June 12, 2012
Jack and the Beanstalk
Finn's class put on a short play of Jack and the Beanstalk, and they totally blew me away. There was not one kid crying up there, or not giving it everything they've got. Rather, they were belting out the songs, smiling, and having fun.
Super proud of Finn, who was the narrator, with his friend, Lyan. He even memorized some of his lines and used a microphone!
February 04, 2012
Best Snow Fort Ever
I can take no credit for helping Finn build this. His awesome nanny, Eva, did this with him on one of his days off. Complete with flags and everything!
June 20, 2011
Finn's First Lost Tooth!
Gosh, I remember when he was just getting those baby teeth!
June 09, 2011
Cormac's been getting all the press the last month. Here are a couple of Finn's gems.
When his teacher told him that she was standing up as a bridesmaid in her cousin's wedding, he asked me if this meant that she was "one of the choices."
He wants to enter a LEGO contest where you make your favorite food out of LEGOs, photograph it, and send it in. But he doesn't know how to make a Meximelt out of LEGOs.
He was very proud of killing his first pesky fly and wants to tell his Uncle Mike (who works in pest control) all about it.
February 08, 2011
could he seriously be any more of a ham?
One of Cormac's preschool teachers took these photos of him at school on Monday. She told me that as soon as she brought out her camera, he started following her around, saying "cheese!" and posing for, like, five minutes. He knows! He knows how darn cute he is!
This pretty much perfectly captures Cormac's personality.
January 02, 2010
A boy and his dog.
I tried to resist using this title, but come on—you ever seen a picture more worthy?
November 03, 2009
Trick or Treat
Count “Draclea” on the move.
October 22, 2009
Crazy Hair Day
August 10, 2009
A bunch of shots from the chaotic free-for-all that was this year's Kilbourn Ave. Block Party.
June 24, 2008
The Potty Train
Finn was so excited by his first trip on the train, that he forgot all about the fact that he had to go pee the minute we got to the station. In fact, we'd made it all the way downtown and through the ticket line for the Sears Tower before he remembered he had to go. Look at me--I'm beaming at my son's bladder control. Anyways, we had quite an adventure. Bedtime story fodder for the week.
(The very last shot is my favorite.)
June 15, 2008
Boys n Girls
Finn and friends all had a swell day at Ravinia yesterday listening to music and eating treats.
June 11, 2008
Had a fun visit with the family in Kalamazoo. These shots were taken at the "275th Annual" Do-Dah Parade.
May 30, 2008
Big Boy Undies!
It's long overdue! You really have to commit--since it's gonna be messy for a couple days--and we finally have a solid weekend to devote to this big transition. Finn's very excited and so far doing very well about asking to go. He picked the soccer underwear, by the way. I thought sure the dinosaurs would be his pick, but he's his own man now...
May 19, 2008
Finn and I made our first trip out to the beautiful Field Museum to see the Dinosaurs. REAL dinosaurs!
April 20, 2008
The First Beach Day of '08!
Finn and Daddy took advantage of a cloudless Sunday to hightail it out to the beach. While Gramma sends us reports of snow from Seattle (!), we set out for a day of sand castles and rock skipping. Followed by some frolicking in the lakeside park and a trip to "Old" McDonald's for lunch.
A perfect day!
April 11, 2008
This is how Neil Armstrong got his start.
April 08, 2008
Finn's First Visit to the Pros
Though I thought I was doing a bang-up job as Finn's stylist, Mommy felt differently. The ragamuffin look is in, I tell her, but she won't listen. So, now he's gonna look all respectable.
In order to ease any anxiety, I got my hair cut first. He thought it looked pretty entertaining, and got started with a different Supercutter before I was even done. Once I was good and respectable-looking, I snapped a few pictures of an extremely well-behaved little guy with a couple of hair technicians tag-teaming him.
In addition to the balloon and the sucker they gave him, he was rewarded with a trip to Jeff's Red Hots for a hot dog--NO MUSTARD!
