Thursday, August 31, 2006

For Martha

I have this great friend - Martha. We've camped deep in the highway system of Canada, trained for marathons until we've hurt ourselves, and talked about life and God for hours on end laughing at the people who pretend they know it all. In true form she gave Grant his first pair of tevas. I'm trying to dress him in real clothes now and not just pajamas so we tried them on. Although he's swimming in everything that has a resemblance to real human being clothes, his favorite shoes are just too big to pull off for now.
Thinking of you M.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

One Year

Last weekend being our first wedding anniversary, Abby and I had a chance to reflect on the last year or two of our lives and the many changes they've brought us: two years ago we were both single, living on opposite sides of the country, and had never been to New Zealand. Now we're married, living in Reno, and have a six-week-old son....

But besides thinking about how we still don't understand marriage, let alone parenthood, we also took the time to PARTY!
Saturday I took Abby up to Tahoe and rented a kayak for a couple of hours so we could paddle around. Abby loves kayaking but hasn't been since we left New Zealand, and it was great to get her out-of-doors and away from the baby - she started to revert back to her playful outdoorsy self. The weather was perfect, of course, being Tahoe, and I even ventured a short swim which wasn't near as cold as I expected.

Abby's favorite thing (besides kayaking) is to make up games where a new rule is introduced every two minutes or so, some of which work to our advantage, some of which don't. The good news is, we were in one kayak together, so we always had to work together against the seemingly impossible odds of winning the First Annual Tahoe Freestyle Kayaking competition. We won, of course.

After that we had dinner at Gar Woods restaurant in Carnelian Bay, where we sat on the deck and faced the lake, watching the sunset over filet mignon. Mmmm....

This, by the way, is the first full surprise I've been able to pull on Abby since we met. If she doesn't figure out what I'm planning, for some reason circumstances dictate that I have to divulge my plans before it actually happens. But this time I had her stumped, right down to the moment we stepped up to the rental shop on the beach to get our kayak. That alone nearly made my day.

But Sunday she had her own surprise for me. Mid-afternoon we all piled into the Jeep and headed east on I-80. She did a great job of convincing me she didn't really know where we were going, which, as it turned out, was at least half true. But she found it without any help from me, and before I knew what was happening, we were eating pizza in Lovelock, an old railroad town in the middle-of-nowhere Nevada. It just so happens that this town is running a gimmick where you buy a padlock with 'Lovelock' printed on it, engrave your names in it, and lock it to a chain with hundreds of other couples' locks, thereby 'locking your love', and then throw away the key.

We still have ours for the moment but we're planning to destroy them in a monumental way. Any suggestions??

And that wraps up a very great year of marriage.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

In the Apartment

This is my spin off of "Around the House"

Grant and I like to watch The Price is Right in the Morning. The other day he looked up at me and said, "Mommy, Bob Barker is old!".

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Our Apologies for AT&T

If you're a frequent visitor of our site you may have noticed we have not posted for a while. It's true we have been busy but the real culprit is AT&T who not only has faulty equipment but also bad customer service as they assured us we "should have a connection tomorrow" four times. I promise we'll post more shots and stories about Grant and the tale of our anniversary celebrations soon.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Art and Alcohol

Have you ever seen a painting in a museum and thought, "I could do that"? Tim and I have, and last night we finally tested out our theory. Tim in his awesome romantic efforts went behind my back and set up an art studio in our new empty apartment including two blank canvases, easels, tubes of paint, roses, and two white russians (my favorite mixed drink - finally!). I was envisioning splashing paint around but being new to the discipline of painting and being in our new home we took it easy with brushes and cardboard palettes. Now we know painting is harder then it looks but it's do-able, and it's definitely fun. The best thing about it is that you can paint over whatever ugly blob you just painted. We used this technique a lot. After two hours we had a good start. As you can see Tim and I have very different styles. How we ever got together, once again, is beyond me. When we actually finish we'll post the final masterpieces.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

More Pics

A few new shots of Grant, two in rare awake-and-happy mode, one asleep. He's turning into quite the little fatty....