28 December 2005

Her First Noel

Naturally, since Daddy & Mommy were humbugging it, Christmas this year was all about the Monkey. We didn't know quite what to expect from her in terms of participation. She loved the Christmas lights, of course, but she'd initially seemed somewhat puzzled by the profusion of presents.

Then she discovered a wonderous thing: the bow.

Once she discovered (with much rejoicing) that she could yank the bows off the packages, she went on a rampage. She crawled around the entire stash and pulled the bows off every box, whether the presents were for her or not -- although 90% of them were hers, obviously.

She tasted every bow, then started ripping at the paper...and there was much rejoicing.

She wrapped up the evening with the ancient and ceremonial 'dance on Grandma' tradition...

...followed by a short photo session in front of the tree.

Note from the humbuggered parental fashion police: let it be known that we still think this cheesy Santa outfit is really, really goofy. It's a good thing she's cute.

26 December 2005

Big Gurl Stuff

It's been quite awhile since my last posting, and I'm growing up fast. Here are just a few of the Big Gurl things that I've been doing these days...

First off, I'm reading. I turn the pages by myself, and I like to read out loud. Since all the words are "bah", it's pretty easy for me -- I just say "bah, bah, bah, bah" a lot. Mommy & Daddy have been saying "Bah, Humbug" a lot lately, so I'm in good company.

I'm sitting up like a Big Gurl now, too. My feet almost touch the ground!!

A Big Gurl like me eats Big Gurl food, right? And everybody knows that the best Big Gurl food of all is -- a fruit smoothie, of course! I particularly like papaya and banana....

I've also been helping Daddy with the laundry....

I'm pretty good at this Big Gurl stuff....

Sometimes, while we're working on the laundry like this, I give Dad a sly look that makes him wonder if maybe he'll have to do some of the laundry again....

...but then I give him a raspberry and say "Gotcha!!" Well, that's what I mean, anyway -- but what I actually say is "Bah, Bah, Bah!!"

Last but not least, I'm driving now!

Ong Ba Ngoai hooked me up with some Big Gurl wheels for Christmas. Pretty slick, eh?

Vroom, vroom...SEE YA!!!

23 December 2005

Lights in the Heights & Hermann Park

Same Bat Hat...same Bat Sling...same Batty Daddy
...but different lights on different nights...
[and yes, we did actually see a bat!]

09 December 2005

Ong Ngoai, Smiling

Finally, some really good pictures with Ong Ngoai!

Check out my Baby Tai Chi pose in this one!

Jóvenes y de la manera

Austin again: we stopped by Manuel's for brunch on Sunday before heading back to Houston. David Pulkingham, Trinhity's godfather, was posing as a mariachi with a few friends.

"Wow! How come Dad can't make his guitar sound like that?!?"

More Austin Adventures: The Wedding

This time we came to Austin for a very special wedding: Michael & Yewande, one of Trinhity's godmothers. It's quite possible that we've never seen two people happier than this beautiful couple, and the ceremony was uplifting. Congratulations, you two! And Michael, welcome to the family! We're glad you're here.

Radiant, much?

This last shot is actually from the dinner party that we crashed at Kain & Juli's after the wedding. Thanks for including us, dudes!

More Austin Adventures

We took another roadtrip to Austin last week. This time, Dad let me drive. Here I am parking the car in the BlueBell Ice Cream factory parking lot.

"Of course, I'm a very good driver."

We also stopped again at the City Park in Giddings. This was my first time sliding on the big kids' slide. I'm quite excited, obviously.

05 December 2005

Wild America

Young and In the Way

Can you believe it? Daddy didn't know that there's supposed to be a natural hamonic in the "B" part of "Fisher's Hornpipe". Good thing I was there to show him how it's done....

Humph. Daddy says that I'm still not big enough to play his guitar. I bet that's what they said to Mark O'Connor when he was my age. Just you wait....