26 November 2006

Self-explanatory



25 November 2006

Stripes, Spinning

More of this stocking hat, just can't get enough. Again, the footage isn't spectacular...but the spinning is extraordinary!

Stripes, Stationary

It wasn't actually cold enough to merit all these wintery clothes, but this hat is just so bloody cute...





24 November 2006

Thankgiving Bones

We didn't go overboard for Turkey Day this year -- heck, we didn't even make our traditional turkey egg-rolls. But for those of you who know Huong well, this will make perfect sense.

22 November 2006

Austin, again

We managed a quick work + pleasure trip to Austin last weekend. Good fun, got to see a lot of dear friends and kick around in town we truly enjoy. David (Trinhity's Godfather) & Kathy kindly whipped up a splendid dinner, and we spent a couple great hours hanging with them.


Naturally, they invited our old mutual friend Carlos Vives along; his presence instigated this video clip. Apologies for the hideously poor quality, but there are two gems here:
  • First, the part where Trinhity methodically sets down each of her maracas and picks them up again. She did that several times over the evening; I don't have a clue what's going on in her head, but there's clearly logic to it. Perhaps this won't make sense, but it's those little things that captivate me most about this precious creature. She's got ideas about stuff...someday I hope she shares some of them with me.
  • Second, there's that precious little bit of Latin Motion just before she strolls off. Enjoy.


14 November 2006

Mary Had the Blues

Some of you may still be harboring a delusion that Brian is a respectable guitarist; if so, thank you. Unfortunately, this video should shatter that notion.

Alas, I've finally tucked away what remains of my pride to give my precious daughter more airtime. You see, even at a mere 17 months, Trinhity prefers her own tunes to my lame noodling...

08 November 2006

Uh-oh, I did it again...

Here we go again...you just can't keep a dancing baby from dancing.

WARNING: this isn't a small file. Only click the "Play" button if you're using broadband and have a couple minutes to spare. We think it's worth it...but of course, we would.

That's a splendid, sordid tune called "Mary Ann" from Ben Arthur's album Edible Darling. Buy it.

Next Up:
Trinhity's interpretation of the classic Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty from KC & the Sunshine Band. It'll be tight.

The Great Pumpkin Parent Trap

Before we were parents, we hardly knew such places existed. It turns out that there's an official Texas legal statute stipulating that all parents of children ages 0-6 years *must* visit a pumpkin patch during the month of October.

Whoever passed that law was pretty smart. Not only that, they might well have been on the payroll of Kodak, Sony, John Deere and various sausage makers.

You see, they knew that parents couldn't simply watch their kids cavort in a pumpkin patch. They'd have to take pictures. And video.

Not only that. They knew that most parents would also shell out $6 for a "train ride" in converted stock carts pulled around the ranch by a tractor driven by an 8-year old, and $2.50 for sausage on a stick. Not to mention the pumpkins, of course.

Not that we're complaining, mind you.

02 November 2006

Waaah-ing

As discussed in the previous post, this year Trinhity has really gotten into the Halloween spirit of scaring people...her ferocious "waaah" is really something to behold. In fact, Daddy has been chasing her around with the video camera for weeks trying to capture this moment.

The result is more bad video, badly edited. But you can at least get an idea of The Great Waaah...

01 November 2006

Hathor Returns

For Daddy, Halloween started with a bang -- quite literally. Given that we just fell back an hour with the time change, Trinhity awoke at some ridiculous time like 5:45 AM and whacked me in the face. I sleepily staggered out of bed with the sleepy child and stumbled down the hall to the guest bedroom where I left her with a sleepy Mama. Then I crawled back to bed for a few more minutes of quasi-sleep before crawling into the shower around 6:30 AM.

Having taught myself the dangerous art of shaving with a blade in a dark shower, I'd left the lights off so as to retain the illusion of sleep. Next thing I knew, there was a blood-curling "waaaaaah" combined with a crash of metal on glass!!!

It quite literally scared the living bejeebies outta me, whatever they are. Not fake scared, either. I mean, I went from near-comatose to wide-eyed, arms flailing, plastering myself to the back wall of the shower. You saw Psycho? Not quite like that -- less blood, more hairy...uh, never mind. Point is, it was damned scary, okay?

When I opened my eyes, of course, I saw a precious little cherub with her face pressed against the shower door, smiling, yelling "dahdah", and whacking the glass with a metal flashlight (torch). How entirely fitting for Halloween morning: to be scared silly by a mere toddler.

Enough babble. You're here to see pictures, right? I'm pleased to announce that Hathor, the cow goddess, has graced us with another visit. Alert readers may recall that Hathor visited us last year about this same time -- except that last year it rained cats and dogs on Halloween Eve (is that redundant?) in Houston. Thus, we invited her back this year for another go...


Those three shots came from a pre-Halloween party at Lifetime Fitness. She won Honourable Mention in the costume contest! We think she'd have won if she'd have mooooo'd.

On Halloween Eve (still redundant?) itself, Hathor made the rounds of the neighborhood with Daddy-O. Most of the neighbors focused on Hathor, of course...but it should be stated that one of the 11-year olds said that Daddy-O's outfit was "tight". Hmmmmm.



Trinhity has been doing this "waaah" thing to everyone for a number of weeks. It's very, very scary. Here we are being uber-scary...


And, of course, here's Trinhity enjoying the spoils of all her ferocious waaah-ing...