Monday, June 20, 2016

My first Father's Day from the other side

Maybe it was a little dusty. Maybe I was tired. Maybe sitting on the couch with a little human snuggled on my shoulder, humming along to a rendition of "You are my sunshine" playing in the background caused an allergic reaction. Or maybe I got to cry happy tears on my first Father's day as a daddy. *shrug* We'll never know for sure.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Test Update

I have never actually tried posting directly from my cellphone. Here we go!

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Modern cellphones are great devices. They let us capture quick moments with absolutely no regard for framing, lighting, or content. Just a fast freeze-frame and then back to the cuddling and cooing.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Party!

It's nearly impossible to begin thanking everyone that has gone above and beyond to help us celebrate and welcome Lucina. Friends, Family, Coworkers, Neighbors, Strangers noticing that our baby is above-average cute and calling her out on it... an overwhelming rush of positivity and enthusiasm.

In this update I will attach some photos from the Baby Shower my coworkers threw for Lucina yesterday. The photos were graciously provided for posting here by Denise Fricke.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone for making that party an unforgettable event and also a gigantic Thank You to everyone that reached out with congratulations and generosity but was unable to attend and also a further Thank You to everyone that has been quietly happy for us. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Jonathan, Tina, and Lucina Skarin

Can you feel the love?

I want to take this moment to clumsily express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you. There has been such a wonderful outpouring of genuine enthusiasm, excitement, happiness, concern, support, and support over these past few months. Not to mention support!
So many of you have offered advice and sympathy, shared insights and experiences, and have helped us endure through the darker moments of the past few months. Being allowed to share our excitement and joy with all of you has been immensely gratifying. Seeing our love for Lucina mirrored back at us from all of you is a wonderful feeling that I'm not sure I have words for. Thank you! Thank you from me, from Tina, and from Lucina.

The Skarin Family

Monday, June 6, 2016

Three years today. Three weeks tomorrow.

Everyone seems to be happy and healthy, so to commemorate the three year mark of marriage Tina and I decided to brave the Zoo this afternoon. We took things nice and easy and while we didn't get to go inside any of the larger exhibits we still had a great time. We followed a leisurely loop at our own pace, stopping in the Garden of the Senses to feed and play with Lucina  while being serenaded by parrots. Hard to believe that tomorrow this little girl will only be three weeks old. Time flies!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

New friends and old enemies

Sleep. It's a funny word once you haven't had enough of it. Sleep. Sleep. Sound it out. Roll each letter around in your mind. Sleep.
You can't see it in this picture. Or maybe you can. Only one of us is sleeping. Sleep.
I might be exaggerating a little. Just a smidge. There are low points, to be sure. A lot of our lack of rest is most likely self inflicted. Trying to maintain some familiar rhythm through the day while then having to adapt to a new rhythm at night.