Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Wrath

Our drive to Colorado was uneventful as usual. We had a delightful few days finishing preparations for Christmas, and then the awaited day arrived. After a well-timed snow storm, Carver was fortunate enough to have his very first Christmas also be white.

As expected, Carver studied the events curiously, and found the wrapping paper to be the most enjoyable part of the day. Avey was thrilled with her spoils, and Kira and I were delighted at all of the thought and hard work put into her gifts.

All was well with us at Christmas this year. Or so we thought...

My mother had been recovering from a stomach bug when all of my siblings arrived from out-of-town, and my sister was smitten with it on Christmas Day. Unbeknownst to three more of us (including me), the illness was hard at work within us as well. Two of my brothers and I were up later that night, ridding our digestive systems of all they contained, one way or another, and spent the rest of the 26th wondering if there really were any peace on earth.

Even now, we are not quite fully recovered. Luckily, Kira and the children were spared from the agony.

At least I got something now while I'm on vacation, rather than during finals or the car ride.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Priorities

Everyone in our little family has been sick at some point over the last few weeks, some more miserably than others. This has led us to review the principle of germs with our children. Carver still does not grasp the idea, as he continues to slobber over everything. Avey, on the other hand, does pretty well with the idea. For example, a few days ago she wanted to let one of us know how cold her water was. She tried to describe it, but naturally, the best thing to do would be to have us test it for ourselves. Faced with this predicament, Avey came to the most reasonable solution. She said to us, "Mom, I don't want to give you my germs. So here, Daddy, you taste my water."

At least now I know where I stand. I guess if one of us has to go, it should be me. 
We are on our way to Colorado for the Holidays! We wish you all a great break too!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Relief

The semester is finally over! All of my finals are in, and all of my students' finals are graded. This was probably the busiest semester I've had so far. I'm looking forward to this holiday break quite a bit, even though it will be mostly eaten up by other projects. If anybody has any good ideas for a doctoral dissertation, send 'em my way!
Our Christmas shopping is also nearly done. Having kids complicates Christmas in several ways. For example, Avey doesn't really have much of a wishlist this year, but the one thing she wants is a giraffe pillow (giraffes are her favorite animal). We had seen animal-like pillows around, and so figured that couldn't be too difficult to find. I went to Walmart to knock out some shopping, and spent about half of the trip trying to hunt down a giraffe pillow. They had horse pillows, bear pillows, dog pillows, cat pillows, unicorn pillows, even fish pillows, and yet nothing that resembled a giraffe! I gave up and stopped at a Walgreens on the way home to pick up a movie at the outdoor machine before heading home, when I noticed through the windows that there was a whole row of plush, pillow-like animals. I ran inside and found a large, plush giraffe, as close to a pillow as I could have imagined (an internet search from home confirmed that there wasn't much better out there). I made the purchase, and we now excitedly await Christmas morning to see if Avey approves.

Carver is easiest to please. We received several infant toys as hand-me-downs from my auntie, and those will easily stand in for the boy's gifts. He's been growing bored with his other toys that he has thoroughly examined and repeatedly confirmed are not food. Of course, he's content with a small scrap of wrapping paper for a few minutes, so he seems like he'll enjoy just about anything.

We can't wait to head back home for a few days, and hope to see some more of our old friends too.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Mobility

It must be a liberating feeling for an infant to realize that he or she has the power of movement. After spending around 9 months dependent upon adults to carry them, a little one must feel empowered to cast off the invisible shackles and explore the environment. Carver has finally reached this milestone. Although he has not quite perfected his method, he moved a confirmed 4 feet distance this morning. We've not yet caught it on video, but we're sure to have many more opportunities as he becomes more ambitious.
When Avey Learned to Crawl
With the excitement of this new development comes the worry we parents have that he will get into something he shouldn't, or go places he oughtn't. If my brothers and I are any indication, we should expect that Carver will attempt to sneak into the neighborhood soon, unbeknownst to his loving parents. 
Carver Follows His Sister's Foot- and Handsteps
It is a difficult balance to find; encouraging his progress while hindering what and where he can get. We keep all of the really cool stuff out of reach, and his sister's room (the promised land for little explorers) will no doubt be locked up tight when she's not around.

Luckily, Carver seems to be easily entertained by just about any two things that he can hit against each other, providing they make a noise of some sort.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bi-Annual Freak Out

Finals week is quickly approaching. In fact, I probably should stop typing this right now so that I can start working on all that I have due. 

One of the interesting things about this semester is that, among all that I have due, I also have to write my students' final. The test-taker has become the test-maker. 

Avey is also cramming for her final: the preschool Christmas program. But she's in her element, memorizing songs. 

Kira is in perpetual finals week, what with her church and family obligations, and running her private practice. Unfortunately for her, those things won't end at Christmas break. I suppose I'll take my three 12-15 page papers. 
Carver has been cramming as well. I told him that infants begin crawling around 9 months, and he realized that he turns 9 months this week. He is so close! He gets on all fours, rocks back and forth, and even puts one hand in front of the other. I've seen him take a step with a leg, but he usually then lays down or sits back down. He may be crawling before I'm done with my finals!