August 15, 2007
weekend in Seattle
Last weekend, we took a long-overdue visit to Gramrene, Auntie Julie, and Uncle Mike in Seattle. Finn enjoyed playing with them, chasing new dogs and kitties and the joys of Elmo in a different time zone. It was a delightful summer visit!
July 31, 2007
There's a scene in Knocked Up where Paul Rudd and the guy who looks like he could be Shawn's slacker stoner brother are sitting on a park bench, watching kids blow bubbles. They marvel at how beautiful it is that kids can find such joy in something as simple as bubbles. Although I don't think they actually said "beautiful," rather something with a lot more profanity.
I remember this with such clarity not just because it was the first movie we had seen in a theater in darn near six months, but because I can relate--kind of. When we first introduced Finn to bubbles, he was full of wonder and awe at these perfect, weightless spheres that seemed to emerge out of nothing. But, like all American children, the child grew jaded and wanted more. More bubbles, bigger bubbles, and more bubble horsepower. A simple wand and cup from Walgreens just wouldn't cut it anymore.
So we got him this super-charged bubble blaster. The packaging promises "up to 1000 bubbles a minute!!!" (The exclamation points are theirs, not mind.) And boy, does it ever deliver. Here's Finn exploring the all-American joy of up to 1000 bubbles per minute.
* As a funny aside, Finn got so excited that he put the bubble blaster in his mouth. When he tasted the soap, he started to cry, and big bubbles started coming out of his mouth.
April 07, 2007
Finn's First Easter Egg Hunt
I was so excited about Finn's first Easter Egg hunt. It's a neighborhood event, held at the park down the street. Literally all his peeps (pun intended) were there, including his girlfriend Ella, his buddy Evan, and big boy friend, Nate. He was dazzled by all the kids, the different colored eggs, and the whiff of competition in the air.
But it was freezing. So cold that the entire event lasted barely ten minutes. We're talking 30 degrees with high winds. We ended up leaving, with many other parents, carrying a cold, screaming baby.
You win this round, Chicago. I appreciate the fact that the world's best cities exact some sort of price from their inhabitants and I know yours is tolerating lousy weather. But enough is enough. It's April already. The Easter Bunny was the warmest person at that darn egg hunt, and it was because she was wearing a ridiculously large costume. Those people are supposed to be miserable, not envyingly cozy. Here's hoping you warm up soon, Chicago. I can't keep this baby and dog couped up inside much longer.
Here are the rest of the photos Shawn managed to capture in that ten minutes or so. It really would seem we had been there much longer.
January 15, 2007
Sketch your portrait?
Here's Finn with one of his favorite Christmas presents--a chalkboard on a little case that carries art materials. (A gift from Uncle Clintie and Aunt Sudi.) He just loves this. One of the first things he says when he gets up in the morning these days is "gaak! gaak!" which is Finnspeak for "chalk." Once reunited with his beloved toy, he starts drawing, erasing, and putting the gaak back in the case, to which he declares "all gone!" He kind of reminds me of those guys who site down at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and offer to draw your caricature for a fee.
Finn would like to wish all a very happy Martin Luther King Day. He recommends listening to this recording of King's Mountaintop speech in commemoration.
November 19, 2006
Walkin', yes indeed.
Here's Finn traipsing back and forth across the sunroom. He's only recently (as in the last coupla days) gotten good enough to start and stop and stay standing, though at the end of this trip, he does hit the deck. There are actually two favorites on display here: his new favorite pasttime--walking, and his new favorite toy--pens, which you can see he's clutching the whole time...
September 11, 2006
Birthday party pics
Here are photos from Finn's first birthday party. Consider it a given that the boy loooooovvved his first taste of cake. (Amy Sedaris' cupcake recipe, by the way.) It was a rainy day here, and the kids, hopped up on cupcakes and snacks were positively pumped. Finn piled right in with all of them. It looked like a decadent toy explosion in here. Luckily, there was beer for the parents. See all the photos here.
