Month: August 2010

Visitors, Flowers, and a Hawk

Visitors, Flowers, and a Hawk

Damara and Jason came to see us on their Baby Tour 2010: [smugmug url=”http://theduckpond.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=13273153_FLyHH&format=rss200″ imagecount=”100″ start=”71″ num=”4″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”smugmug” captions=”true” sort=”false” window=”false” smugmug=”false” size=”M”] We went to GramE’s with Aunts Peggy and Betsy, and Uncles Glenn, Chip, and Frank. Anna was in an evening fussy […]

Apparently Anna has Personal Space…

Apparently Anna has Personal Space…

…since when her 7 month old (second) cousin Josh tried to hug her, she did NOT approve : My cousin Leanne, her husband Matt, and their son Josh drove up to visit us. It was wonderful to see them, and look at all a 7 […]

Stephen and Grace are Married!

Stephen and Grace are Married!

Anna went on her second out-of-state trip since she was born, this time hitting Delaware as well as Pennsylvania, where she had already visited Grandma and Grandpa. John and I were kicking ourselves for RSVPing yes to this wedding with Anna so young. On the whole, she did spectacularly well. She slept a good chunk of the way to the ceremony, and getting her out of her car seat and into a new diaper (and cute pink dress) was all she needed to calm down from no holds barred screaming towards the end of the ride. I expected to need to feed her, but halfway through looking for a good place to nurse her, we realized she was so excited to meet new people and see new things that she was content to wait. Here are some of the folks she met:

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This is a good time to say that it was *wonderful* to be guests at a wedding where we trusted the photographers. Deb (Brundage) Cull is a college friend who married Matt Cull. Now they’re a husband and wife photography team. John usually brings a minimal set of lenses to weddings just in case the photographer doesn’t show or is absolutely terrible, in which case he considers taking a few shots to be a service to the bride and groom. We just brought one lens, figuring that if Deb or Matt got sick and asked John to take over, they’d let him use their equipment. If the photographer is decent, we consider it rude to take competing shots (for other wedding photographers–guests with a point-and-shoot are not generally a threat to profits from prints). Anyhow, the only pictures we took were to chronicle our experience, and any time Matt or Deb was taking pictures of something, we just enjoyed ourselves. If you know Grace and Stephen well enough to know Stephen (and now Grace’s) surname, you can check out their wedding photos here. If you want to play “where’s Anna,” You can find us with the groom and groomsmen on page 15, after they waved us into the room they were waiting in so they could meet Anna because we are such good friends that we were welcome though no one else was. The bride and groom dismissing us is on page 39. Our table shot with the bride and groom is on page 68, and our family of three dancing (as well as Kamesh admiring Anna) on page 74. Look for Anna’s pink dress.

We were seated at the Princeton nursing and pregnant mothers and their husbands table. It was pretty funny, and definitely marked a new life stage for us. Of the eight little ones who have already been born, three were there: Joshua, 7 month old son of David and Christina; Titus, 6 week (!) old son of Curt and Christina; and Anna. Christina over at Keddiebears got some nice shots, too, including a rare family photo. Thanks, Christina! We had a spectacular time, as did Anna, but all three of us are still trying to erase the car ride home from our memory…

Social Butterfly

Social Butterfly

Our Bible Study’s summer barbeque: [smugmug url=”http://theduckpond.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=13273153_FLyHH&format=rss200″ imagecount=”27″ start=”15″ num=”2″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”smugmug” captions=”true” sort=”false” window=”false” smugmug=”false” size=”M”] Fun with Genna, Abby, and Noah: [smugmug url=”http://theduckpond.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=13273153_FLyHH&format=rss200″ imagecount=”27″ start=”18″ num=”2″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”smugmug” captions=”true” sort=”false” window=”false” smugmug=”false” size=”M”] Anna has discovered that if she stomps her feet in […]

“I expect to see her reading by the time I come home.”

“I expect to see her reading by the time I come home.”

John has been so impressed by the speed of Anna’s development that he has very high expectations. If it was just me, I don’t think we’d have been able to pull off such a challenge. But Grandma helped, and by the middle of the afternoon: […]

Eight weeks old!

Eight weeks old!

In the past few weeks, Anna spent an entire week without Gram E and another (thankfully different) week without Grandma and Grandpa! Somehow, she survived (and so did we). She also met Great Gram (John’s maternal grandmother), met Carine, and has made successful trips to church twice.

She took her first out-of-state trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house an hour away. This involved a good deal of crying in the car, but it could have been much worse. Anna has gained more limb control, and is definitely “talking” more, her favorite word being “ahhhh-oooooh.” She’s growing rapidly, her bright eyes are still blue-gray like her daddy’s, and her hair is changing to undoubtedly contain highlights in blonde (or strawberry-blonde, by some reports).

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