Ava Kalea Kennedy Makes Appearance at 33 Week Ultrasound

Ava Kalea Kennedy 072916Ava Kalea Kennedy Plays Shy During Ultrasound

We got to see an appearance by Ava Kalea Kennedy today at Stacia’s 33 week ultrasound.  She was a little shy and covering part of her face with her hand, but to me she looks just like her mom.  There’s no denying those big, fat lips …

Makaya got to go today and showed us a photo of Buddha on his phone while saying “tell me she doesn’t look like this”.  Not sure about that, but do know that the Ultrasound Tech did say that she already has lots of hair.  If I remember right, her sister Jackie didn’t have much hair until after her first birthday … Continue reading “Ava Kalea Kennedy Makes Appearance at 33 Week Ultrasound”

Let’s Talk About the 800 Pound Gorilla in the Room: What’s It Going to Be Like Being an Old Dad?

Old DadJoe Kennedy Going To Enjoy Being an Old Dad

So fun to get to write about being an old dad – and to use my name in the 3rd person …  I was going to write about popular daddy blogs today, but feel like I want to get this topic started – as there could be some interest in the topic.  What’s it going to be like being an old dad?

Before my first daughter Jacqueline was conceived, I was about 40 years old and pretty sure that I would never have children.  Then I met her mom and it turned out we both wanted a family.  It didn’t take much longer for Jackie Kennedy to come along.  In my early 40s, at that point, I was already what many would consider an old dad. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About the 800 Pound Gorilla in the Room: What’s It Going to Be Like Being an Old Dad?”

Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue Opens Lake Hills Medical Clinic

Overlake Lake Hills Medical ClinicCommunity Invited to Meet Provider Team at Aug. 6 Lake Hills Medical Clinic Open House

 Overlake Medical Center invites members of Lake Hills’ community and area residents to an open house at its new Lake Hills Medical clinic, Aug. 6, from 9 am – noon. The center is located at 619 156th Ave. SE.

With primary care and urgent care available in the same location, the Lake Hills Medical Clinic is able to refer urgent care patients to primary care providers, and ensure they seamlessly receive the proper follow-up care.  Community members will be steps away from accessible care for everything from sports physicals to women’s care, to illnesses and injuries that are not life threatening but still require immediate attention. The co-pay for an urgent care visit is typically far lower than the cost of a visit to the emergency room, and the wait time is typically shorter. Continue reading “Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue Opens Lake Hills Medical Clinic”

Daddy Blogger Survey for Daddy Bloggers – and Mommy Bloggers Too!

Daddy Blogger SurveyDaddy Blogger Survey to Help Publicize Daddy Bloggers Around the World:

Hey Daddy Bloggers (and Mommy Bloggers too!) – take the Daddy Blogger Survey.  I want to know more about YOU, so that I can help promote you and your blog!  If you take a few minutes to send me answers to the following questions, I will publish it in a separate blog post and add a link to your blog on the links page here at Daddy Blogger World.  It shouldn’t take long and will get you at least one link back to your blog – and I’ll probably even comment on a post or two on your site.  You might even get the chance to be interviewed via Skype for a future Daddy Blogger Podcast or feature here on the site. Continue reading “Daddy Blogger Survey for Daddy Bloggers – and Mommy Bloggers Too!”

Healthy Natural Baby Food in the Blender

Healthy Natural Baby FoodA Good Blender Makes it Easy to Make Healthy Natural Baby Food

Healthy natural baby food can easily be made at home in a variety of ways.  Making your own healthy natural baby food will allow you to make sure that you are feeding your baby with healthy foods that are good for your baby and not filled with a bunch of fillers, artificial ingredients or preservatives.  Any parent who wants the best for their child will be interested in making healthy natural baby food to ensure the best possible nutrition.

