Sunday, July 25, 2010

Picture Post

A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case, at least one: "Cute!"




Sunday, July 18, 2010

Reunions

My dad returned home from overseas with his new wife this week. He'd been gone for about 7 months, so it was nice to finally have him back and meet his wife too. They brought with them several gifts from Europe, mostly for Avey, who has been playing with them every chance she gets:
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Kira and I will also attend our first high school reunion later today! We're curious to see who's done what, married whom, lives where, etc. We're also interested to see the reactions by people who don't know that we got married, and show off our beautiful daughter!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Celebration

We had an enjoyable week, first spending Monday in celebration of the birth of our nation, and then celebrating the birth of my wife and Avey's mother! We spent the first at some local festivities where Avey got to enjoy her favorite pastime of riding on a little train, and the rest of us got to celebrate in the traditional American method of gorging ourselves with fried foods and sweets. If only we had more excuses to increase caloric intakes... Alas...

Kira's birthday was a small but rich celebration with family, while getting away from some of the burdens of everyday routine. We spent the evening in Manitou at a massive arcade, coming home with spoils of tiny blue and purple rings, 10 tickets each.
Avey really got into the celebration. She "helped" me bake Kira's cake, mostly meaning that she kept asking for a taste at every step in the process. After it was done and frosted, Avey inquired about when we might partake of it probably every 10 to 30 minutes. After assuring her that she would get to try some after Kira blew out the candles, she seemed satisfied, but still made sure I remembered our arrangement by reminding me every hour or so.
It's hard to believe how the years pass by. We have our 10-year high school reunion this week, and in less than 3 months, our little Avey will have another birthday too!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Lake Powell

I apologize to all of Avey's fans for the lack of a post last Sunday. We were on a little family vacation with Kira's side at Lake Powell in Utah. It was quite the experience. We stayed on a houseboat on the lake, slept on the roof under the stars, hiked up the cliffs, and swam or skied to keep cool. Here are a few highlights:
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Avey seemed to enjoy the later bedtimes and wide open swim time. Interestingly, she didn't really get in the water much after the first day. She enjoyed floating on it, but didn't really get wet past her waist for the rest of the trip. To our great delight, she's been catching up on sleep since we got back: some nights getting 13 hours of consecutive sleep! It was quite the adventure for us all!

Happy 4th everyone!