Here is Brenna in her favorite new seat. She seems to like it.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Here is Brenna in her favorite new seat. She seems to like it.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Today the three of us, with Grandma and Grandpa H, drove down to Tucson to see cousin Melanie and her husband Darrick. We woke this morning to a dense fog, caused from the rain we had the prior day (see the Addicted to Hoes blog for pictures... shameless plug), and drove through it until we neared Florence, about a half an hour down the road from our house. Brenna did very well on the two hour plus drive, until we reached Tucson. We stopped briefly to refuel her, but were rewarded by being able to eat a peaceful lunch with our family. Below is a picture (the only one) of everyone together (except me). Melanie is about a month out from her due date, and is glowing. We're all very excited about the arrival of Alexander Sean and look forward to meeting him sometime in February. Hopefully by then Brenna will be able to withstand a 4-5 hour roundtrip drive, strapped into a car seat (we had a "slight" meltdown on the way home that told us she's not quite ready for that long a period of confinement/containment).
We later attempted to give our daughter a break from the car seat on the way home, stopping at Target to pick up a Bumbo for her. What is a Bumbo (sp?) you may ask? See below and be amazed by Brenna's abililty to hold up her head in this contraption all by herself. I took three pictures of her, trying to capture a smile, and came up with a wide variety of expressions, none of which I'd consider to be what I was looking for, but amusing just the same.
In this first picture, she seems to be figuring out what to do in it, holding onto the crotch rod (well, what would you call it?) for support.
Here, she seems to have gotten the hang of sitting (somewhat) upright on her own, preparing to stuff as many fingers in her mouth as she can handle. She hasn't quite figured out what she has five individual fingers on each hand, but one day that thumb will break free and find itself in her mouth.
This was the closest I got to a smile, um, sure. This is the classic deer-in-the-headlights shot.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Whew, all of this blogging just wore us out!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Oh wait, Christmas is still two weeks away? Oh well, that didn't stop us from sticking Brenna into a stuffy sweater for this picture. We managed to take four pictures, including this one, before our daughter protested. This was the best of the four... I guess I wouldn't smile either if I was burning up.
We had a busy day with Brenna, took her to Babys R Us, Target, Sonic, Emily's hair stylist, and an open house Xmas party hosted by a friend of Emily's. Whew, that's a mouthful, and Brenna seemed to think so also, as around four this afternoon the screaming began, and continued, and continued until about three hours later. Mom and daughter are now fast asleep, leaving me time to get as many things done in peace and quiet as I can.
Before I forget, one new picture on the Hoes blog being posted tonight of a red ice plant I bought in October that's blooming purple. I'm crying foul, but what can you do.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Tonight we're going out to Golden Trough to celebrate Emily's dads birthday. I've posted an update on our Chinese Pistache tree on the Hoes blog, but that's about all that's happened since the last post.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Not terribly immediate for me, but Emily's cousin Jenny gave birth to a little 7 lb boy, Jayden this past Sunday. He's spent the last week in NICU due to being about a month early. We're all terribly excited and pray for the health of her little one!
(Photo "borrowed" from Jenny's online photo album)
The nice lady in the church's daycare took this picture of Brenna, below is a brief snippet that she emailed Emily:
Brenna enjoyed the Nativity Story Sunday! We only let her sit in this seat for the picture but when she gets a little stronger I think she’ll feel really independent in there. Brenna responded to the “Bible Thoughts”. I believe she knows exactly what the story is, that God picked Mary and Joseph to be Jesus’ parents and we thank God for Brenna’s parents.
Have a wonderful week.
Blessings from Brenna’s teachers
Since our chuch has been without a permanent pastor, people have been leaving in droves for the "big church" on the corner down by Crismon and the highway (for all of you that know this area in detail, that would be my wife and I). I guess they don't like something about the gentleman that's been filling in since Tony's departure, or they don't like how the Seach Committee's finding a permanent replacement, but I find it utterly ridiculous if either of those are their reasons for moving somewhere else. I told Emily this earlier today, this email and picture show that we're truly blessed with the people that are still at Skyline and it doesn't matter who's delivering the message of salvation every Sunday, as long as it's being delivered and not being clouded by politics of misinterpretations of the Word.
Friday, December 01, 2006
I have no shame, thanks to Phil Collins for the title to this blog. It's actually one person in my life, and you'll see many pictures of her as you scroll down.
We've had a fairly uneventful week here, which is probably a good thing. Emily found something called Gripe Water that has calmed Brenna's night fits quite a bit. We're still taking car rides around the greater Apache Junction metroplex from time to time (and actually got rained once, well, spat on, depending on how you look at it), but our evenings after work are not as chaotic as they had been.
Anyway, the following picture is from tonight, Brenna's grasping something for the first time.... well, mom helped, but there it is. Brenna is carrying on her nightly conversation with her best friend, the bug eyed bee that resides to the right side (or left, hmmm) of her shaky chair. A rather lively discussion it was, I'm sure they were talking about the upcoming '08 elections, or something along those lines.
The next three pictures show the many faces of Brenna. These were all taken by Emily within seconds of each other. It would appear in the last of these three that our daughter is inciting a riot among the migrant workers, or some such. Who thought anarchy could be so much fun.
There's really no telling what's on her mind in this picture, but it looks like she's having fun.
And finally, the last picture, because I know it will take me the rest of the night to get this blog to align right (Blogger, your new beta site SUCKS). Ahem, below is a recent bath time adventure with mommy and baby girl. Brenna is typically very well behaved when getting cleaned up.
All in all, we're putting one foot in front of the next, and as long as we don't fall on our faces too often, I should say things are okay here.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Below is a picture of Brenna with Grandma and Grandpa from Thanksgiving. Looks like Brenna had too much to eat and is pondering giving some of it back.
Good times were had by all, we spent Thursday eating and sitting around. Emily spent Friday with her folks while I worked. On Saturday I helped Ron start building a covered deck for Becky (which he may be finished with today).
It's finally starting to feel like fall, the high today barely reached 70 degrees, and it was breezy.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that's a pumpkin hat. It lasted about ten minutes before it was removed.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I'm not sure what was so damn... um, darn funny here, but I was living La Vida Loca (I'm picking up some Spanish from the locals).
Someone must have been tickling me, or maybe I pooped on Mommy while she was changing me, that's the best, ha ha ha ha!
Finally, my first, I mean my last topless photo. I think my hair is starting to thin out, I'm sporting a widow's peak, I sure hope it grows back soon!