We scrubbed up and entered the operating room ready for the c-section. Not to leave any stone (or, in this case, baby) unturned, the doctors first performed a version. It was seen as a Hail Mary attempt to flip the baby out of a breech position — the odds were not in our favor. But after man-handling the unborn Boy Zou for 10 minutes, he inverted! The OR erupted in cheers like mission control at the end of a NASA movie. We were as shocked as the professionals in the room and became instant celebrities in the ward. Our little guy was now known [unofficially] as the Boy Who Flipped.Read More
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With the newly-established Valentine’s delivery closing in, Jenna and Josh threw a big shower for #babyboyzou. Like, really big. We continued to disrupt stuffy shower etiquette with a co-ed bash that saw family flying into Wheaton from up and down the east coast.
Netflix’s totally fake (and totally brilliant) New Years countdown inspires a Christopher Nolan structured video that takes us through a year of highs and lows. Actually, mostly highs. Actually, mostly babies.Read More
In the much anticipated meeting that no one anticipated, our nephew Jonas finally met my Papou. Christine and I enjoyed the first snowfall of the season before warming up to Yia Yia’s warm hospitality and greek cooking. Lianne, Jenna and Josh joined with Maria — also celebrating her first snow. Ever.Read More
Resurrecting old traditions, the Loizou’s returned to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for some good ole’ fashioned European fun. With an ominous weather forecast, the park was just as ominously empty, making way for our pick of the attractions. Pet Shenanigans? You bet.
As guests muddled their way through the mint julep bar, it became clear that Derby de Mayo: Year Cuatro was more of a networking mixer for babies. Anybaby who was anybaby stopped by — including Jonas, Grace, Charlie, Baylen, Bea, Dylan, Benjamin and four-time Derber Baby™ Morgan.Read More
This week, my dad ran his sixth marathon — the Boston Marathon. The Loizou clan united for a rare family trip to support Dean’s running milestone. We even made t-shirts!
Three birthdays. Two Nephews. And a full-house of “prezies.” This was Christmas at the Loizou’s — the first holiday season that Christine and I could properly host on the Norton rotation. Becca, Jarod and the boys flew up. Jenna and Josh stayed over. And the Loizou’s joined in a rare mixing of the families.Read More
Look, Christine and I are not dog haters. While we might not “get” them, some of our best friends own dogs! And last Father’s Day, we watched Juliet, a proud Pomeranian, meet Xavi, Lianne and Nico's new newborn pup. The exchange was notable.Read More
One year ago, I was speechless. I was actually, literally speechless. I lost my voice, but had so much to say. So much to express! It was Christine and my wedding day.Read More
Today was the 40th Anniversary of the Marine Corps Marathon. My dad completed his third race with a secure qualifying time for Boston. Maneuvering through the screaming crowds, Christine and I caught a glimpse of him charging for the finish line.Read More
Last night, Christine and I partook in the beautifully hip ceremony for Katie and Kevin. With a two-day parade leading up to the big moment, we were fully acclimated and ready for the big bash. When not fully-fulfilling my duties as polaroid-photographer-guest-book-guy, I snagged a few snippets for this tribute to #katiekevforevRead More
“Summer” is no longer an applicable measurement of time for us post-school, pre-kids young adults. It's really just an exceptionally warm few months in the middle of the year. But emotionally, the season is still fun to talk about, right? We’re halfway through it, and I've found my "sometimes blog" a little lacking. Sure, I already mentioned some of the more notable events, like Richmond with the Crafts, Megan and Lance's #loveasaurus and Dad's Day. But what about all of those other fantastic memories that have fallen through the blog-cracks? Like that time we got sushi? Or when we tried to play Settlers of Catan? I have plenty of photos of that!Read More
Christine and my honeymoon to Italy is the subject of the newest episode of the ongoing Travel Series. After you were thoroughly teased with my 30-second taste of espresso, I bring you this full-blown three-minute adventure-flick. Hot on the heels of our wedding day, Christine and I sailed through the canals of Venice. We wrapped ourselves in the leathers of Florence. And we defeated the selfie stick salesmen of Rome, while pioneering our own far more obnoxious form of self-portrait photography: the selfie-spin.Read More
Illustrating the quintessential evening at the Loizou's, we celebrated Father's Day by drinking smoothies, cooking on the grill and watching previously-recorded TV Land shows. Here's to Dean Loizou, the guy who taught me the value of hard work, the meaning of being a family-man and the impact of a well-placed dad joke.Read More
Happy birthday to Lianne, my "first" sister. Graduating from college a year early, she kept the rumors alive that we're actually twins. An ambitious go-getter, Lianne teaches high school kids math, while teaching all of us the importance of teaching high school kids math. More importantly, she shows us the true power of a contagious smile. In addition to smiling, Lianne has been known to go on family camping trips, watch Scandal and reimagine her kitchen with her husband Nico. To honor her 27th, I've posted some photos. Like all proper family albums, there's a weird gap between childhood and adulthood.Read More
This three-day weekend, we continued our Memorial-Day-sisters-and-husbands camping tradition. But this time, we were roughing it! No car camping. No "glamping." We lived off the land for two nights using only what we could carry: our sharp knives, our sharp wit and our sharp sense of hiking fashion. We were prepared for a total social-disconnection, but little did we know that the Delaplane Strawberry Festival was in full swing next door.Read More
Here’s a quick blog shout-out to my mom. The true source of my love for comic books, adventure and old movies, she has inspired me to see the world with a sense of whimsy and humor. Her contributions to my interests, personality and outlook on life is unmeasurable, so I’ll just share a few photos instead.Read More
Last Saturday, May 2, Christine and I hosted our second annual Derby de Mayo. Fusing together the always misunderstood Cinco de Mayo with the largely large-hatted Kentucky Derby, we continued our tradition of combining two pastimes we know nothing about. This year, the cookout party placed greater emphasis on the costumes, encouraging guests to wear their best mash-up of borderline offensive Mexican garb with fashionable derby what-nots.Read More