Visit from Grandparents

This weekend Abby got to hang out with her grammy and grandpa from Medford. They came up to visit us all for a couple of days and got to see a big little girl! Abby continues to grow like crazy and is eating all the time.

Grammy and grandpa babysat for us on Saturday night so that we could go to an auction at the Portland Art Museum. It was pretty fun, with a lot of good food to sample.

Here is a picture of Abby reading with her grammy and grandpa:

And here are a few other random pictures leading up to Abby’s first halloween this Wednesday. She can’t wait!

Somebody looks like Daddy!

Kyle: Abby: Abby and I threw a baby party last weekend. I invited all the women from my pregnacy exercise classes over- we all had our babies between late August through September 17th. Here we are with our little ones: It was a lot of fun. We also had two women there who are expecting in January and February. Here is Abby in her party dress: She did great during the party- only cried twice and stopped right away when I fed her. That’s usually the only time she cries. She’s an easy baby. Abby will be 6 weeks old tomorrow.She is getting more fun every day!

Abby Attack

Hi! Abby has been growing like crazy lately. She’s 10 pounds, 3 ounces now. We’ve also seen other big changes in her in the last couple of weeks. For one, she’s more alert than ever, and loves to be carried around the house just looking at anything and everything. She also has started making a lot more random noises. I bet it won’t be long before she’s talking!

Her facial expressions are also coming along, and every once in a while she’ll even drop one of these on us:

I don’t think it’s fully intentional yet, but she’ll get there in the very near future.

Here are some more good ones:

End of a Era

Well, TEK as we know it is no longer. This was a big shock when walking in on Monday morning, more so I’m sure for the 30+ year veterens who gave their entire careers to the place. All of the intentions seem well and good, and I’m sure this was bound to happen sooner or later. Yet there’s still something sad about it, and I can’t deny that part of the reason I took the job originally was because of the homegrown “little big company” spirit of the place. If nothing else, the reaction this week was a pretty powerful statement on the attachment that this community still has to TEK. For me, it was always a little source of pride knowing that I was helping to keep a local economic engine running, helping keep jobs in Oregon, etc. This is all still true, but reading between the lines you just feel that now there is no stopping it slowly becoming less and less so.

Anyway, because most people outside of Portland don’t know the incredible influence this company has had, here is a pretty heartfelt editorial from the Oregonian:

Goodbye, Tektronix. And thank you
Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Outside Oregon, the agreement to sell Tektronix Inc. to an East Coast conglomerate was just a blip on the business news wire. But the agreement announced Monday by Tek and its acquirer, Danaher Corp., signals nothing less than the end of perhaps the most remarkable chapter in Oregon business history.

Founded in 1946, Tektronix was the first seedling in the grove — the forerunner, the inspiration and, in many cases, the incubator of scores of other technology companies that employed thousands of Northwesterners and created billions of dollars of wealth. It was the early model of enlightened corporate self-interest, encouraging innovation inside and outside its walls. Eventually it spawned one of the great philanthropic foundations in the region, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and one of the greatest individual philanthropists in Oregon history, Jean Vollum, the widow of Tek co-founder Howard Vollum.

Oregon claimed to be “the Silicon Forest” in large measure because of Tektronix and later, Intel Corp., which overtook it in terms of employment, revenue, market leadership and just about every measure of business success. The most recent iteration of the graphical map of the Silicon Forest’s roots shows two major centers of gravity — Tektronix and Intel. But Intel never had its corporate headquarters in Oregon, nor does it hold the highest place of honor in discussions of Oregon business history.

Oregon hasn’t had the premier research universities that anchor the nation’s biggest technology hotbeds — Boston’s Route 128, North Carolina’s Research Triangle or California’s Silicon Valley. But it had Tektronix, which sponsored and conducted research in a wide variety of disciplines, from display technology to printers. It spawned instrument makers, software companies, public relations firms — even a furniture company. For decades, the company was Oregon’s mother ship, generous with its support and broad-minded in its outlook.

In recent decades, Tektronix changed — and was forced to change — the way it operated. It sold or spun off auxiliary divisions, took a dimmer view of employees who left and stopped funding so many startups. It fought a battle with insurgent shareholders, laid off employees and slimmed down to its core business of test and measurement. It had become a technology company like so many others around the world, focused primarily on quarterly returns and seizing opportunities in narrow niches.

By the end of the year, if things go according to the companies’ plans, Tektronix will become another division of Washington, D.C.,-based Danaher, a diversified company that already has brands such as Fluke, Gendex, Hart Scientific, Kollmorgen and Pelton & Crane. It will be subject to all of the vagaries that buffet corporate divisions that lie far from headquarters.

But it will always be heir to the greatest name in Oregon’s technology history. And it will always serve to remind us what can happen when a couple of smart, driven and generous people like Jack Murdock and Howard Vollum decide to work together.

Life is good!

Today was one of those days where you wish time would stop. We spent a beautiful weekend in Eugene. Today we took family portraits because we had all six siblings together for the first time since 2004. I will post them soon. Abigail was awake for the photos! I’ve never seen her as alert as she was today. She smiled at my dad for the first time today. She is just in love with exploring. Kyle and I took her for a walk in the woods and she was in awe. She loves being outside. She did a great time traveling. She slept the whole way there and back and she slept well at my parents. She is a good baby. The first week was the hardest. But ever since then each day gets easier. I am watching her sleep in her Boppy seat right now. I don’t know what people did before those. That thing saves my life. I put it on vibrate and she’s out. Kyle and I went on our first date since the baby was born last night. We only went out for about an hour and a half but it was nice. It was weird to be without her but she did fine without us. We watched slide shows Friday night of when I was little. Abigail definitely looks like me! She has my nose and cheeks for sure. We all could see the resemblance. Enjoy the fall weather. I’m going to soak it up while I can. Love, Sara

One Month In

Today is Abby’s one month birthday. We can really see a difference now in how alert and aware she is. It’s fun to carry her around the house and let her look at the scenery. We took Abby out to lunch today with Sara’s parents. She got through most of it without making a sound, but woke up toward the end. She usually just sleeps whenever we are out of the house, which makes it easy enough on us. We decorated the house for Halloween yesterday. Here’s a picture of the 20 pounder we grew out back: This weekend we’re going to our favorite place- Eugene! It should be a lot of fun. Abby will see her future home!

Three Weeks!

Today is Abby’s three week birthday! She is getting old! She does actually seem to be changing a lot almost every day. She looks bigger (and fatter) and she really has been more active over the last week or so. She likes to gaze around at the world with no apparent target in sight. We’ve also found that one way to calm her down is by blasting music around the house and carrying her around like a football. I’ve had some long days at work this week, but that should settle down after next Tuesday. Sara has been doing a great job keeping Abby on her feeding schedule, even though it is almost non-stop. And look at the payback: Also, this is a great analysis that I hope a lot of people in Oregon will read: OK, more Abby love: Bye for now!

Congratulations Abigail!

Abigail now weighs in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces! She is hungry almost around the clock, but it’s a great turnaround. No stopping her going to 9 pounds and beyond!