Personally, I’m super excited about making healthy natural baby food for Ava Kalea Kennedy (#AvaKalea).  Using a great blender like Vitamix (which I currently sell) or a Blendtec (which I used to sell and currently have in my kitchen), making healthy and tasty baby food is a breeze.

Using fresh, healthy and organic foods including fruits, veggies, and even meats, a quality blender can help making healthy natural baby food a breeze. Continue reading “Healthy Natural Baby Food in the Blender”

Sprint Unveils Second TV Ad Starring Paul Marcarelli, the Actor Who Used to Ask If You Could Hear Me Now for Verizon

Paul Marcarelli Sprint Verizon GuySprint spot with Paul Marcarelli former Verizon pitchman airs tonight, promotes improved network reliability and value compared to other wireless carriers

Paul Marcarelli Ads proclaim: Don’t let a 1% difference in network reliability cost you twice as much; leave your expensive carrier and save 50% on most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile rate plans 

Sprint today introduces the second TV spot in its wildly popular advertising campaign starring Paul Marcarelli, the actor who used to ask if you could hear me now for Verizon. The original TV ad featuring Paul Marcarelli has been viewed more than 8 million times on YouTube. And, the company recently became postpaid net port positive against all three national carriers for the first time in over five years. 

The message in the second TV spot continues to be loud and clear: Sprint has a vastly improved network and customers can save 50% off most rate plans offered by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. In today’s world of wireless competition and overall improved networks, customers can get a highly reliable wireless experience with Sprint without overpaying for it.

Sprint asks consumers in the ad: Why pay twice as much for less than 1% difference in network reliability? Paul Marcarelli, most recognizable for previously testing the Verizon network, is a perfect fit to convey Sprint’s network message of improved performance. Not only is Marcarelli starring in the ads, but, like millions of others, he has switched to Sprint and is now a happy customer. Continue reading “Sprint Unveils Second TV Ad Starring Paul Marcarelli, the Actor Who Used to Ask If You Could Hear Me Now for Verizon”

Bellevue's Outerwall to Be Acquired, Return to Private Ownership

Outerwall logoOUTERWALL ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE MERGER AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY CERTAIN FUNDS MANAGED BY AFFILIATES OF APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT FOR $52.00 PER SHARE IN CASH

Transaction Valued at Approximately $1.6 Billion
Outerwall Board of Directors Declares $0.60 Quarterly Dividend

Bellevue-based Outerwall Inc. has announced that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with affiliates of certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a global alternative investment manager, pursuant to which the Apollo Funds will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Outerwall common stock for $52.00 per share in cash.  No word was given as to whether the company will be relocated or jobs will be affected.
Continue reading “Bellevue's Outerwall to Be Acquired, Return to Private Ownership”

Words of Wisdom from Wayne Dyer

Remembering Wayne Dyer and (Finally) Taking His Advice

Wayne Dyer letter 120305Last night in the dark, I was reminded of some words of wisdom from the late, great, Dr. Wayne Dyer.

You see, I was stumbling over newly place furniture in the dark and ended up stepping on (and breaking) a glass picture frame.  In the frame was this letter that Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote me in December of 1995.  Wayne was responding to my inquiry for advice on how to publish some personal development books and tapes.  In his letter he advises to just produce the books and tapes and God will direct the “how” to get it published.  GREAT advice.  I loved it so much I put it in my favorite picture frame over 10 years ago.  But I never took the advice from this great man.  I never did produce the books or tapes – at least not those. Continue reading “Words of Wisdom from Wayne Dyer”

You Can Make Excuses or Create Results

Make Excuses or Create ResultsDo YOU Want to Make Excuses or Create Results? Which is Better for Your Family?

