Caleb Andrew

CalebHas it really been three years since the last post?  Three years?   I guess that means that it’s time to add yet another little boy to the mix as a brother for James.  It just wouldn’t do to have a lone little boy trailing two girls.  He needed a best friend and playmate to keep his parents awake all night long.  You would think we would realize the implications of adding another little one to the end of the family train – but somehow the precious little smiles and the holding of his parents fingers are enough to melt away all the objections and to keep everyone excited.  That’s right!  We’re a family of 8 now.

James Daniel

Are you my Daddy?So there is another little terrorist to add to the mix!  James Daniel joined the crew last week after keeping us in suspense for far too long.  You would think that by the time #5 came along, that timelines would be kept and there would be no waiting …. but no, James decided that he was going to be a little bit stubborn (familiar Daddy?) and stop the clocks.  Both James and Mommy are doing great and the kids are over the moon at a baby brother – which they all wanted.  Now on to the sleepless nights …

OBX 2012

IMG_0324.JPG So the Allan #5 family enjoyed another wonderful week down in the Outer Banks with sun and sand.  The weather man predicted storms and thunderstorms, but each day brought beautiful sunshine, hot sand and a great surf. For the first time, the kids have started to move from the pool to the ocean – and playing in the waves. Given that the surf was pounding in with 5 foot surf most days, it was fun to see them begin to venture in further and further. The only downer of the week was when Ellie gave herself bangs with a pair of sissors and a smile, and Jake throwing up 7X on the way home. It seems he still can’t shake his fever and sickness. Still, it was great to have the break. Smile!

Back to Work

ConcentrationOK … so I was really only out of work for the weekend, but it sounded good at the time.  The boys keep telling me that they like IBM better (I’m pretty sure it has to do with me leaving for work after breakfast every day), but I have to say that I love the challenge and pace of the new world.  Stay tuned …


HiSo after a little more than 10 years in the Watchfire/IBM worlds, I am today … officially unemployed.  I suppose the fun thing to do would be to blame the current government administration, but I confess to the “employee initiated separation”.  From 3:30 – 4:00pm yesterday, I conducted my exit interview and at precisely 4:30pm on Friday, December 3rd, 2010, I sent my last and final email.

I am unemployed!

PS – perhaps this means I will be a little more regular on my updates. 🙂