August 31, 2000

We had a great time in Medford last weekend! We saw lots of family at my cousin's wedding--Katie especially liked Uncle Mel, who did NOT try to make her drink beer like he did to me when I was her age! We also had a wonderful visit with Katie's "Grandpa and Grandma" Don & Sharon Skundrick on Sunday. Don & Donna Marshall were gracious enough to accommodate a lot of visitors for the weekend--THANK YOU!

Well, the big news is still that Katie's crawling. She pulled herself up at Donna's last weekend, though it was on a pretty low footstool. She's starting to get much more adventurous and we're starting to get much more aware of just how many dangerous things we have in reaching distance around our house!

Her other new thing is smiling and laughing with her mouth closed. This comes from hating solid food very much. To get her to open her mouth to eat strained vegetables, we do goofy things to make her laugh and then shove the food in. She's no dummy... now she smiles and giggles, but with her mouth tightly closed.
Admittedly, acquiring a taste for solid food isn't easy with Daddy on the other side of the spoon saying, "Katie, squash is yummy, that's why Daddy eats it twice a year!"
Kathy will be here September 5-15!

New things on the site: Katie's 6-month portraits, snapshots from 5 months, the new car, and the day we spent at the Macketts' house last month.

C'mon, there must be more people out there who have had some exciting moments of near-greatness. Share them in the message board, PLEASE!

August 25, 2000

Katie started crawling last week! We were expecting to have another month or two to get prepared, but she's a strong baby! We've spent the past several days rearranging everything in the house. She's working on trying to pull herself up now, and we're guessing it won't be long until we have something else to be proud of!

Debi got to witness the first crawl when she was here last weekend. We had a great time on her visit! She helped me choose more accessories for the guest room on one of our many shopping ventures. We saw some movies and worked hard to stick to our diets. Oh, and about her open-head surgery: she finally found out what's wrong with her--she's missing a bone in her face. Now, it may sound like she's a freak but she's really not. Deanna might suggest otherwise though. (Deanna, wouldn't a missing face bone make a person a slack-jawed yokel?)

Nothing else to write about. We're headed to Medford this weekend and will hopefully have some pictures to share upon our return.

August 15, 2000

All's quiet now that Sean and Stephen are on their way back to Colorado. We had a good time with them. It wasn't even hard to pull them away from video games to play "real" games in the evenings. I doubt this house has seen, or ever will see, as much pizza as we had around last week... but when you find something teenage boys will willingly eat, ya sorta go overboard.

I've been busily working on projects I put off while the boys were here last week. I did get our guest room closer to being finished--my first painting project in our house. I know, I know, it's about time after nearly THREE YEARS. It's actually been quite motivating to have it done, and I'm making choices for some of our other rooms now. During Vic's October vacation we'll try to get some more projects done.

I painted our front door--changed it from green to blue--and the boys helped me re-paint the porch. I ordered new white shutters for the front windows, since I always disliked the green, and am looking forward to their arrival. It will give the house a much softer look, although I doubt anyone besides me will even notice.

Debi changed her plans and is coming for a visit THIS weekend! Hooray! With the good weather we've been having, a trip to Saturday Market is in order. We might even find some other shopping to do too! (Don't worry, Deanna, I've got exclusive fun stuff saved for YOUR visit next month!)

A few weeks ago we had a photographer offer to do an in-home portrait session with Katie. See the results here.

I'm working on modifying my Fun Links page, which is now the Fun Stuff page with things spread out among many pages. I'm planning lots of changes as I have time to make them, though I can't promise they'll be exciting.

Thanks to those of you participating in the message board discussion and signing the guest book. It brings tears to my eyes that you care to write. Well, maybe I'm not THAT touched, but close. You give us something to look forward to when we check in to see if there have been any changes!

Looks like my good wishes for Bernie, Carolyn, and Jason Neil on their trip to Madagascar were a bit too late. Bernie had a heart attack last week and it took them 3 days to get back to the U.S. where he could be evaluated at a flea-less hospital. He underwent double bypass surgery yesterday in Spokane. I've not yet been able to reach Sherrice to hear how it went.

Now I'm REALLY worried about Ed on the burning footbridge.

August 8, 2000

Sean and Stephen are with us this week. Haven't seen this much video-game activity in the house since last summer when Sean was here. We've got game systems, cords, link cables, and other unidentifiable electronics everywhere. All this stuff makes me and Vic feel really, really out of it.

I took Sean, Stephen, and Katie to the photographer yesterday. The boys are a little bit too cool to be themselves in front of the camera, but check them out!

Tomorrow Katie will be six months old--the time has flown! It's amazing how quickly and how much our lives have changed. Every day she discovers new things and finds ways to make us laugh. Even though it's so much more work than we ever imagined, at the same time it's so much fun. I don't think there are very many things in life we can say that about.

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Watch this space in a couple weeks for Katie's six-month portraits.

We're looking forward to having some visitors over the next few months: Kathy will be coming in September, right before our trip to Las Vegas. As soon as we get back, Deanna will be here. Debi is coming in October if she can put off her open-head surgery (and if she truly loves us, she will). We'll probably see Sherrice again sometime too. Deanna would say: on the one hand, I know they're only coming to see Katie, but on the other hand, they have to see us too! HA!

...crossing my fingers that Ed is not trying to cross a wooden footbridge burning on both ends or lying robbed and naked on a volcano in Guatemala, and Bernie, Carolyn, and Jason get home safely from Madagascar...

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