There are a lot of great quotes out there along the lines of ‘You Can Make Excuses or Create Results”.  Some might say that we are always seeing results – just not always the results that we ‘dream of’, ‘want’ or ‘wish for’.  In my mind, if we are not seeing the results that we want (which happens to pretty much everyone at some point, if not frequently), we just don’t want it bad enough.  We don’t always take the massive action that it takes to realize our BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goals).  Many of us, myself included, just frickin’ make excuses.  That’s not going to create the best results or outcomes for our families, is it? Continue reading “You Can Make Excuses or Create Results”

Planetary Resources and the Government of Luxembourg Partner to Advance the Space Resource Industry

Planetary ResourcesPlanetary Resources establishing European headquarters in Luxembourg

Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the banking institution Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement (SNCI).  This partnership with Luxembourg’s SpaceResources.lu initiative will advance technologies and lines of business toward the exploration and utilization of resources from asteroids. Just as Luxembourg accelerated the satellite communications industry through its investments, this funding for Planetary Resources Luxembourg will accelerate the space resources industry.

With the agreement, the Government of Luxembourg is considering a direct capital investment in Planetary Resources Luxembourg. This public equity position will be taken by the SNCI to become a minority shareholder. Planetary Resources Luxembourg plans to conduct key research and development activities. The pathway for identifying the most commercially viable near-Earth asteroids has led to the development of multiple transformative technologies that are applicable to global markets, including the agriculture, oil & gas, water quality and financial intelligence industries. The company’s Earth observation business, Ceres, will generate revenue and intellectual property in Europe and around the world which will further develop the technologies and services required for asteroid prospecting missions.

“We are delighted to begin working with Luxembourg to develop ground-breaking space technologies and services. Luxembourg has a proud history and global reputation in commercial space operations and we are honored to be working with their government, academia, and industry to further develop the limitless potential that awaits in the space resources industry,” said Chris Lewicki, President and CEO, Planetary Resources, Inc.

Étienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Government of Luxembourg, said, “We are excited to welcome Planetary Resources, an industry leader, to work in Luxembourg and we look forward to a prosperous future together. The Grand Duchy offers an attractive overall framework for space resource utilization related activities, including but not limited to the legal and regulatory regime. Planetary Resources and its team bring in a wealth of knowledge and experience and will join the existing space sector in Luxembourg. By starting to put all this together, we will make the SpaceResources.lu initiative a success.”

This partnership will serve to advance and build upon Planetary Resources’ substantial accomplishments. Core hardware and software technologies developed at Planetary Resources were tested last year when the Arkyd-3R satellite was deployed from the International Space Station. The company has completed its next spacecraft, the Arkyd-6, scheduled for launch later this year. This mission will validate the thermographic sensor that will precisely measure temperature differences of objects on Earth, and when deployed on future asteroid missions it will acquire key data related to the presence of water and water-bearing minerals on asteroids.   

About Planetary Resources, Inc.

Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, was founded in 2009 by Eric Anderson, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis and Chris Lewicki. The company’s vision is to establish a new paradigm for resource utilization that will bring the Solar System within humanity’s economic sphere of influence. The pathway in identifying the most commercially viable near-Earth water-rich asteroids has led to the development of multiple transformative technologies that are applicable to global markets, including the agriculture, oil & gas, mining and insurance industries.

Planetary Resources is financed by industry-launching visionaries who are committed to expanding the world’s resource base so humanity can continue to grow and prosper for centuries to come. Some of the company’s partners and advisors include 3D Systems, the Bechtel Corporation and Analytical Graphics Incorporated; Sara Seager, Ph.D., professor of Planetary Science & Physics at MIT and TED fellow; Dante Lauretta, Ph.D., professor of Planetary Science at the University of Arizona and principal investigator of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission; Anatoly Gitelson, Ph.D., Emeritus Remote Sensing Specialist, University of Nebraska’s School of Natural Resources, now with Israel Institute of Technology, Technion; and Susan Ustin, Ph.D., professor of Environmental and Resources Sciences, University of California, Davis. Members of the company’s technical staff have worked on every recent U.S. Mars lander including Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity, and include other key non-aerospace and safety-critical disciplines. For more information, please visit www.planetaryresources.com.

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