Behind the Curtain

Drew McLellan recently posted a photo that captures something less “formal” about himself, based on the meme started by David Airey, encouraging bloggers to let others see more of the “face behind the blog.”

As one who grew up in New England, my default setting is to generally have a curtain between my professional and personal lives. But I feel a little Toto pulling at the curtain, so what the hey – it is, after all, the Share Economy

Right now, outside of work, a whole bunch of my time and effort goes into being a husband and father, as well as maintaining/improving our home. The other 16.5 minutes of “me” time per week goes to…well, let’s hope I can resurrect those hobbies some day in the future!

Here are my two “middle” sons (#3 & 4 out of 5) on a recent father/son retreat:

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Most mornings, my Fiver hops up into my lap at precisely 7 am for a “Big Kitty” story with Dad, who has generally been up already for 1-2 hours but looks pretty bedraggled still:

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The boys get their looks from the Lovely and Talented Queen, whose mother will be glad to tell you where she got HER looks from!

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We’ve spent the last 7 years slowly and steadily improving our little Eden in North Jersey. We’re amateurs, but we enjoy creating an English garden feel, and I have particularly enjoyed building stone walls.back-of-house.jpg

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Someday, I hope to find more time to take scenic pictures. Two of these shots were from a glorious morning heading to the hospital the day after our fifth son was born; the other from a recent visit to a lake that had a bit too much rain to process!ml_reflect1b.jpg

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My dream is to eventually live with my bride on a lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, in a house big enough to accommodate a steady stream of visitors (and, Lord willing, a large number of grandchildren – eventually!)

So, that’s a peek behind the StickyFigure curtain here in Boonton, NJ. What about you?

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72 Responses to Behind the Curtain

  1. Beautiful photos, Steve,

    If I ever need a stone wall built I know who to contact!

    Thanks for participating, and for the link. I’ll add you to the list of participants on my site, linking back here.

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  3. Connie Reece says:

    Steve, thanks for setting aside that New England reserve and giving us a glimpse of your handsome sons and that gorgeous home and garden. I am enjoying this meme and will have to unearth some photos so I can participate.

  4. CK says:

    That last photo belongs in a calendar–what a shot! Your family (and you) are beautiful. I love getting to know the “bloggers behind the blogs”. Blogs aren’t about technology, there about enabling people using these tools to connect people…amazing what a few photos do to make these technologies human ;-).

    I feel like I know you better already. And my respect for you has grown 100-fold knowing you raise so many sons. That’s the most important job in the world (although it’s not a job but a labor of love).

  5. Always happy to see a group of good looking Woodruff men!

  6. Steve, what great photos! No wonder your topography looks so familiar! You are just a few miles down the road from me. Thanks for sharing this view behind the curtain of your beautiful family.

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  9. Steve, it is so nice to see your family and learn a little bit more about you. What a great life you have out there on the other coast! Now, where are the pictures of the Lovely and Talented Queen? ;-)

  10. impactiviti says:

    OK, Becky, I’ve just added a shot of Sandy for those who want to get a glimpse of how TRULY blessed I am!

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  13. Karen Putz says:

    Great photos! My husband grew up in a family of five boys and tells me there was never a dull moment in his house. I imagine it’s the same at yours. :)

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  15. Jim says:

    Great pics. I almost still recognize your boys (it really has been too long). House looks great. Haven’t seen it since the year you moved in (did I mention it’s been too long ;)

    I’m just about to build some substantial walls myself (OK…I’m just about to pay for them myself, but someone else will have to build them). Any advice?

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