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2008 POWOW Triathlon

Had a great event today with my brother-in-law, Frank Britt, at the POWOW Triathlon. We bought our first wet suits yesterday at Fast: Splits Multisport and got to try them out in Lake Gardner. Thanks to Noreen, we have some great pictures to show for our efforts! (Click the Play button to play the slideshow right here. Click on link in lower left to see the Picasa Web Album.)

July Vacation visit with Sophie and family

We had a great 4th of July vacation visiting our friends in Rowayton, CT: Lynn, Steve and Sophie Blank. Below are some pictures and videos from our trip.

Photo slideshow

Click the play button to play the slideshow here. Click on the link in the lower left corner of the album to see the photos in the Picasa Web album.

JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge

Enjoyed a great outing yesterday, running in the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Boston. Met up with three of my former colleagues, Laura Carrillo, Stacie Stark and Anne Bishko. Special thanks to Laura for taking and sharing the pictures in the slideshow below.

Erik's Favorite Lasagna Recipe

Preheat oven to 375º

½ lb. ground beef [or turkey]
¾ cup water
1—32 oz. jar spaghetti type sauce
½ tsp salt
1—8 oz pkg. lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 cup ricotta cheese *
12 oz mozzarella cheese grated
¼ cup parmesan cheese
[This for 7x11 pan.]

Brown ground meat and drain.
Add water, salt, sauce and boil.
In pan, layer sauce [hot], noodles, ricotta, and grated cheese. End with sauce.
Cover tightly and bake ~ 1 hour
Let stand ~ 10 min. and put parmesan cheese on top.

*[Instead of simply ricotta:]
2 eggs, beaten
16 oz ricotta [if 9x13 pan]

Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe

As summer approaches, I start to see more shopping ads that include recipes for favorite summer treats. Here’s a good one from Williams-Sonoma.

The best vanilla ice cream is made with vanilla beans that have been steeped in custard to release their maximum flavor. If vanilla beans are unavailable, simply omit the steeping and add 2 tsp. vanilla extract to the chilled custard before freezing.

Beckett McCain's first interview

This is a 1 minute clip of Beckett’s first interview, taken on June 3rd, when he was just 5 days old.


Announcing Beckett McCain Britt-Webb

We are proud and excited to announce the arrival of our newest family member: Beckett McCain Britt-Webb. Beckett was born at 9:29am on 5/29/08. He weighed in at 6 lbs, 15 oz and measured 19 inches long.

Special thanks to Cousin Lexi (and Aunt Reenie) for her inspiration in picking his first name, Beckett. And his middle name, McCain, is in honor of Grandma the Great, Elizabeth (McCain) Harris (see her memorial here).

See the slideshow below, as well as the videos from our YouTube account.

If you really want the play-by-play account of the birth and aftermath, read Erik’s Twitter posts at the bottom of this page.

Finally, you can read other blog posts about Beckett here.

Beckett Slideshow

Visit with Uncle Chris on May 25, just before Beckett was born

Here are some pictures of Uncle Chris’s visit on our back deck on May 25, just four days before Beckett was born.

Alan "Mick" McCain Receives ANTS Spirit Award

Today, I enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with “Cousin Mick”, Alan McCain. He was in town to attend the annual reunion at Andover Newton Theological Seminary, where he received the Spirit of the Hill Alumni Award.

Below, you can watch a video, see pictures, and read the biography of Mick and Sally that was used during the award ceremony.

Video

Watch this video of the last half of his acceptance speech. (Sorry for the Dixie cup at the bottom of the screen)

Laurel's Baby Shower

I am pleased to report that the surprise baby shower for Laurel was a huge success! Laurel was mostly surprised, meaning that while she had her usual sixth sense that something was going to happen, she didn’t know for sure and was completely surprise by how many turned out.

We enjoyed the wonderful company of about 25 of Laurel’s lady friends, along with another 10 family members. Thanks for everyone who turned out. Special thanks to Noreen and Lexi for organizing and hosting the event, and to Del for helping to bake the yummy desserts.

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