Thanksgiving MacLaren pix

Pictures from San Francisco, Thanksgiving in Pismo Beach, California, and early December in Iowa City.

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happy halloween maclaren!

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maclaren as portrayed by britt wilson

Here is MacLaren’s full shoot with Britt Wilson Photography (FB here). Many thanx to Britt for the photos.

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more maclaren

Here are more photos of MacLaren from Britt Wilson Photography.

MacLaren Grey Cargill

MacLaren Grey Cargill

MacLaren Grey Cargill fussing

MacLaren after the Red Sox lost

MacLaren arm

Check out my muscles

MacLaren Grey sleeps

MacLaren Grey sleeps

MacLaren ready for a nap

MacLaren Grey Cargill

cargill poses topless

(How’s that for a sensationalistic headline!)

That’s right, MacLaren Grey Cargill had his first professional photos taken. Britt Wilson Photography is incredible: professional, on time, and great results. Mommy and daddy are proud. And I must say, the boy is growing up quickly. He’s getting big and starting to try and talk a bit (at least mimic sounds and tongue movements). Methinks he’s trying to say “hapax legomenon,” but I could be mistaken. Roslyn thinks he’s saying “Second Samuel Seven,” but that would be coincidental. Anywho, here’s the boy:

MacLaren Grey Cargill in a basket

Hey ladies, I've got my mommy's eyes and my daddy's belly ;-) Photo by Britt Wilson Photography.

MacLaren Grey Cargill, September 2011. Photo by Britt Wilson Photography.

MacLaren Grey Cargill, September 2011. Photo by Britt Wilson Photography.

He was born with a full head of hair, which is turning more red by the day. His hair stands up like that naturally. (I promise I’m not shaping it into a fauxhawk like I wear.) His eyes look like they may stay blue. He’s got his mom’s eyes and my lips (and so far, my belly rolls ;-).

In the mean time, I’ll experiment with some sensationalist headlines of my own ;-)

the faces of maclaren grey

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getting settled into iowa city

Bob, Ros, and Mac

On the porch on the way home from dinner.

the last 4 weeks have been a time of monumental transition and emotion for me and for my family. in the past month, we packed all that we own into storage containers, moved out of our agoura hills condo, moved in with my mom just south of yosemite, experienced the birth of our son, maclaren, loaded all that we own into two moving vans, drove 1800 miles through the california, nevada, and arizona deserts, the utah canyons, over the colorado rockies, across the plains of nebraska, and through the rolling hills of western iowa. we closed on a home in iowa city, moved in, and unpacked. meanwhile, i attended the university of iowa’s new faculty orientation, set up my office (including moving a thousand volumes into my office – motivation enough for a renewed call for e-publishing), met my new colleagues, prepped my courses, learned all (read: some) of the new uiowa policies and procedures, and discovered most of the best places to grab a bite and a cold one. my wife decided to heed some of the doctor’s advice, so she waited precisely one week after maclaren’s birth to get in a car and drive cross-country with my mom and mac to join her father and me in iowa city. since her arrival, it has been an endless barrage of fixing up the yard, painting rooms, changing poopy (sp?) g-diapers, and setting up utilities (including internet at home, so expect a regular return to blogging.)

new state, new city, new time zone, new weather, new baby, new house, new job, new routine. i am thankful for my wife, roslyn, and her amazing ability to be a tireless mother and patient wife at the same time, and for our parents who provided us with support and drove us cross-country. (hint: get walkie-talkies for car caravans; they are invaluable when deciding to exit the freeway at a moment’s notice or when you need the truck at the rear to throw a block on rear-approaching traffic so you can pass the rig in front of you). i am also thankful for my friends, who throughout the entire transition encouraged and joked with me to make the transition bearable.

thank you especially to everyone who commented encouraging words on facebook and twitter while i was tweeting roslyn’s labor. i read those comments to her between breathing and counting, and it really did make all the difference. some made us laugh, which was welcomed relief, but most gave ros the extra motivation to keep going. never underestimate the power of a kind word uttered sincerely to someone in distress, even privately. it makes all the difference in the world.

my new colleagues at iowa are amazing. both departments (religious studies and classics) work together cohesively, share a common goal, and actually know what it is that i do (although ‘digital humanities’ still causes a few more of those colbert-esque raised eyebrows than does ‘second temple judaism’ or ‘archaeology’). they have each taken turns coming by my office and approaching me to chat at department picnics and parties. i look forward to years of production, growth, and fun at iowa. (btw, did i mention that my colleagues are good, fun scholars? it feels good to want to go to work and see my colleagues. it makes the overwhelming parts of a new job that much more bearable.)

iowa city is the best little hidden treasure in the midwest – the perfect combination of an intellectual center, social progress, and traditional emphasis on families and their well-being. i’m proud to be a hawkeye, and to live in the ‘people’s republic’ (as they affectionately are wont to call it) of iowa city, and i hope to contribute my part to the community. for now, i shall indulge in my favorite difference between iowa city and los angeles: i shall walk 5 short minutes (less than the time it used to take me to walk from the $10 per day parking spot allotted to me at ucla to my office) to the bus stop, and take the 10-minute bus ride to my office. my entire new 15 minute ‘commute’ involves no driving, no gas, no tension, and is 45 minutes less than my old, hour-long, one-way drive in los angeles. and to add insult to los angeles’ woeful public transportation injury, my bus pass is $10 per month, meaning i can get to work for a month for the same amount it costs to park (forget the cost of gas and lost time and stress, simply to park) at ucla for a day!

‘it’s not heaven, it’s iowa.’

ok. back to work.

Introducing MacLaren Grey Cargill

Roslyn and I are proud to announce the birth of our son, MacLaren Grey Cargill, born Aug. 7, 2011 at 10:05 PM. He weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20.5 in. long. Roslyn delivered after 34 hours at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Fresno, CA.

We want to thank everyone for all of their support and encouragement over the past 9 months.

cargill 2.0 beta (codenamed: “MacLaren Cargill”) is a boy

Cargill 2.0 Beta is just about feature complete. We have even determined an operating codename: MacLaren. (We’re still working on a middle name. We have an excellent candidate, but we are open to suggestions.)

We also learned today that it’s a boy! (as scientifically documented and peer-reviewed below).

MacLaren Cargill

A pensive MacLaren Cargill rests chin on fist and ponders the importance of 2 Samuel 7 to Second Temple period Jewish concepts of messianism.

MacLaren Cargill

MacLaren Cargill covers his eyes at the sight of a nurse's Yankees hat. Go Sox!

MacLaren Cargill

MacLaren Cargill responding to the question: How many books are in the Pentateuch?

MacLaren Cargill

MacLaren Cargill has a big head like his father. Head! Pants! Now!

MacLaren Cargill

Yep, it's a boy. Atten-tion!

MacLaren Cargill

Peer-review confirmation. Boy.

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