Sunday, August 29, 2010

this is where i have been lately...

...when my mind gets clouded and my stress level threatens to pop my head like an overinflated balloon. (I was going to say "like an overdue zit" but that was too gross.) I mentioned this in my last post about Big Bend, but the more time I spend away from there, the more I miss it.

There are places that have absolutely taken my breath away (I'm thinking Grand Canyon, San Francisco, New York City) but this place enlivens the senses with its newness and feels like home all at the same time. I must have been a songbird in West Texas in a past life. Or perhaps a javelina. Take a look:


weekend pics

It has been a truly glorious weekend. Nothing like working hard all week to make me appreciate my time off. We've spent time with friends and family, watched movies, played at the park, gone to the gym and been otherwise productive...and we still have half a day left! But I know you're not here to hear about my're here to see pictures just oozing with cuteness. And I'm not one to disappoint.

Doesn't get any cuter than that.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

daddy time

Cory says he has very little experience with tea parties, but he's Cate's favorite partner for some pretend tea and mini-cakes. She'll even mimic the drinking sound when she puts the little cup to her mouth.

Cate is 16 months old this week, and is seeming more like a little girl than a baby. We're in full-fledged toddler mode. She has done so well at daycare, and she gets excited when we walk in the door. It seems like she really enjoys getting to be around the other kids. Her vocabulary has expanded some, and now includes: ball, go, bye, done, hot (she said it once), and the ever-present dog and na na.

She loves to swing and she can now go down the slide at the park. She is very interested in music, and has taken to head-bobbing and shaking her "rock fist." She seems exceptionally fond of the music her aunts expose her to, especially when they sing and tell her to shake her booty. Recently she enjoys spending time with her aunts and grandma so much that she cries when she has to come home to mom and dad.

Her new trick is to walk backwards. Instead of turning around, she'll usually just go in reverse, especially if we tell her to "back it up." She is learning some body parts, and can point out her belly and nose. We're trying to teach her ears next, so she can tell us when she has an earache!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

lake travis: part 2








Unfortunately there are no pics of Cory. Thus is the plight of the family photographer.
Also, this is my first experiment with photo layout editing, so excuse the rough parts.