September 07, 2006
Your Finn Photo of the Day
August 15, 2006
One of these days, I will be able to capture a photo of Finn smiling. Right before this was taken, he had the most adorable grin, with his two bottom teeth sticking out. His eyes were squinting and his cheeks were absolutely bulging with glee. But as soon as I pull out my camera, he lunges for it. My theory is that he wants to teach me what it's like to have a camera in your face all the time.
June 08, 2006
Click to enlarge the photo to see the newly minted teeth--now visible with the naked eye!
June 06, 2006
baby needs a fake ID
Here's Finn sporting a T-shirt from my alma mater. He probaby just heard it's a party school. Which way to Pawpurr's?
May 29, 2006
finn looks just like his daddy,
... doesn't he?
May 25, 2006
This very well might be my favorite Finn photo ever. This is a still from a movie I took of him on his swing in the backyard. (Remember when he loved his indoor swing?) Unfortunately, due to technical difficulities, I can't export the movie to the site. But you'll just have to trust me when I say that this photograph merely scrapes the surface of the cuteness he had to offer that day.
May 22, 2006
Poor Finn had his first real bout with sickness this weekend. Although he seemed fine early Sunday, by lunch, he was barfing all over the place. And I do mean ALL over the place. Poor guy just snuggled with us on the couch and watched TV in his jammies. (The best known treatment for the flu.) But today, he was feeling much better, rousing us with his own version of reveille early this morning, demanding milk. This belly's back in business.
May 16, 2006
Finn has discovered that one of the advantages of teeth is that they can be used to eat even more things, like this here cookie. Here, he test drives that new tooth with new vigor.
Many changes since we last faithfully blogged. Beyond the obvious geographic change, there are:
* Finn's new teeth
* Finn's wailing about the new teeth
* Finn waking up in the middle of the night to scream and alert the world to his new teeth
* A possible crush on his adorable babysitter (the only one who could distract him from the teeth)
It's back to work for me, but more soon!
May 14, 2006
Finn's back, y'all. I've finally found my battery charger and camera cable--I hereby pledge to you, my dear readers, not to deprive you of your daily dose of cuteness for such an extended period again. More soon.
Happy Mother's Day!
April 15, 2006
the cutest little tax deduction you ever did see
I really have NO time to be uploading photos right now, what with the packing and the packing and the packing. But when Finn stubbornly refused to take his nap today, I got him up to play for a bit and posed him for this very adorable photo. Those eyes! Those cheeks! Here on tax day, we would like to proclaim that we would be enamored even without the dependant child tax deduction.
Back to packing, which has become my workout routine. I've been feeling a bit more like a post-pregnancy Britney than Denise, so I could use the exercise.
April 06, 2006
the next generation of baggerman slackjaw
You know, this boy was looking all Hazen to me until recently, when he started sporting the patented Baggerman slackjaw smile. This phenomenon has been well-documented in the past. Boy, you've got some great photo ops in your future!
April 03, 2006
Doesn't Finn look like he should be wearing a smoking jacket in this photo? He's positively civilized, chilling in the Eames chair, in the comfy French sleeper that Katie and Wendell bought for him. Would someone please bring this young man a copy of this week's New Yorker, and a snifter of milk?
March 22, 2006
betcha missed this guy
March 09, 2006
baby, you can drive my car
Just kidding. This one is on loan from Feebs. Finn loves getting behind the wheel for some racecar action, especially since on of his favorite activities is watching cars go by on the street. The cars weird noises freak Santos out, but this just makes the car even more entertaining.
March 04, 2006
Check the new ride.
February 25, 2006
Maxin' an' Relaxin'AMC Pacer T-shirt.
February 22, 2006
February 21, 2006
at least he wears hats now
February 17, 2006
future greenpeace member?Auntie Jenn and Uncle Alan got him in Peru. Doesn't he look like some sensitive college guy who volunteered in South America on spring break?
February 11, 2006
milk + rice cereal = crazy delicious!He loves that rice cereal like McAdams loves Gosling.
P.S. Can you even believe this is the kid who "wasn't gaining weight" as recently as two months ago?
