Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Few Shots From This Evening

While Emily was away working on the church this evening, I took a few pictures of Brenna and I hanging out at the house.

It was pretty much the usual:

- Eating tasty American cheese by the slice, and watching our favorites on Noggin

- Walking across the couch and jumping on me repeated times (I'll update everyone on how many new bruises I find on myself tomorrow morning)

- Taking some self portrait pictures on the couch

- And taking over the camera and snapping numerous pictures of inanimate objects, capturing me in one of those shots
In other random news, I've confirmed a flight to San Francisco for the first week in November for work. Two weeks thereafter Emily and I will be going to Honolulu for a late anniversary weekend, followed in early December with a week back in Chattanooga, visiting my parents on Lookout Mtn. Waaay too much flying in two months for me, but there's a lot to look forward to in at least two of those three trips. It's still up in air whether I'm heading to Atlanta the first week in September, I have my own opinions on that one, which I'll keep to myself. Flying is no longer appealing, unless I'm sharing the row with my wife and daughter.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Yippee, Another Brenna Post

In a long line of underwhelming blogs about our child, I present to you two new piddly pictures of our weekend.

We went down to Tucson on Saturday to see cousin Melanie and her family, along with her sister Christine and husband Jim, who were visiting, but failed to take any pictures of anyone. How bad do we suck for that one?

At any rate, here's a picture of Brenna taking a snoozy on me earlier this week. The later picture is of Brenna getting ready for Rock N Roll Sunday at church.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Quality Over Quantity

I finally have a few new pictures to share, and they're from today.

Here are a few shots of Brenna in her favorite dress from Easter. She requests this one from time to time, and tonight she wanted it adorned with angel wings, which you can't really see in the pictures because they were folded behind her.

She's been doing pretty well with letting me take pictures of her, rather than demanding to take them herself, which is working out much better for both of us.

After dress-wearing time, I ran down to the gas station and picked up some tasty treats, and here Brenna is enjoying a Push-Up. Messy little things when they get all melty (Brenna is in the tub as we speak, cleaning up from that ordeal).

And finally, some art work from tonight, Brenna is really enjoying her water colors, and we think she's doing a fine job with them. On her easel she can draw us a number of letters now, including B (obviously), D, L, and X, to name a few that I recall, off hand. We're also working on her number identification skills with the balls from our pool table, and she's doing pretty well up to about 11 or 12. And with some decent regularity, she's counting to 20 now. Just don't ask her to perform any of these skills on demand, or you'll get the Helen Keller response.
We're heading to Tucson to visit family tomorrow, I'll post pictures soon from that adventure. We're looking very much forward to it!

Monday, July 20, 2009

More Old Brenna Shots

Here are some more pictures from last week or so.

The first few are of Brenna hiding from Grandma "H", while Grandma "H" was taking pictures of her.

The next one is of Brenna over at Aunt Beth's house, playing in the pool, and the final one is Brenna inspecting th ceiling for cobwebs with Grandpa "H".

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Brenna's Spider

No new Brenna pictures today, but I have some Brenna art for you. This is a lovely drawing of a spider, according to our daughter, and I have to say it looks very much like one. Perhaps a patch-wearing, pirate/spider, but a spider, nonetheless.

Our little girl is doing very well with her potty-training these days (no pictures of this, either), she's pretty much to the point of wearing no diapers during the day, just at night. We're both very proud of her.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Few More

Here are a few more Brenna shots from this past week.

The first two are of her at the local library. Another of her hiding behind the couch cushions, which she does regularly. And finally, one with Grandma "H", reading a book.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Another Four Pack Of Brenna

Here are a few more pictures of Brenna from when Grandparents "H" visited (I've been asked to refrain from referring to our last name here, on the off chance some lunatic decides to break into our house and use the facilities without flushing).

One day during the aforementioned visit, we took Brenna to an strip mall where they have cool kiddie playground areas. They were nice and shaded, as well as misted, which didn't help much in our searing heat, but it was a nice thought.

Here we are climbing on a mushroom.

And climbing on a caterpillar.

And sliding down a tree type thing.

And on a completely random note, here she is climbing all over me while I'm trying to read. And she's eating a cereal bar, multi-tasking at it's finest.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Another Four Pack Of Brenna

Continuing on the grand tradition of milking older photos for all they're worth, here are a few shots of Brenna dancing around the house last week, courtesy of Grandma H.

