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
Christine and I continued to follow the Roman Norton Calendar, with this year’s holiday rotation landing us in Tampa for a week. With five kiddos and two pregnant ladies, we spent the days prepping all the food, eating all the food and sleeping (from all the food).Read More
This month, Christine and I celebrated the wedding of Adam and Rebecca. It was a Canadian affair, with folks from Orlando, DC and New York traveling to Toronto for three days of love. And poutine.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.
With spring (and guests!) looming, Christine and I complete another home improvement binge. This time, we gave some light-loving to our back yard, a space unfairly ignored since we found ourselves a home.
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
After four years of living together, Christine and I finally found ourselves a proper Christmas tree. And in true city-living fashion, we went to the top of a building, picked a tree from a pile and took it down an elevator. Just like our Christmas ancestors.Read More
"Let's go to Switzerland!" is something people usually say after a particularly satisfying meal at The Melting Pot™ (which is never). But alas, Christine and I decided to follow the footsteps of friends Corbin and Susannah and Robert and Patricia, who all honeymooned in the country (but not as a foursome, that would be crazy!).Read More
This weekend, Christine and I literally moved across the street, cutting our commutes down by 90-seconds! Staying in Mount Pleasant, we’re now the proud owners of half of a 116 year-old house. But we love it fully.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
In 2015, Christine and I traveled to new countries like Guatemala, Italy and Hawaii (I’m counting Hawaii, dammit). Keeping good on our word to wander the world, we’re looking for new candidates to conquer in 2016. Switzerland? Iceland? New Zealand? Any-lands, really. We're open to suggestions.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
Just over a month from our triumphant honeymoon return, I began editing the latest installment of the James + Christine Travel Series. Our trip through Venice, Florence and Rome has yielded over six hours of raw video bits -- and every moment is pure gold! From creeper shots of tourists abusing selfie-sticks to our personal quest to find a single dairy-free Italian dessert, I may be in over my head summarizing this two-week stint into a meaningful compilation. Because once the final video is produced, all memories left on the cutting room floor will be forgotten. Forever. But before that masterpiece manifests, enjoy this 30 second teaser that features my first of many espressos on our Italian holiday.Read More
Christine and I continued to city-hop using the county’s impressively smooth Trenitalia train system. We arrived in Rome, the dramatic climax to a wonderful Italian romp. Despite being the oldest city on our trip, this was by far the most lively. At times, its hustle and bustle traffic was reminiscent of New York. But with its ancient wonders peppered throughout modern architecture, Rome contains a bizarre landscape of a city smeared across 3,000 years of time. To experience Rome in only four nights was ambitious, especially while maintaining our carefree honeymoon rhythm.Read More
For the second stop of our Italian adventure, Christine and I found ourselves in Florence. The capital of Tuscany and former capital of Italy, Florence surprised us for its quaint, small-town charm and beautiful tribute to the Renaissance movement. Coming from the road-less Venice, it was refreshing to be in a city that people live in. The historic district is entirely walkable, as you zig-zag through the boutique-filled streets and beautiful piazzas. The Florence Cathedral will eventually emerge overtop the surrounding buildings, surprisingly dwarfing everything in the immediate vicinity. Grab the museum day-pass and climb up the top of the massive Duomo. This church-hike is worth the wait in line and will yield a one-of-a-kind view of the city.Read More
Right on the heels of our wedding, Christine and I escaped to Venice as the first destination on our Italian honeymoon. A city like no other, Venice is made up entirely of canals, alleys and bridges. There are no roads. There are no cars. In fact, navigating through the city is utterly impractical. It is impossible to walk in a straight line, but if you allow yourself to get lost, it becomes a city of discovery. No two blocks look the same and around every corner is yet another breathtaking photo opportunity. It almost starts to get old!Read More
As part of the traditional morning-of gift-exchange, I presented Christine with a video tribute of our lives leading up to the big day. From the venue and hotel selection to registering and the pre-rehearsal dinner cookout, this video also celebrates the little moments, inside jokes and personal traditions over the last year and a half. Using a When Harry Met Sally-inspired approach, the video is also bookended with clips of my Papou and Yiayia sharing stories of their first encounter over sixty years ago.Read More