February 02, 2006
Well, that might be the case if your parents actually knew their relative teams were going to be in the Super Bowl before a week ago. That said, Grandpa Pete will absolutely plotz if the Steelers win, so Finn's throwing his support behind the Steel City. If only Iron City made formula, too!
P.S. If you look closely, you can see a tiny mohawk in the tradition of Maddox Jolie-Pitt.
January 29, 2006
here's the happy guy
January 27, 2006
tastes like chicken
January 24, 2006
first attempt at solid food
January 22, 2006
ground control to major finn...Uncle Clintie and Aunt Sudi?
January 20, 2006
Here he is chatting with Daddy and acting coy when getting a smooch.
January 10, 2006
blue eyes and bubbles
January 04, 2006
someone's looking a little tubby
January 03, 2006
the boy's got some lashes
Thanks to Nana for the adorable monkey onesie. (And for the inherited eyelashes!)
December 29, 2005
baby's got back
December 28, 2005
moments before the wild beast swoops in...
November 25, 2005
He's Warmin' Up to Her
November 22, 2005
a little bubbly, anyone?
November 21, 2005
upside-downAuntie Keeks and Uncle Bryan sent him. Verrrry cute. One of Finn's favorite activities is laying down, looking up at you and chattling away.
November 20, 2005
ol' blue eyes
In other Finn news, I'm happy to announce that the boy slept for seven straight hours for the first time Friday night. (From 6pm to 1am, to be exact.) Upon waking, he chugged down a bottle and went back to sleep for another three and a half hours. This is major news, as sleeping has not been one of Finn's strong suits, to put it lightly. This has been tough for us to understand since if there was such a thing as sleeping touraments, Shawn and I would be a serious contenders. Here's hoping for another long stretch and a possible sleeping medal in this kid's future.
November 06, 2005
Sad one second, happy the next. It's hard to anticipate Finn's next mood. At least happy is one of them...
October 31, 2005
pumpkin, meet pumpkin
October 30, 2005
finn in motion
So, Finn just started smiling and cooing and really showing us his personality. Doing adorable things that can't adequately be captured in still photographs. We made this little video so the world at large could see how Finn is even cuter now that he's started talking to us. Click the photo to launch the movie. (You will need QuickTime.)
October 27, 2005
October 22, 2005
bathtime just got a whole lot cuter..
October 17, 2005
Finn's full-on Web site is live. Tons of photos, if you haven't seen enough already. Click here.
October 05, 2005
the Shawn and Finn ventriloquist act
September 29, 2005
boo boo bear
September 28, 2005
Here's a little Polaroid time-lapse of Lisa's Incredible Expanding Belly: finnhazen.com/belly.html -> Shawn
September 27, 2005
seriously: can you handle the cuteness?
Go here for the slideshow.
September 22, 2005
I will be posting many more photos soon--he is really getting more alert, curious and mature every day. I have had lots of requests (from the girls, that is) for the birth story, which I will include soon. (Minus gory details.)
September 19, 2005
Rub a dub
September 14, 2005
September 12, 2005
Lest you thought Lisa and I didn't have our priorities straight, I'd like to announce that finnhazen.com is live. However, there's not much there at the moment. But that will change soon. It will be an online repository for all things Finn. It'll make Santos' Web site look ridiculous in comparison. I mean, more ridiculous than it already is.
September 11, 2005
September 08, 2005
You can call him "Finn"...
Lucas Hazen. He was born Thursday, September 8, at 9:31 am, measuring 21
inches and weighing in at (no kidding!) 9 lbs., 1oz. It is a miracle the
boy wasn't named after the anesthesiologist.
He's the cutest little burrito--lots of fuzzy lt. brown hair, chubby
cheeks, and a very curious, intense stare. He aced his Apgar test (I
don't like to brag, but it was a "9.") And is sleeping like a burrito
right now next to me.
I'm sending this from my cell phone, but will have tons of new photos
very soon. (Shawn has taken about 50 already.) I'll post them soon!
Can't wait for everyone to meet him!