Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Report

It was a very successful Christmas for us. Our giving was well received, and our receiving was very well received - by us! We are so glad to have been home for the Holiday, close to so many family.
It was also quite eventful. Kira's youngest sister got engaged Christmas night! Congrats to her and her fiance!

Avey was spoiled rotten! Not only did she get the most toys out of any one of us, but two of them were from people she's not even related to and has met only once! She got a huge bunny rabbit bigger than she is, and a little robotic puppy dog that barks and wags his tail. She adores them both. She will not stop talking about the puppy most of the time.

Momma and Daddy got some very thoughtful and generous gifts from family. But the most important and valuable of all was to have them home for Christmas.

We miss you all and wish you a Happy New Year! So long, 2008!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Blahs and Yadda-Yaddas

How did finals go? Thanks for asking. The answer is I don't know yet, but I think they went well. I know I got an A- on my Statistics and Research Methods class, and that was much better than I expected. It turns out I do know a little something about that word "validity". Who'd have thunk?
I got to thinking this week how much like a dog I must be in Avey's eyes. I follow her around everywhere as if I had a leash on, she pets my hair when it's in range, she throws/drops and I fetch, I clean up her table scraps, I sniff at her rear end, and I sometimes bark at cars as they drive by.
But then, I could turn it around. Avey has been on all fours most of her life, she gives very slobbery kisses, takes several naps throughout the day, looks forward to a good walk, poops in the house, gets a bath about once a week, is not allowed to get up on the couch, chases squirrels, and will eat anything she finds on the floor.
I guess we both have some evolving to do. Just imagine what poor Kira has to deal with on a daily basis.
If you haven't noticed, I added a few more songs to my playlist on this blog. Yeah, that one to the right of this post. I'd like to comment on two of them.
Radiohead- "All I Need" This song doesn't sound like much for the first couple of minutes, but that's the trick- you have to listen to the whole song. Trust me, they're building to something.
Marcy Playground- "Angel of the Forever Sleep" This one is great for anyone who is dealing with, has dealt with, or is afraid of death. It's about the angel who comes from heaven to escort souls to their final destination. I like it a lot, anyway. Happy listening.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Why ever do I continue to put myself through the torture of higher education? I have three essays to write this week, and probably the most difficult test of my life coming up on Tuesday. The real irony of the whole thing is when I remind myself that I'm forking out good money in order to have the "opportunity" to do all of this.

Avey, deep in thought...

I read somewhere that some neuroscientists believe that in twenty years, it will be possible to install little computer chips in humans' brains and we will be able to, essentially, download information directly into our brain cells. After about 8 hours of studying the concept of statistical validity, and still feeling like I'm only starting to understand the vocabulary, I'm all for a little brain surgery.

On top of all of this, Christmas and its accompanying stresses keep poking into my stream of conscious thought. Some years I wonder if it wouldn't make more sense for everybody to just keep their money and buy their own gift that they really want. If you do the math, you probably spend about as much as you receive, right (parents and grandparents excluded)?

Oh, by the way, we haven't gotten around to doing our Christmas letter this year. If you're that interested, just review the past 50 or so posts on this blog. Better luck next year.

Avey sits on Daddy's shoes for some light reading

Sunday, December 7, 2008

They Grow Up So Fast

Big news all around this week. First off, I want to send out a really big "Woo Woo!" to my brother-in-law who is officially engaged as of last night! I can't believe how old that makes me feel and I remember just a few years ago when you were way too young for this kind of thing. Wild...
In other news, Avey finally took off with her walking! It's the oddest thing, too; she started it just tonight. We were at a family dinner and afterwards were all sitting around in the living room and she started making her way across the room from Momma to Daddy to show us toys. She was taking 8 and 10 steps at a time, and when she started to lose her balance, would just slow down and catch herself. I think she's finally built up the courage to walk! Funny how that kind of thing finally clicked for her. We'll have to get it on video for another post (she's in bed right now).
The Princess seems to be in the Renaissance stage of infancy right now. (1) She's picking up new words all the time: the other day I went in to get her from a nap and she said "poop". Sure enough, she reeked like a banshee. (2) She's found Jesus: Kira and I were kneeling for a morning prayer, and Avey came over and leaned up against a chair and folded her hands to join in. Now she folds her arms during prayers, at least for a few seconds. (3) She almost overnight switched to big-person foods. She doesn't want anything we give her with a spoon anymore. She wants things she can pick up with her own little fingers. And my little carnivore is all about meat. She tried one of Kira's healthy hot dogs the other day and never looked back. She wants canned chicken, roast, and turkey at every meal.
Before we know it, she'll have cracked all my passwords, hacked into my bank account, and hot wired my car. Somebody's got to nail that girl's shoes to the floor.

Monday, December 1, 2008

To Utah and Back Again

Thanksgiving was quite the adventure. In brief, we had a very uneventful drive over there, with great weather, and Avey was as well behaved as we could have imagined. She played and sang and talked happily until she was sleepy. I was getting pretty cranky in my seat after just a few hours, but she was very content. Sleeping while there was not exactly possible. Avey was teething something fierce and there were 5 children in the house. Avey's suffering was not in vain this time, though. She woke up with two brand new teeth on the bottom.
Even though we didn't get much sleep, it was still a lot of fun to be there with all the family and see our old stomping ground again. My biggest regret was that we were too late for me to drop in at my old job and see my coworkers. I'll see them in February though.
The ride home was bad. We were stopped in traffic for an hour only to find out that the route ahead had been closed due to weather. We were about to give up and try to find lodgings for the night, but my resourceful father-in-law knew an alternate route and had us home before 10pm safe and sound.

We are both sad that we missed seeing our old friends in Utah, but alas, it just wasn't in the cards this time. We need Thanksgiving to be about 2 weeks long next year.