Beau’s First Steps Thursday Rundown

The days are noticeably getting longer and March is just around the corner! I hope you have the same optimistic outlook that I do. Speaking of optimism, I have plenty of it in tonight’s Thursday Rundown so let’s begin…

His First Steps – During the lunch hour yesterday, Beau took his first steps! While Sid and I watched “This Is Us,” our son decided to draw our attention away from the screen and put on a show. Sid and I could sense he was getting ready to walk so I had my phone out. Beau took 5 ½ steps before stumbling to the ground and crawling off with the biggest smile on his face. His first steps came 10 days prior to turning 13 months—his sister took her first steps a single day prior to turning 14 months. To watch Beau walk for the first time, tap here.

Here is a screenshot from the video I took of Beau walking for the first time.

Special Beyond Words – When our family visited Myrtle Beach for the holidays, we had the opportunity to see our spiritual mentors, Tim and Kathy McCormick. They showered us with gifts and one particular item had more value than I can express. Tim and Kathy presented us with a mass intention card for Feb. 27. In simple terms, this means that the Eucharistic sacrifice at that mass will be offered for our family. Why Feb. 27? That was the day that Beau was baptized (the McCormicks are his godparents) and Sidney was welcomed into the Catholic Church. We love you, Tim and Kathy!

What a precious and valuable gift.

#PalouseUnity – Last fall we launched #PalouseUnity, a joint public health campaign that included WSU, University of Idaho, the City of Pullman, and the City of Moscow. The goal was to combat the spread of #COVID19. Because the campaign was so successful and visible, we brought it back in 2021 but on a grander scale. When we launched yesterday, our community coalition had grown to TEN organizations. Healthcare providers, city chambers, and even an electrical equipment company were all on board. Holli Sampson from the University of Idaho and I have had the pleasure of running point on both the organic and paid social media coordination of this digital-heavy campaign. Working with the social media managers of these various organizations has been fun and allocating the increased resources we have for this phase has also been a noteworthy experience. I will keep you posted on how it continues to go!

The creative for this portion of the campaign are images of community members from the partner organizations.

John Harvey Kellogg – Sidney and I are in the middle of a great series on Hulu called “The Food That Built America.” It traces the origins of food brand giants like Coca-Cola and Heinz. Another brand that is featured is Kellogg as well as the man behind the name, John Harvey Kellogg. Let me tell you what, this guy did a lot more than make cereal. He was a famous doctor and by all counts brilliant. In some ways his ideas were genius and in other ways they were misguided. He followed a very strict health regimen and lived to be 95 which was quite old back in 1943. If you have a moment, read his Wikipedia page.

John Harvey Kellogg was a pretty interesting guy.

Meme I had a high school math teacher who always had a “joke of the day.” He would put a comic book strip transparency on the overhead projector at the beginning of class. They were usually pretty corny. I feel I do the same thing, only mine is a “meme of the week” and it comes at the end of my rundown instead of the beginning. I digress. If you are a parent, I am sure you will be able to relate to this. I sure do, but most of the time it is my daughter giving me the wrong foot for the shoe I have out in front of her.

I can relate!


Close out your February on a good note this weekend. Wish you all nothing but the best and look forward to catching up next week.

Ace Thursday Rundown

Happy October, everyone! Hope your first day of the month went well and that you are ready to cap it off with a Thursday Rundown. Here we go…

National Homemade Cookies Day – We decided to celebrate this “holiday” a couple days early. Growing up, it was a tradition for my mom to bake cookies for my siblings and I after our first day of school. My sister has passed on the tradition with her daughter and on Tuesday it lived on with Sloan. However, it wasn’t me that kept it going. My brother showed up at the house a couple hours after Sloan arrived home with a plate of cookies AND a plate of candy. The act of kindness came with a card marking our preschooler’s milestone. Thank you, Glen and Carrie!

THis week, my brother helped us celebrate National Homemade Cookies Day.

Hiding Out – I shared some of these photos on Instagram and Twitter but I thought they were blog worthy as well. Last Sunday we went shopping at Old Navy. Upon entering the store we split up as I took Sloan and Sid took Beau. For a  second I thought I lost my daughter but then realized she had jumped into the middle of the clothes rack. I took these photos of her scoping out the activity in the store as customers oblivious to the little monster hiding in the clothes walked by.

Sloan hid in a clothing rack at Old Navy on Sunday.

October FTW – I love October and I am especially excited this year because I will get to experience it in its authentic autumn form. Besides the pretty colors and crisp air, there is much more to look forward to such as Sid’s parents coming to visit, my birthday month, Halloween, and plenty of sports. Oh yeah, it is now acceptable for you all to go crazy on your pumpkin-flavored food and drink.

Sloan loves October too!

COVID Collaboration – Despite the campuses being in different states, Washington State University is just a few miles away from the University of Idaho. In fact, the towns of the two universities, Pullman and Moscow respectively, reside in a region called the Palouse. Earlier this week a public health campaign launched titled Two Cities, Two Universities—One Community. The effort is all about the towns and colleges working together to promote and recognize responsible behaviors meant to crush the curve. The marketing and communication offices at WSU and UI took the lead on getting this campaign off the ground with the social media teams playing large roles. UI’s social media manager, our social media manager (Matt Haugen), and I collaborated a lot over the past few weeks. We each took on different responsibilities with the paid social ads falling on my plate. It sure has been fun watching #PalouseUnity come together.

The Two Cities, Two Universities–One Community (#PalouseUnity) campaign has been fun to work on.

Debate Humor – Look, there isn’t much I can say about Tuesday night’s debate that hasn’t already been said. However, I can share one of the tweets about it that made me laugh out loud. As a Full House fan, this reference from Bob Saget, aka Danny Tanner, hit home.

This Bob Saget tweet would make anybody who watched “Full House” and watched Tuesday night’s debate laugh.


That’s it for tonight. Enjoy your autumn weekend and please remember to pray for the end of COVID-19. Don’t Blink.