Here she is paying homage to the Dance God Napoleon Dynamite.

After a number of tricky maneuvers, Brenna breaks it down in to a nice split.

Exhausted, she relaxes in one of her favorite lounging chairs, pleased with herself.

And finally, perhaps growing weary of the picture taking, or maybe pondering her next innovative move.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Random Brenna

For the next week or so (at least), I'll be posting random Brenna pictures from Grandma and Grandpa H. recent visit. There are a lot of good shots to share, and here are four of them.

1. Grandpa helping Brenna with a wind tunnel experiment at the Phoenix Children's Museum.

2. Me in the hotel pool with Brenna, who's sporting some nice shades. Don't let my pastiness blind you, no skin cancer for me.

3. Back at the house, Grandpa H. is pictured here helping Brenna put a new puzzle together. The ever vigilant father that I am, I'm gazing off into the front room, no doubt thinking about the next blog I'm going to upload.

4. And finally, outside in the back yard, enjoying the pleasant 100 degree weather we have around here in the summer. Brenna is playing with her water table that Grandparents H. gave her a few trips ago. She spent a lot of time playing with this table while they were here, making "ice cream".

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Princess Photos

Aunt Beth sent Emily these nice pictures of Brenna and Rachel playing dress up about a week ago, and I've just gotten around to posting a few of them.

Grandma and Grandpa H. are wrapping up their visit with us tomorrow, but I have plenty more pictures to post here of their time with Brenna, and will be doing so in the coming days.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

July Brenna Mega-Post

With Voivod's "Infini" blaring in my i-Pod earphones, and Emily laying down with our tuckered daughter (read on), I hope to right the wrongs of my measily two-line blogs that I've been posting lately. It's been pretty busy getting as much work off my desk as possible before the arrival of Grandma and Grandpa H., and with that behind me, I'm ready to bore you endlessly with details about our last few days here in hell, er, Apache Junction (it was 110 here today).

Here's a shot of Brenna waiting for the grandparents to arrive. Or something like that. She's gotten very good with dressing herself, including accessorizing. The backwards flower visor is the in-look for 2010, you just don't know it yet. And don't forget the fuzzy slippers. I'm going out this week to get myself a pair.

Brenna was given a neat Beauty And The Beast puzzle, and is shown here explaining to Grandpa how the whole thing goes together.

Here you'll see Emily and Brenna posing over at the Apache Junction Super 8 pool. Brenna can't get enough of the water. Probably because it's the only escape from our summer heat. It didn't take the girl long to figure that one out, you either like water or you turn into crispy bacon by November. And no one wants a slab of burnt pork for a daughter. I know I don't.

Yes, she likes the water.

Later in the week (or near the end of the week, I'm confused), we all took advantage of the Phoenix Children's Museum's freebie Friday night (or whatever it was called). We got there 30 minutes early and had to stand in the sun in a line outside the building, until they let us in. It was elbows and orifaces in there, but Brenna sure enjoyed herself.
Here she is putting together a 4th of July pom-pom with minimal help from Emily.

And here she is spending about 30 minutes pushing sand around on a lit up table in the hallway of the 2nd floor of said museum. Grandma and Grandpa look on in the background, poised for another priceless Brenna shot.

Not sure what Brenna was doing here, besides looking cute. We'll leave it at that.

In the 3 and under room, Brenna spent some time "planting flowers", as seen here. I like this shot, the lighting is neato.

And here she is doing her Marilyn Monroe, standing over a vent with air coming out of it from underneath her (notice the hair blowing in the breeeze). This was a big hit, I think I'll install one of these in our house.

And here we are scooping split peas into a scale. Good times.

And last, but certainly not least, today we drove down to Tucson to go to a waterpark with (my) cousin Melanie and her lovely family. My aunt and uncle flew down as well, so this was as close to a family reunion as you can get, save someone dying, which nobody wants.
I look pretty pleased in this picture that despite my lack of coordination, I managed to not lose my child in the pool area anywhere. Emily captured that moment wonderfully here.

And finally, our child eating yogurt bites beneath a shady tree. That pretty much just sums up summertime. I think that wraps up this blog as well.