Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fan requests

My fan base requested some new pictures of me, so I am happy to oblige.

These pictures document my growth in August, from 2 and 1/2 months to just over 3 months old. As you can see, my face is filling out (and my legs, too!) and I am getting longer and bigger everywhere.

I am topping just over twelve pounds on the scale and continuing to gain weight at a fairly rapid pace.

I've had some minor illnesses as my immune system gets up to speed, but nothing too major. I was pretty smiley even in the face of these small trials and tribulations. In fact, my parents tell me that the words that best describe my personality are cheerful, content, curious (I get bored easy) and absolutely-know-what-I-want-and-I-want-to-convince-you-to-get-it-for-me-now! The last is more of a run-on phrase than a sentence but sometimes a little prolixity is a necessity.

I am learning a bit about cause and effect as I am just starting to move toys and mirrors around, especially if they are touching me.

I hope to see anyone who reads this blog soon - that would make me smile.

PS I went to the beach for a day and here is Aunt Charity and Cousin Jake chatting it up with me. I have an awful lot to say.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

50 things we are excited to do with Rosalind

A list of experiences we'd like to have with Rosalind ... some fun, some sweet, but mostly ones that we think about now, as she is an infant and just learning about the world, that we look forward to. Although there is no predicting the future, just the exercise of thinking about all the possibilities was exciting and rewarding. Lots of love to our little daughter.

1. Go to a broadway musical.
2. Learn something at a European museum.
3. Be caught speechless by the beauty of something we see.
4. Explore a cave.
5. Hike a mountain.
6. Have her read me a book.
7. Watch her play a team sport - and have fun!
8. Go for a run.
9. Have a morning drink and croissant at a sidewalk cafe.
10. Stand in a waterfall.
11. See her execute a time-based skill (e.g., a sport or performance) flawlessly.
12. Share a moment where we are proud of each other.
13. Be scared at a movie.
14. Sing in harmony.
15. Take her for a jog.
16. Attend a graduation.
17. Have a heart-to-heart about relationships.
18. Go to space.
19. Have her comfort us.
20. Walk side-by-side.
21. Do a math problem together - as a race.
22. ... lose.
23. Eat vegetables we planted.
24. Be excited out of our minds about a trip we are about to take.
25. Chase a butterfly.
26. Help her achieve her dreams.
27. Hold hands.
28. Be somewhere we can't hear each other talk due to nature's fury.
29. Smell a wonderful rose.
30. Be patient with each other.
31. Watch "As You Like It" by the Royal Shakespeare Company
32. See an Ibsen, a Mamet, a Pinter, a Miller, a Chekhov, and a Stoppard play.
33. Go to a happy hour.
34. Discuss a literary classic.
35. Make fun of our own pretention.
36. Eat popcorn.
37. Laugh.
38. Dance.
39. Spend a morning smiling at strangers.
40. Not give up.
41. Go to the zoo.
42. Go to the aquarium.
43. Swim and dive in the pool.
44. Snorkel.
45. Be inspired and moved by classical music performance.
46. Stuff ourselves with fresh fruit that's still warm.
47. Pick out a dress for a special occasion.
48. Get lost in the stars overhead.
49. Plan a vacation.
50. Seventh inning stretch.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The little strength that I have, I would it were with you.

As you like it, Act I, Scene 2

With my first journey to the wedding, I was reminded of all the friends and family I am lucky to have. Here are but a few of them (you can see many more in this post and this one):

First, my mom at the rose garden.

Then, Mom, Dad, and Grandma Mary in June ...

My first cousin Gannon (having lots and lots of fun at disneyland, I am green)

and his brother Kellen!

Now it gets fun ... my first cousin, once removed, Elizabeth, Grandma Mary and my mom at first cousin (once removed) Sarah's wedding:

A group photo with Uncle Doug, Grandma Mary, mom, dad, and first cousins once removed Chris and Elizabeth ...

and finally, with great aplomb, my slightly older and very cute second cousin Maggie (with Grandma Mary):

Hooray for fun relatives and big parties!