Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
I love this picture of Chase, Ava and Anna sitting in a tree.
I am surprised to see her smiling since her little finger got bit by a goat and a duck this time.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
After the memorial there was a little gathering at the Suman's house for close friends and family. The kids had fun running around together and playing while the big kids got to catch up and play Rock Band.
Ava is eating a tortilla chip and saying cheese at the same time,
which turned into a scary face.
Fernando, Eric, Michael, Jason, Tyler
Later that night Ava, while dancing, decided to be brave jump off off the coffee table onto the ground. She's always had to jump to someone so this was a big step for our little chicken girl. She did this over and over again.
Monday, February 23, 2009
This is Eric. I apologize up front - this is going to be kind of long and cheesy at times.
Last Friday night, February 20, 2009, was Conan O’Brien’s last show as the host of Late Night on NBC. He is taking over for Jay Leno on the Tonight Show beginning June 1, 2009. This was announced about 4 years ago and has been the cause of so much anxiety in my life since. Conan has built his show on unconventional, quirky, literate humor since 1993. Although Conan promised he will not grow up when he does The Tonight Show, this is still the end of an era.
His last show was quaint and personal. His only guests were Andy Richter and The White Stripes with a cameo from Will Farrell. He and Andy talked a little about the past, but mostly just showed some highlights from the past 16 years. The White Stripes have been long-time friends of Conan’s before they were even indie rock stars, not to mention mainstream rock stars. They’ve been on the show numerous times. They played a stripped-down version of “We’re Going to be Friends”. I personally prefer Meg on drums instead of the guitar she played. Oh well. Apparently Conan and some of his writers went bowling one night when they were in
At the end of the show, Conan gave thanks to the people who have made the show possible. It wasn’t a cliché speech. He genuinely gave thanks to various people like Max Weinberg and his band, Jeff Ross, Lorne Michaels, David Letterman, his writers, his parents, his family, and many others. He got teary-eyed when talking about how much he admires these individuals and how much he has thoroughly enjoyed his job.
I started watching his show in 1994 about when I started high school. Tivo and DVRs hadn’t been invented yet, so I only got to see it on the occasional Friday night when I would stay up until 12:37 and then a little more during the summers. I always loved how different and consistently funny it was. This might get kind of joey, but Late Night with Conan O’Brien has been more than a show to me. It’s been utterly consistent for 15 years of my life and has always provided me the necessary diversion and even bits of news I needed. It’s been more like a good friend. I’ve even gotten emotional during his final week as I was discussing it with Laura or Bryan. OK, that’s all for the joey part. Actually, this whole post is pretty over-the-top, but that’s how I feel, so here’s some more.
People always ask others, “If you could meet one person, who would it be?” The only answer I have ever had to that question is Conan O’Brien. He’s a genius in comedy but is also very literate and genuine. You can tell that the guests on his show really enjoying talking to him; it’s not like other shows where they are doing the talk show circuit as part of their job. Anyways, I think he’s great.
I just wanted to list some of my favorite moments or recurring bits on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. I know I will think of a million others after I post this, but these are the ones that came to my head right now:
- Bulletproof Legs
- The Walker Texas Ranger lever
- FedEx Pope
- Conan and Andy’s staring contests
- Triumph the Insult Comic Dog going to the line up of the then new Star Wars movie
- Any time Conan “interviewed” Arnold Schwarzenegger via satellite
- The writer sitting in the crowd saying, “That’s fantastic!” about everything except Conan’s show itself.
- Actual Items
- In the Year 2000
- An interview with Gwyneth Paltrow a few years ago where he mimicked her husband, Chris Martin, as an English chimney sweeper
- Andy getting shot in the chest by the writer doing clay pigeon shooting in the studio
- Conan telling Broken Social Scene that they need more guitarists
- Any time Conan went to Joe’s to escape all his troubles
- The fact that Conan showcased obscure, but legitimate, indie bands that no other talk show would have on
- Conan, Max, and Joel's photo journals of their holiday activities together
- Any time he imitates Jeff Ross, the show’s producer
- Any time Conan interviewed Martha Stewart
- Artie Kendall appearances
So, I know Conan will do great on The Tonight Show, it will just be different than Late Night. I’m excited to see what he does with the show. Thank you Conan for everything!!
OK, that’s the end of my over-the-top joey post.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
It was so much fun and I was really impressed with the Ark and all of the activities they have for kids in there. There are different rooms and every thing is hands on and you can climb, build and play. It really would be fun for all ages of kids. Ava was excited to try to "do" everything. It was cute following her around and watching her learn how things worked.
Ava and Lucy had fun playing together and doing their own things.
Owen was so cute waddling around trying to play and climb.
Ava overcame some fears and climbed on rope bridges even Owen wanted to go up on the second level. I ended up venturing through the rest of the tunnels with them which isn't really something I'd want to do again since it's definitely designed for short, little people. At the top, I tried to get Lucy and Ava to pose in a picture but I just got silly faces. They are such cute little girls!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
After the show we were about to head down Main Street when a few of the characters made an appearance. Ava got to visit with Pluto, Mickey, and Minnie. I was shocked that she even went up to them since she is generally pretty shy but she hugged them and posed for a picture. I was a proud mom! So, since it was her first time, I will go overboard and post the hug picture and the posed picture with each character.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I have to mention again that February is a crazy birthday month! Mostly on the Novak side of the family but we also go to celebrate two birthdays on Sunday night here in California. Meredith turned 19 and Lucy will be 3 later this week. We had a Valentine's themed party including a game of Bingo that Camille made. And the night is never complete without a little dance party.