Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sumo

Poor Avey has three swimsuits, and she's plump enough that only one is close to fitting. Our complex has a pool and it opened up a couple of weeks ago. She has been very curious about it- whenever we pass by and she hears people splashing around, she wants to watch them for several minutes at a time. So we finally let her see what all the commotion was about and took her to swim. There were so many other kids splashing around that I think she was a bit overwhelmed, but we'll try it another time.

I've had my whole family in town for a couple of days this week, which has been a lot of fun. I don't see why they can't just make all colleges within a couple of miles of my apartment...

Kira's been very busy with work and calling, etc., and I'm doing my best to be motivated to do something productive other than take Avey on walks. I've got work to do, I am just enjoying a break from it far too much. It ought to be quite the summer!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Flying Solo (with one passenger)

Summer Break for me also means Summer Break for Kira in some ways. While she's going to take advantage of my being more available around the house, she's decided to pick up some more hours at work (to more quickly get her professional license), and has taken the opportunity to go and visit her best friend out-of-state for a few days. 
Avey opted to stay home with me. This makes an interesting scenario for all of us. This is the first time ever that Kira and Avey have been apart for more than a few hours. And while I take care of Avey a couple of days a week, I've never been this much of a stay-at-home dad. 

This is Day 2, and things have gone smoothly so far. Kira gave me a crash course on doing Avey's hair before she left - I had tried it before a couple of times and mostly just got my own fingers all tangled up in rubber bands and hair. It's turning out much better now; I'd take a picture, but Kira's got the camera with her. I'll keep practicing...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Crashing

As you've noticed, I am done with my semester (*small applause*). That means I have no more classes until August, no more homework until August, no more long hours in my office on campus until August. 

But it also means I've run out of momentum (*scattered gasps*). If it weren't for Avey, I'd probably just spend all of my time now sleeping, eating frozen pizza (I'd probably heat it up though), playing really stupid video games, bugging Kira to sit and watch a movie with me, etc. Luckily, I got Avey all day Thursday and Friday. We went on walks, visited the duck pond (which was mostly full of geese), had a couple of food fights, napped, etc. 

I've still got quite a lot of work to do this summer: applying to Ph.D. programs, working on my thesis, continuing my meth research, playing really stupid video games, etc., But this was a nice week to slow down the pace and have no deadlines other than bedtime. 
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Last week, Avey counted from 1 to 10 in order, with no prompting from us! She's also got two new favorite words: "Okay" and "Yeah". Any question we ask her is sure to get one of those responses. She's even figured out a nice little trick where she whines to do something, like watch the piggy video (Charlotte's Web) and so we say something like, "You really want to watch the piggy video, don't you?" and her response is always "Okay" as if we were offering. Touche, Avey. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Done

I am done with all my finals!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Day of Mothers

I am blessed with some wonderful women in my life. You're all familiar with the smallest one by now. But on this day of appreciation, I'd like to spend a couple of minutes on two others.

My dear wife, Kira, is a model of dedication and service. She seems to never cease to think of others. And she is a living example of this; she has chosen to spend the majority of her time and efforts in care of not only our little treasure, but even in her profession she chose a field where she could help and serve those who have fallen on hard times, struggle with life's problems, or simply need a warm, listening ear. I am constantly and consistently amazed at her ability and disposition to empathize with others; it is not uncommon for her conversations with me to be brainstorms about how we could do something for or visit so-and-so. What a true blessing she has been to me and so many others! And I am so grateful that Avey has such a shining example in her life!

I could never let the topic of mothers go by without a word of praise or two for my own dear mother. I have never known a greater example of selflessness, almost to the point of a fault. My own mother's near endless patience with 4 boys in a row, a girl, and then another boy, astounds me to think about. When I think of the horrors we put her through, and her unnecessarily loving reactions, I can't imagine why she hasn't yet been awarded some kind of metal.

Avey and I are lucky beyond measure that she has such a beautiful, intelligent, and loving mother, two spectacular grandmothers, and a very long line of amazing women ahead of her (she bears the names of two of her great-grandmothers). The characteristics she has inherited and will continue to learn and develop will be passed on to her children, and their children. And thus they have blessed the world!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

They're BAAaaack!

Well, Avey and Kira got back earlier this week, and not a moment too soon! It had been only three days since I last saw my little princess, but she looked fatter, taller, and it seemed like she was spitting out words and phrases I hadn't ever heard before. Nothing makes me appreciate my little girl more than spending more than 24 hours away from her! 
Here she is on Temple Square during the wedding. She walked along the tulips and poked each one very gently. 

The really unfortunate thing is that even though they're back, my final projects are also lingering, so I actually didn't get to spend as much time at home as I'd hoped. Here's Avey's reaction:
She's been a good sport through all of the running around and getting dressed up over the last couple of weeks. We attended the open house here in town last night and it was pretty clear that she was done with all of it. A few more weddings and she may vow to elope!