Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Any Better?

Okay, I had some not-so-thrilled feedback for the background, so give me your votes for this one. Or if you have some good sources for backgrounds, pass them on. Thanks.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Lazy, Hazy Days

Well, I've decided to join the 21st Century and am trying to get my blog looking a little better. So, here's my first attempt at adding video! This is from a couple of weeks ago, when Avey was just starting to crawl. Now, she's fast as lightning, of course.

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Also, let me know what you think of the new background. I still don't think it's very "cute" as the advertisement would have you believe. I looked at the ones under the "masculine" category (seeing as I'm a dude), but they all looked more girly than the rest of them.

For those poor souls reading this who do not currently reside in Utah, Thursday was a holiday: Pioneer Day. They worked hard so that I didn't have to for one day! To commemorate their sacrifices, I went and saw The Dark Knight on Wednesday night with a coworker, and Kira went Thursday morning with an old roommate. For a lengthy review, call or email me. In brief, I was not disappointed; and those of you who have tried to shop for me know that I am easily disappointed.

So Thursday was pretty low key. I babysat while Kira was in the movie, and then we pretty much just lounged around the house the rest of the day. I'm sure we would have made great pioneers...

The really cruel thing was going back to work on Friday. Not so much for the work, but the chronological torture. I kept thinking it was Monday all day.

On Saturday we were blessed with a visit from my maternal grandmother (who had never met Avey), an aunt I hadn't seen in probably 12 years and her kids, and an uncle who lives nearby. We had a pleasant afternoon and Avey was very entertained by my grandmother's necklace, earrings, and bracelets.

Last night Avey slept about as much as an insomniac at a Pearl Jam concert, so Kira and I have both been very fuzzy all day. By "fuzzy", I mean that state of consciousness where ones brain might as well be day-old oatmeal. You parents know what I mean.

We were invited over to dinner tonight with a family in the ward I used to home teach. The meal was amazing and their kids kept us all entertained. We sure are going to miss the friends we've made here.

My brain is beeping "low battery", so if it hangs up on you, just rememb-

Sunday, July 20, 2008

On the Move

First off, I want to give a big congratulations to Colorado for being the least obese state in the country! Well, a state can't be obese in the first place, so I really should congratulate the residents of Colorado. I heard the results of a poll over the radio and was proud to hear our favorite state was the best (or least worst anyway) at something. Soon, we will join your ranks (meaning we'll move there, not that we'll lose some weight. Although that would also be nice).
Well, it happened; Avey is officially crawling! Aaaahhh! She moved a couple of feet last Sunday and her progress has been exponential since. She's all over the place now as you can see...
Although we are very proud of her progress, it's kind of bittersweet. It seems that she finds new places to get stuck all the time, and things we didn't think were a hazard before are now of great interest to our little explorer. And the adventure continues...
In other news, we found an apartment! We put in a deposit on a place back home and so the move is feeling very real and very close now. That's bittersweet also, but I'll write more on that the closer we get.
In the meantime, if anyone wants to come over and throw away some of our junk, feel free.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Kira!

This week was a celebration of the birth of my dear, sweet, talented, virtuous wife, and mother to the sweetest little girl in the whole wide world: Wednesday, Kira, Avey, and my brothers in town all met me at a Brazilian restaurant near my work (it's one of our favorite places). Then, that night we opened some presents, met some friends at the nearby duck pond for root beer floats, and then came home to light and blow out candles in Kira's birthday blueberry pie:
Yesterday, we had plans to go see the new Narnia movie, but it is no longer in theaters! Kira decided she wanted to go to a local water park instead, so we did that. I don't know about Kira, but I'm getting way to old for those kind of thrills.
Avey has been crawling around more and getting stuck in the weirdest places. She got a whole lot of compliments at church today, and I think they're getting to her head, because she has become more and more of a performer in public. Today, she was rocking back and forth in my lap and her hair was sticking straight up and swaying like the branches of a tree in a soft breeze.
It was almost hypnotic.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy Birthday U.S.A!

It was another successful, long weekend. We started Friday off with a visit to the parade... Avey was mostly excited about all the excitement. I'm not sure she watched many of the floats or bands or flybys, but she saw all the people and how they were clapping and cheering and she joined right in.
She sure gave Dad a good workout too.
We spent the evening with Kira's sister's family a few miles away and had some good food and fun. Kira's birthday is later this week, so we celebrated with a blueberry pie she requested instead of cake, and opened a couple of gifts.

There's a lot to make me thankful for the U.S.A. The more I learn, the prouder I am to be an American. Here are just a few of the reasons why, in no particular order:

1. I have never had to go hungry.
2. My voice counts when choosing who will lead us.
3. I can worship as I see fit.
4. I can write anything I want on this blog.
5. Kira and I can have as many kids as we want (or more).
6. Everyone I know can read.
7. My daughter can have a college education.
8. I don't need to ask permission from anyone to move to Colorado.
9. My bloodline does not dictate what I can and cannot do.
10. I own what I buy.

If we lived in another part of the world, at some different point in time, each one of these things I take for granted would be a fantasy. Even today, many people cannot claim each of these. This is just a little reminder that you have it better than you think. So now I will exercise another right with this closing statement; God bless America!