Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter

Carver has been under my desk for about 5 minutes. He found a little scrap of paper, and he puts it through a hole that is there for cables and wires to run through. Naturally, the paper falls right back on the floor where he found it, so he picks it up and puts it through the hole again. He's not showing any signs of slowing down either.

The boy has been focused on standing unassisted this week. We'll catch him anywhere - the kitchen, the bathroom, the hallway - and he'll stand upright, flap his arms a bit, and plop back down after a few seconds. He does best when he doesn't realize he's not supported by anything else. After he gains a little more confidence, he'll be all over the place for sure. 
We've been surrounded by plastic eggs for as long as we can remember now, and today will mark our third egg hunt. It never seems to get old for Avey, who relishes the competition (and candy) involved. Carver doesn't yet understand the tradition, but he sure enjoys playing with the plastic eggs.

Not much else is going on out of the ordinary. But who knows what today will bring...

Sunday, March 24, 2013

White Sands

It was Spring Break this week! That doesn't mean anyone relaxed, though. My dad was in town, so we met up at White Sands National Monument for a bit of fun. I had not been there for about 20 years, but remembered it as being fun and mysterious. I suppose some things never change. It was quite the hassle finding each other, but once we did, the kids had a blast exploring the otherworldly environment.
Avey enjoyed rolling around in the fine granules, and Carver appeared mostly confused for the first several minutes. He grabbed little fistfuls of sand over and over again, letting it run between his fingers. He even tasted a bit, but found it unpalatable (which is surprising, considering his frequent sampling of rocks, pine cones, etc.). 

After a while, he must have realized how much more area there was to examine, for he crawled to the top of a dune, leaving a trail of knee, foot, and hand prints, along with a few gobs of drool to mark his path.
Otherwise, it was a mostly normal week. We spent a little time playing, but I was at the Juvenile Probation Department for my normal duties, on campus working out some statistics homework, and then home with the kiddies while Kira did work things Thursday and Friday.

Maybe we'll get a vacation this summer.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Accomplishment

We had quite the week. It took me until about Wednesday to feel like I'd recovered from my trip, which was good because I had to present that same research to the psychology department at UTEP on Thursday in order to move onto the next phase of my program. It was well received, and I even swiftly shot down concerns from the department's most critical professor. After a little paperwork, I will officially be a "Ph.D. Candidate"!

Carver has been practicing standing unassisted this last week. He'll lean up against a wall or couch, then let go and balance by bending at the waist. His record before sitting down (that I've witnessed, anyway) is about 5 seconds. He'll be "running" amok before we know it. 
I'm on Spring Break, finally. Even though it won't be much of a break, it is still nice to have an excuse to play a little more. We are planning a trip to White Sands National Monument this week, and probably staying up too late. Kira is also going to an all-day conference for her job, meaning I get some quality time with the offspring.

On that note, last week I taught my undergraduates about Roger's theory of psychology, emphasizing his use of unconditional positive regard. I thought I would put it to use at home and told Avey before bed that, of all the daughters in the world, I wanted her to be mine. She tried to return the compliment by giving me her most sincere look and saying, soothingly, "And I'm used to you too."

I suppose that's worth something - winner by default.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

AP-LS

I just returned from the American Psychology and Law Society’s annual conference. Kira was kind enough to tend to the young'uns while I ran around a fancy hotel and pretended to be a grownup. Overall, I had a good time, but would have preferred to spend the time working on all of my school stuff. I was glad to present some of my research and have something to add to my curriculum vitae, but have never really enjoyed traveling.
Near the Hotel

The Train to the Hotel

View from My Room

My Room

Representing
I’m relieved to be home now, and hope to get back into the normal routine soon. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Celebrating Carver

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of Carver's birth. The days have flown by since the little guy joined our family. Even with the lack of sleep and occasional bad smells the child emits, he has added immeasurable joy to our lives.
A Few Days Old
The love in our home multiplied with his arrival; we love Avey no less, and now have another soul to embrace. I truly believe there is no greater joy a parent can have than to introduce the wonders of this world to a child - to share in the novelty of everything that we have come to take for granted and consider commonplace. Carver, with his pleasant disposition and curious nature, has given us ample opportunity to remember the fun and comfort that lie in the simplest of interactions. Whether he is cuddling up with us for warmth and peace, or whether he is giggling at some silly noise, his presence nearly always enriches our lives and perspective.
Nearly 1 Year
Carver's birth has also allowed us to see Avey with renewed awe. During the challenges that come with a new sibling, Avey has shown remarkable patience, but also sincere charity and maturity. While at times our little home does not seem to be big enough for the both of them, we are constantly impressed with her concern for Carver's well-being, and the fun they have with each other. Nothing makes us happier than to see our children playing together: Carver giggling at something silly that Avey does, and Avey giggling at the sound of Carver's joy.
We love our children. It is difficult to be reminded how quickly time slips by, but we are so glad to have time with them at all. In just a few years, we will want to trade anything for just a few minutes with them as they are now. Tomorrow begins another rush to soak up as much time with them as possible before the next birthday.