I put Brendan in front of the mirror and he started laughing.  This was the first time we’ve seen him laugh, so I grabbed the video camera.  Here’s what followed.

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New Year

On January 9, 2009, in Family, by scott

2008 has come and gone.  It was a wonderful and challenging year for our family.  It brought great joy with the birth of Brendan, as well as a few, shall we call them minor, frustrations.  

Crystal received her Professional Teaching Certificate, as well as received a total of 18 credits toward her Master’s Degree (half way there!), all while being pregnant!  She is planning on returning to work at Waverly High School on January 20.

Gabby continues to grow and amaze us every day.  If you look in the gallery, as well as on Scott’s Flickr Page, I’m sure you can see how big she has gotten over the course of the year.  Yesterday, I had the luxury of playing in the snow with Gabby, and this is one of the shots I captured.


Brendan has also grown quite a bit in two months he spent with us in 2008.  He’s now our little boy that likes to kick and smile while laying on his back.  He’s full of expressions, smiles, coos, and happiness (with a share of crankiness every now and then.)


Scott’s (my) company seemed to be one of those hit by the economy.  In September, Continental parked somewhere around 60 airplanes and furloughed 147 pilots.  While he still has a job, his seniority in Cleveland went down considerably and his quality of life has suffered a bit.  Working through Christmas did present quite a bit of stress, tension, and loneliness.

Enough of the sad stuff.  Life has been good and God has blessed us with two beautiful children. We look forward to watching them, as well as our family grow (not expand). 

Happy New Year! Here’s to a new year and new adventures. Let’s enjoy the ride!

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The Christmas Season

On December 26, 2008, in Family, by scott

Wow, I didn’t realize how long it has been since I have posted an update.  For the long delay, I apologize.  Things in our home have grown a bit more hectic.  I (Scott) have returned to work with a less than spectacular schedule.  Crystal is busy trying to keep up with Gabby while keeping Brendan calm, and the cats are appreciating any attention they can get.

Last week, before I left for work on Christmas Eve, we did have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with my mother.  It was a great time!  All three grandchildren seemed to have a wonderful time playing with each other.  There are quite a few new photos in the gallery, including a Christmas 2008 album.  I will do my best to post more as time permits.

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Christmas, and wish everyone a very happy New Year!

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