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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Had Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

As I have mentioned, we drove to Utah for Christmas. Our departure was delayed by a day because Number One and I got the barfs. I know, bummer! But what was worse was that Number Two and Mavis got sick after we got there, and we managed to give the bug to my parents and various other family members, too. We're so, so sorry about that, but I think we'd have been even more sorry to miss Christmas with the fam. Here, with the exception of the first shot, taken before we left, are some pics from our trip!

So much for trying to separate the healthy (Number Two) and the sick (Number One):

Number Two continues his photography hobby/obsession (he'll be ready for lessons in film photography from MWR in a few years). We're thinking we'll give him our old 2-megapixel camera, and then maybe he'll stop wanting to fiddle with ours.

Christmas morning was lovely. With just us, my parents, and baby Sis and her husband, it was pretty quiet.

The bebe was very popular throughout our trip. Everyone wanted to hold her. Here she is worming her way well into Baby Sis's heart.

With Number Two.

With Great-Grandma F.

Another one with Great-Grandma F. My little sis says the bebe looks like a Who, and I tend to agree. It's the shock of hair, the big forehead, the slanting eyes, the small features and pointed chin.

With my dad. See the resemblance?

With Mavis's cousin (I had to include this one, because not that many people get to see her make that face in person--one of these days I'll have to take a video so you can all hear the Veloci-Baby).

One day, we invited friends over to play. Hevansrich and her family showed up for a while, and later in the day my college roommate came over with her two younger children so we could meet her ridiculously macho baby boy, born just five weeks after the bebe (Number One and her oldest are six weeks apart, and Number Two and her middle are 10 months apart). Doesn't he look a little like a comic-book villain? Or Michael Chiklis from The Shield?

New Year's Eve day, family came to play. Sis and her family arrived in late morning, and we kicked the kids out into the backyard ASAP.

Number One couldn't resist the abandoned ball.

Mr. Mini-Sis.

Number Two was not enthusiastic about getting intimate with the snow, but in his short time outside did manage to clear a bit of snow off the patio table.

At some point during the day when all three babes were awake, we caught this cute picture of the 2007 grandchild cohort and their sibling parents. Boris, on the right, was born in mid-May, making him 7.5 months old in this picture. Bright-Eyes, in the middle, was born at the end of May, and of course the bebe in mid-October. We are also the parents of the previous cohort, but at ages 2.5-3 they move a bit fast to corral them for a group shot.

Hard to believe the two boys are only 20 days apart, isn't it? To get the full effect of Boris's chub, you have to see him with his clothes off:

Awesome, eh?



Blogger J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Great pictures! Looks like you guys had a lovely holiday, despite the barfs.

So about Number Two and his camera obsession: here's a solution.

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera

Toys-R-Us seems to be out of them online, but it looks like you can order directly from Fisher Price. I've also seen them at Target. (In fact, I almost bought one the other day, just to play with it and see what kind of pictures it would turn out. But then I thought I'd look pretty silly shooting a kid's camera at the ripe old age of 39.)

I'd love to go on a photo safari with Number Two! Little kids really have a way of making you see things in the world around us that we miss in our false pretense of urgency

January 14, 2008 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger janeannechovy said...

Thanks for the research, J! But my sister got one of those for her kids last year, and it didn't survive even one drop on the carpet. Mavis also read some reviews of that and other "for kids" cameras, and the reviewer concluded that they're all crap, and you're best off giving the kids your old one.

January 14, 2008 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger D.C. Confidential said...

Well, no better research then actual use, eh? What a bummer about the digital cameras for kids!

Actually, I was looking at some Fisher Price toys the other night that were similar to the kind of toys my siblings and I had as kids. I was SHOCKED at the shoddy workmanship and the cheap materials. F-P use to be known for longevity, solid construction, and durability. Their toys were practically indestructible. Not so much anymore. Must be frustrating as a parent to put out money for toys that are schlock.

January 23, 2008 at 8:18 PM  

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